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21st April 1827

J. and S. Harris
Milliners and Straw Hat Manufacturers
112, Thames Street,

Gratefully acknowledge the numerous Favours bestowed for so many years past on their late mother, and beg most respectfully to announce to the Ladies of Windsor, Eton, and the vicinity, their intention of carrying on the business as heretofore, trusting, by strict attention to the execution of orders, and a supply of the best articles, they will be honoured with a continuation of kind patronage, which they now most earnestly solict.

N.B An elegant assortment of Leghorns is just received, which J and S.H can with much confidence recommend.
Windsor, April 20, 1827.

Good Wine Needs No Bush,
It is nevertheless needful that

Should remind his Friends, and inform the Public, he continues to manufacture his Windsor Razor Strops, of which, after the very general approbation they have obtained, and retained, for more than seven years past, he need only say, they are equal to any, and superior to most articles of the kind, both for usefulness and durability.

Sold by the maker, J.Teede, Peascod-street, Windsor; and Knight and Brown, Castle street, Windsor.

Razors of the best quality , warranted to suit, or be returned.
Razors Set in a superior manner.

Mrs.Caley, Milliner, &c.
To Their Royal Highnesses The Princess
And Duchess of Gloucester,

Respectfully solicits the attention of the Ladies of Windsor and its vicinity, on Friday May 4, to her selection of Spring Dresses, Millinery, &c., which she trusts will meet their approbation.

N.B. A variety of Straw and Leghorn Bonnets, Stays, Baby Linen, &c.

Windsor and Eton

On Monday last, Mr.Cecil, of the Castle Inn, Salthill, was honoured by the arrival of his Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, at his establishment, where his Royal Highness is likely to remain for a few days.

On Tuesday, John Ramsbottom, Esq., member for this borough, gave a grand dinner to the Duke of Sussex, at his residence, Woodside. A select party was invited to meet the royal guest; consisting of the officers of the Royal Horse Guards, and the nobility and gentry of the neighbourhood. The band of the Royal Horse Guards was in attendance, and enlivened the company by their exquisite performances. On Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex visited the Castle. Mr.Wyatville attended his Royal Highness through the interior of this magnificent structure. The Royal Duke , after staying a considerable time, left the Castle for Salthill.

A communication has been received by J.Voules, Esq. Mayor of this borough, from the executors of his late Royal Highness the Duke of York, conveying his Majesty's gracious commands to forward him and the corporation of Windsor, as bridge trustees, the trowel used by his Royal Highness in laying the first stone of the new bridge. At a common council held on Thursday, a resolution of thanks was passed for the presentation of the above interesting memorial; and also an order that it be deposited with the other plate belonging to the corporation.

A communication has also been received by the Rev.I.Gosset, Vicar, and the Churchwardens of this parish, from the same source, and in the same gracious terms, presenting the trowel used by his Royal Highness in laying the foundation stone of the new church.

On Thursday last Messrs. Nash, R.Clode, and Berridge, the newly elected burgesses of the corporation of Windsor, were sworn in members of that body. These gentlemen afterwards gave an elegant entertainment, at the White Hart Inn, to the members of the borough, J.Ramsbottom, Esq., and Sir R.H.Vivian, and the corporation.

At a vestry meeting held at the parish church on Monday last, Mr.Thomas Jenner, resigned the office of churchwarden, the duties of which he has faithfully discharged for the last 11 years, when Mr.Richard Sharman was elected in his stead. Mr.Wm.Legh and Mr.Thomas Adams were re-elected for the year ensuing. The meeting passed an unanimous vote of thanks to Mr.Jenner.

On Monday last, James Buckmaster was convicted, under Mr.Martin's act, before J.Voules, Esq., Mayor, in the mitigated penalty of 10s, and costs, for ill treating a horse. The case was fully proved, by which it appeared the defendant, on Sunday evening, was observed by a foot passenger, in Peascod-street, kicking the horse in question in a most brutal manner in the belly, and also striking it with his fist on the mouth, the animal being perfectly quiet at the time. It also appearing that the defendant was intoxicated , he was fined 5s.

A case of assault, arising from the above, was also heard before the magistrates at the Town Hall, on Monday. The complainant was Mr.Hodges, a constable of this borough, who proved that, on Sunday last, whilst in the execution of his duty, conveying James Buckmaster to gaol, his brother Samuel Buckmaster, attempted to rescue the prisoner. The defendant was ordered to find bail for his appearance at the ensuing quarter sessions to answer the charge.

