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Houston Musquito

General Entry

The Houston Musquito (Mosquito), a tri-weekly newspaper, began publication in Houston on July 13, 1840. According to the Telegraph and Texas Register of July 15, the "neat little sheet" buzzed harmlessly in its first appearance but might "show a sting before many weeks." The paper was edited by George H. French and printed by Samuel Bangs. In Volume I, No. 59, dated February 7, 1841, French explained that the firm had been unable to secure white paper; numbers 59, 60, 61, and 62, in the University of Texas library, are printed on pink or green paper. Subscription rates for the small two-column four-page paper were five dollars annually or $1.50 for three months. The Musquito contained much advertising, made comments on contemporary papers, particularly the Galveston Herald, which was also having trouble getting paper, and carried the proceedings of the Houston City Council. Attacks against Judge Anthony B. Shelby of the district court of Galveston and Houston in January 1841 resulted in French's arrest and the paper's subsequent demise. It was probably discontinued in March or April 1841, when French moved to Galveston.

Telegraph and Texas Register, July 15, 1940. Marilyn M. Sibley, Lone Stars and State Gazettes: Texas Newspapers before the Civil War (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1983).


  • Journalism
  • Newspapers

Time Periods:

  • Republic of Texas


  • Houston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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