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The Weekly Journal : Or British Gazetteer Being the freshest Advices Foreign and Domestic


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John Sheppard sentenced again (Page 3 Col 2) "He told the Court, that if they would let his Handcuffs be put on, by his Art, he would take them off before their Faces." & Letter of reply from John Ketch (Page 4 Col 1) & Joseph Blake alias Blueskin attempts to escape from the cart taking him to Tyburn before his execution (Page 5 Col 2)
Date of Article: 14/11/1724
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191 c iff* British Gazetteer. Being the freshest Advices Foreign and Domestick. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1724. SIR, WALKING out the o. ther Day with two or three Friends, we hap- pen'd to call at an House where we were attended by a very handsome, clean, well- shap'd Boy, as he appear'd to be by his Size and Looks: One of the Gentlemen signi- fying his Approbation of the Diligence, Dexterity, and Mannerliness of the Lad, as he call'd him, was inform'd by the Master of the House, that, as little as he was in Stature, he was thirty Years of Age, and that for his Part he believ'd he was descended from the ancient Pigmies. This began a Dispute whether there ever was any Pigmies or no; the Substance of the Conversation I now send you, hoping it will be no disagreeable Amusement to your Readers. By Pigmies is to be understood a diminutive Race of Mankind, about the Size of a Cubit, or, as some will have it, two or three Spans: And the Question is not whether there ever were any single Instances so deficient in Stature, but whether there ever was a Nation so distinguish'd, or any Number of rational Creatures associating together as a Body Politick ? And here, tho' the affirmative Testimonies are very plentiful, yet upon the strictest Enquiry there is but little Satisfaction to be gain'd. The Authors who have asserted their Reality, seem all derivative from their great Original Homer, who poetically using Similies, as well to delight the Ear, as to illustrate his Subject, in his Third Iliad com- pares the Trojans to Cranes, when they invade the Pigmies: Juvenal tells you that a numerous Flights of Cranes, drawn up in martial Order, shall come and hover over a Body of these Sons of Shortness, Ubi tota Cohors pede non est altior uno.) That is, where the tallest Grenadier in the Regiment was not above a Foot high, and every now and then, as they find Opportunity, whip one of them up, and away with him to the superior Regions. This has been more, largely treated of by other Poets; and tho' it was but a pleasant Invention in the Foun- tain, by frequent Repetition became a solid Story in the Stream, and at last gain'd current Credit amongst us. . , On the other Side two Testimonies were produc'd, which from their Authority deserve Consideration : The first is of Aristotle, whose Words are these, JV 5 7r,- r © -, & e. That is. This is the Place that the Pigmies inhabit, for that is no Fable, but a diminutive Race, as is reported ; wherein Aristotle seems rather to play the Sophister than the Philosopher ; for tho' by for that is no Fable he seems to confirm it, yet by con. cluding it with, at it reported', he leaves the Credit of it very precarious; and therefore Scaliger has not translated the First, supposing it unworthy so great an Assertor. ( Price Three- Half- Pence ) The second Proof was from Sacred Writ, ezek. xvii. 11 which it thus rendred in the Latin, Sed & Pignaei qui erant in Turribus tuis, & e. that is, as chey w^ uld have it, And the Pigmies which were in thy Towers. But in this Point Translators differ exceedingly : Some Will have the Hebrew Word Gamadim to signify no more than Watchmen ; others Cappadocians ; others in- terpret it, the Medes ; some of old, as well as the Italian, French, and English Translators, at this Day retain the original Word, and render it, The Gama- dims were in thy Towers, Nor is there only a Difference in the Translation of the Word, but also of the Sense and Meaning of it, One says that the Watchmen of Tyre might well be call'd Pigmies, because they seem'd such to Persons who walk'd below, by Reason of the exces- five Heighth of the Walls : Others expound it quite contrary to common Acceptation, that is, not Men of the least, but largest Size, whose Height, like that of the Giants, is rather to be taken by the Cubit, than the Foot; as we read the Measure of Goliah was six Cubirs and a Span. So Jerom takes Pigmies, not for Dwarfs, but stout and valiant Champions; not taking that Sense of Tvyjj. ii, which signifies the Cubic Measure, but that which expresseth Pugils, that is, Men fit for Combat; and indeed it would seem alto- gether incongruous to set Dwarfs upon the Top of high Towers in Order to make their Beauty perfect, which is asserted in the latter Part of the Verse. _ But besides, the different Circumstances of Situa- tion and Manners render the Matter highly incredi- ble. Aristotle places them above Egypt, toward the Head of the Nile in Africa; Philostratus, about Ganges in Asia ; and Pliny, in Gerania in Scythia: Some assert they fight