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publisher of the Monthly Political Register, a two- One of the active contributors to the politica penny paper, published in 1836. This gentleman, press of this period was William Carpenter who was prosecuted more than twice or thrice, who is still alive. He wrote the Peerag for selling Paine's Age of Reason—a work which for the People,” the_“Political Text-Book, nobody cares to buy or read, now that any one “Anecdotes of the French Revolution," may print and sell it-is also still alive, though other popular works published by Strange, Tegg he has retired from business. Mr. Watson &c. ; but his most marked effort to evade th brought out the Investigator, under the manage- stamp duty was by writing a Political Lette ment of Charles Southwell. Then, again, we every week, and, after the manner of Junius meet with the names of Holyoake, Nicholson, addressing each one to a different public person Patey, and others, which we readily recognise. age. This letter, contained a summary of all the

But, it may be asked, what sort of papers political news of the week. Thus, a letter to the were these unstamped journals that the Govern- Duke of Wellington or to Earl Grey, would, on ment tried in vain to suppress ?

publication, make readers acquainted with al It is to be regretted that nothing like a com. they desired to know. But the Government plete collection of them is anywhere to be found. stopped the issue of these letters as an infringeThe British Museum Library possesses only a ment of the stamp act. few of the more prominent among them; and, Among other unstamped papers were the in consequence of their being published surrep- Monthly Political Register, price 2d. ; the Weekly titiously, and in defiance of the law, the very Police Gazette ; the Penny Satirist, a broadsheet names of many have passed away from public issued by Mr. Cousins as a cheap substitute for a memory. Indeed, no record of them, apart from

weekly newspaper, adorned with cuts of ratherthe brief notices in the journals of the Somerset rude and primitive appearance. This publication House prosecutions, is known to exist; and their

was continued long after the reduction of the history never has been, and never can be, fully

stamp duties.

Then we find the Free Press, the told.

Weekly Herald, 24d., published and edited by We may say, however, that many of the un.

“Benjamin Franklin, junior,” a nom de plume stamped newspapers published between 1833 and

assumed by Mr. Cousins to consuse the stamp 1836 were little, if at all, inferior to the low

office people. In the same way, Hetherington priced weekly journals of the present time. They called himself Watson, and Cleave adopted were all intensely radical. Many were republican, the name of Wakeling. The Weekly True and some blasphemous; but that was a sort of

Sun, edited by John Bell, a relation of the pronecessity of the times, and of the manner of

prietor of Bell's Life in London ; the People's their production. Opinions ran a little more Police Gazette, the National, the London Dispatch, wild-or were at least expressed with somewhat

with a portrait of Richard Oastler ; the Pioneer, more of warmth and openness--at the period of Holt's Chronicle, the British Liberator, the Mun, Lord John's Reform Bill than in these days of

the Cosmopolite, the Newsman's Weekly Chronicle, respectable mediocrity and flat political senti- and the Movement. ment. The most foul-mouthed and licentious

The London Dispatch and People's Political paper, we regret to say, was the John Bull, a

and Social Reformer, was one of the most pro. high-priced weekly journal, much patronised by the Tories, and edited by Mr. Theodore Hook;

minent of the unstamped papers. It was carried but it possessed the redeeming feature of being

on previous to September, 1836; and after the

reduction of the stamp duty, appeared as a a thick and thin supporter of Church and State. The popular high-priced paper was the Weekly

stamped weekly paper, price 3 d.

Its first Dispatch, the property of the late Mr. Alderman

number under legal auspices bears an address Harmer. In this paper appeared the free-think

from its proprietor and editor, in which he says,

in italics-- The trade in unstamped papers is ing letters of “Publicola.' The Dispatch was

virtually aholished by the new Aci.

The new pablished on Sundays, and was commonly lent out by newsvenders at a penny an hour, not.

Stamp Act, that precious legacy of the Whigs, withstanding the heavy penalty incurred by so

came into operation on the 15th inst. (September, doing. All the unstamped papers had their par,

1836). I have therefore suspended, for the preliamentary debates, their reports of law and

sent, my intention of bringing out a penny police cases, their comments on men and things,

pamphlet paper, till I can see what can be done and their advertisements-of course free of duty

towards effecting the same end through a news. in every case where the payment of the duty

paper. We make a hazardous experiment, for could be evaded.

less than 16,000 copies cannot be made to pay." The Weekly Police Gazette (published by Cleave

Mr. Hetherington was a true prophet. The and Strange) was, for instance, what we should

reduction of the stamp and advertisement duties now call a rather rabid specimen of radicalism.

