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THE utility of periodical works, exhibiting the doctrines and urging the duties of Christianity, has been fully ascertained by experience, and , admitted, generally, by the friends of truth and good morals. The great body of the people, in any community, cannot, from the nature of their occupations, be expected to read voluminous writings: yet, reading is
one of the most natural and effectual means of getting useful knowledge.
A work, therefore, which is furnished in numbers, issued monthly, containing sound doctrine, religious intelligence in a condensed form, and occasional notices of institutions and publications which have an influence on religion and morality, affords great advantages to persons whose employments, or professional duties, allow them but little time for general reading. Such a work should, if possible, be in every family. It would be a cheap and constant source of information; it would cherish, in young people particularly, a taste for mental and religious improvement, and employ, profitably, many a leisure hour, which
would, otherwise, be spent in idleness or dissipation. Such a work the
PREsby TERIAN MAGAZINE is designed to be. How far it shall answer