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THE PROFITS ARISING FROM THE SALE OF THIS WORK ARE GIVEN TO THE WIDOWS
OF BAPTIST MINISTERS, AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CONTRIBUTORS.
HAVING stood on the watch-tower and observed attentively the course of events, some of which it has been our duty to record, perhaps we shall not be thought presumptuous should we now endeavour to interpret the voice of the departing year. If we mistake not, its language is to this effect:
"Let the friends of the Redeemer prepare for the final conflict. The hour is rapidly approaching, and the battle-field will be the world. Italy may probably be the central point, but let not England, America, or the remotest colony expect exemption. The opposing forces are preparing for the assault. A universal movement is taking place among them, and with determined energy they will wage general and unrelenting war against vital Christianity. Let every believer gird himself and watch. All carnal weapons must be resolutely cast away. The counsels of flesh and blood must be discarded. Firmness, gentleness, and faith, can alone secure the victory. Suffering must be patiently endured. The preservation of life or of possessions must no longer be regarded as the great object. Every candidate for the unfading garland must hold himself in readiness for painful sacrifices, and keep his eye steadily fixed on his Almighty Leader. To Him
success is certain: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.""
Happy are they who understand and obey the admonitions of God's word and providence!
In writing the last sentence of this volume, it devolves on the Editor once again to acknowledge his responsibility, and to express his hope that his beloved brethren in the ministry will continue to afford him their cordial and disinterested co-operation.
11, Smith Street, Chelsea,
November 24th, 1849.