The Constitutional Telegraphe (1799-1802) was a newspaper produced in Boston, Massachusetts, at the turn of the 19th century. The paper sympathized with the Democratic-Republican Party, and supported Thomas Jefferson. Publishers included Samuel S. Parker, Jonathan S. Copp, John S. Lillie, and John Mosely Dunham.
"In February, 1802, Lillie was indicted for libel on Judge Dana, and on conviction was fined $100, and sentenced to three months' imprisonment. He bade farewell to the readers of the Telegraphe in a long article dated 'Boston Gaol, March 30 — 19th day of Imprisonment.' On April 14, 1802, the paper was issued in the name of J.M. Dunham as printer and editor, who, a few weeks later, changed the title to Republican Gazetteer."
Some historians dismiss the Telegraphe as relatively insignificant. Justin Winsor, for instance, writes: "the ultra-Republican organ ... [was] unable to show any reason for its existence, lasted but about three years. ... The Telegraphe was but one of several papers which the ill-considered enthusiasm of political parties set on foot in the last years of the century, which lived a few months or a few years, and died leaving no sign."
- "Published every Wednesday and Saturday at Parker's printing office, south side State Street, east corner Kilby Street;" cf. Constitutional Telegraph; Date: 10-05-1799
- "Jonathan S. Copp, for the proprietor, at his printing office, south side State Street, and corner Kilby Street, Boston;" cf. Constitutional Telegraphe; Date: 07-19-1800
- Nelson, 1918; p.412
- "From J. M. Dunham, the Republican Gazetteer passed into the possession of Benjamin True, and Benjamin Parks, who gave it another new name, — The Democrat. These gentlemen employed as editor, an Englishman, by the name of John Williams, — an author by profession, better known by his assumed signature, Anthony Pasquin. ... The Democrat was discontinued in 1808." cf. Buckingham.
- Justin Winsor. The memorial history of Boston: including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880, Volume 3. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882
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- Joseph Tinker Buckingham. Specimens of newspaper literature, v.2. Boston: Redding and Co., 1852; p.308+. Google books
- William Nelson. Notes toward a history of the American newspaper, v.1. NY: C.F. Heartman, 1918. Google books
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