Connecticut Newspapers in the Eighteenth Century

Connecticut Newspapers in the Eighteenth Century

Connecticut Newspapers in the Eighteenth Century

Connecticut Newspapers in the Eighteenth Century

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The first printing press in Connecticut was set up at New London by Thomas Short in 1709, three quarters of a century after the founding of the river towns, but it was not until 1755 that James Parker founded at New Haven the Connecticut gazette, the first newspaper in the colony. Between that date and the close of the century no less than thirty-five other papers were inaugurated, eight of which enjoyed a career of some length.

Parker Gazette was a modest affair printed on a half sheet of foolscap folded over so as to make four pages, each about six by ten inches in size. The front page of the initial issue, of April 12, was a prospectus promising subscribers that they would receive weekly the latest news, articles of an educational value, and advertising service at reasonable rates. There was not a great deal of news in this first issue--an item from London describing the cruel murder of somebody's wife, and another brief note from the same city recounting the fitting out of several naval vessels for the French war then beginning.

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