Having disposed of the “VINEYARD GAZETTE” established to EDGAR MARCHANT, its former proprietor and founder, we bespeak for him the same cordial support accorded to us during the pleasant five years passed in editorial duties in this office. Mr. Marchant, so well-known to the readers of the Gazette in years past, needs no further introduction to the present patrons of the paper he founded and placed on a substantial and enduring basis.
With the best wishes for the continued prosperity of the Vineyard, and sincere thanks to those who have so generously supported us, we step aside, and transfer the pen to abler hands.
The local paper mirrors the character and temper of its supporters. See to it that the “Gazette” has nothing to chronicle but pleasant transactions and a steady march of improvement upon the dear old Vineyard.
Persons indebted to the subscriber will find bills ready for them at the office, which Mr. Marchant is authorized to settle.
-Charles M. Vincent



Mr. Marchant, as the reader will learn from the preceding notice of Mr. Vincent, finds himself, after an absence of nearly ten years, in the dear old editorial chair of the Gazette once more. He will do what he can to fill it well. He does not expect to make the paper better than it has been. That would be a hard task. Under Mr. Vincent’s control of the Norfolk County Register, a paper of influence, published in Randolph, Mass., and we feel sure that his future success is well assured.

We should disguise the truth if we did not say that it is with pleasant feelings that we return after a long absence to Edgartown to take charge of the paper which was started by ourself some twenty-seven years ago. Great changes have taken place; many who were here have passed away, among them business men, and new faces appear on the streets. The experiment of a paper upon the Island has proved a success, and an advantage to the people. We enter upon our work with a purpose to make the Gazette honorable to the place, and a welcome visitor in all the families of the Island and in those of numerous friends abroad. We desire to have the assistance of all, especially of those who proved themselves able and welcome correspondents in the years which are gone.
We wish the prosperity of the whole Island, and shall labor to that end. The world is moving as it never has moved before; and our own country is manifesting great activity and enterprise in developing her resources and making improvements. The Vineyard has felt the electrical touch of the times, and now steps fourth in right royal earnest to win wealth and fame. Already the attention of thousands in other parts of the land has been drawn to her as a place of summer resort. The marvellous beauty of our location; the cooling and healthful breezes of the sea, allure the stranger in the summer months to our sea-side home; and new and tasteful buildings erected by them, adorn our shores and sea-boarders. In short, we are rising like a city of the sea to the view of beholders. All we have to do is to continue united, work solidly together, and secure the harvest.