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VOL. XX.-VOL. VIII., NEW SERIES.
EDITOR AND BOOK STEWARD,
4, LONDON HOUSE YARD, ST. PAUL'S.
GENTLE READER,—You have now in your hand the twentieth volume of the JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR. Its predecessor was the Sunday Scholars' Magazine, two volumes of which were under our management; so that your present Editor will have been at his post during twenty-two years, should Providence permit him to continue his labours in this department until June, 1870. Rarely indeed is so long a period of service in conducting the periodicals of a denomination permitted to any one individual. Here, then, we may well pause for serious reflection on our responsibilities, and grateful praise for rich favours and manifold mercies. Thankfully would we here raise our Ebenezer, and render praise to our Heavenly Father, for life prolonged and strength imparted, enabling us, during so long a period, to carry through the press every number of this periodical under our own personal supervision.
Our fervent thanks are due also to those kind friends who have helped us by their valued contributions, and to many thousands of others who have encouraged us by promoting the circulation of this periodical. Christian parents, teachers, Sunday-scholars, and other young friends, we tender to you the expression of our gratitude. Our editorial labours, though mingled with anxiety, have yielded to ourselves unspeakable enjoyment, and your aid has been cheerfully and efficiently rendered; thereby securing a circulation in the ratio of its own sphere beyond that of all other denominational periodicals, from the moment of its origin to the close of its twentieth year. Nor is this all, or even the chief cause of thankfulness : the little messenger has been a blessing to many souls, and has led some to a saving knowledge of Christ. To God let our praises be given.
In presenting our thanks to our friends for personal favours, it is fitting to plead that the same may be as fully rendered to our successor as they have been to ourselves. In a few months the editorial management of this periodical will be confided to other hands, and our readers may feel assured the choice will fall upon one of the right spirit and competent ability; one who will dispense rich truths and interesting facts for the instruction and edification of the young, and ably sustain the character and usefulness of this publication. We heartily wish him God's blessing, and bespeak for him the cordial and zealous support of all our readers. We entreat that, if we have been at all successful in winning the esteem of our readers, it may be expressed by hearty, earnest co-operation with our successor. We should be delighted in seeing a display of this spirit, by entering upon the next year with a good increase in the number of subscribers. This would be a gratifying finish to our labours, and an encouraging commencement for our successor. We know, indeed, the times are hard, but one penny per month is but a farthing a week, and if the body requires food, the mind needs knowledge, and it can scarcely be obtained at a cheaper rate than that which is supplied by the JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR. Commending you to God's blessing, and hoping to meet you in heaven,
I am, yours affectionately as ever,
London, November, 1869.