with Cranes; others with Partridges; some say they ride on Partridges; others upon the Backs of Rams; so that some learned Men have levell'd the Credit of Pigmies in general, to those of Paracelfus. that is. his Non Adamical Men, or middle Natures be. tween Men and Spirits. There being thus no sufficient Confirmation of their Reality, some Doubt may arise' of their Possibility ; and as it is not limited within what Dimensions the Soul- may excrcise her Faculties, its possible there may have been a Race of Dwarfs, as there has been of Giants; but to believe that it should be in the Stature of a Foot, or a Span, is as incredible as the Account of the Person who was fain to fasten Lead to his Feet left the Wind should blow him away ; or of another who was not so high as an Half- penny, and yet both thefe have had Authors to support them. There is another Account given of them by an Author no way inferior to the former, that is. that these Pigmies are in the midst of Ivdia the King whereof entertains 3oco of them for Archers in his Guards. How well qualify'd they are for such a Post. and consequently how credible the Tale is, may be seen by what they were capable of doing to Her- cules when he was asleep as it appears in the Emblem, that is, barely to awake him, Your humble Servant, ao H BRIAREUS. The 1 t « ( The Continuation of the Tryal 0f Edward Fitz Harris, Esq for High- Treason. As for that Objection, That they had not set forth that there was an Impeachment, he did not know how they cou'd have done it better than by saying the Prisoner was impeach'd, and that that Impeach, ment was in full Force, as appear'd by the Record ; and concluded, That as this Plea stood, the Demurrer confessing the Matter of it, it could not be over ruled without deciding whether the Lords could pro- ceed upon such general Impeachments, and whether the Commons could impeach in such a general Way. Mr. Wallop also, of Counsel for the Prisoner, said, as to the Objection, That because he was impeach'd of High Treason, generally, without naming any particular Treason, the Treason in the Indictment could not be averr'd to be the same; and that a Demurrer does never confess the Truth of that which by Law cannot be said : He answer'd, that he con. ceiv'd this to be a good Averment, that, indeed, a repugnant or impossible Averment could not be taken, as to aver House was a Sheep, & c. but where there was n0 Impossibility or Repugnancy between the Matters, as there was not between that which was generally express'd, and that which was more speci- ally alledg'd, and needed only some farther Explana- tion, there it Was not only allowable to aver it, but must proper, and in such Case only necessary; for quod constat clare non debet verificari: And in this Case it was not necessary that IT should appear to the Court, upon View of the Indictment and Impeach- ment, thac the Matter contiain'd in both was the same; but it was sufficient if it was proveable upon an issue to be taken: For which he cited Sparry's Case, j Cc. 51. that in Corbet and Barnes's Case, 1 Cro. 310 a Battery suppos'd to be in London, and a Battery suppos'd to be in Herefordshire, were averr'd to be one and the same Battery, which natu- rally was impossible ; but the Action beirg transitory, and therefore supposable to be done in any County, such an Averment was allowable. That by taking this Averment they had offer'd a fair Issue triable by a Jury, but Mr. Attorney having demurr'd, he had confess'd what they had alledg'd • If he had taken Issue, the Jury might have taken into Consideration the Libel set forth in the Indictment, and the Debates in the House of Commons upon it, which would have prov'd the Issue that the Treason contain'd in the Impeachment was the same with that contain'd in the Indictment : That in an Action, Quare canem mordacem defendens scienter retinuit [ scienter] Was not directly issuable, but was provable upon the general Issue, and so in the present Case, the Intention of the Commons, upon the issue ofFer'd by them, might and wou'd have been prev'd. As to what was objected, that a Man ought not to be put to answer so general an Accusation, he said, neither would Fitz- Harris be put to answer Without special Articles, but he could not quash the Impeach- ment, because it was general, as he might an Indict- ment ; therefore they must take the Impeachment as they found it. and since it stood against them as a Record, tho' ' twas general, they must plead it ; and as generally, having n0 Way to make it no Re- cord, as they had in Case of such a general Indict- ment: And that a general Impeachment, without Articles, was a Bar to any Indictment for the same Matter, had been resolv'd by all the Judges in the Case of the Lords in the Tower, ( as he had been in- form'd) tho' the Parliament, wherein they were im- peach'd, was dissolv'd. That in an Indictment they could not plead auter Foitz arraign'd, but must plead either auter Foitz con- Vict or acquit, Withipole's Case, ; C10. 105. But where Articles were once exhibited on an Impeach- ment, there could be no Proceedings upon an Indict- ment for the same Offence, tho' the Defendant, in the Impeachment, be neither convict or acquit. He observ'd how scrupulous the Judges had always been of meddling where they had any Jealousy, that either the Parliament had, or pretended to have a Jurisdiction, That they wou'd always worship afar off, and would never come near the Mount: And concluded, that if the Court return'd this Cause they did in Consequence charge themselves with the Blood of that Man, thro' which they must wade to come at the Cause ; and whether they would come at it upon these Terms, he left it to their Considera- tion. Mr. Pollexfex, in his Argument for the Prisoner said, That as to the great Question, Whether the Allegation was not too general ; it being alledg'd only that he was impeach'd in Parliament for Trea- son generally, and not said how or for what particular Treason, and that the Averment wou'd not help it He answer'd, first, that let the Crimes be never so particularly specify'd in the Record that is pleaded yet there must be always such an Averment, and' that Averment was so much the substantial Part of the Plea, that let the Matter appear never so much the same, without an Averment it would be naught: As where one pleads one Indictment for the Murder of J. S. to another Indictment for the Murder of J. S. yet he must aver that they are one and the same Person, for else non constat to the Courr, but there may be two J. S's. As to the general Allegation, it be. ing admitted that a general Impeachment will take away the Jurisdiction cf this Court, he conceiv'd nothing could be plainer than that the Court was outed of its Jurisdiction ; and as other Courts were bound to take Notice of the Proceedings in others • That where a Man brings an Action for Wares and Merchandizes, and not expressing the Particulars and afterwards brings another Action specifying the Particulars, so much for Cloth, so much for Wine Sic. tho' the first Declaration be in general, not ex- pressing what the Wares were, and the last is parti- cular, yet may the Defendant plead, in Abatement to the second Declaration, that the first and second were for one and the same Thing : And if an Indict- ment for Battery be found against a Man generally, yet may a Man _ that is a second Time indicted, come and say this is for one and the same Thing: So here, and where- ever there is as much Certainty set forth as the Case will admit, and is possible to be had, the Party is permitted to plead as he can, and help himself by Averment; That here was a general Impeachment, they could not make that par. ticular which was not ; they had pleaded it as it was in the Record, from which they could not vary; and they had averr'd that it was the same Matter, and it was confess'd to be so by the Demurrer; and that if the Court would meddle with Proceedinss in Par- liament, they must take Notice of their Method of Proceeding as they did of other Courts: That had they gone about to particularize the Treason when the Impeachment was general, the other Side would have said, Nultiel Record, and they should have been condemn'd for failing in their Record, but having done according to the Fact, if that Fact were such as would cut this Courc of its Jurifdiftion, he did not see how it was possible they should plead other- wise, or what Answer could be given to it. That if this Impeachment was in the Nature of an Appeal, it had been agreed' that an Appeal did suspend the Proceedings upon an Indictment for thac Fact, as was the Case in Dyer 296 Stanley being in. dicted and convicted for Murder, before Judgment, the Wife brought her Appeal, and rhe Court would not go to Judgment upon the Indictment till the Appeal was determin'd : And in like manner this Suit ought first to have its Course and Determination, before the Indictment was proceeded upon. To be continu'd this day Fortnight. The following Address of the University of Oxford, was on Monday last presented to his Majesty. by the Reverend Dr. Mather the Vice Chancellcr, attended by many Heads of the House, the Proctors and se- Veral Doctors and other Members of that University; and accompanied by a great Number of Bishops of the said University: introduced by the Right Ho- nourable Thomas Cook, Esq; Vice- Chamberlain of his Majesty's Houshold, in the Absence of his Grace the Duke of Grafton, Lord Chamberlain. To the King's Most Excellent Majesty. • The humble Address of the University of Oxford, May it please your Majesty, WE your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal Sub- jects, the Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of your University of Oxford, beg Leave to offer in your Royal Presence the Tribute of our unfeigned Thanks for the Execution of your Majesty's most gracious Intentions lately signified to us of Founding ' a Professorship in each of your Majesty's Universities for Modern History, in humble Confidence this Ad. dress of Gratitude for your Royal Bounty now be- stowed upon us will meet with the same favourable Acceptance, as did our Answer of Thanks to your Majesty's most gracious Letter, which brought us the first Assurances of it. The Advantages arising to your Majesty's Kingdoms from this Princely Benefaction are not greater, though confessedly very great, than