clear space clear space clear space white space
 r c h i v e s   o f   M a r y l a n d   O n l i n e

PLEASE NOTE: The searchable text below was computer generated and may contain typographical errors. Numerical typos are particularly troubling. Click “View pdf” to see the original document.

  Maryland State Archives | Index | Help | Search
search for:
clear space
white space
A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland: 1686-1776 by Lawrence C. Wroth
Volume 435, Page 117   View pdf image (33K)
 Jump to  
clear space clear space clear space white space

Typographical Beginnings in Salt/more

in Philadelphia, bore the imprint of John Dunlap. He is said to have re-
tired from business in 1795 possessed not only of a handsome fortune, but
of a reputation unique in journalism, "that whilst he conducted a news-
paper, he never inserted a paragraph which wounded the feelings of an in-
dividual."1 He died in Philadelphia in the year 1812.

Not satisfied with the extent of his Philadelphia printing and newspaper
business, John Dunlap began the publication in Baltimore on May 2, 1775,
of Dunlap's Maryland Gazette; or the Baltimore General Advertiser, the im-
print of which read, "Baltimore: Printed by John Dunlap, at his Printing-
Office in Market-Street, where Subscriptions at Ten Shillings per Annum,
Advertisements &c. are received for this paper, and all manner of Printing
Work done with the utmost expedition." For more than three years Dun-
lap continued the proprietorship of this, the second Baltimore newspaper.
It was excellently edited, well printed and distinctly literary in its tone. It
is probable that in giving it up in 1778, Dunlap yielded to the pressure of
work which his position as printer to Congress entailed upon him.


Dunlap's office in Baltimore was conducted by James Hayes, Jr., who,
becoming ambitious, bought the property from its founder in the year 1778.
On September 8th of that year Hayes announced that he was about to re-
move his printing establishment to a house four doors above Mr. Grant's
tavern on Market Street, where "having engaged the office of Mr. Dun-
lap, the original Proprietor," for whom, as he asserted, he had carried on
the business "upwards of three years past," he now proposed to continue
"in his own Name" the printing trade in all its branches. In the following
week the newspaper appeared with the changed title, The Maryland Gazette,
and Baltimore General Advertiser, volume 4, number 177, with Dunlap's
name removed from the title and displaced in the imprint by that of James
Hayes, Junior. It ceased publication in this form on January 5, 1779, and
its proprietor went to Annapolis to enter a field which the temporary cessa-
tion of Green's Maryland Gazette had left open a year or more earlier.There,
in April 1779, he began the publication of the Maryland Gazette, and An-
napolis Advertiser,2 newspaper whereof even the memory would have dis-
appeared had it not been for the preservation in the Library of Congress of

1 Isaiah Thomas records this and the other foregoing facts in regard to Dunlap. He seems to have been una-
ware, however, of Dunlap's Maryland connection.

2 See Brigham, C. S., Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820. (Part III), in Proceedings of the Ameri-
can Antiquarian Society, April 1915. The author's indebtedness to Mr. Brigham is such as must be acknowledged
by all investigators of American literary history.



clear space
clear space
white space

Please view image to verify text. To report an error, please contact us.
A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland: 1686-1776 by Lawrence C. Wroth
Volume 435, Page 117   View pdf image (33K)
 Jump to  

This web site is presented for reference purposes under the doctrine of fair use. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: The site may contain material from other sources which may be under copyright. Rights assessment, and full originating source citation, is the responsibility of the user.

Tell Us What You Think About the Maryland State Archives Website!

An Archives of Maryland electronic publication.
For information contact

©Copyright  October 06, 2023
Maryland State Archives