The Acquisitions Table: Horseneck Truth-Teller

Horseneck Truth-Teller, and Gossip’s Journal (Greenwich, CT). Aug. 9, 1830.
This is the first volume of a previously unrecorded newspaper. The publisher was given as Diedrich van Tod, but it was actually published by Whitman Mead. According to the prospectus, the paper would contain, “1st, truth; 2d, politics; 3d, anti-masonry; 4th, the spleenful or old maidship; 5th, a list of the public gossips, or women of the town; 6th, a general directory of the inhabitants of the town, with references as to character, occupation &c., for the benefit of strangers, (black-coated beggars will find in this department much valuable instruction); 7th shipping list, price current, and bank note table, with a regular account of the exports, imports, and general trade of the town, and lastly, advertisements.”

The paper lasted three issues before Mead was arrested for libel. During the trial it came out that the paper was printed in New York and quietly shipped to Greenwich for distribution. Gift of Vincent Golden.
~ Vincent Golden

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Vincent Golden

Curator of Newspapers and Periodicals, American Antiquarian Society

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