Newspaper Reports, 1757

Saturday 15 January 1757

This Day at Noon a Man was set in the Pillory at the End of Chancery-Lane, Fleet-street, for committing the heinous Crime of Sodomy; when he was severely pelted by the populace with Snow-Balls, &c. (Oxford Journal)

Saturday 2 September 1757

LONDON, August 29.
Yesterday Cornelius Allen (reputed to be near 60 Years of Age) was committed to Wood-street Compter by Sir Joseph Hankey, on the Oath of John Wilson, on Suspicion of attempting the detestable Sin of Sodomy last Friday Night in Moorfields. Another Person, supposed to be upwards of 60, was taken up at the same Time, but the Evidence not being so clear against him, he was discharged. (Oxford Journal)

2–9 September 1757

John Avery, the Post-Boy, convicted of Sodomy, is to stand in the Pillory on Saturday next near St. George's Church. (Derby Mercury)

Monday 11 July 1757

From obvious Hints ye Sages guess my Name,
Whose Deeds declare a Fiend! a Monster vile!
Whether from Hell's Abyss I did proceed,
Or from corrupted Earth I'll not determine;
Infamy stares in my detested Face.
Whilst (Devil like) I tempt Men to Destruction,
In outward Shape I am no Ways deform'd,
My Venom's harbour'd in my inne Part;
By winning Arts and by ambiguous Speeches,
I tempt th' unwary Youth to my Designs.
Modesty I declaim, the Brute Creation
Was never guilty of such monstrous Wiles.
My Name is all that's wanting find that out
The Ladies will no Doubt reward your Pains.
                    (Sussex Advertiser, No. 576)

Monday 12 September 1757

Answer to the AEnigma in No. 576. by the Author.
Address'd to Mr. C. M.
To strike at Vice I did intend,
When my AEnigmatic Tale I penn'd;
And tho' a PROSTITUTE will it answer,
I wrote to ridicule a Man Sir,
A Man said I, a Fiend! a Monster!
A SODOMITE! that's both in one, Sir.
'Tis such a base, unnat'ral Evil,
'T must be near related to the Devil.
                    (Sussex Advertiser, No. 585)

18–25 November 1757

Last Sunday Night a Nest of those detestable Wretches called Sodomites, was disturbed by some Peace Officers sent by Mr. Justice Fielding to a House in Snow's Rents, near Tothill-street, Westminster, and the Master of this infernal Brothel was sent to Prison; and another Person who was apprehended was admitted an Evidence, and has given an Account of all the Persons who frequent that Place, whom he has seen commit these vile Practices, and Warrants are issued out against them; what is very extraordinary, tho' all the Goods in this House were not worth five Shillings, it appears that Persons in very good Circumstances have frequented it. (Derby Mercury)

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