London Evening Post
Front page of the London Evening Post for October 21-23, 1746
|Type||Tri-weekly, later daily|
|Editor||Richard Nutt, Samuel Nevill, John Meres, John Miller|
|Founded||17 December 1727|
The paper was first published on December 17, 1727 by Richard Nutt (1694-1780) on a tri-weekly schedule matching the primary post nights (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). It appears to have been immediately successful. Samuel Nevill took over the enterprise in 1730, and started to cover politics more than his predecessor (who mainly avoided it). (Nevill later emigrated to colonial America, where he served as a judge and speaker of the assembly in New Jersey, and as mayor of Perth Amboy, before dying in 1764).
John Meres (1698-1761, grandson of Sir Thomas Meres) took over management of the paper in 1737, first as a partner with Nutt, and also printing the Daily Post. For 10 weeks in 1740 Meres was jailed for printing remarks about a parliament act regarding trade. After publishing a letter about the government in 1754, Richard Nutt was found guilty of libel, and sentenced to the pillory in addition to being fined. Meres was also once fined for mentioning a nobleman in the newspaper. After Meres died in 1761, his son (also John) took over the business. The younger Meres was called before the House of Lords in 1764 to explain a "vague and slightly anti-Scottish remark" regarding Lord Hertford.
After Richard Nutt died in 1780, the paper also reportedly folded, though there are archives of the paper in the same name that date past 1780. John Miller (c. 1744-1807), who was printer of the Post in 1770s, was charged with libel five times and at times jailed for it; he later moved to South Carolina in 1783 and started newspapers there.
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