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.