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1st Week of October, 1754, from the London Magazine

1st Week of October, 1754, from the London Magazine

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On Saturday, Sept. 28, a proclamation was published in the Gazette for the parliament to meet on Nov. 14, and to sit for the dispatch of business.

On the 30th, in the afternoon, four drays belonging to an eminent brew house, which were loaded with beer, each dray being drawn by four horses, were stopped at Islington Turnpike, having forfeited 5 l. each, according to the penalty of the late act of parliament for preserving publick roads, which took place Michaelmass Day; and notice being sent to the brew house, a person went from thence to the Turnpike, and was obliged to pay 20 l. to release the drays.

There are very few travelling waggons on the roads with broad wheels, most of them drawing four horses only, which they may do with the narrow wheels, as formerly; and carts may likewise go on the turnpike roads with narrow wheels, as formerly, if drawn but with three horses.

Marriages and Births

Sept. 24. Robert Phillips, Esq.; upwards of 80 years of age at Ewe-Withington, near Hereford, to Miss Anne Bowdler, almost as old, after a 60 years courtship.

Hon. William King, Esq. son of lord Kingston, to Miss Burroughs.

Oct. 3. John Rayner, Esq.; clerk to the skinners company, to Miss Collier.


Sept. 26. Sir Walter Montgomery, of Kirktournholm, Bart. in Scotland.

  1. Roger Wilbraham, Esq. at his seat at Townsend at Namptwich, Cheshire.

Oct. 1. Gent Unwin, Esq.; one of the directors of the Royal Exchange Assurance Office.

  1. Owen M’Swinney, Esq.; examiner of the office securities in the Custom-house, and store keeper at the King’s Mews.

3.  Rt. Hon. James earl of Northampton. He was summoned to parliament, Dec. 31, 1711, by the title of lord Compton, his father George earl of Northampton then living. His lordship is succeeded in the title of earl by his brother the Hon. George Compton, Esq; memb. of parl. for Northampton. The barony of Compton goes to lady Ferrers, the deceased, earl’s daughter, and lady of the Hon. George Townshend, Esq;

Barnaby Backwell, Esq; member of parliament for Bishop’s-Castle. His father died in July last. (See p. 333)

  1. Sir Jeremy Sambrooke, Bart.

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

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

September 1754


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Thursday, 26.

At a court of common-council at Guildhall, a report concerning a new bridge at Black-Fryars, as also pulling down the houses, and enlarging the passage over London-Bridge, was read, and ordered to be printed, and sent to all the members of the said court.

George Streatfield, Alexander Sheafe, and Allen Evans, Esqrs. having refused to take upon them the office of sheriff, to which they were lately elected, the court ordered that actions should be brought against all those gentlemen for the penalties incurred by their refusal. A committee of four aldermen, and eight commoners was chosen to direct the conducting of the said prosecution ; and they are impowered to draw upon the chamberlain for any sum necessary to defray the expence.

Saturday, 28.

Samuel Fludyer, Esq; alderman of Cheap ward, and John Torriano, Esq;citizen and merchant-taylor, the two new sheriffs, were this day sworn in at Guildhall, with the usual formality; and on Monday following they were sworn in at Westminster.

Stephen Theodore Janssen, Esq; alderman and stationer, vice-president of the British herring-fishery, was elected into the high office of lord-mayor of London for the year ensuing. After which he returned thanks to his fellow-citizens in a genteel speech, for the great honour they had conferred on him.


The dutchess dowager of Norfolk

The Monthly Catalogue, for September, 1754

Divinity and Controversy

A Clear and comprehensive View of the Being, Nature, and Attributes of God, pr. 1s. 6d. Cooper.

The Integrity of the Hebrew Text, and many Passages of Scripture vindicated from the Objections of Mr. Kennicott, By J. Bate, M. A. pr. 1s. 6d. Withers.

A Review and Defence of two Dissertations concerning the Meaning of Elohim and Berith. By T. Sharp, D. D. pr. 1s. 6d. Knapton.

The whole Works of the reverend and learned W. Reading, M. A: published in Numbers, at 6d. each. Crowder and Woodgate.


Genuine and- impartial Memoirs of Elizabeth Canning, pr. 3s. Bouquet.

An Alphabetical Copy of the Roll for Great Yarmouth.

A brief Account of the Kings and Queens whose Statues are in the Royal-Exchange, pr. 6d. Griffiths

A Letter to the Inhabitants of Covent-Garden Parish. By Mr. Gibson, pr. 1s. Author.

An Alarm to the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, pr. 6d. Cooke.

An impartial Account of the four Malefactors executed at Guildford, Sept. 14, 1754, pr. 4d.; Corbett.

The Trial of Mr. William Mitchell, Surgeon, for Perjury, at the Court of King’s-Bench, in Trinity-Term, 1754,pr. 1s. Baldwin.

