The Maryland Journal, and the Baltimore Advertiser of Friday, August 20, 1773, is the first issue, "Vol. I, Numb. I," of the first newspaper published in Baltimore. William Goddard was the editor and publisher. It is known to have been reprinted eight or more times. The quality of the paper and the style of type make it possible to distinguish the reprints from an original. Aside from this, the following variance should be noted:
Source: Information Circular 7 (Revised 1957).
The Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, and the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, have the only original copies of this issue on record. Copies about which the Library of Congress has been consulted have always proven to be reprints. These have little monetary value.
The Library of Congress does not have an original copy, although it has several reprints.