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14th April 1827

Genuine Household Furniture, Horton, Bucks.

To be Sold By Auction
Upon the Premises,
On Wednesday, the 25th of April, at Twelve o'clock.

The neat and Genuine Household Furniture, fine old china, glass, pictures, books, and other effects, late the property of Mr.Philpot, deceased, at Horton, near Colnbrook, Bucks. - Comprising four-post and other bedsteads, clean feather beds and bedding, mahogany dining, card. Pembroke, and other tables; chairs of various descriptions, neat chest of drawers, handsome needle worked and other carpets, some fine old china, glass, books, large quantity of coloured drawings and prints; a few paintings, linen, the usual assortment of kitchen requisites and culinary articles, brewing copper, casks, cucumber frame and lights, iron garden-roller, and various other articles, which will be particularised in catalogue.
May be viewed the day before and morning of sale, and catalogues had at all the principal inns in the neighbourhood; place of sale; and of Messrs.Statham, Auctioneers, Appraisers, and Estate Agents, Amersham, Bucks.

The Nobility and Gentry are respectfully informed there will be a Ball, at the Town Hall, Great Marlow, on Wednesday, April 18, 1827, at Nine o'clock.
Tickets, including Refreshments, 8s each, may be had at the Library.

Gen.Sir G.Nugent, Bart., M.P.
T.P.Williams, Esq., M.P.
J.C.Strode, Esq.
Paines Band will attend, as usual.

N.B.It will be a Moonlight Night.

The Old Gratitudinarian
Mr.Lee Sugg, Ventriloquist, &c.

Who has had the honour of being patronised by their late Majesties, here in Denmark, and at Weymouth, and by his present Most Gracious Majesty George the Fourth, at Brighton, takes leave to offer his most grateful acknowledgements to all who have patronised him on his present as well as on his former visits to Windsor, and begs, most respectfully, to observe that he, C. Lee Sugg, Ventriloquist , will be

At Home

During the whole of Easter Week, at the Crown Inn, Peascod Street, Windsor (excepting Tuesday, the 17th Inst., on which Evening he will perform at the Nag's Head, Oakley Green).

Public Performances every Evening, at Seven o'clock, for Eight precisely.

Front seats 2s., Back Seats, 1s., Children, Half Price.

Public Schools and Private Parties waited on by Mr Lee Sugg at their establishments.

Tickets to be had at Knight and Brown's Library, Castle-street. Vivat Rex.

Celebration of
His Majesties Birth Day

There will be a Public Dinner at the Swan Inn, Windsor, in honour of this Celebration, On Monday, April 23.


Mr.R.LovegroveMr.James Jennings
Mr.StroudMr. C.Layton, Jun.
Mr.AlderMr.John Banister, Jun.

Tickets (6s 6d including Waiters, &c.) to be had of the Stewards, and of Mr.Lillewhite, at the Swan Inn.
Dinner on Table at Half-past Four o'clock.

Windsor and Eton

At the sitting of the magistrates at our Town Hall, on Thursday, another case of shop lifting in this town was heard, which was of a very distressing nature, the delinquent, Mary Ann Cotterell, being only fourteen years of age. From the deposition of Charles Saunders, shopman to Mr.Hildyard, it appeared that on Wednesday morning, about nine o'clock, the prisoner came into the shop of his employer, and he, having strong suspicion of her honesty, minutely watched her conduct. She inquired for some calico, which was handed her. Witness having to wait upon other customers, removed to the other end of the shop, and there he distinctly saw the prisoner draw her right hand from a quantity of shawls on the counter, and put it under her own shawl, but he could not discover what she concealed. The girl then went to witness, and purchased a skein of silk. She afterwards took up her basket and put something in it. Witness suspected she had stolen some article, and taxed her on his suspicion. She denied the charge; and on being searched nothing was found upon her. At witness's request the girl opened the basket, which was found to contain a silk shawl, belonging to Mr.Hildyard. Gray, the constable, was immediately sent for, and she was apprehended. - Mr.Hildyard identified the shawl as his property. The prisoner was fully committed to the borough gaol, to take her trial at the Quarter Sessions.

On the same day Anne Fry and Leah Trebeck, were convicted as rogues and vagabonds, and committed to Reading House of Correction for two months hard labour.

We are requested to state that the churchwardens of Clewer (Mr.Merryman, of Windsor, and Mr.Sidengham, of Clewer), will be happy to receive the smallest donations for the benefit of the five orphan children of John Rutherford, who are with their grandfather at Clewer. There father was parish clerk at Cheltenham, where he discharged the duties of his station in an exemplary manner. Being in ill health he came to Clewer for a change of air, where he died ; - and his wife, when informed of his death, became deranged, and almost immediately followed her husband to the grave. A subscription has been opened at Cheltenham; - and amongst the subscribers we perceive the names of the Earl and Countess of Harcourt, whose benevolence is ever ready to succour the afflicted, for ten guineas each. This is one of those cases, which it is only necessary to mention to commend the public sympathy. Contributions will be received at Messrs.Ramsbottom and Legh's.

On Monday last, his Majesty's stag hounds met at Maidenhead field, where a fine deer was uncarted in the presence of a very numerous company of sportsmen. After experiencing one of the most severe runs this season, the stag, we understand, was taken at Mapledurham. Three horses have since died from excessive fatigue; two on the day of the hunt, and one the following day.

On Thursday last, the Berkeley hounds met at Market Drayton, near Uxbridge. After a sharp run, the stag crossed the Thames between Windsor and Datchet bridges, and took to the eyots by Tangier Mills, from whence she was with difficulty re-started. She then made for Eton College, and with a train of dogs, sportsmen, and the mobility, was chased down the town, where eventually she was taken, and safely housed at Mr.Davis's, the George Inn, after having afforded infinite sport to the towns people of Eton.

One of the fine ostriches, recently brought to England by Major Denham, died last week, in the Royal Menagerie, Sandpit Gate, in the Great Park. The bird was in the finest plumage and condition; and to render the skin and internal structure of so interesting a specimen available to the purpose of science, his Majesty signified his pleasure that it should be presented to the Zoological society. The skin has been accordingly preserved; and with preparations of several of the internal parts, will be placed in the Museum in Bruton Street. On Friday, the body of the ostrich was dissected, in the presence of a number of distinguished professors and lovers of science, when a most interesting demonstration of its anatomy took place. Large pieces of wood, Iron nails, eggs, &c., were found in the stomach. The cause of death was pronounced to be obesity. After the operation the gentlemen partook of a portion of the flesh, which was declared to be excellent, and much resembling beef.

On Wednesday, at Brook Green, near Hammersmith, opposite the house of a Mr.Hitchcock, the soil being turned up, a human skull was found, and information being given of the circumstances to the sexton of the parish, the ground was dug up, and the skeleton of two human bodies were found.

On Sunday, the 1st inst., at the funeral of a servant, who had lived in the family of Sir William Clayton, Bart., of Harleyford House, near Great Marlow, during 45 years, fourteen male servants attended; the oldest of whom, J.Beavor, has attained the advanced age of 92 years, 77 of which he has passed in service at Harleyford. The united age of the servants present amounted to 771 years, and the time of their employment in Sir William's family, to 46.


At Aylesbury Palm-fair on Saturday, horses met but a dull sale; probably owing to the dearness of hay and corn; and those that were sold brought but indifferent prices to their owners. Sheep and cows sold readily at good prices.

Sophia Sewell, the young woman who was so severely scalded by falling into a copper of boiling wort at Hanslope (as mentioned in our paper of last week) died in two days after the accident, during which she suffered the most excruciating agonies.

During the fair held at Aylesbury on Saturday last a farmer of the name of Johnson was looking about him for the purpose of purchasing a cow. He inquired the price of one, which he was told was sold. Two men (strangers) who overheard the question and reply, came up to him and one of them said he had a cow and a calf to sell, which he expected would be in the fair in about half an hour. Johnson inquired the price, and being told 15 guineas, said he would look at them. Whilst they were talking together, one of the strangers stooped down and pretended to pick up a shilling, which he said he would spend for the benefit of all present, and took them to an inn for that purpose. A glass of gin and water was called for, and after some time one of the strangers went out, as he said, for the purpose of seeing whether the cow had arrived. He returned with another man, who called himself the owner of the cow; and who, on being introduced, looked with an air of contempt on Johnson and his companions, and said he would not sell his cow to either of them, offering to bet a one pound note that they could not all together in ten minutes muster 20. Johnson having accepted the wager, the pretended owner of the cow withdrew, and Johnson then placed 20 in the hands of the strangers. They both went away one after the other, under pretence of looking for the person with whom the wager was made. It is almost needless to add that neither of them returned, being a gang of sharpers, who had devised this plan to cheat Johnson of his money. In their haste to decamp, they left two flash notes behind them for one hundred (but not pounds) each.

A singular instance of sudden death occurred at Hogshaw, on Thursday se'nnight. Jeremiah Green, a labourer, who had been twelve years in the employ of Mr.Hughes, farmer, went to perform his usual business of milking his master's cows. He found one of them extremely ill, and ran home at full speed to tell his master, who desired him to return and he would follow immediately and bleed the animal. The man obeyed, and ran back as fast as he was able to a hovel where the cow was lying. His master, who followed at a distance, observed him slacken his pace as he approached the hovel, and on his arrival found him laying on the ground quite dead. The cow died very shortly afterwards. - It appeared at an inquest held on the body of Green, before Mr.Burnham, that an apoplectic fit was the cause of his death.

On Monday last, an inquest was held at the White Lion public-house, Aylesbury, before Mr.Burnham, on the body of a child named William Green, aged about five years, son of a labourer, residing in the town. It appeared that on the preceding Saturday, the day on which Aylesbury fair was held, the little fellow was standing in Castle-street at the moment when a cow, with a calf at its side, was driven into the town. The cow, which was a polled one, ran at the child and butted him in the face with great force, and against a wall near which he was standing, he received such severe injury that he died in consequence. The cow turned over the child two or three times whilst laying on the ground, until he was picked up by John Radwell [?], in whose arms he died whilst being conveyed to his father's house. As there was no evidence to show that the cow, which belonged to Mrs.Wooster, of Ilmer, was previously vicious, but what was said on the subject rather proved that it had been gentle up to the period of the accident, the Jury, in returning a verdict of Accidental death, placed on it a deodand of 5s only.

On Monday, the 9th instant, a young man of the name of Daniel Fennell, being at work with his father in truss binding, at a place called Highfields, in the parish of Goldington, in the county of Bedford, was sent by his father to a pond in an adjoining field to fetch some water. His father thinking that he was gone a long time, went to look for him, and could not find him, but at length he saw his hat in the pond. He immediately gave alarm to a shepherd at a distance, who procured a ladder and a plough staff, with which he went directly to the spot, and after about ten minutes search found the deceased in the pond, and took him out quite dead. The next day, Mr.Times, the coroner for the county, held an inquest on view of the body, but as no evidence could be obtained by what means the deceased came into the pond, the Jury returned a verdict - Found drowned.

Surrey Lent Assizes - Kingston

Charles Irish was indicted for a burglary and robbery in the dwelling house of Edward James, at Farnham, on the 8th February.
The prosecutor is a watchmaker at Farnham, in this county, and in the evening of the 8th of February, after dark, some person broke his shop window, and ran off with a silver watch which had been hung up for show. The prisoner being seen to run , was pursued, and the watch was found in his possession. Verdict - Guilty - Sentence of Death recorded.

Philip Hart was acquitted of stealing, at Chertsey, a hog, the property of William Harris.

Samuel Burrows and William Burrows were acquitted of a burglary and robbery in the dwelling house of Francis Paynter, Esq., at Denmark Hill, in the parish of Lambeth, after a very long trial.

William Turner and John Marlin were indicted for stealing at Kingston-upon-Thames, on the 9th January, a leaden cistern, a mattock, and spade, and other tools, the property of Alexander Mitchelson.
The prosecutor is a nurseryman and market gardener, carrying on business at Kingston. On the morning of the 9th of January, the property in question was missing from the nursery ground. Search was made in an adjourning field, and in a place where the earth had recently been disturbed, was found the cistern in question cut to pieces, and buried in the ground. It was then determined to watch the spot to see who should come to take away the hidden lead. About nine in the evening three young men were seen to come to the spot, and they began removing the earth; finding that they were watched they ran off, but Martin, one of the three was pursued and secured. Mr.Mitchelson being satisfied that the other prisoner was one of the other men, determined to search the house where he lodged, and in the garden fronting the cottage were found , concealed in the ground, the mattock and spade in question.
Martin strongly protested his innocence, and Turner called a woman, his acquaintance, who proved that he was drinking tea with her, and spent the whole of the evening with her on the 9th of January, when he was supposed to have been seen with two other men in the field adjoining the prosecutor's nursery ground.
The jury acquitted Turner, but found Martin Guilty, and he was sentenced to seven years transportation.

Samuel White was indicted under the poaching act, 57 Geo.III, for being found armed with a gun, in the night of the 9th of January, in a close at Egham, occupied by Howell Starke, with intent to kill game.
It appeared from the evidence of Timothy Turner, and two other keepers of game belonging to his Majesty, that between nine and ten on the night of the 9th of January, being out for the protection of the King's game, in Windsor Forest, they heard a shot fired at the skirts of the wood, and proceeded to a close occupied by Mr.Starke, they saw the defendant with a gun in his hand. As soon as he saw them he ran. He was pursued and overtaken with the gun in his possession. Another man had been in the prisoner's company , but got off.
A witness was called on the part of the prisoner to show that as late as half past eight he was seen stupidly drunk, and had then no gun in his possession.
The jury, under the directions of Mr.Sergeant Lawes, found the prisoner Guilty, and he was sentenced to six months imprisonment and hard labour.

The assizes ended late on Monday afternoon. None of the capital convicts (who were less numerous than usual) were left for execution, except Daniel Buckley and Jeremiah Andrews, found guilty on Saturday of high treason in counterfeiting the current coin of the realm. Upon these wretched men it is expected the law will take its course.