the Honour thereby done to these two Favourite Parts of your Majesty's Do- minions, and the real Improvements we are now en- abled to make in such Parts of useful Learning, as were not before provided for among us; no, not by any of your Royal Predecessors, though in their Times, as is now your Majesty, they were great Pro- moters of our Welfare, and Encouragers of our Stu dies This distinguishing Mark of your Majesty's. Good Will and Favour towards che Nurseries of piety and Learning, will be justly esteemed one of the ma- ny Glories, whereby your Majesty's happy Reign will stand distinguished in the Records of Modern History, and will intitle your Majesty to the largest and most lasting Praises with all that have a Value for good Arts and crue Religion. It is with the utmost Satisfaction and Pleasure as well as the deepest Sense of Gratitude, that we do in this Instance of your Royal Favour discover a pater- nal AfFection and Tenderness for the Honours and Privileges of your Universities, in that your Majesty has permitted no one to be honoured with the Title of the King's Professor, but who comes recommended to your Majesty by such. Marks of Academical Grace and Dignity, as are expressed in your Royal Charter. And we beg Leave to make this Publick Profession of our intire Confidence in your Majesty's Goodness and gracious Inclinations towards us, that whatever Attempts may at any time be made against our Rights and Privileges, we shall be secure in the full Enjoy- ment of all our ancient Honours conferred upon us by former Princes, under One, who is so well pleased in daily granting new Ones. Promises of Duty and Loyalty are so far the indis- pensable Returns of every Subject to his Prince for the common Blessings of Government, that we shall be of all others the most inexcusable, if we should neglect on so great and just an Occasion to renew our Vows of Fidelity and Obedience, and to give your Majesty all possible Assurances of our utmost Care and Diligence to instruct our Youth in the same Principles of Duty. May it therefore please your most Gracious Ma- jesty, to accept of the humble and sincere Offer of that Duty and Loyalty to your Sacred Person. which, as the genuine Produce of this Place, has been the constant Tribute paid to the best of your Majesty's Predecessors : And we beg Leave further to assure your Majesty, that We will endeavour to supply the Defects of all other Returns of Gratitude we can make for all your Favours bestowed upon us, by that of our hearty Prayers to God for the Safety and Pro- sperity of your Majesty's Person, Family, and Go- vernment. Ex Decreto Venerabilis Domus Covocationis Universitatis Oxon. Tertio die Mensis No- vembris Anno Domini 1724. To which Address his Majesty was pleased to give the following most Gracious Answer. ThE Assurances given Me In this Loyal and Dutiful Address, of the Affection of this University of Ox- ford to my Person. Family and Government, and of your Care and Diligence to Instill into your Youth the same Principles of Duty and Affection, are extremely acceptable to Me : And as I doubt not of your joining heartily in your Endeavours to improve what I have begun to the Honour and Advantage of the University, and the Service of the Publick ; so you may depend upon my constant Favour and Protection. On Tuesday last came on the Election of a Lecturer for St. Giles's Cripplegate, when the Rev. Mr. Robert Rumny ( Vicar of st. Peter's in St. Albans; was as it were chosen unanimously, there being but four or five Hands held up against him. Peter Godfrey, Esq; one of the Members of Parlia. pent for this City, dy'd on Tuesday Night last, and it IS said, that Sir Richard Hopkins, Kt. and Alder- man, will be nominated to succeed him. Mr. Pitt, the Keeper of Newgate, having made Application to the Lords of his Majesty's most Ho- nourable Privy Council, in relation' to John Shep- pard, the nocorious House- Breaker, & c: on Saturday last Mr. Attorney- General made a Motion at the Kings Bench Bar, Westminster, that the said John Sheppard might be brought before that Court to have Execution of the Sentence of Death awarded against him, to the end he may no longer elude the Laws whereupon their Lordships order'd a Writ of Habeas Corpus, and a Writ of Certiorari, for bringing the Prisoner and the Record of his Conviction to West- minster, on Tuesday last; and accordingly between 11 and 12 he was carry'd down to the King's. Bench- Bar at Westminster, where Mr. Attorney- General moving that his Execution might be speedy, and a Rule of Court made for Yesterday, he address'd himself to the Bench, earnestly beseeching the Judges to intercede with his Majesty for Mercy, and desired a Copy of the Petition he had sent to the King, might be read, which was comply'd with; but being ask'd how he came to repeat his Crimes after his Escapes, he pleaded Youth and Ignorance, and withal his Neces- sities, saying he was afraid of every Child and Dog that look'd at him, as being closely pursu'd; and had no Opportunity to obtain his Bread in an honest Way, and had fully determin'd to have left the King, dom the Monday after he was re- taken in Drury- Lane: He was told, the