GRUB STREET JOURNAL
Published for eight years between 1730 and 1738, the Grub Street Journal was edited by Richard Russell (1687-1759) and John Martyn (1699-1768). Russell was a physician who believed in the medicinal powers of seawater, and he became highly respected and his approach was very popular. Martyn was a botanist, who published notable books in the field, becoming well-known and respected in the academic world. The Grub Street Journal was a satire on the journalism of the time, named after the road that was home to many publishing houses, which attracted low quality and ethically dubious writers. Many legitimate publications found themselves mimicked and parodied (often unflatteringly) by publishers and writers on Grub Street, turning the name of the road into shorthand for poor quality, ‘hack’ journalism.