With an early Whig proclivity and seniority among nineteenth-century reviews, the Edinburgh probed the journalism of numerous societies. Some of its strongest language was on the freedom of and taxes on the press.
1. “Lichtenberg's Miscellaneous Works.” 3 (1803–04): 343–54.
Review of George C. Lichtenberg's book on German literature revealed that he penned for almanacs, reviews, and magazines that “had an extensive circulation through the whole German empire for thirty-six years.”
2. [Jeffrey, Francis]. “Correspondence and Memoirs of John Wilkes.” 5 (1804–05): 477–89.
Denied that John Wilkes extended “private liberty.”
3. “Journal des Mines.” 8 (1806): 78–86; 9 (1806–07): 67–83.
Headlined a French periodical that dealt with minerals.
4. [?Mill, James]. “Filangieri on the Science of Legislation.” 9 (1806–07): 354–73.
Review of Gaetano Filangieri's book emphasized that liberty of the press was “the most inestimable security…of a people, because it gives that tone to the public feelings on which all liberty must ultimately rest.” Yet press freedom existed not by law but by “connivance.” See 18: 98.
5. [Allen, John]. “Mercurio Peruano.” 9 (1806–07): 433–58.
Plumbed a Lima periodical, 1791–94, published by a private society, Amantes de Lima, until its sponsors returned to Spain. Its goal was to present criticism and information. Aside on the Peruvian Guia, an annual.
6. “Janson's Stranger in America.” 10 (1807): 103–16.
Review of Charles W. Janson's book referred to its chapter on American newspaper advertisements, no more measures of taste than the ‘eccentric’ ones in London and country papers.
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