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Covers are prepared for the binding of last year's numbers of the CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR, price 10d. each, and can be ordered through any Bookseller.

SERMONS FOR THE TIMES. TVENING SERVICES will be held at SOUTH PLACE CHAPEL, FINSD BURY, every Sunday, commencing on the 12th January, 1862. Morning Service at a quarter past Eleven, Evening, at a quarter to Seven.

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DRAWING.-Free-Hand, Perspective, and Model-Drawing. R. W. Buss, Esq., R.A.

PAINTING.—In Water-Colours, Tempera, Oil, &c. Miss Edgley, G.S.D., South Kensing, ton Museum. GERMAN.—(This is rendered prominent in the Course). Fräulein Clemens, M.G.C., Berlin.

FRENCH.—(This is the medium of Conversation and Instruction). E. Brocard Boulland. LL.D.

LATIN, Geology, and Biblical Literature. Rev. J. W. Todd.
Lecturer on Astronomy, Natural Philosophy, &c. R. Quinton, Esq.

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THE

CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR.

JANUARY, 186 2.

CONCERNING PERIODICAL LITERATURE GENERALLY, AND THE · CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR'IN PARTICULAR.

That most agreeable of country parsons, and modern essayists, A. K. H. B., whose · Recreations’ have, for some years past, formed the most attractive part of ‘Frazer's Magazine,' claims the credit of discovering the value of the word · Concerning. It offers just that combination of precision and indefiniteness which the essay writer desires. It gives him a fixed point from which he may survey things in general, and, as“ befits a being of large discourse, looking before and after,” permits him to perorate de omnibus rebus et quibusdam aliis, We propose to avail ourselves of his discovery, and to write concerning magazines and periodical literature. The

Christian Spectator' will be our centre—our circumference, the universe.

Somebody has sent me a copy of the British Lyre,' at which I glance with a doubtful and languid interest, till I am arrested by a Daragraph denouncing the mental degeneracy of the present age, and asserting its deficiency in sinewy strength and muscular force, as compared with the good old times, when men wrote and read folios. - Magazine literature is supposed to afford a test of our declension, and to form one of its causes. Poli Synopsis Criticorum, in 5 vols. folio, is regarded as a type of the past age, and the Penny Trumpet' of 32 pp. 12mo, weekly (or weakly), is supposed to afford a guage of the present. It must be admitted that this is not a folioproducing generation. A sportsman who should bring down a megatherium, or a mastodon, would be scarcely more astonished and bewildered by his prodigious luck, than would be the bibliopoles of the Row if the raw material for one of those enormous tomes were brought to their doors, with a request for its publication. We think

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