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1740 Ipswich Journal newspaper archive

March 10th 1739

The manner of valuing the Negro in order to settle the King of Spain's duty is the same as under the article "Negro", a Negro between the age of 17-18 years and 30 years is valued at 45s in the commodities proper.

February 9th 1740

Last week, Charles John Drew, an attorney at law who has acquired a considerable estate was murdered in his house at Long Melford in Suffolk. 
There are various accounts but we have the following account from a gentleman in the neighbourhood. 
Mr Drew besides his usual house had another about half a mile distant in the principal street of the town and that he made use of that house as his office in which he sometimes lodged. 
On the 31st of last month he was at this house with only one servant who went to bed between 9 and 10 o'clock and left his master in his study, at about 12 as the servant thinks, Mr Drew wak'd him and ordered him to carry out a letter early in the morning which he would leave on the table.
The servant soon fell asleep again and getting up a little before daylight found the door next the street open and his master lying dead nearby within the house. His coat was very much singed and three pretty large irregular pieces of lead (which did not seem to have been cast into bullets) were found in his body and three more on the floor which had gone through him, from where the body laid it is supposed the villain was not concealed in the house but that he had knocked on the door and as soon as Mr Drew opened it shot him.
It is said that neither the servant or neighbours heard a report at least it was agreed that nobody was alarmed by it as to rise so that he had a very good opportunity to robb the house if that was his design but as nothing of that sort seems to have been attempted people are very much at loss at what could be the motive for the barbarous action. 
We are told that there are several conjectures about the person but we do not hear of anybody being apprehended.

February 16th 1740

From the London Gazette, February 12th ---
Whereas Charles John Drew, late of Long Melford in Suffolk, attorney at law, was on the 31st of January between the hours of 12 and 1 in the morning was barbarously and cruelly murdered and robbed in his house by persons unknown being that the body with divers slugs which have since taken out of the deceased, His Majesty for the better discovering and bringing to justice the person or persons concerned, is pleased to promise his most gracious pardon to anyone of them who shall discover his accomplice except the person who actually committed the murder, so that they be apprehended and convicted. 
Thomas Harrington.

February 16th 1740

As a further encouragement for discovering of the offender, John Gent, junior of Sudbury, Suffolk, does by promising a reward of £100 to be paid on conviction of either person or persons concerned in the murder except the people who actually committed the murder.

February 23rd 1740

Colchester---On Monday last in open court at the Moat House in Colchester-it is desired by the Burgesses that George Grey, plumber and glazier and Alderman of this town shall be removed from his office by reason of him being convicted of sodomical practices at the last Assizes.

February 23rd 1740

They write from Steeple Bumpsted, Essex that the Lady Pyke has distributed £50 to the poor of the parish.

March 8th 1740

Colchester---A disturbance having been made by disorderly people in Halsted, Essex last week, an order came down on Sunday last from the Secretary's Office for two officers of the Dragoon Headquarters here to march directly there with 25 men in order to quell the riot and early Monday morning they marched there.

March 15th 1740

London-Yesterday, Charles Drew of Long Melford, Suffolk was committed to Newgate by Col. de Veil after an examination of six hours on violent suspicion of being concerned with John Humphrys now in Bury gaol in murdering his father, Charles John Drew of Long Melford about six weeks ago and four persons are bound over to prosecute him at the next Assizes to be held at Bury.

March 22nd 1740

On Tuesday night, Charles Drew endeavoured to corrupt Jonathan the turnkey at Newgate by giving him a bond of £1000 and engaging to give him half his estate if he would let him escape from Newgate and that he could go over to France with him. 
Jonathan immediately carried the bond to Mr Ackerman who immediately searched Drew to see if he any weapons and he removed Drew and condemned him to the hole and placed two men to guard him and to cut his victuals for him, he not being allowed edged tools.

March 29th 1740

At Bury Assizes held this week two persons received the death sentence-viz-Charles Drew for the murder of his father and James Curry for robbery on the highway. 
Dew's tryal lasted five hours there being at least 16 witnesses. 
Edward Humphrys swore that on the night of January 31st at about nine o' clock he came to Melford from Witham. That meeting the prisoner with his gun in his hand in a lane between the two houses of the late Mr Drew, he got off his horse and put him in a field and then the prisoner hid his gun, they walked together to the house where the family lived. Tthe prisoner carried him into his own lodgings and gave him a dram of brandy. 
After this they went Drew's other house the prisoner taking his gun with him and went into the house alone, the said Humphrys being in the street, at a little distance he heard a noise within the house soon after the prisoner came out and told him the jobb was done, they then walked towards Liston Hall about 1 ½ miles away from Mr Drew's house and as soon as they parted company 
Humphry went back to where he had left his horse and rode ro Dunmow in Essex and did not hear of the murder till he got to London. 
Other witnesses said he was at Melford that night and that when he came thither again about a fortnight afterwards the prisoner went to his house at midnight, when he was apprehended the prisoner shew'd great uneasiness and threatened the constable and when the gentleman prest'd very strongly to prosecute him and told him plainly the suspicion he would lie under if he did not do so.
He was far from taking this advice that he bribed this very gentleman to get his discharge and that soon after this he went to London, he took the name of Thomas Roberts and left off his mourning and wore laced cloaths and took great pains to conceal himself and gave orders for the conveyance of his estate away. 
He hired one William Mace to go from London to Bury to hear what he would say that while he was in Newgate he endeavoured to corrupt a turnkey, all of which papers and three or four rings which prisoner gave him were produced in court. He called only two witnesses in his defence, one as to the time of night when he went from home the other as to the time when he got to Liston Hall but they differed so little from the hour that they seemed to confirm his evidence than to contradict it, upon the whole it appeared clearly that he actually committed the murder or at least was an accomplice in it.
 The Jury found him guilty of the indictment without going out. He is still detained in Bury gaol a gentleman of Melford having sworn the peace against him.

