The Leicester Journal


In Memory of
John Gregory
1727 – 1789

The items collected here are almost entirely gathered from Leicester’s first newspaper, The Leicester Journal (later The Leicester and Nottingham Journal), first published in May 1753 by John Gregory, in the Market-place, Leicester. Sadly, copies of the Journal from before 1759 are now lost.

Rochester’s Jests

This day is published, Price only One Shilling,

Adorned with a Curious Frontispiece (being a merry companion for Christmas Holidays), the Second Edition, with the Addition of many Curious Originals in Prose and Verse,

Rochester’s Jests;
or The Quintessence of Wit.

Containing an entire new Collection of funny Jests, droll Stories, keen Repartees, merry Jokes, excellent Puns, comical Bulls, egregious Blunders and quaint Conundrums. To which is added, The Poetical Puzzler, consisting of a choice Collection of the newest Riddles, Rebusses, Epigrams, Epitaphs, &c. Likewise two original Love Letters. The whole, being free from Obscenity so frequent in other Books of this kind, is calculated to inspire Mirth and Good Humour, without giving offence to the chastest Ear.

Happy the Man who, free from Care and Strife,
In silken or in leathern Purse retains
++++—A Splendid Shilling

Printed for J. Wilkie, in St. Pauls Churchyard, London.

The Lover’s Instructor

Just published, Price only One Shilling,

or the Whole Art of Courtship.

Containing 1. The most ingenious Letters, written to and from both Sexes, relative to Love and Courtship. 2. Love Epistles in Verse, written in an elegant Stile. 3. The Politest Personal Conversation between Lovers, &c. &c.

To which is prefix’d

A Preface, directing each sex how to make a prudent Choice in a Partner for Life; and several other curious particulars.

Love’s the most generous Passion of the Mind,
The softest Refuge innocence can find;
The Cordial Drop Heav’n in our Cup has thrown,
To make the Nauseous Draught of Life go down.

London: Printed for J Cooke, in the Strand.

an old and notorious offender

Last Monday ended the General Quarter-Sessions of the Peace for this Town, when Thomas Taylor, an old and notorious offender, was convicted of robbing Mr. Willson of a hackney-saddle (which was found upon him) and was sentenced to be publickly whipt as this day, in a cart, from the East-Gate round the pillory and back again. ’Tis said great intercession is made to have his sentence mitigated to a private flogging, which the greatest part of his neighbours as earnestly hope will not succeed. Upon notorious offenders severe correction becomes necessary for the sake of public example.

the murder of Robert Riley

Yesterday morning John Haddon, of Whitick in this County, was committed to gaol by Mr Tilly, Coroner, for the murder of Robert Riley. ’Tis said that the deceased and Haddon were drinking together at a public house on Saturday last and that the deceased was very quarrelsome, and would have the prisoner fight with him, which he refused; that they afterwards went to bed together and lay till morning: that in the morning, Riley, the deceased, still urged Haddon to fight with him, which he at length did; and having the better of the battle, took the advantage of the deceased’s being down, and abused him in a terrible manner, of which wounds he died. The coroner’s inquest have brought in their verdict Wilful Murder.

found in an entry

On Thursday last, a child about a month old, wrapped up in blankets, and laid in a basket, was found in an entry in Red-cross-street. It was left about nine o’clock and found soon after, but the mother is not yet found out, though strict enquiry has been made. The infant was taken proper care of by the parish officers, and is very well.

Here Love his golden Shafts employs

Last week was married at St. Martin’s in Leicester, Mr. Fox an eminent Surgeon and Apothecary, to Miss Foster, an agreeable young Lady with a considerable fortune.
++On Monday last Mr. Mason, Woolstapler, was joined in the same happy union to Miss Erpe: Also at the same time and place Mr. John Heyrick an eminent Attorney was married to Miss Polly Erpe. Soon after the ceremony, the new married couples set out in two Post Chaises for Matlock in Derbyshire.
++And yesterday was married at All-Saints in Leicester, Hurley Vaughan Esq; Counsellor, to Miss Bracebridge, an agreeable young Lady; immediately after the ceremony they set out for London.——A great many more matches are talked of, and ’tis expected will be speedily consummated; so happy a disposition at present reigns predominant in Leicester,——

Here Love his golden Shafts employs, here lights
His constant Lamp, and waves his purple Wings:
Here reigns and revels; ———

++Last week died at his House near St. Martin’s Church in Leicester, Joseph Cradock, Esq; a gentleman possessed of a very large fortune, which descends to his only son. And on Sunday last died at his House at Knighton Edmund Cradock, Esq.

Chevalier Taylor, Ophthalmiator

They write from Northampton that Chevalier Taylor, Ophthalmiator (Oculist) to all the crowned heads, arrived in that town the 7th instant, that the next and following day such an extraordinary concourse of people afflicted in the Eye demanded his assistance, that his lodgings were almost inaccessible. We can assure our readers that the Chevalier will certainly return to the Three-Cranes in this town on Monday evening next, and will not depart hence till Tuesday morning next, not only to perfect the recovery of those under his care, but to give his aid to a great many other persons who complain of defects of sight, and that he has engaged to undertake in this neighbourhood, of which all who labour under any disorder of the eye are desired to take notice.

To the Chevalier Taylor, Ophthalmiator, Pontificial, Imperial and Royal, Etc.

Hail, curious Oculist, to thee belongs
To know what secret Springs of Vision move
The Ball of Sight, what inward cause retards
Their native Force; what Operation clears
A clouded Speck, or bids the total Frame
Resume the lustre of the lucid Ray.
—‘Tis thine to tell—How veiled to gloomy shade,
The darkling Eye retires, not feels the Force
Of Solar Beam—Anon a darting gleam
Shoots through the Glass, and gives the bright’ning Orb
To visit light.—I see the liquid Stream
Flow, as the guiding hand directs the Way,
And bids it enter, where a total Gloom
Has drawn dark Cover o’er the seat of Sight,
Whether in Choroied, or nervous Net,
Fair Vision shines, thither the streaming Rays
Converge their force; and in due Order range
Their coloured Forms.—Anon the Patient sees
A new Creation rising to the View
In living Light! There blows the flowing Mead
With Sweets of ev’ry Bloom; there limpid Rill
Glides on soft foot—Here fair Pomona smiles
In Luxury of Charm—There Flora paints
Her vari-coloured Train.—Here Lunar Orb
Soft sheds her Silver Light to cheer the Gloom
Of languid Night, till Orient Sun reveals
A living Scene with radient Lustre spread.—
Go on, though favourite of Heav’n, to bless
The darkling World with Light, give it to see
The Maker’s Works, and teach the grateful Tongue
To sing the Praise, for what the Eye beholds
To rapture raised, fair work of Power divine.
While others court the Populace for Fame,
And envy Merit which they cannot claim,
Be thine the task to beam in open Day,
And shine with Lustre of unborrowed Ray.

Mr Springthorpe’s Post-Chaise

At the Sign of the Running Horses in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Takes this Method to inform the Public, that he has now set up a genteel two-wheeled Post-Chaise, with able Horses and a careful Driver, at 6d a mile.

as two men were sinking a Well

They write from Hinkley in Leicestershire, that last week as two men were sinking a Well, they were both unfortunately killed by the sides falling in upon them; one of them left a wife and large family, the other was a young man, and who was that week to have been married.

an Evil Spirit

For more than a fortnight past an Evil Spirit has much frequented the Market-Place and neighbourhood, and exceedingly diverted itself in playing its pranks and terrifying passengers; it has generally appeared about ten at night, dressed like the ghost in Hamlet, arm’d cap a pee; last Sunday night in particular, it frightened a poor woman, many months gone with child, who instantly fell into convulsions, and in that condition, lay in an entry, many hours, and has also had frequent returns since: But we’ve the pleasure to inform the public, that on Wednesday the Spirit was dicovered, apprehended, and taken before William Wright Esq., Recorder of the Borough, and obliged to find security for its real appearance at the next General Quarter-Sessions.

from the Quarter Session Rolls

Mary Gibson, singlewoman, to appear and answer charges to be made by Mary Lee. [Touching and Concerning the said Mary Gibson dressing herself in a dress called a Masquerade dress and exposeing herself in such dress whereby the said Mary Lee was affrighted in such manner as caused her to fall into Fits.]

a gentleman of high rank

On Monday last a gentleman of high rank was committed to our county gaol, charged with shooting his Steward, of which wounds he died, on Saturday last.—The particulars of the fatal catastrophe, we beg to be excused inserting.

Dr. Timons, the famous operator for the Ears

Doctor TIMONS from London, the famous operator for the Ears, is just arrived at this place, who by a method known only to himself, cures all manner of deafness, if the drum of the Ear is not hurt, and cures most species of deafness in young or old in a few minutes without the least pain or trouble, or danger of relapsing, which was never done by Human Art by any other, and to the comfort of thousands, who have been many years afflicted. All who are troubled with disorders of the Ears now have this happy opportunity of being relieved, his stay here is but 20 days, and may be spoke with at the Blue-Bell in Humberstone-gate Leicester: he takes none in hand but those he can do service, and gives his advice gratis.

charged with the murder of his steward

On Monday last the Right Hon. Earl ________, (committed some time since to the county gaol, charged with the murder of his Steward) was removed from hence to the Tower in London, in order to take his Trial, which ’tis supposed will come on before the House of Lords some time in the Spring.

[On May 5, 1760, Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, was publicly hanged for the murder of his valet.]

Frank Ludlam, 17 years of age

DESERTED from his Majesty’s 69th Regiment of Foot, commanded by the Honourable Colonel Charles Colvill:

++FRANK LUDLAM, 17 years of age, 5 feet 3 inches and a half high, by Trade a Framework-knitter, born at Oadeby in the county of Leicester, and enlisted at Leicester the 7th of November 1759; he is a strong, square set Lad, sandy Complexion, light brown Hair, grey Eyes, and marked with the Small Pox.
++Whosoever apprehends and secures the said Deserter in any of his Majesty’s Gaols, by giving notice thereof to the Commanding Officer of the said Regiment at Bedford (Bedfordshire), or to John Calcraft Esq., Channel-Row, Westminster, or to Capt. Boileau, in Leicester, shall receive One-Guinea over and above what’s allowed by Act of Parliament for apprehending Deserters.

William Hazel, about 11 Years of Age

This is to give NOTICE

That on Saturday Night the 23rd February, absconded from his Master’s Service at Blaby in Leicestershire, WILLIAM HAZEL, Framework-knitter, about 11 Years of Age, of thin pale Complexion, with light lank Hair, had on when he went away a white drill Frock, with a patch of Grogram under one arm, a light brown Waistcoat and Leather Breeches. Whosoever gives Notice of the said Lad, to his Master Thomas Bennett of Blaby aforesaid, shall receive all reasonable charges. And this is to discharge all Masters from harbouring the said Lad, upon Peril of Suffering as the Law directs.

at the House of Richard Springthorpe

On Monday the 31st of this instant, and on Tuesday the 1st of April, will be Fought at the House of Richard Springthorpe at the Sign of the Running Horses,
++A Main of 21 COCKS and Ten STAGS: for Ten-Guineas a battle and 40 the odd one; between the Gentlemen of Warwick and the Gentlemen of Derbyshire. To weigh on the Saturday before the fighting.
++Jonathan Redfearn (for Derbyshire)
++Thomas Provins (for Warwickshire)

Assize for this Borough and County

Last Saturday our Assize ended for this Borough and County, when Robert Bonner and Abraham Weston, condemned at the last Assize, were ordered to be transported for 14 years. John Bilson, Thomas Gamble, John Ball and Richard Man, all for Housebreaking, were transported for 7 years. John Grattridge, for stealing a great number of shirts, etc., out of a Yard, to be transported for 7 years. Mary Smith and Ann Horn, acquitted.

apply to John Rozzell for Work

Notice is hereby Given, that there is at this Time four Silk Frames at liberty, and any Journeyman or Journeyman Silk Stocking-maker that wants work, if he or they will apply to John Rozzell of the Liberty of the Newark Leicester, shall be well received, and furnished with good Frames and good Work: And any Journeyman Silk Stocking-maker that will at any time before the last day of August next, apply to the said John Rozzell for Work, if he has not a Frame at liberty, he will give every such Man 2s to bear his charges until he can get work.

N.B.  That any married Man that has not above One Child, shall be furnished with Lodgings and will not be disturbed.
++Witness my Hand.
+++++ John Rozzell

the new Manchester Stage-Coach

Last Tuesday the new Manchester Stage-Coach arrived in this town with five inside and seven outside passengers; five of the latter were Convicts bound for America; their uncommon appearance in such a vehicle,—the rattling of their chains,—their hallowing and hooting,—the armed men attending as guards, etc., occasioned a prodigious concourse of people to gather around the coach, which gave so much offence to the former, that they positively refused to proceed any further with their fellow-travellers; another coach was not to be got, and the Derby gaoler insisted upon his company being delivered in London at the time agreed for, which reduced the coachman to the necessity of hiring three post-chaises for the felons, in which order they proceeded on their journey.

Mr. Thomas Bletsoe, Surgeon and Bone-Setter

Last Monday died at Hallaton, in this county, Mr. Thomas Bletsoe, Surgeon and Bone-Setter, late of Market-Harborough. His great eminence in his profession in which he was particularly skillfull, makes his loss much regretted by all who knew his merit. We hear he’s succeeded in his profession by Mr. Allen, Surgeon and Bone-Setter in Harborough; who ’tis also hoped will in a great measure repair his loss to the public, as he has been regularly educated to the profession, attended the Hospitals in London, etc., together with the advantages of having resided 8 years with Mr. Bletsoe; and constantly attended his method of practice.

The Horse and Trumpet, near the High-Cross

The HORSE AND TRUMPET Inn near the High-Cross in Leicester (lately kept by Mr. Stephen Corbett) is now taken and entered upon by Mr. William Gill from the Crown in Oakham, who humbly intreats the favours of all his friends and also the continuance of the Customers who have heretofore used the said House, who may depend upon being accommodated in the best manner, and the favour will be gratefully acknowledged by their most sincere humble Servant,
N.B. The House is genteelly fitted up, with stabling for 40 horses, Coach House etc. A Good Ordinary every day. Neat Wines, Liquors, etc.

near the Cank-Pump in Leicester

Removed from his House in Belgravegate to the House next Mr. Alderman Hall’s, near the Cank-Pump in Leicester,

SELLS all sorts of Jewellers Goods, Watches, Rings, etc. Also Necklaces and Ear-rings, of which he is the Maker. He gives the utmost value for Old Gold, Gold and Silver Lace, or Stones of any colour.
++N.B. He deals for himself only, his late partnership with Moses Abraham being dissolved.

An Easy Spelling-Book for Children

This day is published, price 6d.

The Fourth Edition. With great useful Additions and Alterations, so that a Child may be taught to read English by this BOOK alone, being much better suited to their tender Capacities than any Treatise of the kind or price.


Beginning with Words of One Syllable and proceeding to those of Two, Three and more Syllables; with a familiar Dialogue between a Father and his Child. To which are added, Several Scripture Histories, and Select Fables, adorned with neat Cutts for the Entertainment of Children.

Nottingham: Printed by Samuel Cresswell, and sold by Mr. Trimmer, Roe and Fox, in Derby; Marten, Gregory and Ireland in Leicester; Monk in Mansfield; Ward in Sheffield; Wood in Lincoln; Streaton at Grantham and Sleaford; Maldock at Leek; Doubleday at Southwell; Thomson at Gainsborough; Parker at Louth; Hinxman, Stabler and Barstow, Wilson, Bell, Atkinson and Ethrington in York.

in Mr. Lambert’s garden

We are assured that there is now to be seen in Mr. Lambert’s garden at the county gaol, an exceeding fine show of Tulips in full blow; and also, what is most extraordinary, and much to the honour of Leicestershire, the doors of his Prison are constantly kept open all day, not a felon having been committed since the last Assize; the few debtors that are confined (if such treatment can be called so) are so sensible of the indulgence, that not a man offers to escape.

Life of Laurence Earl Ferrers

This Day is Published, Price One-Shilling,
Memoirs of the Life of
Laurence Earl Ferrers, Viscount Tamworth.

(Illustrated with a curious Copper-plate, representing his Lordship lying in his coffin at Surgeons Hall, the Day after he was executed, when he was shewn publickly for the Satisfaction of the Curious)

committed to the Town-Gaol

On tuesday last two persons were committed to the Town-Gaol by William Wright, Esq., charged with keeping disorderly houses.
++On thursday, Mr. Webster, a bricklayer, fell from a scaffold in Friar-lane, Leicester, and was bruised in a terrible manner.

a dispute between two old women

They write from Glen in this county, that on Wednesday sen’night last, a dispute arose between two old women of that town, one of whom calling the other a Witch, and she affirming that she was no more a Witch than herself, a challenge ensued, and they both agreed to be dipt by way of trial; they accordingly stript to their shirts, had their thumbs and great-toes tied across, and with a cart rope tied around their middle, suffered themselves to be thrown into a pool of water; one of ’em is said to have sunk, whilst the other continued struggling upon the surface, which the mob called swimming, and deemed an infallible sign of her being a Witch, insisting on her impeaching her accomplices in the craft; she accordingly told ’em that in the neighbouring village of Burton, there were several old women as much Witches as she was. These suspicions being confirmed by a Student in Astrology, or White-Witch, who was referred to on account of a young woman, said to be afflicted with an uncommon disorder, and pronounced to be Bewitched; the mob in consequence of this intelligence, on Thursday repaired to Burton, and after a little consultation, they proceeded to the old woman’s house on whom they had fixed the strongest suspicion; the poor old creature on their approach, locked the house door and went into a chamber, and from the window, asked what they wanted? they informed her that she was charged with being guilty of Witchcraft, which they were come to try her for, by ducking; remonstration at the same time on the necessity there was of her giving this proof whether she was a Witch or no; but upon her persisting in a positive refusal to come down, they broke open the house, went into the chamber, carried her downstairs, and by force took her to a deep gravel pit full of water, tied her thumbs and toes as above, then threw her in, where they kept her during pleasure. The same day the mob tried the experiment on another poor old woman, and on Thursday a third underwent a like discipline.
++Several of the ring-leaders in this riot, we hear have been apprehended and carry’d before a Justice; two of which have been bound over to the sessions, and others ordered to pay small fines.
++We shall just beg leave by way of gentle admonition to remind the persons who have been so active in discovering who are Witches in Leicestershire [and which we hope may be means of preventing the farther trial of this experiment] to observe to ’em, that no longer ago as the year 1751 at Tring in Hertfordshire, a mob of the same nature as this, were determined to try by ducking whether or no one Mrs. Osborne and her husband were witches [two poor harmless people, aged above 70] who were accordingly tied as above, thrown into a muddy stream, where after much ducking and ill-usage, the old woman was taken out, laid naked on the bank, and died in a few minutes; the poor old man was also used so cruelly, that in a few hours after he also died. The Coroner’s inquest brought in their verdict of wilful murder against 9 of the persons specified, and 20 others whose names were unknown. Thomas Colley, one of the rioters was brought to trial, condemned, executed and afterwards hang’d in chains. At the place of execution he signed a solemn declaration relating to his Faith on Witchcraft, which was read at his request and was as follows:

The Declaration of Thomas Colley.

Good People!
++I beseech you all to take warning by an unhappy man’s suffering; that you be not deluded into so absurd and wicked a conceit, as to believe that there are any such beings upon earth as witches.
++It was foolish and vain imagination, heightened and inflamed by the strength of liquor, which prompted me to be instrumental (with others as mad-brained as myself) in the horrid and barbarous murder of Ruth Osborne, the supposed witch, for which I am now so deservedly to suffer death.
++I am fully convinced of my former error, and with the sincerity of a dying man, declare, that I do not believe there is such a thing in being as a witch; and pray God that none of you, thro’ a contrary persuasion, may hereafter be induced to think, that you have a right in any shape to persecute much less endanger the life of a fellow creature.
++I beg of you all, to pray to God to forgive me, and to wash clean my polluted soul in the blood of Jesus-Christ, my saviour and redeemer.
++So exhorteth you all, the dying
++++++Thomas Colley.

a Serjeant in the Suffolk Militia

Last Tuesday one Smith, a Serjeant in the Suffolk Militia (now quartered here) deserted the service and took off with him a considerable sum of Money belonging to the Company; on Wednesday he was taken near Hinkley by a party sent out after him, who brought him back hither; on Thursday he was tried by a Court Martial, and sentenced to receive 300 lashes and be drummed out of the Regiment, which sentence was this morning executed.

at the Quarter-Sessions

Last Monday, being the general quarter-sessions of the peace, for this borough, three persons were convicted of keeping disorderly houses, and ordered to stand in the pillory, one hour each, which sentence will this day be executed.
++And Tuesday being the general quarter-sessions for the county of Leicester, two of the persons concerned in Ducking for Witches, all the poor old women in Glen and Burton Overy (see this paper of the 14th of June last) were ordered to stand in the pillory, twice, for one hour each, on two market days, and to lie in gaol for one month.—The constable of Burton, (who was present during this riot, and who it seems was too much diverted at the Sight to be attentive to his Duty) was ordered by the court into custody, and sent to gaol for one night, but upon his being brought to court the following day, and assuring them that he did not know what was properly his duty, that his coming there was accidental, and being without his Staff, he supposed himself to have no Authority, they thought proper to discharge him, but not without a severe reprimand which ’tis generally believed, will for the future, a good deal influence his belief touching the existence of these diabolical Beings. Another man who appeared as an evidence in behalf of one of the prisoners, was taken up in court and sent to gaol.

after a short illness, Mr. John Lambert

Last Wednesday died after a short illness Mr. John Lambert keeper of the prison for the county, highly regarded for his benevolence in the gentle execution of his office. He did not only treat the prisoners with the utmost tenderness and compassion, & support ’em from his own table, but made frequent overtures to their creditors to obtain their discharge.
’Tis hoped the benefit of his example may be a means to soften the hearts of those who are too apt to be hardened by the nature of their employment.

Memoir of Mr. John Lambert from John Throsby’s History (1793):
++One of the most humane and respectable County Gaolers ever remembered, is noticed here, partly on account of his corpulency. He was the largest man, with respect to appearance and weight, ever remembered in Leicester. He attended the unfortunate Earl Ferrers, as his keeper, from the Goal of Leicester to the Tower of London, preparatory to his trial, and was in general more noticed than that unhappy Peer on their passage thither: the public prints of the day speak of him in words of admiration. He survived his lordship but a short time.
++A word or two respecting this character, as a humane and tender keeper of a prison. Those often pitiable objects who were forced under his care by the offended laws of their country, looked up to him as their common father and their friend. He taught them obedience to the necessary severities of a prison, by a mild administration of his power. He used no bludgeon, nor torture by thumb screws, or other such inhuman instruments, even for offences which militated against his authority and interest. When a poor wretch attempted to fly from the face of justice and of judgement, by breaking prison, he well knew that it was nature that dictated the attempt to escape danger: it is observable in all distinctions of animated nature. In cases of this sort, instead of punishment, he endeavoured to reason such out of practices, which, he observed to them, were more likely to embitter them than to alleviate their sufferings; and by such kind and tender usage he has been known to lead them like lambs to slaughter: from prison they have followed him to judgement, and from judgement to death, with blessings instead of curses.

a young fellow confined in the county gaol

Yesterday morning a young fellow confined in the county gaol, for horse-stealing, attempted to destroy himself by tying his arms above the elbows, and then with a razor cutting each arm across: he was discovered by a girl who was carrying him his breakfast, with both arms bleeding and kneeling in the dungeon; upon the girl’s running back and alarming the house, he took up the razor and cut his throat; but proper assistance being immediately procured, we hear that he is in a fair way to recover.

lewd, idle and disorderly women

Yesterday, the Magistrates of this Borough issued out orders to the constables in their respective wards, to make strict and diligent search for all lewd, idle and disorderly women, who shall be found strolling in the streets, in order that they may be dealt with according to the law.

accidental deaths

Last Sunday evening, a boy about 10 years old, son to Mr. Astlin, a taylor, who was riding a horse to water, had the misfortune to be thrown and was so terribly bruised that he died soon after.
++And on Wednesday evening about 8 o’clock, betwixt Mountsorrel and Rhodely, Mr. Farrow’s stage waggon had the misfortune to be overturned by which accident a poor woman, passenger, had the misfortune to be killed on the spot, by a quantity of goods falling upon her. A man was also in the waggon at the time it overturned who was likewise much hurt. We hear that the unfortunate woman came from Kibworth in Leicestershire, was the wife of William Foster of that place, had been into Derbyshire to see her relations, and has left a large family of children. The coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, accidental death.

a taylor in Red-cross-street

Last week one Bruce, a taylor in Red-cross-street, cut his own throat, and died soon after.
++And yesterday morning, Mr Shields, a wealthy grazier at Stockerson near Uppingham, was found hanging in an apple-tree; he is supposed to have been disordered in his senses.
++Last wednesday evening died after a long and painful illness at Bunny-Park, Lady Parkyns, with of Sir Thomas Parkyns, baronet. She was endowed with many amiable and exemplary qualities and remarkably benevolent and charitable towards the poor.
++We can assure the public that the report of serjeant Godfrey of the Leicestershire militia being whipp’d and broke at Winchester is entirely without foundation and propagated by some malicious person with an intent to hurt his character; the author of which report, if discovered, will be prosecuted with the utmost severity, the serjeant being determined to spare no expence to clear his reputation.

a pig-drover, a woolcomber and a labouring man

On sunday morning last, was found drowned in the river near Belgrave, William Robbons, a pig-drover, of Dunton in this county: he had been to Mountsorrel to see his sister, and on saturday last came back to Leicester, in his way home, where staying late and being in liquor, ’tis supposed he mistook his road and went back for Mountsorrel. There was found in his pockets two shillings and some half-pence. On monday the coroner’s inquest brought in their verdict, Accidental.
++Last week was committed to the Town Gaol of this Borough, one William Mason, Woolcomber, charged with threatening and attempting to set fire to his own house, with an intent to destroy his mother, wife, and children.
++We hear from Thrinkstone in this county, that on tuesday last as a labouring man was seeing a well, upwards of 20 yards deep, the side gave way and it fell in, which happened about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Several colliers were immediately employed to clear away the rubbish, which they did not effectually perform till about two o’clock in the morning, when to their great surprize they found the man alive, and notwithstanding his bruises was able to walk as soon as taken out.

Massays Songs, or the Buck’s Companion.

This Day is Published, Price 2s. 6d. Bound in Red.
(In a neat Pocket Volume, on a beautiful paper and letter)

M A S S A Y S +S O N G S, or the Buck’s Companion.

Being an entire new Collection, containing above an hundred Originals among which are:

Tristram Shandy – Balim nora a Pretty Girl for me – Morduch O’Blaney – Now Europe enjoys repose from her Wars – Goody James – Sportsmans Hall – The Frank – John Anderson my son John – As I was driving my Waggon along – Young Corydon and Phillis – Dumble tutting – How little do our Parents know – Tom Jolly, etc.

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Printed for Joseph Burd, near the Temple Bar, and sold by all County Booksellers.

several Snares set to destroy Hares

Whereas there has several Snares lately been set in Birstall-Lordship to destroy Hares: This is to give Notice, that if any Person will give information so that the Offender or Offenders may be brought to Justice, on conviction shall receive the sum of Two Guineas Reward, and if more than one concerned, on giving information shall have free pardon, and receive the above Reward of,
++J O H N +B A S S

a Murder has been committed

Whereas a Murder has been committed in this Borough of Leicester, this 29th day of January, 1761, and there being great reason to believe that the said Murder was committed by a Man and a Woman who answer the following description:—That is to say, The Man a tall pale faced Man about 24 Years of Age, wears an old dark grey Coat, with a flowered Waistcoat, old Leather Breeches, light Stockings, with a new Hat and short black Wig: The Woman about 20 Years of Age, wears a light coloured Stuffed Tammy Gown, cross barred, an old Scarlet Cardinal, a blue and white spotted Handkerchief, a Black Satin Hat and a small Bundle tied up in a blue and white Handkerchief.
++These are therefore to require all Justices of the Peace, Magistrates, Constables, Headboroughs and other Officers, to be very vigilant in causing to be apprehended any suspected Persons answering the above description.

a most horrid and barbarous Murder

Yesterday morning about 6 o’clock, a most horrid and barbarous Murder was committed at the house of one Widow Johnson (a person who lets out lodgings in this Borough) by cutting the throat and stabbing in several parts of his body, of which wounds he instantly died, one Edward Brown, a travelling pedlar. Upon the examination of Widow Johnson this day before the Coroner’s Inquest, it appeared that the above Edward Brown, with two other persons (described in the above advertisement) came to her house in Church-gate, Leicester, and asked if she had one room wherein they could all lodge, upon which she shew’d them a room which they said would do very well, that they spent the evening together and seemed very merry, then yesterday morning about seven o’clock when Mrs Johnson got up, she went as usual to the street door but missed the key, upon which she went up Stairs to enquire for it, and when she got to the stair head, she saw the deceased lie murdered upon the floor, with a great deal of blood about, with that she immediately went down stairs into the yard and called out to her neighbours, who wrenched open the door and alarmed the neighbourhood.
++A journeyman baker, who lodged in the same house, deposed, that he lodged in another room in the same house, that he went to bed about nine on wednesday evening, that he went through the double bedroom and saw three people in bed, that he says the next morning he awaked, and hearing a knocking in the other room, asked what was the clock, that one of ’em answered, and believes it was the woman and said she could not tell, that immediately after either the man or the woman got up to the window and said it was day-light and the next time the clock struck it would be seven, that the journeyman went to his chamber-window and perceiving it not day-light went to bed again, that in about an hour after the woman called out to him and asked him if he would not go to work, that he got up about a quarter before six to go to work, that as he was going down stairs the woman, as he believes, called to him not to take the key for that he (her husband, as he thought she meant) must go to work, that he returned for answer, if they would have the key they must come after him and fetch it, or that the old woman (widow Johnson) would take it into her room, upon which one of ’em, either the man or woman came down stairs and took the key out of the door.
++A woman who lives in the next house, deposed, that about six o’clock on thursday morning, she heard a dismal cry in one of the chambers belonging to widow Johnson, that she heard people talk very loud and in great passion, that she heard a terrible groaning, and something like a lump falling heavy on the floor.
++Two surgeons who examined the body, deposed, that they found his throat cut, and three several wounds in his left breast, that it did not appear to them that the wound in his throat was mortal, nor did the first wound in his breast appear to be mortal, but that the second wound in his breast appeared to be immediately mortal, being made between the third and fourth ribs through part of the lungs and into the heart, and that the third wound in his breast was made between between the sixth and seventh ribs into the pericardium, and which they also apprehend would have caused death, though not so suddenly as the before-mentioned wound: and that they also apprehend and believe that the said wounds were given by some sharp pointed instrument.
++ The Coroner’s jury brought in their verdict, Wilful Murder by Persons unknown.

P.S. We are this moment informed by a messenger from Kettering in Northamptonshire, that the two persons concerned in committing the above execrable Murder were last night taken at that place; there were found upon ’em 16 guineas and three or four shillings in silver, with ribbons and other effects to the amount of 20l. and upwards, in the Woman’s bundle was found an apron all over blood, with several spots of blood on the Man’s waistcoat, breeches, hands, etc. They both confessed the murder and were this day at 4 o’clock taken before Mr. Hill of Rowell, and by him committed to Northampton gaol.

the woman held him, while the man stabbed him

’Tis said that the man’s name (now in Northampton gaol) for the murder of Edward Johnson as mentioned in our last, is Castledine, that he’s by trade a joiner, was born at Hartford, that he is married to the woman concerned along with him in committing the murder, he workt lately at his trade at Loughboro’ in this county, where ’tis supposed they got acquainted with Edward Johnson, and followed him to Leicester with an intention of robbing him: they deny their having a design of murdering Johnson, but that upon his refusing to part with his money they determined to do it, and that the woman held him, while the man stabbed him as before related.

a poor woman of Blaby

On wednesday last, one Mary Thornton, a poor woman of Blaby in this county, was found drowned in the brook between Little Glenn and Blaby, she went from Blaby on saturday last to Leicester with her work as usual, and returning home it’s supposed that she mistook her road and was lost in attempting to wade the brook, the waters being out, for she had pulled off her stockings and put them into her pocket, and had her wallet round her shoulders with several things in it which she had bought at Leicester, and two shillings and two pence in her pocket. And yesterday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, accidental death.

a terrible fire

We hear from Loughbro’ in this county that yesterday about 11 o’clock, a terrible fire broke out in that town which burnt with great fury for several hours, and entirely consumed 15 dwelling houses, the wind blowing very violent, the whole town was in the utmost danger of being consumed; the fire was not got under till 3 in the afternoon. It is said to have began at the house of a poor woman who had gone into the Market to buy something, and had left in her house a wood fire and two children, who ’tis supposed in playing pulled the fire out and occasioned this unfortunate accident.
++The following prisoners will take their trial at our ensuing assize, which begins on thursday next, William Gill, otherwise Bass, otherwise Barber, otherwise Taylor, condemned the last assize and reprieved, remains in custody. William Mason charged with threatening to set fire to his own house etc. – Thomas Castledine and Elizabeth his wife, removed by Habeas from Northampton, and charged with murdering and robbing one Brown, Pedlar. John Young for Horse stealing. Samuel Moore for being accessary to the death of Mary Boultbee. Anthony Grundy for stealing some Tow, and Mary Bennet for receiving stolen goods.

three persons received sentence of death

Yesterday the Assizes ended for the borough and county of Leicester, when three persons received sentence of death, viz, Stannes Young, for horsestealing; Thomas Castledine and Elizabeth his wife, for the murder of Edward Brown, a travelling pedlar. Samuel Moore, Anthony Grundy, Mary Bennet and Thomas Russell were acquitted.
++Thomas Castledine pleaded guilty, but his wife put herself upon her trial alleging in her defence—that her husband had told her some days before the fact was committed, that he heard Brown had money and was determined to rob him,—that she used her utmost endeavours to dissuade him from it, representing to him the consequence of such an action—that he promised her he would at her entreaty desist, but—that on the fatal night when they and Brown lay in the same room, her husband told her after they were in bed, that he would certainly rob him that night, but neither then or any other time gave the least hint of his intention to murder him—she renewed her intreaties to dissuade him—to make her easy he again promised not to do it—that her husband awaking her at four o’clock in the morning said he was resolved upon robbing Brown, and nothing should hinder him and that endeavouring again to dissuade him, he was very angry at her,—that about six o’clock (after the Baker’s man was gone), her husband got up, went to Brown’s bed side, and said Mr. Brown you have money and I am determined to have it,—that Brown got up and declared he would not part with his money, a scuffle ensued,—She then got out of bed to take her husband off Brown,—that Brown struck her and threw her down, fell upon her, took hold of her hand with his teeth and bit it almost through,—that then her husband offered to return to Brown what he had robbed him of if Brown would let them go, but Brown refused and said he would bring them to justice and those he could not kill he would take,—that soon after she felt something warm running over her bosom, upon which she said to her husband, Lord Tom, what is this—that her husband answered blood, better his than yours,—that she then struggled—got from under Brown—took her bundle and went down stairs, waited in the entry 9 or 10 minutes, when her husband came down to her, and they went off together. But appearing by several witnesses, that on their being first apprehended, she had confessed herself equally concerned with her husband, the jury brought her in guilty. They are to be hanged on monday next, and their bodies delivered to surgeons.

Last monday were executed

Last monday were executed pursuant to their sentence Thomas Cherry and Elizabeth his wife, for the barbarous murder of Edward Brown. Thomas Cherry, the unhappy young man, was not quite 21 years of age, was a likely young fellow, by trade a Joiner, and of remarkable good character before committing the heinous crime for which he justly suffered; he was born at Ramsey in the county of Huntingdon, but for the greatest part of his life resided at Hertford, could read and write very well, but what greatly aggravates this crime, he was not at that time in any want of money to induce him to commit the robbery; he said he had been married about 6 months, and that she had always behaved as a dutiful and obedient wife. He behaved with great decency from his first confinement at Leicester, and shew’d great signs of penitence and remorse.
++His unhappy wife persisted in her innocence to the last minute, acknowledged that she knew of the intended robbery, but had at all times endeavoured to persuade her husband from his purpose, and that she knew nothing of the murder till she felt something running warm upon her bosom, and immediately said Lord Thomas! what is this! and he informed her he supposed it was Brown’s blood: before and after her conviction she behaved with great decency and resignation to her unhappy fate.
++After her condemnation, being asked whether it was true that she had attempted to poison Brown by procuring Laudanum some time before at Loughbro’ as had been reported, she said it was not. But that she acknowledged she had been prevailed upon at the instigation of a wicked woman who she got acquainted with at their Lodging House at Loughbro’ to go to an Apothecary’s for six penny-worth of Laudanum drops and she also with great contrition acknowledged that she knew it was in order to make Brown sleep, and that this woman above-mentioned who was Brown’s bed-fellow, did intend to rob him; but she says that when she came to the Apothecary’s she asked the prentice of journeyman whether Laudanum drops were dangerous or no, that he replied, if the were taken in considerable quantity they were so, but if not very safe; upon which she bought only two penny-worth, and gave ’em to the woman; she denied being married before as had been reported, or that she had ever run away or lived with a Soldier as had also been said. She acknowledged great gratitude to the clemency of the judge, and also the worthy Minister who had attended them in their confinement: she said she freely forgave all mankind. — On the morning of Execution, when brought from the cell and taken to the house to be pinioned she fainted away, but soon after came to herself, and behaved with great fortitude and composure, saying “My God died to appease a multitude and why should I repine.” About 9 they were put into the cart along with the executioner and conveyed to the place appointed in Church-gate [a gallows being erected on purpose, in the street, opposite to where the murder was committed.] At the place of execution they prayed for some time very devoutly, a clergyman attending for that purpose, then they got up, kissed each other with great affection, she saying to her husband, “now my dear, am I or not guilty of this murder?” He replied, “my dear you are not guilty.” The executioner then upon his knees separately asked their forgiveness and proceeded to his office; the ropes being fixed and caps drawn over their eyes, repeating Lord have Mercy upon us! Christ have Mercy upon us, the cart drew away, and they launched into Eternity!
++She was a thin personable woman born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne of very creditable Parents, for whose sake, she desired to conceal her maiden name, had had a good eduction and an uncommon share of understanding.

The Leicester Flying Machine

In One Day – To carry 4 PASSENGERS
Begins Monday April the 13th, 1761

Setts out from the Cranes Inn in Leicester; Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings at 2 o’clock precisely; gets to the Ram Inn Smithfield, the same Night.
Setts out from the Ram Inn Smithfield, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, at 2 o’clock precisely; and gets to Leicester the same Night.
Each passenger to pay – 1l. 5s.
And so in proportion to any part of the Road.
++Performed by

diverse travelling Jews

Whereas I have been informed that diverse travelling Jews go about in the neighbouring Towns in this County under pretence of having connexions with me or being my Servants &c. This is to acquaint all Ladies, Gentlemen and others my customers that I have no connexions whatever either as partner or with Servants, and which I think necessary to make Public to prevent their being imposed upon.
[near the Cank-Pump, at the top of the Market-place, Leicester]
++N.B. Ladies, Gentlemen, &c. may be supplied at the Shop of the above Samuel Levi with all kinds of Silver-Plate, as Tankards, Cups, Pints, half Pints, &c., Necklaces, Ear-rings, Watches from 2 Guineas to 20 Guineas each, Buckles, Buttons, &c. having just laid in a large and fashionable stock of the above Goods.
++He gives the utmost Value for old Gold or Silver. Will wait on Ladies or Gentlemen &c. at their Houses, and as he shall always make it a Rule to use every body upon the fairest Terms, he humbly hopes for encouragement.

To be Lett

To be LETT
And entered upon at Michaelmas next

A messuage and Framesmith’s Shop with its appurtenances, in Humberstone-gate, Leicester, now in the Tenure of Mr. George White. Enquire of Mr. Richard Hill, Attorney at Law.
N.B. A Chariot to be Sold.


To be LETT
And entered upon immediately, at Rotherby in the County of Leicester.

A Convenient Dwelling House, completely furnished, with a Coach House, Stables for Twenty Horses with Dove-Coats with very convenient Outhouses, and also a Garden well planted.
For further particulars enquire of Mr. Thomas Allsop, Attorney at Law at Loughbro’.


To be LETT
And entered upon immediately: at Belgrave near Leicester.

A Handsome House, with or without the Furniture, with Gardens and Orchard planted with good Fruit-Trees, Dovecote, Coach house, Stables and other convenient buildings, and a Walled Paddock thereto adjoining, containing 3 Acres; and also the Royalty of the Manor of Belgrave and Fishing in the River Sore. Enquire of Mr. Charles Barwell, Attorney at Law in Leicester.

an insolent combination

Whereas an insolent combination has been set on Foot by the Journeyman Taylors of Nottingham, refusing to work on the usual Terms, the Masters are determined to set them all aside, and do unanimously invite all Journeyman Taylors that are in Liberty in the Country, to come to Nottingham, and they shall have constant Work and all reasonable encouragement by the said Masters.
N.B. There are five or six Foremen, wanted, that shall have all reasonable encouragement.

Lost, Four Hundred Pounds in Cash

Leicester, May 6, 1761

LOST, this day between Cole-Orton and Leicester, in a Canvas Bag, FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS, in Cash, any one that has found it, or can give Intelligence of it, so as it may be had again, to Mr. Phipps in Leicester, or Thomas King in Cole-Orton, shall be intitled to Fifty Pounds, Reward.
N.B. It was lost by a Person that it will be the entire Ruin of, if not found.

died, after a tedious indisposition

Last monday died here, after a tedious indisposition, which he bore with great patience and resignation, Mr. William Birstall, and eminent Silversmith and Cutler, also an Alderman of this Corporation; he has left behind the character of an honest, industrious, pains-taking man, and had acquired a plentiful fortune, the bulk of which he has bequeathed to his wife.
++The Four hundred Pounds, advertised in our last to be lost, was found by a servant lad, of Newtown Linford in the County, in a place called Long-lane; who on saturday took it to Mr. King of Cole-Orton, and received the reward of £50 for his honesty.
++On monday, Henry Topps, a woolcomber, and Robert Clark, a framework-knitter, being upon their holiday diversions, at what they call long-bullets, in Nottingham park; Topps a player, and Clark a bye stander, and interfering, a quarrel ensued, and Topps struck Clark two blows, which Clark resenting, in his own defence gave Topps a fatal blow under his left ear, which proved his immediate death. The Coroner’s inquest brought it in Manslaughter. Clark is committed to gaol, to take his trial at the next assize.
++On thursday died suddenly at Nottingham, John Haywood, barber, leaving a disconsolate wife and several children.

a Cudgelling

This is to give NOTICE

That there will be a CUDGELLING at the house of Roger Frost, in Cromford in the County of Derby, on Wednesday the 24th instant, 1761. One Guinea free to be given to the last best Man—And if any disputes happen, to be determined by some Gentlemen that will then be present.

the Transit of the Planet Venus

The following observations of the Transit of the Planet Venus over the Sun’s Disk, was taken at Leicester by John Newton, through a telescope near 16 feet long, and also through a good reflecting one, on June 6th in the morning, to the apparent time; viz. the Eliptic conjunction 5h. 45m. Began to Emerge 8h 19m. Central Egress 8h. 29m. the End of Transit 8h. 36m.

Mrs. Vann, a gentlewoman

On wednesday in the evening died at Evington in this county, Mrs. Vann, a gentlewoman so eminent for the purity of her heart and the excellency of her life, that it is almost superfluous to recount her virtues, which were manifest in the character of a good wife, a tender mother, a sincere friend and a useful neighbour, titles she not only deserved but adorned, by an example too bright to be concealed.

as a man was digging in a garden

On monday last as a man was digging in a garden at Ashby-de-la-zouch in this county, he discovered within a yard of the surface a human skeleton, which seemed to have been buried but a few years. As there is not any body missing thereabouts, it is imagined some stranger was murdered, and laid in that place.

most gross and evident Falsehoods

Whereas various reports have been raised, and most gross and evident Falsehoods propagated to my prejudice, by wicked and malicious People, in order to defame my Character, on account of some HUMAN BONES found in my Garden at Ashby; I take this method to inform those SCOUNDRELS who pay no regard to Words or Actions, that during my time in the said House I always made it my chief Study to live peaceably with all Men, and never suffered any unlawful Practice to be committed, and challenge Anger, Envy, Malice and the Devil, to prove the contrary. Hold: Stay: I’m going to sound my own Trumpet; No, I’ll leave that for others – – – Witness my Servants that have lived with me ever since I kept the House, – – – Witness my Help-People that have assisted me Night and Day when Business requires, – – – Witness my County-Market Customers, and those who have had large Dealings with me, – – – Upon the whole, Witness my Neighbours, that have been acquainted with me ever since I sucked my Mam’s Pap, and then I flatter myself I shall have that belonging to me which is better than precious Ointment! But if there is any cunning Pretender, knowing Wit, hath any thing to say against the above, let him make it appear in the next Leicester and Nottingham Journal, or for ever hold his Peace.

The Chief motive of this Advertisement is to inform the Public, that I have now taken a house of the Right Hon. Earl FERRARS, the Turnpike Road between Derby, Bosworth and Hinkley; having fixed my Standard upon Staunton Hill, my Motto


under an Opinion that the Storms and Tempests of HELL BORN BABES cannot prevail against it.
++Those Gentlemen that travel that way and favour me with their company, may depend upon civil usage, and every thing that is requisite and necessary to Chear the drooping Spirits of a weary Traveller.
++From their most Obliged, humble and obedient Servant,
Staunton Harold
Nov. 27, 1761

Walker’s Patent Jesuit Drops

The Perusal of the following Advertisement is earnestly recommended to the Public.

Or, the Drops of Health and Long-Life,
In Bottles of 5s. or 2s. 6d. proportionable.

Notice is hereby given to Persons of both Sexes afflicted with Gleets and Weakness of the Seminal Vessels, of ever so long standing, or with the Veneral Disease an all its different Stages, from the slightest to the most malignant Infection, that on Friday 31st October, 1755, his Majesty’s Royal Letters-Patent passed the Great Seal for England and the Plantations in America, to ROBERT WALKER, the Inventor and Proprietor of that noble, compendious and never-failing Medicine; which said Patent Jesuit Drops are the most certain, pleasant, safe, cheap, effectual and immediate Cure for the several Disorders above-mentioned; this Medicine is also a great Purifier of the Blood in all Scorbuticks, has no Mercurials in its Composition, and neither purges or vomits, but carries the Disorder clean off by Urine, (the Dose only 15 drops in Wine, Water, or on Sugar) and is an excellent Remedy for Travellers and Persons going to Sea, as to be taken so secret that even a Bedfellow cannot make Discovery, and at any Time, in any Season or Climate, (keeping their full Virtue Ten Years) without alteration in Diet; and eradicates, Root and Branch, all the poisonous Symptoms of that loathsome Distemper, without the least distaste to the Palate, Disorder of Body, or Confinement; absolutely answers all the Ends that can be expected by Salivation, and was never known to miss of curing after Salivation had failed.

Observe that the above Drops are Sold only by J. Gregory in Leicester; J. Terry in Burton; G. Ward in Nottingham; E. Lockwood in Mansfield; J. Salt in Wirksworth; and W. Allen in Newark.

At the same places may be had,

Dr. GRANT’S most Incomparable and Never-Failing CHYMICAL-DROPS (Price One-Shilling the Bottle).

Also the famous British OLEUM ANODYNUM, or the British Balsam of Health, Price 2s. 6d. a Bottle.

a young woman of Kibworth

This week a young woman of Kibworth, who lived servant at Kilby, and who had been to the first mentioned place to see her friends, was found hanging in her silk handkerchief, upon a tree in the road leading to Kilby. It appears she had made two attempts before she executed her design, the first by tying her ribbons together and afterwards her garters, both which broke. ’Tis said love was the occasion of her committing this rash act.

in the severe storm which happened on Sunday

We learn from Nottingham, that in the severe storm which happened on Sunday last in the afternoon, one ____ Ward, a labouring man (something in liquor) going home from Wilford to Clifton, being baffled by the violence and severity of the storm and cold, had the misfortune to be starved to death, and was found in Wilford field the next day. — And that same evening, a corn stack, belonging to Mr. William Birch of Sneinton (a village very near that town) was blown down, and a Cow big with Calf, an Ass with Foal, and three Swine, being got near it for shelter, were all unfortunately smothered, and found dead under it next morning.
++Last week died Edward Smith, Esq: many years the worthy representative in parliament for this county. A gentleman that both deserved and enjoyed the esteem of all his constituents, as he always strenuously asserted the rights and liberties of his fellow subjects both in church and state. As a magistrate he was mild and merciful, taking all opportunities to make up mistakes amongst his neighbours. By his nature he was generous and liberal: his devotion pure and sincere; his address easy and affable. As a husband, friend and master, he had few equals. In a word there is nothing but good to be said of him.
++We hear from Causby in this county, that on Monday morning last a poor man was found dead in the fields about half a mile from the town; he was a shoemaker and lived in Causby, and had been on horseback with his daughter to Lutterworth, from which place, returning on Sunday evening, he is supposed to have lost his way and perished with cold.
++On Thursday night last one Thomas Stevenson, a journeyman shoemaker, being intoxicated with liquor, and returning to his lodgings, he fell down near the top of Church-gate, and yesterday morning about three o’clock a waggon going to Ashby accidentally drove over his body; and about six in the morning he was found dead.

Ran away from his Master

Ran away from his Master Arthur Martin of Ashby-de-la-zouch in the County of Leicester, on Wednesday the 17th of this Instant February.
++John Slater, his apprentice, a Boy about 13 Years of Age, strong built, a little pock marked, short brown Hair, broad faced, webbed in the Fingers, a large mark of a burn near his right Breast; had on when he went away a dark Frize Coat, with part of the cuff of his Sleeve burnt off, flat metal Buttons, a New Hat, and had with him a drill Frock, with a change of most other Things.
++Whoever will secure him and give notice thereof to his Master shall be sufficiently rewarded for his Trouble, and if any one shall harbour him after this Notice they will be prosecuted as the law directs.

at the general quarter sessions

On Monday last at the general quarter sessions of the peace, held for this borough, a woman was convicted of keeping a notorious bawdy house; and sentenced to stand one hour in the pillory, betwixt the hours of twelve and one this day.

Mr. Saunders the celebrated Equilibrist

We hear that Mr. Saunders the celebrated Equilibrist on the Wire, who performed with so much applause before their Majesties at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden, will exhibit his inimitable performance at the Assembly-Rooms on Coal-Hill in this town, on Thursday the 29th inst. N.B. This is the same performance as was at the Town-Hall in Coventry, at the last fair.
++Wednesday afternoon a young man, apprentice to a Stocking-maker in this town, bathing himself in the river near the Bath-Gardens, was unfortunately drowned. The body is not yet found.

At the ensuing assize

At the ensuing assize which begins here on Wednesday next, the following prisoners will take their trials, viz. Elizabeth Burrows, charged with stealing out of the lodgings of Elizabeth Barrowdale of Loughbro’ in this county, an oak box containing 3 guineas and a half in gold and 15s. in silver. Ann Halford, charged with stealing 8 silk handkerchiefs out of the shop of Mrs. Pridmore of Harboro’. Ann Fawkes, charged with stealing a shirt and several other things from the house of Mr. Willson in this Borough.

On Wednesday last the assizes began

On Wednesday last the assizes began here, when Ann Halford was ordered to be transported for seven years. Ann Andrews and Ann Fawkes not guilty. Elizabeth Burrows, discharged by proclamation.
++Last week a terrible fire broke out at the house of John Illson at Keyham in this county, which in a few hours entirely consumed the same, together with the principle part of his household furniture. He has a wife and six small children, which are by this accident reduced to the greatest distress.
++Within this week past several Tradesmen have been defrauded of goods in this Borough, by a Woman pretending to be a servant in the neighbourhood, and sent by her Master or Mistress &c. And though she’s practised this trick for some time past, hitherto has not been detected; this is therefore inserted as a caution that shopkeepers may be on their guard. — She’s a thin Woman about 23, middle size, sallow complexion, much pitted with the small-pox, a long nose with a scar on the left side, wears an oldish printed red and white cotton gown, black silk hat edged with lace, and to give a plausible appearance to her design, frequently goes into the shop without a hat.

the annual Venison Feast

On Monday last was held at the Three-Crowns in this Town, the annual Venison Feast, in commemoration of the defeat of the boasted invincible Spanish Armada, and thereby the delivery of this Nation from Popery and Slavery. An elegant entertainment was provided on the occasion, at which dined Geo. Wright and James Wigley, Esqrs. (members for the borough) with several other gentlemen, in the whole to the number of 395. Every thing was conducted with great order and regularity.

The performances of the celebrated Equilibrist

++To the PRINTER.
I last night with a few others saw Mr. Saunders perform on the WIRE, in the New Assembly-Rooms. His performances really are beyond Expectation or Description;—Your taking notice of this curious Artist in your Paper, may be a means of satisfying their Curiosity, that might not know him by other means.
I am your constant Reader, &c. &c.
++The performances of the above celebrated Equilibrist, are entirely new, and such as no other person in Europe ever yet attempted.—Particularly he walks on the WIRE on full swing, from one side of the Stage to the other, and turns with the greatest ease. He sits on a chair on the WIRE, at the same time balances sundry pyramids of plates, pipes, swords, and glasses, in full swing. He walks on a deal plank on the WIRE, and carries a ballance on his nose, in full swing. He rings six bells, plays on the guittar and balances a French-horn on his lips, while he sounds God Save the King. He tosses balls and stands upon his head on the WIRE in full swing without holding with his hands. He also throws himself over and over, as swift as the fly of a jack. He ballances a boy upon the top of a ladder upon his chin, to admiration, and kicks the straw on the ground. All the above performances we hear Mr. Saunders will exhibit this evening at the New Assembly Rooms.

the celebrated Mr. Saunders

On Monday next the 30th inst. we hear that the celebrated Mr. Saunders, from his Majesty’s Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden will perform, The same performance which he did on the 10th of May 1760, at Covent-Garden before the Royal Family, and most of the nobility of the Kingdom, with universal applause.
++In particular, that most inimitable equilibre of an egg ballanced on the top of 2 straws. He beats the march in Judas Maccabaeus on a side drum in full swing and turns around on the Wire with a ballance on his face. He walks and turns round blindfold in a bag and plays on all sorts of music in full swing, particularly on the Guittar, while ballancing a straw on the edge of a wine-glass. With his amazing exhibition of sitting on a chair on the Wire, while ballancing a pyramid of pipes, and at the same time ballances a table on his foot, with bottles and glasses of wine, pipes, and candles, all in full swing.
++Mr. Saunders also stands upon his head on a pint bottle upon the Wire, in full swing, without holding his hands to admiration. Likewise, Entertainments of Singing, after which Mr. Saunders ballances a Boy upon the top of a ladder on his chin to admiration. Also kicks the straw on the ground. With music, scenes and other decorations. Pit 1s. 6d. Gallery 1s. Upper Gallery 6d.
++Tickets to be had at the Cranes, Crowns, and Turk’s-Head on the Coal-Hill. To begin precisely at 7 o’clock. The public may depend on seeing the same performance as above inserted.
++N.B. This will be the last time Mr. Saunders performs in town.

The last Night but One of Performing in Town

The last Night but One of Performing in Town, at the New Theatre in Leicester:

MR. SAUNDERS, the celebrated Equilibrist, from the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden and Sadler’s-Wells, London, will exhibit on Monday the 9th inst. his Inimitable Performances on the

S L A C K+ W I R E

Without a Pole, never attempted by any other Person. ++Particularly, he will stand on his Head on a Pint Bottle, on the Wire in full Swing. He will walk upon Stilts on the Wire, and ballance the point of a Sword on the edge of a Wine-Glass in full Swing. Also will drive a Wheel-Barrow on the Wire, with a Dog in it, full Swing. He ballances a Straw on his Foot, tosses it on his Face, and shifts it from all parts thereof from his Face to his Foot again, then from foot to foot, and kicks it for a considerable height, and catches it on his Face in a ballance. He takes a wine glass which he holds in his Mouth, and kicks the Straw, which he catches in the glass, and from thence upon the edge of the glass, then throws the Straw behind him, kicks it backwards with his heel, and catches it in the Ballance on his Face to Admiration. Likewise,

Entertainments of SINGING,

After which he will ballance a Boy upon the top of a Ladder on his Chin, to Admiration. With Musick, Scenes, and other Decorations. Boxes 2s. Pit 1s. 6d. First Gallery 1s. Upper Gallery 6d.
++Tickets to be had at the Cranes, Crowns and Turk’s-head on the Coal-Hill. To begin precisely at 7 o’clock. The town may depend on seeing the same performances as above inserted.
++N.B. New Performances each Night.

Eloped from his Master

ELOPED from his Master John Levers, Frame-work-knitter in Church gate Leicester, on Tuesday the 15th of July 1762, a Youth about 19 Years of Age, had on when he went away a drab Coat, blue Waistcoat, one tooth out before, pale Complexion, light Hair, his name John Allsopp. Whoever harbours or Employs the said Apprentice after this Notice given, will be prosecuted as the Law directs, by a Society of Frame-work-knitters, that meet at the Home of Thomas Webster, at the Sign of the Handsome Man and Bag, in Bond-street in Leicester.

Alderman Gabriel Newton, Gent.

On Tuesday morning last, about five o’clock, died Alderman Gabriel Newton, Gent. in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He was Mayor of this Corporation in the year 1732. The greatest part of his fortune he left in Trust to the Corporation, for educating children of poor Housekeepers. In this Town thirty five; at Ashby-de-la-zouch twenty five; at Earl Shilton twenty; at Northampton, St. Neots, Hertford, Huntingdon, Bedford, and Buckingham, each twenty-five. It is computed that he has left in Lands and Money for supporting this Charity, to the value of Fourteen Thousand Pounds and upwards; most of which he settled in his life Time, in pursuance of the Mortmain Act.
++And last night his corpse was interred in All Saints Church-yard, where a handsome Tomb is to be erected to his Memory. The funeral was attended by Eight Clergymen, the Mayor, Aldermen, Town Clerk and Chamberlains, in their Formalities. The Great Mace, covered with Black Crepe was carried before the Mayor by four Serjeants with their Maces, and other Officers following.

Thomas Martin, and Sarah his Wife

Whereas Thomas Martin, and Sarah his Wife, commonly called Mother Martin, have absconded from their usual place of abode, and as is supposed fled from Justice, being charged with keeping a notorious Bawdy House, and divers felonies, &c. Whoever will give information of the above Thomas and Sarah Martin, or either of ’em, [so that they may be apprehended and brought to Justice] to the Parish Officers of St. Nicholas’s Parish in the Borough of Leicester, shall receive One Guinea Reward for such Information.
++N.B. Thomas Martin, a Woolcomber about 50 Years of Age, near 5 feet 5 inches high, and all Persons are hereby discharged from giving harbour or protection, either to the said Martin or his wife.

Dr. Shappee, Practitioner in Physic, Surgery and Midwifry

Dr. S H A P P E E
Practitioner in Physic, Surgery and Midwifry,

Who has been a Pupil to his Uncle, Dr. Shappee, in his Majesty’s Army, for more than 20 Years, now travels by Virtue of an Act of Parliament. This is the Doctor mentioned in the London and County News Papers, for curing of Ruptures and Broken Bellies, and the Falling of the Womb in Women. He cures the Ruptures in half an Hour if the Grief can be put up. Likewise the Falling of the Womb in Women, before they quit the Room, though they have laboured under that Misfortune for more than 30 Years. — He is now at the Lion and Dolphin in Leicester, where he will stay till the 24th instant and no longer.
++Dr. Shappee proposes to attend at the George in Market-Harbro’ on the 9th, 16th, and 23rd, of this inst. and no longer.
++No Letters will be received unless Post paid.

The Publick are desired to take Notice that at the Flying-Horse in Nottingham, and the Printer hereof in Leicester, all the Year round will be sold Dr. Shappee’s Original Cordial Stomachic Drops: Being an effective Cure for Pains in the Stomach, shortness of Breath, Asthmas, and Consumptions, if taken in Time.

Also the Never-failing

which is an immediate Cure for Rheumatic and Sciatic Pains, and may be taken without Confinement or Hindrance of Business.
++One Spoonful of either of the above Drops to be taken two Hours before the Time of Rising, twenty Mornings together. Price 2s. 6d. each Bottle.
++Much might be said in behalf of the above medicines, but that the Doctor leaves to the Persons who make Use of them.

a poor man of Lubbenham

On Saturday last one William Palmer, a poor man of Lubbenham in this county, was breaking a young horse belonging to Mr. Barwell of Marston, the horse accidentally threw him down and fractured his skull, of which fracture he died on Tuesday last. The Coroner’s inquest sat upon the body, and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Tuesday last Ann Huchnal, a servant girl in Ashby-de-la-zouch, in this county, was committed to our county gaol by Mr. Tilly, Coroner, charged with being privately delivered of a female bastard child, and concerning the death of the said child.

a Miller of Hugglescoate

Last week a Miller of Hugglescoate, in this county, (who some time before had been disordered in his senses) hanged himself in a little barn adjoining his dwelling-house. The coroners inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict lunacy.
++On Thursday last, Daniel North, a Frame-work-knitter of Rothley, in this county, was committed to our County Gaol by Mr. Tilly, Coroner, charged with being guilty of Manslaughter, in feloniously killing one Francis Cooke, his Journeyman, — It appeared upon the inquest that North came home a little in liquor on Wednesday night, and upon his wife chiding him for it, a quarrel arose, and the deceased taking his Mistresses part, some words afterwards arose between him and his master and they had a scuffle in the house and fell down together, and the deceased fell against the wall or stairs, by which he dislocated one of the Vertebrae of his neck and died instantly. — North is since admitted to Bail.

