John Melcher (1759-1850) and George Jerry Osborne (1761-1800)
In 1785, John Melcher, a former apprentice with Daniel Fowle in Portsmouth, moved to Exeter, New Hampshire and formed a partnership with George Jerry Osborne.
After their partnership ended John Melcher became printer to the State and published several governmental acts, laws, proceedings, and the Constitution.
The Laws of the State of New Hampshire (Portsmouth: J. Melcher, 1792)
Osborne went on to publish pamphlets, books, and sermons, examples of which can be seen below…
…and also newspapers. He started to publish New-Hampshire Spy, a bi-weekly paper, in 1786. In March, 1789, he renamed the paper Osborne’s
New Hampshire Spy and it continued under that name until it was discontinued in 1793.
In September, 1799, Osborne started the Republican Ledger.