A Phalanx of First-Class Wits

  • Dennis Griffiths


During these years of great change in the reporting of Parliament in the press, newspapers still endeavoured to provide a service describing the latest social affairs and nowhere was this more apparent than in the coffee-houses — especially those in the Covent Garden area. The centre for the proprietors of The St. James’s Chronicle was the Bedford. As George Colman and Bonnell Thornton remarked: ‘This coffeehouse is every night crowded with men of parts. Almost every one you meet is a polite scholar and a wit; jokes and bon mots are echoed from box to box; every branch of literature is critically examined, and the merit of every production of the theatres weighed and determined.’ It was here that the phalanx of first-class wits provided many of the exclusive stories for the Chronicle.


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