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

 November 1754


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Monthly Chronologer.

Witehaven, Oct. 16. The running trade from the Isle of Man, which has been carried on for many years with great success, is now arrived to a greater height on this coast than ever was known: A gang of smugglers came lately into this town, about 11 at night, with several cart loads of run goods, and so well armed that, I believe, if our officers had known of their coming, they durst not have faced them; they catched a boat lately from that island coming into their very harbour, with brandy and tea, and seized her and her cargo; and the captain of the Custom-house sloop the other day met with a large one, laden from thence with brandy, rum, wine, tea, and tobacco, which he seized and carried to Kirkcudbright. We frequently see from our hills these mens smuggling boats go up this channel, laden in fleets of 10 or 12, or more, tho’ scarce one in a hundred is taken. I hear from that island, that the merchants there have now such large quantities by them of all manner of high duty goods, to be run into Great-Britain and Ireland, that they have not warehouse room, and the brandy lies out of doors. It is computed by good judges, that at least 200I. a week goes (exclusive of all other parts) out of this town and neighbourhood, to that island, for goods run from thence, about a 4th of which from remains there, and the rest sent over to our good friends the French; for they tell me, that run brandy is so plentiful in Scotland, and all over this country, that it will not go off at the Custom-house sales, tho’ put up at no higher price than the duties. In short, if nothing is done to prevent this trade from that island, we shall soon have no money lest here to pay either the land-tax, or the other inland duties; for as to the Custom-house, it may be shut up.

York, Nov. 5. Yesterday se’nnight a sudden inundation of the river Rye happened at Helmsley in this county, such as hath never been known by the oldest people in those parts, probably occasioned by the late heavy rains. Two houses were entirely washed away, the one in-habited by James Holdforth; he and his whole family drowned, except his wife, who being sick in her bed, was carried down the stream half a mile, and at last washed off into a field, where she was found the next morning, and is still living. The other house belonged to John Sunley, who was also drowned, and all his family: In the whole 13 persons. Two other houses were greatly damaged, as Was also the stone bridge at the entrance of the town; 14 hay-stacks were driven down the river a mile, on one of which was a half year old calf, who kept its footing, and was taken off alive. The kitchen-garden walls, and part of those of the park, belonging to the fine seat of Thomas Duncombe, Esq; were washed away. Two large bridges, one of stone, the other of wood, at Rivaulx, driven down, as were several more lying upon the river Rye, and others damaged. A malt-kiln, with a large quantity of malt and cinders at Rivaulx, belonging to Robert Berry, were utterly destroyed. The water formed a vent for itself, by forcing thro’ the wall of his kitchen, which prevented the house from being drove down; the man and his family saved their lives by getting up into the chambers. There hath also been terrible havock made among the inhabitants at Rivaulx as well as at Helmsley, by damaging of houses and drowning of cattle. One Simpson, a farmer at Rivaulx, had seven calves drowned; and Robert Sandwich’s tan-yard, at Helmsley, was utterly destroyed, and leather washed away out of the pits to a great value. The river Derwent was never known higher in the memory of man. On Monday night Mr. Creaser, of Ferby, near Malton, was drowned near Westow, in his return home from Pocklington fair. Thirsk bridge is entirely washed away, and the inhabitants have suffered great damage, but no lives lost.

Great complaints having been made to one of the most considerable trading companies in the world, of their cloth not answering in goodness to the contract, the court of directors took that affair under their consideration; but first ordered all the cloth for the service of the current year to be sent in by the contractors. The proper persons were then ordered to inspect them, and, upon examination, 1900 pieces out of 4000, sent in by one per on, were found to be deficient; and likewise some from all the other persons. This being reported to the court, one of the members moved, that a standing order relating to persons not coming op to their contracts made with that company, should be read, which directs, that such persons should forever afterwards be rendered incapable of serving that company; and several such defaulters were accordingly declared incapable of serving that company for the future.

Marriages and Births

Oct. 31. Marmaduke Wynn, of Northumberland, Esq; to Miss Rebecca Darlington, of the bishoprick of Durham, a 10,000I. fortune.

Mr. Duvill, one of the pages to the princess of Wales, and agent to the Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt, to Miss Soleirol.

Nov. 1, Mr. Lempriere, of Hatton-Garden, to Miss Tonson.

  1. Thomas Haggerston, Esq; eldest son of Sir Carnaby Haggerston, of Northumberland, Bart, to Miss Silvertop, of same county.


Oct. 8 Henry Fielding, Esq; in the commission of the peace for Middlesex, at Lisbon, whither he went for the recovery of his health.

Oct. 15. Sir Robert Sinclair, of Stevenson, Bart, in Scotland.

Oct. 26. Sir Thomas Clarke. Bart, who for many years represented the borough of Hertford in parliament.

Rev. and worshipful George Jordan, chancellor of the diocese of Chichester, chancellor of the diocese Chichester.

Rev. Mr. Peter Finch, on his 92d birth day, who had been minister to a dissenting congregation at Norwich above 60 years.

Oct. 29 Mr. Francis Salvadore, a very eminent Jew merchant.

Mrs. Elizabeth Stevenson, daughter of Sir Archibald Stevenson, physician to king Charles II. and widow of the famous Dr. Archibald Pitcairn, whom she outlived 41 years.

Nov. 1 Mr. James Roberts an eminent printer and publisher, in the 83d year of his age. He had been formerly master of the worshipful company of Stationers for four years successively. The following epitaph was wrote on his death.

Let some by heralds blazon’d shine,

And backwards trace their ancient line;

From heaps of gold let others raise

A monument of flatt’ring praise;

Let others boast their pomp and state,

Of merit void, ignobly great:

One truth, o’er these remains below

Inscrib’d, more honour will bestow,

Than lineage, wealth, or grandeur can;

“Here lies interr’d an honest man.”

Nov. 2 Right Hon. Brownlow Cecil, earl of Exeter, ranger and warden of the East bailiwick in Rockingham forest. He is succeeded by his eldest son, Brownlow lord Burleigh, member of parliament for Rutlandshire, now earl of Exeter.

Nov. 4 Mr. Thomas Powell, timber-merchant in Thames-street, and one of thecommon- council men of Castlebaynard ward.

Capt. Wilkinson, agent to the first reg. of foot-guards, the Scotch Greys, &c.

Sir Edward Mansell, Bart, at his seat Trimfarren, in Carmarthenshire; succeeded by his son, now Sir Edward

Vaughan Mansell, Bart.

Nov. 7 Rev. William Sandford, D. D. vicar of St. Mary Aldermanbury.

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