April 5th 1740

We hear that Edward Humphry who was supposed to be concerned in the murder of Mr Drew was discharged from Bury gaol last Friday by the Judge.

April 12th 1740

Last week Mr Drew was executed at Bury, we are assured that he told a gentleman who was with him in the gaol soon after he received the sentence of death, that he would leave a paper relating to the fact of which he was convicted with a clergyman and that the intended to send for but we have not heard whether he did or not. 
From Bury Post April 6th. 
Edward Humphry was again brought to gaol as tis said occasioned by a gentleman swearing the peace against him. 
From the Colchester Journal. 
Since his apprehending Humphry a second time, Mr Timothy Drew an attorney (by whose vigilance Charles Drew was apprehended at a Bagnio in Leicester Fields) is gone to Bury to have him closely confined having several facts to charge him with.

June 7th 1740

To be lett and entered at Michaelmas-a farm at Stow-upland (the house adjoining Thorney Green) containing 187 acres of arable and pasture in occupation of Mr Jowers, convenient for dairy of twenty cows, Enquire of Mr Kettle of Nettlestead Hall.

June 21st 1740

To be lett-a farm at Lavenham-25 acres of arable and 30 acres pasture, with good house and malting-rent £58 per annum-enquire of Roger Herrington of Gt Waldingfield.

July 5th 1740

----June 30th, Wisbech. The mob here yesterday and today have almost pulled down one house and broken the windows in several more, they have broken into three or four granaries and obliged the owners of others to give them the keys, 
In the whole they carried off 20 last of wheat and visited several gentlemen and tradesmen where they exacted small sums of money from them as they thought proper, none less than 5s, they sold the wheat at a 1d a bushel but the bulk they carried home to their own houses. 
The damage is computed at £500 to £600.

July 5th 1740

London Gazette -Portsmouth-July-
Description of the Victory Man of War by the master gunner. 
She is a first rate ship and mounts 112 brass guns which she is higher out of the water (being 200 tons larger than any first rate ship in the Royal Navy) she has stowage for 1200 men with necessary provisions and ammunition, her keel is 151 feet, her gun deck is 170 feet 3 inches, mid deck is 180 feet 6 inches, upper deck is 188 feet 7 inches, forecastle is 35 feet, quarter deck is 81 feet, Poop deck is 49 feet 1 inch, Poop Royal is 81 feet, 
Length from head to stern 221 feet 10 inches, her depth in the hold is 23 feet 9 inches, height of her head is 54 feet 10 inches, midship she is 47 feet 1 inch, height of her stern is 71 feet 6 inches, main breadth is 51 feet 6 inches.

July 5th 1740

From Norwich July 5th-Many thousands of the mob are about the town committing disorders on account of the price of corn and the weavers are lowering the journeymen's wages.

July 19th 1740

Strayed out of the pasture of Ralph Cole at Sudbury-a large mare and one black horse of 15 hands and 1 bay mare of 14 hands, if any man can give tidings to Ralph Cole or to John Beaumont of Monks Ely Hall or to the Rev Mr Raymond of Westerfield they shall have reasonable charges.

August 2nd 1740

To be lett-Brockley Hall farm-5 miles from Bury, containing 270 acres, in occupation of Philip Hibble. Enquire of Mathew Simpson of Reed Hall.

August 9th 1740

We hear from Bury Assizes held this week that John Ablet received the death sentence for stealing a horse from Thomas Sutton but was afterwards reprieved and Mary Barnes for the murder of her bastard child was acquitted.

September 6th 1740

Norwich August 30th-
Last Saturday at one o' clock, Andrew Lister and Robert Bezett the two Norfolk rioters were executed together on the gallows erected for the purpose on Castle Hill.

November 1st 1740

Thomas Keble the keeper at Ipswich gaol being arrested for debt last week and he confessed to another prisoner he was so much affected that he stabbed himself in the body and died on Saturday night.

November 22nd 1740

Ipswich---Bixley Decoy has been disturbed and the fowls frightened by malicious persons.
This is to give notice that any persons who go near the decoy without the permission of Philip Broke of Nacton or Thomas Roper of the Warren house will be sued as the law directs. Notice is also given that wildfowl of all sorts will be sold at the Warren house for 1s 6d per couple and a flesh of rabbets at 6d per couple.

November 29th 1740

Colchester ---On Wednesday last great numbers of disorderly people in Magdalen street assembled in riotous manner, stopping two wagons loaded with wheat which they threatened to seize but magistrates being present and the High Constable obtaining assistance from a party of Dragoons who guarded the waggons.

November 29th 1740

We hear from Sudbury that the poor people have been disorderly lately in stopping several waggons loaded with grain, some of which they plundered.

December 6th 1740

Three small vessels sailed from Ipswich to Holland with corn, the 4th was ready to sail but was stopped by the embargo which came down last Friday night.

December 13th 1740

Colchester---On Saturday last, one Taylor, a widow woman of Colchester who has been remarkedly active in stopping waggons laden with corn and meal on the way through the streets to the Hythe in order to be shipped, was apprehended and removed to Chelmsford gaol for trial at the next Assizes. 
A warrant has been issued against several other persons some of whom have fled, the owners of the wheat are determined to prosecute.

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January 3rd 1741

From St Edmunds in Suffolk we hear that an ancient gentlewoman of 72 years with an estate of £300 per annum had to defend herself from the extremity of the cold weather, in an honourable way taken to bed a young fellow of 23 years.

January 17th 1741

It has been a practice for some villains to kill and carry away sheep from the pasture round Paddington.
Some farmers have set men to watch their cattle in the night time and four men in soldiers habits with muskets and bayonets entered the grounds of Mr Geayes on November 28th and beat and wounded his man and taken his fowling piece from him, tied him up and left him for dead.
They caught and carried two sheep which they skinned. 
His Majesty promises £50 and the inhabitants of Paddington have collected £10 for information.

