The Phenix was published as a vehicle for the defense and justification of J. B. Palmer, who, on March 31, 1828, had been expelled from the House of Assembly for his misconducts as a solicitor in the Court of Chancery. The first issues were mainly comprised of letters to the editor protesting
Palmer's innocence, many of them written by Palmer himself. A continuation of the paper after the Palmer affair had ended was attempted, with the later issues containing international and local news, advertisements, and anecdotes, but the venture did not succeed. The Phenix saw itself as the adversary of the Prince Edward Island Register.