On Saturday, 17 October, 1778, appeared the first issue of the Evening Post,391 published by White and Adams. The issue of 26 February, 1780, contained this notice (p. 1/1):

    . . . A late Resolve of Congress, by which it appears that in future, two mails a week are to arrive in town from the southward, renders it expedient to alter the day of our publication. We therefore inform the public, that our next paper will appear on Thursday the 9th of March, from and after which time it will be regularly published on that day of the week, by

    The public’s obliged and

    very humble servants,


    There was no intimation of a change in title, as well as in day of publication. The last issue was that of 11 May, 1780, in which was printed the following notice (p. 1/1):

    Printing Office, School-Street, May 11, 1780

    THE publishers of this paper, entering on business while their country was involved in the present war, were unable to procure a press and set of types otherwise than on hire. Those which they obtained, and now make use of, were delivered to them without any written agreement, or even verbal promise of the term for which they were to have them: But they are constrained to say, that they had such intimations, if not assurances, as to make them conclude, that any ungenerous arts, or alluring promises of a Supplanter, would be ineffectual to deprive them of the means of getting a living without proper notice of such an event.

    It is with regret and chagrin we are now obliged to inform our customers, that this office was demanded of us last Week, in a sudden and peremptory a manner, as not to allow us the least time for making provision for carrying on our business in future; — indeed it was with difficulty that we obtained leave to print this day’s paper.

    We are greatly obliged to our customers for their favours. Those of them who are in advance, may depend upon having their money returned as soon as possible. Ana those who are in arrear are requested speedily to discharge their respective accounts.

    WHITE and ADAMS.

    The firm name only is used, and it is impossible to identify the publishers with certainty. It may reasonably be assumed, however, that the senior partner was James White; while possibly the junior partner was Thomas Adams, later of the firm of Adams and Nourse, State printers.

    The bibliographical details relating to the Evening Post are arranged under the following four heads:

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


    1778, October 17: The Evening Post; and the General Advertiser.

    1780, March 9: The Morning Chronicle; and the General Advertiser.392


    Saturday: 1778, October 17.

    Thursday: 1780, March 9.


    1778, October 17: Published and printed by White and Adams in School Street, next door to the Cromwell’s Head Tavern.


    1778, October, 17: Woman seated, holding in her right hand a palm branch and in her left hand a staff on which is a liberty cap; a ship sailing on left, and sun in upper left hand corner.