Coroner’s inquests

On Thursday last the Coroners Inquest sat on the body of a child at Woodhouse Eves in this county, suspected to have been murdered by its mother, and brought in their verdict natural death.–It did not appear that the child had any injury done it, and the suspicion of its being murdered arose from a false report that had been propagated in the neighbourhood.
++On Friday the Coroners inquest sat upon the body of William Neal, late of Barrow in this county, who its supposed accidentally fell into the river Soar, as he was returning from Mountsorrel to Barrow and was drowned. The jury brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Saturday last the Coroners inquest sat on the body of John Withers, a poor man of Leicester, who was found dead on Friday at the bottom of an hedge, in a close in the liberty of Abbey-gate, near Leicester, and brought in their verdict natural death. — The poor man was subject to violent fits, and its supposed he was getting sticks out of the hedge and was seized with one of his fits, in which he died; his legs were very much scratched and torn, and he had bled a good deal.
++On Sunday the Coroners inquest sat on the body of Robert Balren, apprentice to James Barnes, of Syston in this county, Ribband Weaver, who hanged himself in the necessary house, and brought in their verdict lunacy. — The lad had been very dull and uneasy in his mind for 3 or 4 months last past.
++And this day the Coroners inquest sat upon the body of James Green, a poor man of Great Bowden in this county, who went out in the morning to do his work in the field about nine o’clock, soon after which he was found dead, his spade sticking by him; the jury brought in their verdict natural death.

The Discoveries of John Poulter

[At J. Gregory’s Bookseller in Leicester, is now constantly kept a Bookbinder, a very good Workman, where Gentlemen may have any business of that kind, done completely and expeditiously.]

The following BOOKS may be had of the said J. Gregory; Mess. Fox, Trimmer and Rowe in Nottingham; Salt in Wirksworth; Terrey in Burton and Ashby; and by the Newsmen.

Very proper to be read by every one, now Robberies and House-breaking are so frequent.

This Day is Published, Price only 6d.
The Discoveries of John Poulter, alias Baxter,
(who was apprehended for robbing Dr. Hancock of Salisbury, and thereupon discovered a most numerous gang of Villains) being a full account of all the Robberies he committed, and the tricks and frauds he practiced for the space of 5 Years.
Written wholly by HIMSELF.

To which he has added, for the service of the Public, to make all the amends in his power for his past offences, directions to secure Houses from being broke open. Useful cautions to Tradesmen and others who travel, to prevent their being robbed. How to prevent Horses from being stolen out of Grounds or Commons. With an exact account of the Manner in which Gamblers and other sharpers and horse-dealers, impose upon people at Fairs, &c.
++This useful pamphlet may be had of Mr. Owen, Bookseller, near Temple-Bar, London: and of all other Booksellers in the Town and Country; and by giving Orders to any of the News-Carriers.

Advice to New-Married Persons

This Day is Published
(Price Two-Shillings neatly bound in Twelves)

Advice to New-Married Persons,
Or the way of having beautiful Children. In four Books. To which is added, The way of bringing up Children.

Whene’er in Times to come it shall betide,
That the kind bridegroom would instruct his bride;
My Verse shall by the skillful Youth be read,
To the dear Partner of his nuptial Bed;
Beauty, their numerous progeny shall crown,
And no deformed unsightly Births be known.
Most Parents wishes in one channel run,
Most think they are not blest without a Son;
Let such attentive my prescriptions read,
They teach to propagate the manly deed.

Printed for R. Goadby at Sherborne, and Sold by R. Baldwin in Paternoster-Row; W. Owen near Temple-Bar, London; and may be had of all Booksellers and News-Carriers in Town or Country.

It may be proper to observe, that nothing immodest or indecent is intended in this Work. It was wrote by a Person of great Learning and calculated to be of real use to them to whom it is appropriated.

perished through the severity of the weather

On Sunday morning last, a poor man was found dead near the Northgate in this town, supposed to have perished through the severity of the weather.
++On Wednesday the Coroners inquest sat on the body of William Bluff, a poor man of this place, who perished by the inclemency of the weather on Monday last, in the liberty of Belgrave. — He had been to Barkby on an errand, and it’s supposed was lost in the snow in returning home to Leicester.
++William Mellor, one of the men who distributed this paper in Bakewell, and parts adjacent, was unfortunately lost on Saturday night last, returning from Chesterfield to Bakewell, and also perished.

died of a violent fever

On Saturday evening last, died of a violent fever at his house in the town, Mr. John Cogan, Surgeon, Apothecary and Man-Midwife: In private life he was amiable and happy, as an affectionate husband and parent. In public life his benevolent disposition to all mankind in general, his compassion and tenderness in the discharge of all the offices of his profession in particular, render his death a public loss; and his good sense and agreeable qualities as a companion, make him greatly and universally lamented, and especially by those who had the pleasure of a more intimate acquaintance with him.

four persons received sentence of death

On Saturday last the Assizes ended for this county and borough, when four persons received sentence of death, viz. Matthew Bott, the elder, late of Bagworth, aged 78, convicted of forging a bond for 80l. John Townsend, late of Coleorton, convicted of felony and burglary, in breaking open the house of James Prince, and stealing thereout a coat and waistcoat and one shilling in money. William Irish and Thomas Horner convicted of sheep-stealing. — John Squires for stealing a silver watch, was ordered to be transported for seven years, and Benjamin Chapman, for receiving the same, 14 years. William Jeffry’s for returning from transportation was ill, and could not take his trial. Eleanor Trowell, Ann Hacknall, George Paget, and Francis Waine, were acquitted. The two sheep-stealers were reprieved before the Judge left the town, and Bott and Townsend, ordered for execution on Monday se’nnight.
++The case of Matthew Bott is somewhat singular, and something may be urged in mitigation of his crime, tho’ not in justification of it. We are informed that the above Bott was some time ago left an annuity of 4l. per ann. payable out of a certain estate; upon the sale of which estate, he was persuaded to relinquish his interest therein by one Astell, now deceased, to whom the estate had been left; it is apprehended that Bott reflecting on his own imprudence, in giving up his right without a proper security, (notwithstanding he had the interest-money paid him by Astell’s executors) induced him to have recourse to the expedient of forgery; and being persuaded by a pretended friend, who wanted to borrow some money of him, he was advised to claim the money supposed to be due, by virtue of his bond, being told that if not claimed in 6 years it could not continue in force, which advice he fatally followed, and is ordered for execution.

the first day of our new market

Last Wednesday being the first day of our new market, there were a good many head of cattle, and several were sold; — ’tis suspected this weekly meeting will in time become considerable, and be of great service to the town and neighbourhood.
++On Sunday last Mary Cornfield, widow, was brought by habeas from Coventry to our county gaol, charged with wilful and corrupt perjury, by giving evidence at our last assize on the trial of John Townsend, one of the persons condemned for breaking open and robbing the house of Mr. Prince.
++Eleanor Trowell, was ordered at the said assize to be transported for 7 years, and not acquitted (as mentioned by mistake in out last paper).
++Last week Robert Day, was committed to our county gaol, by William Wright, Esq. charged with stealing two weather sheep, the property of Mr. George Cooper, of Glen, in this county.
++Matthew Bott for forgery, and John Townsend for housebreaking, will not be executed on Monday next (as mentioned in our last), but on Monday se’nnight, as is expected.

a girl of 16 years old

On Wednesday last Elizabeth Morton, a girl of 16 years old, and late servant to Mr. Olver, of Walkeringham in Nottinghamshire, was executed on Nottingham gallows, pursuant to her sentence for the murder of her master’s daughter, a child of two years old, by strangling it, and also for attempting the life of another of the children, whose neck she had almost twisted round, and hid it under some straw in the barn, where it was found by its mother struggling in the agonies of death, the blood gushing from its nose, mouth and eyes, and which last act of savage barbarity being happily discovered, occasioned a strong suspicion of the murder of the other child, for which she was apprehended, confessed her guilt, and has received the just punishment of so horrid a crime. — She was attended to the place of execution by a prodigious concourse of people, appeared greatly shocked at her approaching fate: after spending about a quarter of an hour in prayer with the two worthy Clergymen that attended her, she was turned off. — Her body pursuant to her sentence was given to the Surgeon of Calverton to be dissected.
++This day about 12 o’clock the two convicts Matthew Bott and John Townsend, will be executed at our gallows. They both appear resigned to their fate, and behave with decency, but seem less shocked at the apprehension of death that can be conceived in their unhappy condition, and so near their great change. Matthew Bott acknowledges the publishing the bond of the late Astell as has been before related, but denies the fixing thereto the name of Astell, or the witnesses, and has given a very particular and full account of that transaction in a paper, signed by himself, and which will be published after the execution. — He’s 75 years of age, a hearty well looking man, and heretofore followed the business of a blacksmith and nailmaker at Bagworth in this county, where he has resided the greatest part of his life, and lived in some degree of credit, has many children and grand-children living, 22 of the latter as we are informed, came this week to take their leave of him.
++John Townsend, who is to die, for breaking open the house of Mr. Price on the 25th of January last, likewise for breaking open and robbing the house of Mr. Hughes (an odd house between Stapleton and Barwell) on the 29th of January, for which he was at our last assizes tried and convicted of both indictments upon the fullest and clearest evidence, continues still to persist in his innocence, and has taken the Sacrament of the same, calling God Almighty to witness that he committed neither of the above robberies, nor knew anything of the person or persons who did commit ’em; notwithstanding which, it remains the general opinion that he must have been either guilty of the facts himself, or a confederate therein. Upon the first indictment, the coat and waistcoat that Mr. Prince was robbed of, it appeared was found on his back, swore to by the prosecutor, likewise by the Taylor who made ’em, and the method he accounts for his coming by ’em, is trifling and evasive; he says he brought ’em of a man he met by accident on Foleshill-heath in Warwickshire; as another strong circumstance of his guilt, on his trial he called several persons to his character, one of which, Mary Cornfield, swears to his being at Coventry at the time this robbery was committed, but upon her being apprehended and committed to gaol for perjury, acknowledges she knew nothing of the matter, but swore by his direction.

a remarkable case of bastardy

On Wednesday at the general quarter-sessions of the peace for the county, a remarkable case of bastardy came before the court; a young woman born deaf and dumb, had been got with child by a young fellow in the neighbourhood, and who refused to acknowledge himself the lawful father, on a presumption that it could not be proved. In the course of her examination which was taken by signs and by help of her mother, who acted as interpreter, the fact was plainly made appear to the entire satisfaction of the court, who deemed the man the lawful father, and obliged him to give proper security.
++On Saturday about two in the afternoon, Matthew Bott for forgery and John Townsend for housebreaking (as mentioned in our last) were executed pursuant to their sentence, and behaved with a decency becoming to their unhappy fate. Bott left behind him a confession in which he accounts for the fact for which he suffered, and in which he charges a neighbour of his with being the principal adviser and contriver of the forgery, that had brought him to his shameful end.
++Townsend refused to make any confession, and of the fact for which he died, persisted in his innocence. On the morning of execution, being asked by the worthy Clergyman who attended him, if he would acknowledge his guilt of the crime, declared in the most solemn manner, that he knew nothing of it, that in a few hours he hoped to see the face of God, who alone knew his innocence. The question was again repeated at the place of execution, and in the same manner denied. His behaviour was decent, yet manly and resolute, such as could not have been expected from a person of low education.
++Last week as one Edward Lacy, of Barrow-upon-Soar, was riding upon the fore part of a cart on the turnpike road between Mountsorrel and Quorndon, he jumped off to speak to a man that was going along the road, and his frock unfortunately catching at some part of the cart, he fell before the near wheel, which slid him along, and so bruised him that he died soon after. The Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++Last week some boys who were at play upon the turn-pike road near Markfield, in this county, having agreed to move a waggon which stood in the road, down the hill, after they had set it agoing, it went so fast that they could not stop it, by which one of the boys who was pulling on the shafts was thrown down, and the near wheel behind of the waggon, ran over him and killed him. The Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

the return of the blessings of peace to this kingdom

On Thursday last, being the day of general Thanksgiving appointed by his Majesty to be observed, to give praise to the Almighty, for the return of the blessings of peace to this kingdom, was observed here with the most uncommon and extraordinary rejoicing ever remembered. In the fore noon, the Mayor, attended by the Aldermen in their scarlet gowns, and the residue of the Corporation in their formalities, went to St. Martin’s church, where an excellent sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. Mr. HAINES, from Psalm xlvi, ver. 8. 9. O come hither and behold the works of the Lord.
++As soon as service was ended, the Corporation returned to the Town-Hall, and was there joined by the high-sheriff of the county, and a great number of gentlemen. The entertainment at dinner, was served up in two courses, and was by far the most elegant ever seen here, consisting of every variety that the country could afford, art invent, or expence procure. As soon as dinner was over the following ODE, wrote by Mr. Charles Villiers of Nottingham, and set Musick by Mr. John Valentine in Leicester, was performed in a grand chorus of voices and instruments.


++The Wars are o’er
++And all their dire alarms!
No more the hostile Squadrons spread the plain,
Nor now with human Blood the fields distain,
We her not now of daily widowed poor,
Distressed Matrons, and their helpless young,
Or, piteous plaints of Orphans!
Nor shine in Phalanx now the Spears and Sabres bright,
But may for Agriculture, beaten be,
To Plow-shares, and to Pruning-hooks.

All hail fair Peace! Thy olive sceptered Reign,
May Glorious George triumphant long maintain,
Extend His regal power from shore to shore,
And War’s dread influence be felt no more.

++Diffuse thy beaming grace o’er our Isle,
++So shall we safely rest, serenely smile.
As Britain’s Guardian may he e’er be blessed,
With able Statesmen, through the world confessed;
That Peace and plenty may abound at home,
And useful foreign products safely come.

++In wafting gales, and on the Billows pride,
++Sweep o’er the deep, and through the foaming tide.
While Britain o’er the World her Traffic spreads,
And languid Trade and Commerce raise their heads,
Like stately Cedars and the lofty Pine,
While all the powers in mutual interest join!

++May Glorious George triumphant Reign,
++And spread the swelling Canvas o’er the Main.
Long live the King, still shine in regal state,
May Virtue ever ornament the great;
Thus taught by precepts and example too,
May all our manners be reformed anew.

++The peoples blessing, and the Monarchs praise,
++To George! To glorious George your voices raise.
Long live our gracious King in happy Peace,
Our land still teeming forth her rich increase,
Like Amalthea’s horn, with plenty crowned,
While love, and harmony, and wealth abound!

++Thus happy happy King, thy people may
++Come forth in Crowds and sing, let George the sceptre sway.
And may the King, the Queen and People be
Happy in their illustrious Progeny.
Thus glorious George! with Wisdom crowned,
Thy Name shall through each echoing Clime resound.

++Long live the King!
++And let the Trumpets sound,
++Long live the Queen!
++Let mirth and joy abound,
While Albion’s Sons are blessed in Peace profound.


++About four o’clock the procession through the principal street began: They were marshalled in the Town-hall-lane, and moved on slowly in the following order: the musick playing God Save the King.

Halbert men, two and two.
Gunners, two and two.
Drums and Fifes.
Two lodges of the most honourable, friendly and agreeable Fraternity of free and accepted MASONS.
1st The Tyler, with his sword and jewel.
Two present masters of lodges, with their proper jewels, each bearing on their left hands, the bible, compass and square belonging to each lodge, and in their right hand each a common gavil.
Three late masters with their proper jewels, each bearing in their left hand their authority from the grand lodge, with the books of constitutions, rules and orders, &c., &c.
Two junior Wardens, with their jewels, and columns of their orders in their right hands.
Two secretaries with their jewels, &c.
Two senior deacons, with their proper jewels and wands.
Two junior deacons with their formalities as above.
The other Tyler with his sword and jewel as above. — All elegantly dressed according to formality, and kept up with the exactness and decorum peculiar to their ancient order,
A grand band of music, voices and instruments.
The High Sheriff of the county.
Clergy, officers and gentlemen, two and two.
The mayor of the Borough, and Recorder.
Aldermen in their scarlet gowns, two and two.
Tradesmen, &c., two and two.
Drums and Fifes.
JASON, on horseback, and carrying a fleece of wool before him, his sword drawn, and himself properly habitted, with a cap and wig and sashes of wool; on each side a page.
The Bishop’s verger on horseback, with a wool wig, sashes, and a wool verge; on each side a page.
in an open landau, drawn by six horses, with 3 postillions and 4 pages all habitted. — His Lordship in a gown and cassock, a mitre of wool on his head, in one hand the book of Common Prayer, and in the other a Wool-comb.
A Shepherd and Shepherdess on horseback, the Shepherd in white, with a white hat, white wig, crook in his hand and a dog upon his knee. The Shepherdess in green, dressed with the greatest elegance, a crook in her hand and a lamb upon her knee; and a page to attend on each.
Another Shepherd and Shepherdess on horseback, on his head a crown of wool, a crook in his hand and sashes of wool about him, the Shepherdess as before elegantly dressed.
A stage built on a waggon, with 2 combers at work, 2 doublers, 2 spinners, a framework knitter at his calling and a crown of wool on the stage.
A procession of about 20 combers, all habitted in wool wigs, sashes, ruffled shirts and grey stockings, three and three.

At the following places the procession halted — High-cross — Coal-hill — Three Crowns corner — Friar-Lane — Water-house on South-gate — The Royal Cank — Top of the Market-place — The Conduit — and before the Change; at the last place the Ode was again performed in full chorus of voices and instruments, and at all the former the two following choruses:

++1st Chorus
God save Great George our King,
Long live our Noble King,
May he defend our Laws,
And ever give us cause,
To say with Heart and Voice,
God save the King. —

++2nd grand Chorus
Long live the King!
And let the Trumpet sound —
Long live the Queen! —
Let mirth and joy abound,
While Albion’s sons are blessed in peace profound.

The streets as the procession passed were lined with an incredible number of people, the windows and balconys were not only filled but the roofs of houses and tops of the chimneys; in many places were arbours, and on all of which were interwoven garlands and crowns with wreaths of flowers, and at which the inhabitants were regaling themselves and friends, having purchased sheep, hogs and lambs, and in various parts of the town were roasting ’em whole. No joy like this, so universal, was ever before known here by the oldest man living, nothing being heard but shouts and exclamations of Long Live the King and Queen.
++The procession was closed at the New Change, where the gentlemen withdrew and furnished the evening with many loyal healths expressive of their duty and affection to their Majesties.
++A ball and genteel collation was also given in the evening to the ladies, which was exceedingly brilliant, and conducted with the greatest order.
++The town on this occasion would have been illuminated, but to prevent the dangerous consequences of fire, Mr. Mayor was please to request of the inhabitants not to illuminate, and at the same time directing the New Change to be lighted, which was accordingly done in a most elegant manner. — The basement story, consisting of six arches, was decorated with seven concentric lamps each; in the niche in the centre of the building was placed the effigy of his Majesty, at full length, inscribed GEORGIUS III REX: On each side his Majesty, a festoon, and on the right and left two pyramids and two cones, and on each side of these two frustums of pyramids. Over his majesty in the open of the pediment was placed the british crown, which on each side was supported with the horns of plenty, out of them was thrown palm branches and other decorations; on each side of these were placed semicircular arches, and to the right and left of those, pitched pediments. At the top of the centre pediment was placed the trophy of war 9 feet square, on the right and left of which, on the parapet wall, was inscribed and illuminated, Glory to God, on Earth Peace. At each end were erected a cone 12 feet high, on top of each two urns, which when lighted blazed like meteors, and might be seen many miles. There were upwards of 3000 lamps purchased for this illumination. And it is supposed not less than 20,000 people were present at the lighting of the same.

Escaped out of the County Gaol


Out of the County Goal in Leicester, on Tuesday the 10th inst. by means of a false Key that had been conveyed to them, the following felons: viz.

Aged about 32 Years, born and lived at Burton on the Woulds in the County of Leicester, by occupation a Ragman, about 5 feet 9 inches high, swarthy Complexion, his left Hand and Arm remarkably withered and very small, he had a shot through one of his Thighs and goes limping, had on his own Hair and was Iron’d when he made his escape, had been Transported and was committed for returning before the expiration of his crime.

Under sentence of Death for Sheep-stealing, but reprieved, is a Wool-comber, lived at Rothley in the said County of Leicester, about 22 Years of age, 5 feet 9 Inches high, fresh Complexion, inclining to Carbuncles, his own brown Hair, brown Coat, red Waistcoat and a plaid Waistcoat, white drill Breeches, and likewise had his Irons on.

Under sentence of Death for Sheep-stealing but reprieved, is a Wool-comber, lived at Rothley aforesaid, is about 26 Years of age, 5 feet 4 Inches high, roundish Face, pitted with the Small-pox, had 2 Coats on, one a light-grey cloth, the other a drab Fustian, also his Irons on when he made his escape.

Whoever can secure any of the above Felons, shall receive Five Guineas for each of them, from me
++++Keeper of the above Gaol.
N.B. After a Person has been Transported to some of his Majesty’s Colonies or Plantations in America, and seen at large in Great-Britain before his time is expired, Stat. 16. Geo. II. Chap. 15, allows 20 l. for apprehending him, &c.

Mary Moore, Richard Wooton, William Jackson

On Wednesday last one Mary Moore, wife of ___ Moore of South Kilworth in this county, was found dead lying behind one of the horses in the stable adjoining to her dwelling house. She was bruised upon several parts of her body, and her right arm was broke. It’s supposed she went into the stable in her husband’s absence to give the horses some meat and was kicked and trampled to death by one of the horses. On Thursday the Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Wednesday last one Richard Wooton, a poor old man, was found dead in the liberty of Breedon: He had been at Worthington with wood ashes to sell, and set off from Worthington on Monday last in the afternoon, in order to go to Goadby in Nottinghamshire where he lived. On Friday the Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict natural death, there appearing no marks of violence upon the body.
++On Saturday last as one William Jackson of Hinkley, who belonged to the Leicestershire Militia, was riding upon the shafts of a carriers waggon, upon the turn-pike road between Leicester and Hinkley, he had the misfortune to fall from the shafts upon the ground, by which accident the waggon ran over part of his body, he was immediately taken up very much bruised and hurt, and carried to Hinkley, where he dyed about 12 o’clock on Saturday night. — On Monday the Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

We hear from Chesterfield in Derbyshire

We hear from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, that last week a child born upon the body of Elizabeth Townsend and supposed to be murdered, having marks of violence about its throat, was through the vigilance of the neighbours who it seems had just grounds of suspicion, found in an old well, now turned into a necessary. Two other women are charged with being concerned in this horrid deed. But the circumstances attending the affair being attended with some uncommon peculiarities, we shall omit further account till we can the better ascertain the truth.

The verses from A. Z. came to hand

The verses from A.Z. came to hand, but cannot have a place in this paper, they being a species of Ridicule, which we chuse not to admit, and too low to have given any entertainment.

apprehended in a post-chaise

Yesterday evening a man and a woman were apprehended in a post-chaise, about a mile from the West-Bridge turn-pike, coming to this town; they are charged with committing a robbery in Warwickshire, to a very considerable amount, some say 150 or 200 l. besides other valuables. They were taken immediately back by their pursuers in the same chaise. — The horse which one of the persons who pursued, rode upon, lies dead near the Dane hills.

a servant girl at Inkersal

They write from Mansfield, that on Wednesday night a servant girl at Inkersal near Rufford in Nottinghamshire, going a milking, met a man in the road between Rufford and Nottingham, who pretended to be lost, and desired her to show him the way to a neighbouring village and he would give her a shilling, which she consented to, but had not gone far before he wanted to be rude, and used her very ill, stript her of all her cloaths, but under petticoat and shift, which he took together with the shilling he had given her, and eighteen pence she had in her pocket; the person who committed the above robbery is a broad black man, had on a dark drab coloured great coat, rode a little black horse, and had a brace of pistols.
++On Wednesday last, Thomas Cresswell, a child about four years old, which had been missing from its mother a day or two, was found drowned in a well in the liberty of Markfield. — The Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Friday last, Anthony Hurst, the pinder of Syston (a very old man) was riding after two boys to receive his drift penny of them for driving sheep in the liberty of Syston, he accidentally fell from his horse and died immediately. — The Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Saturday last as Mary Jarvis, a poor woman of Blaby, was returning from Leicester to Blaby, being tired, she asked a man who was driving a waggon loaded with coals, to let her ride, he accordingly helped her upon the waggon, but she had nor rode above half a mile before the forehorse took fright and overturned the waggon, by which accident she was killed. — The Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Tuesday last Thomas Parkins of Market Harboro’, a boy about nine years old, was accidentally drowned as he was bathing in a pit of water in the liberty of Great Bowden; some boys who were going by the pit when this misfortune happened endeavoured to save him, but he was drowned before they could get to him. — The Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

Yesterday the assizes began for this borough

The Coroner’s inquest which sat by adjournment at Packingham on Friday last, touching the death of a new-born female child, as mentioned in out last, brought in their verdict wilful murder, by a person or persons unknown.
++On Saturday last a poor man, a traveller, was found dead near the turnpike road betwixt Kibworth and Glenn; he lay at Glenn the night before and was very ill. There were no marks of violence upon him, and he had 2s. and some half-pence in his pockets. On Monday the Coroner’s inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict natural death.
++Yesterday the assizes began for this borough and county, when John Smithson otherwise Smith, was capitally convicted of publishing a Bill of Exchange, knowing it to be forged, value 20l. purporting to be the draft of Sir George Smith, of Nottingham, drawn upon Mr. Bland and Son, Bankers in Lombard-street London, and for which he obtained cash of Mr. Bentley in this town, and afterwards absconded. — his defence was weak and trifling; he said he took the Bill of one Brown, at Mr. Glovers at the Spital-house near this town, but this man not appearing, or any other evidence, he was found guilty; and we hear he is ordered for execution. — Samuel Galloway was convicted for stealing a leg of mutton, value 10d., and ordered to be publickly whipt. — Against Mary Darlow, no Bill was found.
++Last night John Douglas, alias Smith, alias Porter, was brought in a chaise strongly guarded from Coventry, and he will take his trial here today.

John Smithson, alias Smith, alias Potter, alias Douglas

Yesterday at a court of Aldermen, Robert Bakewell, Esq. Barrister at Law, of Greasley in this county, was elected Recorder of this Borough; William Wright, Esq. our late worthy Recorder having resigned that office.
++Saturday last the assizes ended for the county of Leicester, when four persons received sentence of death, viz. John Smithson, alias Smith, (as mentioned in our last for Forgery). John Smith alias Porter, alias Douglas, for returning from Transportation. Thomas Day and Thomas Derrey the Younger, for Sheep-stealing. Mary Cornfield who was to have been tried for Perjury on the trial of Townsend at our last Assizes, died in gaol on Tuesday se’nnight. — Samuel Galloway to be whipt. John Guilford and mary Darlow acquitted. Smith for Forgery is ordered for execution on Saturday next. Douglas reprieved for one month, and Day and Derry respited till the next Assizes.
++John Smith alias Porter alias Douglas, was indicted for returning from Transportation before the expiration of his time, and pleaded Not Guilty. The council for the crown produced the record of his being transported from Rochester, for stealing a silver tankard, at Lent Assizes 1757, by the name of John Smith, labourer. William Mariden, a clerk to Sir John Fielding, and who was concerned in the prosecution at that time, swore to the identity of his person with his remarkable affirmation, that not a single feature of his face had received the least alteration, only that now he wore his hair tied, and before it was too short for that purpose. — He said nothing in his defence, or attempted any ways to prove that he was not the person mentioned in the indictment. — This unhappy young man about 2 years ago came to reside in Leicester, where he married the daughter of a reputable inn-keeper, and has since upon the death of his father-in-law, kept the said inn, with reputation, as appeared by the testimony on his trial of two worthy clergymen, as well as many tradesmen, his neighbours, persons of character and reputation; during the time of his residence here, he was a zealous observer of his religious duty, a punctual honest man in his dealings with mankind, and of which there appeared one remarkable instance in the payment of some money, in which he had it in his power to have defrauded a tradesman, without any danger of being suspected. He also had the character of a most affectionate husband, a tender parent, and was remarkably kind to some poor relations of his wives. — These circumstances appearing upon his tryal, together with his affecting behaviour, greatly moved the court to compassion and brought tears from many indifferent spectators. The jury were much affected therewith; though the fact was proved in the clearest manner, they nevertheless debated a quarter of an hour, before thy would bring him guilty; after which the Judge observed to ’em, that they had discharged their duty like honest men, that he was glad to find when the overflowings of compassion were in some measure abated, that justice had taken place; adding that if the Prisoner had been an Angel from Heaven he must have been convicted. He was dressed in a white broad cloth coat, trimmed with black, and a black silk waistcoat; is about 30 years of age, and a personable well looking man. After the trial was over, the prisoners council admitted that he was the person swore to as above. We hear application is intended to be made to his Majesty, that he would be graciously pleased to consider him as a proper object of mercy; and from his general character during his residence here, there is no doubt but the town in general will sign this petition. We also hear that he has made several discoveries, which may be means of apprehending others belonging to the gang of villains (part of which are now in Coventry gaol) and of which it is said there are 300 not yet apprehended.

died in the gaol for this borough

On Tuesday about 4 o’clock died in the gaol for this borough, John Smithson, alias Smith, a convict under sentence of death for Forgery, and who was to have been executed today. He was about 39 years of age, born in Northumberland, by profession a fire-engine-maker, was a decent looking, well behaved young man; he persisted to deny his guilt of the fact for which he was to die to the last.

profane cursing and swearing, to the number of 32 oaths

On Thursday last an information was taken before Samuel Oliver, Esq. Mayor of this Borough, against William Mortimer, Catherine Mortimer and Miss Peggy Logan, charging ’em with profane cursing and swearing, to the number of 32 oaths, when they were all three convicted upon the Statute and ordered to pay the penalty, viz. William Mortimer 20s., Catherine Mortimer 8s., and Miss Peggy 4s., which sum of money they went out and collected amongst their friends. They were afterwards charged with assaulting Henry Elliot, and John and Mary Springthorpe, and were all three by the above Magistrate committed to gaol for this offence, and for want of sufficient sureties. The two former are said to keep a notorious bawdy house in the Southgate-street in this borough (and have long been a nuisance to the neighbourhood) of which offence William Mortimer was some time ago convicted and ordered to stand publickly in the pillory; Miss Peggy has long been upon the Pad, and occasionally plied at Mother Mortimer’s. After the man was committed, the two ladies petitioned for time in order to acquaint their friends and procure bail, in which request they were indulged, but after dispatching several fruitless embassies without effect (none being hardy enough to appear) they were obliged likewise to submit, and in all probability will lie in gaol till our next assizes. Miss Logan submitted with great reluctance, complained of the cruelty of her friends, and threatens to make Discoveries, which she is believed to be very capable of.
++On Sunday last an express arrived from the Secretary of State’s Office with a respite for John Douglas, now under sentence of death in our county gaol, till the 5th day of September next. And we hear there are some hopes that his Majesty will be pleased to extend his Royal clemency to this unhappy young fellow, by granting him a free pardon, in consideration of the many useful discoveries he has already made, and the methods he has lain down for the preventing robberies, and the detection of thieves and pick-pockets. A petition in his favour was presented to his Majesty on Sunday last by the right honourable the Earl of Denbigh, together with a memorial of his own services to the state, in consequence of which, Lord mansfield (before whom he was capitally convicted) was sent for to make his report, which is believed to have been favourable as many circumstances of that kind appeared at his trial.
++’Tis said the conditions of this pardon will depend upon the truth of what he has set forth in his memorial; and also a security of 1000l. will be expected for his good behaviour for the future, which sum of money for the above purpose is already subscribed by his friends.
++On Sunday died at his house in this town, Edward Davie, gent; he formerly kept the Turk’s-Head inn, but for many years past has retired from business, and lived upon his fortune.
++On Saturday last in the afternoon, as one George Berridge, late a soldier, was swimming across the river in Syston meadow in the county of Leicester, in order to fetch a bottle of ale from Rhodely House, having on his shirt, breeches and stockings, before he reached the opposite side he sunk and was drowned. On Sunday the Coroners inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict Accidental.

a mad dog

We hear from Stoney Stanton in this county, that about a fortnight ago, a mad dog got in amongst the herd of cattle kept in the open fields there, and bit the greatest part of the herd, consisting chiefly of milch-beasts; that 14 of ’em are already gone mad, which they have been obliged to shoot and bury; and that many more are tied up and supposed to be likewise bit; to add to the calamity, two children were bit by the same dog.

The following is Dr. James’s Recipe for curing the Bite of a Mad-Dog, taken from his Treatise on canine Madness, lately published, and in which are many instances of its being given with great success, and never known to fail.

The Method of CURE

Rub into the part where the wound was received, a dram or more of any mercurial ointment, as soon as possible after the bite. That made by rubbing in a mortar two parts of hog’s lard with one of crude quicksilver will do; but equal parts of hog’s lard and crude quicksilver will be better, though it requires more trouble to unite them; for great care should be taken to incorporate well the quicksilver with the lard. This should be repeated every day for a week; but if it can be done twice a day without salivation, it is the better. The evening of the same day let the patient take the following medicine.
++TAKE of Turpeth Mineral, from three to eight grains, according to the strength of the patient, and the degree of infection received, so far as can be judged from the bite; Camphire an equal quantity. Let this be made with any conserve, as that of hips, into a bolus, or ball. This may possibly vomit, though the Camphire is added to prevent it. This dose should be repeated the next evening but one; and again after forty-eight hours interval. This cannot be done without some hazzard of a salivation, especially in some constitutions. It must, therefore, be watched, and upon the first approach of any soreness in the mouth, or slavering, the farther use of this medicine shall be deferred till that cease, and then be resumed.
++About two or three days after the last dose, if no accidents happen as to salivation, the patient should bathe in cold water over head every day, till the day before the nest full or new moon. And that day let the dose of Turpeth Mineral be repeated for three times, as before; but I think the dose may then be less, as two or three grains. And after the third dose let the patient again bathe as before; and let this method be repeated for three or four succeeding periods of the moon.
++This is the preservative method for the human species; but it will succeed equally well with brutes, though it is impossible to specify the exact doses for them, as some are large, and others small, and consequently require larger or smaller doses. In general, for a dog of a moderate size, six or seven grains of the Turpeth Mineral are sufficient.
++But when any symptoms of the distemper begin to appear, somebody of skill should attend; for then the cure depends upon saturating the body, as much as possible, with Mercury, without raising a salivation precipitately, and so as to injure the patient. Therefore more Mercury should be rubbed in, and more frequent doses of Turpeth Mineral should be exhibited, as not a moment must be lost. When this method is pursued, no heating medicines should be given on any account. Nervous medicines, therefore, which in general excite heat, are to be carefully avoided. As yet no instance has come to my knowledge of a cure performed by any of the preparations of Opium, nor by Musk without Mercury.

a mad dog, as mentioned in our last

We hear from Stanton in this county that several more of the head of cattle, bit by a mad dog, as mentioned in our last paper, are gone mad, and obliged to be shot, to the number of 20 in the whole; the two children still continue free from any symptoms of this dreadful disorder.
++On monday night last, Mrs. Bailey, mistress of a Boarding-school in this town, having been upstairs to see if the candles were safe put out, and coming down again without a light, she fell down stairs and fractured her skull; she is still living but dangerously ill.

the murder of a child at Odeby

On monday died Mrs. Bailey, mistress of a boarding-school in this town, whose death was occasioned by her falling down stairs, as mentioned in this paper on Saturday 15th October.
++On Saturday a voluntary deposition was made before Mr. Guttridge, Mayor of this Borough, touching the murder of a child at Odeby in this county; and this week several persons have been examined by the Rev. Mr. Coulton, of Evington, one of his Majesty’s justices of the peace for the county, before whom several other depositions have been taken relative to this matter; it is said the child was murdered by its brains being beaten out with a shovel. As yet, nobody has been committed but ts hoped through the vigilance of the above magistrate, the perpetrators of this horrid crime will be brought to justice.

a melancholy accident

Thy write from Hinkley in this county, that on Tuesday last a melancholy accident happened there, viz. two boys being at play in a room where some bottles of spirits of vitriol were, the one inticed the other to drink some part of it, which put him in the utmost torture, and though assistance were immediately sent for, he died in about 3 hours in the greatest agony.

Richard Springthorpe has now taken the White-Hart Inn

Staunton Harold, Dec 16, 1763

Begs leave to return his most grateful Thanks for the many favours he has received from his Friends during his stay at Staunton.

He like wise takes this method to acquaint the Nobility, Gentry and others, that he has now taken the White-Hart Inn, in Ashby-de-la-zouch, late in Tenure of Francis Kinsey, deceased, and shall enter upon it at Christmas next, it being a large and commodious House; where his utmost Endeavours will be to merit their custom, by obliging and civil Treatment, from their most obliged, humble and obedient Servant,
N.B. He has bought a neat 4 Wheel’d Post-Chaise, and a genteel 4 Wheel’d Post-Phaeton, with able Horses, to carry Passengers to any part of England on the shortest Notice, and as speedy as possible.

Mrs Linwood’s Boarding School

Mrs. Linwood
at Lady-Day next, proposes to Open

A Boarding School for Young Ladies in Belgrave-Gate Leicester, where they will be instructed in Needle-work and every other useful and genteel Accomplishment. They who please to favour her undertaking may depend upon the utmost Care being taken of their Morals, as well as every other part of their Education, by their humble Servant,
++Hannah Linwood

As many of her friends may chuse to place out their Children before that time, she has taken a House for the present near the Horse-fair, Leicester, lately occupied by Mr. Parsons (the property of Mrs. Birstall), and where she proposes to teach till the other House can be made ready, and will begin there on Monday the 23rd of January next.

N.B. The Terms are 12 Pounds per annum, and one Guinea entrance.

Thomas Shaw, Apprentice

THOMAS SHAW, Apprentice to William Hodges of Thurmaston in the County of Leicester, Framework-knitter, absented from his Master’s Service on Sunday the 11th of this instant December. He’s a thick set Boy, about 11 Years old, fresh Complexion, light Hair, thick coarse Lips, had on a darkish Coat, metal Buttons, a small checked Waistcoat, and old pair of Leather Breeches, a pair of black Stockings, the Legs footed with grey, was born at Newtown in Leicestershire.
++All persons are hereby discharged from harbouring the said Boy; And any Person who will bring him to his said Master, or give Notice where he may be found, shall be satisfied for their trouble.

a boy of about 16 years of age

About 5 weeks ago, a boy of about 16 years of age was committed to our county Bridewell, charged with stealing some half-pence from the house of Mr. Freer, at Narbro’ in this county, and on Monday last was released from his confinement, when as is supposed, he went directly to Narbro’ aforesaid, and that evening broke into the house of Mr. Freer, and took out of a desk in his lodging room 10l. or upwards; with which, he got off undiscovered. We are just now informed that he was this day taken at Nottingham, and is committed to that gaol.

Thomas Hans & Joseph Blower

Last week Thomas Hans, a servant boy belonging to Mr. Hall, a miller of Wellesborough, near Market-Bosworth in this county, accidentally fell into a pitt of water near to his master’s house and was drowned. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and bought in their verdict accidental death.
++Saturday last was committed to our county gaol, Joseph Blower, a lad of about 16 years of age (as mentioned in our last to be apprehended at Nottingham); he is charged on the oath of John Briers of Cosby in this county, on a violent suspicion of breaking open and entering the dwelling-house of Sarah Briers of Narbro’ in this county, and stealing from thence a quantity of money, in gold silver and brass, to the amount of about five pounds, part of which was found on him, and hath confessed to the whole.

at the Crane Inn in Leicester

On Tuesday and Wednesday the 7th and 8th of February next, will be fought by subscription at the Crane Inn in Leicester,


Any Gentleman that pleases to send in Cocks, may depend on proper care being taken of ’em, by their Humble Servants,
++Wm. Whittle
++John Ashby

James Pank, Druggist and Chymist


Takes this method to inform the Public, that he has opened a shop near the High-cross, Leicester, where he has lain in an exceeding good Assortment of all sorts of Druggs, Chymical and Galenical Preparations; likewise of fine Teas, Coffee and Chocolate, &c. All who please to favour him with their commands, may depend upon being served on the best and lowest Terms, and their favours gratefully acknowledged by their most obedient Humble Servant,

William Coleman, in South-gate-street

William Coleman, in South-gate-street in the Borough of Leicester, takes this method of informing the Public, That he has begun and intends to carry on the business of BAGGING, that is to say, Sells any sort of Worsted Hose, or any other Article in the Woolen Manufactory. Any one who pleases to employ him, may rely on his diligence and Integrity, and the favour will be gratefully acknowledged by their most humble Servant,

Mr. Godfrey, an eminent butcher

On Wednesday morning last, dropped down of an apoplectic fit, and died immediately, Mr. Godfrey, an eminent butcher (and one of the Bailiffs for the Borough, and also for the county); he had been drinking a pot of ale at a public house, and putting his hand in his pocket top pay for it, he fell from the chair and died without speaking a word. He was a person well respected by all his acquaintance, and of great humanity in his office.

an instance of public spirit

We are informed that as soon as the law passes for allowing the importation of Irish butter, beef and tallow; that the Mayor and Aldermen of this borough, in order to reduce the exorbitant price, which that commodity is advanced to, intend to purchase a quantity of Irish butter, which they will every Saturday retail out, and hope to be able to do it at 4d. a pound. This generous design will be of very great service to poor housekeepers — And an instance of public spirit, worthy imitation!

at the house of Mr. Richard Springthorpe


Will be fought on Monday and Tuesday the 5th and 6th days of March next, at the house of Mr. Richard Springthorpe, the White-Hart in Ashby-de-la-zouch, between the Gentlemen of Derbyshire and Leicestershire; each side to shew and weigh 31 Cocks, to fight at 5 Guineas a Battle, an ONE HUNDRED the ODD BATTLE.
++This will be the 4th Main fought according to Articles entered into by each side for the Term of 5 Years.
++Phoebe, for Derbyshire
++Probin, for Leicestershire

Rev. Mr. Gerrard Andrews

On Wednesday died at his house in this town, the Rev. Mr. Gerrard Andrews, Vicar of St. Nicholas in this town and Syston in the county; he was for many years master of the Free School here, and which some time ago he resigned on account of his health.

Mr. Pyke, a barber in this town

On Sunday last was interred in the parish church of St. Nicholas, the Rev. Mr. Andrews late Vicar thereof. In whom he public is deprived of a sound divine and most polite scholar, excellently killed in all human literature, and particularly the classics. He was one of the brightest ornaments to his profession as a schoolmaster — No tyrannical teacher to make his school a scene of sorrow — On the contrary he was beloved of his boys for his delicacy and dexterity of address and gave powerful instructions by his precepts and example, and many of his young gentlemen have done him honour, and assisted him in his illness, and few were willing to leave him till they were sent to college. Thus his school flourished, and by that he made a fortune and by his merit deserved it. His family are mourning the loss of a good husband, father, master, neighbour and friend.
++On Wednesday morning last, Mr. Pyke, a barber in this town, drinking at a public house, after having drank three pots of Ale, undertook for a trifling wager to drink 10 more within the hour, 9 of which he drank; the landlord seeing him much in liquor took the other pot from him; he then attempted to get up and go home, but fell upon the floor, from whence he was taken up, removed into another room and laid upon a bed, supposed to be drunk, but died directly. And yesterday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, his death occasioned by excessive drinking.

A Question

We are requested by a correspondent to insert the following Question. Required, two such numbers whose ratio is, as 2 and a half to 5 and a quarter. The difference of the cubes of the two said numbers are equal to 223047.

Solution to the Question

Solution to the Question in our last week’s Paper, by Mr. Bonner.

By submitting x and y for the two numbers, and proceeding according to the nature of the question, the two numbers will be found to be 30 and 63. The Question was also accurately answered by Mr. William Bell of Leicester; Mr. William Lester and Mr. John Bull, both of Sheepshead; Mr. Edward Bayly of Griffidam; Mr. Jaques Husband of Newbold nr. Coleorton; and by Joseph Webster of Loughboro’.


There is a right Cone, the diameter of its Base is 18 inches, and its altitude 144 inches. What distance from the Vortex will you apply a Saw to cut it into two pieces of equal solidity? Sam. Bonner.

The Proprietor of this Paper, begs leave to inform his Readers

The Proprietor of this Paper, begs leave to inform his Readers, that the Day of publishing will after Saturday the 7th of April next be altered to friday mornings, and at that time regularly continued. He hopes this alteration will be the more agreeable to his Customers, (as he shall be enabled, by means of receiving his Intelligence by the Leicester Machine, which comes in one day from London) to oblige them with the same Advices which they now have on saturday mornings. All who have occasion to Advertise are desired particularly to take notice of this alteration, as no Advertisement will be taken in later than 6 o’clock on Thursday evenings.
++Several Answers to the Mathematical Question inserted in out last are come to hand and will be taken proper Notice of in our next. As shall also the favours of some of out literary correspondents.

To the Proposer of the Question

To the Proposer of the Question in the last Week’s paper.

++++The perpendicular distance from the Vertex, when the Cone must be cut, is equal to 114.295 inches, nearly; whose diameter will then be 14.2866 inches nearly, which I presume will answer the conditions of the Question pursuant to your request.
++and remain your’s &c.,
++++J. Lewin, Schoolmaster of Syston, March 20.

The above Question was likewise answered by Mr. Jaques Husband, Mr. Henry Castledine, Mr. Edward Bailey, Mr. William Gregory and Mr. George Oneby.

At the Assizes for this borough and county

At the Assizes for this borough and county, which begin on Friday the 6th of April, the following prisoners are to take their trials.
++_____ Smith, a woman in man’s apparel, charged with a highway robbery. James Fletcher, charged with manslaughter (upon bail). William Barrass, for attempting a rape. Anthony Lee, on suspicion of breaking open a box and stealing thereout one guinea. Thomas Reeve, charged with stealing a box, and breaking open the same out of which he took 5 guineas. Joseph Blower, charged with burglary and felony, in breaking open and robbing a dwelling house at Narbro’. James Taylor, charged with breaking open a dwelling house, and stealing goods thereout. Thomas Treece, charged with stealing a quantity of malt. William and James Barber, charged with receiving the same. Sarah Parker, charged with receiving stolen goods knowing them to be stolen. John Elvaston, charged with stealing a brass valve from a Fire Engine. Sarah Storer, charged with stealing some tammy stuff.
++On Wednesday night last, about eight o’clock, a highway robbery was committed between Loughbro’ and Quarndon in this county, by a single highwayman, who robbed a farmer returning from Loughbro’ Fair, of 10 guineas, and rode off.
++Several literary favours shall be taken notice of as soon as convenient.

a gentleman was stopped by 3 footpads

On Sunday evening last, between Dishley and Loughbro’, a gentleman was stopped by 3 footpads, who made him dismount, robbed him of his watch and money, and then rode away with his horse. And on Wednesday last, the horse was brought to the Cranes in this town, being taken up in a farmyard at Enderby.
++On Wednesday died, much lamented by her acquaintance, Miss Topp, daughter to the late Mr. Alderman Topp, aged about 22 years.
++At Nottingham assizes, which ended on saturday last, 10 prisoners were tried, one of whom, viz. John Death, alias James Rutland, alias John Rutland, received sentence of death, for stealing 20l. from Mr. Farnsworth. Joseph Lane, for stealing a pair of silver buckles, and other things; John Palmer, for stealing a saddle; Francis Wardhill, for stealing a gown, were ordered to be transported or 7 years; William Howe, for the murder of Sarah Wass, of Warsop, was discharged being a lunatic; William Barlow, on suspicion of being concerned in the above murder, died in the arms of the gaoler, as he was bringing him to trial; William Williams, Thomas Oldfield, Thomas Bute, and William Shelton, acquitted.

Mr. Cotton opens his school

Mr. C O T T O N

Opens his school in Leicester, on Wednesday the 2nd of May 1764, at Mrs. Linwood’s Boarding School, in Belgrave-gate.
At the above Boarding School, YOUNG LADIES will be neatly BOARDED, taught to Read, and instructed in all sorts of Needle-Work at 12l. a Year, and a Guinea Entrance.

Writing per Quarter 0 : 10s : 0d
Entrance 0 : 2s : 6d
Dancing per Quarter 0 : 15s : 0d
Entrance 0 : 10s : 6d

N.B. Each young Lady brings for her own use a pair of Sheets and a Silver Spoon, which will be returned. Music may be learned, if Chose.

At the Assizes for the borough and county

At the Assizes for the borough and county which ended on Monday last, Robert Day and Thomas Derry were ordered to be transported for 14 years; Joseph Blower, James Taylor and Thomas Reeves, convicted of several larcenies, for 7 years. James Fletcher for manslaughter, Anthony Lee and William Hacket, for larcenies, burnt in the hand. Sarah Stoner, for petit larceny, to be privately whipt. Mary Tyers, Sarah Parker, Tho. Treece, Wm. Barber and James Barber, Not Guilty. _____ Smith, William Barrass and John Elvaston, delivered by proclamation.

a boy of Mr. Taylor’s, about 6 years old

On monday last a boy of Mr. Taylor’s, of this town, about 6 years old, fishing by the river side, unfortunately fell in, and was drowned.
++On Sunday last died, Mrs Wigley, wife of Mr. Wigley, one of the Aldermen of this borough.
++At the annual Spring Florest feast held yesterday at the 3 Cranes for Auricula’s and Polyanthos, the prizes were determined as follows: To Mrs. Anne Wigley’s gardener, 10s 6d for the best Auricular, and 2s 6d for the 3rd. The 2nd best prize for Auricula was won by Mr. Wilkinson. The prize of 10s 6d for the best Polyanthos was won by Mr. Ruding’s gardener, and the 2nd and 3rd best by Mr. Berry of Evington. All the Polyanthos were of the sort called the Furnate. And the whole of this society were of the opinion that the prizes were properly adjudged.
++On Monday last the Mayor of the borough, attended by the Aldermen &c. in their formalities, and preceded by a grand band of music, went to the Dane-Hills to see the diversion of hunting pursuant to annual custom; the gentlemen of the Hunt were afterwards invited to an elegant entertainment at the New Change, given by Mr. Mayor.

At the general quarter-sessions of the peace

At the general quarter-sessions of the peace, which ended for this borough on monday last, three prisoners were tried, two of whom were found guilty, one of them for having found in his possession some nails the property of Mr. Garle, for which offence he was sentenced to lie three months in prison; the other, a woman was convicted of stealing a silver watch, but some favourable circumstances appearing in the course of her trial, the jury recommended her to the court for mercy, and she was accordingly ordered to lie in prison one month. At the same time, the Recorder was pleased to give a severe reprimand to the prosecutor. And one was acquitted.



Between Leicester and Lockington, on the road leading to Derby, on Tuesday last the 1st of this instant, May. Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, tied up in a Canvas Bag. Whoever brings the above, or gives notice to J. Gregory, Printer in Leicester, who has found the said Cash, shall receive Thirty Pounds Reward.
  Note: The Money is supposed to have been dropt between the White Horse in Hathern and about a quarter of a mile beyond Kegworth.

a great Number of Mad-Dogs

Whereas Complaint has been made to the Mayor and recorder of this Borough, of a great Number of Mad-Dogs being in and about this Town, It is therefore Ordered, that all Persons within this Borough keep their Dogs Chained up for the space of two Months from Wednesday morning next. And all Persons are desired to take Notice, That the Constables, Beadles, and other Peace-Officers within this Borough, are Ordered to Kill all Dogs that shall be seen Loose in the Streets within that time.

Several Objections having been made

Several Objections having been made to the Publication of the Paper on Fridays, in compliance with the Request of many of our Customers, it will be Published on Saturdays as heretofore.
++Advertisements are desired to be sent by Thursday Evenings, in order to their being commodiously inserted.

Song: As Flavia the fair


As Flavia the fair lately tripped o’er the plain,
The woe of each nymph, but the joy of each swain,
The dear charmer to see I flew out with the rest,
She singled me out, and me only addressed.

Love’s sweet soothing pain through my blood instant flew,
With rapture I trembled, my breath deeper drew,
On scenes of delight my crazed fancy did rove,
And what was but pity, I construed love.

Though nursed up in want, bred in poverty’s school,
The May-game of shepherds, of fortune the fool,
Though none but my Colin (that faithful young swain)
Doth grieve at my sorrow and pity my pain.

Yet if my dear Flavia would deign but to bear
A shepherd’s fond tale with unprejudiced ear,
At fortune Id laugh, the swain’s frowns would despise,
For all danger I scorn when fair Flavia’s the prize.

Oh cease thy fond hopes, simple shepherd beware,
Joy oftentimes shines but to light to despair;
Though she should prove kind, still the worst remains yet,
For her thou can’st know, thou thyself must forget.

Song: Dear Chloe what means this disdain

S O N G by Gilbert Cooper, Esq.

Dear Chloe what means this disdain,
Which blasts each endeavour to please?
Though forty, I’m free from all pain;
Save love, I am free from disease.
No graces my mansion have fled,
No muses have broken my lyre;
The loves frolic still round by bed,
And laughter is cheered at my fire.
To none have I ever been cold,
All beauties in vogue I’m among;
I’ve appetite e’en for the old,
And spirit enough for the young.
Believe me, sweet girl, I speak true,
Or else put my love to the Test;
Some others have doubted like you,
Like them do you bless to be blest.

as some workmen were at work in sinking a cellar

On thursday morning last about 8 o’clock, as some workmen were at work in sinking a cellar under a stack of chimnies, in an empty house in Belgrave-gate in this town, the weight of the chimnies forced in the roof, together with the whole fabrick; the owner of the house with some workmen were in the cellar, who hearing the roof crack, the windows shiver, and perceiving the floor above give way, had just time to get out and save their lives. The houses on each side received considerable damage. A hatter who lived on the one hand had an entire floor brought to the ground, and all his furniture buried in the ruins; on the other side was a Boarding School for young ladies, of which part of the roof of a garret, and the end wall of the dining room were tore down. The ladies were happily gone into the garden when the accident happened. We have the satisfaction of adding to this account that no persons life has been lost, nor any one maimed. And that the parents of the young ladies who are at the School, may not be alarmed, we can with certainty inform them, from the authority of experienced workmen, that the School-house has been thoroughly examined, and is found quite firm and free from danger.

Mrs. Linwood begs leave

Mrs. L I N W O O D

Begs leave to acquaint the Ladies and Gentlemen, who have been pleased to encourage her Boarding-School, that in order to better accommodate her Boarders till her House in Belgrave-gate can be repaired, of the damage it has received of the falling of the next House, as mentioned in this paper last Week, she has taken a commodious House in the Market-Place, Leicester, lately occupied by Miss Lee, where she hopes for the continuance of that favourable Reception she has hitherto met with, which will always be gratefully acknowledged by their most humble and obedient Servant,
N.B. She will have the Change, opposite her House, for a Dancing Room and School Room.

a most dreadful storm

On Wednesday at Nottingham, about one o’clock, there fell a most dreadful storm of thunder and lightning attended with heavy rain. — A house at the bridge foot received considerable damage by the lightning, which stript tiles from the house and threw down part of the chimney; a stockingmaker at work was stuck from his seat and lay dead for some time; his wife was also struck down, a bed was set fire to, a window stanchion was split in two, and the lead melted from the glass. — Upon the man’s ancle were a large black spot about the size of half a crown, from which he received a considerable degree of pain.

violent storms, attempted robbery

On Friday se’nnight about one o’clock, there fell at Dishley near Loughboro’, in this county, a dreadful storm of thunder, lightning and rain; the lightning fell first upon a hayrick, where it struck dead two rats and a cock that were under the stack; it then ran along the ground to the wall of a stable adjoining, which it pierced by striking out the mortar, and killed a Stone Horse standing in the stall; it then forced its way out of the opposite wall and entered at the door of the dwelling-house, where Mrs. Bakewell and another person was sitting, but did no further damage.
++At Markfield on Saturday morning about four o’clock there fell a violent storm of thunder and lightning, and which fell upon the house of one Mr. Bott, split the chimney for several feet, threw several bricks with great violence upon the roof, which broke through into the bedchamber, falling upon some children then in bed, but they happily received no damage; the lead from three windows were melted away and the glass fell out.
++Betwixt 11 and 12 at night on Wednesday last, The Leicester, Nottingham and Derby Fly was stopped at the bottom of Highgate hill by two highwaymen, who rode up on each side to the coach doors and demanded the passengers money; a guard who was place behind the coach replied, “You shall have mine presently”, upon his saying of which, one of the highwaymen cocked his pistol and presented it at him; but at the same instant the guard discharged his blunderbuss, and the highwayman fell from his horse: “If you’re not dead (says the guard) then I’m damned.” As the highwayman lay upon the ground he called out to his companion, damn him, shoot him; the guard faced about upon the second highwayman, who replied to the former question, I shall be ready for you presently; but before he could get at his pistol and cock it he thought proper to gallop off. — It being dark, the wounded man made a shift to crawl away, leaving his horse and hat, in which was sewed a piece of black crape to drop over his face; he’s supposed to be mortally wounded in the shoulder, and can hardly fail of being taken. The proprietors of the Coaches propose to reward the fellow for his resolution; whose behaviour, ’tis hoped, will deter other collectors from paying their visits to these Coaches.
++By a paragraph in one of the Evening Papers of Thursday last, it appears that the above highwayman got to the turnpike at Holloway, on foot, and called at the turnpike man for assistance, telling him he had been shot by a highwayman.

the method of recovering drowned persons


++++When I see so many accidents of drowning in the newspapers (every summer in particular from bathing) I cannot but wonder and grieve, that the method of recovering drowned persons, lately published in the first number of the work called The Weekly Amusement, is not tried upon any of these unfortunate persons. The person who communicates this method of recovering them, (which is nothing more than rubbing the naked body of the drowned person with SALT, most particularly about the temples, breasts, and joints) assures that it was tried on a sailor who fell overboard at Oporto, and continued under water full half an hour. The operation was continued for some time; and in less that four hours, to the great surprise of everybody, he came so entirely to himself that he was able to walk.
++The experiment has since been tried on animals kept under water for two hours, and then covered all over with salt, except their nostrils, In a short time they begin to breathe, and discharge the water from mouth, ears, &c., and in the space of about 3 or 4 hours they all got up and run away.
++The above being a real truth, and the experiment so very easy, it is a most inexcusable obstinacy and inconsiderateness not to try it upon every drowned person, though they may have been under water for even some hours. — For the ground of the success of this experiment, &c. I refer to The Weekly Amusement — which, for the sundry useful and entertaining particulars it contains weekly, and its cheapness, being no more than Three-pence, well deserves to be taken in by every family.

Last night the assizes ended at Northampton

Last night the assizes ended at Northampton, when John Coxford, Benjamin Deacon, and Richard Butlin, received sentence of death, for the Murder of a travelling Pedlar (name unknown). The facts that appeared upon the Trial, were such as no Age or History can produce their equal. The circumstances of the Murder were so shocking to human nature, that the whole Court shuddered at the relation; the barbarity attending it, and the horrid methods made use of to prevent its being discovered, cannot be conceived to be suggested on this side hell. The particular narrative of this Trial is now in the hands of the Printer of this Paper, and will be made public as soon as possible.
++Coxford was likewise convicted of committing a highway robbery on Shrove Tuesday last, between Towcester and Brackley, by robbing a gentleman of his watch and twenty-five shillings in money.
++They were all three ordered for execution as this day, and their bodies given to the surgeons.
++At the assizes for this county, which begins on the 15th of August instant, only two prisoners will take their trials, viz. William Lewin, charged with stealing two hives of bees from Samuel Foreman of Mountsorrel, two hives from Samuel Wilkinson of Cossington, and two hives from William Hall of Walton-on-the-Woulds. — Thomas Smith, charged with defrauding his master Mr. Edward Johnson, of Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds.
++On Saturday last was committed to the county gaol by the Rev. Mr. Thomas Willey, Clerk; Holmes Robinson, charged with stealing a bay mare, the property of John Ireland, jun. at Stamford in Lincolnshire.
N.B. This is the same person suspected of stealing a horse from behind Mr. Morley’s waggon, on the road between Quarndon and Loughbro’, on the 14th of July last, which horse was advertised in our last paper. ’Tis supposed he took Mr. Morley’s horse into Lincolnshire and hath sold him, but at present denies this.


from the Daily Advertiser.

MATRIMONY. Wanted, by a gentleman just beginning house-keeping, a lady between 18 and 25 years of age, with a good education, and a fortune not less that 5000l., sound wind and limb, five feet four inches without her shoes, not fat, nor yet too lean, a clear skin, sweet breath, with a good set of teeth, no pride or affectation, nor very talkative, nor one that’s dumb, no scold, but of a spirit to resent an affront, of a charitable disposition, not over fond of dress, though always decent and clean; that will entertain her husband’s friends with affability and cheerfulness, and prefer his company to public diversions and gadding about; one who can keep his secrets, that he may open his heart to her, without reserve, on all occasions; that can extend domestic expences with oeconomy, as prosperity advances, without ostentation, and retrench them with cheerfulness, if occasion should require.
++Any lady disposed to matrimony, answering this description, is desired to direct for Y. Z. at the Baptist Head coffee house, Aldermanbury. None but principals will be treated with, nor need any apply that are deficient in any one particular; the gentleman can make adequate return, and is in every respect deserving a lady with the above qualifications.

Yesterday ended the assizes for this county

On Wednesday last died at Stoneygate, near Leicester, Mrs. Oliver, wife of Mr. Samuel Oliver, at the Three Cranes Inn in this town.
++Yesterday ended the assizes for this county and borough, when Robert Holmes, for stealing a horse from Mr. Morley’s stage waggon betwixt Quarndon and Loughboro’, received sentence of death. Henry Salt, for stealing 9 pair of hose out of Mr. Brooke’s common stage waggon, ordered to be transported for 7 years. And Wm. Lewin for stealing several Bee-hives was ordered to be whipt.

The Bachelor’s Last Shift

The BACHELOR’s last Shift.

Come, sweet Fifteen, come Thirty-Five,
Come Misses, who your charms survive,
Come Widows of a social vein,
Who live in hope to try again,
Come honoured Madam, come plain Goody,
Of aspect sallow, pale or ruddy,
(With me, good Sense, good Wit, good Nature,
Will well supply defect of Feature)
Come all, and listen to my Cry,
A Bachelor, ah must I die?