On the same day, Richard Swaine, charged with stealing a silk handkerchief from Joseph Kempster, of Eton, at the Anchor public house, in this town, on the 12th instant, was committed to the borough gaol to take his trial at the ensuing sessions.

The annual auricula show was held, on Wednesday last, at Mr.Dash's, the Star and Garter. The exhibition of flowers was extremely fine. To Mr.Newman, of Iver, was awarded the first prize; Mr.Lovegrove, of Windsor, the second; Mr.Gould, of Windsor, the third; and to Mr.Spencer, of Maidenhead, was assigned the fourth prize.

We have much pleasure in drawing the attention of our readers to M.Henry's novel entertainment, advertised above, from which a great treat may be anticipated. This gentleman's great popularity and success at the Adelphi Theatre, London, during the three seasons he occupied it, has this year induced him to take a higher ground, and to open the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, where he has just concluded a most prosperous season. From the very flattering manner in which the whole of the metropolitan journals noticed Mr.Henry's present entertainment, and the distinguished patronage with which it was honoured, we feel confident that out townsfolks will evince their good taste by supporting him upon this, his first professional visit to them.

We understand that the veteran Lee Sugg's ventriloquism, &c., has been honoured with the support of the Right Hon the Countess of Harcourt, of St.Leonard's; of John Penn, Esq., of Stoke Park; and many others in the course of the week, all of whom have expressed their surprise at the astonishing powers of this very old servant of Royalty and the public.

His Majesty's ship Victorine in miniature sailed from Portmouth on Saturday, for Virginia Water, for the use of his Majesty.

A fatal and melancholy occurrence took place on Sunday afternoon in Clewer fields. As a youth, named William Meyer, was riding a donkey in the above fields, the animal threw him, and afterwards kicked him on the temple. The blow stunned the lad, and he remained in that state for a considerable time. Messrs. Rendall and Fowler attended him; and after the usual means had been resorted to, he lad so far recovered as to be able to state where his pain lay, and his wish to be conveyed home. This was done; but the poor youth afterwards relapsed into a state of insensibility, and died about eleven o'clock, from a concussion of the brain. The deceased was thirteen years of age; and was the son of Mr.Meyer, of Peascod Street, of her late Majesty's private band.

The chairing and grand dinner to Charles F.Palmer, Esq., upon his late election as a Member to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Reading in the room of Geo.Spence, Esq., was celebrated at Reading, on Wednesday last. The preparations for this, which were deemed a popular triumph, were made on a scale corresponding with the zeal and enthusiasm of the successful elections. Three bands of music were with this cavalcade, three men in ancient armour on horseback, and upwards of fifty election flags, several of them expressly provided for this occasion. Mr.Palmer left Wokingham at half-past eight o'clock in the morning, and, so great was the throng that accompanied him of carriages, equestrians, and pedestrians, that it took him three hours to accomplish his journey, of only seven miles, to the turnpike near Reading. His arrival was greeted with discharges of small guns at the road side, and deafening shouts from the multitude. He drove up in a car drawn by four beautiful horses. Lady Palmer followed in Mr.Palmer's carriage, and a number of ladies sat in the other carriages. As soon as he took his seat in the carriage provided for him, the whole procession entered Reading, where the shops were all shut, and the streets filled with inhabitants, wearing the orange and green favours of Mr.Palmer. He was every where received with the greatest eclat, as well as Mr.Monck, the other member for the town, who accompanied him on Wednesday. The procession terminated at the Crown inn, from the windows of which Mr.Palmer, Mr.Monck, and Mr.Harry Marsh, addressed the people, in a strain of great exultation. The principal inhabitants afterwards dined at the Crown. No accident occurred during the whole of the day, and every thing went off with the greatest good humour.

Parish Contract

The Parish Officers of Chesham, Bucks, are desirous of entering into a Contract with some proper Person, for the Maintenance and Employment of the Poor in their Workhouse, and the Relief of their Poor out of the House, for the term of one year, commencing on the 1st day of May next.

