The Times newspaper was founded in 1785 by John Walter as The Daily Universal Register, the title of which after 940 editions was changed on 1 January, 1788 to The Times. John Walter was also the first editor of the paper. He resigned in 1803, handing ownership and editorship to the second John Walter. The first John Walter had already spent sixteen months in Newgate Prison for libel printed in The Times newspaper, but his pioneering efforts to obtain European news, especially from France, helped build the Times newspaper reputation among policy makers and financiers.
Thank you! to Petra Mitchinson for transcribing the majority of 'The Times' articles and to Barb Baker for the rest, we have hundreds of transcribed articles still to add. Watch this space !!!