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Though early editions purported editorial independence, Bourne attempted to cut his losses and sell the title to the government.
When this failed, Bourne's brother (a wealthy businessman) made an offer to the government, which also refused to buy the paper but agreed to subsidise it in return for influence over its editorial content.
These positions contributed to a decline in circulation during this time.
First published in 1791, it is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper.
Believing that the paper would be a means of wealth, Bourne instead soon found himself facing debts of nearly £1,600.
In 1870, wealthy businessman Julius Beer bought the paper and appointed Edward Dicey as editor, whose efforts succeeded in reviving circulation.
Though Beer's son Frederick became the owner upon Julius's death in 1880, he had little interest in the newspaper and was content to leave Dicey as editor until 1889.