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In its early years, the Telegraph and Political Review was a strong supporter of native rights. The paper opposed the Kent administration and supported Hoyles. Always vigilant that the Protestants, and particularly the Church of England Protestants, received their fair share of seats in the legislature and percentage of the political patronage, it also opposed the possibility that the Hoyles administration would admit Catholics to the government. Telegraph publisher Burton was elected to the House of Assembly in 1865 and 1873 as a Carter supporter. The Telegraph strongly supported Confederation and was virulently anti-Bennett. In 1875, the Telegraph became critical of several members of Carter's cabinet and ceased publication the same year, blaming its demise on the sudden loss of government patronage.

This newspaper's description was sourced from Suzanne Ellison's Historical Directory of Newfoundland and Labrador Newspapers.

Place of publication:
St. John's

Dates of publication:
Sept. 17, 1856 - July 7, 1875


Printer, publisher, and proprietor:
John Thomas Burton

Title varies:
Telegraph, Sept. 17, 1856 - Dec. 29, 1869 (check MUN Holdings)
Telegraph and Political Review, Jan. 5, 1870 - June 19, 1872 (check MUN Holdings)
Telegraph, June 26 - July 24, 1872 (check MUN Holdings)
Telegraph and Political Review, July 31, 1872 - July 7, 1875 (check MUN Holdings)


1864-06-01, 1867-06-05, 1868-04-15, 1868-07-15, 1869-10-27 and 1869-11-17 (Only 2 pages available)

1866-08-15 (Only 3 pages available)

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