The venture was not made wholly on his own responsibility, Mr. Allen
proving his faith in his favorite apprentice by advancing the money requisite for the purchase of the paper and its equipment; but this was done quietly and without the knowledge of others than the parties concerned.
, who left Mr. Allen
's home when his apprenticeship ended, and returned to Mrs. Farnham
's, always gratefully remembered the kind friendship and encouragement of his old master, and declared that ‘a better father, a better1
master, a worthier citizen, or a man of more integrity, benevolence, and steadfastness of character’ did not, to his belief, exist.
The Free Press
was a four-page sheet, measuring 11 3/8 x 17 1/2 inches to the printed page, and with five columns on a page; the subscription price was $2.00 a year.2
The very first number showed a marked improvement in typographical taste and arrangement over its predecessor the Courant
, and indicated that the new editor had clearly-defined ideas as to the appropriate matter and make — up of a good newspaper.
The first page was usually devoted to selected miscellany; the second to the proceedings of Congress and the State Legislature, foreign and domestic news, and the editorial department; while the third and fourth pages contained sundry items and paragraphs, the ship news, poetry column, advertisements, etc. The motto displayed under the title of the paper—‘Our Country, Our Whole Country, and Nothing but Our Country’—was somewhat different from that which the editor adopted for the Liberator
, five years later.
But he was now full of patriotism in its narrower sense, and the leading article in the initial number of the Free Press
, occupying nearly two columns of the first page, was an impassioned argument and demand for the settlement by Congress of the ‘Massachusetts
Claim,’ namely, for indemnification on account of the