only thing to entitle him to his Majesty's Clemency, would be his making an ingenious Discovery of those who abetted and assist- ed him in his last Escape; he averr'd, that he had not the least Assistance from any Person, but God Almighty, and that he had already named all his Ac- complices in Robberies, who were either in Custody or beyond Sea, whither he would be glad to be sent himse! f. He was reprimanded for prophaning the Name of God. Mr. Justice Powis, after taking No- tice of the Number and Heinousness of his Crimes, and giving him Admonitions suitable to his sad Cir- cumstances, awarded Sentence of Death against him, and a Rule of Court was order'd for his Execution on Monday next, being the 16th Instant. He told the Court, that if they would let his Handcuff be put on, he, by his Art, would take them off before their Faces. He was remanded bark to Newgate, thro' the most numerous Crowds of People that ever was seen in London ; and Westminster- Hall has not been so crowded in the Memory of Man. A Consta- ble who attended, had his leg broke; and many other Persons were hurt and wounded at Westminster- Hall. Gate. Wednesday Sheppard was brought out of the Middle Stone- Room, and put into the condemn'd Hold, along with Houssar the French Barber, and there chain'd to the Floor, and order'd to be watch'd bv two Men Day and Night. His Lodgings near Newport- Market having been search'd, there were found an Iron Crow, the Hand- Cuffs he had on when he escap'd the second Time from Newgate, as also several Instruments for for breaking Houses We have receciv'd the following Letter from Dr. Ketch as his AnsWer to Jack Sheppard's, publish'd in this Paper of Oct. 31. Dear Jack, Rope- Makers- Alley, Nov. 1. 1724 I Receiv'd thine of the 24th of Oct. O. S. and have consider'd thy Apology for withdrawing, and the Reasons brought to support i In my Opinion, the first is frivolous, and the other of no Weight. That I had a Right to thee as a Patient, I have, and do still affirm. but never pretended it was either of those Rights thou hast mention'd As to the Hereditary, I have so mean an Opinion of it, that I question whe- ther there be such a Thing in the World, unless the Right of the Gallows to a Thief may pass under that Name. As to the Indefeasible, I own myself con- Vinc'd that ' tis a slippery One, but not so much by thy Arguments, as by thy Actions. The Legal Right, as Things stood betwixt us, I give up, tho' I think thou were to blame to take Advantage from a Punc- tilio of Defect. But that which I assert is a Relative Right, as Doctor in Ordinary to your Hospital; and I appeal to my Brethren of St. Batt's or St. Thomas's, whether they would not think themselves injur'd, if a Patient, after Pains taken to be admitted into their House, should take it in his Head to refuse their charitable Assistance. As to thy Aversion to the Operation, I hope in Time to cure it; but thy Reasons for it are so childish, that I am asham'd to repeat ' em : Prithee did'st thou ever see a School boy jirk'd without wrig- gling, or an aching Tooth drawn without a wry Mouth ? Who would not laugh at the One that would be a Blockhead all his Days, rather than have his Intellectuals stimulated by the Application of a little Arse Smart ; or at the other, that would rather endure tormenting Pain Day and Night, than have his Mouth distorted for a Minute or two ? As for thy Opinion, that I have not attain'd to the Jucunde of my Art, ' tis a groundless Surmize of thy own; sure I am, no Patient of mine ( and I have had many in my time) could ever tell thee so But prithee say, did ever any one take Physick for Pleasure ? Will any Man bleed, or blister, or salivate, or lose a Leg for Diversion ? But thou hast a mortal Antipathy to Hemp, be- cause some Persons have been choak'd by it ; why not the same Aversion to Brandy, Roast Beef, or Thieving, which have prov'd as fatal to others ? And yet I am told thou art a great Admirer of each of ' em. As for the Impediment in thy Speech, believe me, there is not in Nature a more infallible Remedy for an evil Tongue, than that Herb is, as I have prov'd by long Practice and Experience. I take it to be the true PANAX FELONUM, so celebrated by the Ancients, concerning which there have been so many learned Disquisitions of the Moderns. I never met with that Distemper that would not yield to this, ( judiciously apply'd) when all other Methods have prov'd ineffectual Thy last Reason, and which I take to be a true one, is, that thou hatest to hang in Suspense for an Hour together: A Rope take thee, for a pusillani- mous Rascal, thou eternal Shame and Scandal to thy Name and Family ! A SHEPPARD, and afraid to hang in Suspence an Hour ! How unlike thy Coz. James, who underwent the Operation with such Heroick Courage and Magnanimity, as render'd his Name immortal ! Prithee, did ever Doctor cure the slightest Distemper, without keeping his Patient in much longer suspence ? A Milksop Beau, who never show'd any Proofs of his Manhood but being able to get a Clap, will undergo the Discipline of the Powdering Tub, diet on Water- gruel, and drivel six Weeks together, like a Changeling, and all this while in Suspence as to