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his age, Mr. John White, printer ■■ he was one of the oldest printers in England; he settled at Newcastle in the year 1708, and was the first publisher of a news-paper north of Trent, which he continued under the title of the Newcastle Courant to this time. In 1688 his father printed at York the prince of Orange's manifesto, it having been Tefused by all the printers in England, and for which he was sent a prisoner to Hull castle, where he was confined till the place surrendered. He was afterwards rewarded by king William's appointing him his majesty's sole printer for the city of York and the five northern counties, as appears by his majesty's grant, dated at Hamptoncourt, May 26, 1689.
AtMiddleburgh, in Holland, the noted Jack Grimes, known by the name of Lawyer Grimes, who formerly kept the nag*s-head tavern in Pnnce's-street, Drury-lane, and was transported several years ago for 14 years, for receiving fish at Kendalholise, knowing them to be stolen. He died possessed of a large sum of money.
In Strutton grounds, Westminster, aged near 100, Mr. Peter Maston, the oldest officer in his majesty's palace court at Westminster, said to be worth 30,00'oL
At Dulwich, aged 100, John Sage, esq. formerly a dyer in Southward, worth fifty thousand pounds.
At Stanmore, Middlesex, aged 82, Andrew Drummond, esq. banker, at Charing-cross.
At Hampton, aged 104, James Caslettjgent. formerly bottle-groom to George I.
In St. Andrew-street, Seven-dials,
Mr. Peter Durete, jeweller, aged 103.'
Bridget Toole, aged 103, ia Dublin.
Mrs. Cath. Motley, aged 112, in Ireland.
At Westport, in Ireland, aged 129, Joseph Gale.
Being the anniversary of St. David's day, the stewards of' the society of ancient Britons waitedL. upon his royal highness the prince of Wales, with their annual address, and received a benefaction of 100 guineas, towards the support of the poor c hildren u nder their protection.
Was held at the town-hall in the Borough, anumerousmeetingofthe electors, in order to draw up a form of instructions to be presented to their representatives in parliament. Both members attended the meeting, and Edwards Stevens, esq. took the chair. Sir Joseph Mawbey defended the. propriety of instructions, and HenryThrale.esq. acquiesced. The instructions were to this effect:
1. That you endeavour to confirm to us our old constitutional rightoftrial by juries. 2. That you carefullyguard that great bulwarkof our liberties, the habeas corpus act. 3. That you preserve inviolate the right of electors, and the privileges of the elected. 4. That you encourage applications for redress of grievances; and discourage partial enquiries: by which the tenor of petitions may be turned against the petitioners. 5. That you promote the security of all those libertie»derived to us from the principles of our excellent constitution. 6. That you
use your utmost endeavours to recon-
A busto in white marble, of the right honourable the earl of Chesterfield, was this day ordered to be set up by the Dublin society in their assembly-room i'n Grafton-street, his lordship being the great patron of that society.
The seamen outward-bound, in tile East-India company's ! service, quitted their (hips, and went in a body to the East-India house, and demanded an increase of wages; which, however, was not complied with. • A new military order was insti
tuted in the principality of Cassel, under the title of the order of MiLitary Virtue; the ensigns of which are, a double cross enameled in gold supported by a (ky-blueribband, having in the middle t^ie cypher of the landgrave, round which Is the word Virtvti.
At a great meeting at E- , dinburgh, the society of writers * to the signet, taking into consideration' the attacks made uponthe houses of several judges, and the insult offered to the lord president, unanimously resolved to take every method in their power to preserve the public tranquillity,. and to bring the disturbers of it to justice.
A trial came on at the assizes at Readingj^for-bribery at the election for Abingdon, In, which captain Sexton was plaintiff, and a carrier of that place defendant, when a verdict was given in favour of the plaintiff. /
Sir William Beauchamp Proctor appeared at court for the first time since his offering himself a candidate for Middlesex, at Brentford.
Lord Viscount Molyneaux, , having renounced the errors of' the church of Rome, received the sacrament publickly at St. Martin's church.
At a meeting of the society , os the supporters of the bill of' rights at the London tavern, it was resolved, among other things, to enquire into the state of Mr. Wilkes's affairs, and to report the fame at the next meeting; and that the sum pf 300I. lhould be sent to Mr. VVilkes for his immediate use: which was accordingly sent by the hands ofur Cecil Wray, and James Townscnfl,
A trial came on at Guildrsal!, be-
fore lord Mansfield, and a special jury, in which Philip Zachary Fonnereau was plaintiff, on tHe statute of bribery at elections, the defendant having lent a voter of Sudbury 20I. on a promissory note: when the jury over-ruled that plea, and gave a verdict in favour of the plaintiff, with 500I. damages.
The plan of a lottery in Denmark, on the model of those in England, wa» made public. It consists of 50,000 tickets, at ten rix dollars, or it. 5s. each. The highest prize is 50,000 rix dollars. fi. Several merchants and others • 'm^ at the king's arms tavern in Cornhill, in order to sign an address to his majesty, which lay ready prepared for that purpose; on which a warm debate ensued upon the propriety of that measure; and in the end, from words they came to blows. Charles Dingley, efq. a zealous advocate for the address, struck Mr. Reynolds, attorney to Mr. Wilkes, and as warm an advocate against it; and Mr.Reynolds.in return, knocked Mr. Dingly down; the fray beginning to spread, the address was withdrawn, and the chief promoters of it followed it. The gentlemen in the opposition being now masters of the room, Mr. Vaughan was placed in the chair, and a regular debate ensued, in which one of the speakers observed, that he came there by invitation, as an inhabitant of London; but did not think that qualification, merely as such, entitled him to a share in the constitutional privileges of this kingdom, unless the opinion of an eminent counsellor at law in a particular caseshouldbe generally extended to all cases. "-Isa postillion, said this worthy counsellor, should drive a gentleman into
Preston over-night, and sleep there in a hay-loft, he wolf Id have a vote" next morning as an inhabitant of Preston." If so, continued he, the next ship that arrives with a cargo of Palatines may add a number to the inhabitants of London, who all may be admitted to sign an address, la the mean time, he thougEt, the bur siness most proper for such au assembly, was,
I. To give directions to the sca^ vengers to clean the street ,.=,,.
z. To order the beadles .to clear them of vagrants ;"
For as these things equally concern the inhabitant, from whatever country he might come,or for whatever purpose, whether as a stock? jobber to make his fortune by our* distresses, or as a smuggler, to ruin our manufactures, he may be equally permitted to interfere in their regulations; but as, by the fame laws by which these foreign gentry are permitted to live and grow in this country, they are excluded from any share in the constitutional direction of it, they surely cannot have the presumption to prescribe to free-born Englishmen the measure os duty by which they are to address their sovereign. He concluded, therefore, that iuch an address, prepared for them by such a body, was an insult to the common sense of free British merchants, and ought to be treated accordingly. A committee was then appointed to consider what measures were proper to be pursued, and the meeting was adjourned to Friday. In the mean time the address was carried to the merchant seamen's office, over the Royal Exchange, and next morning the merchants, &e, were invited to sign it.
His majesty has been pleased to extend his royal mercy to. Edward M'Quirk,. ndw under sentence. of death.in Newga.te,
Lawrence BalfFe has likewise obtained his majesty's pardon.
v Was tried before lord'M&nf^' * field, a ea.«so in which Mr. Benjamin Smith was plaintiff, in; order to recover damages for a ma-, licious prosecution carried on against; him by the defendant at the Old Bailey for forgery; when the jury found a verdict in his favour*, with, iooe-1. damages."
I At the general meeting of the merchants, held by adjournment at the. king's-arms ta-? vern, the- resolutions agreed to were to tie following purport: ... /
1. That the means used to obtain an address, were fallacious and arbitrary.
2. That the producing an address to the merchants of London, already prepared, >was evidently inconsistent with' their dignity and character. ..-.'
3.. That the merchants of London have always acted, and do now act, with so much loyalty to his majesty, affection to his illustrious family',' and zeal for the present most haippyeoalHtution, as. to .render any renewed declarations of suohdieinat-Uchment absolutely unneceslaryj.'
4. That they have always, and do now look ujpon the happy settle"ifint in. his-jaajesty's augufii house, & the only security, under God), for t-ste continuance of their .. liberties *nd religion. Signed,: ■• :v; ' .
John Mills, chairman.