Physick and Science

Geography methodiz’d. By L. Chambaud, pr. 3s. Linde.

New Experiments and Observations on Electricity. By B. Franklin, Esq; Part III. pr. 1s. Henry.

A Collection of Cases and Observations in Midwifry. By W. Smellie, M. D. pr. 6s. Wilson.

A new Course of Chemistry. By J. Millar, pr. 5s. Browne.

A Chain of philosophical Reasoning, wherein will be explained some Passages commonly mistaken in Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematics, with Remarks on Matter, Motion, and other physical Subjects. By A. Campbell, pr. 2s. Baldwin.

The useful Family Herbal, pr. 5s. Owen.

A Treatise of Venereal Diseases. By J. Astruc. In one Vol. 4to. pr. 18s. Innys.


The Day of Judgment; pr. 1s; Keith.

Barbadoes. By Mr. Weekes, pr. 2s. Dodsley.

The Prospect. By G. Roberts, pr. 1s. Cooper.


The Necessity and Advantages of human Learning; in a Sermon, preached before the Company of Skinners. By J.Towers, M. A. pr. 6d. Hitch.

Sixteen Discourses upon Doctrines and Duties, more particularly Christian; and against the reigning Vanities of the Age. By Dr. Delany, pr. 5s. Rivington.

An Assize. Guildford, August 23, 1754. By T. Turner; A. 6d. Bladon.

A Sermon before the University of Oxford, at St. Mary’s, July 7, 1754. By W. Sharp, D. D. pr. 6d. Rivington

A Sermon for the Benefit of the General Hospital at Bath. By R. Leyborne, D. D. pr. 6d. Hitch.


From the Appendix to the 3d part of Mr. Franklin’s New Experiments on Electricity, lately published, it seems as if a new Improvement might from that Art be made in our Cookery, as well appear from the Appendix itself, the first Part of which is as follows.

“As Mr. Franklin, in a former letter to Mr. Collinson, mentioned his intending to try the power of a very strong electrical shock upon a turkey, that gentleman accordingly has been so very obliging as to send an account of it, which is the following purpose.

He made first several experiments on fowls, and found that two large thin glass jars gilt, holding about six gallons, and such as I mentioned had employed in the last paper I laid before you on this subject were sufficient when fully charged, to kill commons hens outright; but the turkeys, though thrown into violent convulsions, and then lying as dead for some minutes, would recover in less than a quarter hour.  However, having added three other such to the former two, though not fully charged, he killed a turkey of about ten pounds weight, and believes that they would have killed a much larger.  He conceited, as himself says, that the birds killed in this manner eat uncommonly tender.”

3d Week of September, 1754, from the London Magazine

September 1754


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18. This morning several informations came on to be tried against Joseph Hazard and William Henry Shute, for publishing the Dublin scheme of chances, to be determined by the drawing of the present Dutch lottery, and also against Richard Bulkley and John Seal, for selling Irish vouchers, in pursuance of the said scheme, contrary to several acts of parliament ; of which they were all four convicted.

The committee appointed to take into consideration the repairing of London-bridge met at Guildhall, when the estimates of the expence were laid before them ; according to which it is computed, that the pulling down the houses on both sides, and rendering the bridge useful and commodious for carriages and foot-passengers, will amount to upwards of 40,000l.

Marriages and Births

19 The lady of Thomas Taylor, of Denbury, Esq; of a son and heir.

The lady of Sir George Vandeput, of a son.


19. Rt. Hon. the countess of Stratford, mother to the present earl, at her seat at Twickenham, in Middlesex.

Admiral Charles Cotterel, at Scarborough

20. Sir John Colleton, Bart, at his seat at Exmouth, in Devonshire.

Mr. Castelle, library-keeper to the Cottonian library.

An Account of the Plays and Entertainments acted at both the Theatres, Sept. 1754

Plays                                                      Entertainments

Drury Lane
17. Inconstant King and the Miller
19. Oroonoko Lying Value
21. Careless Husband Duke and no Duke
24. Macbeth Lying Valet
26. Recruiting Officer Lying Valet
28. Recruiting Officer Englishman in Paris
16. Beggar’s Opera Mock Doctor
18. Way of the World Devil to Pay
20. Richard the Third Contrivances
23. Merchant of Venice Lying Valet
25. As You Like It Flora
27. Provoked Wife Lying Valet
30. City Wives Confed. What D’ye Call it.

2D Week of September, 1754, from the London Magazine

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2D Week of September, 1754, from the London Magazine

Sept. 12 Charles Flemming was tried at the Old-Bailey for robbing Mrs. Hughes, of Ealing, in her chariot. The chief evidence of the identity of his person was a black servant, who not having been baptized, the court refused to take his oath, and the prisoner was acquitted.

