Newspaper Reports, 1756


Saturday 21 February 1756

On Monday last a certain Person was committed to New Prison by John Fielding, Esq; for attempting to commit Sodomitical Practices upon a Soldier in St. James's Park. (Oxford Journal)

27 February – 4 March 1756

The following Sentence . . . to be imprisoned seven Years in Newgate, to be pillory'd twice, to pay a Fine of one Mark, and to give Security for their good Behaviour for three Years . . . was passed on George Cullum Butts and John Wrighte Newerke, for writing Letters to Gentlemen demanding Money, and threatening to swear Sodomy against them, in case of Refusal. (Derby Mercury)

Saturday 13 March 1756

Last week died, at his lodgings in Ipswich, Mr. Phillips, a Batchelor, who always changed his place of Residence when found out by any of his Aquaintance, chusing to live retired. he has left all his Fortune, which is near One hundred thousand Pounds, to a poor labouring Man, who was formerly his Servant, and who was on Saturday last at the Bank to claim what Money is there. At Mr. Phlllip's Death there was a Ballance of 16000 l. belonging to him in the Bank of England, which has lain there twenty Years without any Interest. By his Will he order'd his Body to be buried next to an old Servant of his who died about seven Years ago. (British Spy, No.212, p.34)

Saturday 3 April 1756

Mr. Thomas Wye, a Lieutenant in the Navy, was found guilty of an Assault with Intent to commit Sodomy, and sentenced to pay a Fine of 6s. 8d. to be imprisoned in the County Gaol for six Months, and to be set in the Pillory at Ipswich for an Hour, on Monday the 19th Instant, between the Hours of Twelve and Two.
          Heaken and Thompson, who were charged with having been guilty of the Act of Sodomy with Mr. Wye, were discharged for want of Prosecution. (Ipswich Journal)

Saturday 10 April 1756

At the late Assizes at Bury, Mr. Thomas Wye, a Lieutenant in the Navy, was found guilty of an Assault with Intent to commit Sodomy, and sentenced to pay a Fine of 6s. 8d. to be imprisoned in the County Gaol for six Months, and to be set in the Pillory at Ipswich for an Hour, on Monday the 19th Instant, between Hours of Twelve and Two. Heaken and Thompson, who were charged with having been guilty of the Act of Sodomy with Mr. Wye, were discharged for want of Prosecution. (Oxford Journal)

Saturday 31 July 1756

ADVERTISEMENT
WHEREAS I ROBERT DANBROOK, of YOXFORD, Thatcher, being in Liquor, did, some time in last Month, declare in publick Company, that Mr. JOHN EEASTAUGH of Darsham, Carpenter, was a Sodomite, and make use of other scandalous Expressions very detrimental to his Character; This is to certifyu to the Publick, that I had no Foundation for so doing, and sincerely ask his Pardon; as witness my Hand,
                                ROBERT DANBROOK.
(Ipswich Journal)

6–13 August 1756

At Winchester Assizes, . . . Michael Moresque, a Frenchman, for Sodomy, was acquitted. (Derby Mercury)

13–20 August 1756

Salisbury, August 9. . . . At our Assizes, which ended on Wednesday Morning, . . . William Yerbury, for Suspicion of Sodomitical Practices . . . was acquitted. (Derby Mercury)

Tuesday 14 September 1756

We hear that a Court-Martial will be held in a few Days for the Trial of an Officer for attempting to commit Sodomy on two Soldiers. (Pue's Occurrences)

Monday 20 September 1756

The Officer which was mentioned in one of our Papers to be tried for Sodomitical Practices, is broke and divested of his Employments which he held under the Royal Family.
          In order to put an End to the unnatural Sin of Sodom, some have thought it would be of great Service to cause a Bum Galley to be forthwith built at Portsmouth or Plymouth, and every one convicted of an Attempt of that Nature, should be confined to tug at an Oar in Chains during the Term of his natural Life. No Family, no Blood, must be an Excuse. This Galley would be of special Service in Case of mooring or unmooring of Ships; and if a Sea Fight should happen here in the Channel, this Bum Galley should be sent even on the most dangerous Messages, from one Ship to another, as their Lives being forfeited, no Matter whether they die or live. (Sussex Advertiser)

Saturday 23 October 1756

We hear from Bristol, that an Anabaptist Teacher of that City has been detected in committing the detestable Sin of Sodomy; it having been discovered that he has practis'd upon 26 young People. (Ipswich Journal; also reported in the Oxford Journal)

Saturday 23 October 1756

Yesterday John Avery was committed to New Prison by John Fielding, Esq; being charged with committing the detestable sin of Sodomy upon a boy of about thirteen years of age, and giving him the foul disease. (Ipswich Journal)


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