No longer I my cares dissemble,
At Thirty-Five believe I tremble,
And here expect my Bill of Fare,
Which Charity is wished to spare;
Of Constitution, firm and hearty,
I love my country, laugh at Party,
Of Temper, cheerful, kind and pliant,
Not quite a Dwarf, but far from Giant,
Of Wit — none think they lack their Share,
Of Features — almost Regular;
Of Worldly means, enough for One,
No Pedant, nor to book unknown,
Not destitute of signs of Grace,
Can show at Church a thoughtful Face,
All forms of Cruelty detest,
And hate the Rancour of a Jest;
And pleased, when Merit finds its Meed,
Nor Envy, if a knave succeed,
Mammon I seek not, nor refuse,
Which Pride and Ignorance abuse,
Peace, Competence, be still in sight,
Three meals a day, sound sleep at night.

THESE (LADIES) are my chief Pretensions,
Which, ponder well — I scorn Inventions;
Let (Pride and Coquetry apart)
Each proper Female ask her Heart;
Should that incline, may her fair Hand,
Her humble Servant’s Fate command.

+++++++++Leicester, Aug 31.

William Kenny, Framework-knitter

Whereas William Kenny, late of Sheepshead, Framework-knitter, on Monday the 17th Instant made his Escape form the Constable of the said Parish, being charged with assaulting Hannah Chester, of Gracedieu Liberty, in the Parish of Belton in the County of Leicester, on the King’s Highway, with a felonious attempt to ravish her. Whoever will apprehend the said Kenny, and deliver him to the said Constable, shall receive one guinea and reasonable Charges.
++Witness my hand,
++++Sept 18, 1764, THOMAS MOULD, Constable.
William Kenny stands about Five Feet Eleven Inches high, about Twenty Years of Age, dark lank Hair, thin faced, full eyed, wore a lightish coloured Coat, old red Waistcoat, old Leather Breeches, and old small Hat uncocked, and lightish thread Stockings.

The Ghost

On Saturday the 29th of this instant September will be published price One Shilling

THE GHOST; or a conscientious Account of a Conference lately held with the GHOST of JOHN CROXFORD, executed the 4th of August 1764, at Northampton, for the murder of a Person unknown; Containing a full Confession of that unparalleled Barbarity, with many particulars relating to the Affair, never yet known but to the Parties concerned. Prefixed to which, is the Proof of the being of God, the certainty of a Resurrection, and the State of the Soul between Death and the Day of Judgement; At the end whereof the Philosophy of Apparitions is considered, their Use and Tendency shewn; their Reality supported by the Testimony of Sacred and Profane Writers, and confirmed by extraordinary Instances from both.
++By a MINISTER of the GOSPEL, near Northampton, who was personally concerned in the above Conference, on Sunday the 12th of August last.
++Sold by S. Crowder in Pater-noster-row, London; W. Harrod, Market Harbro’; Messrs. Gregory and Ireland in Leicester, and all County Booksellers.

the office of Town Clerk

Yesterday Mr. Thomas Herrick, who as served the office of Town Clerk of this Corporation for upwards of 20 years, resigned that Office, and Mr. John Heyrick, and eminent Attorney, was by the Mayor and Aldermen, unanimously elected to succeed him.

a young man who lived in Belgrave-gate

On Monday last, one Edward Cooper, a young man who lived in Belgrave-gate in this town, returning from shooting, and laying the gun upon a dresser in the cellar, on the half cock and with the muzzle towards him, by some accident it went off and shot him in the breast, of which he died. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict Accidental.
++On Monday last about 2 in the afternoon, one Mr. Tiers, a farmer, was stopt by two foot pads, in Thurnby-lane, about 3 miles from this town, who robbed him of near 20l. and then made off across the fields for Evington. One of ’em struck him on the head with a knife and cut his hat, whilst the other held a knife to his breast.
++The same evening, 2 persons attempted to rob a person on horseback, between Quarndon and Loughbro’, one of ’em endeavoured to seize his horse by the bridle, but upon his clapping spurs to him, he got off, when another man jumping from the hedge fired a pistol at him, the ball of which went through his hat.


for the convenience of Persons desirous of being INOCULATED

A House in a commodious situation, is genteelly fitted up and ready for the Reception of Patients, who will be attended by good Nurses; and provided with every thing necessary at a very easy Expence.
++Particulars may be known of Mr. Swinfen, Surgeon, at Hinkley; who has inoculated Two Hundred and upwards, without the loss of a Patient.

Martha Wallin, Confectioner

M A R T H A +W A L L I N

Is removed from her late Dwelling House near the Cranes in Leicester, to the corner House in Gallow-tree-gate, next the Play-House; where she hopes for the Continuance of the favours of her Friends and Customers.

Anne Roberts was bound over

On Saturday evening last, one Anne Roberts was bound over to the General Quarter Sessions, charged with obtaining fraudulently from a girl, about 3 lb of wool and other things in a basket. She met the girl in the White-lion yard, in this borough, and desired she would go to one Ball’s, and order a man that was there to come to her immediately at the White-lion, and that she would hold the girl’s basket in the mean time, and that when she returned she would give her a cap and a penny. This induced the girl to go, but on her return, the woman was gone off with the basket &c.
++On Sunday last one William Grice, was committed to the gaol of this borough, by Robert Bakewell, Esq; recorder, charged with robbing Charles Ludlum, on the King’s highway, of a watch, and other felonies which he has confessed.
++On Wednesday last Thomas Ellison was committed to our county gaol, charged on the oath of Joseph Ball of Netherseal in this county, on suspicion of stealing a bay gelding out of some grounds in the parish of Netherseal aforesaid.
++Monday evening last, as Mr. Sleath’s servant of this town, was driving his master’s waggon, from Burton to this place, he unfortunately fell, the road being down hill and slippery; the wheels going over his breast, killed him on the spot.

Jonathan Richards, Baggman


Takes this opportunity to inform his Customers, and all Others, that he has removed from his Old House of Call, the Crooked Billet, to the Stocking-frame, in Shambles-lane, Leicester, where all persons may meet with him in his Room there, kept for that purpose; and care will be taken of all Parcels that come there for him, by their Humble Servant,

a single foot pad

On Monday evening last Mr. Hemsley of Keyworth near Nottingham, was stopt on the King’s highway, in Coats-lane near Loughbro’, by a single foot pad, who jumped from under the hedge, seized the horse by the bridle, and presenting a pistol to his breast demanded his money, and upon his not immediately complying, he pulled him from his horse and rifled his pockets, out of which he took a guinea in gold and 3s. in silver, and then made off across the fields for Loughbro’. Mr. Hemsley, in riding about 100 yards from the place where he was robbed, met two travellers on horse-back, to whom he related the robbery, and turned back with ’em to Loughbro’, where procuring a constable he searched the public houses, and found him at supper at one of ’em, charged him with the robbery, and took him before Mr. Pochin, who committed him to our county gaol. His name is Philip Bates, some time ago a waggoner, and is said to have drove the Melton stage.
++We hear that Charles Ludlum who was robbed on the King’s highway by William Grice (now in the gaol for this borough, as mention in our last) is dead of the wounds he then received. The above Grice, not content with robbing the young lad, had shockingly abused him, by twisting his neck, and otherwise wounding him in different parts of the body, leaving him for dead amongst some gors on Whetstone-heath; and in which condition he was found. Grice worked journey-work with the young lad’s master at Countesthorpe, and knew of his receiving a watch and half a guinea in money, and is supposed to have intended the murder from the first, to prevent discovery.

The report… is not true

The report of the death of Charles Ludlum, the boy who was robbed and abused by William Grice (now in our gaol) as mentioned in out last paper, upon enquiry is not true; the boy being quite recovered.
++We have the pleasure to assure our readers, that a subscription is intended speedily to be opened, for the relief of necessitous families, which it is hoped will meet with the desired success, at a time when the high price of grain, and the great decay of Trade in the Manufactory, renders it very difficult for the Poor to procure Bread for their Families, and who in consequence, are become truly objects of charity.
++We can also assure the public that Mr. Phipps, one of the Aldermen of this Borough, has in compassion for the distress of the poor House-Keepers, and through a tender feeling for their Miseries, imported from Ireland a ton of salted Butter, which he is now Retailing out at prime Cost;—a noble instance of Public Spirit and disinterestedness, and which it is hoped will have very salutary Effects in reducing the high Prices of that Article.

the present Extravagant Price of Corn

Borough of LEICESTER
At a MEETING of several of the principal Inhabitants of this Town, held this 28th day of November, to Consider of MEANS for providing for
During the present Extravagant Price of CORN

It is thought Expedient and proper to apply in this Public Manner to the Humane and Charitable; to desire the Favour of a General Meeting of all such, who are in Ability, and willing to relieve the Distressed. And for that purpose, the Gentlemen here present have appointed Friday the 7th of December next, at Eleven o’Clock in the Forenoon, at the Town-Hall in this Borough; to consider the best Means to effectuate their Charitable Intentions.

a subscription for the relief of Poor-Housekeepers

This day at 10 o’Clock, many of the principal inhabitants of this Borough, met at the Town-Hall (pursuant to an Advertisement inserted in out last); and we hear have agreed to open a subscription for the relief of Poor-Housekeepers; we are also informed that 90l. was immediately subscribed by the gentlemen then present.

this day opened for Sale

There is this day opened for SALE at my Warehouse at the Nags-head and Horse-Shoe in Humberstonegate: A large Assortment of Line-drapery, Mercery, Millinary and Haberdashery, lately bought at Sales in London, at least Four Shillings in the Pound under the original Cost. Best Four Shilling Gauzes at 2d per yd. Irish Linnens at 3d per yard cheaper than usual, and every other Article in Linnen drapery, proportionally cheap, notwithstanding the great opposition and exceeding ill Treatment I have met with from Mr. John Cramant, in order to prevent my Sales; And to render his envious Malice abortive, I am resolved to SELL CHEAPER than Mr. CRAMANT CAN BUY, notwithstanding his pretensions to sell cheaper than any Person whatsoever:—I am therefore determined to sell considerably cheaper than him; suppose it to be at prime Cost: As Goods will be sold so low, that such an Opportunity may seldom or ever happen again to the Inhabitants of this Town.—Those who please to favour me with their Commands, the Obligation will be gratefully acknowledged by their humble Servant to Command,
N.B. The Sale to continue whilst Mr. Cramant continues selling CHEAP.

A Rebus, by Miss _____

A REBUS, by Miss ______.

Of all things on Earth, what’s most subject to Fade,
And what we oft wish for, i’ th’ Night when afraid;
To these join compleatly the Nation’s Defence,
And what children play with, before they can Dance.
The initials then take, and when placed aright,
The name of the Place, will quickly disclose;
A Village in Leicestershire famous for BEAUS.

John Cramant begs leave to inform the public

I BEG Leave to inform the Public, that all Sorts of Goods, in the Drapery, Mercery, and Haberdashery Way, will continue to be sold CHEAPER than Mr. Hannington can pretend to, and for his pretending to sell cheaper than I can buy, let any Person consider, that Goods bought at Sales, must be old tumbled Rubbish, especially Goods bought so much under Value; but to shew which is Cheapest, let a fair Comparison be made, and I doubt not the Issue.
++++John Cramant.
N.B. The Sale will continue, while Mr. Hannington in in Town.

Now Selling under Prime Cost

Now SELLING under Prime Cost, by Mrs. Mears, Miss. Ascough. Mr. Clark, Mr. Wightman, Mr. Cart & Co, Miss Leadbrooke, Miss Bamford, and Miss Iliff:

All Sorts of Linnen Drapery, Mercery, Haberdashery and Millinery Goods, and though we don’t pretend to sell CHEAPER than Mr. Cramant, or Hannington CAN BUY, yet we make no doubt but every impartial Judge will allow our Goods to be as Cheap as Theirs, notwithstanding any prior Pretensions to the Contrary.

To be Sold, at Prime Cost, or Under

To be SOLD

The entire Stock in Trade of Miss Willson, Milliner, next to the White Lion in the Market-Place, Leicester; (who is about to lay by Business) consisting of a great variety and very choice Assortment of Millinery Goods, New and Fashionable, the whole having lately been laid in. — The Sale begins directly, and will continue till Lady-Day, and no longer.

ill usage… of so pimping, pitiful and mean a kind

I beg leave to take this Opportunity of returning my most humble and hearty Thanks to the ladies and Gentlemen who have favoured me with their Custom;—my original intention was only to have staid 10 or 12 days at farthest, but on account of the Opposition I have met with, and the extreme ill usage I have received from some in the Trade [particularly Mr. John Cramant, whose Obligations to me, ought in gratitude to have silenced his Envy, the Service being too recent to be forgot and from whom I did not without reason expect a more friendly Treatment]. Mr. Cramont’s insinuation that my Goods are ‘tumbled rubbish’ is false and scandalous; so gross and palpable an untruth as his own narrow mind alone could be capable of insinuating. Truth cannot bear Contradiction, not can Falsehood when detected, look her in the Face; I appeal to all who have seen or purchased Goods of me, whether they are or no ‘tumbled rubbish’? and whether or not at least 30 per cent under the common shop prices?—This is a fact that I know cannot be contradicted, and I again affirm that Mr. Cramant cannot buy so cheap as I can afford to sell—and not sell at Prime Cost neither.
++The Farther ill usage I have experienced, is of so pimping, pitiful and mean a kind, as scarcely deserving of my Notice; Milliner’s prentices sent as spies, and for hours together had the ill manners to stay in my Warehouse, whilst three of their Masters sat at my door a whole Afternoon making their remarks.—The ill usage of Mr. Cramant, and the dirty and contemptible behaviour of those people hath induced me to continue at Leicester, so long as he, Cramant, shall Advertise to sell cheap, or Messrs. Mears, Ascough, Clark, Weightman, Cart & Co, Ledbrooke, Bamford and Iliff at prime cost.
N.B. I propose to come to Leicester every Year.



While Cramant and Hannington both raise our wonder,
With this selling cheap, and that selling under,
While no less that eight more in one Catalogue* ample,
With eagerness follow their glorious example,
While by wronging themselves, they excite others mirth,
JOHNNY’s* Goods sell by Auction for more than they’re worth.

* Mears, Ascough, Clarke, Wightman, Cart. Leadbrooke, Bamford, and Iliff.
* Pocklington.

the condition of the labouring poor

The many public and private Charities at this time distributing amongst the Poor, sufficiently shew, that public spirit and beneficence at no time more powerfully existed here than at present. The great stagnation of Trade in the Manufactory, together with the excessive high price of almost every article of life, has rendered the condition of the labouring poor truly alarming and deplorable, and called loudly for assistance from those blessed with a greater degree of affluence. To mitigate in some measure this distress, we have the pleasure to inform the public, that upwards of 190l. has already been subscribed for their relief, and we hear will be distributed amongst proper objects at the discretion of a Committee appointed for that purpose. This together with the Collections made by the several parishes, and several other private donations (which we’ve not the liberty of mentioning) will at this time greatly relieve their wants, as well as excite others to like acts of benevolence.
++On Saturday, three horses belonging to Mr. Fisher, of this town, were unfortunately drowned by the driver’s attempting to get to a mill of his master’s upon the river Soar, and the man himself narrowly escaped with his life.
++Mr. Parkinson of Quarndon in this county, had the misfortune to have 20 sheep drowned, all fit for the knife, and we expect to hear of more damage in the county. The excessive quantity of rains on Friday and Friday night, very suddenly raised the rivers, and occasioned the largest flood known here for many years.
++On Thursday, six of the prisoners confined in a dungeon in the county gaol, found means to get off their fetters, and greatly alarmed the prison before they could be secured, but by the assistance of a file of men kept by the commanding officer of the dragoons quartered here, they were soon appeased, and again heavily ironed.

To the Lady Author of the Rebus

To the LADY Author of the Rebus in your last.

That beauty is fading you frankly confess,
And trifling’s the Wit of a Rebus,
To make a good Pudding, if rightly I guess,
Is better than waiting on Phoebus.
The sallies of Wit and the charms of the Pen,
To gay Sparks will be pleasing as may be,
But good sense and housewifery better please Men,
Who excel the fine Beaus of BLABY.

An Extempore Answer to the Rebus

An Extempore Answer to the Rebus in the last,
by J. L.

Dear Madam (if I may presume to relate
That Wedlock’s in vogue, and Old Maids out of date)
At BLABY there’s Beaux a-la-mode to your mind,
Step hither and chuse, if to wed you’re inclined.

The Rebus – Answered by J. B.

The REBUS — Answered by J. B.

Behold and instance very rare,
I lost my heart with an unknown Fair;
Fair I call her though unknown,
For every man must Beauty own,
When like her’s it shews its power,
It far exceeds the finest flower,
Now I must act the Lover’s part,
— Your REBUS Miss has won my Heart,
To put my Case as plain as may be,
I die for her who wrote on BLABY.

apprehended at Croydon

Last week was apprehended at Croydon in Surrey by Mr. Jordan, gaoler for this county (and on Saturday last brought to this gaol) Thomas Horner, who with William Jeffries and William Irish, not yet taken, (all under sentence of death) escaped from the said gaol on the 10th of May 1763, by means of a false key, conveyed by some person unknown (See the Paper of the 24th of the said month). Horner for the last year had lived at or near Croydon, in the service of a gentleman, and is said to have behaved himself very well.

A Rebus


Two fifths of what makes the support of Man’s life,
Add on half that they do, who have a bad Wife,
Joined to what very oft is bestowed on the dead,
And the name of a Village may plainly be read,
Where the industrious Nymphs their Housewifery shews,
And the Swains are most wealthy, though not many Beaus.

From the Committee of Subscribers

From the COMMITTEE of the
SUBSCRIBERS for the relief of the Poor.

Notice is hereby given to the Publick, that the General Subscription for the relief of the Poor, is opened at the Printer’s of this Paper, where subscriptions will continue to be taken in, and an exact list of Subscribers, and the Sum already raised may be seen. A Committee of Subscribers will meet every Friday Evening at 7 o’Clock, at the Three-Cranes, to enquire after proper Objects, and distribute the Money raised, which already amounts to 103l. 17s. 6d.

James Wightman, Linen Draper


Takes this method to inform the Public, that he has removed from his House next to the White-Lion in the Market-Place, to the House lately occupied by Mr. Gregory on the Cornwall; where a Continuance of the Favours of his Friends, and all who please to favour him with their Commands, may depend upon being served on the lowest Terms, and the Obligation gratefully acknowledged by their most humble Servant,

the general Subscription

We have the pleasure to be informed, that the general Subscription for the relief of the Poor, set on foot among the opulent tradesmen, &c., already amounts to 215l. 15s. 6d. and will begin next week to be distributed amongst the Poor in bread, by letting each poor House keeper who applies to the Committee, (and who receives no collection from parishes) have a twelve-penny loaf delivered weekly, at the price of six pence, till the whole stock be gradually sunk.

Whetstone is little obliged

Answer to the REBUS in our last Week’s Paper.

In reply to the Fair, who made Blaby her theme,
We just hinted the worth of a Cook,
But with much more concern, we would rouze from his Dream,
Him who wrote ’ere he’d well learnt his Book.
The want of good English, no Verse can excuse,
Such Licence, no Poetry knows,
And Whetstone is little obliged to the Muse,
Who such Lines on its Name did compose.

at the Saracen’s Head


Will be fought by Subscription at the Saracen’s Head in Leicester, on Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th of February 1765, betwixt the Gentlemen of Warwickshire and the Gentlemen of Leicestershire.
++Gentlemen who please to send in Cocks may depend on proper Care being taken by their humble Servants,
N.B. This is the annual Cocking, heretofore held at the Three-Cranes Inn, and which for this year and the future will be fought at the Saracen’s Head.

We have he pleasure to inform the public

We have he pleasure to inform the public from authority, that in consequence of information received from a Tradesman at Yarmouth, that the highest price of Wheat at present in that market is only 4s 6d a strike, with a generous offer that if any quantity was thought proper to be bought up for the service of the poor, he would give his trouble in buying and shipping it gratis: several public spirited persons have thought proper to come to a resolution of raising immediately a fund for that purpose, and accordingly 800l. has been subscribed by eight gentlemen, and an order sent off immediately to buy up a quantity if grain, which ’tis hoped if the wind and the weather permits, may arrive here in about thee weeks or a month. It is calculated that the freight and carriage will not amount to more than 1s a strike, and as it will be sold out without any profit, ’tis hoped will prevent the farther rise of Wheat, which on Saturday last sold here at 7s 3d per strike. — In the mean time Mr. Alderman Phipps has bought up in Hertfordshire and brought hither, 700 stone of Wheat Flour, which he’s now retailing out to the poor at prime cost. — Such is the generous disposition of the wealthy inhabitants towards their poor suffering fellow creatures.
++On Saturday last Thomas Horner, now in our County Gaol, who made his escape from there in May 1763, and lately retook at Croydon in Surrey, attempted to hang himself in his Cell, but was found out before he was quite dead; though he lay near an hour before it could be told whether he would live or die.



Take half of the Name of a Metal well known,
What in Summer’s ne’er found I confess,
And half of a term that’s by others apply’d,
To the Riches which Britons possess;
Then these together rightly placed,
Will soon to you make known,
The name of the Place where dwells the sweet Lass,
Whom I heartily wish was my own.



Four Fifths of a something that kisses the Floor,
Then (as covered with shame) is concealed by the Door;
Add a letter that hints, what belongs to a Lock,
And another that speaks like a Goose you provoke;
Before the last letter place — E — I forgot,
These make up a Fair without Blemish or Blot.

To the Author of the Answer

To the Author of the Answer to the REBUS in our last.

What paltry Muse could e’er inspire,
A Genius to assail,
With keenest Satire, sharpest Wit,
The fair one’s woven Tale.
What could induce his narrow Mind,
To bid her learn to cook;
And nip another in the Bud,
And bid him learn his Book.
The warmest, noblest, greatest fires,
From smallest sparks arise,
Till kindling quick on every side,
They rise to meet the Skies.
’Twas cruel then, with hasty Step,
To crush the rising Flame,
Which upwards tends, and might perhaps,
Hereafter raise a Name.
Cease then thy censure, Critic cease,
If thou art now expert,
Perhaps thy Muse once rude as theirs,
Once as devoid of Art.
A rebus never more attack,
Make choice of loftier Themes,
Subjects more worthy of thy Verse,
Than “rousing Men from Dreams”.
Resolve to leave such vulgar Themes,
For more sublime and high;
Be your resolve sincere and just,
Howe’er I thus will try.

to all the Little Masters and Misses in Leicester

Mr. Gregory’s Compliments to all the Little Masters and Misses in Leicester and the Neighbourhood; that are good Boys and good Girls, and desires that they will call at his Shop in the Market place, where they may be furnished with any of the following BOOKS, just received from their old friend Mr. Newberry.

1. NURSE TRUELOVE’S CHRISTMAS-BOX; or The Golden Plaything for Little Children; by which they may learn their Letters as soon as they can speak and know how to behave so as to make every body love them. Adorned with Thirty Cuts. Price One Penny.

2. NURSE TRUELOVE’S NEW-YEAR’S-GIFT; or The Book of Books for Children. Adorned with Cuts; and designed for a present to every little Boy who would become a great Man, and ride upon a fine horse; and to every little Girl, who would become a great Woman, and ride in a Lord-Mayor’s gilt Coach. Price Two-pence.

3. NURSE TRUELOVE’S EASTER-GIFT; or, the way to be very good. Price Two-pence gilt.

4. NURSE TRUELOVE’S WHITSON-GIFT; or, the way to be very happy. Price Two-pence gilt.

5. A Pretty Play-Thing for Children of all Denominations; Containing: i. The Alphabet in Verse for the use of little Children. ii. An Alphabet in Prose, interspersed with proper Lessons in Life, for the use of great Children. iii. The Sound of the Letters explained by visible Objects, delineated on Copper Plates. iv. The Cuz’s Chorus set to Music: to be sung by Children, in order to teach them to join their Letters into Syllables, and pronounce them properly. v. An exact representation of a good Fat Cuz, arrayed in the Robes of his Order. The whole embellished with a Variety of Cuts, after the Manner of PTOLOMY. Price Three-pence bound and gilt.

6. A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, intended for the Instruction and Amusement of little Master TOMMY, and pretty Miss POLLY; with two letters from JACK the GIANT-KILLER, concerning a Ball and Pincushion; the use of which will infallibly make TOMMY a good Boy, and POLLY a good Girl. The Tenth Edition. To which is added, a little Song-Book, being a new attempt to teach Children the Use of the English Alphabet, by way of Diversion. Price Six-pence bound and gilt.

7. Food for the Mind; or, a new Riddle-Book; compiled for the Use of great and little good Boys and Girls of England, Scotland and Ireland. By JOHN-THE-GIANT-KILLER, Esq. The Third Edition. Price Six-pence bound and gilt.

to exercise the wits of Leicester


Please to insert the following lines in your next paper, to exercise the wits of Leicester, upon a neighbouring town, and you’ll very much oblige your humble servant,


What all mankind aim at but widely pursue,
And what oftentimes e’en the best Men may do;
With Eloquence fluent, persuasive and mild,
What the Nurse oft repeats to a clamourous child;
These joined together discover a Town,
Where lives a fine Lady of Birth and Renown,
Whose bountiful Goodness is so overflowing,
The Beginning and Ending of which there’s no knowing.

An answer to the Rebus

An answer to the Rebus inserted in this Paper,
January 12, 1765

When War’s proclaimed the globe around,
And men lie bleeding on the ground,
Take half of that which gave the wound,
With what appears in winter morn,
When lads are on the waters borne.
And half a town from hence far north,
Where they with naked feet go forth!
When these are put together well,
I’ll lay with you a tester,
The place where your sweet lass does dwell,
Is known by th’ name of LEICESTER.

* A great number of Rebus’s, Riddles, &c. we’re obliged to suppress; it being impossible to oblige our Correspondents.

Mary Townsend, wife of a labourer

On Tuesday last, Mary Townsend, wife of a labourer in this borough, who had for some time been disordered in her senses, cut open her belly with a razor, about the depth of three inches; the intestines and bladder were both wounded, and a large incision through the uterus. — She was quick with child, which was taken from her by an eminent Surgeon, but died instantly; the woman languished till Wednesday afternoon and then expired. On Thursday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict Lunacy.
++Last week, as one James Nutt was at work, sawing at a tree in the liberty of Quenby in this county, another tree, within about ten yards of him, at which some men were at work, in order to fell, suddenly came down upon him, and killed him on the spot. The coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Tuesday last as one John Smeeton, servant to a Farmer at Burton Overy in this county, was returning home from Harbro’ market, with his master’s waggon and horses; being much in liquor, accidentally fell down across the road, and the near-hind wheel of the waggon ran over him, and killed him on the spot; The coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

an unfortunate and melancholy accident

On sunday last was committed to our county gaol, by the Rev. Mr. Couton, (one of his Majesty’s justices of the peace for this county) John Copeland, charged with stealing a pair of sheets from Mr. Horner of Great Wigstan, and a shirt from John Van of Wigstan.
++We hear from Southwingfield, in the county of Derby, that on wednesday last, being the 6th instant, an unfortunate and melancholy accident happened there, at a place called the Wire mills, a public house in that parish, where a great number of people were assembled at Cocking. The pit where the Cocks fought was a large old room hanging over the old mill race, and the river Amber at this time considerably flooded; the room being over crouded with people, and some of ’em too much elated at having won a battle, by jumping upon the tracings, they gave way, and the whole company, Cocks and all, sunk into the river; the confusion occasioned by this catastrophe is not to be expressed; a great many however saved their lives by swimming, others kept up by their cloaths supported themselves till assistance could be got; one Franks a butcher of Belport has been found drowned, and as many more are still missing, ’tis feared they have shared the same fate.

A Gentleman who is Master of the French, Italian and Lattin Languages

A Gentleman who is Master of the French, Italian and Lattin Languages, having heard that a Person is much wanted to teach the former in Leicester and the places adjacent, is just come down from London with that intention. — If he meets with Encouragement he purposes to settle at this Place, otherwise will return in a Fortnight.
++He may be heard of by enquiring at Mr. Gregory’s Printer of this Paper.

Mr. Springthorpe in the part of Hob

On Monday night last, being for the benefit of Mr. Robertson and Mrs. Osborne, at the request of a gentleman in this town. Mr. Springthorpe, master of the White-Hart in Ashby-de-la-zouch, was so obliging as to come over from Ashby to play the part of Hob, in the ballad opera of FLORA. The Theatre was prodigiously crouded upon the occasion, with ladies and gentlemen, who on his first appearance received him with uncommon marks of approbation, and which continued during the whole performance. At every period the whole house was in a general roar of applause; and which his extraordinary talent for humour justly entitled him to. He went through the whole exhibition without the least shock or hesitation, as if bred all his life to the stage, and may be truly said to have given general satisfaction to as crouded a Theatre as was ever seen in this place.

At the assizes for the borough and county

On tuesday last the assizes ended for the borough and county, when four persons received sentence of death, viz. Richard White and Thomas Frost, for breaking open the dwelling house of Mr. Hastings at Ogasthorpe in this county, and stealing thereout a silver salver, a silver cup and cover, a silver cup without a cover, being communion plate belonging to Ogasthorpe, likewise a silver watch and some wearing apparel.–William Newton for stealing a mare, the property Thomas Musson of Long-Claxton in Leicestershire,–And William Grice for robbing Richard Ludlum (a boy about 12 years old) on the King’s highway, and taking from him a watch, half a guinea in gold, &c.–The judge was pleased to reprieve the three first, and order Grice for execution, it appearing to his lordship that he intended to have murdered the boy, the better to conceal the robbery. — Grice, the unhappy convict, had formerly been a soldier, in the same Regiment as Ludlum the prosecutor’s uncle, who in consideration of his former acquaintance, had recommended him to work with Ludlum’s father at Countesthorp; Ludlum having occasion to send his son to Leicester for some things he wanted, and also to have his watch cleaned, he directed him whither to go and gave him money to pay for the things &c., in the presence of Grice, who soon after he was gone followed him, and overtook him about a mile on the road, insisting upon the money and the watch, which the lad refusing to deliver, he knocked him down and beat him very much, notwithstanding which the boy got up again, but still persisting in refusing to deliver up the cash &c., declaring he would sooner die, Grice gave him another violent blow, which totally deprived him of his senses and left him for dead, he then rifled his pockets and made off. After lying some time on the ground the boy came to himself and made a shift to crawl home, but almost insensible; the father finding he had been robbed and very much abused, and Grice being absent, he followed him to Leicester, where he was taken and confessed the fact. — He will be executed on Saturday next.
++At the same assize, Thomas Horner, who was under sentence of death, but escaped from our county gaol by means of a false key the 30th of May 1763 (in company with Irish and Jeffries, not yet taken) was ordered to be transported for 14 years. Robinson Holmes, condemned at our last assize, was ordered to be transported for 14 years. Philip Birstall for stealing some worsted &c., and John Copeland for stealing two pairs of sheets and a shirt, was ordered to be transported for 7 years. Catherine Philips for stealing a piece of undressed gauze out of the shop of Mr. Weightman, and John Hervey for stealing 3 strikes of malt the property of Mr. Needham, were ordered to be branded. William Boss discharged.

To all Florists &c.

To all FLORISTS &c.

Your Company is desired to dine with the Society of Florists &c. at J BISHOP’s, at the 3 Crowns in Leicester, on Thursday the 25th of April 1765; where a good Ordinary will be provided, and the Favour gratefully acknowledged by your humble Servants,
++CH. HALFORD Stewards
There will be six free Prizes for Auriculas and Polyanthos, viz.
For the best and completest Auricula: 10s 6d
++— the second best: 5s 0d
++— the third ditto: 2s 6d
For the best and completest Polyanthos: 10s 6d
++— the second best: 5s 0d
++— the third best: 2s 6d
Gentlemen are desired to send in their Flowers by One o’Clock; a proper person will be provided to take Care of the same, till Judges are appointed.
++All Persons to whom the Prize-Flowers shall belong, will be required to prove it has been their own Property and in their own Possession two Months from the Day of shewing, otherwise it will not be entitled to the Prize. Dinner to be on the Table at a Quarter after One o’Clock.

a match for a considerable wager

On Monday last died at an advanced age, Mr. Norrice Cradock, of Markfield, in this county.
++Thursday last died Mrs. Lambord, widow to the late Mr. Lambord.
++We hear that Grice, now under sentence of death in our county gaol for robbing and abusing a boy, as mentioned in our last, has obtained a reprieve for three weeks.
++On Monday last a match was run for a considerable wager, one mile on the turnpike road leading from hence to London, between captain Hewet’s famous well-known gelding, Boxer, and Mr. Spencer’s brown mare Trimbush; they started exactly at ten, at the 3 Cranes corner, and ran to the Turnpike; the captain rode himself against Mr. Spencer’s own groom, and shewed great horsemanship: Boxer ran the ground every yard at full speed, and notwithstanding Trimbush was a considerable outmatch in size, and rode with great judgement by Mr. Spencer’s groom, by the mere dint of blood and jockeyship, Boxer won by several lengths, against the opinion of the Knowing Ones, who were all taken in.
++On Wednesday last one John Bailey, a labouring man, was found drowned in a brook in the parish of Hatherne in this county; the poor man was subject to fits, and is supposed to have fallen in a fit as he was walking by the brook side; and on Thursday the Coroner’s inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

To the Humane and Benevolent


A Real Object of Compassion, craves their Assistance; a WIDOW, who has from her Youth, borne an unblemished Character for Honesty and Industry.–She had the Misfortune in younger Life to be stript of every Thing, by the Extravagance of her Husband, who died Insolvent, notwithstanding which, by the greatest imaginable Frugality and Care, she made shift to save enough to pay off the whole of her Husband’s Debts, which she punctually performed, and in consequence of the same Care and Diligence, found herself ten to twelve Years ago, possessed of Fifty Pounds;–at that Time, she became unable to support herself by Business, and has lived upon this Sum till the present Time; when at the age of Fourscore Years, she sees herself reduced to the small remains of her last Guinea, for Support.–Every Thing that could be said, would be lost on the Unfeeling, and to Others it would be an affront to add any Thing farther, to recommend such an Object. The Truth of the above, can be attested to by the Printer of this Paper, by Mr. Marshall near the High-Cross, or Mr. Clarke in Shambles-Lane, who will receive any Donations the Benevolent shall think to bestow.

At the Annual shew of Auriculas and Polyanthos

At the Annual shew of Auriculas and Polyanthos, held at the Three Crowns Inn, on Thursday last, the following Prizes were adjudged: To the gardiner of James Packe, Esq. of Prestwould, 10s 6d for the best Auricula; to Mr. Goodfellow of Leicester, 5s for the second best; to the gardiner of Mrs. Anne Wigley 2s 6d for the third best, all won by VIE’s Temple of Diana; to Mr. Berry of Evington, 10s 6d for the best Polyanthos, STRETCH’s Fiery Furnace; to Mr. Berry of Rothley, 5s for the second best, the Prussian Monarch; to Mr. Mills of Leicester, 2s 6d for the third best, Squire Stanley; at this feast upwards of 90 gentlemen dined, and after the prizes were determined, proceeded to elect stewards for the year ensuing, when Anthony Keck, jun. and William Herrick, Esqrs. were unanimously elected.

Whereas a Report prevails

Whereas a Report prevails that the SMALL-POX is very much in the Town of Lutterworth in the county of Leicester. These are to Certify, that the Distemper has not been in more than Five Families, and that no one Person hath fallen of the said Distemper in the said Parish for upwards of One Month past.
++RICH. WILSON, Curate.
++THOS. T. CORRALL, RICH. MURPHY, Churchwardens.
++EB. WORMLEIGHTON, THO. LEADER, Overseers of the Poor.

in consequence of this Advertisement


A Real Object of Compassion, craves their Assistance; a WIDOW, who has from her Youth, borne an unblemished Character for Honesty and Industry.–She had the Misfortune in younger Life to be stript of every Thing, by the Extravagance of her Husband, who died Insolvent, notwithstanding which, by the greatest imaginable Frugality and Care, she made shift to save enough to pay off the whole of her Husband’s Debts, which she punctually performed, and in consequence of the same Care and Diligence, found herself ten to twelve Years ago, possessed of Fifty Pounds;–at that Time, she became unable to support herself by Business, and has lived upon this Sum till the present Time; when at the age of Fourscore Years, she sees herself reduced to the small remains of her last Guinea; but in consequence of this Advertisement appearing in the last Journal, she has been kindly assisted by several unknown benefactors, particularly by a Guinea from one Person, from two, Five Shillings, and some other smaller donations, for which she takes this public method of returning her most grateful Thanks; hoping at the same Time, she may farther Experience the beneficence of the well-disposed, that she may not again be reduced to her late extremely alarming circumstances, which the tenderness of every Humane Heart, will dread for her. — and to those only does she apply.
++The Truth of the above, can be attested to by the Printer of this Paper, by Mr. Marshall near the High-Cross, or Mr. Clarke in Shambles-Lane, who will receive any Donations the Benevolent shall think to bestow.

John Jarram of Whitwick

On Tuesday last was married at Bunny, Sir Thomas Parkyns, of the same place, Baronet, to Miss Smith, an agreeable young lady.
++On Monday night last as one John Jarram of Whitwick was driving a waggon loaded with coals along the turnpike road betwixt Markfield and Grooby; being a little in liquor, he accidentally fell down under the waggon, and two of the wheels ran over him, and so bruised him, that he died soon after. The coroner’s inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

At the Hat & Beaver

At the Hat & Beaver in the Market-Place

Begs leave to inform the Public, that he intends to continue the Business of Hatting, in all its Branches; and has now laid in a new and neat Assortment of Mens and Boys Fine and Felt Hats; Ladies riding Hats, Feathers for do. Gold, Silver and all Sorts of Trimmings for Mens and Womens Hats. Also is now Selling by Messrs. Cart and Co. all Sorts of Mercery, Linen-Drapery. Haberdashery and Millinery Goods. — The above Goods are just come from London, and are entirely new, and of the neatest Patterns.
++Ladies and Gentlemen, who please to favour them with their Custom, may depend upon being served on the most reasonable Terms.

at the Sign of the Talbot, at Belgrave

On Tuesday and Wednesday in Whitsun-Week being the 28th and 29th of May, at William Marston’s, being the Sign of the Talbot, at Belgrave, near Leicester; will be fought:


between the Gentlemen of Warwickshire and the Gentlemen of Leicestershire.
++WHITTLE for Leicestershire
++ASHBY for Warwickshire.

the Workhouse in the Parish of St. Martin’s

A Person properly qualified to Manage the Workhouse in the Parish of St. Martin’s, Leicester, is wanted. Any Person inclinable to treat for the same, are desired to send their Proposals in Writing to Mr. John Ward, Overseer of the said Parish.
N.B. It is proposed to be Farmed; — None but Persons of some Property need Apply, as Security will be expected, for the Performance of their Contract.

Mr. Magee, so famous for dexterity of hand

MR. M A G E E.

So famous for dexterity of hand, will exhibit his extraordinary Art upon new Principles, at the Theatre in Leicester, every evening next week, beginning exactly at Seven o’Clock. He has had the honour of performing before the foreign Ambassadors, most of the Nobility in the Three Kingdoms, and was in preference to all others pitched upon to entertain the Cherokee King and Chiefs, lately at the British Court, as Advertised in the Daily Advertiser. He introduces many uncommon Experiments upon Cards, entirely new and shewn by no Man living but himself. His dexterity consists of a most surprising and uncommon deception.
++To which will be added the Performance of the noted STRONG MAN, whose stature is but five Feet three Inches, and performs the following particulars. He breaks and Iron Bar across his Breast. He suffers a Horseshoe to be made upon his Breast. He lies between two chairs, and permits a Stone of three Hundred Weight to be laid on his body, where two Blacksmiths, with two great Hammers, shall strike thereon till the same be broken to pieces. This Performance is left to the last, lest it should prove disagreeable to any of the Ladies.
++He will wait upon Gentlemen and ladies at their own Houses upon an Hour’s notice, and perform to any number.
++N.B. His stay in Town will be till the 24th of this Instant and no longer.

found dead in a well at Gumley

On thursday morning last a new born male child, was found dead in a well at Gumley in this county, and upon an Inquisition taken before William Tilly, gent. coroner for this county, the jury brought in their verdict Wilful Murder against Jane Tilley of Gumley aforesaid mother of the child, and Anne Tilley, her sister, who were both committed to the county gaol by the coroner.
++Last week Thomas Stetchley was committed to the said gaol, charged with forcibly breaking into the house of Elizabeth Pratt of Whitwick.
++As was Thomas Brotherhood of Barrow on Soar, charged with breaking 15 panes of glass, in the house of Elizabeth Haddon of Barrow aforesaid; and for want of sureties, for his appearance at the next quarter sessions.
++Last week a boy, son of John Savage, of Hoton in this county, accidentally fell into a pond of water at Hoton aforesaid, and was drowned. The Coroner’s inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++Last week, as a boy, servant to Mr. Hames of Kibworth Harcourt in this county, was cutting some hay from a stack in his master’s yard, the rick accidentally fell upon him and killed him on the spot. The Coroner’s inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++Last week John Foreman, servant to Mr. Dowell, a farmer at Kirby Mallory in this county, accidentally received a kick upon his head from a mare in his master’s stable, which killed him in a few hours afterwards. The Coroner’s inquest sat upon the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

at the bottom end of the Silver-Street

NOTICE is hereby Given
That there is a Warehouse, opened at the bottom end of the Silver-Street, near the East-Gate, Leicester.

For the Sale of Bar-Iron, Plate, Rod and Hoop-Iron, Clouts and Plough-Shares, Cast-Metal Bushes, Grates and Weights, Copper Doors with Frames, Blacksmith’s Bellows, Vices and Hammers, and several other Articles. All who favour us with their Custom, may depend upon being served with the utmost Fidelity, by their humble Servants,

N.B. The above Richard Roberts Drake, continues to Buy, Sell and Appraise all sorts of new and old Household Goods, by Hand or Auction as usual.

John Grice, convicted at our last assize

On Sunday morning last died at the Three-crowns inn in this town on his way to Bristol (whither he was going for the recovery of his health) the right honourable lord Rollo, late lieutenant colonel of the 22nd regiment of foot and colonel by brevet, aged 61; — and on Wednesday evening his corpse was buried in St. Margaret’s church yard, attended by the Leicestershire regiment of the Militia, and all the military in town. — The procession was conducted in the following order: a captain’s guard of 100 men, arms and pikes reversed, — drums and fifes covered in black, playing the Dead-March in Saul, — clergy — the corpse — the pall supported by six officers, and upon the coffin lay his Lordship’s sword, sash and gorget; — the residue of the corps and other officers in town as mourners, — and the procession closed by the remainder of the regiment two and two. At committing the body to the earth, they fired three vollies; and after the burial service was ended, returned with the greatest order. There was an incredible number of people, lined all the streets to see the procession pass, which was very solemn and awful. ’Tis said his lordship before his decease, requested of his lady, to have his body laid in the church-yard, in as open a place as might be and as much like a soldier as possible; he was accordingly deposited on the top of the Mount on the north-side of the church.
++John Grice, convicted at our last assize of robbing, beating and abusing Charles Ludlum, a boy about twelve years old, has obtained his Majesty’s most gracious pardon, on condition of serving during life, in the 66th regiment of foot, now doing duty in Jamaica, and on sunday last was taken away by a party of the King’s own regiment of dragoons. Before he left the gaol he gave away his coffin to one of his fellow prisoners, telling him, “it was paid for, was now of no use to himself, and as he expected he would come to be hanged, he was very welcome to it.”

the Laced-Hat Coffee-House

Begs leave to inform the Public,

That he has taken and entered upon the Laced-Hat Coffee-House near the Cank-Pump, Leicester; he humbly hopes the Continuance of the Custom of the said House, and all others who please to favour his Undertaking, may depend upon being accomodated in the best Manner, and the Favour gratefully acknowledged by by their obedient humble Servant,

a genteel fellow well dressed

On Thursday morning early the Derby-Fly was stopt on Finchley-common by a single highwayman, who robbed the passengers of about 4l. He was a genteel fellow well dressed, with a gold laced hat, and mounted upon a roan horse; he seemed young at the business, was a good deal confused, said necessity obliged him to have recourse to that means, but behaved very civilly, never offering to present his pistol, for fear of frightening the ladies with whom he shaked hands when he had committed the robbery, wished them a good morning, and they him good success; — he likewise robbed a single gentleman in a post chaise in the same morning.

to take their trials

The following prisoners are to take their trials at our ensuing assizes, which begin the 7th of August next, viz. William Newton, Richard White and Thomas Frost, sentenced to death last assizes, but reprieved; Jane Tilley and Ann Tilley, both late of Gumley in this county, single women, charged on the coroners inquest with both being guilty of the wilful murder of a new born male bastard child, of the body of the said Jane Tilley. Thomas Sketchley, late of Hinkley in this county, Framework-knitter, having been arrested by the constable of Whitwick in the said county, for forcibly breaking into the house of Elizabeth Pratt, of Whitwick aforesaid, on Sunday the 19th day of May last, about five of the clock in the afternoon, and being carried before Charles Skrymsher Boothby, Esq; one of his Majesty’s justices of the peace for the county of Leicester, was by him committed to gaol, 20th May 1765.

Mr. Breedon of Barwell

One day last week as one Mr. Breedon of Barwell, near Ashby-de-la-zouch, having loaded his waggon with lime, climbing the same, to adjust something he thought amiss, both feet slipped through the spokes of one of the wheels; the horse being in full keep, and the flies biting ’em, made ’em push suddenly forwards, by which means both legs were terribly broke, one foot being almost twisted off a little above the ankle, and the other leg being broke just below the knee, that the bone pushed out a considerable way, part of which was sawed off; notwithstanding which, the surgeon has hopes of his recovery.
++On Wednesday last was married at Bath, Anthony James Keck, Esq. to Miss Leigh, daughter of ____ Leigh, Esq. of Lime in Cheshire. — And on Thursday Mr. Keck with his new married lady arrived at his seat at Stoughton-Grange near Leicester.
++At the annual Floral Feast, held this year at Mr. Palmer’s, the Turk’s Head, on Thursday last, the prize of 10s 6d for the best broken Carnation was adjudged to Mr. Glover, of Leicester, the Panther. The second best of 5s to Mr. Arnold of Nuneaton: For the best whole Blower, 10s 6d to Mr. Goodrich’s Marquis of Granby. The second best of 5s to Mr. Berry of Rothley. The best Flake for 10s 6d to Mr. Berry of Rothley, Stevenson’s Queen Charlotte. The second best ditto. The best Piccatee to Mr. Hopkins’s Squire Keck. One hundred and six gentlemen dined at this Feast. Anthony James Keck and Wm. Herrick, Stewards.


Out of the Stables of Charles Skrymsher Boothby, Esqr. at Tooley in the County of Leicester, about 3 Weeks ago:

Two Guns, one of ’em a short Barrel, about two Feet nine Inches long, engraved thereon, John Hardman, London. Whosoever can give Information of the Person who committed this Robbery, shall receive on Conviction of the Offender or Offenders, 5 Guineas, by applying to Mr. Smith, at Tooley aforesaid.

two remarkable Indictments for Perjury

At our Assizes which ended here yesterday, two remarkable Indictments for Perjury, found at the last Lent Assizes against Thomas Peach Esquire, a gentlemen of character and fortune in this neighbourhood (which were brought down for Trial on Certioraries obtained on a special Application at his own instance) were tried before the honourable Mr. justice Bathurst, and special Juries consisting of gentlemen of the first consideration; when after a short hearing, the Defendant was honourably acquitted.
++At the above assizes William Newton, Richard White and Thomas Frost, sentenced to death at the last assizes, were ordered to be transported for 14 years; Jane Tilley and Anne Tilley, charged with the wilful murder of a new-born bastard child, were acquitted. Thomas Sketchley, discharged by proclamation; and Charles Cook, for wrenching off by violence, several hooks, thimbles and gates in the liberty of Beaumont Lees and taking away the same, was ordered to be transported for 7 years.
++On Thursday se’nnight a great number of disorderly people assembled at West-Haddon in Northamptonshire, under pretence of a foot-ball play, and committed great outrages to the damage of 2000l. and upwards, by breaking down all the posts and rails lately erected in a new enclosed field, which they burnt and totally destroyed. — On Friday last we are informed a troop of horse marched from Northampton to West-Haddon aforesaid, and have already taken 23 of the above rioters, who are now confined in a barn, with a guard constantly mounted over them.

the annual Venison Feast

On Monday last died Mr. Thomas Harris, an eminent druggist in this town.
++On Monday last was held at the 3 Cranes Inn in this town, the annual Venison-Feast, in commemoration of the defeat of the invincible Armada of Spain, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; in the forenoon Mr. Mayor attended by the corporation, went to St. Martin’s church, where a sermon was preached on the occasion; and from thence proceeded in procession to the 3 Cranes Inn, where a dinner was provided, and at which four hundred and fifty-one persons dined.
++On Sunday evening last, as six young lads of Hackleton near Northampton, were bathing in the Serpentine river near the bridge at Horton, three of them, one about 12, another about 14, and the other about 16 years of age, were unfortunately drowned.
++Yesterday ended the assizes for Northumberland, when William Foy, alias Smith, received sentence of death.
++[The above William Foy was apprehended at Leicester at the Blue-Bell, at the same time that Douglas and others were taken, to which gang he belonged, and is now convicted of returning from transportation before the expiration of his time. His chief residence was Kegworth in Leicestershire, and where he has several children. — His wife was executed at Coventry about Christmas last, having been condemned the assizes before, but reprieved on account of her being then pregnant.]
++Also at the same time Joseph Hall and William Beney received sentence of death.

taken up at the 3 Crowns inn

On Tuesday morning last one Thomas Goodman was taken up at the 3 Crowns inn in this town, on suspicion of stealing a black mare, he having confessed that he had rode all night without saddle or boots; upon which, he was committed for further examination, and yesterday morning Mr. Walter Hollier, a farmer of Walton upon Trent, in the county of Derby, came before Mr. Mayor and swore to the Mare, upon which, he was committed to the gaol, to take his trial at the next assizes; he is a shoemaker by trade, and has worked of late at Burton-on-Trent.

Single-Stick and Wrestling

All Persons who take Delight in the manly and noble Exercises of SINGLE-STICK and WRESTLING, are desired to take Notice, that in the Cross-Keys at Desford in the County of Leicester, on Friday the 27th of this Instant September, will be given the Annual Prizes of a Gold-Laced Hat for the best Gamester at Single-Sticks, and a Pair of Buckskin Breeches for the best Champion at Wrestling. The Wrestlers to have on Cloth-Waistcoats and Turn-Pumps.
++All Champions entering the Lists for the above Prizes, are desired to give their Names to the Landlord of the Cross-Keys aforesaid, by Eleven o’Clock in the Forenoon of the same Day.
++Strangers resorting thither to make Trial of their Manhood and Dexterity, may depend on fair Play.
++A good Ordinary will be provided. On the Table exactly at One o’Clock. The Diversions to begin at Two.

Henry Erpe, Grocer

HENRY ERPE, Grocer, takes this Method to acquaint his Friends, that he runs his Honey on a new Plan which produces it equal if not superior to any in the Country, and sells the best new Honey at 5d per pound.
++Wants immediately, a Servant who is acquainted with the Grocery Business and can write.

The Little Mare

To be either sung or said, as you please — Reader.
Tune: The Old Woman of Grimstone.

++++Of the Ass of the Q______,
++++What is said, what is seen,
My muse has no need to declare,
++++In a word to the wise,
++++True discretion relies,
So she sings of the — sweet little Mare.
++++++++++++Fal da ral &c.

++++What Mare? you will say,
++++But be cautious I pray,
And lead us not into a snare:
++++Not the Mare in our city,
++++But India’s so pretty,
Though we have a good little — Mare.

++++When upon Ludgate hill,
++++Weavers would not be still,
What foot and horse soldiers were there!
++++But I’ll venture to say,
++++They had all ran away,
Had they seen but the Q_____’s little Mare.

++++Soon from Shetland shall come,
++++Little horses to bum,
Like the knick-nacks at Bartle’mew fair,
++++Lord bless the small breed!
++++May their courtship succeed!
For the sake of the — poor little Mare.

++++See the great men of London,
++++Who are not yet undone,
To Court to get Caudle repair,
++++Lord bless their good hearts!
++++For they’re all men of Parts!
So we honour the — sweet little Mare.
++++++++++++Fal da ral &c.

Moses Berrey at the Bell in Market-Harborough

MOSES BERREY at the Bell in Market-Harborough, takes the earliest opportunity of returning Thanks, to his Friends in Leicester, Harborough, &c. for the great Encouragement they were pleased to give to the Leicester Post-Coach, which cannot be any longer continued, owing to a failure in the Connexion on the Road.
++And he begs leave to acquaint all Gentlemen, Ladies, &c. that they may be accommodated at the Bell in Market-Harborough aforesaid, with Neat Post-Chaises, [carrying two Passengers, upon the Great-Road] and able Horses, at Six-pence per Mile. Such as please to make use of my House, may be assured of Meeting with the best Reception in my Power. And a continuance of the favour of my Friends, by recommending my House is an Obligation I shall ever gratefully acknowledge.

A Connexion of running Chaises at 6d per Mile, is formed from Leicester to Leeds in Yorkshire, [upon the Great-Road.] Gentlemen &c. may depend upon being carried at the above fare, in Neat-Chaises, with good Horses, and from Houses capable of accommodating Passengers in a genteel manner.
++Gentlemen’s Post-Coaches with four Horses are forwarded at One-shilling per Mile.

returned according to his promise

ROBERT HANNINGTON, at the Nag’s-Head and Star in Northgate-street, Leicester, takes this Method of acquainting his Friends, that he’s returned according to his promise, and has opened his Warehouse for this Season, with a very large and choice Assortment of Rich, Fancy and Plain Silks, consisting of flowered and plain Sattins, Taffetty’s Ducapes, Tobin’d, Enamelled and Plain Lutestrings, Persians, Figured and Plain Modes; Also a great variety of Linnen Drapery, Mercery, Haberdashery and Hosiery Goods; the principal part of was lately Bought considerably under their original costs, and will be Sold at least 20 per cent under their original shop prices.
++He has likewise a very large quantity of Aberdeen ribbed Stockings, with sundry other sorts of Fancy Goods. Good allowance to Shop-keepers, and a discount to all Persons who buy a quantity of Goods. The Articles in General will be Sold at least 15 per cent cheaper than they were last Year.
++Since I have left this place last Year, bad people have propagated a Report that I was broke and confined in Gaol; Any Person who will give me Information of the Author of the above scandalous Report, shall upon due proof being made thereof, (and if the Person informed against be a Man of credit) receive Ten Guineas Reward.

an apple-tree with the blossoms in full blow

Last week was married at St. Margaret’s church in this town, Mr. Brewin, Felmonger, to Miss Barratt, at Polesworth in Warwickshire.
++On Wednesday last was married at the said church, Mr. Olliver of Birstall near Leicester, and late master of the 3 Cranes inn, in this borough, to Mrs. Wright, of Broadstreet, London.
++We hear that there is now to be seen at Pickwell in Leicestershire, an apple-tree with the blossoms in full blow, and several others that are in like manner appearing.

Stole or Strayed

Stole or Strayed out of a Close near Leicester, on Saturday Night the 28th of September: A Sorrel Gelding, about 14 Hands high, seven Years old, a blaze down his Face, his Tail nicked and cut, the Hair scrapt off his Heels, a little hipped on the far Hip. Whoever gives Notice of the same, so as he may be had again, to the Printer of this Paper, or to Mr. Stanley in Humberstonegate, Leicester, shall receive One Guinea Reward, and all reasonable Charges.

Stole or Strayed

Stole or Strayed out of a Close near the Borough of Leicester, on Tuesday morning the 1st of October: A little black Horse, with a white switch Tail, if not altered, two white Feet behind, and a blaze in the Face.
++Also a brown Mare, some white on the near Leg behind, lame the off Leg before, white Saddle-spot on the near side, and cut Tail.
++Also a dark bay Poney, near 13 Hands high, black legs. Whoever will help the said Horses to Messrs. Olliver and Freer, at the Crowns Leicester, shall be rewarded, with all reasonable charges.


Stole out of a Close near Leicester, on Saturday night the 28th of September: A chestnut Mare, flaxen Mane and Tail, had a Rowel in her Belly, is six Years old, upwards of 14 Hands high. Whoever brings her to the Printer hereof, or Messrs. Goode and Lobb in Leicester, shall receive One Guinea Reward, and all reasonable Charges.

To be Sold by Auction

To be Sold by Auction, by J. POCKLINGTON, by a Written Catalogue on Tuesday next, being the 3rd of this Instant October, Part of the Household Furniture of ROGER RUDINGS, Esq. at West Cotes near Leicester: consisting of Bedsteads and Furnitures, Feather-beds, Blankets, Chairs, Tables, Chest-Drawers, Looking-Glasses, Pewter, Brass, a large oval Pier Glass in a Chinese Frame, an oval Mahogany Dining Table, and a variety of other Articles.
++N.B. The Sale to begin precisely at Eleven o’Clock.

Ward’s Coffee House

Whereas a Son and Daughter of MR. P. HACKETT, of the Borough of Leicester, hath taken the House called or known by the Name of WARD’S COFFEE HOUSE, in the said Borough. Whoever will Favour them with their Custom, such Friendship will be gratefully acknowledged, by their obedient and very humble Servants, ++++CHARLES & JANE HACKETT

It was Mr. Brewin, Tanner

It was Mr. Brewin, Tanner in Leicester, that was married to Miss Barratt (and not Mr. Brewin Felmonger as mentioned in our last paper).
++On thursday night last died at his house in this town, Mr. Hodges sen.
++On Tuesday last a man at Wilbarston climbing a walnut tree, at East Carlton in Northamptonshire, fell from it and expired in a few hours.
++Monday last a poor woman at Thornton in this county, getting up early in the morning to go out to wash, leaving in bed 2 children, the younger of which getting up before the mother’s return, its shirt unfortunately took fire and it was burnt to death.
++At the general quarter sessions of the peace held for this borough on Monday last, Frances Banger, a woman of ill fame, convicted of stealing a cloak, was ordered to be transported for seven years.
++Information having been given to Mr. Frances Stone, Mercer and Draper in Nottingham, that a large chest supposed to contain several goods his property, was lodged at a house in this town; on wednesday last he came over, and having obtained a warrant he seized the said chest, upon opening of which before the Mayor of this borough and Mr. Alderman Reid, it was found full of diverse kinds of goods, to the amount of 50l. or upwards, several of which Mr. Stone swore to, and which he supposed must have been stole by Josiah Young, his servant; upon this discovery he returned immediately to Nottingham, but we hear, found his servant fled. The above box of goods were sent by the Carrier in May last, where they have remained ever since.
++At our Fair which began yesterday, the best Cheese sold at 29s per Hundred.

eloped from his family

Whereas John Bevins, Taylor, of Newbold in the county of Leicester, has eloped from his family, and left ’em chargeable on the said Parish of Newbold. He’s a little punch Fellow, about 5 Feet 5 Inches high, a remarkable sallow look, takes a great deal of Snuff. Had on an old shabby blue Cloth Coat. Whoever will apprehend the above John Bevins and give Notice to James Strickland, Overseer of the Poop of the Parish of Newbold aforesaid, shall receive Half a Guinea Rewards and reasonable Charges.

William Lowe of Bagworth

Whereas I William Lowe of Bagworth in the County of Leicester did on the 30th of September last, insult, knock down, and take away a Hare from the Huntsmen belonging to the Leicester-Hunt, for which Offence I am very sorry, and in this Public manner ask Pardon of the gentlemen concerned in the said Hunt, who have been pleased to forgive me on my making this Submission; and a promise for the future of my good Behaviour.

Josiah Young, servant to Mr. Stones

Josiah Young, servant to Mr. Stones mercer in Nottingham, and who stands charged by his master with robbing him of goods to a considerable amount, did not escape, as mentioned in our last, but was taken and committed to Nottingham gaol.

Having this Year met with no Opposition

To be Sold Wholesale or Retail, by ROBERT HANNINGTON, at his Warehouse at the Nag’s-Head and Horse-shoe in Humberstone-gate; A large and elegant Assortment of Rich, Fancy and Plain Silks, much cheaper than usual, also a great variety of Linen-Drapery, Mercery and Millinery Goods: which will be sold considerably under their original Costs, Clear Lawns at 13d. per yard; yard and half wide Buck Muslins at 4s. 6d., Flowered Gauzes at 2s. 6d. per yard, Irish Linens and Russia Sheetings, Fine Fustians at 1s. per yard, Thick-sets of all Prices, Venetians, Dorsetteens and Silk Camblets, figured and plain Dimity at 10d. per yard, flowered bordered Handkerchiefs and Aprons, Scotch Threads, broad figured Ribbands at 5d. per yard. Aberdeen Stockings from 2s. to 4s. a pair with sundry sorts of Fancy Goods.

N.B. Having this Year met with no Opposition either from Mr. Cramant, or the Eight Advertising Milliners, his Sale will continue till Thursday next, and positively no longer.

in the garden of Robert Shirley Esq.

On Monday last was married at Causby in this County, Mr. Richard Wheatley, aged 75, to Mrs. Elizabeth Ringrose of the said place, aged 84.
++There is now in the garden of Robert Shirley Esq. at Birstall near Leicester, several Apple-trees in blossom, and the Fruit in many places set.
++On Friday the 18th instant died at Sheepshead in this county, greatly lamented, the Rev. Mr. Heath. — To sum up his Character in a few words; he was a good Christian, a sincere Friends, and a constant Benefactor to the Poor.
++Last week was committed to our county gaol, Thomas Astle charged on the oath of Mr. Dunn of Basford near Nottingham, on suspicion of having early in the morning of the 5th day of October instant, stole out of a stable of the said Mr. Dunn, a bay horse, which horse was found in his possession at Wimeswould in this county, where he was apprehended: The above Thomas Astle, who is supposed to have been guilty of several Felonies, was born at Gadsby in this county, where he lately lived with Francis Bestle of Gadsby Lodge, and last with Thomas Yeoman of Normanton on Soar. He’s about 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inched high, has brown short hair, sharp face, pitted with the small-pox, sharp nose, grey eyes and light eye brows, is raw-boned, but smallish legged and goes bangeling, had lately a great deal of warts on both hands which seem to be going off.
++On Wednesday last Deborah Loe, a poor woman who lived at a house upon the Waste, in the parish of Barrow, being disordered in her senses, hanged herself in her chamber. — The coroner’s inquest sat on the body, and brought in their verdict, Lunacy.
++On Thursday last, Eleanor Mason, a poor woman of Knighton, who had been some time before in a low melancholy state, hanged herself in the chamber of her dwelling house. The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict Lunacy.

married in London, Joseph Cradock

On thursday se’nnight was married in London, Joseph Cradock, Esq. of Gumley in this county, to Miss Stratford, daughter of the late Francis Stratford, Esq. of Merival in the county of Warwick.

