The Guernsey and Jersey Magazine (1836-1837)
The Guernsey and Jersey Magazine was a short-lived monthly first published in 1836. That it did not survive any longer than year 2 was undoubtedly due to the extremely boring nature of the majority of its content.
Our site visitors may judge for themselves, because all the editions may be read on line in two volumes:
The magazine was published in Guernsey, as the title suggests, and the content was biased in favour of that island. However, the great majority of the articles had nothing whatsoever to do with the Channel Islands and were of a very high-brow nature, no doubt designed to appeal to an intellectual readership among English-speaking newcomers to both islands.
The indigenous Jerseyman and Guernseyman, still speaking the local patois, would scarcely have been interested in Godolph, the Shell Gatherer, a tale of the Netherlands; On the Food and Nutriment of Plants; Specimens of the Vocal Poetry of France; On the Causes of the Revolution in South America; and On the Originality of Dr Franklin's Writings which were the opening articles in the first edition.
But there were some much more appealing articles on the history of the islands, their commerce and contemporary politics.
We are in the process of digitising some of the most interesting articles and links to them will progressively be added to this page: