Old Newspapers.—Many people take Newspapers, but few preserve them, yet the most interesting reading imaginable, is a file of old newspapers. It brings up the very age, with all its bustle and every day affairs, and marks its genius and its spirit more than the most labored description of the historian. Who can take a paper dated half a century ago, without the thought that almost every name there printed is now cut upon a tombstone at the head of an epitaph. The doctor quack or regular that there advertised his medicine, and their cures,has followed the sable train of his patients; the merchant his ships—could get no such security on his life—and the actor, who could make others laugh or weep—can now only furnish a skull for his successor in Hamlet.
It is easy to preserve newspapers, and they will repay the trouble, for like that of wine, their value increases with their years; and old files have sometimes been sold at prices too startling to mention.
[This is republished in many newspapers. It is reprinted here by the Sandwich Island Gazette, a few years later, 1/21/1837]
(Brattleboro’ Messenger, 5/29/1829, p. 3)