Right Colchester Oysters


Three Times a Week in double or single Barrels, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, are sold by John Mason, in Town-Hall Lane, Leicester; Where gentlemen may always rely upon being suited with the best Oysters of all sorts, and orders by Letter will be punctually observed and executed by their most Humble Servant,
Note: Gentlemen may depend on his not sending any Oysters but such as may be rely’d on to be Fresh and Good.

John Atkins, a baker, of Frolesworth

Last Sunday was a se’nnight one John Atkins, a baker, of Frolesworth in this county, being delirious gave himself several wounds upon his belly with a razor, of which he died on Sunday last; on Monday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body, and brought in their verdict, Lunacy.

for the most abandoned Purposes

WHEREAS my Wife Elizabeth Bingley, of Littlethorp in the Parish of Causby, in the County of Leicester, doth Absent herself from my House at unreasonable Hours; and hath given me the greatest cause to suspect it is for the most abandoned Purposes. All Persons harbouring or giving her any Credit on my Account, are to take Notice, That I will not pay any Debts she may Contract.

Lecture on Heads


At the New-Theatre in the Haymarket, Leicester, this present Evening November 16, being the Second Night of the Performance, and to continue the four following Nights, will be Delivered the celebrated LECTURE on HEADS.

Part I

Introduction — Alexander the Great — Cherokee Chief — Quack-Doctor — Cuckold — Lawyer — Humorous Oration in praise of the Law — Horse Jockey’s — Nobody — Lottery of Life — Nobody’s, Somebody’s, Any-Body’s and Every-Body’s Coat of Arms — Family of Nobody — Vanity — Wit — Judgement — Genius — Architecture — Painting — Poetry — Astronomy and Music — Statues of Honesty and Flattery.

Part II

Ladies-Heads — Riding-Hood — Ranelagh-Hood — Billingsgate — Laughing and Crying Philosophers — Venus’s Girdle — Cleopatra — French Night-Cap — Face Painting — Married Lady — Old Maid — Old-Bachelor — Lass of the Spirit — Quaker — Two Hats Contrasted and Two Heads Contrasted.

Part III

Physical Wig — Dissertation of Sneezing and Snuff Taking — Life of a Blood — Woman of the Town — Tea-Table Critic — Learned Critic — Stock-Jobber — City Politician Humorously described — Gambler’s three Faces — Gambler’s Funeral and Monument — Life and Death of a Wit — Head of a well known Methodist, with a Tabernacle Harangue.

PIT 2s. GALLERY 1s. The Doors to be opened at Half an Hour after Five and to begin at Six o’Clock.



The following sorts are Sold by RICHARD FOSTER, in Loesby-Lane Leicester, viz.

Double Barrels 4s. — Single ditto 2s.

Or by the Score accordingly. — Whoever pleases to favour him with their Commands, may depend upon being suited with Fresh Oysters every Day,
++By their most humble Servant,

N.B. He has them fresh from London, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and will not Recommend them unless entirely Fresh and Good.

a grand entertainment

On Monday last Joseph Chambers Esq; Mayor of this borough for the present year, gave a grand entertainment, pursuant to annual custom: About eleven o’clock, the Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council, met at the Town-hall, and from thence proceeded in procession to St. Martin’s church where an excellent sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. Mr. Haines.
++As soon as divine service ended they returned to the Town-hall in the same order. Near 200 gentlemen did Mr. Mayor the honour to dine with him, amongst whom was the right honourable Lord Wentworth, the Hon. and Rev. Dr. Noel, Sir John Palmer, bart; Anthony James Kecke Esq; James Winstanley Esq; Edward Farnham Esq; Nathan Wright Esq; Thomas Boothby jun. Esq; and many others. The dinner was extremely elegant, and was served up in two courses of ninety dishes each. There were great plenty of Venison, Pheasants, Woodcocks and all kinds of Game, with every other rarity the season and country could produce. The whole was conducted with great order and regularity, and the company did not break up till near one in the morning. — The dinner was dressed by Mr. Springthorpe of Exon, and gave great satisfaction.
++We hear from Staunton-Herold in this county, that on Wednesday last, as _____ Tryant, Esq. (being on a visit at the Right Hon. the Earl of Ferrer’s) and taking the diversion of shooting, had the misfortune to have one of his eyes beat out, and was otherwise much hurt by the bursting of his gun.

a melancholy accident

On Thursday last a melancholy accident happened at the house of Mr. White, a farmer, in Barkby, in this county; who a few days ago came home from shooting and left his gun charged in the chimney corner in the house, the servant girl on Thursday was left in the house by herself, and it is supposed that endeavouring to reach something out of the chimney, she by some means moved the gun which accidentally went off, and wounded her in the right breast, after which she ran into the yard and dropt down dead. Just before this misfortune happened, a little boy of the town came in for some cream, which the girl gave him, and he went directly out of the house with it, but stopping a minute or two at the yard door, he heard a gun go off, and immediately afterwards the girl came running by him, with her handkerchief round her neck on fire, and ran into the yard and dropt down by the pump. Yesterday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, accidental death.
++On monday last was baptized in London, the new born son and heir of the Right Honourable Lord Grey, (eldest son of the Earl of Stamford) by the name of George Harry; upon this occasion the Earl of Stamford gave a great entertainment at his seat at Steward Hayes, in this county. — He also ordered a large bonfire to be erected upon OLD JOHN, a very high eminence in Bradgate Park: there were piled up for the fire eleven waggon load of hard wood, four and twenty score of wood kids, four score and ten goss kids, near 5 tons of coal, besides a great number of barrels of pitch and other combustible matter; his Lordship was pleased to order twelve hogsheads of ale to be given to the populace &c. &c.
++John Coleman, a taylor, of Newtown, was unfortunately killed by the falling of a large tree out of the fire. On Wednesday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Saturday last between five and six in the evening, several Persons were stopt and robbed between Brooksby and Frisby on the Melton road; the first person they attempted to stop had behind him the daughter of Mr. Wartnaby of Melton, returning from school; the man not immediately stopping, one of the villains fired a pistol at him, the little girl dropt from behind, and the man rode off; they went to the child, said they wanted her money, but upon her begging they would not hurt her, assuring them she had none, and ’tis said, offering them some Queen cakes, they behaved civilly to her, lifted her out of the dirt and set her on the Grass. The next person that came by, they stopt and robbed of 6s. 6d. And afterwards, the servant of Mr. Haines, a grazier, from whom they took about 9l. 10s. 0d., and his horse, which has since been found turned up.
++Mr. Haine’s servant was so kind as to take the little girl under his care, and conduct her safely to Frisby.

robbed and murdered

On Saturday last William Warding, a poor man of Countesthorp in this county, who was very subject to fits, was found drowned in a Well in the town street of Countesthorpe; from which he frequently used to fetch water. The coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Saturday last Mr. Barker who keeps the Kettering coach to London, and who was always employed every Saturday to fetch cash from Northampton for tradesmen’s bills of Kettering, for which he had a premium of one penny in the pound for carriage, was on his return home from Northampton, robbed of about 200l. and murdered; his horse came home on Saturday evening, and a led horse he had has not been heard of: — He was not found on Sunday, but his great coat torn in two, and some letters, were found; — on Monday his body was found in Waldgrave field, cut and mangled in a most barbarous manner.

relative to the robbery and murder of Mr. Barker

The paragraph in our last paper under the article of Leicester-news, relative to the robbery and murder of Mr. Barker of Kettering, as therein set forth, we are informed is not in every respect true; that the body of Barker hath not yet been found, notwithstanding the most diligent search; his great coat was found cut in several places with some letters in his pocket unopened. Other accounts say that he was seen in Peterborough, &c. and various conjectures are raised upon that affair.

We whose names are hereunto set

WHEREAS: We whose names are hereunto set, have behaved ourselves indecently and contemptuously at a Dissenting-Meeting-House, situate in the Mill-stone-lane in the Borough of Leicester, towards the Preacher and Congregation, for which we have been forgiven, and not proceeded against according to the Rigour of the Law.
++Now we do in this Public manner, ask Pardon for the Offences by us committed, and Promise never to offend again. Witness our Hands this day 24th of December 1765.
+++++++T. COOPER.
+++++++R. VEASEY.

To be Sold by Auction

To be Peremptorily SOLD
On Tuesday next being the 31st day of December:

The entire Stock in Trade and Household Goods, of Richard Gamble, Grocer, at his Dwelling-House in Frier-lane, Leicester, consisting of Threads, Tapes, Stone Blue, Writing-Paper, Beams and Scales, Brushes, Long-Brooms, Tobacco, Lump-Sugars, Chocolate, Hops, Scotch and Spanish Snuffs, and a variety of Haberdashery, Buckrams &c. All the Counters, Shelving and Fixtures in the Shop, a Copper, Bed-steads and Hangings, Feather Beds, Blankets. — Six very neat Walnut Chairs, with Yellow Silk Grogram Bottoms, and one Settee ditto, Tables, Chairs, &c. and a variety of other Articles.
++N.B. The Sale to begin precisely at Eleven o’Clock in the Morning.

the production of a Female Pen

The following piece we believe to be the production of a Female Pen, and as such we insert it verbatim.

Any clergyman that is between the age of fifty and seventy, of a healthy constitution, of a grave, but not melancholy temper; a man sincerely devoted to the interest of his fellow creatures; of an enlarged understanding, noble inclinations and boundless benevolence; who to gain popularity will never sacrifice integrity; his intentions upright, his actions uniform, and one who cabals with no party: such a one may hear of an agreeable young girl, by answering this advertisement, who would gladly give him her hand. — She lives in Leicestershire, in a place of retirement; her character is as fair as the morning star, her ancestors noble, her age between twenty and twenty-five, her stature rather exceeding the middling, inclining to fatness, but proportionate in every part; of a healthy complexion and constitution; and for the rest will refer to his judgement, when an interview offers. But if any person who shall interest himself in this affair, shall desire it (and will do the same of himself) she will give a minute account of her person and circumstances, together with her reasons at large for her singularity. She is every way capable of making happy the person described (no other need apply) if tenderness, obedience, and observancy are requisites. She humbly hopes that no person, out of an idle curiosity, will (in order to know her story) answer this advertisement, as none but the person described, with all, or nearly all, the qualifications mentioned, will be approved of. Any person inclined to answer this advertisement, is desired to do it speedily, and he will greatly oblige his humble,


a dreadful fire

On Monday last at the General Quarter Sessions for the Peace, held for this Borough, John Davis, convicted of stealing a quantity of needles out of the shop of Mr. Bracebridge, grocer, was ordered to be imprisoned for six weeks and publickly whipt; Sarah Irish, convicted of stealing a cloak was ordered to be publickly whipt and imprisoned for three weeks. Another young lad for stealing a great coat was ordered to be privately whipt.
++On Thursday morning last, about three o’clock, a dreadful fire broke out in a stable belonging to Mr. William Clarke, carrier, in this town, which burnt for some time with great fury, and totally consumed the same, but was happily extinguished before it communicated to any other house or outhouses, though adjoining the Lion and Lamb, and Dolphin Inn stables, also to the outhouses of Mr. Partridge, a grocer, whose warehouse, close to the stable wall, was filled with pitch, tar, oil, hemp, and other combustible matter, and above stairs several barrels of gunpowder. Mr. Chambers, Mayor of this Borough, was very active and vigilant on the occasion, not only in assisting to bring the Engines, but in giving directions and preserving order among the populace; as was Captain Lewis of the dragoons, who caused the drum to beat to arms, and with the assistance of the soldiers, contributed greatly to the preservation of the adjoining buildings. Mr. Partridge, Mrs. Partridge, with a young child, Mr. Jackson, a gentleman who lodges there, the maid of the house, &c., upon the first alarm, ran naked into the street, and with their cries raised the neighbourhood. During the time the fire was at the height, and when every instant the powder was expected to blow up the house, Mrs. Partridge burst open the powder room door, and other persons following her, she got it removed.
++This accident is said to have been occasioned by one of Mr. Clarke’s servants leaving a lighted candle in the stable, sticking against the wall.
++On Monday the 29th of December last died in our County Gaol, the noted Martha Kelly, who having for a number of years followed the calling of taking horses from waggons, insomuch that her name became famous, and was at one time the terror of all the waggoners and farmers in this and several adjacent counties, baffling all the efforts and overpowering every thing that stood before her, till encountering with Major Burleton, she was stopt in her career, and the county rescued from their fears by her being committed to Bridewell on 27th August 1762, from which place she found bail (and again got at liberty) to appear at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the said county, which on the 5th of October following committed her to the above gaol, where she died as aforesaid.

In answer to the advertisement

Of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

In answer to the Ladies Advertisement of the 11th instant, there lives in Leicestershire, a Clergyman whose character is drawn to the life, and it is thought for a Joke; because his only foible is, that he wants such a Wife, but despairs of succeeding in such a Union, consistent with Prudence. But is the said Lady is really in earnest, the Printer hereof upon application to him, will be enabled to make Ecclaircisement to the Ladies satisfaction.

a proposed Navigation

At a Meeting this Day held to consider of a proposed Navigation from the Trent to or near this Town, it was unanimously agreed that such Navigation will be of the greatest Utility. — The Gentlemen therefore who are in any respect interested in such Navigation, are desired to meet at the Town-Hall, in Leicester, on Monday the 3rd of February next, at 11 o’clock in the morning to consider it.


This Day is published
(Price 2s. sewed)
O N A N I S M:
A TREATISE upon the
Disorders produced by MASTURBATION,
or the dangerous Effects of Secret and excessive Venery.
by M. TISSOT, M.D.
Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Member of the Medico-Physical Society of Basle, and of the Oeconomical Society of Berne.
Translated from the PARIS EDITION,
by A. HUME, M.D.
Propriis extinctum vivere criminilis. GALL.

A Main of Cocks

A Main of Cocks
To be Fought at the Saracen’s Head, Leicester

On Tuesday the 4th and Wednesday the 5th of February, 1766, between the Gentlemen of the County of Leicester, and the Gentlemen of the Town, for Two Guineas a Battle, and Twenty the odd Battle – To shew 31 Cocks on each side.
++Whittle for the County,
++and Buck for the Town.

imposed upon by base impostors


As charitably disposed persons are frequently imposed upon by base impostors, your giving a place in your paper to the following lines, will greatly oblige your long constant reader,
++++++L. HALL.

Nether Seal, Jan. 27, 1766.
++On the 22nd instant, a Man full forty years old, about six feet high, well built, but lean; much pitted with the small-pox, had on a light coloured surtout coat, a blue waistcoat, patched leather breeches, speckled worsted stockings, good shoes, and large plain yellow buckles; brought a letter (directed to a gentlewoman here) inclosing a petition signed by several neighbouring persons, which set forth the deplorable case of E. Wentworth, a clergyman’s Widow, and her six small orphans, who were (as the man said) at a gentleman’s house about seven miles distant, in their way to Yorkshire. A servant was ordered to act as he thought fit in the matter. He kept the papers (which threw the impostor into great confusion) and riding to the place assigned, found no such objects; But learned, that the same man had imposed upon divers of the nobility, clergy, and gentry in Staffordshire, (in the same manner) who had given very liberally, and actually signed the petition. If the villain above described, should by means of your paper be seized, and committed to prison, I would ride fifty miles (with the petition &c.) to assist in bringing him to condign punishment.
++If all humane and generous persons, would confine their benefactions to known objects (and destroy all petitions offered) impositions of this kind would not be attempted so frequently as heretofore.

a noble Charity, worthy imitation

Yesterday Robert Bakewell, Esq; Recorder of this Borough, gave to the poor inhabitants of this town Fifty Pounds in Bread, as a noble Charity, worthy imitation in this calamitous season: This is the second donation within these 2 months from that Gentleman.
++The Main of Cocks that was fought at the Saracen’s Head on Tuesday and Wednesday last, was won by the gentlemen of the county by three a head.

for the relief of the poor

Yesterday John Darker, Esq. one of the representatives in parliament for this borough, ordered 50l. to be distributed in bread to the poor housekeepers. And we hear he has given orders for a like sum of 50l. to be distributed next week.
++We also hear that the above gentleman has been generously pleased to offer the use of a large sum of money without interest to be employed in the manufactory, or in any other manner that can be most conductive to the general advantage of the poor labouring hands in town.
++Yesterday John Holmes, Esq. paid into the hands of the Mayor of this borough, 1287l. 10s., the money to be put out at interest, and the produce applied to the relief of the poor of the hospital of the Holy Trinity in this borough, and other charitable purposes.

for the benefit of the poor

Yesterday Anthony James Kecke, Esq. one of the members for this borough, was pleased to order One Hundred Pounds to be paid into the hands of Mr. Mayor, for the benefit of the poor, and which we hear will be distributed in bread, in the same manner as that given by Mr. Darker.

suspicion unjustly fell upon the innocent

On Saturday last about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a farmer returning from this Market was stopt in Thurnby-lane, by a single highwayman mounted on a bay horse with a bald face, had on a blue coat with brass buttons, and a crepe drawn over his face, who robbed him of 18 guineas in gold and some silver and then rode off.
++On Sunday last Anne Preston, wife to John Preston, was committed to the gaol of this borough, charged on suspicion of stealing from the shop of Mr. Wightman, Milliner and Linen-Draper, a great quantity of goods of various kinds.
++And yesterday John Nattrass was apprehended and committed to the said gaol on suspicion of receiving and selling part of the said goods, knowing them to be stolen.
++The above Anne Preston had a child of Mr. Wightman’s to nurse, and on that account had frequent opportunities of coming to his house; Mr. Wightman missed goods out of his shop, but having no suspicion of her, it unjustly fell upon the innocent, one servant was turned away, and others greatly suspected, till on Saturday night last a woman who was likewise concerned in vending some of the stolen goods, came to Mr. Wightman, and gave him information sufficient to suspect the real Thief. From the discoveries already made, since the commitment of the above offenders, Mr. Wightman has reason to think his loss at various times may have been One Hundred Pounds or upwards.

A Song

Written by JAMES WHITELY Comedian, Intended to be sung at his approaching Benefit.

++++In London one Day
++++I heard VERITAS say,
The Virtues were in the Park walking,
++++When Truth undismayed
++++For he’s seldom afraid,
Listened to them for loud they were talking.
++++They said, for a Ride,
++++From that Place of Pride,
They’s take with them Momus the Jester,
++++And quickly go down,
++++(As they’re weary of Town)
And reside at the borough of Leicester.

++++Compassion most fair,
++++With her angelic Air,
Meek-eyed as the Rosey Aurora,
++++Said, pray let us go,
++++From thence wipe away Woe,
And bloom like the sweet-scented Flora:
++++For my part, I there,
++++Will quickly repair,
She came – without Man to molest her,
++++Then set up her Seat,
++++With the Good and the Great,
And shines away here now at Leicester.

++++Next the Heav’n-born Maid,
++++(In white Robes arrayed)
Cherubim Charity, smiling,
++++Said she would go too,
++++And with a Bon Gou’
Was Poverty-meagre beguiling.
++++She rode ninety-nine Miles,
++++By our new-measured Stiles,
From London where most folks caressed her,
++++And at the Coal Hill,
++++With a hearty good Will,
They welcomed the lady to Leicester.

++++Benevolence gay,
++++Bright and buxom as May,
Said here’s Store of Plenty and Pleasure,
++++For Beef, Butter and Cheese,
++++Beans, Mutton and Peas,
They have in this County past measure,
++++And with good Ale and Beer,
++++Strong, wholesome and clear,
And may Poverty never infest her!
++++Amen, says all three,
++++Let us settle here free,
And live in Conjunction at Leicester.

++++Now Adieu to each Friend,
++++That these Stanzas attend,
Who nobly encourage the Actors,
++++By each Mortal repaid,
++++By reversal of Trade,
With success to our kind Benefactors,
++++Smiling Freedom may come,
++++Now without beat of Drum,
And here with sweet Liberty rest her,
++++For the secret’s revealed,
++++That the Stamp-Act’s repealed,
And Commerce shall flourish at Leicester.

In our last paper by mistake

On Saturday last was committed to the gaol of this borough, Margaret Noon, charged on the oath of Mr. James Wightman, with a violent suspicion of receiving from Anne Perkins, goods, the property of the said James Wightman, and which she is strongly suspected of knowing to be stolen.
++In our last paper by mistake, Anne Preston is said to have been committed to the gaol of this borough, (for robbing the shop of Mr. Wightman, Linen Draper) instead of which read Anne Perkins.

Mr. Wightman thinks himself obliged

Whereas James Wightman, Linen-Draper, in LEICESTER, has at several times within the last two Years, been robbed of a variety of Linen Drapery Goods, and sundry of such Goods have been sold by the Persons stealing or their Agents at a very great undervalue, inducing great suspicion of the Buyers, knowing them to be stolen, This is to Caution all such Persons, who have bought as aforesaid, not to secret such Goods, but give notice to the said James Wightman, on pain of being prosecuted for buying such Goods, knowing them to be stolen.
++And whereas about six months ago, one Catherine Moor, lived servant with the said James Wightman, (who having at various Times missed a great Quantity of Goods as above) was suspected to be the Robber, and she left her Service. He is now fully satisfied of the Innocence and Honesty of the said Catherine Moor, and thinks himself obliged to do her this Justice.

On Thursday next begin the assizes

On Thursday next begin the assizes for this borough and county, when the following persons are to take their trials:
++John Lagar, on suspicion of picking the pockets of Thomas Walton and William Waples of a silver watch, 5 guineas, a moidore, and nine shillings and six pence in silver.
++Thomas Oswin, on suspicion of stealing a quantity of beans.
++John Radford and George Lingell charged with breaking open and robbing the dwelling house of Mary Hardy of Thringstone, and likewise charged with ravishing the said Mary Hardy.
++Thomas Pool, charged with receiving goods, knowing them to be stolen.
++John Harriman, charged with stealing several Rabbits, out of Bradgate Park, the property of the right hon. the Earl of Stamford.
++Mary Dunnel, charged with stealing a tea-kettle spout and other things, the property of Mr. Humphreys, of Market Harborough.
++Anthony Serson, charged with stealing an iron-bar, the property of John Adcock, of Melton Mowbray.
++Mary Hines, charged on the coroner’s inquest, with murdering her bastard child.
++Samuel Hulse, charged with stealing a bushel of wheat, the property of Mr. Robert Stephens of Quarndon.
++Thomas Crafts, charged with stealing some fowls, the property of John Bucknall of Castle Donnington.
++Thomas Goodman, charges with stealing a mare, the property of Walter Hollier, of Walton upon Trent.
++John Ward, charged with having obtained by false pretences a chest of joiners tools, the property of Joseph Bailey.
++William Brown, charged on suspicion of stealing a pair of silver spurs from John Heydon.
++Esau Marvin, charged with stealing two odd boots, the property of Richard Shepherd of Leicester.
++Anne Perkins, charged with stealing at various times a considerable quantity of Linen Drapery and Millinery goods, the property of John Wightman of Leicester.
++John Nattrass and Margaret Noon, charged with a violent suspicion of receiving goods, the property of James Wightman, knowing the same to be stolen.

Yesterday began the assizes

Yesterday began the assizes for this borough and county, when Anne Perkins, for robbing Mr. Wightman of a woman’s shift and other goods to a considerable amount, was ordered to be transported for 7 years; Sarah Harwick indicted for the same offence was acquitted, (a great many people appearing to her character), as was John Nattrass and Margaret Noon. Brown for stealing a pair of silver spurs was ordered to be transported for 7 years; Esau Marvin for stealing two odd boots, to be imprisoned 6 months. Thomas Goodman, indicted for horse stealing was acquitted.
++The same day the Assizes began for the county of Leicester, when John Harriman for stealing rabbits, and Samuel Hulse for stealing a bushel of wheat, were found guilty, also Daniel Haddon for stealing 5 china cups and saucers.

married at St. Mary’s church

On Thursday morning was married at St. Mary’s church in this town, William Herrick Esq; to Miss Bamford, a very agreeable lady with a handsome fortune.
++Last week died in London, and on Sunday last was buried at St. Martin’s church, Miss Berry, eldest daughter of Mr. Berry at the Lion and Lamb inn in this town.

The Trimmer Trimmed

To be Published by Subscription
Price One Shilling,

TALES, Odes, Epistles, Fables, and Songs, Serious and Comical,

particularly Eight Songs of the Times; which are a compleat History of all late Events, and which discover the Sentiment of all Parties in LEICESTER.

Likewise, A Pamphlet, Price 3d., Intitled,

Or, A Dialogue between the Author and the learned and ingenious Billy Bickerstaffe.

Subscriptions are taken in by the Author, in Loesby Lane; at the Shakespeare’s Head; at the Pelican; at the Turk’s-Head in the Hay-Market; and at the County Gaol.
++London: Printed for the Author.

some Villain or Villains

Whereas on Tuesday Night last the 22nd of April, some Villain or Villains entered a close in the Lordship of Belgrave, and having shorn several Sheep carried away their Fleeces. This is therefore to give Notice, that whosoever will discover the Person or Persons concerned in the said Offence, so that he or they be thereof legally convicted, shall receive Two Guineas from John Walker of Beaumont-Leys (by way of Reward).

A good accustomed Public-House

To be SOLD
and Entered upon Immediately

A good accustomed Public-House, situate in the Parish of St. Nicholas in the Borough of Leicester, known by the name of Vauxhall, pleasantly situated upon the river Soar, which runs all the way along the Garden side; together with a large Garden, filled up for a Pleasure-Garden, the walks all planted and in full perfection, a Bowling-Green in the middle, Boxes, Musick Gallery, Baths for Gentlemen and Ladies, and all other Conveniences for Pleasure and Amusement; with sufficient room for still greater Improvements, lately occupied by Mr. Michael Cooke, deceased.
++Enquire of Mr. W. Cooke, near St. Margaret’s church, Leicester.
N.B. All the Household Goods, Brewing Vessels, and other Utensils will be Sold standing at a fair Appraisement.

The Picture of Party


Omnia venalia Romae. Sallust.

The effervescence of Party, like the motion of the Sea, is never entirely at rest. Party is a Fever that robs the wretch under its influence, of common sense, common decency, and sometimes common honesty; it subjects reason to the caprices of fancy, and misrepresents objects.—The jaundiced Eye, which paints things yellow, does not more abuse us, in the quality of colours, than Party, in those of moral ideas.
++We blame and pity bigotry and enthusiasm in religion; we justly censure the wild excesses and cruelties, injustice and murders they are guilty of;—are Party principles less reprehensible? that in a worse cause, are apt to intoxicate and disorder the brain, and pervert the understanding; they come to set a community at variance, father against son, and son against father; they dissolve in a moment the solidest friendships, and as soon create them, be the objects never so unworthy; the vilest scurrility and basest practices, in favour of their cause, give the author a title to their heart, their purse, and their interest; the fairest fame is rendered Infernal; and the foulest Angelic;—That is called Genius, which without the magnifying medium of Party, had never been ranked with common sense; and Genius, through the other end of the perspective, appears remote, little, and to great disadvantage. Lying, and every tractable vice, become virtues! whilst obstinate truth and inflexible virtue in the opposition, are vices! which may ruin or render contemptible the conscientious possessor. As men of honour, (I had almost said—Christians, but that is unfashionable and obnoxious to ridicule) how can we practice illiberal methods, or exercise any mode of corruption, to purchase the wicked or weak, or make them so; by promise or malice, bribery or any art of delusion, to unite them to a cause, whose only merit perhaps depend on our honour, and exists but during our resentment.
++How great were the public spirit! how meritorious the atchievement! would some Conjuror, Clerical or Lay, from the pulpit or the press, so effectually exert the voice of reason, as to break the charm, dispel the infatuation, and restore mankind to their senses, saying—ye are brethren, why should ye hate and devour each other!
++I will now venture to treat you, as Christians, how dare you, in that temper of mind, the spirit of malice and revenge, approach the altar of peace and brotherly love, or call for a Curse, whilst you make, in your petitions to the throne of Grace, you own forgiveness of others, a condition of your pardon, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us”, and can’t we forgive a friend or neighbour that follows the dictates of conscience? when the laws of our country indulge with a privilege to act conscientiously, if peaceably and constitutionally; and which they render sacred, by guarding it with penalties, that we would condemn an undue influence over ourselves, as cruel, despotic, and unjust, how can we think to deprive others of the like freedom? Force on the mind, in a political as well as a religious cause, lifts Proselytes, as it were, by a press-warrant, whose desertion may be hourly expected, on the first favourable opportunity; the heart is not convinced, the will is led captive; they may never wear the appearance of service, they may make though specious yet, reluctant concessions, “their hands are guilty, yet their heart is free!” and what is this but taking away the boasted liberty of a Briton? rendering insincerity familiar and habitual, and opening the door to a thousand enormities, that may sometime end in the ruin or slavery of this unhappy kingdom.
++To the author of these reflections, some may object party motives; but consider, that a wise man is glad to learn a hint, or find improvement, from an enemy; Truth, like wit and charity, is of no party or country, but a citizen of the world, and a general well-wisher to mankind; as such, I am,
++Sir, yours &c.
+++++++A.Z.  [William Bickerstaffe]

Accidental deaths

On Friday last as a servant to Mr. Illiffe of Leicester (Tanner) was riding from Burton-Overy to Great Glenn, his horse run with him against a Gate, and threw him with such violence upon the ground, that he was taken up senseless, and continued so ’till he died, which was on Friday morning; the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict — Accidental death.
++On Thursday last Anne Kirke of Loughborough, accidentally fell into a pit of water, in the liberty of Loughborough, and was drowned; the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict — Accidental death.

some malicious Rascal or Rascals

Whereas in the Night on Tuesday last, in the Gosling Meadow, in the Borough of Leicester, a black Gelding the Property of Sam Jordan, of the Borough aforesaid, was wounded in the bottom Part of his far Shoulder to the depth of about three Inches, supposed to be wilfully done with the sharp point of a Hedge-Stake or some such Weapon, by stabbing or throwing at him by some malicious Rascal or Rascals, at present unknown. For the better Discovery and bringing such Villains to Justice, I hereby offer a Reward of TEN GUINEAS, to be paid on the Conviction of any Offender or Offenders herein, except to him who actually perpetrated the said act.

betwixt the West-Bridge and Castle-Mill

To be SOLD Together
Betwixt now and the 12th of June next:

A Convenient accustomed Dye-house lately built, now in the occupation of the Dyers Comp. (whose Articles of Copartnership are expired) situate betwixt the West-Bridge and Castle-Mill, Leicester; with a small piece of land adjoining to it, and Utensils for carrying on the Dying Business, and the Stock in Trade. Enquire for further particulars at the said Dye house. If not sold together by the said tim, they will be sold in parts by Auction as by a future Advertisement.
++N.B. The Trade will be carried on till the Sale.

in a certain street called the Belgrave gate

To be SOLD

A Modern Built Brick House, handsomely Sashed, with a Court before the front Door, consisting of six Rooms of a Floor, with good Cellars, Brew-house, Wash-house, Yard, a Garden well planted with Wall Fruit; Stables, Coach-house, and all other conveniences for the Accommodation of a Gentleman or a Tradesman: Also another new built House adjoining to the above-mentioned House, very readily converted into Warehouses, situate and being in the Borough of Leicester, in a certain street there called the Belgrave gate, being a very wide Street, and through which lies the great Road from London to York, late in the tenure of Mr. John Lewin, deceased. For further particulars enquire of Mr. John Lewin, Basinghall-street, London, or of Mr. Parke, Attorney at Law, in Melton Mowbray, in the County of Leicester. The Premises may be viewed by applying to Mr. John Ward, in the Belgrave-gate, Leicester.

On Saturday will be published

On Saturday May 31, 1766, will be published,
Price One Shilling stitched.

ORIGINAL POEMS and SONGS, SERIOUS and COMICAL: Particularly NINE NEW SONGS on the Times, which with an Humorous Introduction are a compleat History of all late remarkable Events; and which discovers the real Sentiments of all Parties in LEICESTER, at different periods of Time.

Likewise by the same AUTHOR,
A Pamphlet, Price 3d. entitled,


In which all the scurrilous Papers lately wrote by the very Learned, Ingenious and Poetical Billy Bickerstaffe, and his Adherents, against the AUTHOR and the CORPORATION, will be Answered, Confuted, Bantered and Exposed.

To which will be added
for the loss of his PIGTAIL, &c. &c. &c.

London: Printed for and sold by the Author, at his House on Loseby-lane, Leicester; and may be likewise had of the Booksellers in all the neighbouring Towns.

stopped by two footpads

On Saturday morning last, betwixt one and two in the morning, the Leeds coach was stopped a little beyond the Turnpike on the London road from hence, by two footpads, who took from the passengers about 30s. — One of the passengers (a reduced Serjeant, recommended to the Board) who gave ’em 5s. which they genteelly returned, gave the coachman half a crown, and wished ’em a good journey. They are suspected to be two young fellows of Nottingham, who lately robbed a gentlemen’s servant upon the forest, and are supposed to be gone forward for London.

The Miller and his Wife

The MILLER and his WIFE

He who, with certainty would find
The depth and scope of woman’s mind,
Must judge not by external shew,
From what they say or what they do;
But he who’d construe all their airs,
Must do’t as witches say their prayers.

A Miller, one an honest man,
(That’s honest as a Miller can)
Had a smart wife of goodly parts,
In homely necessary arts;
Could wash and scour, and brew and bake,
Pies, puddings, tarts, and custards make;
Would smile and curtsey to her neighbours,
And speak so sweetly, “speed your labours”,
While every gossip in the vale,
Admired her cleanly fardingale;
The village, all alike, consented
To think the Miller lived contented;
But did he so? have patience friend,
And form your judgement by the end.

The morning rose serene and clear,
She hasted to the river near,
To bleach and whiten some new linnen,
Reported of her own hand spinning:
Somehow or other in she fell,
The truth no man alive can tell;
For want of aid departed life,
So honest Joseph lost his wife.

What could he do in such a state,
But calmly own the will of fate?
For we are taught, and should believe,
’Tis insignificant to grieve,
And once resigned, once lost our breath,
Nothing can ope the jaws of death;
With good, or ill, we must dispense —
’Tis all the will of Providence.
Now mark — to find the body drowned,
The Miller cast his eyes around;
And what, no doubt, most strange may seem,
Direct contrary to the stream;
Of all he met enquiry made,
When thus a clown his progress staid:
“Zure the man’s mad, or else a fool,
To find her goes against the rule;
The way the current flows go seek,
She’ll scarcely float this way to week.”

The Miller cried, “thou simple oaf,
Give o’er thy sneering, cease to scoff;
Thou wert ne’er married in thy life —
The coarse I seek was once my wife;
And, surely, with all deference due,
I knew her better far than you.
From the first hour she was my bride,
She went against both wind and tide;
Noisy, untoward, sulky, sly,
Pleasant when anyone was by,
By which she gained the name of civil,
But I alone, I found her devil.
Conceited, discontented, vain,
Her only pleasure others pain,
She’s prove, disprove, swore wrong was right,
What now was black, anon was white,
Yes, as it pleased her inclination,
To foment broils and breed vexation,
To tell her dogged humours clear,
Would take me up at least a year.
Then think not I am mad, or dream,
To seek her now against the stream;
I know it from her ways in life,
This is the way to find my wife.”

— The astonished clown at length confest,
That way to find her was the best;
But cry’d, if all be true you’ve said,
I’d seek her not, alive or dead.
++++++++J. OAKMAN

at the coroner’s inquest

On Monday last at a court of aldermen held for that purpose, William Burlton, Esq. of Wyken in this county, was chose Recorder of this borough.
++On Monday se’nnight, John Langham of Cotthorpe in this county, was found drowned in a pit of water, in the liberty of Cotgrave aforesaid; he had lost the use of his sight, and is supposed by accident to have fallen into the pit. On Wednesday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, Accidental.
++On Wednesday John Williamson of North-Kilworth in this county, was found hanging in a barn with the cord thrown over a beam; on Friday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, Lunacy.
++On Thursday one Thomas Warner of Burbage, in the county of Leicester, was accidentally drowned as he was bathing in a water-pit near Burbage aforesaid. On Saturday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, Accidental.

charged on a violent suspicion

On Friday last William Smith of Hinkley, Comber, was committed to the gaol for this county, by the Right Hon. Lord Wentworth and Rev. Mr. Ashby, two of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace, charged on a violent suspicion of being concerned with others in committing divers felonies, by sheering a great number of sheep in the night time and carrying way the wool.
++And on Monday last Smith was examined before Rev. Mr. _____, when he made a full confession of his guilt, and gave information on two of his accomplices who have since been apprehended, but admitted to bail. In and about Leicester-Forest, Desford and parts adjacent, they had shorn upwards of 60 sheep and carried away the wool in the night time.

Elizabeth Blencorn and Samuel Walton

On Monday se’nnight died in this town, Mrs Ludlam, wife to Mr. Alderman Ludlam.
++On Wednesday died Mrs. Mason, wife to Mr. Mason, Surgeon and Apothecary.
++On Wednesday last, Eliz. Blencorn, a young woman about nineteen years of age, who lived at Ashby-de-la-zouch in this county, and had been for some time past disordered in her senses, drowned herself in a pond at Staunton-Harold, about three miles from Ashby. On Thursday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, lunacy.
++On Thursday last, Samuel Walton, a farmer, of Bringhurst, near Great Easton in this county, hanged himself in a barn near his dwelling house; he had been in a low melancholy way for some time past, and incapable of transacting his business. Yesterday the coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict, lunacy.

charged with ravishing Sarah Ragg

On Saturday next begin the assizes for this borough and county, when the following persons are to take their trials; William Rushton, charged with ravishing Sarah Ragg. Mary Sharpe, charged with stealing three pewter plates and several pieces of linnen, the property of Ann Morris. John Kitchen, charged with feloniously stealing twelve fleeces of wool out of a barn, the property of Mr. Peck Margaret’s. William Smith charged with shearing two sheep, and stealing the wool thereof, the property of Robert Bostock. Thomas Horner, charged with stealing a shirt, the property of John Staples.

for robbing the Chester fly

Last week the wife of one Brown, a wheel-wright, at Houghton in this County, was delivered of 3 fine boys.
++We hear from Nottingham, that at the assizes held for that county on Monday last, before the Right Hon. Lord Chief Justice Camden and Mr. Baron Adams, William Wainer and James, alias George Brumage (who were removed from Coventry gaol last Thursday, where they had been committed by Mr. Alderman Hewitt, for robbing the Chester fly, near that city) were tried and found guilty of stopping and robbing one John Harle, servant to Mr. Trotter, Register at Durham, on the forest of Sherwood, about four miles from Nottingham, the 26th of May last, of thirty-three shillings in gold and silver, and a tobacco pouch of seal skin. The evidence against them both was very full and clear, and corroborated by several witnesses: And they accordingly received sentences of death, (along with an ancient man convicted of horse-stealing, whom the Jury recommended to mercy) in a pathetic speech from Lord Camden, in which he told them he would recommend the horse-stealer to his majesty for mercy; but as to the other two, he was afraid there was not the least room for it, and therefore advised them to make the best use of the short time they had to live in this world, and then pronounced the awful sentence. — The horse-stealer is since reprieved; and ’tis said that Wainer and Brumage will be executed on Wednesday the 30th instant. — Since their condemnation, their behaviour has been suitable to persons in their unhappy circumstances. — Wainer having declared himself a catholic, is attended in gaol by a Priest of that persuasion, and Brumage attends Divine Service at S. Mary’s church.
++The above two convicts Wayner and Bromwich, have committed divers robberies in the counties of Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick, in company with an accomplice in Coventry gaol. On Monday the first of May, they stopped and robbed the Chester fly on Kingston hill 5 miles from Coventry. On the 13th, 14th and 15th, they again stopped and robbed the same machine within one mile of Coventry, and four other machines. Finding themselves suspected they separated, and Wayner and Bromwich came for Leicester. On Saturday the 24th they robbed the Manchester and Derby machine within one mile of Leicester. The same night they robbed a post-chaise betwixt Nottingham and Loughbro’. On Monday they robbed Mr. Trotter’s servant on the forest of Sherwood, for which they are now convicted. On Friday the 30th they returned to Coventry but left the city the same night; and was taken in bed at a public house of the Birmingham and Coleshill road.
++At the assizes held for this town, a young girl was tried for stealing some wearing apparel out of St. Peter’s workhouse; and as she was of a bad character, nor any friends to take care of her, she was ordered for transportation.

At our assizes

At our assizes which ended on Tuesday last, William Rushton was tried for assaulting, abusing and ravishing Sarah Ragg of Ashby-de-la-zouch; but there not appearing sufficient evidence, his lordship directed the jury to acquit him of the rape, and find him guilty of the assault, which they did accordingly. He was sentenced to be publickly whipt three times, to lie in gaol one whole year, and find sureties for his good behaviour for seven years to come. Mary Sharpe for robbing Ann Morris of Great Dalby was ordered to be transported for 7 years. John Smith and William Smith, Not guilty. Thomas Horner, for stealing a shirt the property of John Stables, ordered to be whipt.
++On tuesday last were apprehended and brought before the Mayor and Recorder of this borough, William Willson and Thomas Stoaks, charged with defrauding the landlord of a public house in this town of his reckoning, and being likewise very abusive. From their examination they appear to be idle dissolute fellows, and reason to apprehend they have been guilty of other crimes. — They both acknowledge themselves to be deserters from the foot guards, and say they left their regiment the 11th of this instant July, that they came by St. Alban’s, Bedford, and Uppingham to Leicester; that they went from hence to Loughbro’ but seeing some dragoons they changed their rout for Ashby, and on Monday last returned by Raunston, and from thence to Bosworth, for Leicester; Willson says he was bred a shoe-maker and that his father lives at Brickstock in Northamptonshire. They are both tall straight young fellows, their hair tied; Stoaks has on an old light drab great coat, and Willson a shabby light drab strait coat.

William Wainer and James Brumage

On Wednesday last were executed at Nottingham, pursuant to their sentence at the last Assize, William Wainer and James Brumage for a foot-pad robbery on Sherwood forest (See this Paper of the 19th of July). They walked all the way from the prison to the place of execution in their Shrouds, and behaved as became their unhappy circumstances. They were both young men aged about 23.

the annual Venison Feast

On monday last being the annual Venison Feast, held in commemoration of the defeat of the Invincible Armada of Spain, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and thereby delivery of these Kingdoms from Popery, Slavery and Arbitrary Power. The Mayor, and Aldermen in their scarlet gowns, and the Commonalty in their uniforms, met at the Town-hall and from thence went to St. Martin’s church, where an excellent Sermon was preached on the occasion, by the Rev. Mr. Haines, from Psalm 126 ver. 4, Yea, the Lord hath done great things for us whereof we rejoice. As soon as divine service was ended they walked in procession to the Three Crowns Inn, where a Dinner was provided at which four hundred and eighty persons dined, amongst whom were Anthony James Kecke, Esq; and John Darker, Esq; Members for the Borough, with several other neighbouring gentlemen. Every thing was conducted with great order and regularity.
++On wednesday last at the annual shew of Carnations, held at the Lion and Lamb in this Town, the Prize of 10s 6d for the best and completest broken Carnation, was adjudged to Mr. Burley of this town, the Panther. The second of 5s to Mr. Hopkins of this town, the Panther. The best Bizarre, 10s 6d to Mr. Berrey of Rothley. The second best to ditto. The best Flake 7s 6d by Mr. Smith of this town, Smith’s Royal Oak. The second ditto of 5s, Mr. Newbold of Rothley, Roque’s Marquis of Twedale. The best Picatee, Mr. Glover of this town, the Moland. One hundred and ten Gentlemen, Florists, dined together on the occasion.
++On monday last died Mrs. Chamberlain, wife to Mr. Chamberlain, hosier in this town.
++On monday last was apprehended at Long Whatton in this county, William Jackson, charged with stealing a Coat and Waistcoat, the property of Thomas Scott of this town; a shirt, hat and wig, with 2s in money, from Samuel Grace; a pair of breeches, pumps, shoe and knee buckles, from Samuel Plummer; and also on a violent suspicion of returning from transportation. The persons who pursued him brought him back to this place, and on monday night he was committed to gaol by the Mayor of this Borough. ’Tis said that he was born at Duffield near Derby, that he was ordered for transportation in the year 1763, for robbing the George Inn in Derby, of a Great Coat. — He says himself, that he was tried at Lancaster Assizes for returning from transportation, but acquitted.
++Last week was committed to our county gaol by the right hon. Lord Wentworth, Joseph Green of Earl Shilton in this county, framework-knitter, charged on the information of Mrs. Cooper, of Earl Shilton aforesaid, widow, with burglariously entering her dwelling house, about twelve o’clock at night, with an intent as she verily believes, to have robbed her. Mrs. Cooper was asleep in bed, but upon hearing a noise, she got up and went down stairs in her shift, where she met Green coming out of the shop with the Money drawer under his arm, who run back and hid himself under the counter, but she followed and seized the robber, who she kept several hours in custody, before she could alarm the neighbourhood. ’Tis said she took the fellow up-stairs and kept him prisoner in her own room till she dressed herself.
++On saturday last was committed to the said gaol, by Thomas Pochin, Esq, one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said county, Jonathan Beeby of Loughborough, carpenter, charged with stealing nine young fowls, the property of Mr. Harrison of Loughborough aforesaid.

went away from his Master’s Service

Whereas ROBERT WOODFORD Servant to Mr. John Dansey of Somerby in the County of Leicester, Grazier, went away from his Master’s Service on the 23rd of July last, without a Quarrel, or assigning any Reason, which makes his Friends very uneasy. He took no cloaths with him except those on his Back, which were an old Waistcoat and Breeches, without any Coat. He’s about 23 Years of Age, 5 Feet 8 Inches high, or thereabouts, of fresh Complexion. If he will return to his Master he will be kindly received; or any Persons giving Notice where he now is, will be a great Satisfaction to his Friends, and acknowledged as a particular favour.

Betsy at the Oak

B E T S Y at the Oak.

Ye Prudes, who with censorious tongue,
Oft push an angry joke,
Prate on malicious, while my song
Hails Betsy at the Oak.

Cornettes, and Bucks, and Bloods, be gone,
Evaporate in smoke!
The charms can ne’er be know to you
Of Betsy at the Oak.

Her native innocent desires
She never learnt to cloak;
Nor can your fierce polluted fires
Touch Betsy at the Oak.

She will not give her lover pain,
And his fond passions cloak;
Averse to pride and high disdain,
Is Betsy at the Oak.

The doom of sad desponding love
She’ll tenderly revoke,
Constant and gentle as a dove
Is Betsy at the Oak.

She never, to torment my mind,
With cool indifference spoke;
But ever affable and kind
Was Betsy at the Oak.

For this her lover shall adore
Her charms, till death’s fell stroke
Cuts off, to be belov’d no more,
Sweet Betsy at the Oak.


an extraordinary affair

On monday last a woman at Ashby-de-la-zouch, in this county, through a mistake, gave her child some oil of Vitriol instead of Godfrey’s Cordial. The child we hear is since dead.
++Last week as one _____ Hardick was bathing in a river near Bringhurst in this county, he unfortunately ventured out of his depth and was drowned. The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Sunday last, as John Liquorish, of Thurlson, was returning home from Huncoate to Thurlson, he accidentally fell from off a little bridge which goes across the brook betwixt Huncoate and Thurlson, and was drowned. He had been drinking at Huncoate and was very much in liquor when he set off for home. The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++The following extraordinary affair happened at the house of Mr. Reid, Linen-Draper, at the upper end of the Market-place in Leicester: On Sunday morning last, while Mrs. Reid and the family were at the meeting, a man genteelly drest knocked at the back door, which opens in two halfs; the maid opened the upper door, and the man enquired for her master or mistress, and was told they were not at home, but would be in a short time; upon which he turned away and spoke to another man who stood at a little distance, the maid still looking after him, and then returned again and thrust the bottom door open and went directly into the kitchen, and as he passed by her she noticed a brace of pistols in his pocket, which alarmed her very much, and when she came into the kitchen with him, he asked for some small beer, which she accordingly fetched, he drank a little and said he did not like it, he would have some ale; she told him they had none in the cellar at that time, he then bid her give him a glass of wine, but she told him she could not get at any, he then asked her to fetch him a pint, and held out a shilling for that purpose, she told him there was no body but herself in the house and she would not leave it, that she expected the family home in a few minutes, and he might then have a glass of wine. All this time he kept walking and peeping about, peeping through the lock hole of the shop door, and asked if that was the shop, went into the parlour, unscrued the sash, asked if that was keeping it fast, played with the dog, enquired of his name, and asked several more questions, and then went away, saying it was no great matter for he knew Mr. Reid was gone to Scotland. Mr. Reid had a favourite house dog poisoned a few weeks before.

We do in this public manner, ask Forgiveness

We the underwritten John Smith, Thomas Millis and John Harwood, Do hereby acknowledge that on the 17th of June last, we were Angling in LADY LORRAINE’s River, in the Lordship of Enderby, without her Ladyship’s leave. We do in this public manner, ask Forgiveness of her Ladyship, for this Offence, and do Promise never to be guilty of the like again. On Condition of which, her Ladyship hath forgiven us this Time, it being the first Offence. Witness our Hands the 21st day of August 1766.
++++++++JOHN SMITH,

N.B. It has been reported, to the disadvantage of her Ladyship’s Servant at Enderby, That he had granted us Liberty to Fish. We think it but Justice to declare, that we never had such a Liberty granted us.

a malicious Report

Whereas a malicious Report has for some Days past prevailed in this Neighbourhood, tending to asperse the Character of Mr. Oliver, of Birstall, accusing him of Ploughing up and taking away from the Poor of Birstall a part of their land in the Lordship of Birstall aforesaid, supposed to be given them by the late Mr. John Bass, deceased. — A vile unjust Aspersion and without the least Foundation. — The said Land being my Property. — Mr. Oliver Rents it of me, and there is no part of it given to the Poor of Birstall. — And I do herby discharge all Persons from turning in any Cattle or from getting any Gorse off the said Land, without first obtaining my Consent, or Mr. Oliver’s.

the Warehouse of Mr. Garle, in Friar lane

Last night some villains broke into the Warehouse of Mr. Garle, in Friar lane, which they rummaged throughout, also the desk in the Compting house, but not finding the cash, they broke open the dwelling-house and examined the desk in one of the lower rooms, where Mr. Garle frequently transacts business, but being likewise here disappointed they got off undiscovered, and without alarming the family.

Edward Ayre


Begs leave to inform the Public, That he has Bought the Stock in Trade, and taken the Shop of John Kemshead, Coach and Coach-Harness Maker, facing the Three Crowns Back Gates in Gallowtree-gate, Leicester: All Gentlemen who please to favour him with their Orders, may depend on their Work being expeditiously done, and in the neatest manner. And the favour gratefully acknowledged
++By their humble obedient Servant,
N.B. He has engaged able and experienced Coach and Coach-Harness Makers from London.

went away from his Father

Whereas on Tuesday Morning last the 9th this instant September, GEORGE HUNTER, went away from his Father in Southgate-street, Leicester, and has not been heard of since. He’s a sturdy strong Boy, betwixt 11 and 12 Years old, of fairish Complexion, pitted with the Small-pox about the Nose, and has short white Hair; he had no Coat on, but a sorry brown Waistcoat, old Leather Breeches, with light coloured Stockings, and a Hat almost new. Any Person who will bring him to his Father in Southgate-street aforesaid, shall be handsomely Rewarded.

a great mob of people

On Thursday last a great mob of people assembled in a riotous manner at Hinkley in this county, and stopped a waggon loaded with cheese upon the turnpike road leading from Hinkley to Burbage; to prevent it proceeding further they cut the coupling reins of the horses and broke the waggon shafts. About eight the same evening they unloaded the waggon and distributed the cheese amongst the mob, in the whole to the amount of 85l. and upwards, the property of Henry Goddard, of Watford in Hertfordshire.
++Yesterday a great mob arose at Shilton, to the number of 600 or more, and stopped two waggons loaded with cheese, which they detained for several hours, and afterwards unloaded and distributed amongst the populace.

Mr. Ald. Fisher was elected Mayor

Sunday last being St. Matthew-day, Mr. Ald. Fisher was elected Mayor of this Borough for the year ensuing, against a spirited opposition, by a majority of eleven voices. Mr. Henry Coleman, Grocer, and Mr. Joseph Johnson, Grazier, were chose Chamberlains.
++On Monday last being the anniversary of the coronation of his present majesty, the morning was ushered in with ringing of bells; about noon, the Leicestershire regiment of Militia were drawn up in the Market-place, with colours flying &c. and fired three volleys upon the occasion. The officers afterwards retired to the Three Crowns to drink his Majesty’s health.
++Last week Eliz. Langham, a poor woman of Shearsby, who was subject to fits, was found dead in a brook of water near Shearsby. The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++At Hinkley, Shilton &c. all is quiet, and the people settled to work again.

Supposed to be Stole

SUPPOSED to be STOLE from the Saracen’s-Head, Leicester, on Saturday the 13th of this Instant September; A large Pointer Dog, liver coloured with white spots, marked on the side with a large B, answers to the name of Bradgate. Whoever brings him to Mr. Ascough at the said Inn, shall receive One Guinea Reward.
++N.B. If destroyed by any Person, as there is some reason to suspect, the same Reward will be given upon any Person’s making Information thereof.

a great disturbance

Monday last being Michaelmas-day, John Fisher, Esq. was sworn in Mayor of the Corporation for the year ensuing. At the same time it was agreed to return the Thanks of the Hall to Joseph Chambers, Esq. the late Mayor for the steady discharge of his duty in the Interest of this Corporation against all opposition.
++On tuesday last a great disturbance happened in this town, occasioned by Mr. Pridmore of Market-Harbro’, Cheese-factor, who having lodged a considerable quantity of Cheese at a Warehouse at the Bell Inn in this town; contrary to the advice of the Magistrates, whose opinion he asked, and contrary to his own promise before given, that it should remain till the fair; he was imprudent enough to attempt to take part of it away; accordingly a Waggon was loaded about one o’clock and sent off, but at the end of Humberstone-gate, leading out of this town, was stopped by several women, who seized the fore-horse by the head, whilst others got into the waggon, and distributed the whole before the magistrates received any Information of these proceedings. The Mob were by this time considerably encreased in numbers, and proceeded immediately to Mr. Pridmore’s warehouse in the Bell-yard, which they broke open, entered in at the windows, began to give the Cheese away, and would soon have emptied the warehouse if the timely arrival of the Magistrates had not prevented them. The whole town was now alarmed; the mob poured in from all quarters; the drums beat to arms; the guard, headed by Ensign Mortimore, were almost instantly upon the spot, and formed into a square, with bayonets fixed, and in about twenty minutes were joined by the whole regiment, who formed as they came up, and soon cleared the street. Notwithstanding this formidable appearance, and though the Riot-Act was read, the people refused to disperse, but continued assembling in greater numbers, and behaved with great intolerance. The Magistrates, desirous if possible to restore peace without resorting to extremities, thought it prudent to remove he Cheese from the Warehouse to the Change in the Market-place, and to appease the mob promised they should be supplied with that commodity the next day at Two-pence per lb. The Cheese was accordingly removed in carriages under the escort of a party of soldiers with bayonets fixed, surrounded by a great number of the mob, and safely lodged as above. — The mob then proceeded to examine all the Inns, warehouses &c. visited by the hucksters and all other places where there was any probability of Cheese being lodged; and where any were found, it was removed under a strong guard to the Change, after which, and placing centry’s at the doors, the soldiers, who had been all day under arms, were dismissed. The mob however continued together, and as soon as dark grew more riotous than before, seized upon and examined every waggon that came to town. In the Burton-Stage waggon a small quantity of Cheese was found, which they began to distribute, but by the timely arrival of the guard very little was lost, and the rest secured as before. Betwixt 8 and 9 at night, Sleath’s Ashby-waggon, and Longman’s Derby-waggon, also two waggons loaded with Cheese were all stopped upon the Coal-hill; at this time its supposed not less than 4000 people were assembled, who regardless of all property, seized upon every thing in their way. The drums were again ordered to beat to arms; every thing seemed confusion; Lawless Riots on the one hand; on the other, nothing seen or heard but soldiers running to arms; clashing of bayonets; lighted flambeaux everywhere; drums beating; parties of soldiers marching to join the main guard, (who had marched before to secure the waggons, and just arrived as the mob had broke bulk of one of the Cheese-waggons, and begun to distribute it); these however were all secured, brought to the Change and there unloaded; as was Longman’s waggon of 18 firkins of butter, which he at first told the people were oysters.
++About eleven o’clock the mob began to disperse; but some of them remained all night in the streets, watching the ends of the town for loaded carriages &c.
++Wednesday morning all waggons were examined, amongst others two waggons loaded with books, the property of Mr. Ayscough of Wigstan, was stopped by the mob; but upon examining the contents they were suffered to pass. About Twelve o’clock this day some of the Cheese (with the consent of the owner) was sold at 2d per lb. Four women behaving with great intolerance to the Magistrates were taken and committed to gaol; the last of whom was rescued from the Constables. About nine o’clock the mob assembled in great numbers at the gaol, determined to rescue the prisoners, and with brickbats and stones entirely destroyed every pane of glass fronting the streets; they also forced open the outer door of the gaol into the Bridewell, from whence the prisoners had just been removed. The mayor, Recorder and Justices, repaired to the gaol, to put a stop to these outrageous proceedings; the guard was sent for, and five of the ring-leaders of the mob were apprehended and committed to gaol; the residue soon dispersed.
++Thursday a Captain’s guard of 100 men was mounted, and fifteen rounds of powder and ball delivered to each man, centrys placed within and without the gaol. The cryer also publicly gave notice, that if any attempt was made to rescue the prisoners they would be fired upon. All remained quiet last night, and this day, and the people seem settled to work.

To the Rioters


The Consequences of your late Riots are Terrible: Thousands of you have been guilty of Felony; many already imprisoned; the magistrates will do their Duty; what must be the event to yourselves; without this necessary exertion of their Power you’ll all be starved; — Think before its too late. — Every Thing that can be thought of had been done for your Benefit. — The Exportation of Wheat is at an End; the Distilling is stopped; the Laws against Regrating and Forestalling are ordered to be put in Execution; Farmers have been required to bring Provisions to Market. — And nothing but your own Indiscretion can prevent you reaping the Benefit. — Provisions of course must be lower.
++All Farmers &c. may depend on being protected both in their Persons and Properties, that bring Provisions to either Fair or Market.

the mob at Cavendish-bridge

On tuesday being the quarter sessions of the peace for this county, the justices thought proper to issue warrants from the bench to apprehend the ringleaders of the late riot at Hinkley, which were accordingly sent to the Constable, who took two of them: but a great mob of people assembling, they would not suffer them to be brought to prison; the Riot-Act was read but all to no purpose; the mob forced themselves into the room where the prisoners were confined, and in open violation of all law and authority set them at liberty.
++On Sunday last a disturbance happened in the butter market at Ashby-de-la-zouch in this county; occasioned by a farmer asking two-pence per pound extraordinary for butter; an old woman clapping one hand in the nape of his neck, with the other rubbed a pound of butter all over his face: A considerable mob arising, a warehouse was searched for cheese, but finding none, they soon after dispersed.
++We hear from Cavendish-bridge in this county, that on saturday last, a mob of people not exceeding 100, principally women and children, said to be collected from Sheepshead, Hathern, and parts adjacent, having intelligence that a quantity of cheese was lodged in a warehouse near the said bridge, they [the mob] about one o’clock in the day time, by force and violence entered the said warehouse, and took away as much cheese as they could conveniently carry, in the whole about 20 hundred; a person concerned in part of the property thus taken away, collected together a few men, and pursued them to Dunnington [a village about a mile distant from the bridge] taking from all they overtook what cheese they were loaded with and nine of the rioters prisoners, on whom the cheese was found. The prisoners were taken to a publick house, and application made to one of his Majesty’s justices of the peace for this county, to grant warrants of commitment, but either for want of sufficient information, or perhaps, not chusing to meddle in the matter, he declined acting therein; upon which the prisoners were dismissed.
++Saturday night all remained quiet.
++Sunday about midnight, a mob, more formidable in numbers, (supposed about 300) came down to the said warehouse, but were fired upon by a guard of about 18 men, planted in the warehouse purposely to defend it; notwithstanding the fire-arms the mob assaulted the warehouse with great fury; but the people within keeping a continual fire of grape and small shot, and being besides assisted by some flanking parties who fired whenever the back part of the warehouse was assaulted, in about two hours they dispersed: — About 4 o’clock in the morning, they returned again, some of them with fire-arms, but the people within kept a continual fire as before, about six o’clock they thought proper to retreat.
++Monday four or five owners of the cheese, joined by several farmers and others on horseback, about 30 in number, with a considerable number of footmen, determined to go up to Dunnington, in search of the rioters; they accordingly went and applied to the justice as before, for General Search Warrants, the justice not chusing to grant them, [but rather to avoid acting at all, surrounded by a numerous mob, in a village distant from any assistance, with the whole county in a fervent;] it is said some menaces, and other ill language were used by some of the company, not altogether so respectable as might have been expected to a gentleman in the commission of the peace. — Finding they could not procure the warrants, they returned back to Cavendish-bridge, where a council was held, and it was agreed to return back to Dunnington, and if they could not get warrants, to seize upon the most suspected persons, concerned in the late riots, and carry them before some other magistrate; they accordingly returned to Dunnington, rode up to the justice’s house, and (’tis said, but we hope is not true) broke open his outer gates, struck at his doors and windows with great violence, and used many unbecoming expressions. Be that as it may, the towns-people were exasperated at their behaviour, and joined the mob, who began the assault upon the cheese-factors and their attendants, by discharging a great number of brickbats, stones, &c. The horsemen being thus attacked in front and flank, the people shouting, and vollies of stones falling from the hills (where the women and children were planted in rows five or six deep;) the horses became ungovernable, and falling back upon their footmen, a scene followed of inconceivable confusion; both horse and foot fled with the utmost precipitation, pursued by the victorious mob, who followed them quite down to the bridge, where a faint attempt was made to replace the guard in the warehouse, but the pannic was so great that the men refused to stand to their arms, and the mob were suffered to enter without any molestation. One of the cheese-factors, in his fright, is said to have forced his horse into the river, and swam the Trent. The mob in the mean time soon emptied the warehouse of about two tons of cheese, (the greatest part having been taken out that day, and laden on board two vessels, which were sallen down the river, and left at anchor, one of them in the mouth of the Darwent, and the other in the mouth of the Soar.)
++The bells rang at Dunnington, as if a signal victory had been obtained, and a hogshead of ale is said to have been given to the populace. The mob in Dunnington having intelligence brought them where the boats laden with cheese lay, which had that day sallen down the river, about dusk the same evening collected together, in number about 500, and went in search of them, one of which they soon found, set up a great shout, lighted a fire, and immediately set to unloading the cargo, the greatest part of which, amounting to 900l. the property of one person, was given away to their companions.
++Fifty-Pounds was offered by the owner of the cheese, if they would suffer the cargo’s of the boats to remain untouched, and that a pair of scales should be erected, and the country supplied at 2d per lb. To which one of the ringleaders replied, Damn his Charity, we’ll have the Cheese for naught.
++On tuesday the mob again returned to Cavendish-bridge, went over the bridge and to a warehouse near Shardlow, belonging to Mr. Heath of Derby, which they broke open and took out about two ton of cheese, without interruption.
++About 4 o’clock they left the said warehouse, following the course of the Darwent towards Derby; near Barrow-mill they met a Derby-boat, but being weak in numbers were beaten back by the bargemen. The same evening they returned back over the bridge, and hearing of a boat loaded with cheese, lying a little below King’s-mills, they went up the Trent, and attacked it, but it growing very dark, they agreed to lie-down under the hedges till morning. About 4 o’clock in the morning, the boatmen loosed the boat, and sell down the river, and before they were overtaken, reached Barton in Nottinghamshire, where she was seized by the mob and about three ton of cheese taken out.
++Thursday the mob came again to Cavendish-bridge and went over it; and again broke open Mr. Heath’s warehouse, which while they were pillaging, a party of light horse came unexpectedly upon them, and took 32 prisoners, which they conveyed to Derby-gaol; the rest escaped.

