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In issuing a new volume of the Annual Monitor it may be well that I should explain to its readers, that though it is a record respecting members of the Society of Friends, yet it is not issued with any sanction or after any official supervision of the Society. The list of names in the obituary is derived from official records, but the memoirs are usually prepared by relatives or friends of the deceased, and in general are submitted to the supervision of the editor only.
It is perhaps not very surprising if word pictures, painted by the love of kindred and close friendship, which often has never fathomed its own depths until its object has passed away for ever, should sometimes seem a little too brightly coloured, and should indicate that the painter had thought more of the lights than of the shadows. It has been so sometimes in the past, and will probably still be so ; for the Editor is often but little, if at all, acquainted with the lives and characters of those whose memoirs are offered for the volume, so that his supervision is necessarily imperfect. Still I venture to hope that in this,