Saturday, 14.

The sessions ended at the Old Bailey, when the five following criminals received sentence of death, via;. James Young, for stealing upwards of 40I. in a dwelling house ; John Haines, for robbing a lady of eight guineas on Hounslow- heath; Robert Hoggard, an out-lawed smuggler ; Edward Brocket, for stealing two horses from Mr. Bell, a farmer, near Hatfield ; and ‘William Hambleton, for returning from transportation.

Marriages and Births

  1. Probert Morgan, of Horst, in Gloucestershire, Esq; to Miss Oliver, of Enfield.

12. Robert Baker, of Twickenham, Esq; to Mrs. Owen, of the fame place.

15 Robert Randoll, of Whitthall, Esq; to Miss Lane, of Charles-street, St. James’s Square.

  1. The lady of the Rt. Hon. — Bertie, Esq; of a daughter.

11. The lady of William Harvey, Esq; knight of the shire for Essex, of a son.

12. Lady Monson, of a daughter.

The lady of Matthew Ridley, Esq; member for Newcastle upon Tine, of a son.


10. Justinian Champneys, Esq; of Westenhanger, in Kent.

12. Thomas Green, Esq; at his seat at Crondall, in Hampshire, formerly a soap-boiler in Thames-street, who a few years ago paid the usual fine to be excused from serving the office of sheriff of this city.

14.S amuel Henry Eyre, Esq; merchant, in New Broad-street, brother of the late lord chief justice Eyre.

1st Week of September, 1754, from the London Magazine

1st Week of September, 1754, from the London Magazine

September 1754


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Letters from the Morea [Peloponnese peninsula] advise, that on the 15th of last July, about eight at night, a violent shock of an earthquake was felt along that coast, particularly near Lepanto, where some populous villages were swallowed up, and a great number of persons, as well as cattle, lost.

Some time since, seven quarry men in the island of Portland being at work on a cliff 90 yards high, to loosen a large stone with iron levers, the ground on a sudden give way, and they all fell to the bottom on a heap of rubble: Four of them were beat to pieces, but the other three, providentially, were only bruised, and are recovered.

By the accounts from Virginia, about 150 of the English were killed on the spot in the late engagement, and almost all the rest, with major Washington and several other officers taken prisoners. Our men likewise lost all their baggage, &c. The commandant of the French ventured to attack the English in their intrenchment, upon information that major Washington was to be joined in a day or two by a body of 500 men. The said major and the other officers, taken prisoners have been released on their parole, upon condition that they shall not serve for a twelvemonth in those parts against the French, and arrived at Williamsburgh some days before the Resolution, Capt. Garratt, left-York-river, which was on July 13. Divers planters of the most westerly parts of the colony, have abandoned their lands, and are removed towards the east for safety.

Sunday, Sept. 1.

A fire broke out in the housekeeper’s room, at the earl of Tilney’s, at Wanstead, occasioned by a chafing-dish of coals being left there to keep the sweet-meats dry; by this accident a great part of the household linen was burnt, the pewter melted, and much china destroyed. ‘Tis computed the damage amounted to considerably above 1000l,

Wednesday, 4.

Several aldermen, deputies, &c. of the bridge committee, met at Guildhall, who came to a resolution, that Mr. Dance, the city-surveyor, should prepare an estimate of the expence of building a new bridge; and appointed a sub-committee so receive the same.

Marriages and Births

Sept. 2. William Brockett, of the Middle-Temple, Esq; to Miss Mary Markham, of Pater-noster-row.

  1. Lord George Sackville, second son to the duke of Dorset, to Miss Diana Sambrooke, of Dover-street.
  2. Gilbert Knowler, Esq; of Hearn, in Kent, to Miss Presgrave, of Abingdon-buildings.


Sept. 2. Rt. Hon. Alexander earl of Leven and Melvil, cue of the lords of police in Scotland, one of the senators of the college of justice, and for 13 years his majesty’s commissioner to the general-assembly there.

3. Sir Tancred Robinson, of Newby, in Yorkshire, Bart. elder brother of Sir Thomas Robinson, knight of the Bath, and one of his majesty’s principal secretaries of state. He is succeeded by his eldest son, now Sir William Robinson, Bart.

5. James St. Amen, Esq; whose father was apothecary to K. James II. has left his whole fortune, except six small legacies to his executors and servants, to Christ’s-hospital, upon condition that a fine painting of bishop Juxton his grand-father be preserved in that hospital, on failure of which it is to go to the university of Oxford, to which he has left his valuable collection of books.

Lord Maitland, only son of the earl of Lauderdale.

Rev. Mr. Dolben, minor canon of Windsor.

Lieut. Col. Thomas Rainsford, of Col. Waldegrave’s reg. of foot.

William Churchill, jun. Esq; at Redruth, in Cornwall.