Extract of a letter from Derby

Extract of a letter from Derby, dated Oct.9

This morning a party of our light horse (about 15) set out for Cavendish-bridge, attended by Justice Thornhill of Derby, and Dr. Taylor of Ashburn; on their arrival at Shardlow, they were informed that a number of rioters were then at a warehouse (late Mr. Drake’s) into which they had got entrance, but on the soldiers approach soon surrendered, and 34 of them have been brought in a carriage pinioned to our gaol: which has greatly exasperated our mob, who insulted the Magistrates, till they were obliged to read the Riot Act; and the soldiers are now driving, with sword in hand, all such as have not dispersed: The officer who commanded ’em, I am informed, has been terribly wounded, by stones &c. thrown at him, and some of the soldiers, two of which are at my door, bleed shockingly. — I have just been out, and find very few remaining, but am afraid we shall have a very dreadful night.
++Yesterday a body of the rioters attacked a boat on the Darwent, from which they took cheese to the amount of about 300l. and were then in pursuit of another equally valuable. It would be impossible to keep the mob in any bounds, but from the fear they shew to the military power. We expect more light horse soon which will give us some consolation, being now in the greatest apprehension, what may be the consequence of this dreadful disorder. — Past 8 o’clock all dispersed and at present quiet; Pray God to continue it.

On Saturday night began our annual cheese fair

On Saturday night began our annual cheese fair, the price from 23 to 27s. per hundred; on Monday and Tuesday the price was 25s. where any quantity was purchased. No Riot or any disturbance happened. A few disorderly people assembled on Monday night with intent as they said to prevent the factors from removing the cheese they had bought; but were prevented attempting anything, by three of the most audacious being taken into custody. A waggon the same evening loaded with cheese, the property of Mr. Inkersole of St. Neots was stopped at Odeby, having been followed by an inconsiderable number of people from hence, who took out 11 cheeses, but few or none of the village offering to join them, they were driven from their purpose and the cheeses they had thus stolen were taken from them and restored to the owner.
++We are assured that 20 gentlemen of this borough have subscribed together a fund of 440l. and at our fair directed the money to be laid out in cheese to be sold all winter at a low price for the benefit of the poor. And that another gentleman has likewise purchased a considerable quantity for the same purpose. Every step here has been taken, and will no doubt be continued, to relieve the truly necessitous, and had had we hope the desired effect, all things remaining at present perfectly quiet. The people themselves must take blame upon themselves, if they prevent the salutary measures taken for their relief answering the purposed intention. On the other hand they may be assured, that the power of government will on all occasions be exerted with the utmost vigour and force against every individual who shall dare to insult the execution of law and justice, or by unlawful assemblies disturb the peace of that society of which they themselves are a part.
++We hear from Hathern in this county, that the poor people have restored back to the owners of the chess taken from the boats at Cavendish-bridge &c. as mentioned in our last, all or a great part of what they had taken away. On Friday 7 of the people concerned in the late riots at Cavendish-bridge were apprehended by the Constable of Witwick assisted by a party of the military, who carried ’em to Derby, in which county the facts they stand charged with were committed, and have all been sent to gaol.
++From Sheepshead in this county, we hear that none of the persons concerned in the late riots belonging to that town are yet taken, though warrants are out against several, nor will they at present suffer any of the warrants to be executed by the constable, or search to be made for the cheese.
++In consequence of the late rescue made at Hinkley, of Samuel Kem and James Davis, two of the principal persons concerned in the late riots there, who were forcibly taken from the constable at the Eagle and Child inn, on Friday the 10th of this instant October; where the mob had continued to assemble for that purpose, playing at football from eight o’clock in the morning till four in the afternoon, at which time they broke into the room where the constables had ’em in confinement, and by force and violence rescued the said Kem and Davis, who they Chaired and carried in triumph around the town of Hinkley, caused the bells to be rung and clamm’d as if for a victory, till one of the churchwardens went in and cut the bell ropes.
++The principle ringleader in these riots is a stranger in this country; was the cause of the riots in Hinkley, Shilton, Leicester, Nottingham, Cavendish-bridge, and other places; he is said to have been bred a Lawyer and tells the people they have an authority to commit outrages of this kind, under pretence the goods they take away have been Engrossed, and are forfeited by Law, which he pretends to justify by some fallacious Arguments drawn from the King’s proclamation. The fellow is not yet taken. And the deluded people would do an acceptable service to the public by giving information against this disturber of public peace, this violator of law and government, that he may meet with the just punishment he deserves.

persons concerned in the late riots

On monday last a woman, (one of the persons concerned in the late riots and rescue at Hinkley in this county) was committed to the gaol. Another of the rioters has been apprehended, but we hear is since admitted to bail. ’Tis said, (but we hope is not true) that upwards of fourscore people are fled from Hinkley, and twenty from Shilton.
++Last week a waggon loaded with Flour, the property of Mr. Collins of Thrapston, was stopped by a mob of people near Desbro’ and detained several hours, but was at length suffered to pass without receiving any damage.

accidental deaths

Last week as Henry Finch of Upton, near Market Bosworth, was getting acorns in a tree at Upton, his foot slipping from one of the branches he fell to the ground and was killed on the spot. The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++On Monday last as Anthony Walker of Ibstock, was digging in a gravel pit at Ibstock, a large quantity of earth and gravel fell in from the top of the hill upon him and killed him. The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.

a threatning and incendiary letter

Whereas it appears to this Hall by Mr. Mayor, That a certain anonymous threatning and incendiary letter was last night between eight and nine of the Clock found dropped in the Market-place in this Borough near the house of Mr. Alderman Joseph Chambers one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the same Borough containing the following Letters and figures, to wit:

++To Mr. Joseph Chambers, Esq. Cornwall, Leicester.
Mr Chambers Sir,
++I desire you will sho this to the mare and consider before it is too late for by G-d if he does not leve ofe his D-m-e Rogish proscedings as provisions may be cheaper by G-d well have Blood by night or Day for we can proove he has been in the County latly and Bote Wheat at 4s 6d per Bushill and had it brote to Markit and gave 7s 6d per do under a Coler to deceve the pore people a cording to his old Rogish Custom and is to sending pore peeple to Gaol as you do you had more need see and alter the price of bread for you no it is 2d per pound and that is more than can be afordit to be gave by the pore. Conside whether the a Bove is not fore staling D-m-e Roges and if you all dont take warning by the a Bove lines By G-d we will fire your house and the mayers and espeshely fishers mills you prtend to frite peeple but you are Da-m-y Deseved for we may as well be hanged as pinde you pak of D-mnation Roges.

++Now it is resolved and ordered by the Hall that Mr. Mayor do immediately offer a reward of Fifty pounds to any person or persons who shall discover the person or persons who wrote the said letter or who dropped the same to be paid on Conviction of the Offender or Offenders by the Chamberlains of the Borough out of the Town Stock and to be allowed the said Chamberlains in their Accounts.

[From the Hall Books]

committed to the county gaol

Last week was committed to the county gaol, by the Right Hon. Lord Wentworth, Thomas Cheshire of Earl Shilton, charged with being assembled in a riotous and tumultuous manner, together with a great many others not taken, on Friday the 19th of September, in Earl Shilton aforesaid, when two waggon loads of cheese the property of Mr. Alcock were taken away.
++Hannah Sutton, widow, committed some time ago for a riot, has been sworn to, by Robert Longman, carrier, and charged with being the person actually upon his waggon, and taking away a considerable quantity of cheese, the property of the said Longman; now stands committed for felony.
++On Monday last a person was committed to the gaol of this borough, by John Fisher, Esq. Mayor, charged with stealing a silver pint mug, the property of John Hunt, which he has confessed.
++The same day John Bland was committed to the gaol of this borough, charged with taking a sheep, the property of Arthur Hesilrige Esq.
++Nathaniel Hunt, John Gilbert and John Hilliard, have likewise been committed to the same gaol, by the above Magistrate, charged on the oath of Ezekial Cox, an accomplice, with assaulting and breaking the door of the gaol of the said borough, in the night of the 1st of October last, with intent to rescue several prisoners therein confined.
++Hilliard comes from Bedford, is by trade a hatter, has been remarkably active in the late riots. He was at the repeated assaults of the warehouse at Cavendish-bridge (as mentioned in this paper of the 4th of October) where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant for his bravery, and led on the mob to every attempt that was made on that warehouse, was dangerously wounded there in several parts of his body, and has received one shot in his face. He lay ill of his wounds for some time at Sheepshead, from whence he moved to Kettering in Northamptonshire, where he was last week apprehended.
++On Sunday night an Incendiary letter threatening to burn the houses of the Mayor of this borough and Mr. Alderman Chambers, was dropped in the street near Mr. Chambers’ door; Fifty Pounds reward has been offered by the Corporation for discovering the author.

charged with feloniously taking several cheeses

On Saturday last John Glover and John Miller both of Castle Dunnington in this county were committed to the gaol of the said county, charged on oath, with feloniously taking several cheeses from a boat on the Leicestershire side of the Trent, during the late riot at Cavendish-bridge.

A Dialogue between a Lord of a Manor, and his Labourer

A Dialogue between a Lord of a Manor, and his Labourer.

Well John! I’m glad thou’rt not so misled
To join the mob, and break the laws for bread.

The laws I’ll keep: and I would keep my life,
My children too from starving, and my wife;
But please your worship, things are now so dear,
Our scanty wages won’t buy bread and beer.

John! such as you, born in an humble sphere,
Should learn to live without such bread and beer:
Potatoes may serve for bread, and I think
Water is full as good for you to drink.

That lace upon your coat, Sir, would buy bread
For me, and my poor children, now half dead
For want of it; you would be full as warm,
Without it, and might spare it without harm.

You saucy Slave! must men of my degree
Unlace their coats to purchase bread for thee?
Wast not thou born to labour and to toil?
And too much feeding would thy working spoil.

Your Lordship talks like any Jew or Turk;
If we can’t eat and drink how should we work?
To do much work don’t you well feed your beast?
And should not men be fed as well at least?
If we mayn’t eat, you must, for all your pelf,
Be your own Labourer, and work yourself.

a notorious and open violation of all law and authority

Ever since the late Riot at Cavendish-bridge, (notwithstanding Information had been lodged against several persons of Sheepshead in this county, charged with being concerned in the said outrages) the constable has been hitherto unable to execute a warrant for the apprehending any of the said offenders. The magistrates acting for that Division having received Information of this notorious and open violation of all law and authority, sent to the chief Constable, and as we are informed directed him to summon the Petty Constables and charge such other assistance as should be thought necessary, in order to apprehend John Harriman and James Wragge, two of the Ringleaders in the late Riots, and Inhabitants of Sheepshead aforesaid; this business was directed to be performed as secretly as possible, and the parties appointed to assist in executing the Warrants, to assemble, upon the forest at a specified place, betwixt 6 and 7 in the morning on friday last, in hopes of taking the two fellows in bed; they were accordingly all assembled exactly at a quarter before 7, in the whole (including some Volunteers, from Loughbro’) betwixt 20 and 30 horsemen and about 10 or 11 footmen; notwithstanding all possible secrecy had been made use of in concerting this expedition, and though the morning favoured their purpose by a thick fog, preventing any object being seen till close upon it, it was soon perceivable that the town had been alarmed, by the hollowings heard at a distance. — The chief Constable however and his party rode forward, till they came within a very small distance of Sheepshead, when they discovered the mob drawn up on a rising ground upon a Pease stubble, in three regular lines extending a considerable distance, armed with great clubs &c. The high Constable attended by one gentlemen and a servant, (having desired their party to halt) went forward to expostulate with ’em upon the consequences that must inevitably follow this daring opposition to the laws of their country; and informed ’em further that if such as were in possession of any of the cheese stolen from the boats would return it back to the Constable of the town, for the use of the owners, and deliver up their two notorious Ringleaders, that intercession would be made for a general pardon for the rest; to this they replied, that they were determined to die man by man rather than deliver up any of their party; and immediately began the Engagement by discharging a volley of stones and brickbats &c. The Constable and his party feeling no probability of succeeding to their Intentions against such numbers, thought it prudent to retreat back to Loughbro’, but with some degree of precipitation. — Reports of these proceedings having been made to the Justices then sitting at Loughbro’, they thought proper to send for and consult the High Sheriff of the county who agreed to return to Sheepshead, the next morning, together with the Justices acting for the Hundred, constables, &c. and to call in for their assistance, a troop of dragoons (then quartered at Loughbro’). Accordingly on Saturday morning they set out again for Sheepshead; but the mob having intelligence of their approach (with the soldiers) their courage forsook ’em and each man sought his own safety by flight; the Troops marched into the town, whilst the Constables pursued the mob, several of whom were taken in Oakley wood, upon the forest, and skulking under the hedges and ditches of the neighbouring enclosures. Three only the Justices thought proper to commit.
++Several of the mob are said to have been armed with Scythes tied at the end of long poles; but we are not certain that this was fact,
++On Saturday and Sunday last were committed to our gaol, William Lane and John Leeson for receiving cheese knowing it to be stolen. As were Edward Lees, Robert Underwood and William Stubley, for feloniously taking cheese out of a boat near Cavendish-bridge, some time since, likewise Moses Hunt, for taking cheese out of a warehouse near the said bridge.
++Yesterday was committed to the town gaol, by John Fisher. Esq. Mayor of this borough, John Tingle, charged on the oath of Samuel Stinson, with stealing out of Mr. Sleath’s common stage waggon on Thursday night last, two shirts, one pair of leather breeches, one pair of stockings, and a quarter pound of tea.
++Yesterday was committed to the gaol of this borough James Chamberlain and Joseph Dykes, charged with stealing a pair of leather breeches, from Richard Heaford, a boy of ten years old.

the several following Persons

Whereas the several following Persons, viz: Thomas Grimes, Sarah Bonner, John Langham, John Blower, John Grondridge, William Hawley, Abrahan Pettifer, Thomas Langham, John Hodson and Joseph Stanley, all of Hinckley; William Halford of Desford; William Bull and Thomas Bull of Burbage; stand charged by Information on oath with divers Felonies and Misdemeanours, and particularly with being assembled in the Town of Hinckley in the County of Leicester, on Thursday the 9th day of October last past, together with other Persons unknown, and in a Riotous and Tumultuous Manner committing divers Violences and outrages, and especially for forcing themselves into a Room where the Constable of Hinckley had in his Custody Samuel Kem and James Davis, two notorious Rioters, against whom Information had been given, and rescuing the said Prisoners from the Hands of Justice.
++And whereas on Thursday night the 13th of this Instant November, John Blakesley was likewise rescued from the hands of the said Constable of Hinckley, by his brother William Blakesley, who are both Fled; Notice is hereby Given: That whoever shall apprehend any of the above mentioned Persons, and give Notice to John Bosworth, Constable of Hinckley aforesaid, shall receive Two Guineas for each Offender so apprehended.
++Kem is about 30 years old, by Trade a Stocking-maker, inclinable to Fat, and a bold resolute looking Fellow. Davis is a slender Man, black lank Hair, about five Feet four Inches, is likewise a Stocking-maker, but can work as a Labourer.

The Laws against Ingrossing, Forestalling, &c.

This Day were published, Price 2s. 6d.

(Consisting all the Acts at Full Length, which his MAJESTY, by his ROYAL PROCLAMATION, has ordered to be put in full Force, against FORESTALLERS, &c. Together with all the Cases determined upon them, inserted verbatim as they stand in the Statutes at large, and in the Report Books)

Ingrossing, Forestalling, Regrating,
Containing all the Statutes and Adjudged Cases concerning them.
Complied by the Desire of a Great Personage, for the Use of the Magistrates and Town and Country.
Formerly Judge of his Majesty’s Court of Admiralty, and one of the Justices of the Grand Court in Jamaica.

London: Printed for W. GRIFFIN, in Catharine Street, in the Strand.

To Messieurs the Public and Co.

To Messieurs the PUBLIC and Co.

I am one of that class of people that feeds you all, and at present is abused by you all; — in short I am a Farmer.
++By your news-papers we are told that God had sent a very short crop to some other counties of Europe. I thought this might be in favour of Old England; and that now we should get a good price for our grain, which would bring in millions among us, and make us flow with money, that to be sure is scarce enough.
++But the wisdom of government forbad the exportation.
++Well says I, then we must be content with the market price at home.
++No, says my Lords the mob, you sha’n’t have that. Bring your corn to market if you dare; — we’ll sell it for you, for less money, or take it away for nothing.
++Being thus attacked by both ends of the Constitution, the head and the tail of Government, what am I to do?
++Must I keep my corn in barns to feed and increase the breed of rats? — be it so; — they cannot be any less thankful than those I have been used to feed.
++Are we Farmers the only people to be grudged the profits of honest labour? — And why? — One of the late scribblers against us gives a bill of fare of the provisions at my daughter’s wedding, and proclaims to all the world that we had he insolence to eat beef and pudding! Has he never read that precept in the good book, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth the corn; or does he think us less worthy of good living than our oxen?
++O, but the Manufacturers! the Manufacturers! they are to be favoured, and they must have bread at a cheap rate!
++Hark-ye, Mr. Oaf; — The Farmers live splendidly you say. And, pray, would you have them hoard the money they get? Their fine cloaths and furniture, do they make them themselves, or one for another, and so keep the money amongst them? Or do they employ these your darling Manufacturers, and so scatter it again all over the nation?
++My wool would produce me a better price if it were suffered to go to foreign markets. But that, Messieurs the public, your laws will not permit. It must be kept all at home, that our dear Manufacturers may have it the cheaper. And then, having yourselves thus lessened our encouragement for raising sheep, you curse us for scarcity of mutton!
++I have heard my grandfather say, that the farmers submitted to the prohibition on the export of wool, being made to expect and believe, that when the Manufacturer bought his wool cheaper, they should have their cloth cheaper. But the deuce a bit. It has been growing dearer and dearer from that day to this. How so? Why truly the cloth is exported, and that keeps up the price.
++Now if it be a good principle, that the exportation of a commodity is to be restrained, that so our own people at home may have it the cheaper, stick to that principle, and go through stitch with it. Prohibit the exportation of your cloth, your leather and shoes, your iron ware, and your manufactures of all sorts, to make them cheaper at home. And cheap enough they will be, I’ll warrant you, till people leave off making them.
++Some folks seem to think they ought never be easy, till England becomes another Luberland, where ’tis fancied the streets are paved with penny rolls, the houses tiled with pancakes, and chickens ready roasted cry, come eat me.
++I say, when you are sure you have got a good principle, stick to it and carry it through. I hear ’tis said, that though it was necessary and right for the M_____y to advise a prohibition on the exportation of corn, yet it was contrary to law; And also, that though it was contrary to law for the mob to obstruct the waggons, yet it was necessary and right — Just the same thing to a tittle. Now they tell me that an act of indemnity ought to be passed in favour of the M_____y, to secure them from the consequences of having acted illegally. If so, pass another in favour of the mob. Others say, some of the mob ought to be hanged, by way of example. If so, but I say no more than what I have said before, when you are sure you have got a good principle, go through with it.
++You say, poor labourers cannot afford to buy bread at a high price, unless they had higher wages. — Possibly. — But how shall we Farmers be able to afford our labourers higher wages, if you will not allow us to get, when we might have it, a higher price for our corn?
++By all I can learn, we should at least have had a guinea a quarter more if the exportation had been allowed. And this money England would have got from foreigners.
++But it seems, we Farmers must take so much less, that the poor may have it so much cheaper.
++This operates then as a tax for the maintenance of the poor. — A very good thing you will say. But I ask, why a partial tax? Why laid on us Farmers? If it be a good thing pray, Messrs. the Public, take your share of it, by indemnifying us a little out of your public treasury. In doing a good thing there is both honour and pleasure; you are welcome to part of both.
++For my own part, I am not so well satisfied with the goodness of this thing. I am for doing good for the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many almshouses for the aged by sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor.
++Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their utmost endeavours to maintain themselves and lighten our burden? — On the contrary, I affirm that there is no county in the world where the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners, St. Monday and St. Tuesday will cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labour, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.
++Excuse me, Messrs. the Public, if upon this interesting subject, I put you to the trouble of reading a little of my nonsense. I am sure I have lately read a great deal of yours; and therefore from you (at least from those of you who are writers) I deserve a little indulgence.
++I am, your’s &c.
++++++A R A T O R

Deserted from a Recruiting-Party

DESERTED from a Recruiting-Party of his Majesty’s 54th Regiment of Foot Recruiting at Norwich: William Jarvis, 19 Years of Age, five Feet six Inches high, stout made, full faced, with short black Hair, by Trade a Woolcomber. He is the son of _____ Jarvis who keeps the Green-Tree in Abbey-gate Leicester, and has been lately seen at or near that place. Whoever secures the said William Jarvis in any of his Majesty’s Gaols, and gives Notice thereof to the Printer of this Paper, shall receive Twenty Shillings Reward, over and above what’s allowed by Act of Parliament for apprehending Deserters.

Reply to Arator


For I apprehend that you mistook yourself when last Week you subscribed your fictitious name ARATOR, for had you done justice to Messrs the PUBLIC and Co., it should have been rendered in plain English, An Oafish Prater.
++Every body knows, That God is good, and his tender Mercies over all his Works; that he sends us Rain from Heaven, and fruitful seasons to fill our Hearts with food and Gladness; all which Blessings have for a number of Years past, been poured down in abundance upon the Farmers, and all the Inhabitants of Old England; and it is as notorious, that you overgrown Farmers, (I speak in the name of God, and in behalf of the distressed Poor, whom I call to Witness) I say that you overgrown Farmers, have all the while been turning the blessings of Heaven to a Curse upon the industrious Poor, whom I aver to be the very sinews of community.
++Every body also must acknowledge the wisdom of Government, and be very thankful for the prohibition of the exportation of grain at a Time when nothing but an eager desire of exorbitant gain was the manifest sole cause of the uncommon and unreasonable high price of all sorts of provisions! Pray Mr. Prater, had the exportation been continued, could you in conscience have ever had the Face to ask a Guinea a Quarter more for your Corn than what it is sold for now? O Yes! Because that Money you say England would have got from Foreigners — O brave indeed! So I find if you or your iniquitous Brethren can but get Money, you care not if half his Majesty’s subjects perish for want of bread.
++Who besides yourself could ever have thought of such a Gothamite Scheme, of prohibiting the exportation of Cloth, Leather, Shoes, Stockings, &c. and all sorts of our own Manufactures, in order to have them cheap, when these are the very Things that bring Money from abroad to buy Bread and Cheese for the Millions employed in the Manufacturies! Yet you say “O but the Manufacturers! they must be favoured and they must have Bread at a cheaper Rate.” And why not? Why ought they not to be favoured? Are they not the very basis of Trade, the foundation of Commerce, and the Glory and Strength, not only of the Metropolis, but of all England? What, would you have them eat Cloth, Leather, Iron, &c. while you overgrown Farmers are exporting the produce of the Land! Who grudges you “Beef and Pudding”? You quote a good Precept from a good Book, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of thine Ox: But Sir, you don’t speak so much to the purpose as the long-eared quadruped did to his Master BAALAM, when you assert that the Government (by providing for the necessitous Poor, such as Hospitals, Alms-Houses, and other voluntary Charities, as great offences to your own humane disposition! I wonder you did not also, (in concurrence with a Reverend Divine) promote the demolition of all the Charity-Schools in Great-Britain, and as you say, “go through stitch” with your iniquitous design, not only of starving the Poor, but likewise of keeping them in darkness and ignorance!
++All my fear is, That the good and wise Government you blame so much, are about beginning to Hang at the Wrong End. I read (as you say in a good Book) He that withholdeth Corn, the people shall Curse him; But Blessings shall be upon the head of him that selleth it: And further, He that oppresseth the Poor, Reproaches his Maker. And the same wise Man also saith, Men do not despise a Thief, if he Steal to satisfy his Soul when he is Hungry. And for God sake who is it that has caused such a number of Hungry Bellies and Starving Families? The answer is but too obvious at this Time, for every body knows Who it is, and why it is.
Yours &c.

The Duke of York sent an express to Mr. Cradock

On Sunday night the Duke of York sent an express to Mr. Cradock, to acquaint him that he intended hunting next day in the neighbourhood of Gumbley, and on Monday his Royal Highness came accordingly, and took diversion there, attended with many persons of the first distinction.
++Her Royal Highness the Princess Amelia, has been pleased to appoint Master Washington Shirley, third son the the Honourable Robert Shirley, Esq; to be her Page.
++We are assured from undoubted authority that Anthony James Keck, and John Darker, Esqrs. have paid into the hands of J. Fisher, Esq. Mayor, 100l. each to be distributed amongst the poor inhabitants of this borough. Noble instances of generosity and Humanity in this calamitous season!
++We hear that on Monday next there will be a Subscription Masquerade Ball, in the Great Rooms at the Crown Inn in Mountsorrel; Nonsubscribers are to pay Half a Crown each; Spectators One Shilling. The Doors to be opened at 6 o’Clock — Dancing begins at Seven — Sideboards opened at Eight — Constables will attend to prevent Disturbances.

true old English Hospitality, and worthy Imitation

From Long-Whatton, in this County, we learn that on Monday before Christmas day Edward Dawson Esq. had a large Beast killed, which he distributed amongst the common working people in that neighbourhood, together with a large quantity of Bread, in Sixpenny and Three-penny loaves; likewise a proportionate quantity of of Roots, all which he delivered with his own hands.—A noble Example of true old English Hospitality, and worthy Imitation.
++A Correspondent from Mountsorrell informs us, that the Masquerade Ball (mentioned in our last) ended in a scene of great Humour and Entertainment.—The scheme of a Masquerade was intended to favour a certain respectable Gentleman, who for many grand and important purposes often chuses to appear in aliena vultu.—It was hoped too it might be of infinite service to the said Gentleman’s Groom or Fiddler, by promoting the sale of a vast number of cast off Masques, which were supposed to be his perquisites, for his twing twang services — but to the honour of this great man be it spoken, though he approved the Compliment, he pitied this Extravagance—and determined to spare his friends the Expence, he generously purchased the whole himself, which will be made use of, as occasion serves, at a private Masquerade; kept up at his own Expence, at C_____. The Company met at Seven, when to the great Pleasure of the whole, all appeared in honest, well-known Faces.—The Assembly was conducted with the greatest order and decency, without the Assistance of Constables.—Nonsubscribers and Spectators were ordered to pay their Half-Crowns and Shillings to the generous gentleman above-mentioned.—The Gentlemen were so well pleased with their Entertainment, that they left a GUINEA to be divided amongst the Poor of the Parish.
++++++J. N_____.
[The above is inserted at the joint Request of the Ladies and Gentlemen who composed the above Assembly]

Jane Frisby, my Wife, left my House

Narbro’ January 1, 1767.

Whereas Jane Frisby, my Wife, left my House in Narbro’ aforesaid, on the 25th of December last, after having first ransacked and pillaged my House of every Thing valuable. This is to Discharge all Persons from Trusting the said Jane Frisby on my Account as I will not pay any Debts she shall Contract.

a fire at Dishley Grange

On Friday last a fire happened at Dishley Grange in this county, which had it not been timely discovered would in all probability have consumed the whole house. It began about five o’clock in the afternoon, ’tis said to be occasioned by some old wood lying in the chimney, which took fire; the whole house being an old one, built before the reign of King Henry the 8th, at which time prudential Architecture was in a very low state, had the above mentioned fire happened in the night it would have been quite impossible to have saved the house.

the Farmer’s Reply to the Manufacturer


I presume you are impartial enough to give the Farmer’s Reply to the Manufacturer a place in your next week’s paper.

I hoped to have seen a reply to your letter in either of the last two week’s papers, but as I find none, permit me to tell you, that you may display your talents, and call Mr. Arator Prater Oaf, Gothamite and iniquitous too, if that will please you, especially with regard to his objections to the prohibition of the exportation of grain when the price is high, and also to his objections to the laws in favour of the poor. For I assure you, I hope him quite singular in those opinions.
++But when you load the Farmers with the odious and black crimes of causing the high price of all sorts of provisions, your charge is too heavy, and your insinuations (false as they are) so artfully calculated to lead the ignorant to rioting and the most mischievous consequences, that they ought not to pass unnoticed.
++How these Oafs, or Asses, perform these cunning tricks, you have almost forgot to tell us, and ’tis pity, because it must have been a great curiosity to have known how such silly creatures did so impose upon, and outwit a whole kingdom. I confess you once mentioned exportation, your words are, “while you overgrown Farmers are exporting the produce of the land.” But, pray Sir, did you not know better? Did you not know that ’tis the Merchant, and not the Farmer that exports grain, and that for his own advantage? I hope you’ll not pretend ignorance, because all the long-eared tribe knows this, then how must the good man’s Honesty, not to say Charity shine?
++When you roundly assert that “nothing but an eager desire of exorbitant gain is the manifest sole cause of the uncommon and unreasonable high price of all manner of provisions,” and more (indeed the Tenor of your Epistle is much) to the same purpose, may I not ask, in the name of God, to use your good language, What you mean? Have the Farmers any secret machinations to advance the price of their grain, that your great charity will not let you discover? I suppose not. Has not their diligence of late years exceeded any thing known in former ages? Do they hoard up their corn, or omit to bring it to market? No, they employ all the hands they can get, and at advanced wages, to get it there, and what can they do more? Sure good Mr. Manufacturer, that read so much in the good Book, I say, sure you would not have these industrious sett of people stigmatized as Rogues to the Commonality, that deserve hanging more than Rioters and Plunderers, because Providence hath ordered it, that the present crop, though once to all appearances a very fine one, yet produces so little grain, that two hands cannot thrash out so much in quantity as one could do, in other years, and consequently they are not able to bring so much grain to market. And sure a Manufacturer need not be told by the long-eared creatures that ’tis the scarcity of a commodity that advances the price. And I hope your great goodness will pardon then taking a market price for their grain, especially when you consider their advanced rents, short crop of grain, though not of straw, and their extraordinary expences; or otherwise your own practice.
++To conclude, I hope you’ll be so good and wise as to talk or wish no more about a good and wise Government, beginning to hang at the wrong end, for, were the Rioters saved, and the Farmers hanged, perhaps you and your friends might escape the better, but pray consider, what would then become of your great Glory and Strength; Or, must not the Farmer support you not only with the necessities of life, but with the materials for your manufacturies too? I am,
++Yours &c.
++++++A FARMER
++++But not overgrown, I know none that is.

A Song for the New Year


The Old year is ended, and what shall we do?
Discreetly consider to go through the New;
While compliments pass still one from the other,
From Father to son, from sister to brother,
Let the muse without personal satire or gall,
Declare what he wishes, and wishes to all.
May folly and vice all be banished the nation,
And virtue and truth have a free toleration;
May Scoundrels and Villains have what they deserve,
And the poor, though they’re poor, be obliged not to starve.
May our Statesman agree, and our Placements be true,
And then the Old year will be worse than the New.

seasonable Relief to the necessitous

On saturday last was married at Melton Mowbray in this county, the Hon. and Rev. Mr. Sherrard, brother to the Right hon. the Earl of Harbro’, to Miss Reeve, daughter of William Reeve Gentleman of Melton Mowbray.
++On Monday last Mr. Kecke and Mr. Darker’s gift of 100l. each to the poor inhabitants of this Town began to be distributed, in bread by the several Parish Officers and will be continued every Monday till the whole be disposed of.—A very seasonable Relief to the necessitous, of which there are many Families in this town; and, more particularly so, in this severe season.—Charity, and humanity for our distressed brethren, in adversity, are, undoubtedly very shining Qualities, and reflect the truest Honour on the Possessors. The poor and middling people have certainly suffered severely this winter, owing in a great measure to a real scarcity of grain, which no doubt, has been the occasion of the insurrections that has happened as well here as in other parts of England. They would do well to consider that their Evils cannot be remedied all at once; — the steps already taken by those in power, the example of a respectable neighbouring gentleman who on his own Account, and without motive of lucre, has already imported 100,000 quarters of Wheat together with the many Charities we every day hear of, must convince the Distressed, that every possible means, is taking for their relief.
++Friday’s Mail did not arrive at the Post-Office till eight o’Clock in the evening; the horse having been stuck in a snow-drift; the Boy had the good fortune to disengage himself and with great difficulty got to Glen, where he hired a number of men with shovels to clear the road and set the poor creature at liberty. — The Mail on Thursday was in like manner detained betwixt Northampton and Harbro’.
++Six o’Clock on Saturday morning, when this Paper went to Press, the Saturday’s Mail was not arrived.

Poor Robin’s reply to the Farmer


++Honest Mr. FARMER,
And I must own, that I cannot help thinking you such, if in reality you be what you say you are, “not overgrown”, for if so, I do not suppose the Manufacturer ever meant to bring you in the least Question; but, I cannot but imagine you must be a great stranger in this Country, if you know “none that is”. I confess I am greatly pleased with the humanity you express, when you wish Mr. Arator quite singular in his Opinions, with regards to his objections to the prohibition of the export of Grain, when the price is high; and also the laws made in favour of the Poor.
++I hope the Manufacturer will not stand charged with false Insinuations, tending to lead the ignorant to rioting &c. when it is notoriously known, that the Farmers will not sell a single Cheese to any of their poor Neighbours. No! say they, the Factors will come and buy the whole Dairy! and, as for the other little necessary articles, such as Bacon, Butter, Eggs, &c. those can be had no where (at a mile or two from Market) but at the Hucksters; where the poor housekeepers must pay just what they please, for every little article they want. And, is it not a shame, that these vermin shall be suffered to go to the Market, and buy an Horse-load of Butter (which must sensibly affect a small Market) at four, or five pence per pound, and retale the very same Commodity at eight, or nine pence, to their poor indigent Neighbours.
++I know it is the Merchant that exports the Grain, and (to be sure) for his own profit; and I also know, that he cannot export it without the Farmers assistance; which must likewise be to his advantage: And, every body must know, that if there were no Receivers, there would not be near so many Thieves: And it is by this means (remember) that the whole kingdom (and great pity it is) have been too often, and too much impressed upon, and deprived the enjoyment of the most valuable blessing, given us by Heaven to our native Country.
++It is also notoriously known, that the Farmers on general, are always repining, or at least complaining about something or other, in order to enhance and keep up at a great price, what ever they have to sell: The weather is but too often found fault with — (which by the bye, is little better than blaming the divine Providence for sinister ends). Now, it is so wet (they’ll tell you) they cannot get the seed into the ground! But, then again, in ten days or a fortnight’s time, the sam land shall be dried and baked so hard, that the Plough cannot penetrate it! — A single rainy day in Harvest, will raise Corn a shilling or eighteen pence a Bushel, at every market in England! Thus, always murmuring, and ever dissatisfied, what can the poor unthankful men do? why, apply to the rich Bankers, and honest Millers; who taking large quantities (I had almost said Monopolising) make the Markets always appear with a thin look, for it is little better than Exported when once got into their trusty hands: So that amongst you all, it is hard to say which it is that grind the poor most cruelly.
++And as a further wicked means, to oppress the poor by enhancing the price of Provisions (not to mention secret machinations) is it not too obvious that the Jobbers in conjunction with the Farmers and Graziers, use many illegal methods, whereby they artfully keep up the price of all sorts of Butcher’s meat at a most exorbitant rate?
++Thus oppression is become habitual to the poor, while a set of wicked and designing men are wantonly sporting with the blessings of divine Providence.

An Instance of Benevolence

We hear that the Right Hon. Lord Maynard, has given orders for the distribution of his annual Charity of 30l. amongst the Poor Housekeepers of Bagworth, Thornton and Hungerton, in this County.—An Instance of Benevolence worthy Imitation; that does Honour to his high Rank, and adds real Dignity to his Character.

for putting an article in a public paper

We hear that a gentlemen of distinction in this county, has lately discharged his Organist, for putting an article in a public paper attempting to ridicule a ball, which was made in the Crown Inn in Mountsorrell, by a gentleman of that neighbourhood, to which his master had handsomely subscribed; this example it is hoped will deter other Servants from such audacious behaviour.
++Last week was committed to out county gaol by the Rev. Mr. Coulton, one of his Majesty’s Justices for this county, Wm. Frisby of Twiford charged with breaking into the house of John Conduit, of Twiford aforesaid, and robbing the same of goods to a considerable amount.
++From Kegworth in this county we are assured that a subscription has been set on foot in that town amongst the farmers &c. who have agreed to mix a quantity of wheat and barley equally which they sell to all the poor people at 3s. per strike.

The humble Petition of a poor Rioter

The humble Petition of a poor Rioter, now under sentence of Death; addressed to his most gracious Sovereign.

Father of Britain, bend thine ear!
To thee the wretched bow.
From dungeons dark, and fest’ring chains,
Groans, poverty and woe.

Oh! Prince belov’d, guilty we plead,
But where can mercy shine,
If perfect innocence alone,
Must feel the beam divine.

Say, shall the rich, th’ unfeeling rich,
Foes to the common cause,
Suffer the poor to go unfed,
Yet sternly threat with Laws?

Since the rich Farmer, who can buy,
Half his proud Lord’s domain,
For private gain exports that food,
The Labourer earns in vain.

Must there, Oh Prince! unpunished go,
And justice only fall,
On the poor, sinful, hungry wretch,
Who acts from Nature’s call?

The hapless Sons of Poverty,
A milder doom implore,
Yet we may serve our native land,
Though banished from her shore.

In distant realms, that own thy sway,
We’ll breast the unfurrowed land,
Where barren plains now useless lie,
And ask the Tiller’s hand.

There will we work, and there will pray,
For thee our gracious Sire,
And there our children shall be taught,
Thy goodness to admire.

a single highwayman well mounted

On Tuesday last died Mrs. Orme, Widow of the late Mr. Thomas Orme, Apothecary.
++On Tuesday se’ennight, a single highwayman well mounted, about six o’clock in the evening, stopt a chaise in Belgrave-lane, near this town. in which was Mr. Bagshaw, a Derbyshire gentleman, robbed him of about 6l. and then rode off. ’Tis said Mr. Bagshaw had a considerable charge of money about him, which he found means to conceal.
++Last week was committed to the gaol of this borough, by John Fisher, Esq; Mayor, Mary Kennedy, alias Mary Butcher, charged with stealing Thirty Pounds in cash, the property of the Landlord of the Horse and Trumpet in this Town, where she was a lodger.

An example truly laudable

We hear from Hinkley that Mr. Tho. and Geo. H_____, Hosiers, have caused a handsome sum of Money to be distributed amongst their poor workmen, according to their various necessities. An example truly laudable in this distressing and calamitous season and worthy of imitation.

the sign of the Bear and Ragged Staff


On Friday the 6th Day of March next, (unless disposed of sooner by private Contract) at the House of Thomas Daniel, situate in Southgate-street, Leicester, known by the sign of the Bear and Ragged Staff; in LOTTS as Under, viz.
++LOT 1st, NINE Tenements, with their Appurtenances, situate in Southgate-street aforesaid, now Lett at the Yearly Rent of Twenty Pounds.
++LOT 2nd. Three Tenements with their Appurtenances, situate in Sandby-gate, in Leicester, now Lett at the Clear Yearly Rent of Eight Pounds.
++For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Tilly, Attorney in Leicester, or of the said Thomas Daniel.

To be SOLD or LETT,
And Entered upon the 12th of May next:

A Messuage or Tenement, with the Appurtenances, in Fryer Lane, Leicester, called the Queen’s Head, in the Occupation of Widow Watts, who will shew the premises.

Mr. and Mrs. Toy

Mr. and Mrs. TOY
Beg leave to inform the PUBLIC:

That they shall open their School in Southgate-street, Leicester, for the Boarding and Educating Young LADIES, about the middle of March. Entrance One Guinea. Boarding Thirteen Guineas per Annum. Washing included.
++Mrs. Toy instructs the Ladies in all sorts of Needle-work. — Day Scholars, One Shilling Entrance, and six-pence per Week. — Entrance for Dancing Ten Shillings and Sixpence, and Fifteen Shillings a Quarter.

List of Prisoners to take their Trials

The following List of Prisoners are to take their Trials at our ensuing Assize, which begin on the 20th of March instant.

In the County Gaol.

James Green, charged with Felony and Burglary. — James Page, John Gates, Sarah Bolton, Thomas Dilks, Geo. Leedham, Thomas Cheshire, Thomas Glover, John Leeson, William Lane, Edward Lees, Moses Hunt, Robert Underwood and William Stubley, charged with being concerned in the late Riots in different parts of the county, and other Misdemeanors; but all are admitted to Bail except Page, Cheshire, Underwood, and Stubley. Thomas White charged with Horse-stealing. Thomas Abell with housebreaking. William Frisby with stealing several things of value the property of John Conduit. William Bacon with Felony and Burglary. Jacob Butteris with stealing a hand-saw &c. William Stringer with stealing a quantity of Barley. Thomas Sketchley with Burglary and Felony. Edward Wean and John Wilton, with killing two sheep and carrying away their carcasses.

In the Borough Gaol.

William Jackson charged with divers Felonies. Thomas Wright for stealing a Watch. Hannah Sutton, Sarah Smith, Benjamin Bunney, Nathaniel Hurst, John Gilbert and John Hilliard, with Rioting and other Misdemeanors. Tabitha Hutton, with stealing a silver spoon. John Hunt with stealing a silver cup. Matthew Batchelor with stealing a pair of Leather Britches. John Tingle with stealing two Shirts and several other Things. Mary Kennedy with stealing 29l. in Cash. John Smith and Francis Smith, with stealing several Things of value out of two dwelling houses. And Thomas Storer with stealing a quantity of Barley.

to prevent the Ruin of several Young People

In order to prevent the Ruin of several Young People in this Borough:

Notice is hereby given to the Masters of Publick Houses kept in the Borough of Leicester, That unless an immediate stop is put to, and care taken by them, that no Cards be made use of, or any other unlawful Game whatever, be exercised in such Houses; and likewise the Keeper of the Billiard Table (which is greatly frequented at unseasonable Hours, not only for diversion, but purely the sake of Gaming to Excess) is likewise to take Notice, that upon the first Offence of the like sort committed after this Advertisement, an Information will be assuredly lodged against such Offender or Offenders, to the Justices of the Peace of this Borough, and proper Measures taken to prevent such evil Practices for the future (as the Law directs).

a pitched battle was fought

We hear from Ashby-de-la-zouch in this county that on monday last a pitched battle was fought upon the Bowling-green in that Town, between John Cramant, woolcomber, and Samuel Gibbins, a Cooper; it was thought by judges to be a very severe Battle, and Victory hung doubtful near half an hour; but Gibbins being disabled on his right hand, was at length obliged to give up, but not without severely handling his Antagonist, who is said to have won Blind, through dint of Game.
++The same afternoon another Battle was fought, between Francis Ramsdale of Blackfordby in the said county, and the hostler of the said White-Hart Inn, in a field next the Town; the dispute arose about which had the greatest right to the Chambermaid at the said Inn; there never was two young Heroes distinguished themselves with greater bravery and resolution than the above, for thirty-five minutes and upwards, when poor Ramsdale was obliged to resign all pretensions to the Fair Prize to the victorious Hostler, an unlucky blow having decided the combat; he did not give out till much blood had been spilt on both sides.
++[At Derby Assizes] Moses Hunt of Sheepshead, Taylor, Robert Underwood of ditto, Weaver, and William Stubley of ditto, being the three persons taken in the wood near Loughbro’, as particularly mentioned in this paper in November last, were tried on an indictment of feloniously taking away the cheeses and were acquitted.
++Yesterday the assizes here began before Sir Richard Aston, Knt. There are upwards of 40 prisoners to take their trials for different offences.

On Friday last the Assize began

On Friday last the Assize began here for this County and Borough, before the honourable Sir Richard Aston, knt. when two persons received sentence of death, viz. John Wilton for Sheepstealing and Joseph Green for a Burglary. Wilton was reprieved and Green ordered for Execution, but at the intercession of the High Sheriff and Gentlemen of the Grand Jury, his Lordship was pleased to reprieve him likewise.
++Thomas Sketchley and William Frisby convicted of Larceny, ordered to be transported for 7 years.
++William Stringer convicted of Felony, branded and imprisoned for three months.
++Thomas Abell, convicted of Petty Larceny, ordered to be publickly whipt.
++William Jackson, Mary Kennedy, and Thomas Hunt, convicted of Grand Larceny, ordered to be transported for seven years.
++Tabitha Hutton, convicted of Felony, to be privately whipt, and imprisoned three months.
++John Tingle, Matthew Batchelor, and John Smith, convicted of Petty Larceny and ordered to be publickly whipt.
++Benjamin Bunney and Samuel Gilbert, convicted of a Riot, Fined one Shilling each.
++John Hilliard, for a Riot, Fined one Shilling and to remain in prison six months.
++Hannah Sutton, convicted of a Riot, Fined three Shillings, and to remain in prison eighteen months.
++Sarah, the wife of Thomas Smith, convicted of a Riot, ordered to be imprisoned one month, and find sureties for her good behaviour.
++Thomas Wright, James Chamberlain and Francis Smith. Not Guilty.
++John Dilks and Thomas Storer, delivered by Proclamation.
++James Davis, convicted of a Riot at Hinkley, fined 1s. and discharged.
++John Henshaw, convicted of a Riot at Castle-Dunnington, fined 200 nobles and discharged.
++Thomas Glover, for ditto, fined 1s. and five months imprisonment.
++Thomas Cheshire for a Riot at Earl Shilton, fined 1s. and three months imprisonment.
++John Page, Tho. Dilks, William Stretton, William Bacon, Jacob Butteri, Francis Holt, William Sherrin, Samuel Kem, John Gates, Edward Lees, Sarah Bolton and Thomas Higgins, Not Guilty.
++John Leeson and Edward Wain, delivered by Proclamation.
++William Rushton to remain according to his former commitment.

++Joseph Cradock, Esq; our present High Sheriff, made a very genteel appearance, and was attended to meet his Lordship, by a greater number of Gentlemen, Tradesmen, &c. than has been known on any former occasion.

++Yesterday was committed to the gaol of this County, James Cam of Belgrave, by William Burleton, Esq; charged on the information of William Marriott of Mansfield, being one of the people called Quakers, on his solemn affirmation, on a violent suspicion of writing and sending an incendiary letter, the contents whereof threatened the said Marriott with instant death, in the cruellest manner which could be invented, unless he looked up and paid to one Cam, son of John Cam, thirty pounds in three weeks.

the Disturbers of the Quiet and Peace

Derby, March 25

++In Justice to this County, you are required to publish the Clerk of the Assizes Calendar, that the Publick may know who were the Disturbers of the Quiet and Peace of this Neighbourhood; it being very evident that a Leicestershire Mob has brought a scandal upon the County of Derby, by neglecting their lawful callings, and assembling in a riotous and tumultuous manner. I am, &c.
++Deputy Clerk to the Assizes

At the General Delivery of the Gaol of our Lord the King, of the County of Derby in and for the same County, on Tuesday the 17th Day of March, in the Seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, now King of Great Britain, &c. Before the Hon. Sir Richard Aston, Knt. one of the Justices of our Lord the King, assigned to hold pleas before the King himself, and others his Fellow Justices, &c.

Joseph Towle, Edward Bradley, William Lydel, William Stubley, Moses Hunt, Robert Underwood. Not Guilty delivered.
++Richard Wardale, John Thompson, junior, Joseph Neal, Thomas Berrisford, William Webster, Daniel Yates, Thomas Mallwood, Thomas Heywood, John Bennett, John Elverson, John Gent, John Hall, John King, Job Greensmith, Robert Plant, James Hedges, William Moss. Being convicted of a Riot and Misdemeanor, and having severally entered into a Recognizance with a surety each to keep the Peace, and be of good Behaviour for one year ensuing, are Fined one Shilling each, and ordered to be imprisoned a week, in the common Gaol, and until the said Fines be paid.
++Thomas Darsin, being convicted of the aforesaid Riot and Misdemeanor, and having entered into a Recognizance, with a Surety to keep the Peace, and be of good Behaviour for one year ensuing, is Fined one Shilling and discharged.
++George Burton, Francis Dexter, George Yeild, William Brotherhood, Thimas Miller, James Stretton, William Hill. Being convicted of a Riot and Misdemeanor, and having severally entered into a Recognizance to keep the Peace, and be of good Behaviour for one year next ensuing, are Fined one Shilling each, and to be discharged on Payment thereof.

Hob in the Well (Mr Springthorpe)

On Tuesday night was performed at our Theatre, with great Applause, the new play of the Earl of Warwick, with the Entertainment of Hob in the Well. The part of Young Hob was performed by Mr. Springthorpe, Master of the White-Hart in Ashby-de-la-zouch, to the entire satisfaction of the Audience, who testified their approbation with loud and uncommon claps of applause; notwithstanding the frequent interruptions he met with from the Comedians, (who though in general are much superior to any Company that has ever played here) yet we are sorry to say, on this occasion, several of them were shamefully imperfect, and greatly prevented Mr. Springthorpe from displaying that inimitable Talent of Humour he is so much master of.

Thomas Black, Labourer

THOMAS BLACK, Labourer, of Ravenstone, in the County of Leicester, left his Family of the 30th of March last; the said Thomas Black is a middle aged Man, low and broad set, with a fresh Complexion, has for some time past been disordered in his Senses. He went away in a dark coloured Waistcoat (without any Coat) leather Breeches, and dark Stockings.
++Whoever sees or hears of the above Poor Man are desired to help him to Thomas Pratt of Ravenstone aforesaid who will pay all reasonable charges.

in Mr. Hill’s Allotment and Orchard

Whereas some Malicious and ill-disposed Person or Persons, have cut, with a Saw, broke down, and otherwise destroyed, taken and carried away, a great many Posts and Rails, in Mr. Richard Hill’s Allotment in St. Margaret’s Fields, near Leicester, and have lately broken a Padlock from his Orchard Door in Sycamore Lane in the parish of St. Nicholas in Leicester, and has stolen the said Door, and also several Pales, Posts and Rails, that had been fixed in the Ground in the same Orchard.
++These are therefore to give Notice, that if any Person or Persons (Accomplice or otherwise) will discover the Offender or Offenders, so that he or they may be convicted thereof, shall receive of the said Richard Hall, as a Reward, upon such Conviction, the Sum of Ten Guineas; And as a further Encouragement, for any Person or Persons either Accomplice or Accomplices, making such Discovery as aforesaid, no prosecution shall be carried on or commenced against him or them.

Natural Curiosities

Of all the Natural Curiosities exhibited in this part of Britain, nothing ever attracted the attention of the real judicious, so much as the two Noble Lions, Male and Female. The Royal Oriental Tyger, which strikes evert spectator with pleasure and surprise, he being so very large, and at the many beautiful stripes which adorn his body. The wonderful Highgine, being a compound Animal, between the Dromedary and Camel, weighs upwards of thirty hundred, and is above twenty hands high. There is also a multiplicity of other living wild productions; they have given a general satisfaction to the Nobility and Gentry of London, to the Learned of the University of Cambridge; and will for a few days be for the inspection of the Curious of this Town, at the White Lion in the Market-place.

in a broad and airy Street

To be SOLD

A very good Convenient Dwelling House, in the possession of Mr. Cheselden, situate in a broad and airy Street, called the High Cross Street, near the Elm-Trees in Leicester, also a Yard and Garden walled round with Brick and an Orchard well planted with fruit Trees adjoining, fir for a Gentleman’s Family. Enquire of Mr. Richard Hill, Attorney at Law in Leicester.

disordered in his senses

Last week, ______ Morris, of Ashby-de-la-zouch in this county, who had been some time disordered in his senses, hanged himself in his dwelling-house at Ashby. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict Lunacy.

It is said by the Virtuosi

It is said by the Virtuosi, who have seen and examined the Living extraordinary Production, exhibited at present in Leicester, that they are a most amazing Collection, the Lions are greatly noticed for their Docility and Majestic appearance: The real Oriental Tyger strikes at first view with Pleasure and Surprize at its Noble Size and beautiful Form. The Stupendous Highgine who weighs upwards of thirty hundreds greatly pleases the judicious as well as the Publick in General, there are many other extraordinary Phaenomenon besides the above mentioned: they will continue in Town positively no longer than this Day, will on monday proceed either for Ashby-d-la-zouch of Loughborough, at the latter the Proprietor has had several invitations, will be at Birmingham on the 11th of next month, and at Coventry the 19th.

In Mr. Hill’s Allotment

Whereas some malicious and ill-disposed Person or Persons, did on Saturday Night last, throw down a Core of a Rick of Hay in Mr. Richard Hill’s Allotment in St. Margaret’s Fields, near Leicester.
++These are therefore to give Notice, that if any Person or Persons (Accomplice or otherwise) will discover the Offender or Offenders, so that he or they may be convicted thereof, shall receive of the said Richard Hall, as a Reward, upon such Conviction, the Sum of Ten Guineas; And as a further Encouragement, for any Person or Persons either Accomplice or Accomplices, making such Discovery as aforesaid, no prosecution shall be carried on or commenced against him or them.

In Mr. Hill’s Orchard

Whereas some malicious and ill-disposed Person or Persons, have destroyed, taken and carried away, Eight Turkey Eggs, ready to hatch, from the Hen-Turkey sitting in the Manger of a Stable in Mr. Richard Hill’s Orchard, in the parish of St. Nicholas in Leicester, and the Young Ones in the Shell of the Seven Eggs now remaining with the Hen are dead, supposed to be owing to the hen being disturbed on Tuesday Night last from her Nest, when the other Eggs were stolen and taken away.
++These are therefore to give Notice, that if any Person or Persons (Accomplice or otherwise) will discover the Offender or Offenders, so that he or they may be convicted thereof, shall receive of the said Richard Hall, as a Reward, upon such Conviction, the Sum of Two Guineas; And as a further Encouragement, for any Person or Persons either Accomplice or Accomplices, making such Discovery as aforesaid, no prosecution shall be carried on or commenced against him or them.

at a Court of Aldermen

On Monday last at a Court of Aldermen held at the Town-Hall of this Borough, Mr. John Pocklington (some time since being discharged from being one of the Common Council of this Corporation) was restored to his Office, pursuant to a Mandamus, from he Court of King’s Bench.
++And we hear the Court has been pleased to grant a like Order for the Restoration of James Sismey, Esq. to the Office of Alderman, from which he was likewise some time since discharged.
++The Quo-Warranto, against John Fisher, Esq; Mayor of the Corporation, has been dismissed by the above Court.

his Majesty’s Birth-day

On Thursday last, being his Majesty’s Birth-day, the morning was ushered in with ringing of Bells; at twelve in the forenoon, two Troops of Lord Waldegrave’s Dragoons were drawn up in the Market-Place, and fired three Vollies on the Occasion

in the New-Street, near St. Martin’s church

On Tuesday the 16th of June 1767

The Genuine Household Furniture of Captain Wade at his Dwelling-House in the New-Street, near St. Martin’s church in Leicester, Consisting of good Oak Bedsteads and their Furniture, Feather Beds, Blankets and Quilts, Looking Glasses, Carpets, Mahogany Tables, Chairs, China, Pewter, and Brass, an exceeding good Copper, Barrells and Brewing Vessels and other useful Kitchen Furniture. — The Goods to be viewed, and Catalogues to be had on Monday the 15th of June, at the Place of Sale.
++A very handsome Sedan Chair will be sold at the same Auction, lined with superfine white Cloth, Silk fringed Curtains, with Tassells, Poles, Straps complete; made by the most eminent Chair-maker in London.

N.B. R. R. Drake is removed from his late Dwelling House to a large and Convenient House at the upper end of Belgrave Gate near the Coal Hill in Leicester, where all Persons may be supplied with all sorts of Feather Beds, Wool-Beds, Blankets, Quilts, Coverlids, Rugs, Sheets, Bedsteds, Curtains, together or separate, Mahogany and other Tables and Chairs, Pier, Sconce, Chimney and Swing Looking Glasses, Pewter Plates and Dishes, Brass Pots and Kettles, Glass Bottles, Clocks &c. with all other Sorts of Household Goods New or Second Hand at the Lowest Rates.

much lamented by all

Yesterday morning died at Beeby in this county, the Rev. Mr. Storrs, vicar of that place.
++On saturday last died in London (where she was upon a visit) Mrs. Cumberland, a widow Lady, of this place, much lamented by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She was taken ill on friday and died on saturday evening. And yesterday her Remains was interred in St. Martin’s Church in this town.

An Hint


As there are innumerable Taxes, heavy and grievous to be borne, imposed upon the most Industrious and Useful part of his Majesty’s Subjects, I cannot help being of Opinion (odd as it may look) that our Legislature, may in some measure alleviate the Burthen, by laying a proper duty upon all Fighting Cocks, and Running-Horses: Let the Government (if they please) take an half of all the Winnings to themselves, even from a single Shilling in a Cock-pit, to the greatest Match upon the Turf! Let them also (instead of giving a Bounty for the Exportation of Grain) take six-pence in the Bushel from every Farmer for all the Corn he shall sell abroad; and by that means reduce the price of bread; Let also the Manufacturer have that open Day-light which God Almighty send him to get his Bread by, at somewhat a cheaper Rate than what he now pays for it; and, to make up that deficiency, let there be a Tax on all Bachelors from thirty years of age and upwards proportionable to their annual income &c.

it hath been scandalously and falsely reported

WHEREAS it hath been scandalously and falsely reported, that Justice HALL of Shackerstone in the county of Leicester, hath encouraged me to seize Horses from narrow-wheeled Waggons, drawing upon the Turnpike Roads with a greater number than are allowed by Act of Parliament. In Justice to that gentleman’s Character, I hereby declare, such Reports entirely Groundless; having never received any Encouragement, from that Gentleman or any one else, concerning the Seizures I have made, but of my own free will and choice, have endeavoured to bring some Offenders (though but few) to Justice, for offending against the Laws in that case provided.
++WILLIAM WILKES + his Mark.
Orton on the Hill June 8th 1767
++GEO. KELLEY, Vicar of Orton.

A Journeyman Smith

Wanted Immediately

A Journeyman Smith, that has been used to the Forge and can take a good Heat, if he has been used to the Frame Smith Business the better, he must be recommended for his Sobriety. Any whom this may suit by applying to the Printer of this Paper, may hear of a place of Constant employ, and good wages.
++N.B. If he is a married man he will be liked the better.

the noted William Wilkes

On saturday last was committed to the gaol for this county, by the Rev. Mr. Coulton, one of his Majesty’s Justices acting for the said county, William Smith, of Hinkley, charged with Sheering eight Sheep, and stealing and carrying away the Wool, the property of Mr. Walker of Beaumont Lees, near Leicester. — He was observed early on saturday Morning with a fadge upon his back, in the Belgrave-gate in this Borough, and having before been guilty of such practices, was apprehended on suspicion, and the Wool found upon him, in half Fleeces containing only the back parts of Sheep, in which manner Mr. Walker’s Sheep had been clipped. — This is the same Man who was admitted an Evidence and swore against his Accomplices at the last Assizes for an offence of the same Nature, and who ’tis now hoped will meet with his deserts.
++On wednesday was committed to the said gaol, by the Rev. Mr. Ashby of Barwell, the NOTED WILLIAM WILKES, at Orton-in-the-Hill in this county, charged with Fishing in Congleton-Brook, not being qualified, and for not paying the penalty of Five Pounds, to which he was liable by the late Act of Parliament. — This fellow is one of the honourable fraternity of HORSE-CATCHERS and has long been the Terror of the neighbourhood, for seizing the Horses of Farmers drawing upon Turnpike Roads, with a greater number than are allowed by Act of Parliament, notwithstanding the said Roads in may places have not been repaired and are impassable for a loaded Waggon drawn only with the number of Horses directed by the said Act. — On the 13th of this Instant June, he had the Assurance to Advertise in this Paper, setting forth that he followed this profession, “of his own free will and choice, in order to bring Offenders to justice.” — But as we hear he has been concerned in extorting Money from many Persons, under pretence on compounding, and contrary to the Statute, ’tis hoped a method may be found of ridding the Country of so great a nuisance.

