Founded in 1840, the Charleston, Illinois Courier was that town's only newspaper until 1857. The Courier was an organ of the Whig party which found subscribers throughout Illinois and in other states, including Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. Among its readers was Abraham Lincoln, whose 1846 subscription was recorded in this volume.
The "Courier Subscription List" is a small 112-page account book. Listed are subscribers, periodicals received in exchange from other publishers, and mail-packets used for shipping the journal. The volume also contains the personal accounts of John A. Mitchell, the item's original owner, and E. G. Earnheart for 1846-47.
Steven P. Hill of the University of Illinois donated this volume to the Library in 1982.