Proliferation of Newspapers
By Cheryl Bolen
taxation, high cost, and government censorship that included
prosecution for libel, newspapers proliferated during the
In 1816, there were 31
national newspapers, including 14 in London. Daily papers
included The Times, The Morning Chronicle, Morning Post,
and The Morning Herald.
The leading newspapers
of those were John Walters' Times, which catered to
the Tories; James Perry's Morning Chronicle, a
vehicle for the Whigs; and The Morning Post, which
was heavily supported by the Prince Regent. Each of these
was a morning newspaper.
included The Sun, The Courier, The Globe, The Star, The
Traveller, and The Statesman. Other daily papers
were The British Press, The Public Ledger, and The
Monday-Wednesday-Friday included The London Chronicle,
The London Packet, and The Evening Mail.
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, the Commercial Journal,
the St. James Chronicle, General Evening Post, and
The English Chronicle appeared.
published only on Mondays included the Farmers Journal,
Country Chronicle The News, the Hunt Brothers' infamous
Examiner, the National Register, and Bell's
publications included Cobbett's influential Political
Register and Mirror of the Times while
Baldwin's Journal appeared only on Friday, as did the
Cost of newspapers was
a hefty 7 pence. It was estimated that because of the high
cost, each newspaper passed through twenty pair of hands.
They were also available at coffee houses and circulating
—This article was first published in The Regency Reader
in July 2012.