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Newspaper Reports, 1744

Thursday 26 January 1744

On Tuesday last a Man was convicted at the Sessions at Guildhall, for demanding a Sum of Money from Mr Wilmer, an Apothecary near Bishopsgate, and threatening him, in case he did not comply, that he would swear Sodomy against him. He was sentenced to stand on the Pillory, and suffer Imprisonment for a certain Term; the former of which Punishment he will undergo next Monday in the same Street. (Stamford Mercury)

13-15 February 1744

On Wednesday last as one Harold, a Taylor was playing at Cards with a Weaver, in a Publick House near Bartholomew’s Hospital, some Dispute arose about their Game, and the latter called the former a Molly, on which he gave the Weaver a Slap on the Face, which provoked him so that he took a large Candlestick and struck him so violently with the Edge of it on the Nose, that he cut it off; he was immediately carried to the hospital, where all imaginable Care was taken of him, but he died Sunday Morning; and the other is gone off. (The Penny London Morning Advertiser)

1-3 March 1744

On Tuesday Night eleven Persons were taken up at a lone House, near St. James's Park Wall, between St. George's Hospital and Pimlico, where they were in Masquerade Dresses, and were found in very obscene Postures, several of them (being all Men) were in Womens Habits: There were upwards of twenty in the House, but the others made their Escape, and the above eleven were carried to the Watch-house in Dover-Street, and secur'd on Suspicion of their committing Sodomitical Practices, and were Yesterday carried before the Justices at the Vestry-Room of St. George in Hanover-Square, who committed several of them to Bridewell. (London Evening Post, Issue 2546)

Friday 13 July 1744

Derby, July 19. We hear from Nottingham, that at the Assizes held there on Friday and Saturday last, before Mr. Baron Carter and Mr. Justice Dennison, one Blasdale, a Stocking-Maker of the said Town, receiv'd Sentence of Death for the unnatural Crime of Sodomy, committed upon his Apprentice, a Boy about 16 Years of Age; and what is still a greater Aggravation of his Crime, he has a young Wife and two or three Children. (Derby Mercury)

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