Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thursday, April the 22d, to Saturday, April the 25th, 1784

London, April 17.

Extract of a letter from Milan, March 23
" An aerostatic balloon has been launched in this city, 66 feet broad, and 72 feet high, prepared by M. Paul Andreani, a young gentleman of twenty years of age, who, with two of his friends, was elevated in this globe. It is computed that they mounted to the height of 4000 feet. Having traversed the air for half an hour, they descended on the same spot from where they floated. This is the first experiment of the kind made in Italy."


Dublin, April 23.

Extract of a letter from Navan, April 18.
"Last Thursday the long expected air balloon was liberated in this town, in the presence of the greatest concourse of people ever assembled here, among whom were many of the first fashion. At half aftertwo Mr. Rousseau and a drummer, a boy about ten year old, placed themselves in the gallery, which was composed of ozier , and fixed toa net which covered the balloon, and on cutting the cortd it rose perpendicular, amidst a profound silence, occasioned by the surprize and astonishment at son uncomman a phenomen. After thirty-nine minutes progress it became totally invisible, but wecould destinctly hear the drum beat the grenadier's march for fifteen minutes after. At four o'clock it grounded in a field near the town of Ratoath. Mr. Rosseau and the drummer arrived here at six o'clock that evening perfectly well, except for the drummer, who received a small contusion on his head, through his eagerness in leaping from the gallery. At night a splendid ball was given by the burgesses and freemen of the town, where Mr. Rosseau received the congratulations and compliments of numerous and brilliant company."

20 - 22 April 1784

Theatre-Royal, Smock-Alley.

This present evening, April 22
and a farce - ABEL DRUGGER ; Or


On Saturday next, April 24, will be performed the Comedy of
To which will be added the dramatic musical Pastoral, called


On Monday next, April 26th, will be prsrented the Comedy of
End of Act III, a new Dance, [never before performed called
Composed by Signor Grecco.

Between the Play and Farce, [by particular Desire of several Ladies of Distinction] the so much-admired Ballet Dance, called
LOVE in a CAMP ; Or
In which Signora Rossognoli will go through the Manual exercise in the Habit of the VOLUNTEER. As it is now performed in the principal Theatres of Europe, with general Applause.

To which will be added a Farce,


Wednesday, April 28
The favourite Comedy of

with Entertainments, and the Farce of


On Thursday the 29th of April, will be presented a Comedy(?) [not acted these three year] called
to which will be added a Farce, called
The SULTAN ; Or,


On Thursday, May the 6th, will be presented a Comedy, [not acted these two years] called
With Entertainments.
To which will be added a new comic Opera, [never acted in this kingdom] called

Domestic Inteligence

Drogheda, April 17.
Between the hours of twelve and one o'clock on Friday morningthe 16th inst. a desperate gang of fellows boarded a brig loadedwithoatmeal, lying at New Deep in this harbour, and after putting the crew ashore, plundered the brig of about five tons of the oatmeal, with other article ; intelligence having arrived in this town about two o'clock, the Drogheda association went in pursuit of them, but before they arrived there the plunderers made their escape ; after a diligent searech of seven hours they apprehended one of the offenders, and found about five hundred weight of the meal, and yesterday evening another of the gang was brought to town and lodged in jail.

Dublin, April 21.
We hear, that the Kildare-street clubhave unanimously resolved not to purchase or wear, for the space of twelve months, any but the manufactures of Ireland. A similar resolution is in agitationamong the members of Dalyu's-club.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Saturday, April the 17th, to Tueday, April the 20th, 1784


Presburgh, March1.
Since the epidemical destemper among the cattle rages in some neighbouring countries, anb order has been published, forbidding any cattle being brought from other countries and sold in this kingdom, without an attestation signed by the magistrate of the place from whencethey came, that no epidemical disorders rages there.

Bamberg, March 5.
The river Reidnitz which runs through this cityt, has by overflowing its banks, done considerable damage and among the rest has carried away the bridge built in 17323, and which cost 140,000 florins ; many houses and mills have been thrown down, and forty persons have lost their lives.

LONDON, April 12.