did virtually abolish the trade in unstamped But it contained no more of obscenity or ribaldry

papers-a trade which has never revived; for, than is to be found in Reynolds' Newspaper or

while the old Act compelled the authorities to the Police News of later date. It had a wood. summon offenders before a magistrate, the new cut heading, with figures of a woman as Truth,

Act
gave
them

power to seize unstamped papers and a labourer as Justice, and bore mottoes from

which contained news, wherever and whenever Sallast and Madison : “Liberty with danger is

they might be found ; and to break into any to be preferred to slavery with security;""A printing-office, and seize not only any unstamped well-instructed people alone can be a free

newspapers, but all other printed paper, type, people.” On the front page it had generally a

presses, machines, and all other implements of political caricature-such as a poor man carrying

printing, for the use of “His Most Gracious home a bundle of clothes being stopped by a

Majesty.” rongh-looking fellow, who insists on examining There were certainly questions raised, from the parcel, to see if it contains any unstamped time to time, as to what is news, and what papers. It was tolerably well printed on thin, constitutes a newspaper ; and on more than one poor paper, and was published weekly, at two. occasion, literary and scientific papers—like the pence a copy. Cleave's business fell off after the Atheneum and the Mechanics' Maqazine, for inreduction of the duty.

the authorities never went to extremities, and Thursday in October, to receive a report from a contented thamselves with allowing such periodi- Committee which has been sitting for some cals to stamp those portions of their impressions months past on the Apprentice and Turnover which were intended to be forwarded by post. question. It is not known what course of action The definition of a newspaper was never, indeed, the Committee will recommend. The last time finally settled, although it was attempted in the the compositors struck in a body was on the case of the Household Narrative, in 1852.

apprentice question, when they were signally It appears strange to us that successive parlia- defeated. The masters are just as determined ments so long resisted the reduction of the stamp now, as then, not to be interfered with as to duties and abolition of the taxes on know. whom they shall employ. With regard to turn. ledge ; but it must be borne in mind that the overs, it is possible that the masters may unite arguments employed by the early advocates were with the men in effecting an alteration ; for the not calculated to impress legislators with the present system is said to have been a great cause force of their reasoning. The unstamped papers

of that deterioration which has taken place were uniformly opposed to the Government. in the personnel of compositors, of which some They held up its leading men to ridicule, and of the respectable employers complained at the bitterly satirized every act in which prominent

Conference with the men on the Advance of Whigs or Tories took part. The reduction of the Wages' question. stamp duties in 1836 was received with derisive A dispute has taken place between Messrs. thanks ; and even the liberal stamped papers of Wyman and their compositors, with reference to the time covertly insulted the lawmakers by a the St. Stephens Chronicle. The men claim to weekly announcement thus : “ Price of the be paid for it as a newspaper, not only on the paper, 3d. ; taxes on knowledge, 4d. : total, 7d." ground that it contains bond fule news, but also But with the ameliorations inaugurated by the that it is composed under all the disadvantages Reform Bill of 1832, and followed by the abolition

connected with a newspaper.

Messrs. Wyman of the Corn Laws in 1846, the final extinction of declining to pay for it other than as a publicathe enactments which fettered the press seemed tion, the men took out summonses against them certain. Readers of to-day know how great has in the Westminster County Court for the extra been the impetus given to education and social charge. Mr. Wyman, jun., has since made an reform by unfettered liberty of printing. They

affidavit to the effect that the result of the trial maintain, with Joseph Story, the American will materially affect him, as well as the whole poet, that

body of master printers, and that as the case “Here shall the Press the people's rights maintain, involves many nice points, it would be more Unawed by influence and unbribed by gain."

satisfactory to have it tried in a superior court.

He has thus succeeded in getting the case PRINTING TRADE GOSSIP.

removed to the Court of Common Pleas, where The printing trade has been exceedingly flat it will be tried immediately after the long during the past month, not only in London, but vacation. The result is anxiously looked for throughout the provinces. From Sheffield, Man- ward to by both masters and men. chester, Liverpool, and Birmingham, we have The letter-press printers of Manchester, who the same tale-trade dull, general depression. about two years ago obtained a reduction of Nearly double the usual number of compositors four hours' labour a week, have now memorialized travelling with trade cards have been relieved in their employers for an advance of two shillings the country during the past twelve months, and upon their present minimum wages. Althougà the London Society has expended large sums in the masters have not yet replied to the memorial, relieving its unemployed members, of whom the journeymen appear to be sanguine of success, about 200 are still on the call-book.

believing that an open rupture would be very A short time ago, there appeared in the inconvenient to their employers. Morning Star an article describing most patheti- Messrs. Unwin, printers, whose premises iv cally the abject condition of the out-of-work Bucklersbury are required for city improvements, compositors at Racquet Court. The account have received £8,431 by way of compensation. was very much overdrawn, and, as it turned out, Their business will be removed to Daford Court, not strictly correct. However, it had the effect Cannon Street. of inducing a benevolent lady to offer £20 to the Messrs. Kelly & Co., who some months ago Secretary for their relief. The Committee, how- removed their printing business to 15, Gate ever, instructed the Secretary to thank the lady Street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, have just taken No for her kindness, and respectfully to decline the 12, Carey Street, as their publishing office and

at the same time informing her that the counting house. statements which induced it were much exag- The Printers' Readers of London, adopting gerated. A letter in reply to the article was sent the suggestions contained in the BOOKSELLER OL to the Star, but that paper refused to insert it. Jan. 31, have resolved to ask their employers

The members of the Loudon Society of Com- for a higher rate of remuneration. A General positors, at their last Delegate Meeting, granted Meeting of the correctors of the £30 from their funds to the Tailors' Association at the Salisbury Hotel, Salisbury Square, on the to assist them in prolonging the strike against 17th instant, under the pre-idency of Mr. Charles their masters. The system of picketing was Dickens. There was a full attendance. Mr. denounced by the Compositors, who lamented the Dickens said he had consented to occupy the dishonourable conduct of which the tailors had chair for two reasons-first, because he thought been guilty. Some members very pertinently asked, “ What has the Compositors' Society to

that openness and publicity in such cases were do with the tailors ?” But this sensible query

a very wholesome example, very much needed

at this time, and were highly becoming to s was regarded as inadmissible by the majority, body of men associated with that great pablic who evidently think that the interests of masters safeguard—the press ; secondly, because he knew are antagonistic to those of the employed, and that all who resist deserve to be supported.

from some slight practical experience what the

duties of correctors of the press were, and how A special Delegate Meeting of the London those duties were usually discharged ; and be

offer ;

press was beid money of

mechanical, that they were not mere matters of A new and complete library edition manipulation and routine ; but that they required Thackeray's works is announced by Mes from tho-e who performed them much natural Smith, Elder, & Co, to be completed in al intelligence, much super-added cultivation, twenty volumes. The illustrations will incl readiness of reference, quickness of resource, an all those printed in the original editions, prin excellent memory, and a clear understanding. from the woodcuts which have never before b The first resolution expressed the opinion of the used ; also some new ones. The publishers meeting that the value of the services rendered in possession of new and interesting matt by the Printers' Readers of London was not which will be printed in this series, and they adequately recognised by their employers. The that every care will be taken to make thi second was to the effect that a memorial, of complete and permanent edition of Thackera which the following is an abstract, be adopted works. by the meeting :“The lower purchasing power of

OBITUARY late years has been the cause of an advance of June 10. At his residence, Hackney, 1 Wages in most skilled trades. The major part Charles Wright. The deceased, who was bo of the printing trade has shared in this advance, about the year 1809, was, at the usual age, a bat readers have been overlooked.

prenticed to Mr. Wickstead, of Great W: " Reading being a mental operation, a reader's Street, and afterwards of Old Compton Stre efficiency depends upon his personal qualifica- Soho. From thence he went as assistant tions. A minimum salary is not, therefore, Mr. John Bohn, Henrietta Street, father of M fixed, but an advance of ten per cent. is re- Henry G. Bohn, and about the year 1834 enterquested. Overtime should be better regulated, the service of Messrs. Payne & Foss, in Pall Ja readers often getting a lower payment for night- where his knowledge of books and attention work than compositors.

business gained him many friends; among "The more a reader learns the more valuable them Mr. Penn, of Stoke Pogis, who invited hi he is to his employer ; study should, therefore, to become his librarian, a post which he accepte | be encouraged by liberal treatment. The recent and about the year 1854 he left London for hi

advance having raised the rate of the compositor, new employment, thinking that he wonld remai that of the reader should be proportionately

there for life ; but in this he was disappointed raised, so that the old distinction should be at as Mr. Penn's circumstances underwent a reverse least maintained.

and the fine library was broken up. Messrs “Further, the employment is unwholesome,

Payne & Foss having given up their business study is expensive, and a reader's position and

Mr. Wright went to Mr. Lionel Booth's, in Re (if at all educated) tastes involve a greater out

gent Street, but his attempt to cultivate the trad lay in the necessaries and conveniences of life

in expensive books was a failure. He next se than those of other printers."

