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.
++In the same paper we also find the following Advertisement: “Supposed to be fled from Worksop in Nottinghamshire, on Friday the 26th of July 1770, W. C. about 46 years of age, full five feet ten inches high, stoops a little in his walk, and bends a little forward in his knees; is generally very well drest, either in superfine brown broad cloth or blue ditto, with a large hat slouched before; he has a delicate hand with light eye-brows, hollow eyed, large nose and fresh complexion, and frequently walks with a handkerchief at his mouth for fear of the least cold.
++The above W. C. now stands charged with that detestable and abominable Crime of Buggery, and is supposed to have practiced the same for upwards of 20 years past.