Scissors & Paste

Although reprinting was the backbone of early 19th-century journalism, authors had no real way of discovering the fate of their quips or queries except through chance encounters with other newspapers. Nevertheless, whether prompted by honesty or a desire to establish authenticity, many reprinted articles contained an attribution. These ranged from the very specific to the frustratingly vague but with the aid of these unobtrusive breadcrumbs, the kind support of British Library Labs, and a helping hand from you, we can provide what Georgian authors could only dream of – an true understanding of just who was borrowing from whom.