Boston Gazette

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The Boston Gazette (1719–1798) was a newspaper published in Boston, Massachusetts, in the British North American colonies. It began publication December 21, 1719 and appeared weekly.

Brief history

The paper was started as a rival to The Boston News-Letter, the first successful newspaper in the Colonies, which had begun its long run in 1704. In 1741 the Boston Gazette incorporated the New-England Weekly Journal and became the Boston-Gazette, or New-England Weekly Journal. Contributors included: Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Phyllis Wheatley.

Publishers, and men acting their behalf, included: (dates are approximate)
  • James Franklin (1719)
  • William Brooker (1719)
  • Philip Musgrave (1720)
  • Thomas Lewis (1725–1726)
  • Henry Marshall (1726–1727)
  • Bartholomew Green (1727–1732)
  • John Boydell (d. Dec. 11, 1739) (1732–1736)
  • Timothy Green (1736–1741)
  • Samuel Kneeland (1720–1753)
  • John Gill (1755–1775) DAR Patriot # A044675
  • Benjamin Edes (1755–1794)
  • Benjamin Edes, Jr. (1779–1794)
  • Peter Edes (1779-ca.1784)

The paper's masthead vignette, produced by Paul Revere shows a seated Britannia with Liberty cap on staff, freeing a bird from a cage. Motto: "Containing the freshest Advices, Foreign and Domestic" This issue is often reprinted.

"After the Revolution lost its great contributors and its tone and policy...
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