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THE BRITISH

CONTROVERSIALIST,

AND

LITERARY MAGAZINE:

DEVOTED TO THE IMPARTIAL AND DELIBERATE DISCUSSION OF

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS IN

RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY, POLITICS,

SOCIAL ECONOMY, ETC.,

AND TO THE PROMOTION OF SELF-CULTURE AND GENERAL

EDUCATION.

MAGNA EST VERITAS, ET PRÆVALEBIT."

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LONDON:
HOULSTON AND WRIGHT,

65, PATERNOSTER ROW.

MDCCCLX.

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PREFACE.

ANOTHER Sheaf of thoughts we now bind for the reader's garner -for the great Harvest. As the years roll on, and the seasons revolve, the fruits ripen and are gathered. So is it with a Serial such as ours.

Growth is its grand law, and by its fertility must it be judged. Intentions do not suffice ; nor will “flexure and low bending" secure acceptance, if worth be wanting. The years have already borne witness to the place, degree, and form” of our literary efforts, and by this time the objects of our Magazine are, or should be, sufficiently well known.

“As many arrows, loosed several ways,
Fly to one mark;
As many several ways meet in one town ;
As many fresh streams run to one self-same sea;
As many lines close in the dial's centre:

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do all our aims and exertions tend to the excitement of the reflective spirit in man, the awakening of the intellect to effort, the stirring up of the powers of thought, that they may all co-operate in the investigation of all subjects for the attainment of truth, and for the advancement of the mind's own capacities. The following review of the contents of the pages now submitted to the reader's notice seems all that is needful to commend them to the judicious.

An undiminished interest has been felt and shown in the Debate department in all its divisions. Keen, logical, vigorous thinking, well-linked and terse expressions, closely serried facts, and acute yet kindly opposition, have been displayed in the consideration of the various important questions which have been submitted to the ordeal of controversy. The sensible advice of Plato--“Do not quarrel about subjects, but discuss them”-has, we think, been followed in our pages with some effect. The Topic has been successful in bringing out the ardour of disputation, and producing some well-sustained specimens of concisely expressed thought upon several of the more immediate subjects of debate which the passing months have furnished. Several contributions of high value have

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