3 fellows of the fraternity of Horse-Takers

On wednesday last 3 fellows of the fraternity of Horse-Takers, who infest the New Turnpike Road leading from Hinkley to Swannington, Cole-Orton, &c. took off a Horse from the Waggon of a Farmer, whilst he was drinking a mug of Ale at the Bull in the Oak near Bosworth; two of them conveyed the Horse with his Gears, Accoutrements, &c. down to Cadeby, to put him into the hands of the Constable, whilst their Companion went on in pursuit of another Team; The Constable and Headborough being both from home, and the Town’s-people being informed of their business, the Women assaulted the fellow who had got the Horse, which they took from him, and most severely whipped him, till the blood followed the stripes; they then filled his eyes with dust and salt, and his mouth with Excrement; and having as they thought sufficiently punished him, they let him go inform his Companions.

James Cooke, Breeches-Maker and Glover


BEGS leave to inform the Public, That he has opened a Shop in Gallow-tree Leicester, near the Cranes Inn. Gentlemen and others who please employ him, may depend upon his Diligence and endeavour to give all possible Satisfaction.
++A sober Man, a good Workman, may meet with proper Encouragement and constant Employ by applying as above.

Thomas Berridge

Whereas Thomas Berridge, Son of William Berridge, Baker, of Twyford, in the County of Leicester, was sent out to gather Barm for the use of his Father on Wednesday the 8th of this instant July, and is not since returned, which makes his Friends very uneasy. He’s about 15 Years old, has dark brown Hair, had on a new grey linsey-wolsey Coat, and rode upon a blind Poney, of a brown colour, with a hog-mane, had with him a Milking Trunk hung in a Girdle by his side. Any Person having seen such a Lad, and will give Information as above to his disconsolate Parents, the favour will be gratefully acknowledged. And if any Person will secure him and give Notice thereof, shall be handsomely rewarded.

The Indian Chief

On the Subject of Educating Indian Children, under English Masters.

Ye double-tongues Christians we used to call friends,
Who have crossed the great river to serve your own ends,
Say what you will teach, who so clearly discern,
Superior to Nature, from whom we all learn?

She dictates to earn first whatever we eat,
And our hunting produces a goust to our meat;
Out thirst we then slake from the rivlets so clear,
That water our Woodlands, the round of the year,

She provide us with yams, and bananoes and pines,
With guavas and melons, and peach-trees and vines,
All artless and happy, none here were distressed,
Whilst temperance governed each innocent breast.

Now hark to the good that you Christians have done,
You taught us the use of the murdering gun;
You taught us to drink, and you taught us to whore,
To swear, and to cheat, which we ne’er did before.

O Hypocrites! — made up of Vices and Lies,
You taught us a Worship we see you despise,
Continue in Britain, there spoil your own Youth,
And leave the young Savage to Virtue and Truth.

Accidental Deaths

Last week the following melancholy accident happened at Loughbro’ in Leicestershire. Two young Men, Peck and Smith, together with an elderly Man, called Bamburgh, went down to the river Soar on thursday evening last, about 7 o’clock, to bathe; the young men were seen by some Haymakers, to strip and go in first, but not coming up again for some time, Bamburgh jumped in with his Cloaths on to assist them, but (as is supposed) they caught hold of his Cloathes to save themselves, and he not being able to pull them up, they all three perished together. The Cloathes of Smith and Peck, were seen by several Persons on Friday, together with a jug of Ale, which they had carried to the water side with them, but no notice was taken of ’em till friday evening, when the young men being missed, and enquiry being made after them, several persons went down to search, and in a little time with a drag, pulled out the old Man first, and then the other two. They were brought to Loughbro’ about three o’Clock on saturday Morning in a Cart, and carried to their respective Houses. On sunday the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Bodies, and brought in their virdict, Accidental Death. The same Evening they were all three buried in one Grave, in Loughbro’ Church-Yard; some thousands of people attended the solemn procession, from the Market place to the Church, which was so affecting that scarce a dry Eye was to be seen on the occasion. Bamburgh has left a Wife and seven Children. One Lowe, who came to the Funeral in perfect Health, went home and died immediately.
++Last week Samuel Cotton of Sibson near Market-Bosworth was drowned as he was bathing in a pit of water in the said Liberty. Two men went to his assistance but could not save him. — The Coroner’s inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Last week as a boy about 12 years old, only son of Mr. William Coleman of Grindon near Atherstone, was riding his father’s horse near Merrival, his hat blew off, by which the horse took fright and threw the deceased, and one of his feet hanging in the stirrup, the horse dragged him a considerable way, and so bruised him that he died in a few hours afterwards. — The Coroner’s Inquest brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Yesterday a boy about 9 years old was accidentally killed by a Waggon running over him at Great-Glen. — The Coroner’s jury sat upon the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.

a Man disguised in Woman’s apparel

On saturday the 18th instant, was seen riding backwards and forwards in the Eastern part of this county, a Man disguised in Woman’s apparel, mounted on a brown bay Gelding, supposed to be disordered in his senses, wearing no Hat, and his countenance stern and wild, frequently binding his forehead with a white handkerchief: — This we hope will be a caution to all those who are entrusted with the care of such unhappy Objects, not to let them escape without proper Attendance, as the consequences may be fatal to themselves and others.
++Yesterday Francis Hart the elder, and William Hart the younger, together with James Gilbert, were committed to the gaol of this county, charged with breaking into Hambro’ Mill, near Breedon on the Hill, and stealing thereout some bags of Flower, which Gilbert has confessed. They were committed by Waring Ashby Esq; one of the Justices of the Peace for this county.
++Notwithstanding the great Scarcity of Provisions, ’tis computed, that a greater quantity of VENISON has been Eat here this last Week, than ever known (in so short a space) in the memory of Man.

A Song


While a thousand fine objects are planned every day,
Old England to white-wash and make her look gay,
The exorbitant price of provision’s forgot,
And starving, I fear, is the poor people’s lot.
+++++++++++++++Derry down &c.

Though the markets are stored with good mutton and beef,
To the Tradesmen no help, to the Poor no relief,
By cursed forestallers the rates are so high,
That none but a Jew or a Dutchman can buy.

Whilst the streets to enlarge our good Citizens scheme,
And in pulling down houses continually dream;
These clever projectors, their wisdom’s so great,
Forget while they labour poor wretches must eat.

Whilst the purse proud Directors with riches o’ergrown,
Are raising up mountains of timber and stone,
The Poor scarce a bit of belly-timber can find,
To patch up their bodies and keep out the wind.

While our Easter Bashaws are amassing great treasure,
And making and un-making Nabobs at pleasure;
While these wealthy Engrossers their Millions tell o’er,
The want of a dinner ten thousand deplore.

As the right of their conquests are now in debate,
By the Money obtained and the blood of the state,
If the nation is wronged, and no recompence made,
Demolish their Charter and give a free Trade.

While the epicure Alderman’s cramming his belly,
And feasting on Pheasants, on Venison and jelly,
While Turtles and Turbots his tables bespread,
A poor family dines on a morsel of bread.

While guttling Committees and Companies meet,
To eat and to drink, and to drink and to eat,
Full bellies regard not the poor Man’s distress,
Then what hopes of relief? and what means of redress?

Ye Lords of the Court, and great Dons of the city,
On the poor people’s wants and distresses take pity,
And when for the good of the Nation you treat,
Contrive that the Poor may have something to eat.

Thomas Berridge

Whereas Thomas Berridge, son of William Berridge, Baker, of Twyford, in the county of Leicester, absented himself on the 8th of this instant July (as Advertised in this Paper of the 11th of the said Month) and took away with him a Poney, which he left at the Sign of the Star in Belgrave gate, Leicester, saying, He would call for the Poney in a few Minutes, but never returned. He was dressed in a blue grey linsey wolsey Coat and a Fustian Waistcoat; is about 16 Years old, rather of a palish Complexion, with dark brown Hair.
++All Persons, but more particularly those in the Baking Business, of whom it is supposed he would ask Work or Assistance, are hereby earnestly requested, by his afflicted and disconsolate Parents, to take Notice of this Advertisement, and if they can convey the slightest Intelligence of this Thoughtless Boy, to the Printer of this Paper, it may be the means of leading to a Discovery, where he may now be, and will be most gratefully acknowledged. — To all who have Tenderness and Humanity to feel the Distresses of a Mother, this will be Motive sufficient, and to all such is this Advertisement addressed, that it may not be passed over without Attention.
++If this paper should fall into his own Hands, he is required on his Duty, (is any still Remains) and as he values the Life of a Parent who tenderly Loves him, immediately to write, either to his Father or Uncle, or to the Printer hereof. If any Reason can exist to make his Return disagreeable to himself, his Uncle, Thomas Berridge, on receiving a line, will directly come to him, and supply him with the Necessaries, Money, &c. till a suitable place can be procured.
++All Carriers, the Keepers of Turnpike Gates, &c. are desired to recollect themselves, whether or no they saw any such Boy, at or about the Time above mentioned.

The Declaration


You say you love me — may be so,
But yet before we farther go,
’Twere best from me myself to know,
+++++And therefore I’ll be free.
That tender female that would bind,
With lasting tie, my tender mind,
To all my foibles must be blind,
+++++Or mistress none for me.

The cans’t thou leave the pomp of courts,
The town, where mimick fortune sports;
And all that’s vile, and base resorts,
+++++To taste serener glee?
Say canst thou to the Hamlet fly,
Where nothing baneful hurts the eye,
And all the gay beau-monde deny —
+++++If not, — you’re not for me.

If you Maria can away,
With Kids and Lambs and Shepherds play,
And Larks and Linnets all the day,
+++++Contented, pleased and free:
If you can deign those charms to hide,
For me, from all mankind beside,
To live your slave shall be my pride;
+++++If not, — you’re not for me.

At the Assize for this Borough and County

At the Assize for this Borough and County which ended yesterday, John Green and John Wilton condemned at the last Assize but reprieved, were ordered to be transported for 14 years.
++John Hipkins, convicted of a felony, transported for 14 years. Thomas Abell, Thomas Flude, and William Smith (the Sheep-Clipper) transported for 7 years. James Allen for stealing a silver Cup, transported for 7 years. Darby Nally, likewise convicted of being concerned in stealing the said Cup, was ordered to be transported, but on account of some favourable circumstances, and at the intercession of the High Sheriff, who undertook to employ him, he was branded. — Margaret Iliff, branded. James Cash and Jonathan Kendall delivered by Proclamation, Thomas Bunney, James Gilbert, Francis Hart, and William Hart — Not Guilty.
++At the Town Hall, William Jeram, ordered to be privately whipt. John Willson, delivered by Proclamation.

Willoughby, Huish and Linwood


Beg leave to inform the Nobility, Gentry, &c. that they have opened a WINE-VAULT near the East-Gate, Leicester, where they may depend upon being served with the following WINES, neat and genuine, as we import them Ourselves, and at the lowest prices, and that no cost or pains shall be spared to give Satisfaction to those who will favour us with their Commands, which shall be executed with Honor and Expedition.


Where may be had the best Arrack, Coniac Brandy, and Jamaica Rum, Neat as Imported.

William Read

Peruke-Maker, Hair Cutter, and Dresser.

Begs leave to acquaint the Public, that he has taken and entered upon the Shop late in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Jarrat, at the upper end of the Market-Place, Leicester; All Gentlemen, Ladies and others who please to favour him with their custom, may depend on the greatest care being taken to oblige, and the favour will be gratefully acknowledged by their most humble Servant,

John Tugby, the elder

On tuesday last was committed to the county gaol, by William Tilley, gent. Coroner: John Tugby, the elder, of the liberty of Worthington near Coleorton, charged on the Coroner’s Inquest with the Wilful Murder of his son John Tugby the younger, a young man about 25 years of age. — This melancholy affair is said to have happened as follows: On monday morning last John Tugby the elder, was differing with and beating his wife, who cried out Murder, which the deceased (who lived near his father) hearing, desired his wife to go to his Mother’s assistance; upon her going in the Father beat and abused her; the deceased then went in to his wife’s assistance, and a scuffle ensued betwixt him and his Father, who struck him several times; at that the deceased and his wife got out of the house as fast as they could, the Father followed them, saying he would be Revenged, and after some words had passed betwixt him and the deceased, the Father took up a large hedge-stake out of the son’s garden, and with is gave a violent blow on the son’s head, of which wound he died in about three hours.
++At Sileby in this county, ’tis said 36 people have been bit by a mad-dog; amongst which are some whole families. All, or the greater part of whom, are set out for the Salt Water.

at Mr Springthorpe’s Amphitheatre

Extract of a Letter from Ashby-de-la-zouch dated Aug. 10 1767.

On the 10th day of this instant, August, was fought at the celebrated Dick Springthorpe’s Amphitheatre at Ashby-de-la-zouch, Leicestershire, a battle in the Bruising Way, between a Birmingham Champion, and a Derbyan Hero, for a large sum of money, and the Barn. The Odds at first were five to four on the Birmingham Hero, owing to his being in the best order for Fighting, though much the smaller man, and for that the Derbyan Hero had, by mistake the night before the Battle, eat a large quantity of old black-eye Beans and Rusty Bacon, which ’twas thought he could not throw off.
++There were a vast number of spectators assembled on this occasion, such as Shoemakers, Taylors, Coalheavers (or Pitmen), Surgeons, Butchers, Country Esquires, Justices, Old Women, Parsons and Chimney Sweepers. Notwithstanding it was a Barn they fought in, let it not go unobserved, that this Barn was, by an ingenious country Wheelbarrow-maker, formed into a regular Amphitheatre; and to give air and throw lights into this dark shell, there were several pieces of thatch cut out of the roof, at which places, for want of cash to pay at the door, a great number of Country Lobs had planted themselves to see this talked of Trial of Skill.
++All the Apparatus prepared, such as Seconds, Surgeons, wet and dry cloths, little Hand-mops about a foot long, two large tubs of water, Lemons, &c., these Heroes ascended the stage; stripping succeeded, when lo! the Derbyan Hero disclosed to view on his back several purple spots, which his Second said were the eyes of the beans he eat the night before, forcing their way through the pores of his skin; but then to make amends for it, he had a most tremendous arm, and such a pair of shoulders, with an arch back, denoting strength most potent, as reduced the bets from five to four to even money: the Birmingham Champion was much smaller made, but then he was clean without Gum, and his Limbs discovered much Agility. On they came; nor let your Broughton Heroes any more talk of Battles they have fought. Battles however lofty in descriptive strains they are sung, are but scratches to this.
++These heroes were not the Chicken kind, not their judgement in Competition to be put with your Taylor, Turner, Slack James, Tom Smallwood, or even Buckhorse himself: no such were the Parries, Evasions, Shifts, Drops, and every Manoeuvre of that Noble Science, Defence; they fought full two hours and 20 minutes by Ashby Clock. So obstinate was this contest that even the seconds themselves were worn out, and fresh Seconds were obliged to be called in; nor was there, during the Fight, less than a hogshead of water wasted by a constant washing and mopping of the Heroes, which refreshed them so much; and but for a luckless alternative, this Battle must have lasted the whole night, for just as candles were ordered, the Derbyan Hero had at the period of two hours and 20 minutes, found a new mode of fighting, and that was after the manner of the battering Ram; he rushed, with great Violence, on his antagonist full drive with his head, which being evaded, he came with a force so rapid against the wall of the Barn, that he knocked out the side, against which he fell, and in tumbled the roof, and, with the Ruins, about thirty country Lobs (who were taking a peep) came down Neck and Heels upon the Stage. This put a final end to the most bloody and obstinate fight ever yet signalized by Records of antique or modern time.
++Providentially, no other accident happened than a little laxative excremental discharge from some of the Lobs, occasioned by the shock of this tremendous fall, which being too offensive for the delicate Nostril to make this situation any longer Tenable, all parties speculative hurried precipitate out of this Remnant of a Barn, to breath a more pure Air, leaving these stinking Lobs blended on the floor, with the Ruins of the Barn, the mangled bruisers, and the jaded Seconds.
++HOB in the WELL

a bad accident

Last friday se’night a bad accident happened at Belton; one John Skermer a farmer of that place, a few months ago mixed some Arsnic and water together in a quart bottle, with which he dressed his children who had the Itch, and there being some left in the bottle, he locked it up in a drawer in his kitchen, and on friday morning having occasion to search the drawer for something, he took out the bottle and set it on the dresser, but forgot to put it in the drawer again, and soon after the men in the field wanted some beer, a little girl, daughter to Mr. Skermer, took the bottle imagining it was empty, filled it with small beer and gave it unto her brother who took it with him into the field, and he and his father’s servant man and a labourer all drank of it. The servant man soon after complained of being ill, and drank a large quantity of water, which swelled him very much, and though all possible assistance was had, he died on saturday morning. The son and the labourer are both likely to recover. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Last week one Simeon Sutton of Thedingworth in this county, was returning out of Thedingworth field, with a gun upon his shoulder, which being charged and upon half cock, accidentally went off and shot one Richard Roe, of Thedingworth, who was riding a few yards behind, dead upon the spot. A young woman who rode behind the deceased received several shot in her head and fell from the horse but is likely to recover; the deceased desired Sutton to take the gun from his shoulder least the horse should be frightened, and he told him he would, but in moving it it accidentally went off. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Last week as Francis Allsop, son of Mr. Allsop of Wanlip, was riding by the side of a waggon, near Quarndon, the horse slipped with him beside the Turnpike-road and afterwards took fright and threw him against a Stone, by which he was killed upon the spot. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.

a wager

Yesterday, exactly at Two o’Clock, Mr. Bucknall, a Baker, set out from the Three Crowns Corner in this Town, for London; having undertaken a wager of 20l. to walk thither and back to the same place in 48 hours. The distance is nearly 100 miles — The odds 6 to 4 against him.

a Fortune-Teller, learned in the Occult Sciences

On Wednesday last John Holmes, Esq; was sworn in to the office of Mayor, of this Corporation, for the ensuing year.
++On thursday last died at his house in this town Mr. Nicholas Higginson, one of the Aldermen of this Corporation.
++Wednesday last was committed to the Gaol of this Borough, Joseph Hurst, charged on the information of Aaron Stroud and John Wright, with a violent suspicion of stealing a stone bottle filled with Quicksilver, on the 19th September past, from the Three-Cranes Inn. — Committed by John Fisher, Esq. Mayor of the said Borough.
++And on Tuesday was committed to the said Gaol, a certain person who calls himself John Desbrough Crop, a Prussian. He stands charged on the information of Frances Hudson, with having robbed her on the King’s Highway, in the parish of St. Margaret’s near the said Borough, and stealing from her One Guinea and a Half in Gold, and twenty-six shillings in silver, sewed up in a piece of Shalloon. He was seized almost immediately by two men at work at a Brick Kiln, and was searched and examined upon the spot, but no money found upon him. He says himself he is by profession a Fortune-Teller, and learned in the Occult Sciences, in which Capacity he travelled about the Country. — But, as Circumstances now stand, one may probably infer that he had not rightly cast his own Nativity — if Hanging should prove to be his Fate.

China of the newest patterns

That there is come to this Town, and is now at the BLUE-BELL in Humberstone-Gate, Leicester:

A Person with a large Quantity of Foreign China, viz: Large punch-bowls, dishes and plates, cups and saucers, burnt and enamelled; blue and white China of the newest patterns; coffee and chocolate cups; compleat sets of China of the newest patterns. Ladies japanned dressing boxes and looking glasses, pearl necklaces. Exchanges for all sorts of old cloaths as mens or womens apparel; old stays, silks, velvets. Allows the most money for crape hat-bands, and exchanges for these. If desired Ladies and gentlemen may be waited upon at the own Houses,
++++By their humble servant,
++++++ANTONY O’NEAL & Co.
The above Goods are to be sold either Wholesale or Retail.
Our stay in Town will be 10 days and no longer.

The Coffee-House near the Conduit

To be SOLD

The Coffee-House near the Conduit in the Market-Place in Leicester, formerly kept by the late Mr. Anthony Ward, and now in the Tenure of Mr. Charles Hackett. It is very commodiously fitted up, well accustomed and fronts into Gallowtree-gate as well as the Market-place.
++Enquire of the Printer.

Two Footpads

Whereas on Monday Evening, the 19th of this Instant October, about 7 o’clock at Night, Edward Hooke, Junior, of Kirby in Leicestershire, was stopped on the King’s Highway, upon the road leading for Hinkley, about a mile from Leicester, by Two Footpads; who with a Pistol held to his Breast, had his Pockets rifled by one of the Villains, and a Silver Watch taken from him marked as under, RICHARDS on the upper Dial-Plate, and a Manch Engraved on the bottom of the Out-Case almost worn out. This Advertisement is inserted for the benefit of the Public, as a possible means of bringing to Justice such daring offenders.
++Any Person giving Intelligence of the above Watch to Mr. Hooke, Senior, of Kirby aforesaid, so as to be the means of apprehending the Robbers, shall receive One Guinea Reward upon Conviction, besides what they will be entitled to by Act of Parliament.

a Mad Dog

The two footpads who robbed Mr. Hook, as mentioned in the foregoing Advertisement, about two hours before the robbery called at the Red-Cow, and by conversation that was over-heard to pass from one to the other, the people of the house had reason to believe they come from Nuneaton. They had both old Great Coats on, one a light drab, and the other a dark drab.
++On Monday evening last a person was stopt near Houghton in this county, who upon his attempting to ride away, had two pistols fired after him, but he providentially escaped unhurt.
++We also hear that two Fellows of Nuneaton have been this week apprehended and committed to Warwick-gaol, by Sir Roger Newdigate, bart. Whether they are the above two persons, or for what crimes committed we have not been able to learn in time for this Paper.
++On Wednesday last died Mrs. Sleath, wife to Mr. Sleath, Hosier in this Town.
++It having been said that the Dog killed in Bradgate Park as mentioned in this Paper last Week, was not really Mad, we think it a Duty we owe the Publick, to give them the following further Information, as a great number of Dogs were bit in this Town, the Owners of which would do well, immediately to hang them. This Dog was the property of a Person at Birstall, and was bit by a Mad-Dog 3 Months ago, for which he had Drinks given him, and was supposed out of Danger. — Before he took off from Birstall, he bit the greatest part of a flock of Geese, which he killed; bit several Beasts in that Lordship; got into the Garden of Mr. Oliver, bit a Lap-Dog through the Head which died instantly, and then fell upon a Pointer, which he bit through the Shoulder and broke the Bone. Two of the Miss Olivers were in the Garden, who providentially escaped; he then took off for Leicester, and bit every Dog in his way till he was destroyed. The owner of this dog had another bit at the same time, notwithstanding which we are told, he refuses to destroy him, as no symptoms of Madness yet appear. — All Histories of this Disease and its Effects, give so many dreadful Accounts, when it has happened upon the human Species, that one cannot help expressing their astonishment how any Man can feel so little for his fellow creatures, as to suffer an Animal known to be bit, to remain undestroyed; and which has so often been the occasion of dreadful and most calamitous Deaths, and sometimes at distant periods, from the time when the Accident happened.

Seven Stocking-frames

To be Sold by Auction;

On Monday the 16th day of November Instant, at the House of Hudson Norton, the sign of the Turk’s Head in High-cross-street, Leicester:

Seven Stocking-Frames


++John Rozzell in the Newark, will shew, (or cause to be shewn) the frames, which he is hereby authorised to Sell and Deliver, by Me, Ebenezer Congrave.
++Conditions to be agreed at the time of the Selling.

John Cramant

JOHN CRAMANT Begs Leave to inform the Public. that he has Removed from his House at the Corner of Church-Gate, to that lately occupied by Mr. Robert Peach, at the Corner of the Humberstone-Gate; where he had laid in a Large and Fresh Assortment of Linen and Woollen-Drapery Goods, where all Persons may depend upon being served on the Lowest Terms.
N.B. He Returns his hearty Thanks to his Friends for their past Favours, and Hopes for the Continuance of them, which will greatly oblige their humble Servant

An Occasional Prologue

An Occasional PROLOGUE written by W. W. and spoken by Mr. STANTON, at the converting a late Amphitheatre into a commodious THEATRE in Ashby-de-la-zouch, on Monday Nov. 9, 1767.

The fickle Sky not always looks serene,
Clouds interpose, and often spoil the scene,
Through Towns, through Cities—wheresoe’er we range,
We find one certain Truth—That all things change.
This very spot, wherein we hope to please,
This Barn has had its Revolutionary days.
The Time hath been, a Time of happy cheer,
When Sir John Barley-corn presided here,
But he, poor knight, was soon threshed out o’door,
And other Threshers* occupied the floor.
Onward they came, and furious dealt their blows,
One corked an Eye, and one unbridged a Nose.
The Muses redden, that so rude a fight,
In these enlightened Days should give delight.
Be this forgot—and let the useful STAGE,
Receive the sanction of your Patronage.
Here great in Woe, shall Tragedy appear,
Melt the hard Heart, and draw the virtuous Tear,
Shall gently force you to partake her moan,
And make her sorrows, sorrows of your own.
But if too quick the genuine plaints of grief,
Invade your bosoms and you want relief,
The romp Miss Comedy shall lend her aid,
And heal the wounds that Tragedy has made.
She sets no bones—but as a Spirit-setter,
No Doctor in the World can do it better,
For by one Dose she’ll sooner ease your pain,
Than all the Fellows can in Warwick-lane.
In short—if Tragedy should make you snivel,
Miss Comedy (for she’s a merry Devil)
With handkerchief emitting scent of Roses,
Shall stand in readiness to wipe your Noses.

Thus if the first should want its proper Force,
Cook-like, we furnish out a second course,
One Thing remains, which makes us all alert,
We hope your favour will be our DESERT.

* Alluding to a battle lately fought there (see this Paper August 29).

John Linsey of Mountsorrel

Whereas John Linsey of the Black Swan Inn in Mountsorrel in the County of Leicester, did escape from the hands of Richard Taylor, one of the Constables of Mountsorrel aforesaid, and his Assistant, as they were conveying him to the County Gaol in Leicester, on the evening of the 12th of November 1767 near Belgrave Turnpike, Committed by Dr. Pochin for assaulting the Constable in the Execution of his Office. This is therefore to desire all Persons to endeavour to give Information of the said Linsey to Mr. Richard Taylor, and the favour will be gratefully acknowledged and all reasonable Charges paid.

a grand and elegant Entertainment

On Monday last, William Holmes, Esq; Mayor of this Borough, gave a grand and elegant Entertainment at the Town-Hall, pursuant to Annual Custom: The Dinner was served up in Two Courses of 100 dishes each. The Right Hon. Lord Wentworth, Sir John Palmer, bart; John Darker, Esq; Edward Palmer, Samuel Philips, Tho. Boothby, E. Hartopp, the Hon. Robert Shirley and Rev. Dr. Noel and many other Gentlemen, did Mr. Mayor the Honour of Dining with him: the whole was conducted with great Order and Decorum.
++On Monday last one William Goodman, was committed to the gaol of this Borough, by William Holmes, Esq; Mayor, charged on a violent suspicion of stealing a Bay mare out of a Stable belonging to Mr. William Clarke, Carrier, and his property.—The Mare was found in the Hands of a person at Coventry, who had bought her of a man at Bedworth in Warwickshire, to which last person the above William Goodman had sold the said Mare.

the Reputation of Charles Burdett

Whereas by the industrious Cruelty of a petulant and no less malevolent Female, the Reputation of CHARLES BURDETT, late of Leicester, has been wantonly traduced, as a Person so graceless and obnoxious to the Laws of his Country, and so mischievous a Member of Society, as to have met with part of his Deserts—by an Imprisonment in Newgate—for Forgery—or Highway Robbery.—This is to inform the Deceived Public, that the said Charles Burdett is still retained in the Service of the very worthy and respectable Mr. Cook of Northampton, and has not to his Knowledge obtained by Fraud or any species of collusion, any Part of any Person’s Property, and if the said amorous and no less obliging Lady, has had the misfortune to lose any particle of her Heart, it is not to his Knowledge in Honest BURDETT’s Possession; unless like JOSEPH’s Cup, it was designedly obtruded into his parting Portmanteau, without his Privity, and greatly against his serious Approbation.
++As Witness my Hand,

Mr Toy

Mr. TOY being by Misfortunes and Disappointments, reduced to such a state of Illness, that he is rendered incapable of attending his School or providing for his Family; Mrs. Toy humbly intreats the favor of the Company of the Ladies and Gentlemen to a Card Assembly at the Town-Hall at Four o’Clock on Thursday the 26th of November Instant.—For the Benefit of Herself—her afflicted Husband—and their very young Child—which will be most gratefully acknowledged, by their
very humble Servant,
After the Assembly there will be a Ball.
Mrs. Toy has two Rooms to Let, a handsome Parlour and Bedchamber.

a Mad Dog

We learn from Birstall in this neighbourhood, that the Cattle bit by the Mad-Dog, as mentioned in this Paper Oct. 24, are now falling of the Disorder: One Cow went quite mad on Sunday, belonging to Joseph King, and on Tuesday morning another Cow belonging to John Wright is fallen; God only knows where this Calamity may end. Wright is a poor man, keeps four Cows; the Dog went through his Close, and was seen to bite one of ’em but not this, therefore he expects the others to fall, which is feared will be his ruin. King’s Cow is a favourite one (as was the Dog, that did the mischief) and therefore they will not let her be killed, until they have tried if they can recover her notwithstanding she is now confined in a Stable and raging mad. Even so bad that nobody dare go near her. Mr. Mayor upon receiving the above Information, Ordered, that all the Dogs in this Borough should be tyed up the space of two months. And proper Persons are appointed to destroy any that shall be found in the streets.
++Last week a person of Newtown was committed to the gaol of this county, by the Rev. G. Coulton Clerk, one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for this county, charged with stealing a quantity of Rabbits out of Bradgate-Park, the property of the Right Hon. the Earl of Stamford.

On the Fifth of November

On the Fifth of November

When Rome approved the horrid plan
++Which Superstition laid;
On Earth was found no daring Man,
++To give it Birth or Aid.

Strait down to hell a Jesuit hies,
++With rapid eager hast;
To Lucifer his friend applies,
++Impatience in his Face.

I come dread Sir to shew a Scheme,
++From you we hope assistance,
These English Blades dislike the Theme,
++Of passive Non-resistance.

A Plan to blow them up in Air,
++Both Parliament and King,
With Gunpowder, a scheme so rare,
++Will make Hell’s confines Ring.

But how to bring it all around,
++We’ve made our Noddles ake,
With us no Mortal can be found,
++This Deed to undertake.

Quoth Lucifer we’ll straitway hold
++A Council on the Banks of Styx,
Some Devil perhaps may be so bold,
++On whom this business we may fix.

The Divan met: their Chief declared,
++The Business of this Popish Mission,
Each Devil thought the task was hard,
++At length Stept forth a ghastly Vision.

Of GUIDO FAUX, quoth he I’ll take,
++The very Shape and Air,
And to the House where lies the Train,
++I’ll instantly repair.

And you my Peers shall hear the noise,
++Before to-morrow Dinner:
I’ll soon blow up these roaring boys,
++Or else I am a Sinner.

The thought approved, all Hell was pleased,
++Each Devil grinned with Horror;
The Jesuit’s conscience too was eased,
++In prospect of to-morrow.

To-morrow came, with greedy Ears,
++Each stood to learn their lot:
When lo! to ease them of their fears,
++Old James smelt out the Plot.

The Fiend abashed, without success,
++Sneaked back to hell’s Domains;
Where all the Peers their Rage express,
++And kicked him for his pains.

a most Detestable Crime

Whereas WILLIAM DAWSON of Halstead in the Parish of Tilton, in the County of Leicester, was taken up by Warrant under the hands of the Rev. Mr. Coulton, upon the Oath of Daniel Illson of Hungarton in the said County, for an Attempt of a most Detestable Crime, not fit to be named among Christians, and escaped from the Constable of Halstead aforesaid, and his Assistants.
++This is therefore to desire all Persons to endeavour to give Information of the said DAWSON to the said Constable of Halstead aforesaid, and the Favour will be gratefully acknowledged, and all reasonable Charges paid.

the Sign of the Milkmaid

To be SOLD

A Good Accustomed Public House known by the Sign of the Milkmaid, situate near the North-gate in Leicester, and now in possession of Thomas Shrewsbury. Also the Brewing Utensils to be Sold.
++For Particulars enquire of Tho. Wheatley or Tho. Cave, in Soar-Lane, Leicester.

The Nation’s Wish

By A L A D Y

Cursed be the Wretch that’s bought and sold,
And barters Liberty for Gold!
For when Election is not free,
In vain we boast of Liberty;
And he, who sells his single Right,
Would sell his Country if he might.

When Liberty is put to Sale,
For Wine, for Money, or for Ale,
The Sellers must be abject Slaves,—
The Buyers vile, designing knaves;
And ’t has a Proverb been of old,
“The Devil’s bought but to be Sold.”

This Maxim in the Statesman’s School,
Is always taught — “Divide and Rule.”
All Parties are to him a Joke,
While Zealots foam, he fits the Yoke;
When Men their Reason once resume,
‘Tis then the Statesman’s turn to fume.

Learn, learn, ye Britons, to unite,
Leave off the old exploded bite;
Henceforth let Whig and Tory cease,
And turn all Party-Rage to Peace;
Then shall we see a glorious Scene;—
And so—God save the King and Queen!

An Ode


How swift the Months and Years roll on!
How soon the Race of Life is run!
++Nor Youth, nor Piety, nor Age,
Can charm the Monster ruthless Death;
He points the dart, he stops the Breath,
++And drives us off the Stage.

The Prince, the Peasant, and the Slave,
Alike must fill the gaping Grave,
++Alike they all must go;
Cocytus they must ferry o’er,
To Earth they can return no more,
++But wander in the Shades below.

Thy prattling Babes, thy pleasing Wife,
And every other Joy of Life,
++The Rapture of thy Heart,
When the dire Sisters cut the twine,
Must stay behind, no longer thine,
++And thou, per Force, must part.

Thy youthful Heir shall laugh away,
And seek where all thy Treasures lay,
++And quaff thy generous Store;
Whate’er thou’st been intent to save,
He’ll spend and gamble o’er thy Grave,
++Till Death exerts his Power.

in the Swines-Market

On sunday last was committed to the Gaol of this Borough, by William Holmes Esq; Mayor, Benjamin Bunney, charged with secreting himself on Saturday Night last, in the shop of Mr. Eburne, Grocer, with an intent to rob the said Shop. Mr. Eburne found him laid down behind the Counter, without his Hat or Shoes, about 12 o’Clock at Night; the Watch being at that time going their rounds, he was delivered to their Care, who secured him in the Guardhouse till morning.
++Saturday last a young fellow tending some pigs in the Swines-Market in this Borough, one of them being in danger of being run over by a broad wheeled Waggon then coming loaded down the Street, and catching hold of the pig’s leg with an intent to draw it back, by a sudden pluck he was drawn on his face between the fore and hind wheels, which went over his body. He was put to bed at the King’s Arms, and proper assistance procured, and we hear he is in a fair way of recovery.

a very extraordinary instance of the kind

Last week died in London, and on Monday was interred in the family burying-place at Stoughton, the youngest son of Anthony James Kecke, Esq.
++On Friday last died at Stoughton in the 85th year of his age, Mr. John Frier.
++A few weeks ago, Mr. John Wright at the White-Lion in this town, purchased in the public Market, a back loin of Heifer Beef on one kidney of which was Fifty-two pounds of fat.—The beast was slaughtered by Mr. John Riddle of Raseby, and is reckoned a very extraordinary instance of the kind.
++During the severe frost last week, a poor woman of this town having left a young child in a cradle while she went out to procure some necessaries for hr Family, upon her return found the Child frozen to death, with the tears dropping from either Eye and froze upon it’s cheeks. All possible means were used to recover it, but in vain.

To the Printer


I am fond of knowing How the World goes, as the Common Expression is, and therefore I am a constant Purchaser of your News-Paper.—I read it generally with great Pleasure, but now and then I meet with, what is to me an Unintelligible Piece of Latin, and by that am prevented Understanding perhaps a whole Sentence or Paragraph, and I know this to be the Case with many more of your Readers. I wish therefore if you think it needful to have Latin in your Paper, you would also put after it the proper English, so that those whose Education does not enable them to understand that Language, may notwithstanding understand your News-Paper.—Your Paper is principally designed for, and used by the Lower Class of People, whose Knowledge seldom extends to Latin; it appears to me therefore not a little Preposterous, to pretend to inform them in an unknown Tongue.
++In you last, you insert something I suppose as Advice to the Landed Interest, but it is in Latin and therefore many Persons of considerable Landed Property cannot understand it.—I have heard many of your Readers complain of these Things and wish you would let them have plain English instead thereof.
++I am your constant Reader and Wellwisher,

Mr. Morris and Son

WHEREAS Mr. MORRIS and SON have been informed that several Machines are now clandestinely used in the making of Eyelott-holes or Nett-work, in Goods manufactured upon the Stocking-Frame, in contempt of his Majesty’s Patent, now fully and clearly established in several Verdicts at Law, by which Mr. MORRIS and SON have been, and still are greatly injured in their property.
++Therefore, in order to deter such malepractices for the future, the said Mr. Morris and Son, do hereby offer a reward of Five Guineas to be paid upon full proof of any Person or Persons, making any Eyelott-holes or Nett-work, in Goods manufactured upon the Stocking-Frame, contrary to the intent and meaning of such Patent.

Mrs. Linwood begs leave


BEGS Leave to Inform her Friends, and the Public, that she continues her School in BELGRAVE-GATE, LEICESTER, where Young Ladies are Genteely Boarded, and particular Care taken of their Reading, and every other Part of their Education: And Instructed in all Sorts of Frame, Plain, and fine NEEDLE-WORK.—She likewise Teaches any Ladies variety of Work in the Tambour, either in Silk, Sattin, or Muslin: With Gold, Silver, or shaded with Silks.—Gentlemen’s Waistcoats elegantly Embroidered, with Gold, Silk, and Chenille. Also furnishes Designs, for any of the above Work; and all the Materials, as cheap as in LONDON.
* LADIES Shoes ready Worked, in the genteelest Taste; from Half a Guinea, to Fifteen Shillings a Pair.

a Person who calls himself John Grace

WHEREAS a Person who calls himself John Grace, supposed to come from Leicester, and belong to some branch of the Stocking-Manufactory, came to the House of NOBLE REEVE of Hinkley in the said County, on Sunday the 23rd of January last past, and pretending he had left his Horse lame at Thulton, and wanted to proceed on his Journey, he hired of a Person in the said Town of Hinkley a black Mare, about 14 Hands high, has a Star in the Face, and the near Foot behind white, a Saddle spot on the far side behind, and a Set-fast in it.—He said he was going to Coventry, and would return the Mare on Sunday or Monday following. Any Person having such a Mare in their Hands, and will give Intelligence thereof to Noble Reeve as above, the favour will be gratefully acknowledged, and all Charges for keeping the said Mare thankfully paid. Or any Person knowing the said John Grace and can give Information to the Printer of this Paper, of the Place of his Residence, &c. the Intelligence will be taken very kindly.

In Consequence of an Advertisement inserted in our last

In Consequence of an Advertisement inserted in our last Paper, relative to a Mare rode away with from Hinkley, by a Person whose real name is William Grace not John (as there Advertised), we have been able to collect the following Information, and hope the Publishing it will be of Service to the Public.
++William Grace was apprentice to one Turner, a Socking-maker, in the South-gate-street, in this Borough, is believed to have lived a very indifferent Life for several Years last past; about Three Months ago he was advertised in the Cambridge Journal, for a Fraud and a Reward offered for apprehending him. On or about the 20th of January, he in company with Turner, (his former Master) a fellow of notorious Character, borrowed a Horse at Emphingham in Rutland, which he rode away with, and never returned. A few days afterwards at Huncote in this County, Grace purchased a Parcel of Goods, and paid for the with a fictitious Bill for 37l., dated Bury St, Edmunds and directed to Mr. Richard Deeds at the Carolina Coffee-House, and took the difference in Cash of 5l. 10s. 0d. or thereabouts.—At Huncote they left a Black Mare, suppose to be that from Emphingham, which had been severely rode, and died a few days after. At Hinkley, whither they went in a Day or Two, Grace borrowed another Mare (which is that he now rides), she’s a black one about 14 Hands, has a Star in her Face, and the near Foot behind white, has a hurt in her Back, and has a set-fast in it. This Mare was to have been returned the next Day. At Nuneaton they bought a Parcel of Goods of Mr. William Bullock and paid another forged Bill for 15l. dated from King’s-Lynn purporting to be drawn by R. Horsenol at Sight upon Messrs. Fuller, Baker, and Halford, but obtained no Money, and the Goods were stopped in Time. At all these places Turner was with Grace, but appeared little in Sight.
++Turner rides a Black Mare with a bald Face, is a jolly Man, wears a set Wig, and Pock-fretten a good deal, about 5 Feet 9 Inches, is dressed in a suit of Black, over which he wears a blue Riding-Coat,—aged about 35.
++Grace is about 26 Years Old, 5 Feet 6 Inches high, a Fair Complexion, a ridged Nose, a Gold Band round his Hat, dressed in a suit of Black, and blue Great-Coat.

A Curacy Vacant

A few Miles from LEICESTER.

One Church, and a small Parish; Salary Thirty-Five Pounds per Annum, (with Surplice Fees).—Any Clergyman with a proper Recommendation may learn farther Particulars, by applying to Mr. GREGORY, the Printer hereof.
++Residence is required.

a Conjuror!

The great Main of Cocks fought at the Saracen’s Head Inn on Tuesday and Wednesday last, between the Gentlemen of the County and the Gentlemen of the Town, was won by one battle only, by the County’s Gentlemen.
++We hear from Nottingham that to the general surprise and alarm of that Town and neighbourhood, a rare Character, a Conjuror! has lately started up amongst them, so thorough paced in Necromancy, that ’tis said he can bring from the Regions of Death the Apparition of any Person required; his last Performance was at the Peacock Inn in that Town; he had the address to confirm his Character in the presence of at least 30 very reputable Inhabitants. This Artist appears nothing inferior to the Cock-lane Ghost; and may now convert his Frame-shop, into an Office of Insurance against Spectres with a Menace of quartering his Familiars where the Benefit of his protection is rejected.

* The Old Fashioned Farmer’s Letter came too late for this Week’s Paper but shall have a place in our next.

at the ensuing Assizes

The following Prisoners are to take their Trials at the ensuing Assizes for this Borough and County.
++William Barber, charged on a violent suspicion of breaking open and robbing the dwelling house of Robert Barnet of Stapleton.
++John Tugbey the Elder, charged on the Coroner’s Inquest, with the wilful Murder of John Tugbey the Younger, late of Worthington in this County.
++John Gamble, charged with stealing 3 Hogs from an open field near Uppingham in the County of Rutland.
++James Allwood on suspicion of stealing 3 beasts the property of Thomas Foreman, at Waltham in this County, and selling them in the Publick Market the Friday following.
++Thomas Mea, charged with stealing 4 Hens and a Cock, the property of John Robinson of Bubage.
++John Bott, on a violent suspicion of felony and Burglary committed in Newbold Verdon in this county.
++Thomas Gouldborough, charged with stealing a brown Mare, the property of Robert Hill of Melton Mowbray in the said County.
++Alice Eason, charged on the Coroner’s Inquest, with the Murder of a new born female bastard child, by strangling at the time of delivery.
++Sarah Hart, charged with stealing 6 Fowls the property of William Grey of Newtown Linford.
++William Giles alias Merril, charged with stealing a Parcel of Stockings &c. out of a cart belonging to Thomas Taylor of Loughborough in the said County.
++Thomas Cooke on suspicion of Felony.
++John Deborah Crop, charged with a highway robbery in St. Margaret’s Fields near the Borough of Leicester.
++William Jennings on suspicion of stealing a Silver Pint Cup, the property of Alexander Forrester of the said Borough of Leicester.
++William Goodman, charged with stealing a Horse out of a stable in the said Borough, the property of Mr. William Clarke.
++Benjamin Bunney, charged with being found concealed in the Shop of Mr. Jonah Eburne of this Borough, Grocer, with an intent to rob the same.
++Mary Griffin, charged with stealing a Linnen-gown the property of Hannah Hidson of Oadbey in this County.
++William Kirk on a violent suspicion of stealing 6 Pewter-Plates, the property of Thomas Hill of the said Borough.
++Thomas Belton, charged on the oath of John Taylor, with stealing several Cheeses out of the Dwelling-House of the said John Taylor, within the Borough aforesaid.

* The Old Fashioned Farmer’s Letter upon a Re-perusal, is thought better to be omitted, as it might possibly give Offence.

The Church-Yard


While in this gloomy path I stray,
Where Graves and Stones obstruct the way,
O! deign my Muse, to lend thine aid,
And let he Solemn Scene be all displayed.

Here [illegible] Weeds [illegible] surround,
And things obscene bestrew the ground,
Skulls, Bones in mouldering fragments lie,
All dreadful Emblems of Mortality.

The mind now fixed upon the spot,
Where human Bodies lay and rot,
With reverence views the awful scene,
And ponders what each different corse has been.

Here lies perhaps some Jovial Soul,
Friend to the Bottle and the Bowl,
Well pleased his moments to prolong,
With many a merry-tale and chearful Song.

His Tongue is mute, his Mirth is fled,
And he lies mouldering with the dead,
His Songs forgot, no more prevail,
No more, alas! we hear the Mirthful Tale.

All undistinguished too just by,
Perhaps the Patriot may lie,
Gone is his virtue and his voice,
That often bid the oppressed land rejoice.

The Warrior too whose nervous Arm,
Rushed to Bellona’s dread alarm,
His sinews shrunk, unarmed he lies,
No longer feared by foreign enemies.

The Poet, in whose tuneful breast,
The Muse’s influence shone confest,
Though oft some pleasing lay he sung,
Gone is his voice, and ah! his line unstrung.

Ah! think Belinds, in your prime;
Think and regard a simple rhyme,
Your Sense can never deem me rude,
As you are fair, oh! strive to be as good.

The Wise, the Learned, the Great, the Brave,
All fill alike the yawning grave,
Sense, Beauty, Virtue can’t withstand,
All fall alike by Death’s relentless hand.

Ev’n while I write this simple lay,
Thousands, perhaps, are snatched away,
Levelled alike is Love, and Hate,
For so impartial is the Will of Fate.

At the assizes for this Borough and County

At the assizes for this Borough and County which ended on monday last, four persons received sentence of death, but were reprieved before the judge left the town, viz. John Allwood for stealing five heifers and steers; Tho. Gouldborough, Thomas Yarner, and William Goodman for horse-stealing; Philip Marston, John Gamble, Tho. Cooke and William Barber, convicted of grand-larceny to be transported for 7 years; John Tugbey for manslaughter, branded, and one months imprisonment; Sarah Hart, convicted of petty-larceny, to be privately whipt; a not guilty, and five delivered by proclamation.

William Grace

Last week William Grace (who rode away with a Horse from Hinkley, as Advertised in this Paper of February 13, and who likewise stands charged with several Frauds and Misdemeanours) was apprehended, in consequence of the said Advertisement, at Northampton; he was coming to this Town, of which he’s a Freeman, with the London Votes, in order to poll at the present Election for Members to represent this Borough in Parliament.

A Main of Cocks

A Main of COCKS

Will be fought on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the 11th 12th and 13th of April, at the House of Mr. RICHARD SPRINGTHORPE, the White-Hart in Ashby-de-la-zouch, Leicestershire, between the Gentlemen of Derby and the gentlemen of Warwickshire, each side to shew and weigh 41 Cocks for the Main, and Ten for Byes. To fight for 5 Guineas a Battle and Fifty the Main.
++PEARCE, for Warwickshire
++BASTALL, for Derbyshire,

A Main of Cocks

A Main of Cocks

Will be Fought at the Cranes in Leicester on Wednesday and Thursday in Easter-Week, between the Gentlemen of the County of Leicester and the Gentlemen of the Town.
++Any Gentlemen who please to send in Cocks may depend on proper care.
++WHITTLE for the County
++BUCK for the Town

a Man of a vile Character

Ashby-de-la-zouch, April 5, 1768.

Whereas on Tuesday last, a Fellow that calls himself JOHN SHARP, by Trade a Tinker, hired a single eyed grey Mare of ROBERT ADAMS of this Town, to go to Leicester, and return the same Evening, but as the above Sharp is not returned, and having great Reason to believe he has gone another way, as he is proved to be a Man of a vile Character, therefore, whoever will secure the above Man and Mare, so that Mr. Adams may have her again, shall receive HALF A GUINEA Reward, and reasonable Charges.
++By Me
N.B. The above Sharp is a tall swarfy Man, curled black Hair, goes remarkably bending about his Knees, had on when he went away a dirty black Coat, and a double breasted flannel Waistcoat; and now follows the Business of a Hawker or Pedlar.

the following very disorderly Persons

WHEREAS the following very disorderly Persons, being hired Servants and Colliers, belonging to the Colliery of SWANNINGTON, in the County of LEICESTER, Have, without the least appearance of a just cause, deserted their Bargain: This is therefore intended as a Caution, and Request to all Coal-Masters, Lime-Masters, Brick-Makers, Bailiffs, Farmers and Others, not to Employ or Countenance any of them, As it will be Encouragement not only to almost every Species of ill behaviour Men can be guilty of, but contrary to several Statutes now in force, for the regulation of Servants, &c.


All of the Parish of Coleorton, in the County of Leicester, except William Shroesbury, who is of Ashby-de-la-zouch in the said County.
++N.B. Two days before the said Colliers ran away, they received for their week’s wages, more than Nineteen Shillings each man.
++A Reward is therefore offered, of Twenty Shillings for the Discovery of any of them, so that they may be apprehended and brought to Justice. And for Edward Smith, Joseph Towe and Richard Roome, they being the Ringleaders and very old Offenders, Forty Shillings each. To be paid by
++JOHN FARREN, Bailiff

The Cheats of London Exposed

This Day is Published

Price Only One Shilling (adorned with Six curious Copper-Plate cuts beautifully engraved from Original Designs, which Alone are worth the Price of the Book)

The CHEATS of LONDON Exposed
The TRICKS of the TOWN Laid Open to both Sexes.

Being a Discovery of all the various Frauds and Villainies that are daily practiced in that great City. Among many others are the Following, viz. Highwaymen, or Scamps, Sharpers, Gamblers, Kidnappers, Waggon-hunters, Pretended Friends, Money Droppers, Duffers and Setters, Mock-Auctions, Register Offices, Quacks, Bullies, Bawds, Whores, Pimps, Jilts, Gossips, and Fortune-Tellers. The whole laid down in so plain and easy a manner, as to enable the most innocent Country People to ne completely on their Guard how to avoid the base Villainies of such vile and abandoned Wretches, who live by robbing and ruining the young and innocent of both Sexes. Together with General Remarks on the present State and Conditions of the Town. Interspersed with useful Admonitions, to Persons of all Ages and Conditions.
++By the Author of the MIDNIGHT SPY.

Herein are shown the various Feats,
Of Whores and Rogues, and other Cheats,
Here Youth are taught those Snares to shun,
By which so many are undone.

London. Printed for J. COOKE, at the Shakespear’s Head, in Pater-noster-Row and sold by all other Book-sellers in England.
++To prevent Imposition, be careful to ask for the Cheats of London Exposed, adorned with curious Copper-Plate Cuts, and o observe that every Book is signed on the Back of the Title Page by the Publisher,

a distressed widow

At a Time when the Dearness of the Necessaries of Life renders it frequently difficult, even for Health and Industry, to obtain a Subsistence, it is humbly hoped the Tender, and the Humane, who are blessed with Power, will be induced to compassionate the truly pitiable and distressed Situation of the Widdow of a Clergyman in this Town, whose Husband had been sometime dead, who while reduced to the lowest Circumstances, has been at the same time so much afflicted with Sickness, that Death must have been the inevitable Consequence of both, but for the Charitable Support of a few Neighbours.—She has, besides the additional burden of two Children, and has now a Lodging to seek, without the present Ability to procure one.—It is hoped that it will be sufficient to strike the Feeling Heart, to say, that this detail, melancholy as it is, is neither strained or exaggerated.
++The smallest Donations left with the Printer hereof, will be gratefully accepted by her, who hopes that her benefactors may experience, in the strongest possible degree, the pleasure, always in some measure inseparable, from the consciousness of a good Action.
++Mr. Gregory will refer any Enquirers to Persons of unquestionable Character for the Truth of the above.

Young Hob (Mr. Springthorpe)

Last Monday the town of Ashby-de-la-zouch was greatly alarmed by one John Grundy, a Person of that Town, attempting to lay violent hands upon himself; He was discovered first in his own house, stripped to his Shirt, and the Neck unbuttoned, searching about for a Cord, declaring to his Neighbour, for what purpose he wanted it.——Not being able to find one there, he went to a Stable adjoining, but was again diverted from his terrible purpose by not finding the Instrument; he then determined to alter the mode of his exit, and telling those around him he would go drown himself, proceeded accordingly to the river, where he undressed, but being followed by several people, he was fortunately prevented from executing his purpose.——Various are the conjectures what could be the occasion of the above rash attempt. He, since the recovery of his senses, affirms it to be a fit of Jealousy of Young Hob, a Neighbour, who lately had insinuated an intention of adorning his Brows; but tho’ Nobody who knows the Parties, believed this, yet the additional circumstance of the offer of Half a Crown, which the said Hob has been heard to say he would give to the Man if he was sure he would dispatch himself, seems rather to corroborate the suspicion of Hob’s being in Earnest.——It is however much to be wished, both that Young Hob, and every one of his quarm turk, would either mortify his Passions, or not boast their indulgence, to the destruction of their Fellow Creatures.

John Hind, Grocer and Druggist

JOHN HIND, Grocer and Druggist:

Begs Leave to inform the Public, that he has opened a shop facing the White-Swan in the Market-place, Leicester, and laid in a stock of all sorts of Fine and common Teas, Coffee, and Chocolate, with all Sorts of Grocery, Oils and Colours for painting, and all sorts of Drugs, Chemical and Galenical Preparations, where all Persons who please to favour him with their custom may depend upon being served, Wholesale or Retail, upon very reasonable Terms and their favours gratefully acknowledged by their obliged humble Servant,

John Cooper, Glass-Grinder and Chinaman


Begs leave to inform the Publick, that he has taken a house in Loseby-lane, Leicester; and sells all sorts of the newest fashioned Looking-Glasses, likewise old ones Polished, Silvered and Framed.—He also cleans all sorts of Pictures in the neatest and best Manner; and undertakes to sell Household Goods, China, Wearing Apparel, and all sorts of Furniture, either by Hand or Auction, upon lower terms than usual, and does not doubt from his Knowledge in these several Branches, of giving Satisfaction to all who please to favour him with their Commands.
++N.B. He has a large Room which he purposes to make use of to sell by Auction, sundry People’s Goods, or those who do not chuse to have them disposed of at their own Houses.

Caution to Youth


Bethink ye heedless Youths in Time
++The pleasant Hour enjoy,
Nor idly sportive waste your Prime
++In joys that quickly cloy.

Let Beauty’s vain Allurements cease,
++Your fluttering Hearts to snare;
Her lawless sweets awhile may please,
++But end in Grief and Care.

Nor let the jovial Charms of Wine
++Your blinded Souls entrance,
Or to the revel Rout incline
++Of Song and tipsy Dance.

Let Virtue’s footsteps guide your way
++And where she leads pursue,
Nor ever from her Precepts stray,
++But keep them still in view.

Of her possessed, in her you’ll find
++Delights of truer taste;
Content of Heart with Peace of Mind
++And joys that ever last.

++Yours &c.

the vicarage of St. Mary’s

Last Friday evening was decently interred in the Chancel at Rotherby in the 77th year of his age, the Body of the late Rev. Mr. Thomas Pocklington who had been Rector of that Place upwards of 53 years, which is in the Gift of Mr. Squires of Barrow in Leicestershire; he was also Vicar of St. Mary’s in Leicester.
++The Rev. Mr. Simmonds Vicar of Enderby and Whetstone, has been presented by the Right Hon. the Lord Chancellor to the vicarage of St. Mary’s in this Borough, vacant by the Death of the Rev. Mr. Pocklington as above.
++On Monday last were committed to the Gaol for this County, the noted William Wilkes, Elizabeth Wilkes his mother, and George Mously, all of Orton on the Hill in this County; they stand charged with breaking open and robbing a Shop in that Neighbourhood of a great variety of Goods which were found upon them. There were likewise found in their possession the Goods stole out of the Shop of Mr. Parsons, Silversmith in this Borough, which was broke open in the Night Time of the 6th of April last (see this Paper of the 9th of that month).
++The above Persons have for several years past subsisted in a kind of Affluence, without any visible methods of livelyhood, except the scandalous profession of Horse-taking, in which they were become the Terror of the whole Country. On the 13th of June 1767 the above William Wilkes had the assurance to advertise in this Paper that he followed his infamous Employ from conscientious Motives, “to bring Offenders against the Law to Justice.” On the 17th of June in the same year we find him committed to the House of Correction for this County charged with a Misdemeanour, from whence he found means to break out and escape. But directly returned to his profession, and is supposed to have been one of the three concerned in taking a Horse from a Waggon at Cadeby in this County as mentioned in this Paper of the 4th of July following, and for which one of the gang was severely handled by the populace. George Mousley has been long his Companion, but generally acted the part of his Setter.

The Distressed Widow

The Distressed WIDOW of a CLERGYMAN, who Advertised her unhappy Circumstances in the Paper of the 4th and 21st of May last, desires her humble and sincere Acknowledgements to the generous Friends of he Distress—most of them UNKNOWN—who so kindly relieved her then PRESSING NECESSITIES,—And as the HEARTS which could so tenderly feel for her, must also participate in her Happiness, She begs leave to inform them, (at the same Time acknowledging with the humblest Gratitude and Obligation) her unhappy Case by that means, came to the knowledge of EDWARD PALMER, Esq; one of the Trustees of Knawson Hospital, by whose Favour she has order for Admission into that Valuable CHARITY.—In that Retreat—from the alarms of future distress—She humbly Hopes, that a lasting sense of so Providential an Appearance in her favour, may induce her constantly to pray for Blessings of every important Nature, to descend on her Benefactors.

a most melancholly accident

Tuesday morning died at his house in this town, Mr. Henry Wood, an eminent hosier, aged 61 years: He had acquired a very considerable Fortune with great Industry and equal Reputation—If his Character be considered as a Man, a Husband or a Parent, it was in every view worthy of Imitation.—He has left a wife and numerous Family to lament his loss, with the advantage however, of an excellent pattern to copy; and the pleasing reflection, that he was so much the Friend of Mankind, that he is not thought to have left behind him one Enemy.
++On thursday morning a most melancholly accident happened at Burton-upon-Trent; Mr. Thomas Roe, son of Mrs. Roe of Burton aforesaid, who with two servants of his own, and four other persons, in attempting to sail in an open boat to a close where he had some Sheep, which he was apprehensive would be drowned by the sudden rise of the river, were carried away by the rapidity of the stream, and driven against one of the piers of Burton-bridge, which overset the boat, and all of them unfortunately perished, in the sight of a great number of people who could not give the least assistance. It was thought Mr. Roe would have been able to have saved himself by swimming to shore, but was prevented by one of his drowning companions seizing him by the leg. [A traveller who was coming over the bridge, became an eye witness to the above dismal scene, and gave this Account.]

A Parody on the Caution

Addressed to C. A., Author of the Caution
[inserted in this Paper of the 4th instant]
By an Old Friend:

Bethink thee, gloomy CHARLES in time,
++The present Hour enjoy.
Nor idly sportless waste your Prime,
++Nor check one rising Joy.

Let Beauties gay allurements please,
++Nor guard your Heart from snare,
For thought her Sweets may bring Disease,
++You’ll want a Doctor’s care.

Still let the jovial Charms of Wine,
++Your Soul’s delight enhance,
Till all the Tapers DOUBLY shine,
++And flooring seems to dance.

Let Pleasure’s footsteps guide your way,
++And where she leads pursue,
Though VENUS slippery Tricks should Play,
++Still *HERMES is in view.

Of Her possessed, in her you’ll find,
++Raptures of highest taste,
While He in each complaint unkind,
++To heal will always haste.

* Mercury

Mrs. Broome, Milliner

Last Sunday afternoon as Mrs. Broome, Milliner in the Market-place, in this Town, was riding on a single horse, she was thrown so violently off, near the town of Glen, that her skull was fractured, which has been trapanned in several places; but she still remains with very little hopes of recovery.

Mr. Isdael, Operator for the Teeth

Mr. ISDAEL, Operator for the Teeth from London, has taken lodgings at Mrs. Broome’s Milliner, in the Market-Place, Leicester, where he intends to stay 14 days, and from thence to go the Peacock in Northampton.
++The Public may rely with the utmost Certainty, that nothing but Truth is advanced in the following Advertisement, founded on the most extensive Experience.

Discoveries by Mr. ISDAEL.

Who, by a Series of Practice for many Years, having had the Honour to attend most of the Nobility and Gentry for this Disorder, draws Stumps, and fills up hollow Teeth with Lead or Gold, to prevent them from decaying further, or decaying the next Tooth, and extracts useless Teeth; Scales, Cleans, and Beautifies the Teeth, although ever so foul and black; and makes and sets ARTIFICIAL Teeth, from One to a whole Set, so neat and exact that no person can distinguish them from natural ones; and may eat with them without any Danger of falling out.

Ran away from his Master

Ran away from his Master Bartholomew Sporton, Framework knitter in Leicester, THOMAS WARD his Apprentice; he’s about 14 Years of Age, had on when he went away a light grey cloth Coat, leather Breeches and drab coloured Stockings; of a pale Complexion, and a down look with his Eyes, has a scar in his Forehead resembling a T. This is to discharge all Persons from harbouring or employing him as they will be prosecuted as the Law directs. If he will return, he shall be kindly received.

