4th Week of July, 1754, from the London Magazine

July 1754


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All calendar information is from this site:

Monday, 22.

Joseph Mills, a turncock [a waterworks official responsible for turning on water at the mains], for the murder of Samuel Room, a paviour [a person who lays paving stones], in the Minories [a civil parish in London]; and Robert Finch, for the murder of his wife in Ludgate, who received sentence at the Old-Bailey immediately on their conviction, the former on Friday, and the other on Saturday, were this day executed at Tyburn.

The sessions ended at the Old-Bailey, when the other convicts received sentence of death, vix. Mary Smith, for stripping and robbing an infant about 3 years old; Thomas Collis, for sacreligiously stealing a linen surplice; Elizabeth Jones, for stealing a silver watch and 20 guineas; and James Cobley, for stealing some valuable manuscript books out of Mr. Linnot’s chambers in the Temple.

At this sessions one Lewis, a woman who had been in Newgate upwards of two years on a verdict left special for forgery, was brought into court, the same being determined by the judges, and received sentence of death.

Their royal highnesses the prince of Wales, duke of Cumberland and prince Edward went this day by water to Woolwich, attended by lord Harcourt, lord Anson, admiral Rowley, and a great number of persons of distinction; the lords of the admiralty, the commissioners of the navy, and victualing officer, also in their respective barges.  They were saluted when they went aboard by the guns at the Tower, and upon their landing at Woolwich by the guns at the warren, and all the yachts lying there.  Their royal highnesses first took a view of the several works in the dock-yard, saw the manner of forging an anchor, making sails, &c.  Afterwards they went on board the Royal Anne, a first rate man of war now building, and then on board the Dunkirk, the new 60 gun ship, which was launched that day.  A new sloop of war, called the Happy, was launched about an hour before.  As soon as the launch was over, their royal highnesses went on board the Carolina yacht, where a most elegant dinner was provided for them, and at 7 in the evening they embarked on board their barge to return to town, being saluted as before.  All the ships in the river had their colours hoisted, which, with the great number of yachts and boats of all kinds, with which the Thames was covered, formed a most beautiful prospect.

Tuesday, 23.

At a court of hustings [a platform or pavilion, a temporary structure erected at the place of an election, Wikipedia] at Guild-Hall, Allan Evans, Esq. and John Torriano, Esq.; (both merchant taylors) were chosen sheriffs of London and Middlesex, in the room of Alexander Sheafe and George Stratfield, Esqrs. Who refused to give bond to serve that office.  After the election, Mr. Torriano came forward and thanked his fellow-citizens for the honour they had done him, and acknowledged his unfitness, but promised to use his utmost endeavour to go thro’ the office with canour and impartiality.  Mr. Evans not being present, had till next court of aldermen to give his answer.

Thursday, 25.

The back front of Mr. Barrat’s late sugar-house at Paul’s wharf, which was left standing when the said sugar-house was burnt down, fell in, by which accident 5 bricklayers labourers, who were chipping bricks in the cellar, for the workmen, that were carrying up a new building, were killed on the spot.


Marriages and Births

23. George Colbrooke, Esq. member of parliament for Arundel in Sussex, to Miss Gaynor

23. Hon. Capt. Vaughan, son and heir to lord visc. Lisbourne, to Miss Nightingale, only daughter of Joseph Gascoigne Nightingale, late of Enfield, Esq.; a 50,000l. fortune.

20. Lady Viscountess Gallway, of a daughter

22. Lady of baron Munchausen, secretary of affairs of Hanover, of a son.



22. Rt. Hon. Lady Archer

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