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OUR readers have now before them the first volume of another fifty years' series. It has been a pleasing labour to gather together the well-considered thoughts of about thirty kind contributors, who have never permitted the Editor to feel any anxiety as to his pages being filled with interesting and useful articles. The thanks of the readers of the Magazine are due, and no doubt are frequently rendered to them, for the pleasure and instruction which have been thus received. It is, perhaps, due to our contributors, that this opportunity should be taken for stating that the influence of their labours is not limited to the immediate readers of the Magazine. Sunday school and other periodicals reach us from our own and foreign lands, in which we find numerous extracts from our pages, and that to an extent which often both surprises and gratifies us.
A pleasing instance of the extent of this influence has recently occurred. In our number for April wo narrated a touching incident in connexion with the distress in Lancashire during the last winter, under the title of “The Honest Sunday Scholar." That narrative was read in Australia, and moved the hearts of the teachers and scholars of the Surrey Hills Wesleyan school, Sydney, who have remitted the sum of Five Pounds for the use of the lad, who, in circumstances of almost irresistible temptation, was enabled, under the influence of the truths learnt in the Sunday school, to say, “ Yes, we are very bad off, but I go to Sunday school, and I love Jesus, and I couldn't be dishonest."
Our career would present a great contrast to the actual events of human life, if there were no causes for regret mingled with these reasons for thankfulness. The most painful circumstance which has occurred to us, has been the receipt of the following letter from our highly esteemed contributor "Ion,” accompanying an article appearing in the December number, entitled “ Give an account of thy Stewardship."
“ SEPTEMBER 28th, 1863. “ Dear Sir.— Through the kindness of a friend, who lent her hand and pen to aid my inability, I am permitted to send a last contribution to the Magazine, which I have long loved, as affording room to speak for Jesus. I cannot without pain close even so small a door of usefulness, but linger with my hand still upon its hinge, that I may look and speak a loving ‘farewell' to my brothers and sisters, who yet remain in the field of Sunday school labour. There is no need of my feeble testimony to the faithfulness of a prayer-hearing, God; but so sweet is it to tell of, that I must beg your indulgence yet one last time. Dear Mr. Editor, my dying couch (or what seems, to all human judgment, likely to be so) has, within the space of one fortnight, been cheered by the avowal of four individuals, who had been the subjects of anxious waiting and supplication for several years, that they have been led to see and believe in Jesus crucified. Shall I own that in one case I had not faith enough to expect that this side of eternity would make known to me the answer of peace ?' Thus are my days of silent waiting made vocal with thanksgiving-He is faithful that promised !! If you think this incident might encourage some one who has already waited years for a soul's new birth, you are welcome to communicate it, not naming me. And now, dear Sir, will you accept my Christian regards and thanks for the uniform kindness with which you have received my little papers, and believe me,
“ Yours in Jesus." " Finished Sept. 30."
We have one other cause for regret, and which it is in the power of our readers to remove. The benefit to be derived from the Magazine is much limited by the mode adopted for its circulation amongst teachers. It is necessary, in order to preserve an interest in it, that each teacher should have an opportunity of reading it during the current month; and, in order to this, we earnestly urge that one copy should be taken in for every four teachers: so that one week during the month may be allowed to each.
It will be perceived that several pictorial illustrations have been inserted: and we expect that during the ensuing year, the number of such embellishments will be increased.
We ask the prayers of our readers, that the Holy Spirit may so guide the minds of the Editor and contributors, that the Magazine may be rendered still more useful in promoting, in various ways, the great work of Christian education throughout the world.
IN D E X.
Page 705 Adaptation of the Bible
Bible in Indian Schools Authority of the Pentateuch 63 British Orphan Asylum
566 Bible Thoughts
British and Foreign School Society .. 435 Christ's Testimony to Moses
355 Chronometrical Chart of the History Considerations on the Pentateuch 726
298 Demas ...
638 Destruction of Sennacherib's Army 743
Education in Iceland
153 Does it tell about Jesus? 42 Education in Russia
278 Expository Notes on Scripture Les- Geography Point sons 24, 91, 164, 226, 286, 346, 410,
How to Learn
35 487, 550, 615, 667, 729 Influence of Education
465 Historic Character of the Books of
Mr. D'Israeli on Education
121 Moses 147 Malagasy Scholars
273 Internal Evidences of Christianity ... 454
Philosophy of Questioning Children. 342 Jewish National History
266 Progress of Native Education in Joseph in Egypt
317 Mode of Interpreting Scripture
445, 633 Mosaic Record of the Creation... 40
Ragged School Union Nazareth
368 ...577, 646
Schools in Egypt Stick to the Text 737
School Fees... Study of Scripture
Sir John Pakington on Education 117 Teaching Scripture
354 Vindication of Bishop Colenso 641 MISCELLANIES. BIOGRAPHY.
758 Alto-relievo Plan of Europe
American Commercial Honour 760 Bennett, Rev. Jas., D.D. 64 Amusements
86 Boaz, Rev. Thomas, LL.D., 65, 154, 193
Basis of Political Prosperity
556 Child-Preacher 99 Bishop Colenso
572 D'Aubigné, Dr. Merle
219 Eardley, Sir Culling Eardley, Bart... 446 Bridal Presents of the Prince and Gaussen, Professor, of Geneva 637 Princess of Wales ... Hebbron, Mrs. Elizabeth 520 Californian Life Illustrated
702 Hidden Gem
234 Jackson, General “Stonewall” 511 Christian Morality
666 Little Mollie 34 Day of Rest...
36 Loving Sister 84 Destruction of Pompeii
576 Luther at Worms
663 Distress in the Cotton Manufacturing Lyndhurst, Lord...
Districts ... 63, 124, 188, 317, 384, 448 “Men who have risen. 216 Does it Tell about Jesus ?
