The Boston News-Letter is regarded as the first continuously published newspaper in British North America. Initially, it was heavily subsidized by the British government, with a limited circulation. The News-Letter’s first editor was John Campbell.
In 1722 the editorship passed to Green, the paper’s printer. Green changed the focus of the newspaper to place more emphasis on domestic events.
After his death in 1732 his son John Draper, also a printer, took the paper’s helm. He enlarged the paper to four pages and filled it with news from throughout the colonies. He also had a son, Bartholomew, who was a successful printer.
Published by Green
- Benjamin Colman's Some observations on the new method of receiving the small-pox by ingrafting or inoculating (1721)
- Cotton Mather's A vindication of the ministers of Boston: from the abuses & scandals, lately cast upon them, in diverse printed papers (1722)
- The charter granted by Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the inhabitants of the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. Boston in New-England: Printed by B. Green, printer to the Honourable the lieut. governour & Council, for Benjamin Eliot, and sold at his shop near the Town-House in King's Street, 1726.
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