The newspaper was founded in 1780 by the Reverend Sir Henry Bate Dudley, former editor of The Morning Post. It was initially a liberal paper aligned with the Prince of Wales, but later became aligned with the Tories. In 1843, it was bought by Edward Baldwin, then after his death in 1848 was acquired by James Johnstone, who also owned the Evening Standard. He differentiated the two newspapers by charging 4d a copy for the Herald and only 2d for the Standard. This was initially successful, and he briefly created the Evening Herald as a companion to the Morning Herald, but neither edition made a profit, the evening edition soon closing and the Morning Herald closing in 1869.
- The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: Volume XIV - The Victorian Age, Part Two
- Margaret Oliphant, The Victorian Age of English Literature, p.288
- Modern English Biography, I-Q p. 1805, Frederik Boase, 1897