In honor of the 302nd anniversary of the founding of the Boston News-Letter on 24 April 2006, I present the following repost from last year:
I quoted extensively from Abel Bowen's 1825 prospectus for The City Record and Boston News-Letter in outlining the goals for my own blog. The image to the left is a scan of the first page of that prospectus, which I present for your edification.
Bowen also provided a short history of the Boston News-Letter, the title of which he appended to his own paper's title:
"Boston has the credit of issuing the first newspaper in North America, which was commenced on Monday April 24, 1704, by John Campbell, Esq. under the title of the The Boston News-Letter. It had been published by Campbell near 18 years, when it was transferred to his printer, Bartholomw Green, who continued it until his death, Dec. 28, 1732, and was succeeded by his son-in law Mr. John Draper, January 4, 1733. Mr. Draper printed the News-Letter about thirty years, and died at 61, November 29, 1762, when it fell to his son Richard Draper. In May 1774, Mr. Draper took John Boyle as partner. The next month Draper died, (June 6, at 47) and his widow, Margaret Draper succeeded him as proprietor of the paper, and Boyle was for a short time her partner; but they dissolved before the commencement of the reolutionary war. After the war began John Howe became Mrs. D.'s partner and remained in business with her until the British troops left here in 1776; at which time the paper was discontinued, after being regularly published for nearly seventy-two years. It was the only paper printed in Boston during the siege. Thus briefly, we have given a history of the paper, the title of which we have revived."
And another repost:
My statement of purpose post
quoted Abel Bowen's prospectus for establishing the City Record and
Boston News-letter. Bowen himself used the Boston News-letter name
because it represented the revival of the name of the first regularly
published newspaper in the American colonies. John Campbell began
publishing the Boston News-letter in April of 1704, so it only seems
fitting to resurrect the name once again to celebrate the 300th
anniversary of the original. Here is an image of the front page of the
issue for 8 May 1704-15 May 1704. David Sloan, a journalism professor at the University of Alabama, wrote a short history of the Boston News-letter, which can be found here.