to work to produce an exact reprint of the firs The remaining business was the appointment

edition of Shakspeare. Of this publication b of a Committee to sign and present the Memorial

saw two parts through the press; but disagreeing to the Master Printers of London, and, if

with Mr. Booth over the work, he left, and Mr

Booth employed some one else to prepare the necessary, to confer with them thereon. A vote of thanks to the Chairman having been

third and concluding part. The loss of his situa carried by acclamation, Mr. Dickens, in reply,

tion preyed upon his mind, and he fell into a bac

state of health, unfitting him for any further stated, that they were heartily welcome to the small scrvice he had rendered, and expressed his

employment; and in this condition he remained belief that their calm and temperate proceedings

up to the time of his death. A widow, with six

daughters and one son, are left totally unprowould finally result in the establishment of

vided for. relations of perfect amity between the employers and the employed, and consequently, in the

Aug. 29. At Edinburgh, aged 91, Mr. Duncan general welfare of both.

Stevenson, printer and publisher. This gentle

man was well known in Edinburgh, where he A new composing and distributing machine, had been intimately connected as a publisher, a to work by steam, has been recently patented by newspaper proprietor, and a printer, for nearly Mr. Mackie, of Warrington, and is announced three-quarters of a century. * He was born in to be ready in a few weeks. It is stated that Argyllshire, and at an early age succeeded tu this machine is capable of composing fifty the estate of Glenfeochan, near Oban, which had columns, provided it be the same matter, simul- been acquired by his father, who bad successtaneously. It is intended to supply these fully worked the quarries of Balachoilish. As columns, set in new miniou, length of the Times, the eldest of several sons and daughters, among on loan, at 23. 6d. each. The customer to whom whom the estate was divided, Mr. Duncan these columns are supplied, to be at liberty to Stevenson was in the position of heir without a break up the matter in any way to suit his re- sufficient income to support a large estate. He quirements. Practical men have grave doubts therefore disposed of his property, divided its as to its success, for, if the machine will do all proceeds among the legatees, and invested his

Where, they ask, is its own share in the printing and publishing firm utility ?” Newspapers can be supplied already of Mundell & Doig, at that time one of the with stereo paragraphs by the single inch as well largest and most successful in Edinburgh. But as column. Stereo plates cost less for carriage this firm did not long maintain its old supre. than type, and stand less chance of being macy, and Mr. Stevenson withdrew from it, and damaged or broken. Besides, many provincial set up for himself as a printer, chiefly of law newspapers have two or three pages printed in the stirring times of the Peninsular War disLondon, and thus dispense with plates altogether.

papers, After a while he became the proprietor Mr. Mackie admits an enormous stock of type and printer of the Edinburgh Chronicle and the is necessary: Printers find it as cheap to stereotype their formes and work from the plates; it

Edinburgh Corresponulent. He spared no exertion

ir procuring the earliest intelligence from the economises their type and gives them the sana

tricire of operations, and set an examnle of anti advantage as if the matter im Tront

Mr. Mackie says,

lowed by the Scottish press. Soon afterwards tercourse. The business will be carried on by her he was appointed publisher of the Beacon, an younger son, Mr. Edward Heard, who has been uncompromising and thoroughly Tory, paper; associated with her for upwards of thirty years. but not being able to carry out certain views Sept. 14. At Cookham, Thomas Henry Ryall, of his own, he withdrew from the Beacon, and historical engraver to her Majesty. Mr. Ryall in 1833, on his appointment as printer to the began his career as an engraver by the producUniversity of Edinburgh, removed to Bank tion of Lodge's Portraits. Subsequently he en. Close, and thence, as City improvements ex. graved Sir William Ross's miniature portraits of tended, to Thistle Street, where he conducted the Queen and Prince Albert; also Sir George the first stereotyping establishment in Edin- Hayter's Coronation picture, and Leslie's picture burgh. These premises being burnt down in of the Princess Royal's christening. These semi1816, were speedily rebuilt, and the business public commissions procured for him the title of was again in full operation. In 1856 he re- Historical Engraver to her Majesty ; but the work tired from the printing business, which he sold to which his name is most frequently attached is to Messrs. Blackwood, and henceforward con- the series of Portraits of Conservatives who floufined himself to the stereotyping branch, which rished about the time of the first Reform Bill. is still carried on by his son. Mr. Stevenson was September 17, at Christchurch, Hants, aged a genuine Tory of the old school; he possessed 75, Mr. Joseph White, bookseller and stationer, great business talents, agreeable and courteous an old and much respected inhabitant of that manners, a firm will, a generous spirit, and an ancient town. Mr. White, who was born March2, open hand. At the time of his death he was 1792, commenced business in the year 1819. He the oldest deputy-lieutenant in the county of was entirely self-taught, and appears to have Argyll, his commission bearing date Sept. 25, been a man of great industry and perseverance ; 1802, four years before the battle of Trafalgar ! in his first essays in binding, he made his own

