On 27 September, 1731, was published the first issue of the fifth Boston newspaper — the Weekly Rehearsal. This was “Printed by John Draper for the Author.” Though his name never appeared in the imprint, the “author” (or editor or publisher) was Jeremiah (or Jeremy) Gridley. The paper was printed by John Draper from 27 September, 1731, to 14 August, 1732; on and after 21 August, 1732, it was printed by Thomas Fleet at the Heart and Crown. The issue of 28 August, 1732, contained this notice (p. 2/2):

    THe Publishers of this Paper having settled a Correspondence with Gentlemen of the principal Towns of Pensilvania, New-York, Connecticut, Rhode-Island and New-Hampshire, Barbadoes and South-Carolina, as well as in the most considerable Places within this Province, . . . hope, that the WEEKLY REHEARSAL will be furnished with such a variety of News and useful Speculation, as shall give an entire Satisfaction to all Readers; . . .

    From this advertisement, Isaiah Thomas infers that Fleet “was interested in the publication.” However that may have been, on 2 April, 1733, Thomas Fleet became the sole proprietor, for the issue of that date contained this notice (p. 2/1):

    THE Gentleman who first set up and has hitherto been interested in this Paper, having now resign’d all his Right and Interest therein into the Hands of the Subscriber, the Subscriber thinks himself obliged to give publick Notice thereof, and inform all such as have taken or may hereafter take it, that . . . he doubts not but he shall be able to make the REHEARSAL as Useful and Entertaining as any of the Papers now published. . . .

    Thomas Fleet.

    In the issue of 11 August, 1735, numbered 202, was printed this notice (p. 2/2):308

    THe Publisher of this Paper hereby gives Notice, That he intends for the Future to print it every Monday EVENING, (having the Approbation and Advice of several Gentlemen in Town, who are his Customers) . . . and all the Headers in Town may depend upon having it left at their Houses some Time before Dark, (unless upon extraordinary Occasions) which may be a Diversion after the Business of the Day, now the Evenings are grown pretty long.

    The following Monday, 18 August, 1735, instead of continuing the Weekly Rehearsal, Fleet brought out the first issue of the Boston Evening-Post, numbered 203. An account of that paper will be found in this volume under its title.309

    The issues of the Weekly Rehearsal from 27 September, 1731, to 14 August, 1732, were not numbered. The issue of 21 August, 1732, was numbered 47. This was an error, as forty-seven issues had already been published, and hence that issue should have been numbered 48.310

    The practice in regard to Old Style and New Style was somewhat erratic. The issues of 3 January–20 March, 1732, were dated 1732. The issues of 1, 8, and 15 January, 1733, were dated 1732; while the issues of 22 January–19 March, 1733, were dated 1733. The issues of 7, 14, and 21 January, 1734, were dated 1733; while the issues of 28 January–18 March, 1734, were dated 1734. New Style was adopted on 28 January, 1734.

    The bibliographical details relating to the Weekly Rehearsal are arranged under the following four heads:

    • I. Titles.
    • II. Days of Publication.
    • III. Publishers, Printers, and Places of Publication.
    • IV. Devices.


    1731, September 27: The Weekly Rehearsal.




    1731, September 27: Published by Jeremiah Gridley. Printed by John Draper.

    1732, August 14: Last issue printed by John Draper.

    1732, August 21: Published by Jeremiah Gridley. Printed by Thomas Fleet at the Heart and Crown in Cornhill.311

    1733, March 26: Last issue published by Jeremiah Gridley.312

    1733, April 2: Published and printed by Thomas Fleet at the Heart and Crown in Cornhill.