THE "SPECTATOR" IN 1834.
[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] StE,—When cutting up the first volume of Tait's Eel;nburgh :Magazine, 1834, for our " Oxford English Dictionary," I came on the following advertisement of the Spectator. Thinking that it may interest some of your readers, and in remem- brance of my long friendship with Richard Holt Hatton, whbm I first knew at University College in 1841, I send you the advertisement in the hope that you will reprint it.—I THE SPECTATOR, a London Weekly News- -a- paper, of an Extra Size, Price Is.
THE SPECTATOR is a Weekly Sheet of twenty-four folio pages, of NEWS, POLITICAL DISCUSSION, LITERATURE, and GENERAL INFORMATION.
It combines the character of a Reporter of all Events, with that of a Reporter upon all Measures.
It not only collects, but it analyses all the Topics of the Day. When great affairs come under discussion, it seta to work its very extensive means to put together, in the most interesting form, all the information that is to be had. For instance, in
the case of Reform, it compiled with much labour, and at con- siderable cost, its Anatomy of the House of Commons ; when New Taxes were to be proposed, the Analysis of the existing Taxation; at the General Elections, Tabular Returns, showing, beforehand, how the Divisions would fell, and in what ratio the Numbers and Property of the Reformers exceeded those of the other party. On the Rejection of THE Rua. by the Lords, the Anatomy of the Peerage, with its various lists of Places, Pen- sions, Offices, dec., &c., &c.
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This comes, first, of the great size of the paper, next of its plan, and, next of its principle of condensation.
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