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.


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