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The monitor, or, Delaware Federalist. [volume] : (Wilmington, Del.) 1801-1802
Alternative Titles:
  • Delaware Federalist
Place of publication:
Wilmington, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
W.C. Smyth
Dates of publication:
  • Began in 1801; ceased in 1802.
  • English
  • Delaware--Wilmington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01203983
  • Wilmington (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Also issued on microopaque from Readex Microprint Corp.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 120 (Aug. 8, 1801).
sn 84038116
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The Monitor & Wilmington Repository and The Monitor, or, Delaware Federalist

The Monitor and Wilmington Repository, later renamed the Monitor, or, Wilmington Weekly Repository, began publication in Wilmington, Delaware, in June 1800. Edited by William C. Smyth, the newspaper was published on both Wednesday and Saturday. The masthead included a quotation from George Washington's letter of farewell to the army on June 8, 1783, which stated, "Whatever measures have a tendency to dissolve the Union, or contribute to violate or lessen the Sovereign Authority ought to be considered as hostile to the Liberties and Independence of America."

The Repository included public notices such as letters to the Electors of New Castle County for candidates for the office of Sheriff, the implementation of a carriage tax, upcoming elections, and retailers' licenses. The paper also reported on the sale of valuable real estate, rewards for runaway slaves and indentured servants, and stolen livestock.

Its contents ranged from tips for farmers on how to deal with mosquitos to poetry and short fiction. Sometime after May 1801, the Monitor and Wilmington Repository temporarily ceased publication. It resumed in in August of that year as the Monitor and Delaware Federalist. Still under the editorship of William Smyth, the structure and content of the newspaper remained the same.

The rise of Napoleon and other political changes in Europe and the Caribbean led to an increase in foreign news coverage. The August 8, 1801 edition noted, for example, that "Toussaint has been appointed Prefect of the Island of St. Domingo. He regularly corresponds with Bonaparte" and included news of Jacobin conspiracies in France.

It is unknown when the Monitor and Delaware Federalist ceased publication. The last known issue was published on September 1, 1802.

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