Benjamin Collins: The Man behind the Newspapers
This chapter discusses the career of Benjamin Collins of the Salisbury Journal. It details Collins' many enterprises, which included other newspapers with London titles and a competing Wessex newspaper, the Hampshire Chronicle. It notes that the accounts for this paper, identified a few years ago in the Public Record Office, provide the sort of detailed information that was unavailable to Roy Wiles and Graham Cranfield when the history of the early provincial newspaper trade was written. It describes the life of Benjamin Collins, which sheds light on the making of a successful bookseller, newspaper proprietor, and entrepreneur. It notes that at the same time, Collins' biography naturally informs a study of the newspapers he controlled.
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