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About Grimshaw's messenger. (Wilmington, Del.) 1858-18??
Wilmington, Del. (1858-18??)
- Grimshaw's messenger. : (Wilmington, Del.) 1858-18??
- Place of publication:
- Wilmington, Del.
- Geographic coverage:
- J. Stradley
- Dates of publication:
- Began in 1858.
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 2 (Apr. 1, 1858).
- sn 88053097
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Grimshaw's Messenger was a monthly newspaper published in Wilmington, Delaware. The masthead noted that it was "A Business and Family Newspaper" that was "Devoted to Manufacturers, Arts, Sciences, and Education." Dr. Arthur Harper Grimshaw served as editor, with Dr. John Stradley as publisher. The newspaper included a column on agricultural information, such as how to water sheep in the winter, tips on plowing and the application of manure, and how to measure corn in an ear. A column titled "Useful Receipts" included information on washing flannel, grafting wax for trees, and preparing rose-colored pudding.
Grimshaw's Messenger also included local information such as a report of a meeting of the New Castle County Teachers' Association. An editorial expressed concern about the lack of farm workers in the state. Grimshaw noted, "we need a great influx of agricultural labor and capital, or Delaware will be blotted out of existence as a sovereign state."
Both Grimshaw and Stradley were physicians, and Grimshaw was also a druggist. As a result, the newspaper contained multiple advertisements for Grimshaw's medical compounds such as worm lozenges. Grimshaw used the Messenger as a means of editorializing on the rise of medical "quackery," which he referred to as a "hydra-headed monster which has withstood the Herculean efforts of science and satire." He also produced and sold flavor extracts and ink in addition to authoring a history of the United States, France, and England, all of which were advertised in the paper.
It is unclear when Grimshaw's Messenger ceased publication.
Provided by: University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE