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ny paper of immense circulation, was affectedly neutral, really Democratic, and very objectionable for the gross character of many of its advertisements.
A cheap paper, of the Whig school of politics, did not exist.
On the 10th of April, 1841, the Tribune appeared—a paper one-third the size of the present Tribune, price one cent; office No. 30 Ann-street; Horace Greeley, editor and proprietor, assisted in the department of literary criticism, the fine arts, and general intelligence, by H. J. Raymond.
Under its heading, the now paper bore, as a motto, the dying words of Harrison:
I desire you to understand the Tribune principles of the government.
I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.
The omens were not propitious.
The appallingly sudden death of General Harrison, the President of so many hopes, the first of the Presidents who had died in office, had cast a gloom over the whole country, and a prophetic doubt over the prospects of the Whig party.
The editor watche
s he prints it avowedly under the patronage of a particular sect.
Our friend inquires whether we should advertise infidel books also We answer, that if any one should offer an advertisement of lewd, ribald, indecent, blasphemous or law-prohibited books, we should claim the right to reject it. But a work no otherwise objectionable than as controverting the Christian record and doctrine, would not be objected to by us. True Christianity neither fears refutation nor dreads discussion—or, as Jefferson has forcibly said, Error of opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it.
In politics, the Tribune was strongly, yet not blindly whig.
It appealed, in its first number, to the whig party for support.
The same number expressed the decided opinion, that Mr. Tyler would prove to be, as president, all that the whigs desired, and that opinion the Tribune was one of the last to yield.
In September it justified Daniel Webster in retaining office, after the treachery of T