his Cure, which ' tis odds if he ever gets; and as to the Charge, what a Disproportion is there betwixt 5o or 60 Guineas, and half a Crown, and an old Suit of Cloaths! The Conclusion of thy Letter, viz That if thou hast Occasion to be cut for the Simples, thou wilt put thyself under my Care, as soon as any Man's of my Profession, I take to be design'd rather as a Banter ' w - r than a Compliment but remember Mocking's catching I have known a wiser Man than thyself caught in a Fools Trap Be it as it will, I am ready to serve thee in any Thing relating to my Function, and if I don't compleat what I undertake, I am content to have nothing for my Pains, which is as much as to say, No Cure no Money. Jo. Blueskin remembers to thee; he has not stirr'd out of Doors for some time ; but he is now in so fair a Way, that I hope he will take an Airing short- ly ; and ' twould be very obliging to us both, if thou wouldst vouchsafe us thy Company. Thine, as far as my Profession will permit me To John Sheppard at Moll FriskyJ. Ketch in Drury Lane. P. S. As I was folding op my Letter, a Messenger brings me Word that thou art seized with a Fit of the Simples. I shall make all the haste I can to thy Assistance, and bring with me some Filipendula, which is an infallible Remedy for thy Distemper. Farewell till I see thee. J. K. We hear that an Accommodation is concluded be- twixt Great Britain and Russia, and that the two Courts have agreed to nominate Ambassadors to re- side at each respectively. Upon the Death of the late Reverend and Very Learned Dean of Norwich, the Archdeaconry of Suf- folk became also vacant ; which being the Archbishop of Canterbury's Option upon the Confecration of the present Bishop of Norwich, we hear his Grace has given it to the Reverend Dr. Wilkins', his Chaplain, Rector of Hadley and Monck's Ely. The Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland being dead, wo hear the Rev. Dr. Burscough, who went over with his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant as his first Chap, lain, and was nominated to the Deanery of Lismore in Ireland, is to succeed in that See; and that the Rev. Mr. Cotterell, who attended his Excellency as his second Chaplain, will be made Dean of Lismore in the room of Dr. Burscough. Some days ago died Mrs. Folkes, Sister to Mrs; Wake, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lady, and Relict of Martin Folkes of Gray's Inn, Esq; who in his Life- time was a very eminent Lawyer and great Conveyancer. As did also, Mr. Renatus Harris, a noted Organ- Maker. Sir James Thornhill, the King's History Painter, has taken a Draught of Sheppard in Newgate. We hear that a Court of Admiralty will be holden at the Old Baily very soon, for the Trial of Offences committed on the High Seas, within the Jurisdiction of the Admiralty of England ; at which, it is said, a certain Commander will be try'd on a Charge brought against him of some Crimes committed in the East Indies; and also a Captain for killing two of his Men on the Coast of Guinea. The Close of last Week, Windsor Sandys, jun. Esq; was marry'd to the eldest Daughter of Justice Brown, of Islington ; whose Portion, as we hear, is 8oool. About the same time, Mr. John Scutt, an Attor- ney at Hurstper Point in SUSSex, was chosen Steward of the Estates belonging to Christ's Hospital in that County, in the room of Mr. Peckham, deceased. Last Saturday Morning, Sir Edmund Bacon was marry'd to Sir Isaac Rebow's Daughter, at his Ma- jesty's Chappel at Whitehall. Last Week died Colonel Fitz James, formerly a noted Gamester, and last Sunday he was interr'd at Wimbleton Church, according to the Direction of his Will. * Dublin, Oct. 27. Last Saturday Mr. Percival Hunt, Mercer, was elected an Alderman of this City in the room of Alderman Walton, deceas'd. The same Day the Lord Mayor, Recorder, Alder- men, Sheriff., See, of this City, waited in their For- malities upon our Lord Lieutenant, and the ReCorder John Rogerson, Esq; made an Eloquent Speech to his Excellency : As did also the Provost, Fellows and Scholars of Trinity College. 1 The Corpse of Thomas Crawford, Esq; his Ma- Jesty's late Resident at Paris, who dy'd in that City, was on the ; th Intl. brought over, in order to be in, terr'd in his native Country. friend Read, Having met with the following humorous Lines made by way of Epitaph upon a Man and his Wife, who had been notorious for Quarrelling and Scolding all their Lives and are suppos'd to continue that sort of conjugal Conversation in their Graves, I hope they will prove as diverting to your Readers, at they were to Yours, & c. Caelebs. Stay, Batchelor ! if you have Wit! A Wonder to behold ! Husband, and Wife, in one dark Pit- Lye still, and never Scold Tread softly, though, — for Fear she wakes: Hark.' She begins, already! You've hurt my Head, — My Shoulder akes. — These Sots can ne'er move steddy. Ah, Friend, with happy Freedom blest ! See ! how my Hope's miscarried. Not Death it self, can give you Rest, Unless you die, Unmarried. On Thursday last His Majesty went to the House of Peers, where he made the following most Gracious Speech. My Lords and Gentlemen IaM persuaded you share with Me In the