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Truro , Cornwall - Mrs. Heard, Publisher
(Julia Mosman, OPC)


6 JANUARY 1837, Friday

Truro Christmas BALL - A CHRISTMAS BALL will be held at the ASSEMBLY ROOM, Truro, on WEDNESDAY, the 11th of January, 1837 - Dancing to commence at Nine o'clock precisely. LORD BOSCAWEN, H.P. ANDREW, Esq., L.C. DAUBUZ, Jun., Esq. Lieut. GEORGE POOLEY, R.N. - Stewards, Truro , December 30, 1836

Valuable Paintings, removed from Chiverton House, for
Sale by Auction. W. Salter begs to inform Connoisseurs in the Fine Arts that he is authorized to offer for SALE on WENDESDAY the 25th day of January instant, at the ASSEMBLY ROOMS, TRURO, at eleven o'clock, a splendid COLLECTION OF PICTURES By the most celebrated Masters of the old and modern Schools, viz:
Infant Jesus, Mother and Elizabeth 1 feet by 4  - Rubens,
Eliezer's Interview with Rebecca 7 feet by 5  - Rembrandt,
The Last Supper 6 ft 4 by 4 ft 10 - Correggio,
Christ raising Lazarus 4ft 6 by 3ft 6 - Caracci,
Elymas, the sorcerer, struck blind 3ft 0 by 3ft 8  - Andrea del Sarto,
Christ Stilling the Tempest 7ft 7 by 6ft 3 - Westall,
Abraham and Isaac at the Altar 8ft by 5ft 8  - King, In an elegant Gothic frame, well adapted for an Altar-piece,
Landscape with Cattle 4ft 5 by 3ft 10  - Moreland,
Ditto with Cattle & figures 2ft 11 by 2ft 4 - Claude Lorraine,
Ditto, with gypsies 2ft 7 by 2ft 5 - Tenick[?],
Ditto, with Figures 2ft 10 by 2ft 3 -  Poussain;
Ditto, ditto 3ft 6 by 2ft 10 - Ruysdael,
Ditto, angling 5ft 8 by 4ft 9 - Bath,
Fortune distributing her favors 3ft by 3ft - VanDyke,
Spanish piece 3ft 7 by 3ft 1 - Velasquez,
Shell fish and fruit 2ft 10 by 2ft 5 - Vanhuysum,
A Bacchanalian Scene 3ft 5 by 3ft - Zuccharelli,
A group of Cupids 2ft 10 by 2ft 6 - Rubens,
Jovial Party 4ft 4 by 3ft 6 - Teniers,
A portrait of the Earl Godolphin 3ft by 2ft 6 - Sir Peter Lilly –


The whole of the above are in a high state of preservation, and in Frames of the most elegant description. Catalogues may be had on application to the Auctioneer, or at Mrs. HEARD's, West Briton Office. The EXHIBITON will be open for inspection every day previous to the Sale, from Ten to Four, Truro, January 5, 1837


These Sessions commenced on Tuesday last, at Bodmin, before E. W. W. Pendarves, Esq., M.P. Chairman, and a numerous Bench of Magistrates. The Court opened about eleven o'clock, and after the Act against riotous assemblages, and the Kings proclamation for the encouragement of piety and virtue, and for the preaching and punishing of vice and profaneness had been read, the Chairman proceeded to address the Grand Jury.

... I have nothing of local interest to mention, but will make a few observations on the New Poor Law Act. It will doubtless soon commence its operation in the Eastern part of this County, when I hope it will extend from thence to the Western part. I have not the slightest doubt, Gentlemen, that if it is managed with discretion, moderation, and calmness, the effect will be beneficial.  Much mischievous matter has been written, and many mischievous things spoken against it; amongst other things, that no relief would be granted to anyone outside the walls of the work-houses; but I can assure you there is no such clause to be found at all [in the] Act, and the persons fabricating this report, must be utterly unacquainted with its different sections.  But whatever the law, Gentlemen, it is our duty to observe it, not only with sullen obedience, but by every means in our power to enforce it, each in our respective spheres. ....

13 JANUARY 1837

BANKRUPTS ESTATE AND EFFECTS SALE  - Fowey, Cornwall To be SOLD at PUBLIC AUCTION, by Order of the Assignees of WILLIAM GEACH the elder, and WILLIAM GEACH, the younger, Bankrupts, at the undermentioned times and places, respectively, viz. all the SHARES in VESSELS, STOCK-in-TRADE, HOUSEHOLD Furniture and EFFECTS, of the said Bankrupts, at the SHIP INN, FOWEY, on Monday the 20th of February instant, at Two o'clock in the Afternoon.

1/16th part or share of the Schooner, Speculation  register 70 tons  James Geach,Master

ditto ditto Sloop, Cornish Trader 46 Jacob Beer, Master

ditto ditto Sloop, Lively 70 James Geach,Master

ditto ditto Sloop, Spring 60 Rchd Scantlebury, M

ditto ditto Sloop, Glory 60 William Salt, Master

ditto ditto Four Friends 80 Thos. Scantlebury, M

ditto ditto Sloop, Fancy 70 Phillip Pill, Master

ditto ditto Sloop, Flower 60 James Tipett, Master

ditto ditto Schooner, Newhouse 99 Peter Tadd, Master

ditto ditto Sloop, Rose 60 Benj. Brokenshire, M

ditto ditto Sloop, Charlotte Ann 70 Robert Pearne, Master

ditto ditto Sloop, Elizabeth & Ann 66 Charles Hodge, Mastr

All the above Vessels belong to the Port of Fowey, are substantially built, and well found in Stores of all descriptions, and all at Sea, and expected in Port daily.
At the SHIPWRIGHT's YARDS in POLRUAN, on Tuesday, the 21st, precisely at One o'clock, several hundred feet of Oak, Rim, and Balk Timber, a quantity of Oak Plank, several dozen spars, five very good Pilchard drift nets, several Boats, Shipwright's Tools, Steamers, boilers, some Thousand Toenails, Vessel Moulds, Fire Wood, &c.
At the DWELLING-HOUSE and STORE ROOMS in POLRUAN, on Wednesday the 22nd and following days... A quantity of Groceries, Drapery, Hardware, Drugs, Oils, various paints, Nails, Pitch... HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE Comprising Mahogany and other Bedsteads and Furniture, Beds and Bedding, Mahogany, and other tables and chairs, sofa, excellent eight-day clock....The above Property is well worth the public attention, and will be all sold in convenient Lots to the best bidders under the Fiat of Bankruptcy, and may be viewed on the morning of each day's sale.

For further particulars, apply to Messrs. Commins and Son, Bodmin, Solicitors to the said Assignees, Mr. John Hicks, Merchant, Lantegloss, or to Mr. William SEARLE, Auctioneer &c, Lanreath Dated
February 9, 1837

Truro Christmas Ball - This ball, which took place on Wednesday evening last, at the Assembly-Room, was very fully and fashionably attended; upwards of forty couples were present. The ball was opened by Lord Boscawen and Miss Foster, and dancing was kept up with great spirit till a late hour. The walls of the room were covered with the splendid pictures which are there for exhibition with the view of being sold by auction on Wednesday the 25th instant.


Influenza - Within the past week the number of persons afflicted with the troublesome epidemic has considerably diminished, but the symptoms of those attacked have been more severe.  In
Truro and the neighbourhood many elderly persons have died lately, but can the increased mortality be fairly ascribed to the influenza?  Nothing has occurred to show that the influenza, as such, has proved in any case fatal, but supervening upon old established diseases of the lungs, heart, or great blood vessels, it necessarily aggravates them very much and excites them into great and sometimes fatal activity.  It must not be forgotten that at this season of the year inflammatory affections of the chest and respiratory organs are very frequent, and some such cases have been allowed to pass into an irremediable state under the idea that the symptoms complained of were only those of influenza. 


In the promulgation of popular remedies the main difficulty is in their precise application to a given condition - because general instructions are more useful to the public than specific remedies.  Cold and damp are the states of atmosphere occasioning this complaint; all those who can, should avoid them and live as much as possible in a warm and dry atmosphere.  Night air should be particularly avoided, and a liberal regime be allowed.  When the disorder has fully developed itself the person should keep to his bed for a few days and have a fire in the room - warm mucilaginous drinks should be freely taken - and the diet be low.  Under these circumstances it usually wears itself out in a week; but if any fixed pain should be felt in the chest or head, or any permanent difficulty of breathing be established, then the best plan is to have medical advice.


Gorran Haven - A most melancholy accident occurred at this place on Monday last.  A son of the chief officer of the coast guard who belonged to the Revenue cutter "Fox" was taken ill with the prevailing epidemic, his father requested the commander Lieut. Best, to put him on shore at Gorran Haven, on their way from
Falmouth to Fowey.  Mr. Best accordingly sent the four oared gig boat belonging to the cutter on shore, the crew consisting of the lad and four men.  The wind was calm at the time, but owing to its having blown strong the ground sea was very high on the shore, on going through which just as they reached the Pier, the boat upset, and young Bolt and J. Key, both belonging to Gorran Haven, and a man named Fuller perished. The praiseworthy exertions of a young man named Bradley, who was at the time on the Pier, and at the imminent risk of his life ran into sea on seeing the accident, saved the two other men.  An inquest was held on the bodies of Key and Bolt before Joseph Hosken James, Esq. when a verdict of Accidentally Drowned was returned. These young men were interred on Tuesday in the same grave, to which they were followed by an immense concourse of persons.  Fuller's body is not yet found.


Bankrupts - W. Geach, sen, and
W. Geach , jun. Polruan, near Fowey. [fifth in a list of 21 bankrupts this issue jm]

20 JANUARY 1837, Friday

Spain - intercepted account of the "total ruin" of the Carlist cause in Spain, in a letter from Mr. E.B. Stephens, correspondent of the Morning Post, to Mr. Mitchell, correspondent of the Morning Herald.

My dear Mitchell - Thank God I'm alive, and I wrote to tell you we are all safe; that is Ranelagh, Butts and Son, Humphrey Bell and myself; we have had a most infernal drubbing. What has become of the army, Heaven knows, it has been a complete debacle.  I know little more than that Espartero took the broken
bridge of Luchans on Saturday evening, because it was not defended by a sufficient force.  Ranelagh and Bell fought like devils, charging at the head of thirty men to retake the advanced post; but a scoundrelly Captain of the 6th Regiment of Biscay, who I hope will be publicly disgraced, said that he was of the reserve, and drew off his men, so that our friends found themselves fighting against Espartero with five Biscayans. Que voulez vous?  The Trincadouras came sweeping up, and clearing the causeway with grapeshot; the column gained a footing on the hill, and made a hurra on the Banderas, which they carried before the dawn; the cry along our line then was "they are coming".  This was quite enough for me, so I mounted my mule, and galloped off ventre a terre, along the Camino Real de Mongnia. The infantry fled through the snow to Galdacano; the Prince and suite with the artillery, i.e. all that was saved, to Guernica . Ranelagh, Colonel Butts and Son, minus their baggage, gained the same place on foot - poor Ranelagh, in a magnificent dressing-gown a la Louis the Fourteenth. The whole of his baggage, including his splendid toilette case, well stocked with Delcroix's most exquisite perfumery, and two of Truefit's elaborately-made wigs, fell into the hands of the Christinos.

 [The rest of the letter contains the writer's complaints about having absolutely no money, his weariness, bemoaning the loss of his surtout, umbrella, and two bottles of Scotch whiskey - and how he cannot manage his baggage without the donkey, which he is forced to sell to obtain money.  It begs the receiver to tell him how best to proceed - and is, overall, a fairly effective request for funds, without ever mentioning such a request.  As it was "intercepted", did Mr. Mitchell ever receive the plea, and respond?  We'll probably never know....]


St. Austell literary Institution - recent speakers have been Mr. J. H. Drew, on "Scientific Knowledge, and a method for acquiring it"; Dr. Winn on "Vegetable Physiology",  and Mr. Wm. Browne on "the Impolicy and Impiety ofWar". Next will come "The History of Chemical Science" by Mr. Thomas Drew, which is introductory to a more detailed exhibition of chemistry.


The Influenza - We understand that this epidemic is raging most violently at
Falmouth , as well as at several other places in the county, and that in some families there is scarcely a person free from it. It attacks the aged and infirm with great severity.

27 JANUARY 1837

BANKRUPTS - R. Cuming, ship-owner,


The Influenza - This epidemic, which we believe has visited every part of the county, has prevailed in
Truro and its neighbourhood during the last fortnight with considerable violence.  So general has it been, that we understand scarcely a family or an individual has escaped it; and we have been informed that in one establishment in which twenty-five hands are employed, [...] seventeen were able to attend, last Saturday night, to receive their wages.  We have not, however, heard of any case having terminated fatally in Truro .  Those persons who cannot afford to obtain professional advice, will do well to consult the letter of "Medica" in another column.

[in St. Austell, there were several deaths attributed to this epidemic - from transcriptions of the burial records]


10 FEBRUARY 1837

Stratton - We are informed by a correspondent on Tuesday last, there was a meeting of the Guardians of the Stratton Poor-law union, when, after the business of the day had been concluded, a riotous body of men, armed with clubs and bludgeons, marched unexpectedly from the westward into the town, in military array.  The Magistrates, assembled at the usual justice meeting, being entirely taken by surprise, had not for sometime the means of organizing a civil force.  For several hours the rioters paraded the town, but towards the evening, a civil force having been provided, they quietly dispersed without having done any material damage, at the same time threatening to meet the board at their next assemblage.


Influenza - A new theory has lately been started by one of the most eminent practitioners, with regard to this distressing and annoying malady, with which so many thousands are now suffering through the kingdom; namely, that it arises from the state of the water used for culinary and other purposes; having found, in the course of a very extensive practice, that the inmates of those houses where Robin's Royal Filters have been adopted have not suffered from the prevailing malady.

Sudden Death - On the 4th instant, a person of the name of William Harry, died suddenly at Kilmarth, near Fowey.  On the following day a Coroner's Inquest was held on his body, when the jury returned a verdict of "died by the visitation of God".

Properties for Sale:

Bodmin - Capital Estate, free of Great Tithes, the Tenement and Farm of PENBUGLE, situate in the parish, and within a mile of the town of Bodmin, containing 103 acres.  Taker will be required to pay for the Corn, Hay, turnips, and pasturage.  Mr. Every, at Bodmin, or Messrs. Coode and Sons, St. Austell.
St. Austell - Public House, called THE SUN, with the Courtlage, Stable, and Bars, in the occupation of Mr. John Julyan.  For further information, Mrs. Lovering, or Messrs Coode and Sons, St. Austell.

17 FEBRUARY 1837

Stratton - In consequence of the interruption that had been offered to the Poor Law Commissioner at Stratton, a detachment of soldiers marched into that town on Monday, but no intelligence of a more recent date has reached us.

Camelford - The Poor Law Commissioner having been prevented from attending at Camelford, according to his appointment, by large assemblages of people who had marched into the town apparently with riotous intentions, ten magistrates from different parts of the county met there on Saturday last, for the purpose of investigating the matter, and taking measures accordingly. Several persons deposed that from 400 to 500 men, principally labourers from the neighbouring slate quarries, came into the town on the 1st and 2nd instant in marching order with drum and fife, and armed with sticks, apparently with the intention of intimidating the commissioner and preventing the provisions of the Poor Law Act from being carried into effect; but that no act of violence was committed, with the exception of a few panes of glass being broken in the evening.  A party of six London police having arrived on Wednesday, and 60 soldiers of the 99th Regiment on Friday;  a miller from St. Teath parish, called James Sibley, who had made himself conspicuous by addressing the populace on the cruelties of the New Poor Laws, especially of the workhouse system, and who had been active on several occasions in inflaming the minds of the people, and exciting them to come forward in the way they did, was taken into custody on Saturday evening, and committed to Bodmin gaol on Sunday morning; but no other persons have yet been arrested.  On Monday, Commissioner Gilbert arrived, and was met by the Guardians of the different parishes composing the union, when the business went on without interruptions.  The services of the soldiers not being required, the Commissioner, at the request of the Guardians, forwarded a report to that effect to the proper quarter, and stated that the sooner they were withdrawn the better.  We hope the misguided labourers and quarry-men will see the folly of being duped by mistaken or designing demagogues, and not offer any further interruption to the execution of an Act which is producing the best effects, in various parts of the country, to the really necessitous and deserving poor, as well as to the long-burdened rate-payers. Sibley has since been released from prison on bail, and is to take his trial at the next Assizes.

Inundation - On Sunday last, the river at Pentewan, which had swollen greatly in consequence of the late rains, broke over its banks, and destroyed a part of the railroad.

St. Austell - To be sold at auction, dwelling house, now in the occupation of Mr. Swaffield as yearly tenant. Also four 32nd shares in the Schooner MARIA, of Fowey, Henry Stevens master, burthen about 120 tons. Also, two 32nd parts or Shares in the schooner PEMBROKE, Fowey, Thomas Lelean, Master. Also two 32nds in the Union Pilchard Sean, and one 32nd in the Friends' Endeavour Sean, both fitted out at
Charlestown . Further information, Mr. J. BROWNE, St. Austell Feb. 13, 1837

24 FEBRUARY 1837

GAME LISTS - Persons who have obtained GAME CERTIFICATES - List (1) GENERAL CERTIFICATES at £3.13s.6d each
Sawle, W. B. Graves - Saint Austell
Made up from the 31st of October, 1836, to the 21st of February, 1837 - By order of the board, Charles Presley, Stamps and Taxes, Secretary


Stratton - The detachment of soldiers which we stated last week had been marched into this town, in consequence of the interruption that had been offered to the Poor Law Commissioner, was withdrawn on Friday last, their services not having been further needed.  Lord Valletort[?] conducted in person the examination of the half-witted man who acted as spokesman to the party of the St. Ge..  men, who marched into the town, on the 7th instant, and has issued a reward of £10 to be offered for the apprehension of three other men who took a somewhat conspicuous part in the proceedings of the day.  We hope these ill-advised proceedings, which we have reason to believe do not originate with the deluded men themselves, are now at an end.

Aurora Borealis - On Saturday night last, this interesting phenomenon was distinctly visible for several hours, and presented appearances somewhat extraordinary.  About half-past six o'clock, the atmosphere being quite clear, a broad path of crimson light appeared in the west, which shot across the firmament to the east, forming an irregular arch, from which splendid coruscations of light were occasionally emitted.  At first the crimson glare was considered to be indicative of a distant fire, but a little observation corrected the error. The appearances continued, we believe, with some variations, till after
midnight .


3 MARCH 1837 , Friday


Poor Law
Union - The two assessments of the Taunton Union , amounted to 6,853 ..., and the two quarter's expenditure, to £5,532.3s.2d; the saving from Midsummer to Christmas last, consequently amounts to £1,331.6s.10d.  


Dissolution of Partnership - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the partnership of JOHN SMITH, and THOMAS COCK, St Stephens, Blacksmiths, is this day dissolved.  All persons indebted to the said firm, are desired to pay their respective bills to Thomas Cock schoolmaster, St. Stephens; and all persons to whom the said firm are indebted, are desired to send in their accounts to T. C. aforesaid, that the same may be examined and discharged.

St. Stephens in Branwell, Frebruary 23, 1837

THE PAROCHIAL CLERGY of this County, are respectfully informed that Copies of the Rules, Subscriptions, and other Proceedings of the Exeter Diocesan Church Building Association have been transmitted to: The Rev. J. S. Hawker, Stratton - C. H. Lethbridge, Launceston - J. Serjeant, Callington - J. Lakes, Liskeard - J. Bower, Lostwithiel - J. Wallis, Bodmin - H. Stoneman, St. Columb - W. J. Kirkness, St. Austell - J. L. Lugger, Tregony - W. Molesworth, St. Breock - E. Dix, Truro - J. Sheepshanks - Penryn - D.Coleridge, Helston - J. M. Hawkesley, Redruth - T. Vyvyan, Penzance - From whom they may be received for each Clergyman's own use or distribution in his own Parish.   St. Gluvias,
March 1, 1837


St. Austell - Let by tender, for seven years, the Public House called THE SUN, in the Market place of the town, in the occupation of Mr. John Julyan. For viewing see Mrs. Lovering, or Messrs Coode and Sons, St. Austell.

10 MARCH 1837


For PHILADELPHIA, DIRECT - The Fast-sailing Ship CAROLINE, of Gweek, John Broad, Commander,..., Copper-fastened, Burthen 400 tons, will positively sail, wind and weather permitting, FROM GWEEKE FOR PHILADELPHIA on MONDAY the 27th day of March instant, with Passengers only.  For Particulars apply at the Office of Messrs. Cornish and Borlase at Gweeke, or to Mr. J. H. Edwards, General Commissioned Agent, Camborne.
March 9, 1837

EAST STONEHOUSE - ANY PERSON desirous of taking a healthy GIRL or BOY as a PARISH APPRENTICE is requested to make application for that purpose, to the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the above parish. A Promise will be given. By order of the Board of Guardians Francis P. Wingate, Secretary - Dated March 7, 1837

17 MARCH 1837

EDITORIAL - Our Tory Contemporary  [rival paper] is in great tribulation about the arrival of a troop of Horse at
Truro , and takes occasion from the circumstance, with his usual want of candour, to throw out various insinuations against the government.  Nor does he stop here; but thinks it singular that an article in the United Service Gazette, charging Lord Melbourne with an intention to infuse a spirit of democracy in the Army, should have attracted his attention at the very moment when he was penning his remarks on this event.  We can now tell him that the Dragoons have visited us, not at the insistence of Lord Melbourne, but of our Tory Vice Lieutenant, Lord Valletort.  Let him read the following correspondence, and blush, if he can, till "shame burn his cheek to a cinder" ..:

Truro, 6th March 1837 - GENTLEMEN - I beg leave to inform you that a troop of the 4th Dragoon Guards arrived here yesterday from Exeter, for the avowed purpose of preserving the public peace; and it is currently reported that their arrival is attributable to fears entertained by the Poor Law Commissioners or the [Magistrates?] in this neighbourhood. [one full line is missing, caused by a wrinkle in the paper - jm]

As Mayor of this Borough, I have perhaps the means of knowing the disposition of its inhabitants, and I venture to say that the very best spirit prevails here, and that there is not the remotest chance of any interruptions being offered to the formation of any Union, and I believe the presence of the soldiers wholly uncalled for.  I may be allowed perhaps to express my opinion still further, and to add that the quartering of these soldiers upon the town for such an avowed purpose, is calculated to beget feelings in the people which otherwise would not exist. - I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, GEO. SIMMONS, Jun.

To the Poor Law Commissioners, &c&c&c&c&c [as shown in the paper] Somerset House, 13th of March 1837, SIR - In reply to your letter of the 6th instant, the Poor Law Commissioners desire to state that they have ascertained that the Troop of Dragoon Guards, to which you refer, was directed to proceed to Truro, at the recommendation of the Vice-Lieutenant of the County of Cornwall. Signed by order of the board, E. CHADWICK, Secretary

To Geo. Simmons, Esq. (Mayor), Truro

...This I know now: that the appearance of a military force here increased the difficulties, whatever they may have been, and that hundreds, aye, thousands, who thought not of the new Poor-law Bill, are now thinking it must be something very bad, and it will require the communicating of very full information respecting its actual character to allay this feeling. far from the industrious poor being sufferers, they will be great gainers by the change. That the idle and profligate will, in future, be unable to prey on their parishes as they have too often done, I am sure, will not be lamented.  The respectable and aged poor, whose friends can contribute toward their support though they cannot maintain them wholly, may still be relieved at their own houses, and if there is a workhouse in the parish, those who may not be proper objects for out-door relief may be relieved in the workhouse of their own parish, unless the Board of Guardians shall deem it advisable to place them elsewhere in the Union.

I understand that at Liskeard, so far from the deserving poor receiving out-door relief having suffered from the change, in many instances an addition has been made to their pay.

Indeed Sir, I feel assured that the more the working of the Bill is watched, the more satisfied will all classes be with it, especially in this county, where its leading practices have long been in operation. ...YVOS, W. M. T.


Longevity - Four females have died at Mevagissey during the week, whose united ages amount to 349 years.  Elizabeth Kelly, aged 94; Nancy Mock, aged 86; Elizabeth Craggs, aged 85, and Eleanor Hocking aged 84.


Runaway Apprentice - The Public are hereby cautioned not to employ WILLIAM BROAD, of the Parish of St. Veep, aged about seventeen years, about five feet eight inches high, and of sallow complexion, who absconded on the 14th instant from my service, he having two years and a half to complete his Apprenticeship.  Should the said Apprentice be found in the employ of any other persons after this notice, such person will be dealt with as the law directs.

TWO JOURNEYMEN BLACKSMITHS are wanted at the same shop. All letters to be post-paid. ROBERT PUCKEY, Blacksmith, Fowey

31 March, 1837



Trial of the Prisoners:


Thomas COLLINS, 47, committed by Sir J.S.G. Sawle, Bart, was first brought up for trial, charged on oath, with having feloniously stolen a cordwainer’s tool, called a boot iron, the property of Henry ALLEN. It appeared on evidence that Thomas Allen[sic] [Collins] called at the shop of Henry Allen, with boot-irons and other tools used by shoemakers, for sale; that Henry Allen bought goods of him in the amount of 1s.7d., that the price of a boot-iron was asked, and a boot-iron of Henry Allen was compared with the boot-iron offered by the prisoner. The next day, Allen’s boot-iron was found missing, and the prisoner was pursued and found at a public house. On being accused of having stolen the boot-iron, he immediately presented his bag, and said it must be there if he had it. It was found among many others. The prisoner said he must have put it in by mistake, and was consequently acquitted.


Joseph ROUTER, 59, was charged with having feloniously stolen three hen’s eggs at the parish of St. Blazey, the property of John ROGERS, gentleman. Mr. Rogers, having been frequently robbed of his eggs, had marked four. The prisoner, who is a postman, was seen to go to the place where the eggs were deposited. The eggs were missing, and prisoner was followed. After a little prevarication, he took the eggs from under some earth in which he had hid them. Mr. Rogers identified his mark put on the eggs, and the prisoner was found guilty. The good character given the prisoner by J. H. TREMAYNE, Esq., who had known him all his life, was taken into consideration, and he was sentenced to 7 days confinement.


John THOMAS, 17, charged on oath with having feloniously stolen a straw hat from a van in St. Buryan, property of Thomas GILBERT. Guilty; transported for seven years.


Richard CHEALY, 39, was charged on suspicion of stealing a bag and half-a-bushel of oats, the property of MR. KELLOW. It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner was left in charge of Kellow’s stable, in which there was a granary, which was locked. That he had drawn a staple of the lock, and taken half-a-bushel of oats, which he gave to his brother, saying it was barley, and to take it to Thomas PAYNE. Suspicion was awakened, and the bag removed to Payne’s examined, and found to be oats; when compared with a sample of Kellow’s oats, was considered to be part of them. He was found guilty of larceny, and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.



Robert PASCOE, indicted for having stolen a pair of trowsers, the property of John PEARCE, of Tywardreath. Prisoner was clearly convicted, but on account of his yough he was sentenced to only ten days’ confinement, and to be whipped.


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