The Chronicle is Launched

  • Dennis Griffiths


The introduction of the stamp tax by Parliament did not have the desired effect of permanently reducing the sales of the newspapers, as trade was increasing and with it the size and power of the commercial classes. Despite this punitive measure, by 1750 the combined circulations had trebled.1 One immediate effect, however, was a decline in the sales of daily newspapers and those of an essay-type nature. The death of The Spectator had marked the end of an era, as few people were now prepared to purchase this style of publication: the future belonged to the thrice-weeklies, such as The Post-Man (which were intended mainly for country distribution) and, above all, the weekly newspapers.


Assure Expense Dine Briton 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    H. Herd, The March of Journalism p. 65.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    M. Harris, Newspaper History ch. 4: The Structure, Ownership and Control of the Press, 1620–1780’, p. 84.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Ibid., p. 85.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Apprentices’ Register Book, 1666 to 1727 ( MS, Stationers’ Hall ).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Court Book (MS, Stationers’ Hall).Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    S. Morison, The English Newspaper p. 144.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Charles H. Timperley, Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, VIII pp. 478–9.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    S. Morison, op. cit., p. 144.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Richard P. and Marjorie N. Bond ‘The Minute Books of The St. James’s Chronicle’, Studies in Bibliography p. 28.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Bath Postal Museum.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    M. Harris, Newspaper Distribution during Queen Anne’s Reign p. 141.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    The St. James’s Chronicle Issue no. 1, Guildhall Library, London.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Richard P. and Marjorie N. Bond, op. cit., p. 22.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    D. M. Griffiths, Encyclopedia of the British Press p. 561.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Ibid., p. 164.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Richard P. and Marjorie N. Bond, op. cit., p. 27.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson p. 111.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    H. Herd, op. cit., p. 99.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Francis Williams, Dangerous Estate p. 44.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    File copies, Guildhall Library, London.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    G. Binney Dibblee, The Newspaper p. 165.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Richard P. and Marjorie N. Bond, op. cit., 27 February 1770; 3 August 1770; 21 December 1770; 4 September 1771.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    D. Johnson, House of Lords Records Office.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Dennis Griffiths 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Griffiths

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations