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Newspaper Reports, 1735

Saturday 17 May 1735

LONDON, May 20.
On Thursday last two Sodomites were taken in the Fact in St. James’s-Park, and carried to the Guard Room; the next Morning they were brought before Justice De Veil, and after a long Examination committed to the Gatehouse. (Ipswich Journal)

Thursday 26 May 1735

Wye’s Letter Verbatim, London, May 20.
On Sunday last one Wolf a Throwster, [sic] aged between 50 & 60, was taken in the Fields betwixt London and Islington in the Act of Sodomy with one Holloway a Boy of 14, whom he had seduced; and being carried before Justice Chandler, Wolf was committed to Prison, and the other ordered to be bailed. (Caledonian Mercury)

Saturday 14 June 1735

From the News-Letters, June 14
A Gang of Sodomites have been newly discovered in the old Mint in Southwark, several of whom are seized and the rest fled. (Ipswich Journal)

Thursday 3 July 1735

A Bill of Indictment was found at Guildhall against one Hutchinson, for extorting 9s. from a Person, upon Threats of swearing Sodomy against him. (Derby Mercury)

Saturday 19 July 1735

Tuesday, at the Sessions by Adjournment held at Guildhall, George Hutchinson, who among his Companions goes by the Name of the Indian Queen, having been tried and convicted on Monday the 30th of June last, for extorting and unjustly getting from Mr. Josiah Pack, an Apprentice to a Mercer in Gracechurch-street, a Silver Watch, Seal, a Toothpick Case, and about three Shillings in Money, under Pretence and Threats of charging the said Mr. Pack with the Crime of Sodomy, was sentenc’d to stand in the Pillory, first at the Royal Exchange, and then in Fenchurch-street, opposite the King’s-Head Tavern, where the committed the Fact, to suffer twelve Months Imprisonment in Newgate, and give Security for his good Behaviour for three Years. (Newcastle Courant)

Saturday 26 July 1735

This Afternoon one Hutchinson stood in the Pillory before the Royal Exchange, for extorting a Watch, and Money at several Times from a Mercer’s Apprentice in Grace Church street, by threatning to swear Sodomy against him; for which, he was so severely pelted by the Mob, that he narrowly escaped with his Life: And during this sort of Discipline three Persons were taken and committed to the Compter for Picking Pockets, one of them a Woman well dressed, for stealing a Gentleman’s Gold Watch. (Ipswich Journal)

Sunday 31 July 1735

From WYE’S LETTER, July 26.
This Afternoon one Hutchinson, stood in the Pillory before the Royal Exchange, for extorting a Watch and Money at several Times, from one Mr. Pack, Apprentice to a Mercer in Grace-church-street, by threatning to swear Sodomy against him, for which he was pelted near an hour with such Fury, that we hear he has lost one or both his Eyes, and sadly bruised: As the Spectators were very numerous, three Persons were taken up for picking of Pockets, one a Woman well dress’d, who had made bold with a Merchant’s Gold Watch, and were committed to the Compter. (Caledonian Mercury)

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