Silvester Treleavens Diary 1800
Sat. Jan. 4th. Six pounds of worsted yarn, stolen from Mr. Tar’s Shop, A reward of one Guinea by public cry offered for discovering the offender. A piece of Beef about twenty pounds weight Stolen from off a horse at the Dolphin Door.
Mon. Jan. 6th. Last night a quantity of Potatoes stolen out of a Trench on a field belonging to Mr. Daniel Harvey - any person Discovering the offender or offenders will have a reward of one Guinea.
Thur. Jan. 9th. Two men and a Boy carried through this Town, to High Gaol. They were brought from Tavistock and its neighbourhood.
Fri. Jan. 10th. A Ball this Evening at the Concert Room (Bell Inn) The Young Ladies and Gentlemen made a very neat & decent appearance, and parted about 12 O’Clock highly pleased with their Evening’s amusement.
Sun. Jan. 19th. Wind S.E. about 4 P.M. a heavy Rain began and continued for several hours.
Mon. Jan. 20th. This morning Snow 6 Inches deep. In the afternoon wind N. Sharp freezing.
Tue. Jan. 21st. Intelligence recvd. from Exeter of the City Bank having been robbed, the following are the particulars (copied from Messrs Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post).
Between the evening of Saturday (Janry. 18th) and the Monday morning following, a most daring robbery was committed on the City Bank, situated in the Church Yard of this city, and conducted under the firm of Samuel Milford, Richard Hall Clarke, and Co. the circumstances of which are as follows - The Bank was shut at the usual hour on Saturday evening, and the cash, bank notes, drafts &c. were deposited in an iron chest, in an inner room of the Bank, after which the five keys were deposited at the dwelling house of Samuel Milford Esqr. one of the Proprietors - On the Monday following, the Clerks having opened the Bank as usual, found every door &c. Locked, as it had been left, but were astonished to perceive that all the property deposited in the iron chest had been stolen. An alarm was immediately given, and several persons were examined, but as yet nothing has transpired which may tend to discover the perpetrators of this theft. Bills have been distributed describing the marks, &c. on the notes lost; and it is hoped from the steps which have been taken, the villains concerned in this robbery will be discovered, and brought to condign punishment. The amount of the cash and notes of different kinds which are stolen amount to about 7000 pounds, but payment of the greatest part of the bills has been stopt: what renders this robbery the more remarkable is, that the iron-chest where the property was deposited has a lock of peculiar formation, the aperture to which cannot be discovered by a person unacquainted with its nature; yet this, and every other lock must have been opened shut again, and no force appears to have been used to effect it. For the further particulars, see the Bills offering a reward of two hundred pounds, for the discovery of the persons concerned in this daring robbery.
Thur. Jan. 23rd. Died, after an affliction of 14 Years (cancer in his face) Wm. Thomas Mann of Sloncombe in this Parish, aged 53 years. Torrents of rain the roads in some parts of this neighbourhood rendered impassable for several hours.
Fri. Jan. 24th. Last evening Mrs. Dayment, Widow of Bovey-Tracey, in returning from Newton was (as is supposed) thrown from her Horse in a rivulet on Bovey Heath-Field and drowned! Her Body was found this morning, an Inquest taken. Verdict Accidental Death .
Sun Jan. 26th. 4 P.M. a violent storm of Thunder Lightning & rain, which continued for several hours.
Mon. Jan. 27th. This morning’s Paper brings intelligence of the death of that illustrious man General Washington, who died on the 15th of December, after an indisposition of only thirty hours. The decease of this truly great man will be lamented by the admirers of genius, integrity, and genuine patriotism; for however his exertions prevailed in separating America from Great Britain, it is generally allowed that he acted from the most thorough conviction, from the purest principle, and his memory and character must therefore be ever held in the highest veneration. His remains were consigned to the tomb in the family vault, on an elevated bank of the Potomack, on the 18th December, with the most solemn honours and greatest funeral pomp. The multitude collected from the neighbourhood for many miles round Mount Vernon was greater than had ever before been seen in America. We understand that his last scene corresponded with the whole tenor of his life, not a groan nor a complaint escaped him in extreme distress; with perfect resignation and a full possession of his reason he closed his well spent life. He was in the 68th year of his age.