February 14th 1741

London-February 7th----The press gangs have been very brisk along the shore with great success and not a day passes but they pick up a number of seamen.

February 21st 1741

George Gaskin of Palgrave was committed for stealing gate irons and James Smith was charged with stealing three geese out of a field belonging to Mr Fenton of Nacton.

February 28th 1741

To be lett, a convenient house situated on dry soil in Gt Waldingfield near the church, containing two parlours-kitchen-laundry-six bed chambers-dairy-wash house-brew house-six horse stable-hay loft-orchard-garden. Enquire of Mr Canham of Milden.

March 7th 1741

London---The press for seamen is carried on with great vigour in order to man the Channel Fleet and not a man who has the appearance of a seaman escaped being examined by the several gangs that are about.

March 21st 1741

To be lett and entered next Michaelmas-Hardwick House with garden-out buildings-cow house-stables-with or without pasture and arable-tythe and town charges free-in fine sporting country with pleasant prospect, in possession of John Cullum-situated next Bury St Edmunds.

March 28th 1741

At Bury Assizes seven persons were sentenced to death---
John Knights, John and James Garnham for breaking into the house of the Rev Humfreys-
John Ablett for breaking into the house of Mrs Harman of Bredfield-
Robert Cullum and William Bell for horse stealing-
George Warren for breaking into three houses at Glemsford-Knights and Bell ordered to be executed next Wednesday at Bury, 
the two Garnhams, Bell and Ablett order'd to be executed at Ipswich on 4th of April, 
Warren and Cullum to be reprieved. 
John Nobbs and Ann Carter to be branded.

March 28th 1741

We hear that about a fortnight ago a farm house at Melford was beset by three rogues at about 9 at night. 
The maidservant endeavoured to go to the next farmhouse was fired at and hit and not hearing anything of her concluded she had alarmed the neighbours and made off, the maid was found soon after in the road unhurt but she had swooned with fright.
The same day a man who sold cakes and had taken 12-14s at a cock fight and was going home to Clare was attacked by two fellows and so stoutly defended himself although one arm was broken at the first strike by the rogues and saved his money.

April 30th 1741

To be lett in the parish of Wacton in the Colneis Hundred-three marshes of 16 acres-17 acres and 27 acres.

June 13th 1741

On Tuesday a presentation pas'sed the Great Seals to enable the Rev Abraham Oakes, D. L. chaplain to the Right Honourable Lord Montfort to hold the rectory of Wethersfield in Suffolk together with the rectory of Long Melford, Suffolk.

July 4th 1741

Ipswich-Last Tuesday a man was filling a cart at the crag pit at the upper end of the wash when the side of the pit fell in and killed three boys all of them the sons of Randall Day of the Red Lattice who were watching the man working, the man must have lost his life if a gentleman who was travelling that way had not come to his assistance.

July 25th 1741

Boston, April 27th. 
We hear from Pennycook that lately came in several Indians from towards Canada who were in such a pining condition and almost starving and begging sustenance which was readily granted, they gave account of the deplorable conditions of the Indians by reason of the excessive cold and vast snows in some places near 20 feet high which prevented them hunting and great numbers have perished and that the last account from Canada was that the French are in a distressed condition for want of provisions and by sickness that has proved mortal among them.

July 25th 1741

At Bury Assizes. 
Richard Baker and Henry Crack received the death sentence for felony and burglary, Baker to be executed at Bury next week and Crack at Ipswich on the Saturday following.
Mathew Colman and William Utting convicted of sodomical practices to stand in the pillory at Lowestoft and Colman to suffer two years imprisonment, Utting was given bail for future good behaviour for 7 years.
George Warren and Robert Cullum who were convicted at the last Assizes and reprieved, to be transported for 14 years.

August 1th 1741

To be sold-a freehold estate call'd Essex Hall, situated in Redgewell and Stambourn, Essex, consisting of good farm house-malt house-out houses-166 acres of land, arable and pasture 15 acres of woodland now fellable and a good parcel of timber. Enquire of Mr Unwin in Aldermanbury, London.

August 8th 1741

Bury-On Wednesday last was executed Robert Baker, when he came to the place he behaved with utmost decency.
Ipswich-Henry Crack was executed last Saturday, we did not hear he made any confession.

August 22nd 1741

Colchester. August 22nd. On Monday next a Serjeant and three soldiers belonging to the regiment encamped on Lexden Heath are to be shot pursuant to their sentence at a court martial for desertion and other offences.

September 19th 1741

Colchester. On Sunday last three soldiers under confinement for desertion one of whom was ordered to be shot but reprieved found means to escape out of the town jail with their handcuffs on, they are not yet retaken.

October 21st 1741

Colchester. On Saturday night last, William Ingold of Long Melford in Suffolk, where he occupies a water mill some time since was coming to this town and was attacked on the highway by Lawrence Spencer, a soldier in Colonel Druro's Regiment who are quartered there,
He demanded his money and on Ingold's refusal drew his sword and gave him a severe wound in his body. Several people heard his cries and came to his assistance and released him and secured the villain, the villain pretended that Ingold had stopped him and robb'd him.
On Wednesday Lancelot Gilmer was apprehended and committed to Chelmsford gaol charged with aiding and assisting the said soldier and was removed to Chelmsford gaol. Ingold continues very ill having 11 wounds.

October 21st 1741

We hear from Sudbury that on Wednesday last, the wife of John Leach, a soldier in Druro's Regiment was delivered in that town with four children who were all christened and that in the same infants made 310 children which Mrs Hazel, a midwife there had brought into the world.

December 26th 1741

America, Boston. 
Captain Thompson of His Majesty's ship Success, said that on the 23rd of October about 80 leagues eastwards of Cape Anne they met a Sloop in great distress, she came from Belfast in Ireland and was bound for Philadelphia with 108 passengers, but having been out 17 weeks were so distressed for provisions that about 30 of them died for want, among them were the master and all the sailors but one, so they could not manage the sails or steer the vessel they had eat up all the tallow candles and for several weeks had fed on the bodies of those who died and when people from the Success went on board they found the body of a man lying on the deck partly cut up with his arm and his shoulder boiling in a pot in salt water and so eager were the poor famished people for the flesh of their dead companions that many concealed pieces of flesh in their pockets. 
Captain Thompson put aboard a midshipman and three other hands to navigate the vessel and gave beef, bread, water and wine sufficient for seven weeks. 
Last Saturday the sloop arrived but so many of the people had died since the man of war left them that their numbers had been reduced to 62, several were so weak they will not recover. All possible care is being taken of them, the master's name was Ebenezer Clark, the owner's name is Josiah Thompson who lives in New Haven, Connecticutt.

1742 Ipswich Journal newspaper archive

January 2nd 1742

To be lett and entered upon at St Michael next-the Parsonage House with glebe lands of Aspall near Debenham, Suffolk at a yearly rent of £27. Apply to Mr Chevallier at Aspall.

January 16th 1742

Yesterday morning his Majesty's Sloop the Otter, Capt Gordon, was lost on Sizewell Bank, the captain and 36 others were drowned, only 18 escaped.

January 16th 1742

London. The press for seamen which for some time has been discontinued is again revived with ardour and with much success upon the water.

January 16th 1742

From the Evening Post at London. Besides 1200 oxen to be killed at London, the commissioners for victualling his Majesty's navy have contracted for 1000 head to be delivered to Portsmouth and Plymouth.

January 23rd 1742

This morning the Rev Dr. Chapman will be installed Arch-Deacon of Sudbury in the room of the Rev Gurdon, deceased.

February 6th 1742

Last Tuesday a new born child was found in a necessary house in Brook Street, Ipswich where the surgeons think it was born alive and murdered, soon after a young woman was taken up and examined but discharged.

February 20th 1742

Last Sunday a dead child was found in a house in St Mary Tower, Ipswich, it was locked in a box with two bunches of lavender, it appears to have been dead a considerable time and was discovered by it's offensive smell, the Coroner opinion was that Mary Howe was the mother and brought in a verdict of wilful murder, she was committed to gaol and to be try'd at the next Assizes. The Coroner's inquest with respect of the child mentioned last week brought in a verdict of murder by persons unknown.

March 6th 1742

To be lett and entered upon Lady or Midsummer-The Angel Inn at Sudbury situated next the market place with good accommodation for travellers in coaches or on horseback and a stage coach calls every day also good stock and household goods to be sold at reasonable prices. Enquire of Thomas Brewster at the said Inn.

March 20th 1742

London yesterday. A man stood in the pillory at the Royal Exchange for sodomical practices and was severely used by the populace, particulary by an Amazon who tore off most of his cloathes and whipp't him with rods for a long time which diverted the spectators with some extraordinary discipline.

April 10th 1742

We hear from Bury that Thomas Reeve and Flower Townshend were executed on Wednesday.

April 10th 1742

Last Saturday Robert Carlton who was condemned at the last Assizes at Thetford
for sodomy and the murder of a young woman who he poisoned was brought from Norwich castle on Sunday afternoon where he was carried to the church where an excellent service applicable to his behaviour was preached before a large congregation, he executed upon our common and afterwards hanged in chains, he behaved with little remorse denying he was guilty of murder, people present at the execution were computed by some at 15.000 and others at 20.000.

April 17th 1742

To be lett-capital messuage call'd Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk. Fitted up in a compleat manner-fine gardens-a park containing 130 acres well stock'd with deer-12 acres of meadow land-in pleasant country-four miles from Ipswich. Enquire of William Legget of Bramfield.

March 15th 1742

Notice to graziers-that at Halesworth Bullock Fair on the 25th of May will be plenty of all sorts of Scots and English steers that have been ever seen since the fair begun. N.B. Whitsun Tuesday will be the last day of the fair.

March 22nd 1742

To be sold-a copyhold estate at Wixoe near Batham Inn, Suffolk, of about £40 per annum, lately put in good repair, in occupation of Mr Allen. Apply to Mr Plamplin of Bury.

June 26th 1742

Supposed stolen from out the Baily in Clare, with "Rosemary Branch" on her near buttock. Any person giving notice shall receive ½ a guinea from John Snell.

July 10th 1742

To be lett at Cotton, Suffolk, a good dairy farm called Cotton Hall consisting of 270 acres of meadow, pasture and plow with new house upon it--barns -stables-neat houses. Enquire of Baron Prettyman or Francis Prettyman of Wetherden.

July 31st 1742

America-Boston, April 1st. Last Tuesday morning there was a prodigious flight of pigeons over the neighbouring towns that two men with nets caught no less than 160 dozen that morning and so great was the market for them that day they fell from 8s a dozen to ½ a crown a dozen.

July 31st 1742

To be lett, the tythes and glebe of Glemsford, Suffolk. Enquire of the Rev Mr Vertue of Feltwell or Mr Wilson of Bury.

August 14st 1742

Last Saturday, a butcher of Ipswich seeing a loaded cart go by his door and seeing the boy who drove it had not the strength to hold the horses, he made haste to help him but having the misfortune to fall down one of the wheels went over him and he died immediately.

August 14st 1742

At Bury Assizes held this week, five persons received the death sentence but all were reprieved, they were Joseph Barham, Robert Chinery and Zacary Thompson for sheep stealing, Joseph Parker for forgery, George Crisp for horse stealing, Thomas Gibbs, John Parker and Mary Bush, three old convicts to be transported for 14 years.

