Beginnings of The Times, 1851-1859
IN a sense The New York Times is the result of an accident, or of a sequence of accidents. Sooner or later Henry J. Raymond and George Jones would have become partners in the production of a newspaper; and wherever or whatever that newspaper might have been, its character would have been fixed by the common ideals which these men held, as its prosperity would have been insured by their unusually fortunate combination of talents. But it was only a chance that this Raymond-Jones newspaper, whose early years established the standard and the character which The Times strives to maintain today, was The New York Times and not The Albany Evening Journal; and it took more accidents to bring Raymond and Jones together in 1851.
The acquaintance and friendship of the two men who directed The Times for the first four decades of its history began in the early forties, in the office of The New York Tribune. Jones, a native of Vermont, had come to New York and gone into business, and had been invited by Horace Greeley to become his partner in the establishment of The Tribune in 1841. Whether from a failure to realize the wider field for newspaper enterprise which was opening in New York, or from a well-grounded distrust of