The contractor will be required to reside in the poorhouse; and to take in and pay for all the goods in it at a valuation, and the parish officers will take in them again at the end of the year, and pay for any increased value of them; but the contractor must sustain the loss occasioned by any deficiency of value. The contractor will be entitled to the occupation of the house , and the yard, garden, buildings, and meadow belonging to it, free of rent and taxes; and he will be expected to keep the windows of the house and buildings in repair; and he will be required to leave in the hands of the parish-officers as a security for the performance of his contract, one month's instalment on the amount of it, to be retained till the end of the year, and until his engagement shall be duly fulfilled; and to enter into a bond for the due performance of it, with a sufficient surety, to be approved of it by the parish-officers, in a penalty equal to the amount of two monthly instalments and the value of the goods in the house. The contractor will be liable to sustain all payments and disbursements to which the poor-rates may be applicable, except the following, which the parish-officers will take upon themselves; viz., vestry clerk's salary, apothecary's bills (including medical charges in dangerous cases of midwifery), county rates, constables bills, disbursements occasioned by the militia or army, and expenses relative to the settlement of paupers, or their removal from Chesham, or in obtaining orders of filiation in case of bastardy, and all charges and expenses occasioned by non-parishioners; and with respect to poor parishioners labouring under Insanity, lunacy, or derangement, and who may be sent by the parish officers to any asylum or place of confinement, the contractor will be expected to contribute 3s per week each, towards their support, so long as they remain there, and the parish-officers will take upon themselves all further expenses relating to them.

Persons disposed to undertake the contact, may obtain further information by applying at my office, where all tenders must be delivered in, sealed up; but none will be received after ten o'clock in the morning of Friday, the 27th of April instant, and each tender must contain the name and address of the proposed surety.
W.H.Marshall, Vestry Clerk.
Chesham, 18th April, 1827.


Mr.Joseph Kingham, farmer, of Weston Mead, was thrown from a restive colt, which he was riding, on his return from Aylesbury market last Saturday, between the George Inn and the new bridges. He sustained some severe bruises, particularly on the head, the bone of which was fractured; and was so much injured, that it was judged expedient to send him home in a post-chaise.

Eight fowls were stolen from the premises of Mr.Thorn, a farmer at Bierton, on the night of Thursday the 12th instant. The next day they were found in a sack, in a furze field, by some boys [who] were birds-nesting; and all except one alive.

Aylesbury has been the scene of complete dissension during the present week, owing to the following circumstances :- A vestry meeting was held last Monday, for the purpose of choosing churchwardens and on other business relating to the parish. The Rev.Morley, as Vicar of the parish, having a right of choosing one of the persons for this office, re-elected Mr.J.K.Fowler, who has for many years officiated as churchwarden under the worthy Vicar's appointment. The election of the other churchwarden depending upon the votes of a majority of the inhabitants paying rates, Mr.Thomas Wheeler, who has lately filled the office of overseer with much credit to himself, and greatly to the public satisfaction, was proposed to succeed Mr.Ward, the churchwarden gone out of office. Mr.Jonah Dawney, however was nominated in opposition to Mr.Wheeler, and a poll ensued, which continued from Monday until Thursday afternoon at four o'clock, when it was intimated that Mr.Dawney would no longer continue the contest, and Mr.Wheeler being at that time twelve a-head of his opponent was of course the successful candidate. The polling was carried on with quite as much party spirit as it displayed on more serious occasions, and the result was uncertain until Thursday. The following is a statement of the numbers for the respective candidates at the close of the poll on each day :-

Monday's Poll103Total 10391Total 91
Tuesday's38Total 14141Total 132
Wednesday's13Total 16423Total 155
Thursday's10Total 1747Total 162

The opposition to Mr.Wheeler seems to have arisen from an idea most industriously promoted, that if he were chosen to fill the office, he would give warm support to that part of the inhabitants who two years ago convened a meeting for the purpose of considering the expediency of applying for an Act of Parliament to watch, light, and otherwise improve the town, and who are believed to be still friendly to the measure; and although no steps have been taken to procure such an Act since an opposition was made to the proposal, such are the feelings of some of the inhabitants against it, that they have continued to hold a periodical meeting for the avowed purpose of defeating any steps that should be taken for that purpose. A strange notion has originated too, how we cannot say, but it prevails to a considerable extent, that the signature of the two churchwardens, and that of the minister of the parish to an application for such an Act, will influence the house to allow it to pass. Actuated by such an idea it was the policy of the persons opposed to the improvement of the town, to prevent the appointment of any one known to be favourable to it, and Mr.Wheeler being one of those, opposition to him followed as a matter of course.