Mr. Ashurst & Mrs. Broome

On Tuesday last died at the Cranes Inn, the Rev. Mr. Ashurst, Master of Wigston’s Hospital in this town, and vicar of Stapenhill in Derbyshire. A Gentlemen much respected by all his Acquaintance.—The Mastership in in the Gift of Lord Strange, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
++And died yesterday morning, after languishing from last Sunday sen’night of the Hurt she received by a fall from her horse, (as mentioned in our last) Mrs. Broome, Milliner in the market place in this town.

Ran away from his Mistress

Ran away from his Mistress, Ann Linthwaite Framework knitter, on the first of June last, JOSEPH SCOTT, about 18 Years of Age, very fresh coloured, has black Eyes, dark brown Hair, and is about 5 feet 6 inches, and a half high; had on when he went away a Claret coloured serge Coat, much faded, a Serge Waistcoat, an old pair of leather Breeches. This is therefore to Discharge all Persons from harbouring or employing the said Joseph Scott, after this Notice, or they will be prosecuted as the Law directs.

Mrs. Linwood


Having been solicited to add to the other branches of Education for Young Ladies, that of the French Language, takes the Liberty of informing her Friends, and the Public, that she is now provided with a Compleat Assistant (who teaches it Grammatically, is a Native of Paris, and has been several Years in a very eminent School near London) and humbly hopes for Encouragement in this Undertaking, Assuring them that she will exert her utmost Abilities to merit their favours by the faithful discharge of so important a Trust.
++The Terms pr. Quarter are 10s. 6. and Entrance 10s. 6d.

The Celebrated Mr. John Rea

Lately arrived from LONDON

And will perform on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the 18th, 20th and 22nd of this instant July, and positively no longer, at a large and commodious Room at the Turks-Head, on the Coal-Hill in Leicester:

The Celebrated Mr. JOHN REA
(Whose singular Exhibition, which consists of CARDS and several other curious Performances, have been exhibited before their MAJESTIES, and many of the Nobility and Gentry with uncommon Applause.)

Begs Leave to inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Leicester, that he Purposes performing many

New and Curious DECEPTIONS
Never exhibited in Public by any Person but Himself.

As the greatest and most surprising part of his Performance is the product of his own invention, he hopes to remove the too commonly received prejudice, that the Subjects of Great Britain, are less happy than those of other Countries in Inventive genius; and he will forfeit One Hundred Guineas to any Foreigner that shall perform what he will exhibit.
++Ladies and Gentlemen may have a private performance at their own house at any time of Day if required.
++The Doors to be opened at 6, and to begin precisely at 7. New Deceptions each Night. Front seats 2s. Back seats 1s. Tickets to be had at the Turk’s-Head.

As many Bunglers and Common Pretenders to Dexterity of Hand are daily imposing on the Public, Mr. REA takes this opportunity of acquainting the Public that no Money is taken at the Door: And if he does not give general satisfaction he will desire nothing for his Trouble.
++He will go from Leicester to Loughbro, where he will stay two Nights, and then proceed for Nottingham and Derby.

Stanzas to the Ladies


Have you never seen a net
Hanging at you kitchin-door,
Stuffed with dirty straw, beset
With old skewers o’er and o’er.

If ye have—I wonder breeds
Ye from thence should steal a fashion,
And should heap your lovely heads
Such a deal of filthy trash on.

True, your tresses wreathed with art
(Bards have said it ten times over)
Form a net to catch the heart
Of the most unfeeling lover.

But thus robbed of half your beauty,
Whom can you induce to sigh?
Or incline for love to sue t’ye
By his nose, or by his eye.

When he views (what scarce I’ll credit,
Of a Sex so sweet and clean,
But that from a wench I had it
Of all Abigails the Queen)

When he views your tresses thin,
Tortured by some French friseur,
Horse-hair, hemp and wool within,
Garnished with a diamond skewer.

When he scents the mingled steam
Which plaistered heads are rich in,
Lard and meal, and clouted cream,
Can he love a walking kitchen?


to take their Trials

The following Prisoners are to take their Trials at the Assizes for this Borough and County, which begin on Wednesday next the third of August. Samuel Truelove charged with a Felony and Burglary. William Wilkes, Elizabeth Wilkes and Geo. Mowsly charged with Felony and Burglary. William Shenton charged on Suspicion of setting fire to a house at Whetstone in this County.
++Last week Joseph Ford of Croft, in this County, was accidentally killed by the Wheel of a Waggon running over and breaking his Leg, in the Liberty of Croft aforesaid.
++On Monday last Richard Wallian, Infant, aged about 4 Years and a half, was accidentally killed by a Tub with about a Strike of Flour, falling upon him, in the Liberty of Barkbythorpe.
++And on Wednesday John Lovatt of Burton-Overy was killed by accidentally falling from a waggon as he was loading some Hay.

a Company of Theatrical Musicians

A few days since at a Village situate on the banks of the River Soar, and about 8 miles North of Leicester, a Collection was made by the inhabitants thereof for the entertainment of a Company of Theatrical Musicians who performed on Sunday the 24th Instant. And Behold! in the midst of their Performance to the great Astonishment of a crouded Audience, SUSAN was heard to squeak, but not any Person seen to dance. And as the Performers were hungry with Travelling and Thirsty with performing as was observed by the frequent popping of the performers out of the Gallery into the store room or bell-house, ’tis thought the Collection made by the sorrowful Inhabitants will be too small for the Entertainment, and that the whole cannot be made up without the assistance of a Levy.
++At our Assizes which ended yesterday, the noted William Wilkes the Horse taker, was convicted of Felony and ordered to be transported for seven years. Eliz. Wilkes, George Mousley, Samuel Treslove, William Shenton, and John Grace, were acquitted.

Eloped from her Husband

ELOPED from her Husband, Justinian Grocock, of Raresby in Leicestershire, Mary Grocock, on Friday the 29th of last Month, and is supposed to have gone off with one Thomas Cooper a Flax-Dresser of the said Town. This is therefore to discharge all Persons from harbouring her or giving her any Credit, as I will pay no Debts of her contracting.
++She is a slender Woman, very pale and thin Faced, about 32 Years of Age, had on a flowered linnen Gown, with ruffled Cuffs, a black Bonnet and a scarlet Cloak, and had used to teach School.
++Thomas Cooper is about 22 Years of Age, about 5 Feet 10 Inches high, is pitted with the Small Pox, has black lank Hair, and a Cast with his Eyes; had dark blue Cloaths on when he went away.

William Arnold

WHEREAS my Nephew and late Servant ROBERT ARNOLD, hath presumed to take upon himself the weighty and important Charge of restoring to Health and a sound Mind, those unhappy Persons whose Intellects are disordered, and who are generally called by the general Appellation of MAD PEOPLE; and endeavours to avail himself of my Name, and of his Relationship to me, in order to deceive the Public: — I think it is a Duty which I owe my Son Doctor THOMAS ARNOLD, whom I educated as a Physician, with a particular View to succeed me in the Practice of Curing LUNATICS, and to whom I communicated all I Know, relative to that deplorable Disorder, and my method of Curing it; — a Method which I followed with the greatest and happiest Success for about the space of 30 ears:—and also my Duty to the Public, on which the aforesaid ROBERT ARNOLD is using his utmost Endeavours to impose; and which if he succeeds in his Endeavours, he must necessarily injure:—I say, I think it is a Duty, which I owe both to my Son, and to those who may so unhappy to have Friends afflicted with this terrible Disorder,—to inform the Public,—
++That the above mentioned ROBERT ARNOLD was no more than my Servant; and that after I declined Practice, he continued in that Character under my son Doctor THOMAS ARNOLD.
++That while he was in my Service, and afterwards during his continuance under my Son, which was till the 25th of February, this present Year 1768, his only Business was to take such care of our Patients, as should prevent them from doing any injury either to themselves or to others: and to administer such Medicines as were prepared for them.
++That I never did, nor ever intended to make him acquainted with any one of the medicines which I made use of; nor in any respect did I ever give him the least Insight into any single Branch of my Method of Practice in these Disorders.

Answer to the Stanzas Addressed to the Ladies

Answer to the STANZAS Addressed to the Ladies (see this Paper of the 23rd past).

Upon my word you’re mighty pert,
With your poetic chaff;
You think our Dresses to invert,
Yet only make us laugh.

What rail at Woman! fine indeed!
The Creature oft you sigh for;
You talk of Darts and Heart that Bleed,
And Angels you could die for.

But hold the Scale’s entirely turned,
They Stink (ah! nasty Creature)
This once Adored, must now be scorned
As odd, and out of Nature.

But can we wonder such a Thought,
Should in his Bosom harbour?
For sure, the Man that talks so hot
Can never want a Barber.

A Barber! vulgar phrase indeed;
Can Barbers form the Tye,
Or teach the rising Curls to spread,
So elegantly high?

These rising curls (exult ye Fair)
For I shall tell you truly,
Was once a Country Maiden’s hair,
There bought and paid for duly.

Then worn by Man. No more [illegible]
Woman was made the weaker Mind,
’Tis Man should lead the way to Glory,
Yet he Mistakes the Road we find.

And now, to be a Doctor pleases,
And explore our gay Disorders,
Physician heal thy own Diseases,
After we’ll Obey your Orders.

Robert Arnold

WHEREAS a most extravagant and imperious Advertisement, as void of truth as good manners, has made its terrible appearance in the last Saturday’s Paper, in the name of my Uncle WILLIAM ARNOLD; and in which I am complimented with the respectable Titles of Impostor!—mere Servant!—Ignorant and Dangerous Pretender to the ARCANA for distempered Intellects! Amidst so much shameless Invective and Falsity a modest spice of veracity, however small, though it might not improve the Interest, could be no disservice to the character of my Cousin, who held the pen of my Uncle. He might have qualified some Assertions less true with a declaration most notorious, that the reputed Servant dismissed from the care of the Insane, dismissed his reputed Master, still retaining the Patients, not one of which marched off with the Doctor; and I do honestly affirm, that all the Ingredients and Proportion of the usual Medicines, besides additional Instructions from the most eminent of the faculty, are in my possession. When I was in concert with the Doctor, we had but five Patients; I have now no less than 14, and hope my Success since left to myself is a sufficient proof how far I am qualified for the Doctor’s as well as the Keeper’s department. The method of Treatment, and Regimen, by me experienced upwards of 20 years, is, I presume, no despicable consideration. I have likewise Certificates in my Hands as Testimonials of my Care, Humanity and Success which are ready for the Inspection of all Men.

the celebrated Mr. Rea

We can assure the Public that the celebrated Mr. REA is now in this town and will exhibit his new and surprizing deceptions every evening the ensuing week.
++On Monday last was held at the Three Cranes Inn the annual Venison Feast in commemoration of the defeat of the Spanish Armada; the dinner provided on this occasion was very elegant, and upwards of 500 Persons dined together.

Thomas Arnold

An Advertisement having appeared in the Leicester Journal of last Saturday, written in the Name of my late Servant Robert Allen Arnold, with a view to prevent the Public from giving credit to the Truths contained in one inserted in that Paper of the foregoing Saturday by my Father; — although it is so ill calculated to have any such Influence on the Minds of the sensible and intelligent part of the Public, or on any who are acquainted with my Father’s character, that I rather imagine it will on such People have a quite opposite Effect, from that which it was intended to produce; Yet as it is possible, that many of the uninformed and less sagacious part of the Public may be deluded by it to their irretrievable detriment, for taking Notice of an Advertisement of so illiberal a Nature, and so little adequate to the purpose for which it was intended.
++He hath daringly charged my Father with falshoods, but hath not dared to mention an instance in which he hath been guilty of it. He had no other way of proving my Father to be guilty of Falshood, than by clearly showing that some one or more Assertions in my Father’s Advertisement were false; but so far hath he been from doing this, that he hath not even had the hardiness to point out any one single Article of it as false. As to his assertion, that on his quitting my Service, not one of my Patients continued with me,—he knows it to be false, as do also many others. But even had he been able by his Artifice to have retained them all, I am surprised he should have so little sense of Shame, as thus boastingly to publish to the World, the success of his Baseness;—such Baseness as I believe even He would blush to see an Account of laid before the Public.—If then the above-mentioned Assertion can be proved, as on occasion it will, to be false, who can believe what he immediately after pretends honestly to affirm, that all the Ingredients and Proportions of the usual Medicines, as he (or his Scribe for him) thinks proper to express himself, are in his possession. He had no other way of obtaining possession of them, but by taking what was not his own, and even when he had thus dishonestly secreted a Parcel or Parcels of every kind of Medicine that was put into his Hands to be administered to my Father’s Patients, or to mine, still when that small Stock was exhausted, he would be at a loss for more. And as to his pretending to have acquired some way or other, the Knowledge of the Ingredients and Proportions as he calls them, of such medicines, I know it to be an Imposition, because I know it to be an Impossibility:—Not to mention, that though he were in possession of every kind of Medicine which was ever made use of, either by my Father or myself,—he would still only be in possession of Tools which he knows not how to manage.

Mary, the wife of John Bennet

On sunday last the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body of Mary, the wife of John Bennet, who was found dead in a cellar belonging to his dwelling house, near the East-Gate in this Borough, with her throat cut, on saturday night last, in consequence of which her husband was apprehended on suspicion of having murdered her, and committed to prison for further examination. It appeared to the Jury upon the evidence of one Goddard, brother to the deceased, that he went to Bennet’s house about 8 o’clock on saturday night, that he found his brother and sister in the house, his brother fast asleep by the fire side, that he stayed some time and that his sister requested him to fetch a pint of Ale from a public house about a hundred yards from the place, that he returned with the ale in a very short time and found Bennet still asleep in the place where he had left him, that he could not be certain whether he saw his sister or not, but he believed he did, and that he thought he remembered her taking the candle away and going up stairs; that he still continued in the house with Bennet, who sat asleep until about 10 o’clock, when a person came for a pair of half-boots, on which Bennet awaked, and finding the room in the dark, asked Goddard where his wife was, who replied he did not know, but thought she took the candle up-stairs; Bennet then lighted a candle, went up stairs in search of his wife, not finding her there he went into the street and called her; from thence into a back-yard, where they had a cellar, and looking into it he saw his wife at the foot of the stairs, when he called to Goddard in great agitation and surprize, who came instantly, but he found her dead. Bennet during this time called some of the neighbours, and run for a surgeon, requesting he would come urgently, saying “his wife lay at the foot of the cellar stairs all in gore blood, but he knew not how it happened.”—The surgeon went directly, and found the woman dead and her hands cold, and supposes she must have been dead half an hour, that under her head where she was found lay the broken remains of a chamber pot and a candlestick.
++Three surgeons were examined touching the cause of her death, and all deposed, that it was occasioned by a wound of an inch in length in the inner jugular, given with some blunted instrument of which she bled to death.
++One of the surgeons when he was first called, (knowing this unhappy woman and her husband had lived on disagreeable terms together) had caused the house to be searched for knives and other instruments wherewith he supposed this murder might have been committed, but found none.—
++The Jury brought in their verdict Accidental: and that she came to her death by a fall in going down the cellar-stairs, and her neck pitching upon part of the broken pot, which stood up on end when found, and had penetrated the skin and occasioned the wound of which she died; and were well satisfied as were the bye-standers, that not the least degree of imputation of guilt fell upon her husband, who had been generally condemned as the supposed murderer; and was therefore in consequence ordered to be discharged.

John Westley, Esq. sworn into the Office of Mayor.

Thursday last being the Feast of St. Michael the Arch-Angel, John Westley Esq. was sworn into the Office of Mayor of this Corporation, and Mr. W. Brown and Mr. Simpson, Chamberlains.
++On Thursday last a most unfortunate Accident happened at Nottingham; a Miller went to his Mill, which had some new Works put in, and unthinkingly attempted to feel the stones, when going round, but was pulled in and almost ground to pieces by them; and only survived a few minutes after he was carried home.

Mr. Paget, formerly an eminent Hosier

On Tuesday morning about nine o’clock died at his house in this Town, Mr. Paget, formerly an eminent Hosier, but had some Years retired from Business, in which he had acquired a very considerable Fortune with an unblemished Character;—In after Life, his principal employ, next to his duty towards God, was to discover and relieve the Distresses of his fellow Creatures.—If an enlarged and benevolent Heart, with every other Christian and Social Virtue constitute the Good-Man, those who best knew him will allow him a first claim to that Character. From hence his Death is, and from hence it must continue to be lamented.

The Companion for the Fire-Side

This day is Published

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Companion for the Fire-Side
Winter Evening’s Amusement

A valuable and useful Collection of amusing and instructive Stories, Tales, Fables, Allegories, Historical Facts, Eastern Tales, Novels, Remarkable Events, and Singular Occurrences. Selected from the most celebrated Writers in several Languages, many of which never appeared in Print before.

To pass the dull Evening in Pleasure away
And laugh at the cares of Mankind,
Accept of a chearful Companion today,
To Mirth and Amusement inclined.
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The Expense that the Purchase has cost;
And none but a Blockhead will seriously say,
That his Time, or his Money was lost.

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The Book of Fate

This Day is Published,
(Price One Shilling and Six-pence)

Adorned with a most beautiful Frontispiece finely engraved from a Drawing taken from Life.


Containing I. The Art of Fortune telling, Conjuring and Juggling, in all its branches. II. The Method of throwing Cups and Balls, eating Fire, and other curious feats of Legerdemain. III. A true Interpretation of all Kinds of Dreams, digested in Alphabetical Order. IV. The Art of Palmistry, or prognostication by the Hand, to which is added an entire new and extraordinary Method of telling Fortunes by Cards and Dice with many particulars never before published.

By WILLIAM PARTRIDGE, Doctor of Astrology.

Here you may read with great Surprize,
Of Mysteries hid from vulgar Eyes;
Of wondrous deed by Magic wrought,
Exceeding all Belief or Thought;
Yet is this Art so well-explained,
That our Magic may be gained;
And every matter clearly known,
You Neighbour’s fortune — or your own.

Printed by J. Cooke in Pater-noster-Row; and sold by J. Gregory in Leicester, and all other Book-sellers.

Be careful to ask for the Book of Fate printed for J. Cooke, all others being spurious and an Imposition on the Public.—As this book is entered in the Hall-Book of the Company of Stationers, whosoever pirates the whole or any part of it will be prosecuted as the Law directs.

a single footpad

On Monday night last, Mr. Argill a Shoemaker of Higham returning from Hinkley in company with the Mistress of the Sign of the Fox in Higham aforesaid, they were stopt in a close betwixt Wyken and Higham, by a single footpad who robbed Mr. Argill of his coat and the woman of her pockets containing two gold rings, a silver seal, and eight pence in money, and then made off.
++A few days before, Mr. Nicholls of Sapcote was stopped on his return from Hinkley by a single footpad, but luckily escaped being robbed.

John Kemp, a reputable Farmer

Wednesday last an Inquisition was taken on the body of John Kemp, a reputable Farmer at Ratby in this county, who was found hanging in a Stable adjoining to the House. He was discovered by a Shoemaker, a neighbour, who cut the rope; he was quite warm when found, but no signs of Life. The Jury brought in their verdict Lunacy.
++A few days ago one Ann Perkins, a Scotch-Woman, was committed in London, by Sir John Fielding, for a trifling Felony. She is supposed to be the Person who was transported from this Town, about three years ago [i.e. March 1766], for robbing the shop of Mr. Weightman to a very great amount; and we are assured that Sir John Fielding has written to Mr. Jordan, the Keeper of the Common-Gaol on that occasion; and Mr. Coulson, the Keeper of the Town-Gaol (in whose Custody she then was) is requested to attend the first day of the nest session at the Old Baily.
++We can assure the Public, that the Inhabitants of Gallowtree-gate in this Borough, have raised a Subscription for erecting Lamps, at regular distances, for lighting up that street during the dark nights:——It is much to be wish’d an example so laudable, and useful, may be copied by the Inhabitants of the other parts of this Borough.

Prophetic Intelligence


In the Year 1768, the French Nation in violation of all the rights of civil liberty, will seize on the territories of a neighbouring people, whom they will murder by hundreds, merely because they will not voluntarily submit to be slaves.
++In the same year all the other powers of Europe will look tamely on and behold this insult offered to the common liberties of mankind, and not stretch forth a helping hand to succour the distressed.
++In the same year, THREE ENGLISH GENTLEMEN equally distinguished by the bounties of nature, of fortune, and of education, will transmit their names with honour to posterity by a well-timed and noble donation to the sons of liberty in distress.
++In the year 1769, Ignorance and Impudence will put Sense and Modesty out of countenance; whores will be suffered to patrol the streets at noon-day; hireling scribblers will write volumes of essays in defence of injustice; and houses will be broke open while watchmen are carefully guarding the doors—in their sleep.
++In the same year, a number of honest and industrious tradesmen will be discharged from their respective employment for not giving their votes at an election, contrary to the dictates of their conscience.
++In the year 1770, and eminent merchant will become a bankrupt, conceal the greater part of his effects, pay two shillings in the pound, ruin twenty or thirty families, get a certificate, carry on a more extensive trade that ever, and in the year 1774 retire from business with an ample fortune, honestly acquired in the Way of trade.
++In the same year an unemployed, necessitous mechanic will steal a leg of beef to supply the wants of an hungry family, for which he will be tried at the Old Baily, and sentenced to be transported, but will die on the passage of a broken heart, and leave his wife and children to starve on the bounty of the Parish.
++In the year 1776 the English will be the richest people in the universe, for before that time all the poor will have starved to death.

James Earl, a footpad

Last tuesday evening one James Earl, a footpad, was committed to our county gaol by the right hon. Lord Viscount Wentworth, charged with stopping Mr. Booth, of Daddleton in the said county, upon his return from Hinkley-Market on monday evening last, and robbing him of a purse containing 2l. 3s. with which he made off across the fields; but two young men coming up almost the instant the robbery was committed, and being informed what had happened, they pursued him; the fellow finding he could not escape, threw himself into a Dyke, where he was discovered and apprehended.

A Footman Wanted


WANTED, in a small Gentleman’s Family in the Country. A Sober Young Man, who can dress and buckle a Wig, and wait at Table. He would be liked the better if he has been used to the Country Business and can Brew. A Character will be expected.
++N.B. Taylors, Stocking-Makers, Barbers, Weavers, &c. or such as have not been in Service, but only want to Live Well and be Idle, need not give themselves the trouble to apply.

A Matrimonial Thought

A Matrimonial Thought
To M.H. Esq.

In the blythe days of honey-moon
++With Kate’s allurements smitten,
I loved her late, I loved her soon,
++And called her dearest Kitten.

But now my Kitten’s grown a Cat,
++And cross like other Wives;
O, by my soul my honest Mat,
++I fear she has nine lives.

William Smith

On Sunday morning last one William Smith of Earl-Shilton (who for some time has been disordered in his senses) hanged himself in his dwelling-house at Earl-Shilton aforesaid. The Coroner’s Inquest have sat upon the body and brought in their verdict Lunacy.

Extract of a letter from Leicester

From the St. James’s Evening Post
Extract of a letter from Leicester, Jan. 12.

++“I now have the pleasure to inform you, that our new Cock-pit at Ascough’s is nearly finished. You will remember in my last I told you, I was doubtful if we should be able to get it done against the intended match, as no bricks could be got, owing to the rains last summer; but a true friend to the cause, by a sagacity peculiar to himself, hit upon a scheme which got the better of scarcity, by taking down a superfluous part of our old Church in the North-East part of the town, which has supplied us with bricks enough to do the whole business. There are those , whose antiquated notions have led them to object to our proceedings, and tell us the action borders on what they call Sacrilege, and that we have converted the House of Prayer into a Den of Thieves; Let them snarl, we have the majority on our side. You will soon see in the News-papers, we intend fighting the three neighbouring Counties. When the Feeders have had their private meetings, and fixed which Cocks on each side shall win, you shall hear from me; and I would have you come down a day before the meeting, as betts from you will be sooner received than from one who is too well known. You will excuse my saying more at this time—up late last night at the Whist-table. You have your White’s and your Arthur’s, and we have our Ascough’s and P___no’s. If we do not deal for Thousands, we ape you as near as our fortunes will admit, and “risk all in a single stake.”

Mr. Cheselden and Rev. Mr. Davenport

On Sunday died at Somerby in this county, Edward Cheselden, gent. aged 77—possessed of an extensive charitable disposition, which his ability to gratify rendered conspicuous; his loss is regretted as well universally, as by his more intimate friends and acquaintance:—dying a Batchelor, he has left a very considerable fortune amongst his relations.
++And on monday died in this town, the Reverend Mr. Davenport, Master of the Free Grammar School, and Vicar of St. Nicholas’s.—Extensive learning, and equal humanity distinguished his character;—an aged father, a tender wife, and three small children, are left to lament the loss of the irretrievable.

John Westley, Mayor of this Borough

The Rev. James Pigott, M.A. and Vicar of Wigstan-Magna in this county, has been presented by the Right Honourable the Lord Chancellor, to the vicarage of St. Nicholas in this Borough, vacant by the death of the Rev. Mr. Davenport.
++On Friday died at his house in this town, John Westley, Esq; Mayor of this Borough for the present year; and which he likewise served in the year 1760, and each time discharged with great Honour and Integrity. On wednesday his remains were interred in St. Martin’s church. The Pall was supported by six Aldermen above the Chair in their scarlet gowns, preceded by the four Serjeants with their Maces reclined upon their arms; the large gilt Mace was covered with crape and carried in a like manner before Mr. Alderman Beale, senior Justice, immediately preceding the Corps.
++We have the pleasure to find, that the barbarous custom of throwing at Cocks on Shrove-tuesday, is entirely suppressed here by the vigilance of the Magistrates; and it were to be wished that the least vestige of so horrid a Custom, were no longer to be found in Britain.

To the Printer

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

+++++In Yours of the 28th ult. I observed An Extract of a Letter from this Town, copied from the St. James’s Evening-Post, intimating the speedy finishing of our new Cock-pitt at Ascough’s; that it is nearly finished is true, and elegantly too; but who is this invidious Remarker upon social Amusements tending to unite Mankind in Friendship and Innocent Entertainment?—He seems fearful less the Sanctity of Bricks once belonging to a Church should be polluted; but what is the danger “of making the House of God a Den of Thieves?—Why he tells us, He will be there himselfand has invited his friend;—so that if we do “risk all at a single Stake” which he roundly asserts, we may indeed stand a fair chance of being fleeced unless some Person will kindly give us a hint, who the Author and his Friend are, in which case we may possibly keep the Thieves out of the Den, and avoid the danger, with which we are so very publickly threatened.

Mr. Nicholas Richmond, a Pawnbroker

On Monday last at a Common-Hall held for that purpose, Mr. Alderman Gamble, an eminent Grocer, was sworn into the Office of Mayor of this Corporation, in the room of John Westley, Esq; our late Mayor, deceased.
++On Tuesday at a Court of Aldermen, the Rev. James Pigott M.A. Vicar of Wigston, in this county, and St. Nicholas’s in this Borough, was unanimously elected Head Master at the Free-Grammar School in this Town, lately vacant by the death of the Rev. Mr. Davenport.
++On saturday last died, advanced in years, at his House in this Town, Mr. Nicholas Richmond, a Pawnbroker, and one of the people called Quakers. Dying a Batchelor he has bequeathed several thousand Pounds amongst his Poor Relations.—Notwithstanding he died Rich, he lived Poor and miserable, not allowing himself common necessaries. For the last 20 years he is said to have weighed out his Food, and proportioned the quantity to the price; his allowance in Bread was six-pence weekly, which he divided into equal parts and never encreased the quantity in the dearest Times.
—We have been favoured with the following further particulars relative to the life of the late Nicholas Richmond: He for some years worked in a StockingFrame, and boarded with his father and mother.—Upon the death of the latter he commenced housekeeper himself and his father became his boarder, when he soon discovered his most penurious disposition, which he persevered in to the end of his life. His diet consisted chiefly of Bread, Butter, and Cheese, with some times Potatoes, and other cheap Roots, all which he weighed to a dram, e’er he attempted to eat, and always contented himself with two Meals a day, which he sat down to at 9 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, alledging, “That suppers were hard to digest, particularly to old Constitutions.” He never indulged in any sort of Animal Food, and would even refuse it if offered by others, and gave as a reason, “That his natural inclination and propensity for the other sex, required his utmost mortification and abstinence.” A six-penny loaf served him eight days, and this loaf was made in a particular manner, rather in the form of a cake quite flat, and well baked, after which he kept it a week before he weighed out any part of it for; for this piece of oeconomy he would give the reason, “That crust in chewing excited Saliva, and quenched thirst, and consequently saved the expence of Beer, and the trouble of fetching it.” A pint of ale and two quarts of small beer served him seven days, long experience and a little pot being his guide for an exact quantity each day; he would often go near a mile for this pint of ale to have it a farthing cheaper than he could nearer home: Once having the misfortune to break his pitcher at the Alehouse door, he was observed to clap his hand upon his belly, and heard to say, “Thou must suffer for this.” During the time of health, the element of fire was entirely excluded from his dwelling, which he supplied by exercise round his orchard in cold weather.—He was never observed to wear a new outward garment for 30 years; his cloaths he mended and repaired himself, and did the same by his houses, so that he might with some propriety be called a Taylor, Cobbler, Bricklayer, and Carpenter, as well as a Stockingmaker. He never suffered any of his tenements to be white washed (except the Tenant chose to be at the expence himself) and was in general a great enemy to superficial and useless ornaments, and well as every kind of Luxury.—The room in which he lay himself, is said to have never been entered by any other person for 30 years, not even to make the bed; the door or entrance was made exceeding small, so as just to admit his creeping in, and had one window-light consisting of four small panes of glass, and in this Repository he kept numbers of valuable Pledges of various kinds.—With the above Disposition and Management he had amassed near 4000l. which he divided amongst 14 or more Relations, most of ’em in low circumstances.—Since his death, an ill-natured report was spread, that he had killed himself with drinking, having drunk two Gallons of Wine since Christmas, during his mortal illness, but this seems to have no foundation.
++On Wednesday died Mrs. Astlin, Widow, at her house in Church-gate in this Town.
++On Tuesday evening Ann Gotobed was committed to the Gaol of this Borough, charged with picking the pocket of Jeremiah Hughes of a Guinea and some Silver. Committed by John Gamble, Esq; Mayor of the said Borough.

Two Mains of Cocks


Two Mains of Cocks between the Gentlemen of Leicestershire, and the Gentlemen of Derbyshire, to weight Fifty-one Cocks of a Side in each Main, to fight for TEN GUINEAS a Battle and TWO HUNDRED GUINEAS the Odd Battle. The first Main to be fought at Mr. William Ascough’s the Saracen’s Head in Leicester, to weigh upon Monday the 27th Day of February next, and Fight for the three following days. A pair of COCKS will be upon the Pit at Ten o’Clock every Morning.
++Wm. Buck, for Leicestershire
++Jonathan Redfern, for Derbysh.
Ordinary will be each Day at the Saracen’s Head.

The Second Main will be fought at the White-Lion at Nottingham in the Race Week, to weigh on the Monday and fight the following Days.
++N.B. The Door will be Five Shillings every going in.

Lydia Smith, Confectioner

L Y D I A+ S M I T H
The Upper End of the Cornwall, Leicester

BAKES Large Rich PLUMB-CAKES, from 1s per Pound to any Price Gentlemen and Ladies please to Order; and any Orders given in the Pastry (that’s in Time) shall be punctually complied with, and executed in the best Manner out of LONDON. She sells the undermentioned Goods:

Candy’d Cittron Peel.+++++ Perfumed Comfits.
Orange Peel, ditto.++++++++ Almond Comfits.
Lemon Peel, ditto.++++++++ Smooth Caraways.
Orange Chips.++++++++++++ Coloured ditto.
Lemon ditto.+++++++++++++ Barley Sugar.
Candy’d Angelico.++++++++ White Sugar Candy.
Candy’d ditto, in Knotts.++ The CHYMICAL Way
Candy’d Ginger.++++++++++ Pearl Water or Italian Fluid.
Cast Figures.+++++++++++++ Cold Cream.
French Mottoes.++++++++++ Orange Butter for the Hair.
Creatures.++++++++++++++++ Venetian Paste.
Dry’d Sweetmeats.++++++++ Dr. James’s Tincture.
Wet Sweetmeats.+++++++++ The Incomparable Tooth-Powder.
Retafea Cakes.++++++++++++ Powder for Worms in Children.
Rasberry Cakes.++++++++++ Purging Pills.
Clear Cakes.++++++++++++++ Corn-Salve.
Drop Cakes.++++++++++++++ Powder for a Sore Mouth.
Sugar Rolls.++++++++++++++ Eye-Water.
Savoy Biscuits.+++++++++++ Roll Pomatum.
Macoroons.++++++++++++++ Cake Pomatum.
Diet Bread.+++++++++++++++ Perfumed Powder.
Currant Jelly.+++++++++++++ Camphire and Benjamin.
Calves Feet Jelly.+++++++++ Wash Balls.
Blue and Red Marble.+++++ Chimical to whiten the Skin.

And Clear-Starches after the best manner now performed in London.
++Silk and Thread Gause, Blonds and Trolley-Laces, Brussels Lace, Washed and raised Dresdens, ditto White Silk Cloaks, Hats, Gloves, and Stockings, Muslins, &c.
++Also Mounts and Mends Fans, and sells Fan-Mounts and Fan Sticks.
++French Plumbs, Turkey-Figs, Oranges and Lemons, Chesnuts, Gingerbread-nuts, Tarts and Buns of all sorts.

Wright, near the Three-Crowns

Herein acquaints the PUBLIC:

That he lends MONEY in small SUMS, on Wearing Apparel, honestly come by (if otherwise will be prosecuted with the utmost rigour)—No Plate taken until Further Notice—None treated with unless they can write their own Name—Observe perpetually: The First Month’s Interest given Gratis.


Any One buying Goods under their Value, for a Time, on Condition, is to all intents a PAWNBROKER, and such Goods cannot be Sold under Two Years, subject to several severe Penalties.

Advice may be had for any Prosecutions.

died, advanced in years, John Holmes, gent.

On Monday night last, Monsieur Gerri, exhibited his curious Fire-Works in out Market-Place, to the great surprize and satisfaction of an infinite number of people. And we hear that on Tuesday night next, he purposes to entertain the Public with a second (and still more curious) Performance.
++At the Assizes for this Borough and County which commence on the 13th of march next, the following Prisoners are to take their Trials: viz. James Earl, charged with robbing James Booth on the King’s highway, and taking from him about two guineas. The said James Earl is also detained by the name of Earl otherwise eagle, and charged with robbing John Argill on the King’s highway, and taking from the said Argill a homespun coat, his property. And by another detainer, the said earl is charged on a violent suspicion of stopping upon the King’s highway, Rebecca Wattmore and robbing her of two gold rings, a silver seal and about 12s. or 14s, in money.—Margaret Burgess, otherwise Birch, charged with robbing the house of James Coulton, innkeeper of Derby, of a Pewter Plate, his property.—Sarah Rossel otherwise Lewit, charged with feloniously entering the shop of Thomas Flavel of Loughborough, and robbing the said shop of several shillings in silver, the property of the said Thomas Flavel.—Samuel Beck, charged with a rape upon the body of Mary Payne, and likewise for robbing the said Mary Payne of one shilling in silver and three half-pence, her property.—Rebecca Bown, charged with stealing a tea-kettle the property of William Arnold.—Ann Gotobed, charged with picking the pocket of Jeremiah Hughes.
++On Sunday died at his house in this town, Mr. Aaron Warren, Joiner and Cabinet-Maker.
++And on the same night died, advanced in years, at his house in this town, John Holmes, gent.—He was formerly a Woolstapler at Market Harbro’ in this county, from which Business he some years ago retired, having acquired a very considerable property, the principal part of which he has bequeathed to his Wife, his Son and Daughter, with all of whom he had lived at great variance till lately; but was happily reconciled before his death, and induced to alter his will in their favour.—We are informed he has left his son 7000l. with a genteel income to his wife, and a handsome fortune for his daughter (lately married).—By his death the interest of 1275l. (the principle of which he gave away in his life time, to this Corporation in Trust) comes to the Poor of the Hospital of the Holy Trinity in this Town.
++On Monday died Mr. John Garland, Painter.
++On Thursday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body of ____ Withers, a poor Woman who dies on Wednesday in Belgrave-gate in this Borough, and whose death was occasioned by taking a quantity of Arsenic. The Jury brought in their virdict Lunacy.

a Set of Grand Fire-Works

The celebrated ITALIAN ARTIST who has given very superior Specimens of his Abilities in several parts of the Kingdom, and some tittle of the same on Monday Evening last in this Town, Hereby gives Notice, That on Tuesday Evening next the 28th instant (if Weather permit) about half an hour after six in the Evening, in the Market-Place, he intends to exhibit a Set of

Such as were never seen before in this Town:

Consisting of Rockets full of Crackers, Stars, Snakes, Serpents, &c. &c. Oriental Stars &c. with many other curious Devices, too many to mention. Among which will be a Palm Tree full of Roses and a Cascade as of Water, also Wheels and Globes of Water, all Fire, with a great variety of Illuminations.
++As this undertaking requires much Labour and Expence, the Artist hopes for Encouragement equally generous from the Gentry and other Persons of Suitable Ability.
++And he likewise hopes the Owners of Houses in the Market-place, wishing their Friends to behold the Exhibition from their Windows, will be kind enough to collect for his Benefit.
++He lodges at Mr. Carts at the Bull-Head in the Market-place where he sells all sorts of Fire-Works and receives the subscriptions of all who please to favour him with Encouragement.

the Great Cock Match, fought at the Saracen’s Head

On Thursday last ended the Great Cock Match, fought at the Saracen’s Head in this Town, between the Gentlemen of Derbyshire and the Gentlemen of Leicestershire, for Ten Guineas a Battle and Four Hundred Guineas the main, which could not be decided as only 48 Cocks were weighed in, and each side won 14 Battles. The Feeders for Derbyshire were REDFEARN, sen., and for Leicestershire, BUCK.

On Tuesday Morning Derbyshire won 6, Leicestershire 2.
In the Afternoon— Derbyshire 4, Leicestershire 4.
Wednesday morning—Derbyshire 3, Leicestershire 5.
In the Afternoon— Derbyshire 2, Leicestershire 6.
Thursday morning—Derbyshire 5, Leicestershire 3.
In the Afternoon— Derbyshire 4, Leicestershire 4.

It is remarkable that a Cock taken from the Pen marked No. 45 saved the Main for Leicestershire, and another Cock taken from the like No. saved the main for Derbyshire.—The second Great Match will be Fought at Nottingham in the Race Week, and is expected to be the greatest Meeting that will be this year in England.
++On Saturday last John Argyle of Barwell in this county, was convicted before the Reverend and Worshipful George Coulton, Clerk, for wilfully and unlawfully suffering his Dog to break into the Park of John Gretton Esq; of Westcote Hall, and therein killing a Deer; but upon the said offender’s great contrition, sorrow for this breach of the Law, and entering into security for his future good behaviour, at the same time delivering up his Dog, which was instantly hanged, Mr. Gretton was pleased at the intercession of the Justice, to accept of a very small fine by way of acknowledgement, and to order a stop to be put to the prosecution.

Ode: Goddess of the tuneful string

[Inserted by Desire]

Goddess of the tuneful string,
Fill my numbers as I sing,
With Harmony that erst of yore,
Used seraphic Saints to pore.
Teach me all thy power to prove,
And let my Verse full fraught with grateful measures move.

Death and all his meagre train,
Those horrid Ministers of pain,
Once more are fled to distant climes,
Have left my shattered Bark once more,
On Health’s sweet roseate blooming shore,
And lent me back to Time.

Now pleasing hopes and prospects rise,
And all is rapture round my Eyes,
My Heart has found its bourn;
Blest bourn how happy is thy mead,
Pleasure on Pleasures now succeed,
As opes each blushing morn.

Great God to thee my Soul ascends,
And in full gratitude attends,
To praise thy glorious Name;
Prostrate before thee bows her down,
For ’tis from thee and thee alone,
That all her blessings came.

Westcote’s Hall, March 3rd.+++++ J.G.

A Never failing Ointment

A Never failing OINTMENT for the ITCH.

This Ointment having no Mercury in its Preparation, may be applied to a sucking Child without the least danger. It is not only safe but efficacious. for it Cures the most inveterate ITCH in three Days if used according to the Directions given therewith. The Receipt for preparation of this noble Remedy for that filthy Disorder was communicated by an eminent Physician in London some Years ago, since which this Ointment has cured Hundreds and was never known once to fail. It is now made Public for the benefit of Mankind in general, and appointed to be sold, Wholesale or Retail, by T. LUCKMAN, in Coventry, at only 1s. the Box, which contains more than is usually sold at 1s. 6d. and is quite sufficient to Cure a grown Person. To prevent Counterfeits, be pleased to observe, that these Words are on the top of each Box. Never failing Ointment for the ITCH, sold by T. Luckman in Coventry price 1s. the Box.
++The above Ointment is appointed to be sold by the Printer of this Paper and the Men who distribute the same.
++The above mentioned Remedy has cured within this Month past, many Families of the above filthy Disorder, in the Counties of Leicester and Warwick, when all other medicines had failed, in the short space of two or three Days after dressing.

John Armston, Grocer


Begs Leave to inform his Friends and the Public, That so soon as he can dispose of his other Stock, he intends to follow the business of making SOAP and CANDLES only, by which means he hopes to have it in his Power to serve his Customers on the very best Terms. All Persons who are pleased to give him their Orders for these Articles may depend on his utmost endeavours to serve them well, and their Favours gratefully acknowledged by their humble Servant,

N.B. An old accustomed Grocer’s Shop to be Lett as soon as Parties can agree; the fixtures belonging to the same, and the Stock in Trade to be sold. Enquire as above.

the body of a male child

Last week died at Willoughby Waterless in this county, aged upwards of 90, Mrs Gamble, Mother to Mr. Thomas Gamble, Attorney at Law in that Town.
++On Tuesday the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body of a Male Child found the day before in the River Soar near the Bath-Gardens, wrapt up in several Cloths and pinned over with a huggaback Napkin. The Child appeared to a Surgeon who examined the Body, to have been born at its full time, and in all probability alive. The Jury brought in their virdict Wilful Murder, by some Person or Persons unknown.

Mr. Fisher of Kegworth

Whereas on Sunday Night the 5th instant about twelve o’clock, an Outbuilding belonging to Mr. Fisher of Kegworth was broken open by wrenching off a strong Lock, and likewise a small Spaniel Dog killed close by his House Door, as supposed by a Hammer or some such Instrument, his scull being fractured. The Family being alarmed by the cry of the Dog prevented further Mischief. This is to give Notice that if any Person, whether Accomplice or not, will give Information of the Person or Persons who committed the same, shall on their conviction receive a Reward of Twenty Guineas.
+++++++Kegworth, March 9, 1769.

N.B. Mr. Fisher has provided himself with proper Fire-Arms, and is determined after this Notice, to shoot any Person observed upon his Premises after the Family is in Bed, they being of late frequently alarmed at unseasonable hours.

the Assizes for this County and Borough

On Monday last the Assizes for this County and Borough began here, before the Right Honourable Sir Richard Ashton knt., when James Earl, convicted on the Indictments for robbing on the Highway; and Samuel Beck for a Rape on the Body of Sarah Payne, and likewise for robbing her of 1s. in silver and some half-pence, were capitally convicted, and ordered for Execution on Easter-Monday next.
++Thomas Vernon for stealing Hats from Mrs. Buckerfield of Ashby, was ordered to be transported for seven years, and Sarah Rossil acquitted.
++There was a very numerous appearance of Gentlemen at the above Assize to attend upon Sir Charles Halford. Bart. our present High Sheriff, and in the evening a grand Concert.
++In March last, Mrs. Wortley, of Boston in Lincolnshire, was brought to bed of 3 children, and on the 28th of last month, was delivered of 2 Girls and 1 Boy, so that she has had six Children in less than a year; her Husband is a Musician, and from his Infancy has been quite blind.

condemned at the last Assizes

The two Convicts condemned at the last Assizes for this County (as mentioned in our last) ’tis generally believed will be executed on Monday next pursuant to their sentence.

On Easter Monday

On Easter Monday the Corporation of Leicester had their Hunt according to annual Custom. The Procession was very great and the Company in the field very numerous.—After the Diversion upwards of one hundred gentlemen dined with the Mayor, and the whole was conducted with the greatest Mirth, Order, and Harmony imaginable. After dinner the following (as well as other) loyal toasts went round. The King. The Queen, and Royal family. Prosperity to the established Church and State. Duty and Loyalty to King and Constitution. May the Disturbers of Public Peace be brought to Public Shame. May the Supporters of the Crown never want for Support. Prosperity to the County of Leicester. Prosperity to the Mayor and Corporation of Leicester. May the Wolves be stript of their Sheep’s Cloathing. Lord Denbigh. Lord Wentworth. Lord Huntingdon. Mr. Darker. Mr. Palmer. Col. Coote. &c. &c.
++On Tuesday last died at the Rev. Mr. Prior’s at Ashby-de-la-Zouch on this County, in the twentieth year of his age, Mr. Cornelius Norton, only surviving sone of the late Mr. Cornelius Norton of this Borough, Grocer. He was a young Gentleman of strict Morals and good Sense, which had been improved by a liberal Education. He was lately entered at Trinity Colledge, Cambridge, and had he lived might have proved a shining Ornament to the Profession for which he was designed, that of Divinity.
++On Monday last James Earl and Samuel Beck were executed here pursuant to their sentence, amidst an innumerable concourse of people; from the time of their condemnation to their execution they behaved with great penitence and devotion.—At the place of Execution Earl seemed greatly agitated, though his behaviour before was firm and manly;—an acquaintance came up to the Cart to shake hands with him, but he refused, advising him to take warning by his untimely fate, and leave off his evil courses. He also refused to make any particular Confession of the Robberies of which he is supposed to have been concerned in this Neighbourhood.—He was a young Man about 28, had been six years a Soldier in Burgoyne’s Light Horse, and has left a Wife and five Children.
++Beck, his unfortunate Companion, acknowledged the committing of the Rape for which he suffered, but denied the Robbery.—he spoke to the Public, advising them to take warning by his untimely fate; that Sabbath-breaking, Drinking, and the Company of loose Women, had been the first cause of bringing him to that shameful End.—He said he had never offended otherwise against the Laws, except the crime he was convicted of, but that of being concerned in the snaring of Hares, which he had long followed without Suspicion.—He was about five feet eleven inches high, a strong bony Man, not 29 years old. He was born at Hinkley in this County, and has left three Children. His Wife has been dead some years.
++On Wednesday morning last the Leicester Fly was stopped by a single highwayman in Holloway near London; there were two Gentlemen and four Ladies in the Coach; the highwayman first rode up to the postillion and asked him if any of Fielding’s men were in the Coach, and then ordered the Coachman to stop, and demanded the Passenger’s money, holding a pistol at the breast of one of the Gentlemen (who was a Sea Officer) and who laid hold of the pistol and turned the muzzle upwards, which he attempted to fire, but it only flashed in the pan; the Officer then fired at the highwayman, and the other Gentleman did the same, when he thought proper to shear off, was heard to groan and fall from his horse; the body could not be found, it being very dark, but the horse was, and in searching about, two fellows supposed to be Confederates were taken, whom they secured, put in the coach, and carried to Highgate.

John Paybody, late of Newton Harcourt

On Monday last the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the body of John Paybody, late of Newton Harcourt in this County, who was killed by a Waggon’s being overturned and falling upon him, in the parish of Oadby near this Borough; the Jury brought in their virdict Accidental Death.
++Thursday the Wife of one Palmer, a Journeyman Comber in this Town, was brought to bed of 3 Children, who are all alive and well.

Mr. Richardson’s Pig

On Sunday last was married at Stamford in Lincolnshire, Mr. Mansfield, Draper in this Town, to Miss Pank of Stamford aforesaid.
++At Ticknal, a Town near Ashby-de-la-zouch in this County, one Mr. Thomas Richardson, a Farmer of that place, bought a Sow with Pig, which a few days ago pigged 12 Pigs, three of which had Faces like Christians, but as soon as pigged died.

Thomas Griffith, Cutler and Surgeon’s Instrument-Maker

Cutler, and Surgeon’s Instrument-Maker
Begs leave to inform those whom it may Concern

That he has invented a Spring Compress for Ruptured People, quite different from any thing yet made Publick, which gives immediate Ease, and no more pain than a Glove on your Hand; it is constructed on such a principal, that all the Actions of the Human Body may be performed when it is wore, and in two or three Months time, through Divine Providence, makes a perfect Cure, though the patient be ever so Aged; and flatters himself, as nothing of the kind has been practised, it will meet with the reward it’s deserving of, and the Sanction of the Faculty.
++Likewise, makes all kinds of Leg Irons for deformed Limbs, Steel Shapers for Ladies, &c. &c.
++He is to be heard of at Mr. Palmer’s Cutler, in Leicester, where the Surgeons may have all kinds of INSTRUMENTS made and repaired in the neatest manner.

Messrs. William and Nath. Simpson

We are informed that Messrs. William and Nath. Simpson of this town, propose to take in any sum of Money at 2 per cent. Interest, and give their Notes payable upon demand as usual among Bankers.
++On Monday last,as John Jaques late of Staunton under Bardon in this county, was returning from Cole-Orton Pitts, where he had been for Coal with his Master’s team, he accidentally fell upon the ground by the side of the horses, and before he could get up or the horses be stopped, was crushed against the ground by the near fore wheel of the waggon, whereby he received some internal bruises of which he died on Tuesday morning last. On Wednesday the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body and brought in their verdict, Accidental Death.

The Bath Gardens

For the Entertainment of the PUBLIC

The Bath Gardens

Will be Opened with Illuminations & Fire-Works, to continue every Tuesday Evening during the Summer Season. To begin on Tuesday the 16th of this instant, and to conclude with the RACES.
++Those Gentlemen and Ladies, who chuse to Subscribe Five Shillings, will have a Ticket that will admit one Person every Public Night, through the Whole Season: Otherwise Admittance Six Pence as Usual.
++Proper Persons are engaged to Sing this Season, with other Vocal as well as Instrumental Music. And no care or expence will be spared to render the Entertainment as delightful as possible, to those Gentlemen and Ladies who please to favour me with their Company; by their Most Obedient,
++Humble Servant,

The Tickets to be paid for after the Races.

found in a pit of Water

On Friday se’nnight died at Quenebro’ in this County, aged 22, Miss Susannah Winstanley, the 4th daughter to James Winstanley Esq. of Braunston.
++On Tuesday a new born Female Child was found in a pit of Water, at Sibson near Market-Bosworth, supposed to have been murdered and thrown in there. The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the Body, but did not finish their Inquiry; And the Coroner (on Account of some suspicious circumstances which appeared upon the Inquest) adjourned the Jury to Wednesday next.

a Male Child about three Months old

On Friday the 12th instant, a Male Child about three Months old, was found dead in Ullesthorpe-Field, close to the Road leading to Claybrooke in this County. It had no marks of violence upon it, and appeared to have been much wasted with illness. It is supposed it was left there by a travelling woman who was seen begging at Claybrooke the day before, with 2 children, one of which was very ill. On Saturday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict Natural Death.
++The same day the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body of William Chapman, of Wykin, near Hinkley, who hanged himself in a Stable adjoining his Dwelling House, and it appearing on evidence that the deceased had been disordered in his senses for some time past, the Jury brought in their verdict Lunacy.
++The Coroner’s Inquest, which was adjourned to Wednesday last relating to the child that was found dead at Sibson (as mentioned in our last) brought in their verdict Wilful Murder, by some Person or Persons unknown.

We hear from Burton-on-Trent

We hear from Burton-on-Trent that a few days since, one Elizabeth Page, and old Woman of Shelton, in that parish, being left in the House alone, fell into the fire and was burnt to death; what is remarkable, she had a sister burnt to death, in the same village, a little more than a year ago.
++From the same place we hear, that on Tuesday last, as one of the Burton Boats was coming up the river, one of the Watermen being in liquor fell overboard and was drowned.
++And on the same day, a child of Mr. Robert Lea’s of Coton-Park near Burton-on-Trent, happening to stand in the way of one of the Maid Servants, who was taking a large kettle of boiling water off the fire, it flew all over the child, who languished till 4 o’clock the next morning when he died.
++On Monday the 21st of May last, Thomas Watkins, of Cole-Orton moor, in this County, Coal-miner, accidentally fell into a pit in the liberty of Cole-Orton, whereby he received divers Wounds of which he languished till Wednesday last and then died. On Friday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body and brought in their verdict accidental death.
++It is with pleasure that we inform the public, that the building for the intended County Infirmary, in this town, is in so much forwardness as to promise a speedy relief to those needy and sickly objects which so frequently excite out Compassion.

To be Sold by Auction

To be Sold by Auction

On Tuesday the 20th of June, between the Hours of 6 and 8 o’Clock in the Evening, at Mr. John Fenton’s at the Green Dragon in the Market Place, Leicester, (if not disposed of by private Contract, of which Notice will be given in the Paper) according to Conditions as shall then be produced.

A Good Accustomed Public House, situated in the Horse-pool-street, Leicester, known by the Sign of the George, and now in the tenure of Mr. Tho. Coleman; Consisting of a Kitchen, Two Parlours, Three Chambers, Cellar, Vault, Brewhouse with a Cistern in it, a Stable, and other Out-Offices, Two large Gardens, and six other Tenements adjoining the same, in the several Tenures of William Hemsley, John Brown, John White, Widow Morrison, Benjamin Withers and Thomas Gilbert.
++For further Particulars enquire of Mr. John Pocklington in Leicester.

the Coroner’s Inquest

On Monday last the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body of Thomas Audley, who died at Hinkley in this county on Sunday last. It was suppose that he had received some injury by fighting the Wednesday before, but upon examination there were no marks of violence upon him, and it appeared he died of a Rupture. The Jury brought in their Verdict Natural Death.
++And on Thursday last the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body of a new born female Child which was found in a Pit of Water, within the Liberty of Kibworth-Harcourt, in this County. A young woman of Burton-Overy who has absconded, is suspected to be the mother of it.—The Coroner adjourned the Jury to Monday next to make further enquiry.

Judith Smeeton, of Burton-Overy

On Monday last Judith Smeeton, of Burton-Overy in this County (the same young woman as was mentioned in our last to have absconded) was committed to our County Gaol, by William Tilley, Gentleman, Coroner, charged by the Coroner’s Inquest with the murder of her Bastard Child.
++On Thursday last the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the body of Thomas Hatfield of Nelson, who was found dead in the Liberty of Barleston.—The Jury brought in their Verdict Natural Death.

The Second Main of Cocks

The Second MAIN of COCKS between the Gentlemen of Leicestershire, and Derbyshire, to shew Fifty-one COCKS on each Side, for TEN GUINEAS a Battle, and TWO HUNDRED GUINEAS the odd Battle, will be fought at Mr. JOSEPH DEVERAL’s, at the WHITE-LION in NOTTINGHAM, during the RACE-WEEK.
++BUCK for Leices.
++REDFEARN for Derbs.
N.B. The first Day’s Sport is on Tuesday next.

Henry Erpe, Grocer

HENRY ERPE, Grocer, in Gallowtree Gate, Leicester, desires those Persons, who intend taking up any Bees, this Season, and have not yet apply’d to him, will let him know before the 13th of August next, as no further application will be made. He will exchange Honey for Combs on advantageous Terms, to such Persons who have occasion to use their own Honey, for which a proportionable quantity will be given according to the Age and Weight of the Hives.
++N.B. None will be taken but what are delivered at Leicester in the Hives, on which account a better price will be given.
++Thirty or Forty Hives to be Sold fit for Stores, and a Sett of collateral Bee-Boxes, with Glass-Doors for three Colonies; also fine Honey and Wax and all sorts of Groceries, Wholesale and Retale on the most Reasonable Terms.



All Gardeners who are unprovided with Fruit of this Kind, and all other Dealers in Fruit, and such Persons who chuse to take up that Business in Leicester, and that Neighbourhood, are desired to take Notice, That Cherries of various Sorts are now gathering in the Great Cherry Orchards of John Watts, near the West-Cotes in Leicester, and are Sold at, and will continue to be Sold at (at least) as reasonable Rates, as in any other Gardens or Orchards in or near the same place by the same John Watts the Owner. A careful hand or two will be wanted, but none need apply who cannot answer this Character.

The following prisoners are to take their Trials

The following prisoners are to take their Trials at the Assize for this County, which begins on Wednesday next, the 19th Instant, before the Hon. Sir Edward Clive, Knt. and the Hon. Henry Bathurst, Esq. viz. Anthony Wilford charged upon Oath with a violent Suspicion of stealing seven silver Tea-spoons, a pair of silver Tea-Tongs, and a silver Tea-spoon strainer; Alice Wilson, charged on Oath with stealing a printed cotton Gown, Handkerchief, and several other things; Judith Smeaton, charged on the Coroner’s Inquest with the willful Murder of a female bastard Child; George Snow, charged with feloniously carrying away a mixed-coloured dunghill Cock; and Thomas Knapp, charged with stealing a Shift and a shaving-cloth.

the Assizes for this Borough and County

On Monday last was married at St. Martin’s Church in this Borough, Mr. Erpe, Grocer, to Miss Gamble, daughter of Mr. John Gamble, the present Mayor of this Borough.
++At the Assizes lately held at Northampton, a Gentleman was tried on two Indictments for Bribery, at a late Election for members to represent a Borough in that County, and convicted on both Indictments in a penalty of 500l. each.—
++How much more reputable this Borough, when in a late contest, the Honour of the Candidates, and Incorruptibility of the Electors prevented every Suspicion of such practices!
++On wednesday began the Assizes for this Borough and County, when Mary Heyterly, charged with Burglary and Felony, in breaking into and robbing the house of her late Master, Mr. Lee of Ashby-de-la-zouch, and stealing thereout several things of value, was acquitted of the Burglary but convicted of the Felony, and ordered to be transported for 7 years.
++At the same Assize, George Shaw, for stealing a Dunghill-Cock, was ordered to be privately whipt. Thomas Knapp, Alice Willson and Judith Smeaton were acquitted.—There was a very numerous appearance of Gentlemen at this Assize, and the Concert in the Evening remarkably brilliant.
++The General Meeting of the subscribers to this County Infirmary, which was held yesterday in the Three-Cranes (Sir Thomas Cave, bart. in the Chair) was conducted with great unanimity; the Builder was paid 500l. agreeable to contract on raising the first floor: The Gentlemen went down to view the Building, and caused several Additions and Improvements to be made. Upon the whole we can assure the Public, this noble Institution now bids fair to be speedily and happily furnished, and afford that comfortable asylum to the distressed, so much desired by its benevolent benefactors.

the self moving Machine

We can assure our Readers, on the Authority of a Gentlemen of this Town, (an intimate Friend of Mr. Moore of Cheapside, London, inventor and Patentee of the self moving Machine) that, That Gentlemen proposed going in it to York Races, which begin the 19th or 20th of this month; and so sanguine are some of his mechanical friends that a Bett of 500 Guineas was laid a few Days ago, that the said Machine would go twelve Miles within the Hour, on a Turnpike Road, before the end of the present month, and we are also authorised to acquaint our Readers that Mr. Moore will stop one night in Leicester on his return from York.
++At the Florist Feast last Wednesday, One Hundred and Twenty-four Gentlemen met on the occasion, and Dined at the Three Crowns. The Prizes for the Flowers were adjudged as follows: (viz.)

To Mr. Berry of Rothly, for the best broken Carnation, the Panther – 1l. 1s. 0d.
To Mr. Newbold of Rothly, for the second best ditto – 10s. 6d.
To ditto for the best whole blowing Bizarre, the M. of Granby – 1l. 1s. 6d.
To Mr. Wigley’s Gardiner for the second best ditto, the Earl of Chatham – 10s. 6d.
To Mr. Berry of Rothly, for the best Flake, Bailey’s Bishop of Winchester – 15s. 0d.
To Mr. Newbold of Ditto for the second best ditto, Cox’s Countess of Leicester – 10s. 6d.
To Mr. Wigley’s Gardiner, for the best Picatee – 10s. 6d.

And at the Florist Feast held the same day at Mrs. Lawton’s, the Bear and Swan, we also hear the company was very numerous, and at each place a very fine shew of Flowers.

* Time supplanted is both too personal, and too imperfect for insertion.

John Proudman, Apprentice

Whereas John Proudman, an Apprentice to Jacob Abbot of Earl Shilton, Framework-knitter, did absent himself from his said Master on the 25th of July last, and has not since been heard of. This is to discharge Persons from employing or harbouring the said John Proudman, and any Person that will give Information to his said Master, or bring him home, shall be handsomely rewarded.
++N.B. He is about 14 years of age, but short, has dark brown hair, is pitted with the small pox, and had on when he went away a black Everlasting Waistcoat, leather Breeches, marble knit Hose, and an old slouch Hat.

a violent hurricane

On Monday last was held at the Three Crowns Inn, the annual Venison Feast in commemoration of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The dinner provided on this occasion was very elegant, and upwards of 350 persons dined together.
++Tuesday was married at Birstall, the Rev. Mr. Langford, to Miss Oliver.
++We hear from Nottingham that on Sunday last, at about four o’Clock in the afternoon, John Hill, apprentice to Mr. Scattergood, Framework-knitter, in the New-buildings, was unfortunately drowned as he was bathing in the River Trent, a little above the bridge.—’Tis to be hoped this poor boy’s fate will be a warning to all others, not to profane the Lord’s day, by their non-attendance upon public worship.
++By the violent hurricane which happened about 6 o’clock last Sunday afternoon, a great mischief was done in the villages of Raesby, Rotherby and others adjacent. In Raesby, a new-built brick barn (belonging to the Rev. Mr. Orton) and two others were blown down, and two large trees were torn up by the roots, one whereof, in the fall, killed a cow. In Rotherby so great was the agitation, which the hurricane occasioned, that the china was thrown off the table as a gentleman and his family were at tea.

very dreadful thunder and lightening

Thursday morning the Lady of John Simpson, Esq; was safely delivered of a son and heir, at his house in this town.
++By a correspondent from Burton-on-Trent we are informed, that on Tuesday the 15th of this instant, they had a most violent hail-storm attended with very dreadful thunder and lightening, and at Rolleston, a village about two miles from that town, a man, his wife, and daughter, who were reaping in a field, were all three struck down by the lightening. The man lay for some time insensible, and when he came to himself he found his wife dead, her hair of her head, and head-cloths being in flames, and her shoes on her feet burnt to a cinder.—The girl and her father received no other harm than being struck down
++We hear from Ashby in this county, that on Monday the 4th of September next, a great boxing match will be fought between the noted Turner, and the famous Dart, the London Dyer, upon Swinfield-moor, near Derby, for 2 Hundred Guineas.—It is said some thousand pounds are depending on this trial of manhood.

