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History of Printing in Maryland, 1791-1800 with a Bibliography of Works Printed in the State During the Period by Rachel A. Minick
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The cause for this editorial could, very possibly, be
traced to one of Brown's verbal entanglements with
William Pechin, a gentleman of strong Jeffersonian
persuasion, who had begun publication of the Baltimore
Intelligencer on March 7, 1798.

Brown may have been sincere when he said he was
"no party man". Put only a few months later, he ad-
mitted that "It is true, this is the only paper in this
city that has any pretensions to federalism."46 In a

day when militia companies were often linked with

political societies47, Brown, personally, in 1798, be-
came captain of the Baltimore Federal Blues48 As
editor, he filled his columns with extracts from Por-
cupine's Gazette, and the Columbian Gentinel, well-
known Federalist newspapers' of Philadelphia and Boston;
and the columns devoted to local debate in the Federal
Gazette were given over to Federalist arguments.
Luther Martin, one of Maryland's leading Federalists
was a noteworthy contributor.

When the severe epidemic of yellow fever broke
out in Baltimore, late in the summer of 1800, the news-


46 Federal gazette. November 17, 1798.

47 cf. Link, l.P. Democratic-Republican societies.
1790-1800 p. 181.

48 Telegraphe. July 24, 1798.

49 Ingle, Edward. William Pechin (1773-1849} his
ancestry and descendants (1591-1914) p. 15.


 

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