Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook compiled by Rictor Norton


30 June 1722   On Thursday night last was bury’d in Bunhill-Fields, Mr. Joseph Jacobs, a preacher much talk’d of in this City. He was commonly call’d Whisker Jacobs, because himself and the men of his congregation were distinguish’d by wearing mustachoes. [sic] As he was singular in his life, so was he at his death, having given orders that no mourning should be used at his funeral: Accordingly they gave the company rings and white gloves, but no scarfs nor hatbands. (Daily Post)

13 July 1724   On Saturday . . . died Mrs Manley, author of several celebrated pieces. She was the daughter of Sir Roger Manley, formerly Governor of the Isle of Jersey; and as her father was esteem’d a Gentleman of the finest taste, most excellent understanding, and author of one of the brightest pieces of that age; so she inherited from him all that polite genius, and uncommon capacity, which made her writings so naturally delicate, and easy, and her conversation so agreeably entertaining. (Daily Journal)

26 September 1724   We hear that Mr Penkethman, the noted comedian, is very near making his real Exit.’ (Daily Journal)

5 March 1730   On sunday, Feb. 22. just 4 days after the death of the Morning Post, the Post Man died at the same house in the Old Baily. He was the most ancient of our Political Members, a zealous Protestant, descended from a French Huguenot, and had made a great figure in the World for many years. Since the infirmities of age came upon him, he kept himself alive chiefly by riding into the Country: but his Horse growing old, as well as himself, he had been obliged for some time to lay aside that exercise. Since Christmas he applied himself chiefly to the resolving of Riddles and cramp Questions: but a sedentary life soon hurried him to his grave. He was decently interred in Tyndall’s burying Ground near Moorfields, last Thursday night. The Pall was supported by The Flying Post, The Weekly Journal, Appleby’s Weeklky Journal, The British Journal, The Universal Spectator, and The Weekly Medley. The chief Mourner was his natural Son Oedipus; who since his death has taken upon him the Style and Title of The Post Man remounted. (Grub-street Journal)

13 July 1732   Friday, July 7. Last night was interr’d at Chelsea Church Narcissus Luttrell, Esq; he was well known to the curious for his large and valuable collection of books, now remaining in that very study where the late Earl of Shaftsbury and Mr. Locke composed many of their learned productions. DP. (Grub-street Journal)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Obituaries", 26 September 2010 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/obituary.htm>

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