The Free Briton

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The Free Briton. Printed for J.Peele at Locke’s Head in Amen- Corner, Pater-noster-Row. 1733 . Published between 1729-1735 London by William Arnall using the pseudonym Francis Wallsingham. A pro- government newspaper containing politics, satire, literature, and. advertisements. The complete run of the newspaper was from 4 Dec 1729 - 26 Jun 1735 and included issue Nos. 1 -294.  [ Crane and Kaye no. 245]

William Arnall (died May 1736) was an English political writer. Arnall trained in the law, but became a  political journalist as a young man. He was in Prime Minister Robert Walpole's pay , and was employed to counter “The Craftsman” and attacks by Bolingbroke and Pulteney. He wrote the Free Briton under the pseudonym of "Francis Walsingham”. Walpole’s conduct in government provoked an enquiry, which found that from 1731-41 over £50,000 was paid to supporting journalists and writers, with over £10,997 given to Arnall and writers under his influence for promoting the pro-government line in the press. Arnall personally had a pension of about £400 a year, making him the best paid government journalist in London. He also published a number of pamphlets on political and ecclesiastical themes.

Arnall's support for and employment by Walpole made him a regular target for the Whig opposition “The  Craftsman” and Mist’s “Fog's Journal”, and Alexander Pope attacked him in “The Dunciad.”



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