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Newspaper Reports, 1733

Saturday 3 March 1733

Bristol, March 3. The Time of Bagg’s Confinement in Newgate, for Sodomitical Practices being expired, he paid his Fine of 200 l. to the Sheriffs, and was discharged last Wednesday Night; but what Part of the World he has fixed for his Residence, we do not hear; it is thought not in this City, there being too many of those Creatures already. (Ipswich Journal)

Thursday 29 March 1733

At the last Assizes at Reading one Richard Symonds, a Taylor of Wantage in Berks, was sentenc’d to stand in the Pillory, to suffer 2 years Imprisonment, and give Security for his good Behaviour during Life, for attempting to commit the detestable Sin of Sodomy upon one Sexton, a Boy; and last Monday he stood in the Pillory at Reading accordingly, where he was severely handled by the Populace. (Stamford Mercury)

Tuesday 17 April 1733

We are told, that several new Regulations are proposed to the Legislature, for more effectually punishing Criminals; among others, That Castrationn be inflicted as the just Reward of the detestable Sin of Sodomy. (Caledonian Mercury)

Thursday 19 April 1733

Such Liberties have been taken for many Years past in marrying Persons clandestinely at the Chappel in the Fleet Prison, and other Places, that we hear the Laws will be made more effectual for preventing such Practices for the future.
          Several Schemes have been also printed on the Subject of altering the Punishment of Criminals, in one of which Castration is humbly propos’d as an adequate Penalty for the detestable Crime of Sodomy. (Derby Mercury)

Saturday 7 July 1733

On Saturday last two Persons were taken in Covent Garden Church-yard, being charged with Sodomitical Practices, and secured in the Round-house: Next Morning they were carried before a Magistrate, who committed one of them (a Chairman to the Gate-house) and the other was admitted to Bail. (Ipswich Journal)

Saturday 1 September 1733

Yesterday . . . one Dyser, a Foot Soldier, was committed to the Gatehouse, Westminster, by Justice Cotton, for extorting Money from an eminent Tradesman near Millbank, under Pretence of swearing Sodomy against him. (Ipswich Journal)

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