185 Fleet Street, London EC4

Image: Norman Watson: “The panels were created in 1913 during a major refurbishment. The building was formally reopened in 1914 by the Dundee MP Winston Churchill.”

From: Chapter One (1706-1724) of Benjamin Franklin in London (2016) by George Goodwin:

“There was also one collection which proved extremely important for (Franklin’s) writing as well as his thinking. As he wrote in his Autobiography:

About this time I met with an odd Volume of the Spectator. It was the third. I had never before seen any of them. I bought it, read it over and over, and was much delighted with it. I thought the Writing excellent, and wished if possible to imitate it. With that View, I took some of the Papers, and making short Hints of the Sentiment in each Sentence, laid them by a few Days, and then, without looking at the Book, tried to complete the Papers again, by expressing each hinted Sentiment at length and as fully as it had been expressed before, in any suitable Words, that should come to hand.

Then I compared my Spectator with the Original, discovered some of my Faults and corrected them.

The admiration of the younger Franklin for the writings of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele was to continue to the very end of his life…Franklin had allowed himself some hyperbole, as Addison himself seemingly did with “I shall be ambitious to have it said of me, that I have brought Philosophy out of Closets and Libraries, Schools and Colleges, to dwell in Clubs and Assemblies, at Tea-tables, and in Coffee-houses.” Except that it was an ambition both achieved and sustained.”

From Wikipedia:

“The Spectator is a weekly British magazine on politics, culture, and current affairs. The Spectator‘s founder, Scottish reformer Robert Stephen Rintoul, former editor of the Dundee Advertiser and the London-based Atlas, launched the paper on 6 July 1828. Rintoul consciously revived the title from the celebrated, if short-lived, daily publication by Addison & Steele.”

From Wikipedia:

“Established in 1801 as the Dundee Courier & Argus, the entire front page of The Courier used to contain classified advertisements – a traditional newspaper format for many years. In 1926, during the General Strike The Courier was merged with The Advertiser.”

From The Drum of 5.8.16:

“DC Thomson, publisher of the Sunday Post, the Dundee Courier and the Aberdeen Press & Journal plus, is closing its editorial office in London.

Its two London-based journalists, Gavin Sherriff and Darryl Smith, along with a journalist working in the north of England, are leaving the publisher.

Three new roles – an investigations co-ordinator in Glasgow, and two news and features reporters in Edinburgh and Inverness – are being created, meaning there is no overall job loss.

The aim is to strengthen the Sunday Post’s coverage in Scotland by introducing a new edition structure, the publisher said.

DC Thomson is the last newspaper publisher to have an office on Fleet Street. The closure of its editorial office means there are no remaining journalists working on the street, the original home of publishing in the UK.

The London office will not be closed completely, with advertising staff still working there.”

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