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.

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