A copy of the Progressionist – Morpeth C. W. dated May 17, 1861 can be seen on microfilm in the Chatham Public Library, the original has been sent to the Archives, Toronto. It was published by I. B. Richardson and Company who had their office in Morpeth, in the upstairs of the Wm. Wilson brick block. It came out Friday at a cost to the subscriber of $1.50 per year, paid in advance. For a motto it had “Life is an advancing tide, which, with all its receding waves goes ever onward.” Despite its motto, however, it is believed that this paper lasted only one year.
The main force behind this publication was Charles Richardson, who was born in 1837 on the Richardson homestead near Morpeth (McKinlay farm Lot 95 TRN). After this enterprise was abandoned Richardson became a brilliant newspaper man in Detroit. His declining years were spent on the homestead here, where he died and was buried in 1904.