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Here is a thing wherein I would willingly have you agree, that is, to dispute and
not to quarrel; for friends dispute between themselves for their better instruction, and
enemies quarrel to destroy one another."-Plato.

"Truth can never be confirmed too much,
Though doubts did ever sleep."-Shakespeare.

VOLUME I.-NEW SERIES.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY HOULSTON AND STONEMAN,

65, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PREF A СЕ.

THE first six months of our New Series have been eventful ones in the existence of the British Controversialist, entered upon with anxiety, yet without fear, as to the result. We are glad to be able to congratulate our readers on the perfect success which has been achieved by them. And we beg to tender our most cordial and heartfelt thanks to all who have so zealously cooperated with us and aided our efforts, which otherwise must have fallen to the ground. To our contributors we owe a debt of gratitude, which we can only increase, but never repay. our correspondents, for their kind letters of sympathy and advice, we would tender our acknowledgments, and confessing that limited time and limited opportunities have prevented us doing all we would; nevertheless, we can say we have done all we could, and, as far as in us lies, we will ever fulfil the part assigned to us by our fellow-labourers in the field of self-culture and mental and moral attainments.

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That the British Controversialist is exerting an influence, the more powerful because an influence for good, we have abundant proofs in the cordial correspondence identifying us with those arteries which pulsate with the life-blood from the heart of our social greatness-the Mechanics' Institutes, Mutual Improvement and Debating Societies, scattered throughout the kingdom-we might say, scattered throughout the world-for from lands far distant have come the hearty recognition, and the report of kindred objects and kindred hopes. And it is our pride and rejoicing that the British Controversialist forms these scattered elements into one vast confederation, and, by enduring bonds, unites men of every rank, but brothers and equals in this, at least-the mutual desire for self-improvement.

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