London Chronicle

The London Chronicle was an early family newspaper of Georgian London.[2] It was a thrice-a-week evening paper, introduced in 1756,[3] and contained world and national news, and coverage of artistic, literary, and theatrical events in the capital.

The London Chronicle
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London Chronicle, 1761

A typical issue was eight pages, quarto size. Many of the stories were copied from government reports published in the official London Gazette. Copying from other newspapers was rife, and many reports were in the form of letters from so-called gentlemen.

Originally titled The London Chronicle: or, Universal Evening Post it first ran from 1757 to June 1765.[4] It was continued by The London Chronicle which appeared in 113 volumes from 2 July 1765 to 23 April 1823. It was then absorbed by the Commercial chronicle and continued in its original title (London chronicle: or, Universal evening post). In 1823 it was absorbed into the London Packet.[5]

This newspaper was one of the first to break the news that the United States had declared independence from the British Empire, reporting on the event in its 13 August, 1776 edition.[6] It was also one of the first to publish the declaration in its entirety, in the 15–17 August 1776 edition, but containing no explanation or comment as to what it was.[7][8]


  1. ^ Steven McKevitt (9 August 2018). The Persuasion Industries: The Making of Modern Britain. OUP Oxford. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-0-19-255478-9.
  2. ^ A. F. M. Willich (1802), The domestic encyclopaedia, London: Printed for Murray and Highley ...; Vernor and Hood ..., G. Kearsey ...; H.D. Symonds, and Thomas Hurst ...; and the author, OL 24433507M
  3. ^ Notes and Queries. Oxford University Press. 1874. pp. 187–.
  4. ^ James Boswell (1866). Boswell's Life of Johnson: Including Their Tour to the Hebrides. J. Murray. pp. 106–.
  5. ^ "Partial List of Early English Newspapers and Magazines in Pattee". Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Breaking News 1776: First Reports of Independence". 28 August 2013.
  7. ^ The Declaration of Independence - A Global History, By David Armitage, accessed through Google Books 6 March 2009
  8. ^ Publishing the Declaration of Independence, Library of Congress Journeys and Crossings, accessed 6 March 2009