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

August 1754


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A way to preserve the face from being pitted with the small pox.

After the eruption, and when the pustles begin to swell and be filled with the pus or matter, take chalk thoroughly pulverized, and mix it with fresh cream, so as to make a kind of liquid pomatum, that it may the more easily be laid upon the patient’s face, for which purpose a feather is to be used ; and as the pomatum dries, the anointing is to be renewed; thus the patient will not be tempted to scratch, the coolness of the cream preventing the itching, and the chalk with which it is mixed insensibly drying up the matter of the pustles, hinders it from penetrating into the flesh, and consequently from pitting: This precaution has benefitted all on whom it has been practised.

By an extract of a letter from the master of the Bear inn in Basinghall-street it appears, that Mr. Hinchcliff, who keeps the Leeds waggon, has made four journeys from Leeds, in Yorkshire, to the said Bear inn in Basinghall-street London, and back again to Leeds this summer, with a waggon whose wheels are nine inches wide, according to act of parliament ; that he performed the several stages with this waggon in the same time he .used to do with the common waggons; that the carriage is made with double shafts, drawn with eight horses; that 14 miles of the way is not turnpike-road; that he found the carriage bear a little harder than common on the horses going down hill, but not in proportion heavier than other waggons going up hill ; that he brought up five tons- Of goods at one time ; and, that it is his opinion that the broad-wheel act is the best act of parliament that was ever passed for the interest of the carrier, and the preservation of the roads. This act commences this Michaelmas.

Towards the end of Aug. was tried at Bridgewater a cause relating to malpractices at the late election for members of parliament at Minehead, wherein Henry Shiffner, Esq; candidate for that borough, was plaintiff, and Mess. Ball and Coffin, returning officers, defendants. The trial lasted eight hours and produced a verdict in favour of the plaintiff, for full damages and costs.

On Aug. 21, between one and two in the morning, there was at Gloucester (by the accounts from thence) the most violent storm of thunder, lightning and rain, that had ever been known, which put the Inhabitants under the most terrible apprehensions, tho’ no damage was done but to a house in the Bolt-lane, the main beams of which were shivered in a very surprising manner, two or three doors thrown off their hinges, and the glass forced out of all the windows.

The parliament of Ireland, which stood prorogued to Aug. 27, was further prorogued to April 12.

At the assizes at Carlisle, two men for forgery, one for stealing a mare, and five women for felony, received sentence of death. At Bristol, two men and two wo-men, for highway-robberies.

Marriages and Births

Aug. 30 Edward Coddard of Cliffe-Pypard, Esq; in the commission of the peace for Wilts., to Miss Read, of Crowood.

Arthur Weaver, Esq; of Twickenham, to Miss Papillon, of Lee, in Kent.

Charles Van, jun. Esq; of Landwern, in Monmouthshire, to Miss Kitty Morgan, daughter of Col. Morgan, member for the county of Brecon.

Mr. Williams, surgeon, to Miss Freke, only daughter of Mr. John Freke, senior surgeon of St. Bartholomew’s hospital.


25. Mr. Draper, who for many years enjoyed several lucrative employments under the commissioners of excise.

26. His grace the duke of Bolton, lieut. gen. of his majesty’s forces, lord lieut. and custos rotulorum of Hampshire and Glamorganshire, and knight of the most noble order of the garter.

Brabison Aylmer, Esq; clerk of the peace for the county of Essex, and a bencher of the Middle Temple society.

Aug. 26. Mr. Bridgwater, of Covent-Garden Theatre

Christopher Tancred, of Yorkshire, Esq; whose death we mentioned in our last, has left his estate for the founding 4 exhibitions for the study of the law, in Lincoln’s inn ; 4 for the study of physick in

Gonvill and Caius college, Cambridge and 4 for the study of divinity in Christ-college, Cambridge ; and has ordered his mansion house at Whixley to be converted into an hospital for 12 decayed gentle-men.

Mr. William Cleghorn, professor of moral philosophy in the, university of Edinburgh.

Rev. J. Cole, M. A. archdeacon of St. Alban’s, and preacher at the Abbey church in that town.

30. Edmund Browne, of Lincoln’s Inn, Esq.

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