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As the supposed spirit had before mitted, to go home with her fapublicly promised, by an affirma- ther. tive knock, that it would attend one It is therefore the opinion of the of the gentlemen into the vault, un- whole assembly, that the child has der the church of St. John, Clerken- some art of making, or counterwell, where the body is deposited, feiting, particular noises, and that and give a token of her presence there is no agency of any higher there by a knock upon her coffin ; cause.” it was therefore determined to make To elude the force of this con. this trial of the existence or veracity clufion, it was given out that the of the supposed spirit.
coffin, in which the body of the While they were enquiring and supposed ghoft had been deposited, deliberating, they were fummoned or at leatt the body itself, had been into the girl's chamber by fome la- displaced, or removed out of the dies, who were near her bed, and vault. Mr. K--- therefore thought who had heard knocks and scratches. proper to take with him to the When the gentlemen entered, the vault the undertaker, who buried girl declared that he felt the spirit Miss F-----, and fuch other unprelike a mouse upon her back, and judiced persons, as on inspection was required to hold her hands out might be able to prove the weakof bed; from that time, though the nefs of such a suggestion. Spirit was very folemnly required to Accordingly on February 25, in manifeft its existence by appearance, the afternoon, Mr. K---, with a by impression on the hand or body clergyman, the undertaker, clerk, of any present; by scratches, knocks, and sexton of the parish, and two or any agency, po evidence of any or three gentlemen, went into the preternatural power was exhibited. vault; when the undertaker pre
The Spirit was then seriously ad- fent knew the coffin, which was vertised, that the person to whom taken from under the others, and the promise was made of striking easily seen to be the same, as there the coffin, was then about to visit was no plate or infcription; and, the vault, and that the performance to satisfy further, the coffin being of the promise was then claimed. opened before Mr. K.--, the body The company, at one, went into the was found in it. church, and the gentleman, to whom Others, in the mean time, were the promise was made, went, with taking other steps to find out where one more, into the vault : the fpi- the fraud, if any, lay. The girl rit was folemnly required to per- was removed from house to 'house, form its promise; but nothing more and was said to be constantly atthan filence enfued. The person tended with the usual noises, though fupposed to be accused by the ghost bound and mufiled hand and foot ; then went down, with several and chat without any motion in her others, but no effect was perceived. lips, and when the appeared asleep. Upon their return they examined. Nay, they were often said to be the girl, but could draw no con- heard in rooms at a considerable feflion from her. Between two distance from that where the and three the defired, and was pera lay. VOL. V
At last her bed was tied up, in the whole affair was detected, and the manner of a hammock, about to defire his immediate attendance ; a yard and a half from the ground, but he brought another along with and her hands and feet extended as him... wide, as they could without injury, Their concurrent opinion was, that and fastened with fillets for two the child had been frightened into nights fucceflively, during which no this attempt, by the threats which noises were heard.
had been made the two preceding · The next day, being pressed to nights, and the master of the house confess, and being told, that if the allo, and his friend, both declared, knocking and seratchings were not “That the noises, the girl had made heard any more, the, her father, and that morning, had not the least mother, would be sent to Newgate; likeness to the former noises,” Prom and half an hour being given her bably the organs, with which the to confider, she desired the might perfomed these strange poises, were be put to bed, to try if the noifes not always in a proper tone for that would come: fhe lay in bed this purpose, and the imagined the night much longer than usual; but might be able to supply the place no noises. This was on a Satur- of them by a piece of board. day.
At length Mr. K--- thought proSunday, being told that the ap. per to vindicate his character in proaching night only would be al- legal way. On the both of July, lowed for a trial, the concealed å. the father and mother of the child, board, about four ioches broad, and one Mary Frazer, who, it seems, fix long, under her ftays. This acted as an interpreter between the board was used to set the kettle ghost and those who examined her, upon. Having got into bed, the a clergyman, and a reputable trader told the gentlemen she would bring man, were tried at Guildhall, beF...- at fix the next morning.
fore Jord: Mansfield, by a special : The master of the house, how-, jury, and convicted of, a conspiracy ever, and a friend of his, being in- against the life and character of Mre formed by the maids, that the girl K-. had taken a board to bed with hery But the court, chusing that Mr. impatiently waited for the ap: K.., who had been so much inpointed hour, when she began to jured on this occasion, thould receive knock and scratch upon the board; some reparation by the punilhment remarking, however, what they of the offenders, deferred giving themselves were convinced of, that sentence for seven or eight months, “ these noises were not like those in hopes the parties might make it which used to be made.” She was up in the mean time. Accordingly, then told, that he had taken a board the clergy man and tradesman agreed to bed; and, on her denying it, to
Mr. K -- a round fum, some searched, and caught in a lie. fay between 5 and 6oo l. to para
The two gentlemen, who, with chase their pardon, and were there. the maids, were the only persons upon dismissed, with a fevere repripresent at this fcene, fent to a third mand. The father was ordered to gentleman, to acquaint him that be set in the pillory three times in
one month, once at the end of morning, at two-thirds less than Cocklane, and after that to be im- the firft price the day before, for prisoned two years ; Elizabeth his the benefit of poor families : and wife, one year; and Mary Frazer, if not fold by twelve at noon the fix months in Bridewell, and to be second day, were then given to the there kept to hard labour.