12 Paine, Thomas, Death of 519 Earnestness ...
482 Prince Consort
123 Emancipation of American Slaves 189 Risc and Progress of Talent 485 Emperor of the French
191 Sieveking, Amelia Wilhelmina 449 Excursion Trains on the Lord's-day 126
644 Anniversary Services 182, 311, 432, 565 Great Exhibition at Bloomsbury
137 Catechisms and Scripture.. 183 Greenwich Mean Time
512 Luddenden Foot School
508 Heathen's Estimate of the Bible 59 Mimpriss's System . 433, 631, 698 Hebrew Poetry
661 Separate Services 116, 185 Hints to Workers
540 Sunday School Addresses... 57 Honesty is the best Policy
710 Sunday Schools for Italy 608 Influence of Love
527 Sunday School Treats
528 The Unpreached Gospel 629 Letter from a Turkish Cadi
90 To the Officers and Teachers of Martin Van Buren's Will ...
128 Sunday Schools
361 Marriage of the Prince of Wales 252
Paze Make your Home Pleasant 329 "I am going there"
. 395 Matamoros, the Spanish Exile... 636 Jesus Crucified
. 275 Metropolitan Railway
187 Lines Written in the Album of an Model of Lincoln Cathedral ... 754 Old Scholar
225 New Lord Rector of Glasgow Uni- Little May's Lesson Book...
654 versity 318 Many shall Come
613 Parliament of Great Britain 192 Midnight Music
16 Passover Supper in the Holy City ... 541 Midnight Cry
544 Melody Sung by the Children of Point where Infidelity breaks down 33 Queenborough...
313 Praying and Working 471 Mothers of Salem
459 President Lincoln on Negro Eman- Our Work
481 cipation 61 Our Sunday School
720 Presents to the Queen of Portugal... 58 Plea for Ragged “Little Ones"
489 Privileges of the Christian 145 Spring Flowers
205 Revision of the Liturgy. 571 The Cross
39 Richard Hooker's Marriage
351 Rise and Progress of Talent
143 Saints 725 The Little Bird
645 Scriptural Rules of Morality 683 The World's Joy and Glory
724 Seek in the Right Placo 104 Twilight on Sabbath Eve...
327 Sources of the Nile 567 Unknown what we shall be
81 Stonehenge and Abury 129 Village Sabbath School
136 Subscription to the Articles and Work
571 Workmen who Receive no Present Subscription for Erecting New
572 “Ye know not what ye ask" 601 Teaching the Gospel ...
452 Telegraph to India
754 REVIEWS. Testimony to the Scriptures
234 The Archbishop of Dublin
" Able to Save". The Daisy
A Chat with the Boys on New Year's “ The Earth is full of the goodness
308 of the Lord "
363 The Increase of the Revenue 704
A Trap to Catch a Sunbeam
431 The Lively Hope
249 The People's Park, 'Dundee
300 The Pope
Answer to J. Morison's Questions on Thought
501 Travels in Palestine
502 Tyrant Reproved by his Slave... 421 A Chrono-genealogical Chart of Bible United Prayer
501 War in America, 62, 127, 191, 382,
Ask and Receive...
507 447, 573, 639, 702, 760 Bertie Bristol
506 Working Men's Sabbath
127 Bear ye one another's Burdens... 507 Young Men's Christian Association 274
Better days for Working People
751 Yankee 'Cuteness
113 Bird Murder
Bishop Colenso Honestly Answered.. 358
Biblical Cyclopædia or Dictionary 504 Bishop of Carlisle on the Missionary Boys' Packet
248 Cause 634 Book of Bible Prayers
505 Missionary Collectors
749 Brief Observations on the Proper
Cause and probable results of the Civil Anniversary Prayer 22 War in America
300 An Epistle ...
303 Better Things 268 Christian Advocate and Review
110 Cause of Unbelief 74 Christian Mother
363 Children's National Anthem
499 Death of Moses 17 Common-Life Sermons
179 Going Home
453 Chrono-Genealogical Chart of Bible Give an ccount of thy Steward
504 ship". 700 Considerations on the Pentateuch
358 Ilymns Sung at “Parents' Meet- California Life Illustrated
563 ing." of Kingsland Congregational Daily Bible Illustrations
367 Here and There
Daniel Ich Dien
248 353 Daniel's Vision of the Four Beasts