September 25th 1742

This is to inform the publick that John Barnard who drove the stage coach from Bury St Edmunds to London for several years on the Essex road, hath taken the Angel Inn at Sudbury upon the same road where all persons shall have good entertainment by their humble servant John Barnard.

October 2nd 1742

Last Sunday, the death very suddenly, of the Rev Robert Butts, rector of Westerfield.

October 2nd 1742

Stolen or strayed from John Hubbert's of Finningham -a brown mare-7 years last grass-small white star on head-one wall eye-whoever brings the said to John Hubbert of Finningham shall be well rewarded.

October 9th 1742

Last Friday a small sloop laden with corn for London, belonging to Richard Dobson of Ipswich was lost upon the Essex coast, the master escaped but a boy who went off with him in a boat died after they came ashore and a man who chose to remain in the vessel was drowned.

October 30th 1742

Edinburgh, October 9th. On Sunday the 10th inst, during the time of Divine Service, the roof of the large church of Fearn, which is the greatest in Ross, fell in like a clap of thunder which unhappily killed a vast number of people and were among them the Laird of Auchinloch and the poor Minister, tis said that already 60 bodies have been taken out of the ruins.

October 30th 1742

Last Monday, Robert Taylor, coachman to Philip Broke of Nacton near Ipswich was driving a horse and wagon to market when he fell off the box and he was so much bruised he died a ¼ of an hour later.

October 30th 1742

To be sold by Gerrad Oldgrove in the thoroughfare, Ipswich. Plough breasts and other irons of soft malleable cast iron, the maker has obtained the King's patent for his wares of this sort, if any breaks in six months it shall be exchanged without exception.

December 18th 1742

Stolen on Tuesday night the 23rd of November, out of the house of Samuel White at the Plough in Sudbury, Suffolk, one three pound twelve pieces and six and thirty piece, three ½ guineas and a gold ring, by a low soundy man with a sandy complextion much pitted with small pox, he wears a white wig and a black frock, he has been a smuggler and goes by the name of Weasel, whoever apprehends him shall receive 2 guineas from Samuel White.

December 18th 1742

From Swaffam, Norfolk. A melancholy accident happened on Monday at Mr Nelson's, a farmer of Sporle who had two daughters, one about 26 years the other about 21 years, on Monday night they had been sewing work when they decided to finish before bed, the weather being cold they took a chassing dish filled with charcoal to the chamber ( there being no chimney in the room), yesterday morning the family wondered much at the young ladies not stirring, they knocked on the door to no purpose, their father broke the door down and found the youngest dead and stiff, the other was alive but died in ½ an hour. It is hoped this will be a caution to people how they make use of firing.

December 18th 1742

To be sold to the best bidder at Tarrant's Coffee House in Aldgate, London on the 20th of January next by the assignees of bankruptcy against William Barwell, late of Glemsford, Suffolk, grocer and chapman.
The several estates in Stanningfield and Glemsford in Suffolk. 1st-Small freehold cottage in Stanningfield in occupation of James Brown at 40s a year, 2nd a messuage call'd Brussels with stables and outhouses, 26 acres, held in the manor of Stanningfield Hall in occupation of James Maccro at £26 an annum subject to payment of £8 per year to Elizabeth Barwell, aged 60, mother of the said William Barwell, 3rd messuage containg 10 roods in occupation of Elizabeth Barwell and Major Swannock at £12 per annum, 4th, messuage in occupation of James Watson at £6 per annum, 5th messuage of 1 acre in occupation of Major Swannock.
The last three mentioned are situated in the town of Glemsford.

1743 Ipswich Journal newspaper archive

January 3rd 1743

Ipswich----Three vessels laden with corn at Ipswich for Holland were stopp'd by customs on suspicion of false entries and the corn was remeasured, several deficiencies were found amounting to 300 quarters, the bounty allowed by the Government for exporting is 15s 5d for wheat and 3s 6d per quater for rye.

January 22nd 1743

To be fought for at Ixworth cock pit on the 31st of January-a main of cocks between the gentlemen of Suffolk and the gentlemen of Norfolk for a guinea a battle and 20 guineas the odd. Toshow 20 cocks each side.

March 5th 1743

From Melford we hear that a gentlewoman attempting to get on her horse, fell backwards and fractured her skull, she has since died. From Lavenham we hear a male infant was found in a pond by a common footpath not far from some houses, it appears to have lain there three or four days.

March 5th 1743

Public Notice-Whereas in the night of the 21st of February last, several persons, not less than four in number were snaring in a wood in Combs, Suffolk, known by by it's name of Combs Hall wood, some were carrying firearms, one of them did wickedly fire off a gun. This is to give notice that the discovery and bringing to justice for firing a gun and snaring shall receive a reward of two guineas is promised by William Kedington of Badly Hall.

March 5th 1743

The person who cures the Kings evil is remov'd from Hedingham, Essex to Lavenham, Suffolk.

March 26th 1743

Dublin March 12th. A few days ago a soldiers wife, a comely young hussey being check'd by her husband for having a child several months before the proper time, he encouraged her to go and leave the same with the father, assured by this that he would take her again to his bosom if she did so, but contrary to all humanity, she took the child and threw it over the Thoumond bridge into the river Shannon where it perished, she was committed to gaol.

March 26th 1743

We hear from Bury Assizes there that two persons received the death sentence, viz William Dodward for stealing £11 5s from James Steward of Bury and Robert Armstrong for horse stealing, the latter was reprieved. Edward Bell, Jeffrey Spinke, John Nobbs, Richard Gooden, Francis Poulson and Thomas Tripp to be transported for 7 years. 4 old convicts Joiseph Barham, Robert Chenery, Zachary Thompson and George Crispe to be transported for 14 years.

