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Newspaper Reports, 1738

NOTE: See also reports for Bristol

Saturday 25 March 1738

Last Saturday the Assizes ended at Dorchester, . . . Edmund Atkins was sentenced to stand twice in the Pillory, two Market-Days, at Weymouth, for Sodomitical Practices, and to remain in Prison one Month. (Newcastle Courant)

Thursday 27 April 1738

On Tuesday a Man well dress’d was beat, duck’d, &c. by some Gentleman’s Grooms in Hyde-Park, in such a Manner that his Life is in great Danger, on Suspicion of his being a Sodomite. (Stamford Mercury)

Saturday 3 June 1738

Gloucester, May 20. Last Week was committed to Oxford Goal, by John Lethnal, Esq; J. Foreshew, alias Fortescue, for Sodomitical Practices. (Newcastle Courant)

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