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NEW SERIES.—VOL. XV.
We have the pleasure of presenting our readers with the closing number of the Magazine for 1871, and take the opportunity of thanking the numerous friends who have supplied us either with occasional papers, or with stated information respecting the business of our Presbyteries. Prominence has been given during the past year, as in former years, to the interests of our own Church ; and since these are progressive and expanding, it will ever be the aim of the conductors of the Magazine to give expression to denominational thought, and in such measure direct the current of denominational work. We should be glad to have more freely discussed in the pages of our Correspondence points connected with the operation of our various Church Schemes, on which there may exist difference of opinion. The coming year promises to be of importance both to ourselves as a denomination, and to the country at large. The question of Union will take some practical shape, at least as regards our brethren in England, and the long-expected measure for National Education in Scotland will in some form be passed. Brief communications on these topics will be welcomed, as representing various shades of sentiment.
While seeking to conduct the Magazine chiefly for the Members of our own Church, and for the promotion of her prosperity, we desire to do this in the spirit of true catholicity, which counts nothing Christian foreign to us; and we hope, therefore, to keep our readers acquainted with all the great religious movements of the day.
One special feature of the Magazine for the past year has been the series of papers on the East, which we have reason to know attracted