Aug. 31, Mr. Benjamin Nock, aged 52, for boards by pasting sheets of old newspapers to. more than a quarter of a century a well-known gether, but afterwards turned out some respectmedical bookseller, and one of the firm of S. and able work, and bound the greater portion of the B. Nock, now of 16, Bloomsbury Street. The library of the late Lord Stuart de Rothesay, at business will still be carried on under the same Highcliffe Castle. He also taught himself the form of address.

art of printing. The business, at first the only September 1. At 12, Pelham Place, Bromp- bookseller's in Christchurch, will be carried on ton, aged 61, Mr. David Craven, of the Educa- by the widow, in conjunction with her son. tional Department in the South Kensington Sept. 21. At his residence, Painter-Stainers' Museum. "The deceased, a native of Yorkshire, Hall, Little Trinity Lane, aged 63, Mr. Frederic was, we believe, for some years in the house of Guest Tomlins. The deceased was formerly in Messrs. Baldwin and Cradock, and afterwards in the employment of Messrs. Whittaker & Co., as hat of Messrs. Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., publishing clerk and literary assistant to the whence he went to the late Mr. Pickering as late Mr. George B. Whittaker, and left about managing and confidential assistant. On the the time of that gentleman's death. He soon break-up of the business, after Mr. Pickering's afterwards commenced business as a publisher in death, Mr. Craven obtained an appointment at Southampton Street, Strand, and there issued the South Kensington Museum.

a periodical called the Self Educator, which Sept. 10, at her residence, Boscawen Street, was not very successful. He afterwards opened Truro, aged 79, Mrs. Elizabeth Heard, bookseller, a shop for new and second-hand books in Great printer, and publisher of the West Briton news. Russell Street, Bloomsbury, near the British paper; one of the oldest and most respected Museum ; but this after a while he gave up, and members of the provincial trade. A gentleman, confined his attention to literary pursuits. In who is well acquainted with the West of Eng. his early days he was a contributor to Hethelani, thus writes respecting this estimable rington's Poor Man's Guardian, and latterly to lady :-“I know of no woman connected with the Weekly Times, in which the series of articles the book and newspaper trade, who was better signed “Littlejohn " were from his pen. He known and more respected than Mrs. Heard. was sub-editor of Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Paper, She had carried on business in Boscawen Street, and was, we believe, editorially connected with Truro, for close upon sixty years, and I will the Weekly Times, and also, soon after it started, venture to state that no commercial gentleman with the Leader. As a Shakespearian scholar he who ever called upon her but would be struck had few superiors. He was Secretary to the with her great judgment, her courtesy, and the Shakespeare Society, and for many years wrote desire which she ever evinced to do unto others the dramatic criticisms of the Morning Adrertiser. as she would be done unto.' Mrs. Heard was He was also the author of a play, brought out at the widow of Mr. John Heard, the founder of the Sadler's Wells, entitled “ Garcia ;” a History business, and lost her husband about forty-five of England ; a History of the United States of years ago.

She was left with a youthful family America; a Universal History; and several other entirely dependent on her exertions. She was works published in parts. On the death of his born in London in the year 1787, her father, uncle he was elected clerk of the Painter's Com. Mr. Goodridge, being a successful tradesinan. pany, an office which had previously been held Her mother was from Edinburgh. Those who by his grandfather. remember the perilous days a journalist had to September 21. At Durhain, aged 88, Mrs. pass through from the year 1815—the time of Frances Andrews, bookseller, widow of Mr. the peace — to the time of the repeal of the George Andrews, by whom the business was Corn Laws, are aware that it was

founded in 1808. Mr. Andrews died in 1832, matter to conduct the business affairs of a apd the business was carried on for the benefit leading newspaper like the West Briton and of the widow by her son George, who died in Cornwall Auvertiser ; but Mrs. Heard was a 1861, and her daughter, Frances. The latter, in woman of great industry and integrity, and 1862, married the eminent architectural engraver, in the conduct of a large miscellaneous business Mr. John Henry Le Keux, and since that date for a long series of years, she won golden the busi pess has been carried on by Mrs. Le Keux, aniniona from evervone with whom she had in- under the name of Andrews & Co.

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