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Newspaper Reports, 1774–1775

Thursday 14 April 1774

Thomas Bailey, charged with sodomy, was found guilty of a misdemeanour, sentenced to two months imprisonment, and to pay a fine of 1s. (Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette)

Thursday 29 December 1774

An information on oath was made on Tuesday last, at the Town-Clerk’s office, in Winchester, against a clergyman, charging him with an attempt to commit an unnatural crime upon his hair dresser. (Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette)

Tuesday 4 April 1775

On Wednesday last the Assizes for this county ended . . . David Mersey, charged with an at tempt to commit Sodomy, pleaded guilty to four indictments, fined for each 6s. 8d. and to be imprisoned two years in York Castle. (Leeds Intelligencer)

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