A balloon is at present constructing at Brussels, for an aerial voyage to London, which will be so formed as to escape every accident or failure that has yet happened. It is to be filled with inflammable air, and to carry up four persons ; the size not so enormous as some others, but furnished with sailks and a rudder of taffery. Every sort of provision is to be made, and stores laid in against any accidents ; also means prepared to remedy flight rents. The duke d'Arembergh is at the expense of it, under the direction of the abbe Mann, an Englishman resident at Dixmnyd. The duke will mount in it with the abbe, and two other philosophers.

DUBLIN, April 19

Friday agreat number of men were employed in taking down the wall, which incloses the garden of the lying-in-hospital, and putting up Iron palisades in its room. When this work is accomplished, it will render the situation of that part of the town a most delightful one, and must contribute greatly to health, as it is well known by those acquainted with natural history, that vegetation purifies the air, by absorbing those corrupt particles with which it is loadedin great cities, and makes every growth the more vigorous and flourishing. Taking down the park wall of the universityt would give a like improvement to the other end of the town, and lend very much to beautify the city.
Friday the following was posted in the old exchange coffe-house:
Copy of part of a letter from Mr. James Newport, merchant, Philadelphia, dated 18th February, 1784 : to the subscribers:
"This winter has shut up all the harbours in the northern parts of America, and has put a general stop to business -- 27th December our riverwas frozen fast, and has continued so ever since, and is as firm now as terra firma :- It is likely to continue so for some weeks. Many vessels from Europe are off our capes, but are grievously disappointed, being obliged to put to sea again ; and several have been caught fast in the ice at Lewestown ; some may be saved, though not very probable. This has been the most severe winter the oldest people here remember, for a constant intense frost scarce remitting for now 53 days ; the snow has been unparalled for many years, being throughout Pensylvania on an average three feet deep.
P.S. It is reported that the liberty from Dublin is lost off Cape Cod. Some of her timber it is said were taken up at sea ; (it is only reported observe.) Another adds, that thirty of here people perished in a boat."

Sir Edward Newenham, we are informed, has resignbed his command of the Liberty Rangers : an event which is the cause of much speculation, as no reason is assigned for a conduict so unexpected.

Yesterday , at ten o'clock in the forenoon, her grace the duchess of Rutland landed at Dunleary, from on board thge Dorset yacht ; notice being immediately dispatched thereof to the castle, several of his exceliency's carriages were sent thither, as also a troop of horse, under whose escortr she arrived at the castle, a little before three o'clock.

Last week as a man was going home to Rathfarnham, he fell and broke his leg ; a woman broke her thigh in the old post-office yard ; anda young girl fell into a cellar in Garden-lane, and broke her thigh : - they were carried to the Meath hospital, where old linen will be received from cahritable ladies.

Thursday, April the 15th, to Saturday, April the 17th, 1784

To be set, from the first day of May next, Mr. HODGSON's House at Island-bridge, with Coach-house and Stables, and a choice Garden, walled in planted round with Peach and Nectaren Trees, and sowed with all kinds of Vegetables, and choice Asparagusheds. The house is in perfect order, fit for immediate reception of any family. Proposals to be received by him at Island-bridge, March 14, 1784.

London, April 7, 8, 9, 10
Private letters from France assert, that they will have 5000 men at Mauritius by July next ; and that the same number will be kept up during the peace, with a view to assist their settlements on the Coromandel coast, in case of a future war. This is French logic, which a British minister will understand in a proper point of view.


DUBLIN, April 16.
Tuesday someperson unknown went up stairs in a gentleman'shouse in Ross-lane, (finding the hall door uncautiously left open) and stole several articles ofd wearing apparel, among which was a green silk waistcoat trimmed with silver, and many other silk waistcoats and breeches. The thief got off with the plunder.