At.a court of commonricouiicil, the city members informed the court, that they had waited on the loyls of> the .treasury.,- and. the bishop of.Ely,' concerning, moving che; Fleet-prison-> tosily/ihouse^and thel'leet^narkeC
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td where the prison now is, in order! to make a grand street from Blade* friars bridge to the.great north road; to Which their: lorclmips gave connsent; and »• bilr is speedily to be brought into parliament 1 son that purposei ••'.'■ ■-' )•"•■. l<>
Earsriy Hall, the seat of his grace the duke of Ancaller, was set on fire, and entirely consumed.. .*,r. •
A riotous assembly of fellows; who call themselves throwsters, ia Spitalfields, have, during the present week, extorted money from the masters, and committed other outrages; but, by the.vjgiiahce of Sir. John Fielding's officers, they have> been dispersed without much bloodshed.'
The farmers in the neighbourhood of Gloucester having declared their intention of selling wheat at the London price; and the mayor of that city having established a correspondence with the London meal weighers, to be truly informed; the crier proclaimed, for the first time, the true price before the market began..
As the Weillingborough waggon was pasting Wellingborough bridge; the.main, arch gave way, and the waggon and horses fell into the river. The waiggon was broken, and the goods much damaged, but thei horses were taken out alive.
At anumerousand respec- ,,
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table meeting ot tueiupport-' T
ers of the bill' of rights, they set
apart, pursuant to the report of their
committee, 1500I to discharge the!
most necessitous of Mr. Wilkes's
creditors. After din-ner, 50ol.'w'as
subscribed towards supporting the.
cause . ■ !•'*> -' ■ 1
1 A'few days ago,- as i'ome'gentifc-
men -.vere huntinghear iLike.Tea',.'
inixhej county- of"WicMowj' irrii?-.:
land, a large eagle hastily descended, and seized their terrier; which being observed by some of the company, they encouraged the dog, who, turning on the eagle, as he continued to soar within as ew paces of the ground, brought him down, by seizing a wing, and held him fast till he was secured by the gentlemen. He measures seven feet from tip to tip, and is designed as a present to the marquis of Rockingham.
, George Tremble, for a
5 * highway robbery, was executed at Tyburn. The other two convicts received his majesty's pardon.
An address, in the name of the county of Kent, was presented to his majesty, by sir Charles Farnaby, lately elected knight of the sliire for that county.
Came on at Brentford, the second re-election of a knight of the shire for Middlesex, when Charles Dingley, esq; made an offer to oppose the popular candidate; but, being very roughly handled by the populace, he was advised to retire; upon which Mr. Wilkes was chosen a third time, without opposition.
Just as the sheriffs had declared Mr. Wilkes duly elected, they received a kind of protest against the legality of the election, in a letter from Mr. Dingley; but, as no person had been found hardy enough to propose that gentleman, his letter was disregarded.
, The election held at Brent»7tn« ford, was declared null and Void, and a new writ was ordered to be issued*
Lord Knapton, of the kingdom of Ireland, obtained a decree in Jus" favour against a decree of the court
of exchequer in Ireland, in a caiife" wherein lord Donegal was respondent. The estate in question was 4000I. a year.
Three several addresses _ . were this day presented to his majesty from Bristol; the first, from the mayor, burgesses, and commonalty; the second, from the merchant-adventurers; and the third, from the gentlemen and clergy; all expressive of the utmost detestation and adhorrence of those seditious attempts that have been lately made to spread riot, licen-» tioufhess, and disaffection throughout the kingdom.
Her grace the dutchess of Kingston was* presented to their majesties at St. James's, who honoured her grace by wearihg her favours, as did all the great officers of state.
The post-boy, with the north mail, was robbed of the Boroughbridge bag, between Stamford and Colstermouth. A reward of 200I* has since been--advertised for apprehending the robber.
The rev. Dr. Wetherall, vicechancellor of Oxford, waited upon his majesty with a very loyal ad» dress; as did the rev. Dr. Hinchcliffe,vice-chancellorofCambridgC|i with the address of the university."
At a very numerous meet- .
ing of the freeholders of zotn" Middlesex, at the Mile-end assembly-room, it was unanimously resolved to confirm their right of election, by the repeated choice of Mr. Wilkes for their representative in parliament. At this meeting, the clear right of the freeholders to chuse, and the duty of the sheriffs to receive their votes, and to return the candidate of their choice, was said to be established beyond a doubt.