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.