May 14th 1743

Cambridge, March 9th. Two melancholy accidents have happened in this town, six young gentlemen of Clare Hall were going down the river in a boat when it sunk at Jesus sluice whereby three unfortunately drowned, likewise two gentlemen of St John's College were taking the air in a chaise which unfortunately overturned by which a young gentleman possessed of £10,00 per annum had both legs broken in a terrible manner that his life is despaired of.

June 18th 1743

Rye-29th of June. Yesterday, John Breads pursuant to his sentence for murder was conveyed to the place of execution, he behaved with great penitence and resignation and said he had no intention or design against the deceased person but acknowledged the fact that he was a wicket liver and deserved punishment, he was turned off the ladder at about 12 praying to the Lord to receive his soul, there were a great number of spectators.

July 2nd 1743

Lavenham---This is to give notice that John Levill who kept the Greyhound Inn for 13 years is removed to the Three Swans Inn and Tavern in the same town.

July 16th 1743

All persons indebted to the late John Southgate, late of Sudbury in Suffolk are desired to pay the same to Edward Ewer of Belchamp who will attend the Cock Inn at Sudbury in order to receive the same on the 7th of August.

July 30th 1743

Edinburgh, July 19th. We hear from the Highlands that the Shire of Nairn are very much inserted with robbers who often kill and plunder unhappy travellers, they are lost of all shame and honesty and they come even during the day in companies and carry off whole flocks of cattle, this puts the gentlemen of the country at considerable expence in maintaining men to guard the cattle, they of-times prove as great a rogues as those whom they pretend to watch, we are told that they and the robbers live together in friendship and that one robber recently received a snuff from his neighbouring watchman that he was so grateful that he made a present of a young cow which he stole from a poor widow.

August 6th 1743

We hear from Bury Assizes, held this last week that James Cheese and William Hunt received the death sentence for felony but the latter being only 13 years old was reprieved. Robert Armstrong who was a convicted felon at the last Assizes was ordered to be transported for 14 years and James Deeks for 7 years.

August 6th 1743

To be lett at Clare, Suffolk, a large dwelling house with outbuildings-large orchard and meadow well situated for a fellmonger it having a very river adjoining the meadow. Enquire of William Crane at Clare.

September 10th 1743

Sudbury, September 3rd. This day Mr Carter was chosen Mayor of Sudbury by a majority of one vote.

September 17th 1743

Whereas a cricket match that was mentioned in last week's paper to be played on Barley Green, Stradbroke on the 12th inst according to a request of High Suffolk gentlemen they were pleased to call it a contest with Finningham for two guineas a man but the former thought it too much and refused to play and begged to be excused at 1s a man, with civility the latter condescended and obtained a compleat victory over the former without the assistance of Stowmarket. The 12 persons who played on the Finningham side do hereby give notice they are ready to play against the gentlemen of High Suffolk at any time they appoint on one week's notice at the house of Joseph Wellham at the White Horse in Stoke Ash for 1 guinea a man.

October 22nd 1743

This is to give notice to all travellers that the bridge call'd Ballingdon Bridge adjoining the Borough of Sudbury that on Tuesday 25th of October will be repair'd that there can be no passage.

November 5th 1743

Bristol---We here have a cobbler who liv'd in the city and having words with an old woman of the neighbourhood would often call her an old witch and devil, in order to be revenged upon him she sent into his house a cat, the cobbler attempted to thrust it out again but in doing so the cat catch'd hold of his finger and would not let go till he squeezed it to death, the poor man endured violent pains in his arm although he dipped it in salt water nine times, he died in agony.

November 19th 1743

Norwich, November 12th. I hear that on Gunpowder Treason evening, a house in the city was set on fire and other mischief was done by sqibs and rockets that were play'd off.

November 26th 1743

Whereas several Jews who travel the country having lately been apprehended in Ipswich for several robberies committed by them in various parts of the Kingdom, it would not be amiss to inform the public how careful they ought to be in trading and encouraging these vermin which swarm up and down in parts of the Kingdom.

December 10th 1743

Whereas John Gainsborough jun. late of Sudbury, Suffolk, watchmaker, did lately set up a business at Beccles in Suffolk, but generally abused the interests of friends and carried off goods and effects given him in trust, this is to apprize persons whom he may offer a watch for sale or to pawn, to stop the watch and give notice to Thomas Utting, watchmaker in Yarmouth or to Thomas Tingey of Beccles and they shall be paid for their trouble. He is a spare thin person of 5ft 9" high with large hook'd nose, blinkey'd eye, long visage. N.B. The shop is kept open and all persons that shall favour the same with their custom shall be made for all loss that shall be sustained by watches missing from the shop of the same. John Gains.

December 24th 1743

On Saturday last, the stage coach belonging to Colchester was stolen between Lexden and Stanway by a single highway man, he was mounted on a bull faced horse, he robbed the passengers of their money and then rode off.

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January 7th 1744

This is to give notice that on Tuesday the 10th of January between the hours of 10 and 12 at Boxford, Suffolk, a gentleman is to run 7 miles in one hour for wager of 20 guineas, there will be an ordinary for gentlemen at the Swan Inn at Boxford on the same day.

January 14th 1744

To be lett or sold at Long Melford in Suffolk, a good house in possession of William Basset with all conveniences for tradesmen, three acres of pasture.

January 28th 1744

Died at his seat at Bramford, Ipswich, William Acton, member in the last Parliament of King George The First and in the first of His present Majesty.

January 28th 1744

A good farm in Rickinghall, Suffolk for sale call'd Suggenhall Farm, barns outhouses, stables and 80 acres at a yearly rent of £60.

