The History of Leith

September 26, 2006

By Electric Telegraph: Rumoured Death of the Duke of Wellington

This report begins: ‘At an early hour yesterday evening the following intelligence reached town by electric telegraph, taken from a sixth edition of the Sun:- “His Grace the Duke of Wellington expired at half-past three this (Tuesday) afternoon at Walmer-Castle.”‘ The broadside was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh, and the report was apparently taken from the ‘Edinburgh Witness’, which in turn had the ‘Sun’ newspaper as the source of the story. It is dated Wednesday, September 15th 1852, and at the foot of the broadside a handwritten annotation has added ‘Confirmed by Electric Telegraph of Today – 15 September’. for more click here

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