's own Pennsylvania Gazette
, or if we study the Gazettes
, and South Carolina
, the impression is still the same.
The literary news is still chiefly from London
, from two months to a year late.
books are imported and reprinted.
, and his Library Company of Philadelphia has two copies of Paradise lost
for circulation in 1741, whereas there had been no copy of that work in the great library of Cotton Mather
American journalism then, as now, owed its vitality to a secular spirit of curiosity about the actual world.
It followed England
as its mbdel, but it was beginning to develop a temper of its own.
Colonial education and colonial science were likewise chiefly indebted to London
, but by 1751 Franklin
's papers on electricity began to repay the loan.
A university club in New York in 1745 could have had but fifteen members at most, for these were all the “academics” in town.
Yet Harvard had then been sending forth her graduates for more than a century.
William and Mary
was founded in 1693, Yale in 1701, Princeton
in 1746, King
's (now Columbia
) in 1754, the University
in 1755, and Brown
These colonial colleges were mainly