Posts Tagged ‘1804’

December 12

In his eighty-sixth year, John Boydell—engraver, publisher, and former Lord Mayor of London—died on December 12, 1804, having spent a good deal of his life in the service of the arts and leaving as a lasting memorial a magnificent edition of the works of William Shakespeare. As a youth Boydell had learned surveying, but when [...]

October 30

On this day in 1804 a young printer named James D. Bemis purchased half ownership of the Western Repository in Canandaigua, New York, the pioneer newspaper of Western New York. Just twenty-one years of age at the time, Bemis had already demonstrated the necessary acumen to become a driving force in the western expansion of [...]