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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.


An Election Sermon (Portsmouth: Melcher and Osborne, 1785)


Regulations for the Order and Discipline of Troops (Portsmouth: Melcher and Osborne, 1785)


Principles of Politeness (Portsmouth: Melcher and Osborne, 1786)

After their partnership ended John Melcher became printer to the State and published several governmental acts, laws, proceedings, and the Constitution.


Journal Proceedings of the New Hampshire Senate (Portsmouth: J. Melcher, 1792)


Journal Proceedings of the NH House of Representatives (Portsmouth: J. Melcher, 1794)


Perpetual Laws of the State(Portsmouth: J. Melcher, 1789)


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…


An Oration on the Fourth of July, 1788 (Portsmouth: George J. Osborne, 1788)


Portsmouth Academy Address (Portsmouth: George J. Osborne, 1791)



Osborne’s New Hampshire Register (Portsmouth George J. Osborne, 1787)[Reprint]

…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.


Osborne’s New-Hampshire Spy (Portsmouth: George J. Osborne, 1789)