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This is a copy of the front page of the first edition of the Guardian, published on May 5 1821
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July 5, 1929
and a bike ride home
From the Guardian archive
Friday July 5, 1929
Five days after briefly announcing CP Scott's
retirement, the paper carried this report on an inside news page:
We quote the following further comments from
the press: New York Herald Tribune. "The 'Manchester Guardian' was founded by
John Edward Taylor in 1821, and for fifty-seven of the intervening 108 years
Taylor's nephew, Mr CP Scott, has been its editor.
"The 'Manchester Guardian' was a great paper before young CP Scott, 25 years old
and just three years out of Oxford, became its editor in 1872, but in the
intervening decades it has achieved much higher distinction. All over the world
when men speak of standards in journalism they must take the Manchester Guardian
He has written day after day the leaders. He read every proof, and when "or "
was used for "nor" he scribbled a note to the sub-editor. When the paper was put
to bed at midnight Mr Scott, until he was well past seventy-five, mounted his
bicycle and rode five miles home.
Scott showed his courage when he boldly defied his Government and denounced its
course throughout the Boer War, so that police had to mount guard at his office
and his home."
Daily Herald: "Mr Scott has just received a congratulatory message from the
King. President Wilson, who, when on his visit to this country ten years ago,
told American correspondents that "the most interesting man he had met in
England was Scott of the 'Guardian.' "
British Weekly: "The quality of this influence is quite easily and simply
stated. It is the influence of character."
Christian World: "Mr CP Scott's resignation is an event like the abdication of a
Neue Freie Presse (Vienna): "Through his fight against the unjust clauses of the
Versailles Treaty, his intervention in the interest of real peace end
understanding and through his fearless exposure of British, French and Belgian
colonial scandals, he has often come into conflict with public opinion in his
Hirlap (Budapest): "During the 57 years of his editorship the 'Manchester
Guardian' strove for objectivity, and this virtue the paper employed in
connection with everybody and everything even if it concerned its own party.
When during the Premiership of Mr Lloyd George the publishers of newspapers were
one after the other created viscounts and barons, a timid knock was tried at the
door of Mr Scott. Yet he never accepted any rank or distinction."
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June 30, 1855
A day of rhapsody for newspapers
From the Guardian archive
Saturday June 30, 1855
As the bill for the abolition of the
compulsory stamp duty on newspapers has now passed the House of Commons, we see
no reason to abstain from making an announcement which we withheld so long as
the success of the measure now before parliament remained in doubt.
Shortly after the new law shall have come into
operation, most probably at the commencement of July, the Guardian will become a
DAILY PAPER, and the price (when unstamped) will be Twopence, instead of
Fivepence, as at present; in other words, we shall furnish our readers with six
papers per week for a shilling, instead of two for tenpence.
The Newspaper Stamp Act - Will it Realise Public Expectations?
Today the press, from duty free,
Appears on every side;
Whilst competition reigns around,
And news is scattered wide.
A perfect flood of papers rise,
Like breakers in the storm,
Of every size - at every price -
And every make and form.
We know not what results may rise,
Of failure or success,
From this important privilege,
Conceded to the press;
But let us hope it will extend
And stand the great palladium
Of Britain's sacred ground!
The press it has a trumpet-voice,
Which sounds from shore to shore;
It tells the world - the mighty world,
The treasures of each store:
It tells of Hyam's warehouse vast,
His efforts and success,
And does it not expatiate
Upon his wondrous dress?'
In children's dress the stock superb,
For midsummer excites
That feeling on the public mind
Which pleases and delights:
Splendour and cheapness both combine,
With fashion and display,
Whilst there you see the greatest choice,
This summer holiday!
B. HYAM, National Tailor, Clothier, Hatter, Cap Manufacturer, Hosier, and
Outfitter, 86 and 88, Market-street, Manchester. Travelling cushions, pillows,
HELLEWELL's, 15, 17, 19, 21, Corporation-street. Dust and rain coats, for hot
weather. Electric india rubber combs. Nursing aprons, Cot and Crib Sheets.
Genuine African arrowroot. Just arrived. Apply at THOMAS CLEGG's, 28,
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