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THE SPECTATOR. INDEPENDENT LIBERAL NEWSPAPER. Every Saturday, Price 6d., by Post 7d. The Proprietors, who in 1861 purchased the Spectator, have since that date conducted it them- selves. They are therefore exempted from many influences which press severely on the independence of journalism, and have from the first made it their chief object to say out what they believe to be truth in theology, politics, and social questions, irrespec- tive not only of opposition from without, but ot the opinion of their own supporters. Their object is to reflect the opinion of cultivated Liberals, but in the matter of the American War they fought against the mass of the very class they are trying to repre- sent, and were finally acknowledged by them to have been in the right. In politics the object of the Spectator is to maintain Liberal institutions every- where, that is. the right of free thought, free speech, and free action, within the limits of law, under every form of Government but, nevertheless, to maintain that in a free State the power of the whole commu- nity may be usefully employed in constructive enter- prise in theology, to maintain the views usually known as those of the Broad Church in ecclesias- tical affairs, to defend the inclusion within the Es- tablished Church of every variety of opinion consis- tent with belief in the divinity of Christ, and the right of the State to control the Church and in social questions, to urge the faith that God made the world for the people in it, and not for any race, class, colour, creed, or section, with all the conse- quences to which that principle leads. The journal commands the best sources of infor- mation, and has repeatedly during this year been the first to make the true bearing of events apparent to its readers. Its object, however, is not so much to supply news as to express the feeling of the edu- cated classes on the news, and correct that vagueness and bewilderment of thought which the constant receipt of news in little morsels has such a tendency to produce. Original papers supply comments critical and ex- planatory on Public Events, Political Appointments, Law Amendment, Commercial Affairs, Personal Incidents, and Theological Controversies. The News of the current week is compressed into animated narrative, which the laziest or busiest may read, without missing the life or import of the events. Every important work is noticed as it appears, with a full and critical account, so as to let the reader know what the book is, what it tells, and what is its place among other books. Of nearly every work some report is given. Notice is also taken of the general course of Literature, its pro- gress, rights, tendencies, personal events, &c. The Spectator contains a List of all Books pub- lished during the week (not under one shilling in price), with the names of the publishers and the prices attached, a feature which will greatly increase its value to booksellers, librarians, literary institu- tions, and private gentlemen. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION.— Quarterly, 7s. 7d; Halj-yearly, 15s. 2d.; Yearly, 30s. 4d.; free bypost.

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