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.
++ROBERT BASS