- Get Involved
HOUSTON MUSQUITO. 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).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "HOUSTON MUSQUITO," accessed March 25, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eehyz.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on March 27, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.