Do you think you have a News Letter from the 1700s?
Please hunt your attic if so and tell us if you find one.
From 1737 to late 1749, there were around 1,300 News Letter editions, but only 100 or so survive, mostly in the Linen Hall library.
There are a small number of copies from late 1738, and numerous surviving copies from 1739, after which there is a long gap in the archives.
The large number of lost early copies helps makes the October 3 1738 edition (October 14 in the modern calendar), edition 113, which we reproduce today, particularly rare and special.
But perhaps some supposedly lost News Letters will turn up.
Consider the discovery of an old News Letter in Dobbins Inn, Carrickfergus in the 1980s. Renovations uncovered an old fireplace with a pile of papers, including a 1768 News Letter. It is now one of the oldest News Letters in private hands.
The discovery illustrates how a hidden treasure can suddenly emerge, and gives a glimmer of hope for the recovery of some of the lost 1737 to 1750 News Letters.
Our previous appeals to readers to tell us about their old News Letters have revealed 18th century editions on both sides of the border, both sides of the Irish Sea and indeed both sides of the Atlantic, but almost none pre-date the 1790s.
If you have an early News Letter, please email email@example.com or phone 028 3839 5577 and ask for Ben Lowry.
Please note that a copy of a News Letter dated March 6 1738, which has been reproduced before, is often wrongly thought to be the oldest News Letter. It is in fact edition 157, and dates from 1739 in the modern calendar.
This is due to the fact that the Julian new year began in late March.