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PUBLISHED BY T. WARD AND CO., 27, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MAY BE NIAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS.

SOUTHWARK: Printed by J. W. Maddox, Dockhead, Bermondsey.

PREFACE.

In laying before the public the first volume of our new and improved periodical, it is not a little gratifying to think of the manner in which it has been everywhere received, and of the numerous testimonies which have been given in its favour by men of even high literary attainments. It has been our constant aim to make it generally interesting. While every thing light and trifling has been carefully and perseveringly excluded, it has no less been our endeavour to collect such materials as might be conceived likely to meet the diversified tastes and predilections of the human mind. Neither are we aware, that in any one instance, we have ever lost sight of the great object, to the accomplishment of which we stand so solemnly pledged before God, angels, and men. On the condition and claims of our seamen, will be found in the volume much interesting and awakening information ; while the operations, both of our own Society and of kindred Institutions, are detailed with great fidelity

That the sailors' cause has taken a deeper and firmer 'hold of the public mind, both in Britain and America, and indeed in other and more distant parts of the world, does not admit of question; and in the movement now being made, we think

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