prisons and workhouses, so that no The father appearing to be out part thereof might be wasted. of his mind at the time he was These methods have been hitherto first to stand in the pillory, the exe- continued, but the superintendant cution of that part of his sentence has found that this proceeding, was deferted to another day, whed, which was calculated for general as well as on the other days of his benefit, has been perverted to very ftanding there, the populace took opposite purposes, and greatly to the fo much compassion of him, that; in- disadvantage of this undertaking ; stead of using him ill, they made a several dealers in fish having made it handsome collection for him. their practice (especially since the
weather has been to cool for the fishi
to keep good till the next,or succeed State of the Land-carriage Fišery ing day) to wait for the hour of hálf
in London, to the end of September price, and then to purchase the fish; 1762 ; fubmitted to the public by which he is informed they fell in the superintendant.
their shops the next day, at the
fame (and often at à less) price, He faperintendant of the land- than that affixed in the morning at
carriage fish plan, in order that the land-carriage places of sale for all ranks of people might reap che filh newly arrived ; and by this benefit thereof, did, at the com- means have had an opportunity of mencement of this undertaking, underfelling this plan with its own direct certain prices for the several filh; or, in cafe no fish arrived by kinds and fizes of Åth to be publicly land carriage, to get extraordinary fixed, at as moderate rates as the prices for the fame; besides leaving nature thereof admitted į at which a door open to impositions of anthey continued till four o'clock in other kind. the afternoon, and from that hour
For these reasons the superintentill seven they were reduced to one. dant finds himfelf neceffitated to third, in order that families of mid- make an alteration in his measures, dling rank might partake of this and to direct that no fich be fold at desirable food, as well as the great reduced price on the day of their and opulent, and at leffer prices; arrival; and thinks it proper to and what remained after the last- give this notice to the public, left mentioned hour, were further re
it should imagined that such an duced to half price, for the benefit alteration of measures proceeds from of persons of lower degree į and lucrative views, which is not the moreover, any furplus quantity left ease, as the fish, which remains after at the Mutting up the places of sale the sale of the first day is over, will at night (as has often been the case) be sold the next day at proper were directed to be sprinkled with prices, according to the state and falt, and exposed to sale che next condition thereof; and care will be
taken to distribute what remains un- benefit which has accrued to the fold,' while it is wholesome and fit middle and lower rank of people, for use; and which he can with by the reduced prices, and to the confidence affure the public, has poor, by what has been given hitherto been done; so that out of away, amounting together to 931 l. 45 tons, or 917 cwt. (the quantity 9 s. 10 d. within the above-menbrought from the commencement tioned time, as appears in the of this undertaking, between the monthly account annexed. 16th of May and the 30th of Sep- The superintendant conceiving tember last, both inclusive) there it may be some satisfaction to the "has not been one cwt. loft, and public, to be acquainted with the that unavoidable. Moreover, he 'itate and progress of this undertakmay venture
to assert, that the ing, has taking this early opportuprices first affixed in the morning, nity to give an account of the sevehave been at least one-third, or ra- ral species of fish brought in conther one-half, less than those for sequence of this plan, within the which such fish were usually sold time above-mentioned, with the 'before this undertaking was set on tale and weight of the fame, which foot; not to mention the further are as follow
39518 Pair of Soals
*15 8 O II 7 3
20 7 O 21 5 1 17 3
2 20 1 2
26 O 1
27 O 1 3 O I 18
The MONTHLY Account whereof stands as underneath :
away. 1b. 1. d. 1. d. 1. d. In May 65 3 20 307
8 In June 165 0 16
172 7 In Juyl
8 7 In Sept. 234 4! 1695 0 8
1327 9 367 10 10
1260 19 8
5957 14 41 5026 4 5 931 9 10 From this account it appears, that at reduced prices, and given away, the fish sent to the markets at its as before-mentioned. first charge, amounted nearly to The above having been commu6000 l. and if admitted (as it may nicated to some friends of the plan, in joftice be) that they were rated they were of opinion, that the pubat the first price, one half less than lic would be glad to see some state . what they used to be sold for ; it of the general expences, &c. conwill follow that the public have ceiving many persons mighi, thro' reaped a benefit equal to the above- mistake, conclude that the deficimentioned sum by this undertaking, ency of the first price sent to the besides a plentiful supply, and fome markets, amounting to 9311. 99 variety of fish little known in this 10 d. was a sum sunk in the capital metropolis before ; such as brills, granted by the society: the superpipers, dories, and red mullet; and intendant, therefore, desirous to to these advantages may be added give all the satisfaction in his
power, near 1000l. more, by what was sold hach hitherto annexed, A sketch of the state of the land carriage fijhery, from the commencement, to
the 35th of September inclusive. Cash advanced by the society
2000 Calh engaged by the superintendant
1500 Cash received for fish
5026 4 5
Toral 8; 26 4 5 Cash paid for fish bought at the fea-ports, boat hire, and hire of horses for conveying the fame to London ---Sollicitor's bill for attending the fish-a&t---Salaries and wages-- Fitting
the general receptacle, the office, and a place of fale in St. James's market - Rents- - Travelling expences for settling the fishery at the sea-ports and on the roads---Coals, candles, and stationary---Porterage, cryers, and dispersing hand bills ---Baskets for the carriages, &c. ---Scales, weights, and other utensils ---Advertising, printing, and fundry incidental expences; together with cash paid for 23 new machines, and repairs done to the same
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