Tuesday, April the 13th, to Thursday, April 15th, 1784

To Doctor Plme, No. 7, Upper Ormond-quay.
Mr. Stewart, in justess to the abilities of Doctor Palme, as also from motives of humanity, thuspublicly attests, and thanks the Doctor on behalf of Mrs. M. Murray, whom he recommended for his advice, in a most violent Rhumatism, which had entirley deprived her the use of ALL her limbs, so that she was as helpless as babe, yet in less than a month, by his means, she was restored to the PERFECT use of herLimbs, and is now as healthy and strong as she ever was in her life.
Mr. Stewart will be always happy to personally attest this extraordinary Cure, on application, at his house , No. 67, Pill-lane, Dublin, April 10, 1784

DUBLIN, April 14.
Last Satuday Edward Smyth, a slater, was executed at Philipstown, King's County, pursuant to his serntence for robbery of rev. Ephraim Harpur, sometime last January he was guarded from gaol to the place of execution by the 3d horse or carbineers ; both high and sub-sheriffs attended, as did Mr. Walsh, a clergyman of the church of Rome ; when he arrived at the fatal place, he most ernestly entreated the numerous inspectors to beware of his untimely end, and likewise to attend their duty to their church as he did not, and if he had would not have been brought to so shameful a death. He confessed his guilt, owned the justness of hisa sewntence, and behaved in every respect as became one in his unhappy situation.

Extract of a letter from Cork, April 8.
"This day a number of our distressewd and miserable unemployed woollen manufacturers paradedthe streets, with the figure of the fleece suspended to a flag staff, hung with crape, a drum beating the dead march, and several of our unfortunate fellows being dressed in mourning cloaks theatre, which presented a spectacle that gave the utmost concern to every feeling breast. Why shall wew remain deaf to the cries of our starving countrymen, by preferring English manufacture to Irish, which only wants a patriotic consumption among us, to bring broad cloth to the same perfection to which we have hats, stockings, &ec.!"

Notice is hereby given, that two Passage Boats will regularly on and after the 25th day of March inst, ply upon the Canal on every day in the week, Sundays not excepted ; the one to leave Dublin on every weekday from the 25th instant to the 290th day of September next, at 7 o'clock PRECISELY, and on Sunday at 8 o'clock PRECISELY ; and the other to leave Sallins on every day in the week at 8 o'clock precisely. The boat setting off from Dublin to reach Sallins at half after 12 o'clock on every week day, and half after one on every Sunday precisely ; and the boat setting off from Sallins to reach Dublin at half after one o'clock precisely on every day of the week. The middle stage for each boat will be Stacumney, where Passengerswill be taken in, and accommodated either to Dublin or Sallins -- the reverse as usual.
Dublin, 19th March, 1784
Signed by order. Richard Baggs, Sec.


DUBLIN, April 15.

It is with utmost satisfaction we inform the public, that general Pitt, the commander in chief of his majecty's forces here, is so far recovered, as to take the benefit of the air, as a continuance of his indisposition would as an irreparable loss to the public, and particularly tothe military, for whose discipline and improvement he has always been a most zealous advocate. The friendly and honourable reception he was pleased to give a gentleman who submitted a plan of disciplin adapted to close action with the bayonet, is a strong mark of his zeal and alacrity for his majesty's service.
The ingenious plan struck out to invigoratew his majesty's armies with a considerable and almost incredsible accession of force, (approved of by that accurate and subtlew military genius general Burgoyne) has been suspended this time past, on account of the fluctuations of administration. As the curiosity and expectation of the public have been greatly excited on this occasion, we have every reason to hopoe that they will soon be greatful by the adoption and completion of this national measure.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Freeman's Journal, April 10th - 13th, 1784

London, April 5, 6

Tuesay morning the convicts under sentence of transportation, were escorted from Newgate, and put on board a light at Blackfriars, from whence they fell down the river, in order to embark on board a transport vessel bound for Nova Scotia. The above offenders were 101 in number ; there were upwards of 20 women and girls ; among the latter, that atrocious criminal, the pawnbroker's apprentice, aged about 14, who a short time since set fire to her masters house. Two little boys were among these unhappy wretches, who did not appear above twelve years old.
Early yesterday morning a duel was fought in Hyde park between an officer in a regiment, and a foreign nobleman, in which the latter was slightyly wounded in the sword arm. The quarrel arose about a place in the opera-house.

Dublin, April 12

We have a melancholy account from Letterkenny that on Saturday fe'nnight a party of military were from the town, upon an information of some renigade (?) being a few miles from that place, which they made a seizure of ; but the country people gathering and making some resistance, they were fired upon by the party, by which three men were killed on the spot, two mortally wounded, and many others severely hurt.


