In March 1872, Edward L Davenport and Frederick W Goodwin began publication of the Ipswich Chronicle. Several years later, I.J. Potter became the proprietor. He and his brother J. M. Potter created a chain of papers which included the Ipswich Chronicle, Amesbury Villager, Lynn Reporter, Lynn Bee and the Yankee Blade of Boston.
The Ipswich Chronicle published a report on the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Ipswich (1634), with introductory comments by owner and publisher I. J. Potter, and illustrations by Arthur Wesley Dow and Everett S. Hubbard.