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Newspaper Reports, 1741

Saturday 28 March 1741

William Utting and Matthew Colman, who were indicted for Sodomitical Practices, are to be tried at the next Assizes. (Ipswich Journal)

Tuesday, 30 June 1741

About Seven o'Clock on Sunday Evening last, the Company, which, thro' the fineness of the Weather, happen'd to be very numerous, at the publick Houses round Lissen-Green, were alaremed by a violent Out-cry of Murder, Murder, many times repeated, in a Field on the Backside of the Bowling-Green House, on the Right Hand going to Paddington: The Whole Place was in an Uproar; and the Men guided by the Voice, instantlky ran tothe Reliefof the Distress'd; where to their great Surprise, they found a Man of about k50 Years of Age, attempting toforce a young Fellow to an Act of Sodomy; and threatening tomurder him, if he refus'd to let him commit that shocking, detestable Crime with him: the Croud was so enraged at the Vileness of the old Fellow, that it was with Difficulty some Gentlemen restrained them from pulling him to Pieces; however, at length, they were persuaded to carry him before a Justice of Peace; before whom we hear, the young Man swore to the Facts as above;and he was committed in order to take his Trial for the same at the approaching Sessions at the Old-Bailey. (London Daily Post)

Saturday 25 July 1741

Matthew Colman and William Utting, convicted of Sodomitical Practices, are to stand in the Pillory at Lowestoft, and to suffer two Years Imprisonment; Utting is also to give Bail for his future good Behaviour for seven Years. (Ipswich Journal)

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