February 11th 1744

To be sold-a very good farm at Belchamp St Pauls, Esssex near Clare called Gageurs Farm, with convenient houses in good repair, the greatest part is freehold, a proper quantity of timber and wood, occupied by an able tenant at £100 per annum, clear of the outgoing rents, enquire of Mrs Elizabeth Baker of Belchamp St Pauls or Mr Piper of Ridgewell, Essex, or Robert Philips in Wilman street near Bedford Place, London.

February 11th 1744

If James How late of Glemsford in Suffolk, who married Elizabeth Sadler of Gt Horkesly in Essex will come to Thomas Lynn of Horkesly, he may hear something to his advantage or if anyone can prove his death he shall be rewarded for his trouble.

February 18th 1744

Dublin. An uncommon instance of generosity happened last week when 1600 soldiers went aboard a troopship for transporting to Ostend, as they were marching over the Essex Bridge, a soldier's wife with three children was taking leave of her husband, he was shedding tears for parting with them when a Serjeant of another regiment perceiving this upbraided him for his effeminacy and said " D-n you, give me your musket and I will go to Flanders in your-stead, here take my halbard and if my commanding officer has any regard for me he will make you a Serjeant in my room, he then marched to the waterside.

February 25th 1744

To be sold at Bramfield Hall-Three mare asses and two stone asses. Apply of Edmund Raymond at Hemmingstone, Suffolk.

April 7th 1744

To be lett and entered immediately, the sign of the Dog, Grundisburgh, apply to Mr Trotman, Ipswich.

April 14th 1744

Colchester. April 13th. On Tuesday His Majesty's declaration of war against the French King was read at the town hall and at the corn exchange by the High Constable pursuant to the order, the Dutch troops quartered here being under arms during the ceremony.

April 28th 1744

America. Philadelphia. We hear from Staten Island that one of the principal inhabitants who had been married for five months having design to get rid of his wife got some poison herbs with which he advised her to stuff a leg of veal and when it was done excused himself to absenting, she eating it herself found herself ill and coming home soon after he desired her to cook some sausages which she did and having eat some of them also found himself ill, upon asking his wife what she fried them in she answered, in the sauce of the veal, he then said I am a dead man and own'd to the affair, they both continued ill for a short time and then expired, the husband dying first.

April 24th 1744

To be sold by Henry Bowell in St Mary parish in Ipswich. Millstones-Dog stones-Quern stones-Holland and English pan tiles-pitch and tar-Holland sand.

May 5th 1744

A court martial was held by Dutch Officers at Chelmsford where a soldier quartered at Kelvedon was ordered to be hanged and several to be severely whipped for misbehaviour. On Tuesday last a Dutch soldier stationed at Kelvedon died of wounds he received in a quarrel with a farmer's son in the neighbourhood.

May 28th 1744

To be lett-Batisford Hall farm in Suffolk, 300 acres in occupation of James Pung.

September 1st 1744

This is an advertisment that such persons who want to stock themselves with Scotch cattle there will be a choice parcel of the Galloway kind at Whitham Fair in Essex on the 14th and 15th of September.

September 22nd 1744

Southampton. On Monday 10th inst. a farmer, Richard Channel of Bittern farm, near Southampton was walking in one of his meadows when he observed a large fish in a lake which runs from his land to the sea, he got some large stakes and drove them into the mud below the field towards the sea which prevented it getting away when the ebb was made the fish was left aground and prov'd to be a Grampus, the length of which was 25ft, it is computed to weigh 25 hundred.

October 6th 1744

Wereas the wife of Robert Game of Whepsted, Suffolk, a glover , did on the 1st day of September elope from her husband, this is to require all persons not to trust her or give her any manner of credit to the said Sarah for if they do the same they will not be paid by me. Robert Game.

October 13th 1744

Colchester. On Friday morning an unhappy affair happened at Springfield, Chelmsford, a party of foot soldiers and an excise officer lay concealed near the road in expectation of some smugglers coming that way when two men riding on one horse and not stopping as commanded, the soldiers fired on them and killed on the spot, upon searching them they found two brace of partridges in their possession. The deceased, a man named J.Wyatt,a labouring man, hath left a wife and three children.

October 27th 1744

York. We have an account of a farmer near Thorpe in Ainsty who was digging in low ground for water when he discovered the horns of a stags head upon which he got some of his neighbours to assist him and with difficulty they got it out of the earth where it is suppos'd to have been ever since Noah's flood.

December 1st 1744

Whereas William Doughty of Acton near Lavenham was committed to Bury Gaol on strong suspicion of breaking open and entering the house of William Death of Acton and robbing him of one two ounce silver spoon-six silver teaspoons-half a guinea-one pair of silver tea tongs and one pen knife.

December 8th 1744

To be sold by auction at the White hart Coffee House, Colchester on the 8th of December-twenty pipes of Red Oporto wine of the growth of 1742 lying in a vault under the house of Mr Ennew in the High Street, Colchester, to be tasted on from 9 till 6 on the day of the sale.

December 15th 1744

To be sold and entered immediately, the Half Moon at Clare, Suffolk, enquire of John Key or Mrs Punt at Clare, it is also the office of the excise and post office.

December 22nd 1744

On Wednesday last, two men, servants of Mr Plail of Bradfield, set out from thence about two in the morning with a waggon laden with wheat for Thetford but unhappily perished by the severity of the weather, they were found on Rhymer Heath about four miles from Thetford, they were lying some distance from each other, one was quite dead and one had some small remains of life and was immediately put in a warm bed but expired in a short time.

December 22nd 1744

Whereas a horse belonging to a gentleman is detained at the White Swan in Sudbury, Suffolk, for his upkeeping this is to give notice that the said horse will be exposed for sale on Wednesday the 26th inst. Ann Smith of the said Inn.

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January ?th 1745

We are informed that the Providence Brig from Ipswich was taken on Christmas day (laden with coal) of Flamborough Head by a privateer from Calais, Mr Terry ransomed his ship for £135.

