Thomas Jefferson Papers

Notes on Charleston Printers, 14 March 1800

Notes on Charleston Printers

Mar. 14. Freneau in Charleston had the printing of the laws in his paper. he printed a pamphlet of Pinckney’s Ires on Robbins’s case. Pickering has given the printing of the laws to the tory paper of that paper, tho’ not of half the circulation. the printing amounted to about 100. D. a year.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 108:18559); entirely in TJ’s hand; on same sheet as Notes on Senate Debates, [11–12 Mch. 1800].

Since 1795 Peter Freneau, the brother of Philip Freneau, had with his partner, Seth Paine, published the Charleston City Gazette and Daily Advertiser, and in 1798 they had established the weekly Carolina Gazette. They were official printers for both South Carolina and the federal government. For Charles Pinckney’s Case of Jonathan Robbins, see TJ’s letter to Pinckney of 29 Oct. 1799. The printer TJ labeled a Tory was evidently Benjamin Franklin Timothy, publisher of the South-Carolina State Gazette and founder, in January 1800, of the short-lived Federal Carolina Gazette (Richard B. Davis and Milledge B. Seigler, “Peter Freneau, Carolina Republican,” Journal of Southern History, 13 [1947], 397; Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 2:1024–6, 1032, 1040; Pasley, Tyranny of Printers description begins Jeffrey L. Pasley, “The Tyranny of Printers”: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic, Charlottesville, 2001 description ends , 233).

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