Writing Up The Times Newspaper

Dr. Dibdin, in his Reminiscences, relates:--"Sir John Stoddart

married the sister of Lord Moncrieff, by whom he has a goodly race of

representatives; but, before his marriage, he was the man who wrote

up the Times newspaper to its admitted pitch of distinction and

superiority over every other contemporary journal. Mark, gentle reader,

I speak of the Times newspaper during the eventful and appalling

crisis of Bonaparte's invasion of Spain and destruction of Moscow. My

friend fought with his pen as Wellington fought with his sword: but

nothing like a tithe of the remuneration which was justly meted out to

the hero of Waterloo befel the editor of the Times. Of course, I speak

of remuneration in degree, and not in kind. The peace followed. Public

curiosity lulled, and all great and stirring events having subsided, it

was thought that a writer of less commanding talent, (certainly not

the present Editor,) and therefore procurable at a less premium,

would answer the current purposes of the day; and the retirement of Dr.

Stoddart, (for he was at this time a civilian, and particularly noticed

and patronised by Lord Stowell,) from the old Times, and his

establishment of the New Times newspaper, followed in consequence. But

the latter, from various causes, had only a short-lived existence. Sir

John Stoddart had been his Majesty's advocate, or Attorney-General, at

Malta, before he retired thither a second time, to assume the office

of Judge."

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