January 25th 1745

A remarkable incident happened in Edinburgh last week, about three years ago a sheriff a clothier from Mussleburgh,was missing, he was supposed murdered as the effects of drunken quarrelling, but the fact was that very near his home he was pressed and hurry'd onto a man of war boat which carried him off, the ship sailed the next morning for the West Indies where he has been till now. 
In the meantime his inconsolable widow imagined his ghost appeared often and to dry her tears she married and has got a child some weeks old, what the consequences will be is unsure.

February 9th 1745

To be sold-a farm called Reading Slough in the parish of Buddesdale, Suffolk, containing 127 acres of enclosed land with a large right to the common.

February 16th 1745

On Sunday morning, about 300 lbs of tea was seized at Thorpe, Essex by a party of soldiers on information received.

March 9th 1745

Last Tuesday, Walter Kettlby, custom officer of Ipswich port, went with a party of soldiers to Twaite and made a small seizure of tea and brandy, as they were going thither an inferior officer of customs was stopped at Clopton tollgate by two men who carried him into a wood and stripped and whipped him severely and turn'd him loose and left him with his hands tied for 1 ½ hours before he could get his hands loose.

March 9th 1745

On Sunday night last, in the middle of the night a gang of about 30 smugglers came into Beccles and broke open a house and pulled a poor man out of his bed and whipped him in the chamber with the cat o' nine tails, dragged him down the stairs head first, through the yard with a very hard frost and deep snow, set him on one of their horses and carried him away without anything on him except a shirt and night cap, he has not been heard of since.

March 30th 1745

At Ipswich Assizes-William Doughty for breaking into the house of William Death at Acton, Suffolk, to be transported for 7 years.

April 6th 1745

Last Saturday, William Gooda and Charles Sewell, two shoemakers in Beccles were committed to the county gaol at Ipswich having confessed they were concerned in carrying away Henry Nursey.

April 11th 1745

Norwich , May 10th , 1745, all lovers of cricket are hereby desired to meet at Gray's coffee house on Friday 17th inst at 6 in the evening to settle rules for that manly diversion.

April 25th 1745

On Whitson Monday the 3rd of June, there will be a match of football to be played by 20 men, 10 on each side at Battisford Tye, Suffolk, near Stowmarket for 10 hats, every man to put down 1s and enter their name on that day, no man to strike a man when he is down.

July 6th 1745

To be sold or lett, a fine large milch ass with colt by her side. Enquire of Mr Robert Self of Tivshall Green, Suffolk

July 6th 1745

On Friday there will be a show of lambs at the Green Man commonly called the Half Way House at Melton in Suffolk where all farmers and graziers may be furnished with stock and meet with a hearty welcome by their humble servant Richard Gibbs.

July 30th 1745

Lost on Whitsun Monday, June 3rd last between Ipswich and Colchester, a paper parcel containing three pieces of Irish Holland directed to Mr Thomas Baker of Foxhearth, Essex, near Long Melford, whoever brings it back to Thomas Shave at the Naggs Head, Ipswich or the Black Horse at Stratford shall receive 5 guineas.

August 10th 1745

At Bury Assizes, four malefactors received the death sentence-Thomas Hart for breaking into the house of Thomas Hart at Westhall, Suffolk, and stealing a watch and three silver spoons, John King for stealing a mare from Mr Jacobs of Milden and William Fuller for stealing several pieces of silver out of the house of the Rev Fawcett of Monks Ely, all were repreived.

August 10th 1745

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September 21st 1745

Edinburgh, September 9th. It is said the Young Chevalier affects a great deal of popularity, he has been granted a pass to the linen draper in London who had been in Perth buying quantities of cloth and he told him he was expected at St Jame's in the space of two months.
We hear that upwards of 200 Highlanders who were sent to search for arms took the opportunity to plunder and loaded themselves with horses they could find and went off home, it is said they are being pursued.

September 21st 1745

Ireland, Dublin. Last week's Assizes ended at Castlebar where a boy of 11 was try'd and found guilty of murdering a girl of 8 by throwing stones at her which hit her on the head, he was sentenced to die next November.

October 5th 1745

Whereas a rebellion has broken out in Scotland there are strong reasons to believe it will be supported by France and Spain, the declared enemies of this country, a general meeting is therefore apprehended at the Greyhound in Stowmarket at 10 on Monday the 14th of October when the Nobility, Gentlemen and Clergy are desired to attend in order to consult on the proper method to support the King and Government. Grafton.

October 12th 1745

To be sold at Wattisfield, Suffolk-good dwelling house with three rooms of floor-brewhouse-stables-5 acres. Apply Samuel Weyard of Hepworth.

November 9th 1745

Stolen or strayed from the parish of Gestingthorp in Essex near Sible Hedingham-a black horse near 14 hands-5 years-white snipend of nose. Whoever gives information to Thomas Marlton of the Compasses in Gestingthorp shall be allowed reasonable charges.

November 16th 1745

All persons having claims on the estate of Sir John Barnardiston Bart, late of Long Melford are desired forthwith to send particular to John Alexander, attorney at law of Threadneedle Street, London.

December 7th 1745

To be lett, a commodious house at Hartest, Suffolk, containing parlour-hall-kitchen-brewhouse-dairy-cellars-5 chambers and garrets above them-stabling for 5 horses-pleasure gardens-orchard-ponds-50 acres-late in occupation of John Goodall, deceased. Apply to John Poole of Boxted Hall.

December 28th 1745

To be sold-a grist mill in the parish of Benhall, lately erected-within a mile of Saxmundham-fit for dressing flour and having a new Frencher little more than a three years old, also good horse mill which has an 18ft wheel and two pairs of stones. Enquire of John Cooper of Benhall.