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Newspaper Elizabeth-Town Gazette (Elizabeth-Town, N.J.) 1818-1821 Elizabethtown gazette

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About Elizabeth-Town Gazette (Elizabeth-Town, N.J.) 1818-1821

The Elizabeth-Town Gazette was established on September 8, 1818 as a Republican newspaper in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It was a four-page weekly published by James & Edward Sanderson. The paper was to be “devoted to the dissemination of correct intelligence” and “endeavor as far as practicable to give a correct view of public affairs.”

Elizabeth was the first English settlement in New Jersey and the first capital of the Royal Province of New Jersey. In 1664, a group of English families from Long Island built homes in Achter Kol (later Elizabethtown), when the territory was still under Dutch control. The families formed the Elizabethtown Associates and purchased the land area west of Newark Bay, including the area of current day Elizabeth. The land was especially desirable as the soil was fertile for farming; there were waterways for travel and transporting goods, lumber for building and the ocean for commerce. Elizabethtown’s strategic position across from Manhattan, along with stagecoach routes from Princeton to Elizabeth and the Morris Turnpike connecting Elizabeth and Morristown, enabled the area to thrive, and by, 1820 it had a population of around 3,515.

The Elizabeth-Town Gazette reprinted news items from around the United States and the world for its readers. London, Madrid, and Frankfurt were popular sources for articles. There was very little local news, and New Jersey news was mainly confined to legal notices about cases before the courts, and reports on the New Jersey Legislature reprinted from the Trenton True American.

Advertisements give a glimpse into life in Elizabeth in the time-period. Aaron Ogden was a regular advertiser and the newspaper published his advert weekly. Aaron Ogden had planned for the steam boat running between New York and New Brunswick to stop in Elizabethtown to pick up goods and passengers. He later ran a steamboat between Elizabeth and Jersey City, and in 1817, Ogden built a new steamer called “Atlanta” which journeyed between Elizabeth and New York twice a day, advertising the schedule in the Elizabeth-Town Gazette. The bookstore regularly published a “choice list of books” just in from New York, Boston and Philadelphia and the dry goods store, C.S. Winans & Co. advertised their gins, wines, sugars, teas, and fabrics.

The final issue of the Elizabeth-Town Gazette was published on February 27, 1821 when the paper merged with the New-Jersey Journal and became the New-Jersey Journal & Elizabeth-Town Gazette.

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About this Newspaper


  • Elizabeth-Town Gazette (Elizabeth-Town, N.J.) 1818-1821

Other Title

  • Elizabethtown gazette


  • Sanderson, James
  • Sanderson, Edward

Dates of Publication

  • 1818-1821

Created / Published

  • Elizabeth-Town, N.J. : J. & E. Sanderson, 1818-


  • -  Elizabeth (N.J.)--Newspapers
  • -  New Jersey--Elizabeth
  • -  United States--New Jersey--Union--Elizabeth


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Began with vol. I, no. [1] (September 8, 1818 issue); ceased with Feb. 27, 1821 issue.
  • -  Includes bibliographical references (Shaw & Shoemaker 43928; Brigham, C.S. Amer. newspapers, page 496).
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Description based on: Vol. I, No. [1] (September 8, 1818).
  • -  New-Jersey journal (Elizabeth, N.J. : 1792) 2641-1180 (DLC)sn 84026490 (OCoLC)10466771
  • -  New-Jersey journal & Elizabeth-Town gazette (DLC)sn 84025700 (OCoLC)10293334


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn85025061

OCLC Number

  • 11561183

ISSN Number

  • 2835-2297

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Elizabeth-Town Gazette Elizabeth-Town, N.J. -1821. (Elizabeth, NJ), Jan. 1 1818.

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(1818, January 1) Elizabeth-Town Gazette Elizabeth-Town, N.J. -1821. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Elizabeth-Town Gazette Elizabeth-Town, N.J. -1821. (Elizabeth, NJ) 1 Jan. 1818. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,