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The Daily News And The Romanian Principalities

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The liberal Daily News, started by Charles Dickens in 1846, was one of the earliest British newspapers to send correspondents to the Eastern "seat of war". The special correspondent who sent unsigned dispatches from Bucharest between September 1853 and September 1855 was the twenty-three-year-old Edwin Lawrence Godkin, the future founder of the National. Godkin's anti-Austrian History was not perhaps the best guarantee of unbiased journalism, and the young republican Irishman's reports resonated with the deep-seated hostility to Austria shared by liberal sections of his readership in Britain. The British Consul Robert Colquhoun's dispatches to the Foreign Office described the Austrian occupation as &t;unnecessary, immensely unpopular, brutal, despotic and financially ruinous&t;, but, according to Paul W. Schroeder, his reports were grossly exaggerated and based on &t;unverified rumour.&t; Accusations of lethargy and inaction among the Romanian militants made in less sympathetic circles drew venom from the pen of Golescu-Albu.

Keywords: Austrian occupation; Daily News; Romanian Principalities



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