Our A Midwestern Perspective section of our Civil War collection consists of seven newspapers published in Indiana between the years of 1855 and 1869.
These items provide pre-and post-Civil War information, in addition to coverage of the Civil War itself.
Ownership of the newspapers included Democrats, Republicans and the Know-Nothings.
In addition to the Civil War coverage, these papers include ads and other news stories that help researchers gain a broader view of life in the 1860s in the American midwest.
This item appeared in the Weekly Vincennes Gazette on September 12, 1863.
Editing a Paper is a very unpleasant business.
- If it contains too much political matter, people won’t have it.
- If it contains too little they won’t have it.
- If the type is small the can’t read it.
- If we publish telegraph reports folks say they are nothing but lies.
- If we omit them they say we have no enterprise or suppress them for political effect.
- If we publish original matter they damn us for not giving selections.
- If we publish selections folks say we are lazy for not writing more and giving them what they have not read in some other paper.
- If we have in a few jokes, folks say we are nothing but a rattle head.
- If we give a man complimentary notices,we are censured for being partial.
- If we do not, all hands say we are a greedy hog.
- If we insert an article which pleases the ladies men become jealous.
- If we do not cater to their wishes the paper is not fit to have in the house.
- If we attend church they say it is only for effect.
- If we do not they denounce us as deceitful and desperately wicked.
- If we speak well of any act of the President,folks say we dare not do otherwise.
- If we censure they call us traitor.
- If we remain in the office and attend to business, folks say we are too proud to mingle with our fellow-men.
- If we go out, they say we never attend to business.
- If we do not pay all bills promptly, folks say we are not to be trusted.
- If we do pay promptly they say we stole the money.
- If we wear poor clothes they say business is poor.
- If we wear good ones they say we are a spend thrift.
Now what is a poor fellow to do?
Collection: The Civil War
Publication: Weekly Vincennes Gazette
Date: September 12, 1863
Title: Editing a Paper
Location: Vincennes, Indiana