Satis- faction I feel at the prosperous Situation of Affairs Peace with all Powers abroad; at home perfect Tranquility, Plenty, and an uninterrupted Enjoyment of all Civil and Religious Rights, are most distinguishing Marks of the Favour and Pro- tection of the Divine Providence. And these, with all their happy Consequences, will, I doubt not, by the Blessing of God upon our joint Endeavours, be long continu'd to my People. The same Provision by Sea and Land, for the De- fence and Safety of the Nation, will continue to make us respected abroad, and consequently secure at home. The same Attention to the Improvement of the Publick Revenues, and to the Ease and Encourage- ment of Trade and Navigation, will establish Credit upon the strongest Basis, and raise such a Spirit of Industry, as will not only enable us gradually to dis- charge the National Debt; but will likewise greatly encrease the Wealth, Power, and Influence of this kingdom. Gentlemen of the house of Commons, I have ordeied the proper Officers to prepare and lay before yon Estimates of the Expences for the Ser- vice of the ensuing Year: And. as they do not ex- ceed what has been found by Experience to be abso- lutely necessary for the Security of the Kingdom, I make no Question but I shall have your ready Con- currence in Raising the Supplies, in such manner as shall be most easy to my People There is one thing that I cannot but mention to you, as deserving your particular Consideration. It too manifest, that the Funds established for the Finishing the Works at Greenwich Hospital, and Pro- viding for a competent Number of Seamen, cannot in Time of Peace be sufficient to answer the Expences of this great and necessary Wok It is therefore very much to be wished that some Method could be found out to make a further Provision for a comfortable Support to our Seamen, worn out in the Service of their Country and Labouring under old Age and in- firmities. My Lords and Gentlemen . You must all be sensible how much our present Happiness is owing to your Union and steady Con. duct. It is therefore wholly unnecessary to recom- mend to you Unanimity and Dispatch In all your Deliberations. The Zeal and Abilities you have on all Occasions shewn in supporting the Interest of your Country, even under the greatest Difficulties, leave Me no Room to doubt of My having your entire and effectual Concurrence in every Thing that can tend to the Service of the Publick, and the Good of my People. We hear that the Lords of the Treasury have, pur.~ suant to a Warrant under his Majesty's Sign Manual; order d the Sum of loool. to the Commissioners, for rebuilding the Church of St. Martin's in the Fields, to be applied in the Purchase of a new Organ, being his Majesty's most gracious Donation to thar Parish Last Week the Revd. Dr. Savage, Master of Ema- nuel College in Cambridge, was unanimously chosen Vice- chancellor of that University, being a Gentle- man of great Worth and Learning. Some Days ago a great Body of the New Minters near Wapping, came to the House of Mr. Huggins an Officer in that Neighbourhood, to demand one of their FelloW Shelterers, threatning, in case he refus'd to deliver him up, to break open his House, and com- mit other Violences; but upon his firing amongst them they thought fit to disperse. We hear, that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will be chosen Chancellor of the University of Oxford. P. On Tuesday last in the Afternoon, the Keepers of Newgate having an Intimation given them to take Care of the Prisoners in the Condemn'd- Hold ; when they were gone up to the Chapel, the Keepers went; and searching, found two new Spring Saws, two Chissels, and pair of Pinchers, and a Hole of about 18 Inches deep made in the Wall next the Street un- der the Gate- way, Daval and Blueskin, when they were return'd from Chapel, confess'd that they had been provided with the Implements ten Days, and had begun to cut their Fetters, and make the Breach the Night before, but found no Probability of suc- ceeding ; and begg'd that they might not be ill treated for what they had done, having but a few Hours tO live Wednesday Abraham Daval, Jos. Blake alias Blue- skin, and Julian the Blackamoor, were executed at Tyburn. BlUeskin being deliver'd by the Keepers of Newgate, and put Into the Cart at the Foot of the Stone Steps; a great Quarrel arose among the SherifFs Offices concerning DaVal's going in a Coach; during the Disorder, Blueskin with his Teeth got his Hand strings off, and was endeavouring to get loose the Halter with which he was ty'd, and to have escap'd out of the Carr, the Crowd countenancing the Attempt by a profound Silence, & c. but the Heat being over, the Officers found out what he was doing, and prevented his Design. Last Monday the Rev. Mr. Ellis, a noted School- master at Mortlock, after having been at Church with his Scholars, came home and stabb'd himself with a Knife under the Left Pap, and died immediately. Charles Strickland, Esq; Rear Admiral of the Red,' dy'd on Wednesday Night last, at his Lodgings in Beaufort Buildings in the Strand. Major James Cunningham of Acket, Lieutenant. Governor of Fort William in Inverlochy in North