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THE MONTHLY REPOSITORY ' . £ IVfuch as we are flattered -with this letter , we hesitated , for some time , as to the propriety of publishing it , fearing its insertion in the Monthly Repository would appear indelicate , on the part of the Editor . We lay it , at length , befonj our readers , for the following reasons , i . The writer is a highly respectable and well-known correspondent , who is wholly independent of the management of the work , but is extremely interested in its success , and very desirous of awakening , by means of this address , the same interest in the minds of our friends . His initials , which will be found again in the department of Biblical Criticism , need no decyphering . —a . Having undertaken the work on public grounds , we feel no shame in avowing our want of support , and the impossibility of proceeding
without it . At the same time , we are happy to repeat , for the satisfaction of our readers , that our sale is increasing , and to state that from the arrangements made in the commencement of a New Volume , and the zealous exertions of our friends , we have just reason to expect in the present year a sale answerable to our wants . —3 . Many well-wishers to the Monthly Repository the only liberal Theological Magazine ^ which exists in England—want only the stimulus of such a letter as this to induce them to take it -under their immediate patronage , thereby to establish it on a permanent , imnioveable foundation . These are the reasons which have prevailed on the Editor to insert L . C . ' s communication . Whether or not they will justify him in the eye of the reader , remains to be seen . They will , at any rate , serve to demonstrate his zeal in a cause in which he has embarked , not without considerable inconvenience and labour , j
l ^ o the Editor of the Monthly Repository . Sir , It is with much pleasure that I learn from your preface , cc gradually increasing sale of the latter numbers' * of the First Volume : I willingly hope that the promise which this gives of an adequate support , will be amply fulfilled . I have , however , heard , that the sale of the Repository is still insufficient to defray its expences ; and that if it be not considerably increased , the object must eventually be abandoned . If this be correct , I have no hesitation in saying , that you have strong claims upon the excrlions of your fellow labourers , in the cause of Christian truth ; and 1 beg leave to lav before them the following ; hints .
They can confidently recommend the Repository , to the patronage of the friends of truth , as a " publication which is open lo free and impartial theological inquiry and discussion , " and which stands single in this respect ; and farther , as the only public source of information respecting the proceedings of those , whose creeds suit not with the Evangelical , Arminian , and Orthodox Churchman ' s Magazines , &c . As a receptacle for liberal discussion and criticism , and as a source of religious intelligence , it stands on hi gh grounds ; I imagine that the general character of its contents * will not disappoint the reasonable expectations of its purchasers . It
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1807, page 24, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2376/page/24/