TO be LET from 25th of this Instant, for such terms as shall be agreed upon, Mr. Gardiner's Lodge at the Phoenix Park, with the Garden, Pleasure-ground and Meadow there unto belonging. Also the Farm of Castleknock, containing about 60 acres of choice Meadow, in good heart, well fenced and divided : with the lodge, Bullock-yard and stabling on the premises -- Proposals to be received by Mr. Gardiner, Cavendisk-Row, or by Mr. Conolly Norman, at the Custom house.

Dublin, April 13.

At length the Siddons is announced to the expecting public ! The manager of the theatre royal, Smock-alley, promises to be remarkably brilliant. The Siddons, we are informed, is to appear in twenty different characters, being at least double the numbershe has hitherto played in London. The curiopsity of the public is raised to the highest degree, and the demand for places for her nigjhts has been so rapid, that it is expected there will noty be a place to be let in the boxes in a few days.

The air balloon prepared in the town of Navan (by Mr. Rosseau) to be launched the 15th instant, exceeds in magnitude any thing of the kind ever attempted in this kingdom, being nineteen feet in circumstances, composed of white taffety, and within with elastic gum.

Freeman's Journal, April 8th - 10th, 1784

Theatre -Royal, Smock alley, April 10th. 1784.
Mr. Daly, with the utmost respect, begs leave to inform the Public, thathe has articled Mrs. SIDDONS to perform twenty-two Nights the ensuing afte-season, for which he is to pay her the sum of ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS ; a sum infinitely superior to any ever given by a Manager to a Performer on this or any other Stage, for the same number of Nights.
To prevent the many Disappointments the Public have received, and the heavy Losses he has hitherto sustained, by Boxes and Places being given up on the very Day of Performance, he is oblioged to adopt the mode now practiced at London Theatres, and universally approved of -- that of Tickets being delivbered to those who wish to secure Places for each night's performance, on paying half the Price at the time of taking the, remainder on the night of admission ; the half so deposited to be forfeited in case of disappointemnt. Those Ladies and Gentlemen, thertefore, who intend honouring the Theatre with their Commands on the above occasion, are requested to observe, that Tickets are prepared for the purpose, and will be issued by Mr. Kennedy Treasurer to the Theatre at the Box Room, from the hours of twelve to three each day, from Monday the 12st instant until further notice. The said Tickets are printed with the name of the particular Nights they are designed for, and will not be admitted on any other. Those Ladies and Gentlemen who have already applied for Boxes, are requested to renew their Commands immediately, agreeable to the above Advertisement, otherwise such Boxes will be disposed of.


Dublin, April 9.

A letter from Banagher, dated April 3, says, "On Friday the 2nd of April inst. arrived here two boats laden with coal, about fourty tons each, from the colliery of Thomas McDetmott Roe, esq; in the county of Leitrim ; they seem to be of an excellent quality, and stand us in about 14s per ton. If the canal from Killaloe to Limerick were finished, that city could be supplied at 16s per ton, which must be of vast utility to that city and the country adjacent.


Three hundred emigrants, of various descriptions, sailing from this city in the Neptune for America, the Hankey is expected to sail every tide, and the Favourite John the beginning of next month, both with some valuable freight, and for the same destination.

Freeman's Journal, April 6th-8th, 1784

London. April 1.

Extract of a letter from Lisle, March 25
"Nothing is more certain than the discovery of a balloon from England. It was found the 28th of February, at Warneton on the Lys, three leagues from this city. There was a billet affixed to it, on which was written, "This balloon was let off from Sandwick, in England, the 27th of February. Those who find it, are desired to give notice of it to Mr. Boys, at Sandwick." It seems that this balloon left Sandwich at half past twelve on the 27th of February,with a very high wind ; and, as it was seen in the air at half past two of the same day by an inhabitand of Warneron, it follows, that it went 24 leagues in two hours. This balloon was of straw-coloured taffety, and was three ells in circumference."

