May 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A SERMON on the Death of the Rev. GEORGE WHITEFIELD.” George Whitefield’s afterlife in American newspapers continued in an advertisement published in the May 25, 1771, edition of the Providence Gazette.  Whitefield, one of the most prominent ministers associated with the eighteenth-century religious … Continue reading May 25

April 22

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Sermon, on the death of the Rev. Mr. GEORGE WHITEFIELD, preached by JOHN WESLEY.” In the months following his death in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1770, the commemoration and commodification of George Whitefield became a minor industry as printers and booksellers … Continue reading April 22

March 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A SERMON, on the Death of the Revs. Mr. GEORGE WHITEFIELD.” The simultaneous commemoration and commodification of George Whitefield’s death in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1770, continued six months later in the March 28, 1771, edition of the New-York Journal.  John Holt, … Continue reading March 28

August 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A few of Mr. Wesley’s Sermons on the Death of the Rev. George Whitefield.” Eleven months had passed since George Whitefield died on September 30, 1770, while visiting Newburyport, Massachusetts, when John Carter, printer of the Providence Gazette, once again advertised “A few … Continue reading August 31

July 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Medals of the Rev. G. Whitefield, deceased.” Samuel Hall, printer of the Essex Gazette, inserted several of his own notices in the July 23, 1771, edition, interspersing them among other advertisements.  In so doing, he promoted additional revenue streams and filled space that … Continue reading July 23

May 14

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Medals of the Rev. G. Whitefield.” George Whitefield, one of the most prominent ministers associated with the eighteenth-century religious revivals now known as the Great Awakening, died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1770.  Newspapers in Boston published the news the following day.  … Continue reading May 14

May 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “An ODE set to Music, consecrated to the memory the Rev. GEORGE WHITEFIELD.” In the months immediately after the death of George Whitefield on September 30, 1770, a variety of printers, booksellers, authors, and others produced and marketed an array of commemorative items … Continue reading May 9

May 2

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Sermon … By the Rev. Mr. WHITEFIELD.” Following the death of George Whitefield in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1770, printers, booksellers, and others marketed a variety of items to commemorate the loss of one of the most prominent ministers associated with … Continue reading May 2

April 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “INNOCENT BLOOD CRYING TO GOD FROM THE STREETS OF BOSTON.” When ships from England arrived in American ports in the spring of 1771, they delivered news of reactions to George Whitefield’s death from the other side of the Atlantic.  The prominent minister died … Continue reading April 29

April 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Wesley’s SERMONS, on the Death of … GEORGE WHITEFIELD.” In the fall of 1770, Daniel Fowle and Robert Fowle, printers of the New-Hampshire Gazette, extensively covered the death of George Whitefield, one of the most prominent ministers associated with the eighteenth-century religious revivals … Continue reading April 26