Britain, dy'd some Days ago. The Rev. Mr. Edward Loggin Griffin is presented to the Rectory of Uley in Gloucestershire, void by the Cession cf the Rev. Rice Williams, who is pre- sented to the Rectory of Stapleford Abbat in Essex. They write from Cambridge, that on Tuesday last Mr. Richard Bradley, F. R. S. who is so famous for his Botanical Writings, was unanimously chosen Pro- fessor of Botany in that University: The Lady Waldo, Mother- in Law to the Lord Hunsdown, died a few Days ago. Bankrupt ) 1 1 in 0 LONDONPrinted and Sold by J. RE A D, in White- Fryers near Fleet- Street. Where Advertisements are taken in. Bankrupts since our last List. Joseph Johnson of the City of Norwich, Grocer. George Drinkwater, of Warrington, in the County of Lancaster, Mercer. John Wicksteed, of Horse lie- down, SouthWark, Mariner and Merchant. Henry Wright of West- Smithfield, London, Lin- nen Draper. Henry Mortimer, of St. James's, Westminster, Brasier. Richard Barber, of Wentbridge, in the County of f0REIGN AFFAIRS: Lisbon, Oct. 25j. On the 12h Instant an Earth- quake was felt in this City and the Countries adjacent, but was not so violent as to do any Mischief. Dresden, Nov. 7. The Electoral Prince of Saxony is return'd hither from Wermsdorf, where his High, ness celebrated, on Friday last, the Festival of St, Hubert. We hourly expect to hear the News of the Princess his Consort's being brought to Bed. Last Week a Life Guard Man was shot here, for murder, ing his Comrade; and Yesterday a Grenadier was beheaded for murdering his Landlord. York, Merchant. Joseph Brinley, of the City of Exon, Apothecary, Brewer, and Maltster. James Prince, of Buckler's- Bury, London, Tallow Chandler. Peter Raillard, of Exeter, and James Croft, Jun. of Miles Lane, London, Merchants and Partners Joseph Spinage, of Abingdon, in the County of Berks, Mercer. Nathaniel Gardiner, late of Minchinhampton, in the County of Gloucester, Clothier. SHIPS Enter'd Inward;, at the Custom- House since our last. The DUKE Charost, and Peter both from Calais; Cinque Port fiom Gottenbro; and Prince Frederick rom Ostend. , The Catherine from Calais; Providence from Russia j Philip and Mary from Steilin ; Dolphin, and London both from Rotterdam ; and Lady Jo- hannah from Amsterdam. The Catherine from France; Princess of Asturias from Alicant; and Page from Rotterdam. The Richmond from Roan. The Betty from Rotterdam; and Deptford from ostend. Clear'd Out." The Charming Nancy for the Streights ; Phoenix, Ann, and Charles all for France ; Ann for Cadiz; and Townsend for Holland. The Mary and Susannah, Ann, and James all for France ; St. Clement for Flanders ; Bruness for Hol- land ; Bailey for Virginia ; and Severn for Maryland. The Revival for Portugal;- Success for France; St. Peter for Flanders ; and Essex for Virginia. The Lisle and Fordwick, both for East India ; Ex- periment fur Oporto ; Joseph and Benjamin for France; Elizabeth and Jane, and Anne and Elizabeth, both for West- India. CASUALTIES: Drowned herself ( being Distracted) at St. James's Westminster, 1. Drowned at St. Margaret's West minster, 1. Hang'd himself at St. Giles's in the Fields, 1. Kill'd by a Cart at St. Dunstan at Stepney 1. Overlaid 6. Poison'd himself ( being distracted; at St. Paul in Covent- Garden, 1, Hambourg, Nov. 10. By the last Letters from Pe- tersbourg we are inform'd, that the Express which carried some Time ago the Czar's Ratification of the Peace with the Porte to Constantinople is come back again with the Ratification of the Grand Seignior. This Express brings likewise with him Assurances from the Han of Tartary, that for the future he will live in Friendship with his Czarian Majesty, and for- bid his Hords to make any Inroads into the Russian Territories. Hanover, Nov, 11. Yesterday being the Birth. Day of the Prince of Wales, his eldest Son Prince Frede- rick was complimented thereupon by the Nobility of the first Rank, to whom he afterwards gave a noble Entertainment which was grac'd with Trumpets, Kettle Drums, and a most agreeable Concert of Mu- sick, and at Night there was a magnificent Ball. Paris, Nov. 18. On the 11th inst, the King went to hunt, and din'd in the Forest at a Table in one of the new Berlins made on Purpose for his Majesty's Hunting, and supp'd at the Duke of Bourbon's. Af- ter Supper his Majesty saw the fine Fireworks play'd ofF, which had been for some Time deferr d. The three Frontispieces of the Cabinet which is in the Canal on the side of the Queen's Garden, were illu- minated as soon as the King came into the Balcony, and there appear'd VIVE LE ROY in Letters of Fire, each a Foot long. These Fireworks were more entertaining than any since the Court has been at Foutainbleau ADVERTISEMENTS, To be LETT, At the fourth Door on the right Hand- side of the Way going up Hollis street. a very con. Venient House situated between Cavendish square and Hanover square, with three Rooms on a Floor, two large Kitchins, Vaults, and other Convenien- cies fit for one large Family, or two small ones : Enquire at Mr. Pinckney's, the third House in the Row, next CaVendish square ; or at the Printer's of this Paper.
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