Mr. Alderman Chambers

Yesterday being the Feast of St. Michael the Arch-Angel, Mr. Alderman Chambers, was for the second time sworn into the Office of Mayor of this Corporation. Mr. Hartell and Mr. Thomas Phipps, into that of Chamberlains.

An Epodos

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

As you have lately favoured the Public with a Strophe and Antistrophe, on the TOWN of BOSWORTH, and an Epodos is wanting, to complete the MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT—for want of a better, please insert in your next, the following from,
++++++Yours &c.

Phil-Atheles Attack on Phil-Bosworth is keen,
And betwixt them, they cure us of Vapours and Spleen,
The neutral Spectator’s diverted to see
A resemblance of Batrachomyomachy.
Who’d ha’ thought, these high Bloods, in our last Dregs of Time,
Should retain such a Passion for Rattle and Rhyme?
Their Pen and their Poinards no Respite can find;
To stabbing, these Heroes so much are inclined.
Take Breath—or our Pleasure is sure to be Pain:
We shall see one, or both of you dead on the Plain.
Might Hostilities cease, and you Philos unite,
No Fighter, or Writer darest do you despite.
Your Alliance would drive away Scandal and Strife,
And folks might be quiet, all the Days of their Life,
Your BOSWORTH would flourish, your GRACES and LOVES,
Would come back in their Coach, drawn by VENUSS DOVES;
By your Prowess protected, they’d leave you no more,
But would make you more happy, than ever before.


[Note: The earlier poems presumably appeared in missing Journal editions of  9th, 16th or 23rd September]

Mr. John Jackson, Distributor of Stamps

Wednesday morning died at his lodgings in this Town, Mr. John Jackson, Distributor of Stamps for the county of Leicester.—He was the only Son of the late Rev. and Learned Mr. Jackson, Master of Wigstan’s Hospital. Was bred to the Stocking-Manufactory, but had declined Business for some years. He was endowed with a good understanding; his knowledge of History, particularly the Medallic, was very extensive.—If some shades of Character proved the frailty of Man, yet his enlarged and benevolent heart, with the strictest probity in every transaction of Life, entitled him to the general estimation of all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.—We hear he has left the greatest part of his fortune to his daughter about 16 years old.—He was aged over 50 years.

The Sadler’s Wells Company

At the THEATRE on Monday and every Night in the week
The Sadler’s Wells Company
Will go through the usual diversions of that Place,
Tight and Slack Rope Dancing
Tumbling, a la mode by a Gemini of Dexterous Fellows from Lapland,
Singing, by Mr. TAFE and Miss HEESOM,
With several Grand Comic Dances.

The whole to conclude every Evening with new Pantomimes. On Monday Harlequin Skelleton, Tuesday Harlequin Statute, Wednesday Harlequin Barber, Thursday Harlequin Restored, Friday the Harlot’s Progress, with new Tricks and Machinery to every Entertainment.

Pit: 1s. 6d. First Gallery: 1s. Upper Gal. 6d.

John Wright, at the Full Moon

At the Full Moon, in the Market-place, Leicester, (late Homer’s Head)

Begs leave to inform the Publick, that he now has stabling to accommodate any Person or Persons, on Market Days or other Times, who chuse to favour him with their Custom.
++At Old Michaelmass he proposes keeping Horses to let out to hire, either Single, Double, or with a careful Guide.
++N.B. Any Person or Persons who don’t chuse to travel with the Stage Coach in the Dead of the Night, by proper Notice may be conveyed to Harborough, &c. to wait for the Coach’s arrival on Moderate Terms.

John Watts, Gent.

On Tuesday last died at his house (Danet’s Hall) near this Town, after a short illness, John Watts, Gent. He was descended from an ancient family. He was endowed with many excellent qualities: a constant sympathiser with the distressed; his humane disposition far exceeding his income; and the sincerest of friends.
++At our annual Cheese Fair which began on Monday last, that commodity sold from 28s. to 32s. per hundred.

For the benefit of Signior Cooke

The last Week of performing in Town:
for the benefit of Signior COOKE:

At the Theatre on Monday Evening Signior Cooke will dance on the Tight ROPE with two Boys tied to his Feet:—To which will be added by Desire the Opera of

And a new dance called
The COBLER and his Wife,
Or the Frenchman and Miller in LOVE
In which will be introduced a Mock-Minuet.
Mr. COOKE will toss the STRAW in such a manner as none ever arrived at yet.
Tumbling and Dancing between the Acs.
Mr. LAWRENCE will perform
On the WIRE
The whole to conclude with a Grand Pantomime called Harlequin’s Invasion,
Or the Burgo-Master Tricked.

To being at 7 o’Clock.

a few rattling Rhymes

As your learned correspondent PACIFICUS has condescended to favour us with an EPODOS, which he says was wanting, to complete the Musical Entertainment PHILO-BOSWORTH and I have afforded to the Public, I hope you will permit me in your next, by a few rattling Rhymes, to discover my Gratitude to that sublime Genius, for his inimitable Performance, by which you will again oblige,
++Yours &c.

Take Thanks Friend Pacificus, Thanks for each line,
Where Wit and Good-Nature amazingly shine.
So sublime is your diction, your thoughts so well laid,
One would think you was Homer awaked from the dead.
I ne’er once imagined (pray don’t take it hard)
Great-Britain could claim such an excellent bard;
You can be no less than the Son of Apollo,
Your Music’s so sweet; nay his Actions you follow.
I fancy his Godship with Music is done,
And’s bequeathed his Lyre to his dutiful Son,
On which to play sweetly your Care so intense is,
Amazed we stand—you quite ravish our Senses.
Old Orpheus ne’er did such raptures inspire,
The Mountains and Woods owned the power of his Lyre;
How greatly obliged then are Philip and I,
For you deigning to cast on our Labours your Eye?
Had it not been for you they had surely been lost,
Just peeped in the world and then gave up the Ghost:
But now shall we doubtless, in ages remote,
Be talked of as Persons of wonderful note;
For if they’ve Discernment, what less can they do,
Than reverence us, so regarded by you?

the rascally Miller

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

If you’ll be so good as to insert in your next Paper, the question underwritten, some kind correspondent may perhaps hereafter give an Answer thereto, which will oblige your constant Reader,
++L. H.
If I send excellent good, sound, sweet and dry Wheat to a Mill to be Ground, and the rascally Miller returns Flour in my Bag which makes unsound, clammy, and fusty Bread, How is such a villain to be properly punished?

In Answer to the Question

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

In Answer to the Question by L.H. in your last Paper, I find a Case, T. 16th G. 2. King against Wood.
++That the Defendant was Indicted for changing Corn delivered to him to be Ground and giving bad instead thereof: And the Court of King’s Bench were Unanimous, that it was an Indictable Offence.—I wish every such Offender may meet his Desert, and am Yours,

The Famous Saxon Doctor Goergslenner

The Famous Saxon Doctor and Oculist GOERGSLENNER, who during his Stay here in this Town, both at his Lodgings and in Public, upon Poor and Miserable Objects, many of whom had been given up by other eminent Doctors and Surgeons, and turned out from Hospital as incurable, and yet perfectly cured by this Doctor: facts well known to a Multitude of Persons, who have been Eye-witnesses. Among the many Cures the Doctor has performed a few are inserted here, and that at the particular desire of the following Persons which were cured by him.
++Joseph Alvey, 71 years of age, living in Nighton Parish, who was very deaf of both Ears these 40 years standing, is now cured and can hear very well, considering his age. And the above Jos. Alvey had lost the use of his right arm and hand for a long time, is now restored to the use of them again.—Thomas Cawner, Taylor, in Silver Street, 63 years of age, who was very deaf in both Ears for two years and upwards, is now cured.—John Warwick, 26 years of age, living in St. Martin’s Parish, was afflicted with a very bad Leg with Sores and Ulcers, this eight years standing, and he was entirely lame with it, and was obliged to walk upon two crutches, and he has applied to several Doctors, was in London in an Infirmary, but all without a Cure, and is now perfectly cured, and can walk as well as ever.—William Johnston, 23 years of age, living in St. Mary’s Parish, who was afflicted with very bad Eyes, and large specks upon them, and was almost blind. He has laboured under this Disorder above 15 years, and has applied to several other Doctors, but all without any effect, and is now cured and can see as well as ever he has done in his life.—Perfectly cured Mary Garrel, 39 years of age, living at the Coach and Horses, who was very deaf of both Ears, this 6 years standing.—The Wife of Samuel Goodrich, 46 years of age, living in the Horse-Fair. She was sorely troubled with bad inflammation (Chemosis) upon her left Eye; was full of pain and entirely blind, and was afflicted a considerable time with it, but is now perfectly restored to her proper sight.—The Son of Mary Wood, ten years of age, living in All Saints Parish, who was entirely deaf of both ears, and not able to hear a Drum for five years standing, is now restored again to his proper hearing, and can hear the least thing.—The Daughter of Elizabeth Newcomb, aged 20 years, living in All Saints Parish. She was severely troubled with very bad Eye and Humours, and specks upon them; she was almost blind and afflicted with it from her infancy, but is now cured and can see any thing.
++All the above Persons living here in Leicester, and a many more have been cured by this Doctor, but an account of them is too long to be inserted here.
++The Doctor intends to stay some Time longer here, for the Relief of the Poor.—Patients who are outwardly afflicted, the Doctor must see and examine himself, but those who are inwardly disordered, may know their Disorder, and whether curable or not, by sending their morning Urine, and he undertakes none he judges incurable.
++The Doctor to be spoke with every day at his Apartments at Mr. William Simpson’s, Hosier in the Swine-Market, Leicester.
++Letter Post-paid duly answered.

some Evil Disposed Persons

Whereas some Evil Disposed Person or Persons, did last Week maliciously destroy a great Quantity of FISH in Sir Thomas Parkins Ponds in Bunney Park, by throwing into such Ponds Occulus Indicus or other noxious Berry or Composition; For the Discovery of such Person or Persons, Sir Thomas Parkyns hereby Promises, a Reward of Ten Pounds, to any one who will give Information upon Oath, of such Offender or Offenders, to be paid upon their Conviction. And if any one of the Accomplices in such Offence, will give the like Information against the rest, he shall receive the same Reward, and will moreover be entitled to his Pardon by Virtue of an Act of Parliament made in the 5th Year of his present Majesty’s Reign.

To the Printer

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

I thank you for inserting what I requested. I intended not thereby to reflect on any Miller, I only asked a general question, that injured persons, by a proper answer, might be instructed how to proceed if they think fit, But

If Caps amongst a throng are thrown,
Let each one take—and use his own.

Mills for grinding Corn whilst in the hands of men of sound probity and honour, may well be ranked amongst the most useful of all inventions: But if they drop into the possession of men of opposite disposition, they are then rather a curse than a blessing to the neighbours.
++Bread was wont heretofore to be reckoned the Staff of Life; but of late it is, by many, esteemed almost the bane thereof. For
++Since the too general introduction of dressing tackle into Mills, Persons who are the best judged as to the purity of Flour, are, perhaps, utterly ignorant of the composition of that which they either see, or feel, or smell or taste.
++Our kind Legislators were, I doubt not, very sensible of this mischief when they passed the Law of the 31, Geo. 2. c. 29. Wherein a penalty is laid on Offenders, who sell, offer or expose to sale, Meal or Flour, contrary to the directions of that Law, But in order to evade the humane intentions of that good Law, Dealers use the equivocal Terms of “First or best Flour, Second, Third, &c.”
It has been an easy task to trace great quantities of Pulse, Rye and Barley to Mills, but if any one will prove that a tenth part thereof has been vended back in Flour under the true appellation which it ought to bear according to that Law, erit mihi Magnus Apollo.
++If Poor People who are inclined to frugality, could have the Meal or Flour of Pulse, Rye, Barley or even Maize, for the prices each sort reasonably deserves, they might reach some advantage; but if the Dealers have an immediate gain of 40, or 50, or perhaps near Cent per Cent, by their base mixtures, it is, I humbly conceive, too severe a grinding of the Poor to be suffered without complaint.
++General complaints sometimes obtain public redress. And I heartily wish that those of the Poor in the case before us, may reach the ears of such good Persons as are in authority, and are willing to give relief.
++If any person thinks what I have wrote on this subject to be actionable, I don’t request him to spare his
Nether-Seal, Nov. 1st 1769.

the Anniversary Feast

On Monday last being the Anniversary Feast of this Corporation, Joseph Chambers Esq. Mayor, a most elegant Entertainment was provided at the Town-Hall, and served up in two Courses. The Right Honourable the Earl of Denbigh, The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Wentworth, the Honourable Dr. Noel, Anthony James Kecke Esq. together with many other Gentlemen of Distinction, did Mr. Mayor the honour of dining with him on the occasion.

To Mr. L.H. at Netherseal

To Mr. L.H. at Netherseal.

After stating your Question, You ask, How such a rascally villain ought to be punished? At present there wants proof that such a Person exists, or whether it is not a man of Straw you make so free with?—Supposing it to be Fact, you ought to have pointed out the Man, and not have left the World to judge of this Man or the other, or the whole body of Millers, for the Offence of One.
++But if your Corn was good, it might still make clammy read, from an improper use of Liquor or other means. It might be fusty Bread, by making use of Grounds from a fusty Barrel instead of Yeast to raise the Spunge with—so that the candid Reader, may perhaps suspect a want of proper Management at Home, a fault which frequently attends a too diligent Enquiry, after either criminal or accidental Mistakes abroad—and sometimes produces one of the worst Crimes, the blast of Reputation. I call it one of the worst, because clearly irreparable,
++Yours &c.
+++++An Old MILLER

a cunning old Fox

To the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

When I wrote the question alluded to by the Old Miller in your last, I intended not to blast the reputation of any man; I had a better end in view.
++Had I not been threatened with prosecution, I had not written that which I afterwards wrote.
++The Old Miller (although ashamed of his Name) seems a cunning old Fox, who would draw others into a Snare, and endeavour to lick his friend clean by bespattering his innocent neighbours.
++However, I will beg leave to come nearer the point by asking the question following, viz.
++If I send sweet Corn in a clean sweet bag to a Mill, and the Miller sendeth very fusty Flour back in my bag, what does he deserve?
++In answering this question, the fusty barrel, and bad management at home, can bear no blame.
++Honest dealing is the stoutest shield to reputation; as to such persons as act otherwise, it matters not how soon they suffer the irreparable loss thereof.
++If the Old Miller had remained silent I had not troubled the Public herewith.
++I hope that no honest man will think me mad, for doing that which in this case I have done.—As to any reflections from Persons who have not a just regard to truth or common civility, they will be disdained as they ought to be, by
+++++Nether-Seal, Nov. 20, 1769.

the inhabitants of Belgrave-gate

On Tuesday last was married at Belgrave, Mr. Capp, to Miss Topham, daughter of Mr. Anthony Topham, both of this town.
++We are assured that the inhabitants of Belgrave-gate, in this Borough, have entered into a Subscription to enlighten that street with lamps, in the same manner as the Gallowtree-gate and the Coal-Hill, and that such lamps were lighted up last night for the first time, in pursuance of such Subscription. What a pity it is that this example has not been more general in the principal streets of this Town!

Samuel Holmes and Elizabeth Eggerton

On Monday last as Mr. Samuel Holmes, Rider to Mr. Willows of this Town was riding a hunting in Queeneborough Field, his Horse stumbling, he was thrown over his Head and the Vertebrae of his Neck dislocated, which was the immediate Cause of his Death, which happened before any Assistance could be brought, though the Huntsman made up to him as soon as the Accident happened.—On Tuesday the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the Body and brought in their Verdict Accidental Death.
++On Tuesday morning the Body of a new-born Male Infant was found dead, in the house of Thomas Thorpe, in the Parish of St. Mary, in this Borough.—The same day the Coroner’s Inquest sat on the Body, and brought in their Verdict Wilfull Murder, against Elizabeth Eggerton Widow, Mother of the above Infant; who was judged by the Surgeon attending, to be in too weak a State of Health to be examined, relative to the above.
++Late on the same Night died, the above Elizabeth Eggerton, strongly suspected to have poisoned herself, to which Opinion the Physician and Surgeon who examined the body when dead both seemed to incline, but they not finding any poysonous Matter within the Body, the Jury brought in their Verdict, Natural Death, by the Visitation of God.

St. Margaret’s annual Singer’s Feast

The Rev. Christopher Hatton Walker. M.A. late of Queen’s College Cambridge, and Chaplain to the Right Hon. the Earl of Dysart, is presented to the rectory of Kibworth Beauchamp in this County, which together with his rectory of Harrington in Northamptonshire, is worth 500l. per Annum and upwards.
++On Wednesday last being St. John’s day, the Choir of St. Margaret’s in this Town, held their annual Singer’s Feast, at the Three Cranes Inn; the appearance of genteel Company on this occasion, was very numerous, near 100 persons dining together; and many agreeable Pieces of Music were performed by an excellent Band. to the satisfaction of the whole Company, among whom the utmost unanimity and chearful concord subsisted throughout the whole, and proper Stewards were appointed for the year ensuing.
++On Thursday last as Edward Middleton of Loughborough in this County, an infirm old Man, was unloading Hay, opposite to his own door, he accidentally fell from the Waggon and was killed on the spot. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body and brought in their virdict Accidental Death.

Death by the Visitation of God

Last week the Rev. Mr. Sambroke Nicholas Russell, M.A. was presented to the Rectory of Bruntinthorpe in this County, by Miss Pocklington of Leicester.
++On Friday se’nnight the Rev. Mr. Richard Coulton M.A. was presented by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, to the living of Evington in this County, void by the resignation of his Father the late Incumbent.
++On Tuesday se’nnight was married at Harlestone in the County of Northampton, Mr. Lovel, a Hosier of this place, to Miss Kitty Andrews, Daughter of the late John Andrews of Harlestone, Esq; a very agreeable young Lady with a handsome Fortune.
++On Friday the 28th of December last, one James Jackson of Thurnby in this County, an infirm old man, was found dead in a close in Thurnby Lordship, but as no marks of violence were found upon him it is supposed that he died suddenly. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body, and brought in their virdict, Natural Death by the Visitation of God.

a remarkable accident

At the Annual Feast of the Society for the support of travelling Woolcombers, held on St. Stephen’s Day, at the Sign of the King of Prussia in this Town, 159 Members dined together on the occasion, upon excellent Roast Beef and Plumb-Pudding. For the delicate Stomachs there were 23 couple of Fowls provided.—The whole was conducted with great decorum, unanimity and order.
++On Tuesday se’nnight a remarkable accident happened at Kegworth-Bridge in this County:—A person leading a Mare over the bridge, part of it gave way, and the Mare fell into the Water, but was got out without any hurt. On the same evening one Richard Long, Bricklayer, of Sutton, was returning home over the same bridge, (and the road now not being above a foot and half wide) notwithstanding he had a guide with a lanthorn, he fell from the top into the water, and was carried away by the rapidity of the stream, under the Arch, and quite across the Bridge-Pool, and thrown upon a bed of sand at a great distance. And what is more remarkable, a person, with the assistance of a large tub, sailed over to him, and took him up with very little hurt.—It is high time the Gentlemen of the County, or to whom the bridge belongs, do inspect into it, and for the use of the public, have it repaired, that we have no more of these fatal consequences.
++We are assured that some unknown and kind Benefactor on Saturday night last sent a large quantity of Beef to the poor Prisoners in our County Gaol, which afforded them a most seasonable and happy Relief, in this inclement Season.—The generous Giver it is not doubted, but will accept this Acknowledgement in lieu of the Thanks of these unfortunate and unhappy People, which could not be Inserted (as they Intended) without being charged the Duty.

a Caution to Parish Officers

A correspondent from a Parish in this County informs us, of the following Transaction, which may be depended upon to be authentic, and desires it may be inserted in out Journal, as a Caution to all other Parish Officers.
++A Pauper of the said Parish of very weak intellects, almost bordering on Idiotism, took it into his head to go to service, accordingly he went and lived with the Churchwarden of an adjoining parish, which Officer being very expert in parish affairs, and having in his parish a female pauper, and willing to do it a very peculiar service in getting rid of her, by pecuniary and other methods, persuaded his servant to marry the girl, and then advised them to go to their own parish to live, but the inhabitants thereof, being informed of the clandestine methods that had been used with their pauper, applied to Law for redress, and the affair being ready for hearing at the Session, Mr. Churchwarden thought proper to come to an arrangement, and to pay to the Officers of the man’s parish, 50l. besides Cost of Suit, which with the Wedding Portion, and other incidental expences, amounts to more than 70l. and as Mr. Churchwarden did not consult the inhabitants of his parish, in transacting this honest affair, they have refused to pay any part of the expence, so that he is very likely to bear the whole charge of this extraordinary procedure himself.
++On Wednesday morning the body of a new born Female Child was found in the Horse-pool at the end of South-gate street, in this Borough; and on Thursday the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body, and brought in their Verdict, Wilful Murder by some Person or Persons unknown.
++Yesterday was committed to this Town Gaol, by Mr. Alderman Fisher, John Carr, charged with selling of Geese, knowing them to be stolen from Newbold-Verdon.—The above John Carr is a man of sallow complexion, black hair, straight and thin, about 5 feet 8 inches high, has on a light drab coat, red waistcoat, greasy leather breeches and a black handkerchief about his neck, and very remarkable on his nose. He says his last residence was at Wharton, near Orton on the Hill. he is strongly suspected to be an old offender, and to have committed many robberies in Bosworth, Newbold, and places adjacent. At the sign of the Admirals in this Town, selling one of his Geese, while the landlord was drawing him a mug of ale, he replenished the bag in which the goose had been carried, by putting in a number of such moveable irons as were nearest at hand. He pretended to have several accomplices, in most of the Frauds he has been concerned in.

Mr. Edward’s Bottle

The Public are frequently amused with Advertisements of Specific Medicines calculated to remove, or at least to alleviate every Infirmity that Human Nature labours under, and there is scarce a single instance where in one or other there is not an absolute Cure promised. There is now offered to the World, (and at present only sold by J. GREGORY, Printer in Leicester) a Medicine which the Patron requests no other recommendation of, that what from an impartial trial is justly due to its merit; to enumerate its utility in many Disorders which is founded upon experimental Facts by the Author, might seem rather calculated to promote its Sale than prove its efficacy: He only begs leave to observe, that when the Blood and Juices are vitiated, and circulation and perspiration impeded, it will most powerfully alleviate and promote their discharge.
++In all Leprosy and Cutaneous Disorders, even in their worst Stages, its salutary effects are not to be accounted for.
++In Rheumatic and Gouty Complaints, if properly attended to, will be of greatest service.
++In swelled Necks, or any other White Swellings, arising from a bad Stamina or Obstructions.
++From Colds, the too often bane of the Female Sex, the mechanical affection of this Medicine peculiar to those dreadful effects, is not inferior to any yet known in the World.
++In Surfeits, Agues, and Fevers where the Stomach is vitiated and the whole frame relaxed.
++In number of instances that have bid defiance to every preparation of the Bark, it has met with the desired effect.
++This most valuable medicine for the benefit oF the Poor, will be sold for Three Shillings a Bottle, with a bill of directions, and some very extraordinary Cures well attested.
++Please to enquire for Mr. EDWARD’s Bottle, which to prevent Counterfeits will be sealed with the Turk’s Head.

at the Sign of the Saracen’s Head


To be fought at Mr. Ascough’s at the Sign of the Saracen’s Head in Leicester.—The Third Great Main of Cocks between the Gentlemen of Leicestershire and the Gentlemen of Derbyshire. To shew 51 Cocks in the Main, and to fight for Ten Guineas a Battle, and Two Hundred Guineas the Odd Battle.—To weigh on Monday the 19th of February next, and fight on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. A Battle will be upon the Pitt each day at 11 o’clock.
+++++David Smith, Leicestershire.
+++++Jonathan Redfern, Derbyshire.

Mrs. Shuter

On Wednesday night died in this Town, Mrs. Shuter, relict of the late Rev. Mr. Shuter of Kibworth in this County, whose death was mentioned but a few weeks ago in this Paper, in which very short Interval died likewise their only Child.

Cure for the bite of a Mad Dog

For the Printer of the Leicester and Nottingham Journal.

As there has been a Mad Dog in several Neighbouring Villages, and bit several People, and abundance of Cattle and Dogs, so that it may produce dreadful Consequences, I beg you will insert the following Receipt in your next Paper, (which may be depended upon to be the same used for many Years by William Harlstaff, and which has cured Hundreds) that all Persons may have it if need requires. And you will oblige,
++Your humble Servant,
+++++++Coleorton, Jan 10, 1770.


Tops of Rue, 6 Ounces; Filings of Pewter, Treacle and Garlic, of each 4 Ounces; clear Ale a Quart: Digest, or let stand warm awhile, then strain it. A dose for a Man is 6 Spoonfulls twice a Day, for 9 Days together; it may be necessary to let Blood at 9 Days end.
++William Harlstaff used to give the Medicines 3 Days and bleed the fourth.



In the Receipt for the Cure of the Bite of a Mad Dog, inserted in our last, by mistake was left out, “Boil it to the Consumption of one half.”

Mr. Thomas Bennet, greatly lamented

The Lords Commissioners of his Majesty’s Treasury have been please to appoint Mr. Peter Olliver, of this Town, (upon the Application of the Right Hon, the Earl of Denbigh) Distributor of Stamps for this County, in the room of Mr. John Jackson, Deceased.
++Yesterday died at his house in this Town, Mr. Hodgekins, Brazier.
++On Saturday evening last died at Derby, in the 76th year of his age, Mr. Thomas Bennet, greatly lamented by all his Friends, and by the numerous Workmen whom he has for many years employed; having had the sole management of the silk-works (erected in that town by the late Sir Thomas Lombe) for upwards of 47 years.

Mr. William Tichburne, Assistant to the printer

On Friday se’nnigh died in this Town, in his 33rd Year, Mr. William Tichburne, for some years last past an Assistant to the printer of this Paper. He had received a polite and liberal Education, was well versed in the Latin and Greek Languages, was an ingenious Poet, and an excellent Philosopher.—As a Companion he was agreeable and facetious,—and so perfectly inoffensive as never to have been heard to speak ill of any Person whatsoever.—He was Heir to a considerable Estate, which now must descend to his only Son, a Boy of about 7 years old.—Nothing gave him so much Pleasure as the Hopes of being one Day able to pay his Debts (contracted some Years ago whilst in Trade) and which ’tis to be hoped, at the proper Time, his Son will discharge, and thereby do justice to the memory and Request of his Father.

Wanted: A Chamber-Maid and a Cook-Maid

WANTED, A Chamber-Maid and a Cook-Maid in a Country Place.—Healthy, active Girls, who have served in Villages, have had the Small Pox, and are not Tea-Drinkers, will be most acceptable.—Whoever these Places suit may apply to the Printer of this Paper. Characters both of their Steadiness and Expertness in Business will be required.

Dr. Flugger’s Lignorum Antiscorbutic Drops

Dr. FLUGGER’s LIGNORUM ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS, will perfectly cure the most inveterate Scurvy, Leprosy, Pimpled Faces of ever so long standing, so as never to return again; likewise the Evil, Fistulas, Piles, old obstinate Sores or Ulcers, and long continued inflammation of the Eyes, and every other disorder arising from a foulness in the Blood, by purifying the Blood, prevent malignant humours of every kind, surprisingly strengthen the Stomach, create a good Appetite, and by causing an easy and regular digestion, prevent wind from accumulating in the first Passages, and cause of Head-Ache, and other indispositions incident to the fair sex. I can with strictest truth recommend it as a great and singular medicine in all chronical disorders, and has so generally recommended itself to the respectable Public, that every one may be informed of the number of Persons cured by this Medicine, and that it is not an imposition.
++These Drops are Sold (by Appointment of Mr. Flugger) by Mr. Gregory in Leicester.

The Third Great Main of Cocks

The Third Great Main of Cocks between the Gentlemen of Leicestershire, and the Gentlemen of Derbyshire, which consisted of 43 Battles, was decided yesterday in favour of the former by three battles a head.
++Friday morning last, as Mr. Hudson, a wealthy Grazier of Derby, was attending the Beast Market there, he suddenly fell down, and expired immediately, supposed to be seized with an apoplectic fit.

Lord Sherrard

On the 24th inst. died, the Right Hon. the Earl of Harborough, Lord Sherrard.
++By the death of the Right Honourable the Earl of Harborough, in default of issue male, the Title, and a very large estate in Leicestershire and Rutland, descends to his next brother the Honourable and Rev. Mr. Sherrard, (now Earl of Harbourough).—The late Earl had been four times married; his first Lady was daughter to the Right Hon. Lord Verney. His second, the daughter of the Honourable William Noel, Esq; one of the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas, and by whom he had one daughter now living. His third Lady was the daughter of Thomas Hill, Esq; Member for Shrewsbury. His fourth Lady, the present Countess Dowager of Harborough, is the daughter of Sir Thomas Cave bart. (one of the Members in the present Parliament for this County).—The present Earl was married about 3 years ago, to the daughter of William Reeve, Esq; of Melton Mowbray, by whom he has two children, a son and a daughter.
++On Wednesday died at Ashby-de-la-zouch, in this County, the Rev. Mr. Toone of Rotherby Hall.
++On Saturday last died at Freeby near Melton-Mowbray in this county, in the 71st year of his age, Mr. Henry Sharpe: He had been an Inhabitant of that town about 50 years; was a gentleman greatly esteemed and respected by all his neighbours and acquaintance, and his death consequently, universally lamented.

seventeen years a soldier

We can assure the Public, that Mr. Whitley’s Company of Comedians, which are allowed by all Connoisieurs the best out of the Metropolis, will open our Theatre on Monday next.
++On Saturday last was married at St. Martin’s in this Borough, Mr. Gossip. Hosier, to Mrs. Cook, widow of the late Mr. Richard Cook, Apothecary.
++Yesterday, four Companies of the 33rd Regiment of Foot, who have been quartered here for the Winter, marched for Mountsorrel and Loughborough, and from thence we hear, are to march to Derby, as soon as the Assizes are over at that place.
++On Tuesday morning a Serjeant, belonging to the above Regiment, threw himself into the River Soar and was drowned. He left a letter behind for his Officer, which he had wrote the foregoing night, and in which he informs him, that before he would receive that letter, he should be in his watery Grave, that his Accounts were right.—The unfortunate Man had been seventeen years a soldier, and behaved well, but having been lately out a Recruiting, and being deficient in his Cash about four Guineas, is supposed to be the occasion of his committing this rash act. The Jury sat on his Body, and brought in their verdict Lunacy.
++And on Wednesday morning a young Man, servant to a Tradesman in this Town, hanged himself in his Master’s warehouse. The Jury sat on the body and brought in their verdict Lunacy.

Bagnall & Ellis


Coach, Sign & House-Painters, near the Cank-Pump, Leicester, beg leave to inform their former Friends and the Public in General, that they intend to carry on the above Painting an all of its Branches, in the neatest and most expeditious manner, on the lowest possible Terms. Any Gentleman or Ladies that please to favour them with their Commands will be duly answered, and gratefully acknowledged, by their Humble Servants,

Mr. Frudd, Dancing Master

Mr. FRUDD, begs leave to inform his Friends and the Public that his school opens at Mrs. Linwoods, the 19th of March. He has endeavoured to get a Room to accommodate those Children, whose parents have any objection to sending them to Mrs. Linwood’s, but not succeeding, can assure them, they will be treated with the greatest respect, though not her Scholars.
++N.B. Mrs. Linwood takes this opportunity of informing her Friends, that she had added to the other Branches of Education for Young Ladies, Geography, Drawing, and Painting.

At the Assizes for this Borough and County

The Lord’s Commissioners of his Majesty’s Treasury (at the request of the right honourable the Marquis of Granby) have been pleased to appoint John Lewen of Syston, one of the Surveyors of Windows for this County, in the room of Mr. Matchett deceased.
++At the Assizes for the Borough and County, which ended yesterday, John Carr, for stealing two Geese and a Gander, the property of William Bars of Newbold-Verdon; Elizabeth Bailey for stealing some Wearing Apparel, &c.; Edward Holder, for stealing upwards of 40 shirts, &c., were severally convicted and ordered to be transported for 7 years. William Adams, convicted of a Felony, to be publickly Whipped, and Richard Gunton to be privately Whipt. Mary Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor, charged with the murder of a Bastard-child were acquitted. John Parker, Richard Slater, John Fisher, Richard Foxon, William Standly and Thomas Peat were delivered by Proclamation.
++A Bill of Indictment was likewise found against William Doubleday (late servant to Mrs. Harris, Druggist) for robbing his said Mistress of Cash to a considerable amount.—The above Doubleday is yet to be taken.
++At the Assize, the appearance of Charles Hesilrige, Esq; High Sheriff, and his Attendants, far exceeded any thing of the kind seen here.—His very elegant Carriage was drawn by six fine high bred chesnut Horses, with bald faces, said to have cost 500 Guineas. Of his Javelin-Men, there were the full Compliment of 30 clad in green and buff, with buff breeches, and to whom he likewise gave hats, stockings, and gloves. The procession was conducted by a Marshall, two Trumpeters with silk flags, and the Family’s arms painted thereon; and two French Horns preceded the cavalcade. Two servants in green out of livery, two pages, and several footmen closed the train, which upon the whole formed a most grand appearance.—On Wednesday he bespoke the Play of Romeo and Juliet, with The Padock; at which was a crouded audience. And on Thursday the Assembly was remarkably brilliant; Mr. Pares jun. and the High Sheriff’s Lady opened the Ball.

in the Manors of Noely and Ilson

WHEREAS the Game for several Years past, has been destroyed in the Manors of Noely and Ilson. For the better preservation thereof, for the Time to come, I promise the Reward of One Guinea more than is allowed by Act of Parliament, to every person who will give information either to be or my Game keeper, Miles Sawyer, of Nosely aforesaid, against any one whatsoever, not qualified, that shall be destroying the Game in either of the aforesaid Liberties, on Conviction of them. Given under my hand at Leicester, this 16th day of March, 1770.

Mrs. Lettices are removed from the Horse-Fair

MRS. LETTICES beg leave to inform their Friends and the Public, that they are removed from the Horse-Fair to a much larger House, in the High-street. Mrs. Lettices having suffered many Inconveniences from the smallness of their late House, hope now to accommodate young Ladies to the entire Satisfaction of the Parents.
++N.B. Mr. Cotton teaches Dancing at Mrs. Lettices own House.

Mr. Burleton & Mr. Holmes

A few days ago was married in London, William Burleton, Esq. Recorder of the Borough, to Miss Greening, a Dorsetshire Lady. And on Thursday Evening the new married couple arrived at Mr. Burleton’s house near Leicester.
++On Thursday last died at his House in this Town, much lamented by his Friends, Mr. Holmes, Grocer and Druggist, and one of the Aldermen of this Corporation. He served the office of Mayor of this Borough in the year 1768, and had the honour of being one of the Returning Officers in the great contested Election, which ended of the 7th of April, in the same year, after a Poll of sixteen days.

the Fences in Illson and Nosely Lordships

Whereas the Fences in Illson and Nosely Lordships, belonging to Charles Hesilrige, Esq; have for Years past, and are at this Time, willfully torn down and carried away, by some Person or Persons unknown:—To prevent the like Practices for the future, I promise a Reward of One Guinea to any Person who will give information, either to me or to my servant, (Miles Sawyer of Nosely aforesaid) so that the Offender of Offenders may be brought to Justice, and punished as the Law directs. Given under my hand this 29th day of March 1770.

a melancholly accident

Tuesday sen’night a melancholly accident happened in the Right Hon. Lord Byron’s Park at Newstead, in Nottinghamshire, to Mr. Hervey, a Farmer and Maltster at Kirby, who was thrown from his Horse and bruised in so shocking a manner, that he languished till Thursday and then expired, leaving a widow and eight children.

a most extraordinary threatening Letter

The following most extraordinary threatening Letter was yesterday, the 5th instant, between the hour of 7 and 8 in the morning, found in the Court Yard before the Dwelling House of Cosmas Nevil, Esq; of Holt in the County of Leicester.

to Mr Navil.
“We are Bold to let you know that you mr Navel shall put the sum of a 100 guineas in a purs and lay it in Brodhom in Blaston Lordship at the old way post in a hole Cover’d with a Ston Clos to the side of the post this is to be don on Thursday the 5 even by Six o‘Cloc in the afternoon or else we will Burn your hous and all Belonging there to or kill your bodey for ther is sixteen of us a Valant Crue indeed and if you set oney Watch over the Muney when Laid I would have them think to kill or be killed for we will watch for you night and Day to kill or to Burn you or your hous But to be Sort and Plan with you if you make oney talk of it we will Despach you at aney opertunity But you may be Damned if you Do not Carry the Muney we will Butcher you mr Navel you will be hunting So that we will give you a Hy Shock with Sword or a pistol.”

These are to inform the Public, that whoever will give Notice to the said Cosmas Nevil, Esq; of the Offender or Offenders, so that he, she, or they, may be Convicted of Writing or leaving the said threatening Letter, shall receive, upon each Conviction, FIFTY GUINEAS, to be paid by Me,
++Cosmas Nevil
++Holt, near Market-Harborough,
++Leicestershire, April 6, 1770.

Mr. Henry Coxeter, a young Gentlemen

On Tuesday last Mr. Henry Coxeter, a young Gentlemen, late a Lieutenant in the Army, and who for some time past served as Writer to an Attorney, shot himself in a place called the Rowdykes in the parish of St. Mary’s near this Borough. He had taken leave of several acquaintances the day before, and accordingly kept his word. He had with him a brace of pistols, one of which he clapped to his right ear and the other to his left breast, and in the same instant discharged them; this was about noon, and in the presence of a young man servant to a baker, to whom he spoke, and desired him not to come near him. He had served several years in the army, was wounded at the battle of Quebec, and had been in many other actions during the last war. The Coroner’s Jury who sat upon the Body brought in their virdict Lunacy.

Meeting of the friendly Society of Florists

Tuesday se’nnight, being the Annual Spring Meeting of the friendly Society of Florists, one hundred and fourteen Gentlemen, Clergy, &c. honoured the Stewards with their company for Dinner at the Turk’s Head. Among whom were Sir Charles Halford, Joseph Chambers Esq. Mayor; William Burleton Esq. Recorder; Edward William Hartop, Thomas Boothby jun; William Herrick jun. of Beaumanor, William Herrick of Leicester, and Richard Walker Esqrs.—The Rev. Mr. Henry Newton of Burbage and Mr. William Buckley of Leicester, were nominated Stewards for the ensuing Feast. The Prizes were adjudged as follows:

To Mr. Long of Gaulby, for the first Auricular, Courtney’s Adonis — 1l. 1s. 0d.
To Mr. Berry of Rothley, for the second ditto, Severn Fame — 0l. 15s. 0d.
To Ditto, for the third ditto, Courtney’s Adonis — 0l. 10s. 6d.
To Ditto, for the first Polyanthos, Queen of May — 1l. 1s. 0d.
To Mr. James Berry, for the second ditto, Fiery Furnace —0l. 15s. 0d.
To Mr. Berry of Rothley for the third ditto, Queen of May — 0l. 10s. 6d.

Mrs. Ross, Sack and Mantua-Maker


Begs leave to inform her Friends that She is returned from London; and notwithstanding any Reports to the contrary, they may be assured, She will carry on Business as usual; and all who please to favour her with their Commands, may depend upon their Orders being completed in the genteelest and newest Fashion. By their humble Servant,
Two apprentices are wanted.

the Leicester and Derby Fly

Last week as a labouring man and his son, a youth about 12 years of age, were at work near Ashwell in the county of Rutland, grubbing up tree roots in a dyke bottom, while the boy was scooping down to gather the roots, the father’s foot slipped at the instant he had raised his pickaxe to strike, and most unhappily discharged the whole force of the blow on the back part of the boy’s head, which fractured his scull in a terrible manner; fortunately at the very instant of time that the accident happened, Mr. Bullivant, a surgeon, of Oakham, was riding by, who immediately dressed the wound in the best manner he was able to at the time, and in the evening was under the necessity of trepanning him in three places; very happily no very bad symptoms followed, and the boy at present is in a fair way of recovery.
++Yesterday died of the small-pox, at his house in this Town, Mr. Owen Manning, a young Gentleman about 21 years of age, lately out of his Apprenticeship, and commenced Partner with Mr. Gossip, Hosier.—For his genteel deportment and very amiable disposition, he had gained a universal esteem, and may be truly said to have died generally lamented.
++On Tuesday morning the Leeds-Coach was stopped and robbed near the 18 mile stone at Colney; and soon after the same man came up to the Leicester and Derby Fly, swearing he would blow the Coachman’s brains out if he did not stop; this done he ordered the men at the top to be very quiet or he would blow them off the coach, to which one of them, an arch fellow, imitating the Irish brogue, replied, “Yes my dear shoul, that we will, we are quiet like little Lambs, and shall do nothing at all at all.” He then came round to the coach door, which he had no sooner effected, than he who had assumed the Irish character discharged at him a brace of balls, which he received so efficaciously as scarcely to be able to keep his seat, and the horse run back with him into the hedge, which being a rather disagreeable situation to the animal, he sprung forwards towards the coach, and by so doing, introduced his rider into a second salute from the other, who fired another brace of balls at him, this so effectually turned the argument, that the horse set off with his master the best speed he could, and the men immediately got down from the coach and pursued him, but in vain—In the morning he was found near the place much wounded, by the two men who shot him (and who were hired by Mr. Hanforth of the Swan-with-two-Necks, Lad-lane, for that purpose) who secured and carried him before Mr. Henry Fielding.—He proves, on examination, to be one Richard Sage, otherwise Savage; lived lately at Ipswich, as a Journeyman Apothecary, was mounted on a black mare, with a bald face, and a swish tail. There were found upon him a metal watch in a green shagreen case, Tompion, London, 1035; a single cased metal watch, makers name Benj. Wood, London, No. 18773, with a steel chain and red cornelian seal set in gold, impression P.L. in a cypher; and a red book in the form of a Heart. The owners of which watches are desired to enquire immediately at Sir John Fieldings.

as well proportioned a cow as any in England

On Wednesday was married at Billsdon in this county, the Rev. Mr. Newton of this place, to Miss March, of Billsdon aforesaid.
++Last week was married at Blaby in this county, Mr. Major of Market-Harborough, to Miss French of the same place.
++We hear from Appleby, in this county, that Joseph Sallington, Butcher of that place, killed a cow there the 29th of May last, which he purchased of Robert Lea of Linton, and weighed 79 stone and 10 pounds. She had a cake of fat, 12 st. 2 lb. and was allowed by all who saw her to be as well proportioned a cow as any in England.

* The letter from T.P. came safe to hand, but being personal cannot have a place.

overturned by the horses taking fright

On Thursday last was married at All Saints church in this town, Mr. Roberts, hosier, to Miss Watchorn, daughter of Mr. Watchorn, woolstapler.
++Thursday died in this town, Miss Lambert, daughter to the late Mr. John Lambert.
++On Saturday last a post chaise belonging to Mr. Berrey, at the Lion and Lamb in this Town, which was returning from Uppingham, and in which were two women and the post-boy (who guided the reins from the inside with a piece of packthread string fixed to the Horses bridles) was overturned by the horses taking fright and running away with the chaise, which was torn all to pieces; one of the women had her arm broke and the other woman much bruised, and both horses greatly damaged. About a month since another chaise belonging to Mr. Berrey as above, was likewise broke to pieces in the same manner on the Loughbro’ road.—’Tis to be hoped these accidents will sufficiently alarm the landlords of the principal Inns on the road, whose property are so greatly at stake, and induce them to find out some means to redress so dangerous an abuse, and at the same time remove so great a nuisance to the Public, travelling on the roads, who are liable to a variety of accidents thereby.
++Yesterday morning Mr. Hurst, a Taylor in this town, was found dead in bed at the sign of the Marquis of Granby, upon the Harborough Road, where he had requested to lodge on thursday night; he had been that day to Kibworth, was pretty much in liquor, and had a fall from his horse, which is supposed to have occasioned his death, though no marks of any bruises appears on him.

the great Cock-Match

On Tuesday began the great Cock-Match between the Gentlemen of Leicestershire, and the Gentlemen of Derbyshire, for 10 Guineas a battle and 200 the main. Forty-five Cocks were weighed in, and on Thursday night Leicestershire was one a-head. There were then 18 battles to fight.
++We hear from Burton-on-Trent that on Thursday se’nninght a poor Journeyman Woolcomber, who worked with Mr. Bott in that Town, went to bathe himself at the bottom of his master’s garden, where he unfortunately got out of his depth and was drowned. Notwithstanding great pains have been taken with drags &c. the body has not yet been found, as the water was much higher than common, and he being naked, ’tis imagined he is carried to a great distance by the rapidity of the current.—’Tis said he is a Wirksworth man.

Tom Johnson

TOM JOHNSON, takes the liberty of acquainting his Friends, and the Public, That he is removed from the Horse and Groom in Frier Lane, to the White-Lion in the Market-place Leicester, where he hopes to meet with Encouragement from his Friends, and that the Customers to the said House will continue their Favours as usual, who may depend upon meeting with good usage, and every accommodation in his Power.

an audacious robbery

On Tuesday was held a General Meeting of the Gentleman subscribers to this COUNTY INFIRMARY, (Sir GEORGE ROBINSON, Bart. in the Chair) when we hear it was Resolved, that a Committee be immediately formed, to consider the most proper means to carry this Design into use, and prepare for the Reception of Patients with all possible Expedition.–The Gentlemen went down in a Body to visit the Building, which was highly approved, and gave general satisfaction, much to the honour of Mr. Wyatt the Projector, and Mr. Henderson who executed the Plan. We have also the further satisfaction of adding, that the utmost Unanimity appeared through the whole Meeting:—Animosities of all kinds forgot, and no strife but who should forward most so useful and beneficial a Work. From hence we may venture to congratulate the Public on the speedy prospect of seeing the hopes of the first Projectors answered; by very many distressed Objects partaking of the benefits—and Ages unborn bless the liberal Spirit of the Founders.
++The great Main of Cocks betwixt Derbyshire and Leicestershire, was determined in favour of the latter, by 1 battle.—This is the fourth great Main between the two counties.—The first was a drawn main.—The second won by Derbyshire by one battle.—The third by Leicestershire by two battles.—And the last by Leicestershire, by one battle.—It is not a little remarkable, that the success of every main except the 3rd, has depended upon the last single battle; so that out of 185 Cocks fought in the four Mains, the winner remains but three battles a-head.
++On saturday morning last, or in the night of friday, the following audacious robbery was committed. A woman who called herself Eleanor Clarke, and who for four months past had workt journey-woman with Mrs. Ross, Mantua-maker in Belgrave-gate in this town, found means to rob her Mistress of the following Articles, with which she got clear off, walked about three miles across the Fields to Odeby, where she took a place in the Manchester Fly and went to London that very night. One piece of pink ducape silk. One ditto crimson and green. One barcelona handkerchief unhemmed. One shirt and 3 sleeves. One red cardinal trimmed with fur. Three large silver table spoons. Two small ditto. One silver salt. Seven yards of printed linnen, blue and yellow. A cotton gown made up, garnet and green. A sprigged muslin apron. A pocket handkerchief. A pair of Shoes. A parcel of black silk cut into hatbands. A pair of silver buckles and several other things.—She was pursued to London, as soon as it could certainly be made out the road she had taken, and has since been advertised by Sir John Fielding, but hitherto without effect. Several of the above articles it appears had been carried off some days before she went away, and pawned in different places; a bundle has likewise been found at the Swan and Two Necks in Lad-lane, London. She is a middle-aged woman about 30, rather lusty, fair complexion, her hair turned over in a roll; is supposed to be drest in a black silk and stuff gown, and a [illegible] cardinal.
++On Thursday last one William Billings of Barrow upon Soar, Framework-knitter, was committed to our County Gaol by William Tilly, Gent. Coroner, charged by the Coroner’s Inquest with Manslaughter in feloniously killing Thomas Lewin of Mountsorrel in this County.—It appeared that Billings and the deceased had some little difference at Mountsorrel Fair on Tuesday Night, and made a match to fight for Two Shillings the next morning in Quorndon Meadow; and that when they met there, Billings was for declining the battle and offering to draw stakes, but the deceased refused, upon which they set to fighting when the deceased received a blow upon the left Temple which dropt him and he died immediately.

James Cook

JAMES COOK, Glover and Breeches-Maker: Takes the earliest Opportunity of acquainting his Friends and the Public in General, that he is Removed from his Shop in Gallowtree Gate, Leicester, to another House in the same Street opposite the Cranes, and lately occupied by Miss ANNE ILIFFE, MILLINER.—The favour of his Friends he hopes will be continued, and all who please to employ him, may depend upon their Orders being executed with all possible dispatch, and in the best Manner.—For all past favour he returns his sincerest Thanks.

Thomas Osbourn

THOMAS OSBOURN, Carrier; Begs leave to inform all Gentlemen, Tradesmen and Others, that he carries Goods and Passengers from the Old King’s Arms, High Street, Leicester, every Saturday and Wednesday, and goes to the Wind Mill St. John’s Street, London, every Saturday and Wednesday, from thence every Thursday and Monday. He likewise carries Goods to any part of the said Road. Any Gentlemen of Tradesmen who please to favour the said Thomas Osbourn with their carriage, he assures them no Care or Attention shall be wanting, and the Favour gratefully acknowledged by their Humble Servant,
Money and Plate taken in as such, not to be accountable for.

A marriage and several deaths

++MARRIED. At Market-Harborough, in Leicestershire, Mr. Martin, Bookseller and Hatter in Ashby-de-la-zouch, to Miss Ward, Widow of late Mr. Thomas Ward, of Market-Harborough aforesaid, and possessed of a fortune of 3000l. and upwards. A most plentiful entertainment was provided at the George Inn to dine the friends of the new-married pair, and the nuptial day spent in the most agreeable festivity.
++DEAD. At Flekney, in this County, greatly advanced in years, Mr. Arnold, father of the present Dr. Arnold of this place. Was formerly a preacher among the Anabaptists, and his remains on Sunday last were interred in their Burying-Place, in this Town, and agreeable to the custom of that Sect.—On Friday last in this Town, after a short illness, Mr. Symonds.—On Tuesday last at Withcot in this County, in the 73rd year of his age, Edward Palmer, Esq; descended from an ancient and honourable family, to which he was an additional ornament, by the many excellent qualities he possessed. From a laudable zeal for the true interest of his Country, was candidate to represent this Borough in Parliament, at the last General Election, in which attempt he was unsuccessful. In private life he was truly amiable, a sincere friend, a kind master, and an indulgent landlord. His generous hospitality and charity to the poor, was equalled by few, surpassed by none. Dying a batchelor the principle part of his estate descends to his heir at law, Sir John Palmer, bart. one of the Knights of the Shire for this County.
++Saturday last Dorothy Loach of Thurlaston, hanged herself in her dwelling house in the absence of her husband. She had been in a melancholy despairing way for some months before. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body and brought in their Virdict Lunacy.
++On Sunday last as Joseph Jerrom, servant to Mr. Ayre, was bathing in a Pond upon Cole-Orton-Moor, he got out of his depth and was drowned before any assistance could be had. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body and brought in their Virdict Accidental Death.

Mr. Smith the Portrait Painter

We hear that Mr. SMITH the PORTRAIT PAINTER, who is now in this place, and had executed several striking likenesses, intends for some time to reside here.
++On Monday was held the Annual Singer’s Feast, belonging to the Choir of S. Margaret’s in this Town.—In the Forenoon a Concert of Music was performed in the New-Assembly Room, to which the genteeler Part of the Inhabitants were invited Gratis. And upwards of 200 dined with the Stewards upon the Occasion at the Three Crowns Inn, where an elegant Entertainment was provided. After which several Pieces of Music were performed in full Chorus, Catches, Glees, &c. &c. Notwithstanding the Company were so numerous, the utmost Harmony subsisted, and all present received the most agreeable Satisfaction.
++We are informed that there is now making by a person in this county, an Instrument which its supposed will carry a ball a mile in length and as true as any common gun whatever, and without the assistance of gunpowder.—This Instrument will be in the form of a common Fowling piece (the lock excepted) and may be loaded in one quarter of the time; the barrel will be upwards of 3 feet long, the inside-work the same, and go off in the same manner as a gun. If this Instrument upon Trial, should be thought useful to the public, and agreeable to the Law of nations, the Inventor purposes to disclose the secret.
++On Saturday last, one Francis Barkby who was at work in a Coal Pitt in the Liberty of Swannington, was accidentally killed by some Bricks falling upon him from the side of the Pitt down the Shaft. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body and brought in their Verdict Accidental Death.
++On Wednesday last as a young Man, Servant to Mrs. Briggs at Kirby Mallory in this County, was dressing one of his Mistress’s Horses, he received a Kick upon his Breast of which he died in a few Hours after. The Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body and brought in their Verdict Accidental Death.
++On Wednesday was committed to our County Gaol by the Right Hon. Lord Viscount Wentworth, Samuel Thompson late of Shilton in this County, on a violent suspicion of taking away diverse Pieces of Linnen Cloth, the property of Robert Grimley of Market Bosworth in this County, to the value of 20l. and upwards.
++On Friday se’nnight Mr. Robert Langton a Comber in this Town had the Misfortune to fall from a Cherry-Tree in his own Orchard, and languished till Yesterday Morning when he died.—He was a very honest and industrious Man, and much respected by all who knew him.

* Nehemiah Trubie’s Letter and Epigram came safe, but it is too personal

the Rev. Mr. John Westley

On Tuesday evening last the Rev. Mr. John Westley preached to a numerous audience in the Castle-Yard, in this Borough; but the rain preventing him from finishing his Discourse, he adjourned to Wednesday Morning at 5 o’clock, when he again preached to ’em in the Meeting-House at the bottom of Millstone-lane.
++MARRIED. Mr. Car, Hosier, in this Town (Son to the Rev. Mr. Car, of Swanwick in the county of Derby) to Miss Darch, as Somersetshire Lady.—At Loughborough in this County, _____ Lewin, of Ratcliff-upon-Soar, to a young woman of that Town, both Paupers. With the Bride the Parish Officers gave a portion of 5l. and upon his arrival at Ratcliff the nuptials were celebrated with extraordinary rejoicings. Amongst other Articles of entertainment a cold Possett of 30 gallons, was provided on the occasion, in which were 40 Penny Loaves and to which all the young Men and Maids joined. In a adjacent barn there was a Ball, where the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their friends, danced the greatest part of the evening.—
++DEAD. On Tuesday, Thomas Hopkins of a blow received in a quarrel, on Saturday night last, with Joseph Bromley, now in Prison.
++On Sunday evening the above Joseph Bromley was apprehended and carried before Mr. Alderman Fisher, who committed him to Gaol for further examination, and on Wednesday a detainer was lodged against him, upon the verdict if Willful Murder from the Inquest that sat upon the Body of the unfortunate Hopking on Tuesday evening.
++The circumstances attending this unfortunate affair, we shall endeavour to relate, as they appeared to the Jury, without aggravation to the unhappy prisoner or injustice to the deceased. On saturday evening last the deceased Hopking, with three of his companions, were at the White-Bear in Red-cross-street in this Borough, amusing themselves by pitching half-pence at a pin stuck upon a table. In the course of their play, the prisoner Bromley came in, and lookt on; upon pitching one cast which was nearer than common he offered to take four to one that it was not beat; which was taken up by the deceased and a bet of 4d. to 1d. laid; this the deceased lost, and said he would pay when he had changed. They afterwards laid another 2d. which the deceased won, who now owed Bromley 2d. and this they agreed to play for, double or quit. During the time of playing this game which the deceased also won, Bromley treated him with very abusive language, calling him Thief, &c., and this in return occasioned many exasperating words on the part of the deceased, who said, “though you are a greater man than myself, if you strip I’ll go into the Orchard and box with you.” Bromley of this Challenge struck at the deceased, who, by skulking his head, missed the blow aimed at him, and struck his knuckles with great violence against the wall; the deceased did not offer to return the blow, as we can learn, and the whole Company sat down for three or four minutes, when Bromley suddenly got up, seized the deceased (then sitting on a table) by the breast and belly, threw him over his leg by a cross buttock, and fell upon his body with one or both knees, as supposed, by the violence of which the bladder of the deceased was burst, (as apparent by the evidence of two Surgeons who opened the body) and was the cause of his death.The Jury brought in their verdict Willful Murder against Bromley.—The unfortunate deceased was about 23 years of age, worked Journeyman as a Scourer. The unhappy Prisoner is a Master-Barber and Peruke-Maker, has a wife and child, and the wife nearly down-lying again.
++The following Prisoners are likewise to take their Trials at our ensuing Assizes, which begin on Tuesday next, viz. John Henson, charged with stealing 3 strikes of Beans, the property of John Brown of Hinkley. William Billings, on the Coroner’s Inquest, charged with feloniously killing Thomas Lewin of Mountsorrel in this county. And Samuel Thompson, charged with stealing divers pieces of linen cloth, and other goods, the property of Robert Grimley, of Market Bosworth.

the Assizes for this Borough and County

On Friday last ended the Assizes for this Borough and County, before Lord Chief Justice Wilmot and Sir Richard Adams, Knt. when John Henson, for breaking open and robbing the Barn of John Brown of Hinkley; and Samuel Thompson, charged with stealing divers pieces of Linnen Cloth from the shop of Robert Grinley, were ordered to be transported for seven years. John Bradbury, charged with being concerned in the above Robbery of Robert Grinley, was acquitted; and Elizabeth his Wife, admitted an Evidence against Samuel Thompson. Thomas Coulton, for a Breach of the Peace, remanded back to Prison, to the Quarter Sessions, or till he can find securities for his good Behaviour. William Billings, and Joseph Bromley, convicted of Manslaughter and Branded.
++The Trial of Bromley came on at 6 o’Clock on Friday morning, and continued five hours and a half: The Evidence that appeared against the Prisoner amounted to nearly the same as the Account given in our last, and collected from the Evidence on the Inquest. Which notwithstanding it was attended with many circumstances, highly blameable in the Prisoner, who certainly gave the first cause of aggression, and was the cause of an unfortunate young man to lost his Life; yet as no Malice appeared before, and in the course of altercation, a challenge had been given by the deceased; as the Prisoner did not fly for it, but that evening did his business as usual without any apparent hurry or agitation of spirits; on Sunday went down to see the deceased, and kindly enquired of him how he was, and expressed a desire that he might have all possible help, and a great many Persons of Credit appearing to his Character, it had a proper weight with the Jury. The Judge summed up the evidence, and marked out the line (which in this case seems to have been a very narrow one) that constitutes the difference betwixt Murder and Manslaughter; and left the decision entirely to the Jury, who after going out of the Court for a few Minutes, returned with their Verdict, which is reckoned just and sensible, and gave satisfaction to the Court. After which his Lordship severely reprimanded the Prisoner, and was pleased to order him eleven months imprisonment.
++The appearance of the High Sheriff and his Retinue was exceedingly elegant; his numerous Attendants, Horses, Equipage, &c. exceeding any thing of the kind ever seen here before.
++On Thursday was married at St. Mary’s Church in this Borough, Mr. Orton, Framesmith, to Miss Alvey, both of this place.

* GF’s Letter cannot be taken any sort of Notice of.—But the Writer is requested to send no more of his Anonymous Letters, merely for the sake of charging us with the expence of postage; and their answering any other purpose is impossible.

Richard Green

WHEREAS RICHARD GREEN a Boy about Thirteen Years of Age, Apprentice to Samuel Brown, Taylor, in Market Bosworth, left his Master the first of this Instant.—He is low, broad-set, light Hair, fresh Complexion, had on an old light coloured Coat and Waistcoat, dirty Leather Breeches, old Hat, and mixed Stocking.—This is to discharge any Person from employing or harbouring the said Richard Green, but if he will return to his Master he will meet with a kind reception, otherwise on apprehension he will be treated as the Law directs.

unnatural crimes

On Thursday sen’night in the forenoon, two Cows were struck down by the Lightening at Legers-Ashby in Northamptonshire.
++The same evening the Barn of Mr. Wilson, at Thurcaston in this county, was set on fire by the Lightening, which together with a stable in which were five horses, worth at least 100 guineas, and 20 loads of hay, was all consumed. A Sow and one pig were also struck dead.
++At Little Stretton in this County, three Heifers were struck dead by the Lightening the same day.
++On Monday sen’night the Leeds Stage-Coach was travelling down a steep hill on the road from Chesterfield to Sheffield, the reins which was held pretty tight, suddenly broke; the horses set off full speed; the coachman fell from the Box and soon after the Coach was overturned, by which accident all the passengers were greatly hurt; a Lady had her thigh broke, and the Coachman lies dangerously ill.
++Mr. Cresswell’s Nottingham Journal of Saturday last relates the following extraordinary particulars:—For some time past divers persons at Worksop in that county, having been strongly suspected of assembling together to perpetrate with each other unnatural crimes, to the dishonour of human nature, the Laws of God and Man. Last Friday a discovery of these practices were made in a barn in the neighbourhood of Worksop, which gave so great an alarm to these Sons of Sodom, that they broke up and fled their country; two however were taken in the fact: Luke Bottom, Wheelmaker, and Joseph Mellars, Labourer, and being carried before Richard Sutton Esq. one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace, were committed to our county-gaol on Tuesday evening, where they are strongly ironed, there to remain till the next assizes.—One of the persons absconded is a man of property, said to be worth near 3000l. and lived in a very genteel manner.