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Newspaper Reports, 1746


24–16 January 1746

Richard Manning, charged with Sodomitical Practices, was brought before the Court; but the Prosecutor ot appearing, on Account of his being sick, he was remanded back to Newgate. (St. James's Evening Post)

Tuesday, 21 January 1746

Richard Manning, for an Assault, with an Intent to commit Sodomy, was found guilty; and is to stand an Hour on the Pillory, at the End of Fetter-lane in Fleet-street, to suffer 12 Months Imprisonment in Newgate, an fin'd one Shilling.
          He was convicted last May Sessions of an Offence of the same Name, stood on the Pillory, suffer'd six Months Imprisonment, and had been discharged but a few Days when this Fact was committed. (General Advertiser)

Thursday 22 May 1746

Samuel Prigg, a Pawnbroker and Plaisterer in Bell-lane, Spital-fields, for stabbing Thomas Garle with a Knife, in so barbarous a Manner that he died immediately; the Quarrel arose with their charging each other with Sodomitical Practices. (Stamford Mercury)

Tuesday, 15 July 1746

Bristol, July 12. . . . one Edmund Child, was committed to Newgate, for divers Sodomitical Practices in this City. (General Advertiser)

Wednesday, 23 July 1746

Yesterday one Griffith was committed to Newgate, for assaulting William Feazer, near the Mount in Old-street,wiht an intent to commit Sodomy. (General Advertiser)

Saturday, 13 September 1746

We hear that on Monday last, at the Sessions at Hick's-Hall, a Gentleman of Fortune, near 70 Years of Age was Sentenc'd to pay a Fine of 13s. 4d. and to suffer a Year's Imprisonment, for attempting to commit Sodomy on his Foot Boy. – He stood on the Pillory at Chester 33 Years ago for a Crime of the same Nature. (General Advertiser)

Thursday 18 September 1746

Yesterday one Richard Corbley, was committed to the Gatehouse, by Sir Thomas De Veil, for assaulting Abraham Spyke, a Messenger dispatched from the Right Hon. the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, with a Bag of Letters to the Post-Office for the Sea Ports, upon the King's Highway, a little after Ten o'Clock, giving him a great Blow on the Brest, and afterwards knocking him down with so great a force upon the Stones, that it split his Collar Bone, with another Man who made his Escape. There is some Suspicion that the Messenger was way lay'd to retard those Letters, which Suspicion was encreased by a Number of Persons watching near the Justices House for his coming out in order to rescue him, but that was prevented by a Guard of Soldiers, being sent to conduct him safe to Goal.
          The same Day a certain Tradesman, was committed to the same Place, by the same Gentleman, for Sodomitical Practices.
          We hear that on Monday last, at the Sessions at Hick’s-Hall, a Gentleman of Fortune, near 70 Year of Age was Sentenc’d to pay a Fine of 13s. 4d. and to suffer a Year’s Imprisonment, for attempting to commit Sodomy on his Foot Boy. – He stood on the Pillory at Chester thirty three Years ago for a Crime of the same Nature. (Stamford Mercury)


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