248,860 paid, 13,714 nonpaid.
David R. Kohut
In September 1743 a new magazine was printed in Boston under the auspices of Rogers and Fowle. Jeremiah Gridley, described by Frank Luther Mott as a "lawyer who had been editor of the Weekly Rehearsal, and was later to make a reputation as a patriot, was editor of the new magazine." 1
According to the editor, the magazine would endeavor to publish
A Variety of Subjects having a certain Quality of unbending and entertaining the Mind: And as we design a Collection of the best and most approved Pieces published in Great Britain and the Plantations, with summary Rehearsals and Quotations from the best Authors that treat of all the Parts of polite and useful Learning; . . . these Collections will amount to a Treasury of various Knowledge and Learning, of the Serious and pleasant, of the instructive and diverting, and help to furnish the Mind with store of choice well digested Apprehensions of Men and Things. 2
Gridley also states that the opinions expressed, right or wrong, should not be blamed on the magazine's staff, for they were to be considered as "mere reporters of facts."
Modeled after the London Magazine, the periodical covered several areas of interest. The first issue included an article by several pastors on the state of religion in North America, testifying against the "evil things of the present day" and promoting "pure and undefiled religion"; a "letter from a Jew" describing the effects of music on the psyche, as opposed to metaphysics; an article on preservatives, and extracts from Dr. Arbuthnot's essay on the diseases of infants with remedies; and some poetry, mostly anonymous. The "historical chronicle" section was devoted to the debates in Parliament, foreign affairs, the proceedings of colonial legislatures, the Indian treaty held in Philadelphia, European wars, and other current events. Reprints from Gentleman's Magazine and London Magazine abound. The magazine ceased publication in 1746.