British Library’s early newspaper archive goes online

More than 4m pages, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, reveal that press intrusion and celebrity gossip are nothing new.

…”As for scandals, the British Chronicle in September 1790 had a ripe one about an unnamed peer who fancied his valet’s wife and sent the servant off on an errand which would take him away overnight. The valet was suspicious, hid near his wife’s apartment and locked the couple in when he heard his employer enter, before heading off to the peer’s wife’s chamber on a similar mission. “In the morning gentle readers you may picture to yourselves the confusion of the whole family: his lordship was found locked in the arms of Mrs Anne and her ladyship was discovered in the same situation with Mr Thomas.”

via the guardian