Whereas on Sunday the 4th inst. between the hours of twelve and one'clock in the forenoon , the house and desk of Mr. John Russell, of Essex-street , was broken open, and the fgollowing aticles stolen, viz.
Nine Guineas in Gold, one large plain Gold Ring, marked M. D. I, two silver cased Watches, one markrd R. N. London, one pair of silver Kuee buckles, one silverPunch ladel, and the leaves of two houses in Essex-street, made by the Hon. John Butler to the late elizabeth Russell od said street : whoever apprehends the person or oersons c0oncerned in tyhe above robbery, shall be paid 5 guineas reward as their prosecuted to convicti0n,.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Freeman's Journal, April 3rd - 6th, 1784

FMJ April 3 - 6, 1784

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The present lord lieutenant of Ireland will in all probability have the greatest patronage lapse during his time -- Limerick is expected to be followed by at least three other mitres --And above all, to his grace's lot, in all likelihood, will fall the disposal of the greatest.

Havannah, Dec. 6 By a packet just arrived from Carthagena, we have certain accounts of a most dangerous revolt in the kingdoms of Peru and Santa Fe, in South America, insomuch that it is believed they will shake off the Spanish government. It is also said that three English ships of force have actually arrived in the south sea with arms, &c. for the use of the revolted natives, and publicly declare their intention of doing only as France and Spain have done towards England and her possessions in America.

Dublin, April 5.

The finsihing blow has now been given to the rights and interests of Irishmen ; we are denied constitution, and our industrious tradesmen are assigned to poverty, and refused the means of existence. What alternative is there left? shall we kiss the rod that whips us, and hug the chains that gall us or rather shall we "check the growth of those domestic spoilers, who make us slaves, and tell us is our charter ?"



London, March 31.
An agent from the empress of Russia was in town this week, engaging bricklayers to go to Petersburgh at a very considerable wages ; a magnificient palace, it seems, is going to be built at or near that metropolis.

Domestic Intelligence

Belfast, April 2. Last Monday captain Abraham Rahash, and his son Ali Rahash, two Turks, taken prisoners by the Spanish in attempting to bring relief to the garrison of Gibraltar, and had afterwards escaped and got to Leith, from whence they came to the town, well recommended by the grand lodge of Scotland, --visited the Orange Lodge No. 257. where they were treated with every respect, civility, and love, by the brethern of that numerous and respectable body ; who gave them a recommendation to other lodges, and a sum of money to enable them to return to Constantinople, the place of their nativity. How greatful to the liberal mind, to perceive the distinction of Turk and Christian, in short, all local and religious prejudices sunk in the more sublime affection which, as the offspring of one common parent, we all owe to one another ; and which every sound principle of religion and virtue never fails to highten into pure philanthropy, when not obscured by the rankest bigotry and ignorance.


A Clerk capable of superintending the business of an Attorney's Office ; as a proper Salary will be given, none but a person of Character and Abilities need apply.
Enquire of the Printer, or at No. 25, Ross-lane.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Freeman's Journal, April 1st - 3rd, 1784

Foreign Intelligence

Heidelberg. Feb. 7.
This morning, about five o'clock, the superb bridge of this city was broke down and carried away by the ice. Part of the city is under water. The appearence of the walls and low bare grounds promises destruction and desolation. The inhabitants of Newonhein have been obliged to fly. The ice on the Necker, just opposite tofly. The ice on the Necker, just opposite to that village, is as thick as the height of a house.

London, March 27.

A subscription is proposed at Paris, for the construction of a balloon capable of carrying ten or twelve persons. It is to be so contrived, that they may mount or descend at pleasure, and conduct themselves in what direction they think proper, unless it be exactly against the wind.

Dublin, April 2.

The bill for regulating the assay of gold, now in its progress through the house of commons; has altered the standard of fineness required in some works one-twelfth less than the sterling standard, in order to facilitate an exportation of wrought gold, which is expected to take place when the Genevese shall be settled in this kingdom at their intended city of New Geneva, near Waterford, where, for the accommodation of these ingenious mechanics, an assay is to be established, and all silver and gold plate wrought there is to have a unicorn's head stamped thereon at a distinction : the plate of less fineness is also to be distinguished by a characteristic mark