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   Atlas (Newspaper) - June 23, 1838, London, Middlesex                                TBANSlilSSION  OP  'THE  ATLAS"  BY  POST TO  FOREIGN  COUNTRIES. JFe are induced, by nutrumu appUeationi on thii itO^ect, to Mtate, for the information of our Svbieribert, that " The Atlai" may he trantntitted free of pottage, through the General Post Officei, �  f - to the following placet: Amtioua        BKRBiqp      BwBNOgATBBS     Obphalonia     Dbhbbaba      Gibbaliab Hahbob(jh      Jamaica Bbbmoda     Canada CoLOMBtA       Dbkmaek       Gbbnada (Nbw)    HHUdotAND     Laooiea Gabaooas Gospu Dohinioa       Obbeob Honddbas       Mawa Basota Bakahas Sbazilb Nbvis NEwroONDLAlfO Nbw Bbdnswick Nova Sootia QUBBBC Spain (via Cadiz) St. Oohingo Si. KiTT's St. Lucia St. ViKCBNT'a tobaoo tobtola TbihxOao Zamtb Babbadobs     Bbeubn      Cabthaobna       Coxhatbn       Feanob Halifax Ioi^ian Islbs    Montsbbbat "TheAthu" can aUo he trantmitted, upon payment of one penny.  . Leading Artldes KtotQitlpdaoa Men'and Things TbeatritaU..................7. LTfEBATUBB. The ConrefpandeQceofSir'Tho> was Hanmei^,; Bi^fc*. 390 390 391 391 391 398 392 392 392 3d3 893 3�4 Henrr.of Monmouth; or Memoirs of the Life of Henry Y........ 1. The Sera))hlm   2. Anaya. 3. UnaVocePoco Fa. 4. UUa, Queen of the Bletied Isles. 5. Frithiof.i................. Architectural niustrattons; and Account of the Temple Church Literary Memoranda............ Music and Musicians............ New Music.................... Fine ArtSi................. Science......^..... Literary and Scieottac Institu- tioni.......... UnlTersitles..................... The Army............ Oaaptes Blrtbi, Marriages, and Deaths .. Banking and Monotaiy Atlas.... ThoMarkeU.................. 394 395 395 396 89? 39? 39r 39r 397 397 397 398 THB POLITICIAN. TOftY OPINION OF WHIG COtrOUCT-LOBD J. RUSSELL AND THE COPYBIGHf^ BILL. TiMlES-As' we learn that we are expected to give a fii^rUier vpinioii, we beg to state,, that we are glad to see; from what ^transpired in a late del)ate, that the ha&tf and incongruous measure of Serjeant .T^ou'rd<^which is to be discussed again tosnight) in regard.to copyright is, at leQjg;th, about'to receive something like justice. From tile day when the matter was first bruiteii in Parliament^ we felt bound to oppose it ividi all the firmness compatible with the courtesy due to the character and motives of ito chief supporters: and in proportion^ as we became cognizant of its details, the more strenuously have we endeavoured to expose their iniquitous partially toward^ particular interests, as well as their injurioius tendencyv 9ot.oiily in disturbing ihe commercial relation? of literature, but especially in depriving the public of that access to sound and economical reading,-which (subject to-the reasonable restrictibflis now existing) we maintain they halve a clear right to. Meanwhile, what with the elabo^ rate speeches of the leaiined serjeant,' and the private can-vassiligs of-his abettors, the copyright extensioniste seemed to carry everything to their nearts' content. The law officers pf the crown offered no opposition to them. The ministerial leader of the House of Commons was silent; and the measure, presenting, many plausibilities, without the l^ast alloy of party feeling, commiabded the support of not i a few Conservatives, whose better judgment, we cannot help thinking, has been warped by a dertain sympathy witti those rare cases of ill-requited merit wmch, though apparently involving severe liard-shipi. cannot possibly admit of legislative correction, except at the esqpense of interests still more important and extensive. "With such an union of favourable circumstances, Mr. Seijeant Talfourd's bill advanced4n its earlier stages with increasing majorities. Bight and reason, we regretted to observe, were over-matched by romance and rhetoric. Unopposed by; the govemmentf the learned gentieman, finding that his proposed enactment was in principle triumphantiy passed at the second reading, nar turally inferred that its progress through Committee wotdd be speedy and scathless. But, unhappily for his generous though mistaken views, he now discovers that the miniS'r terial support which he had justly counted on hais at length given him the slip. The Melbourne admihistra^ tion, certainly the most shufiiing, irresolutCj^ and timeserving jthat ever degraded the councils of this countiy^ have, as usual, bilked the confiding seijeant at ^ the , eleventh hour; and now, after having evinced a tacit and demure concurrence in all the eloquent pleadings expended upon this proposaly forth comes my Lord John BusseU to brand it with an official interdict, and to inti^ mate that if it be persisted in, his lordship will wind the -Treasury bugles to hunt it* down incontinently. .Now this, apart from the dishonourable conduct which it ex^ hibits, is,inpractical effect, very much to our mind. That ' Seqeant -Talfourd's project should be virtually thrown out, or stripped of its chief vices, is what we can do no otherwise than approve of. We rejoice at it, for the sake of the country, and for the sake of justice. But with regard to the mode whereby this desirable issue is likely to be brought aboi^t, we can only Say, in all honesty, that it deserves the execration of every upright man. It is Whieg^h all over-hollow, vacillating, and unprincipled. In'all the previous stages of the copyright innovation not a whisper of hostility iiad Lord John Bussell thought fit to breathe. Every point which he has now condescended to urge against the bill had long ago been pressed upon him him by the daily press. Nothing exists at present (at least in the shape of argument) to determine his noble judgment, which did not exist at the time of its second reading. But, supposing the noble lord Xo have had a general dislike to. the measure which he had not the straightforwardnefi^^ avow, his condUpt, both in maintaining a cautious l9ie|^e upon the subject, and latterly inthrdwingitande^ijplpeais tous toadm of a ^plution more creditable to his tact than to his political integrity. The strong presumption is, that Lord John Bussell had trickily resolved to leave the learned seijeant to his fate as, long as a ho^e remained that he might possibly he tucked up by an independent vote of Parhnment-^a crafty policy� whereby the crotchetof a valuable partisan would be comfortably defeated withdutforfeiting Ids allegiance^ In the interim, whtorepeatc!d;mtijorities in favour of the bill had shown such a hdpe to be'visionaryi a strong op- SDsition to it from a quarter possessing considerably in-uence, both li|;erary and pohtical,: reaches the Attorney-General. The pubhshers of the JS':itfee fact;of the publication, under the auspices of i^^pa^^ , of journals m the Italian language is a pretty coir"'- proof of the use, or rather abuse, which w^uldbfi' the funds of the - Irish church, should the (which ,God forbid) allow them to be administc present rulers.  The open encdiiiragement of language in Malta, whiich, after ajl, is not tho-i^^,, . ..^________ the people, although it was that,of their forsi^]l4gqtt6d government, to the exclusion of the �nglisb^:iB: tlS^e tifirst lustration of the object of the stirnggle for ihe^appropriar lion clause, however artfull^ it'may an^   

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