The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser announces that: 'This morning we make our parting bow to the Readers of the Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser published three times a week, at a cost to the Subscriber of fifteen shillings per quarter, and on Saturday morning next, the first day of a new, and as we hope and trust, of a prosperous year to the Colony, we shall make our appearance under the old name, but as a full sized WEEKLY JOURNAL, intended from the nature and variety of its contents, and from the low price of its subscription, to insure an extensive circulation both In Town and in Country.'
The Monitor intended to publish a 'good reading paper', suitable for 'lady readers', and re-printing the prose and verse of the 'unapproachable writings of the Mother Country'.
The new paper was projected to begin on 1 January 1842. It appears this did not occur.
The Sydney Monitor responds to the Sydney Herald's statement that the Monitor, after briefly publishing as a daily newspaper, was 'forced to revert to the old days of publication [i.e. three times per week] at the commencement of the present year'.
The Monitor claims that the Herald's use of the expression 'forced to revert' indicates a desire to 'speak invidiously' of the Monitor. The Monitor column goes on to enumerate the ways in which it has previously found fault with the Herald and consequently suspects the Herald's motives. The Monitor then continues its campaign against what it sees as the dubious moral judgement of the Herald's proprietors.