In religious matters the Banner was anti-Church of England, and in that sense, anti-English, but the editor, a prominent Reformer, referred constantly in his "Secular Department" to the British constitution and to British rights. History articles in the Cambrian refer to a Welsh common past, often one more glorious than that of England but also considered to be the true British history. The North British Review grew out of the schism of the Church of Scotland that created the evangelical "Free Church". Leaders of that new denomination established the review as their literary organ. The presence of a nonwhite aboriginal population was a fact of life in the colonies, one that set them apart from their British relatives. The subtext for a colonial reader, although it may not have been the Tait's writer's intention, would be the value of the North American colonies. It is always "the British majority", "the British constitution", "the British heart".