Tue. Jan. 28th. Died at Exeter, Samuel Milford Esqr. one of the proprietors of the City Bank.
Mon. Feb. 3rd. St. Blase. The Woolcombers in honour of their Saint and Patron, had a dinner at their Club House (Ring of Bells). In the afternoon the Union Flag was hoisted at the Club Room window, and the afternoon was spent with the greatest decorum.
Tue. Feb. 4th. News of the morning. Last night the members of the Lottery Club met at the Red Lion. In the midst of their business a great confusion ensued, owing to many of the members being overheated with liquor, and almost in a state of insanity under an idea of gaining a 30,000 £ prize ! Several Battles, fought, the principle combatants were Geo. Gray Junr. and Richard Snow, Mr. John Mann and Wm. Camble. Mr. Mann is gone this morning to Justice Roberts for a summons for Camble, and declares he’ll have satisfaction for the loss of blood and injury done to his hide. These are the glorious effects of such a tumultuous Club, for the No. of members now amount to 245, and consists of a few Christians, some Jews, and a number of Heathens. Their meetings are every Monday fortnight each member pays 1s/- to the Stock, and 2d to be spent for the benefit of the House.
A letter recvd. here yesterday that John Underhill, Brother to Mr. William Underhill, Taylor was one of the unfortunate number lost in his Majestys Sloop of war the Brazen. She struck about 3 O’Clock on Sunday morning 26th Ult. on a reef of rocks, at Westmiss Rope on the Sussex Coast nearly two miles from Newhaven, and seven from Brighton. Notwithstanding every exertion, only one man was saved out of 154 who were on board. Never was a more shocking spectacle beheld that that loss of this sloop: an oar, a mast or sprit, with different pieces of the wreck floating with the unfortunate men, every moment sinking in the deep! The spectators were numerous, eager to lend every assistance. On a sudden the raging billows separated them for ever, which rendered every attempt fruitless. One poor fellow was upon the shrouds till three O’Clock in the afternoon, when a violent swell obliged him to quit his hold, and he was seen no more.
Wed. Feb. 5th. Mr. Mann and Mr. Camble by the interference of a few friends settled their Law-suit without the advice of Justice Roberts. Camble acknowledgd himself in fault, promised not to be guilty of the like again, and spent a half crown.
Sat. Feb. 8th. Died aged 88 Mrs Ann Frost, Widow of the late Mr. Robert Frost of Cranbrook in this parish.
Mon. Feb. 10th. Died, suddenly aged Sarah Shute
Tue. Feb. 11th. Died in the 60th year of her age Mrs Joan Harvey Mother of Mr. Daniel Harvey Malster. This afternoon, the last funeral rites were paid to the remains of Mrs Ann Frost, and a Sermon was delivered on the occasion by the Rev. Mr.Rowland. Text 5 Chapter Job, 26 verse.
Wed. Feb. 12th. Married Mr. George Jackson to Miss Susanna Potter.
Mon. Feb. 17th. Died aged 32 Mrs. Lambacraft of Kingwell in this Parish
Tue. Feb. 18th. Last night the members of the Lottery Club met at the Red Lion, and closed their books. No. of members were 241, each of which has subscribed £1.5.0 (viz) £1.2.0 to the fund and 3/- spent in Ale: amount to purchase Lottery Tickets £265.2.0 , Spent in Ale £44.3.8; Total £309.5.8
Wed. Feb. 19th. This afternoon the remains of Mrs Lambacraft were interred and a funeral Sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. Thomas Clack Jnr. Text 39th Psalm 5th verse.
Tue. Feb. 25th. Shrove Tuesday. Alias Pan Cake Day. Sat off for London Mr. Jabez Jackson, his daughter Miss Ann, and George, son of Mr. Samuel Jackson.
Wed. Mar. 12th. Being appointed for a day of general fast, was observed accordingly, Public Worship performed at Church and the different Meetings. This Morning died aged 80 John Hearn. Died at the Punch Bowl Mrs. Williams Sister of Mrs Bruce.
Thur. Mar. 13th. Married with Licence Mr. John Mann to his first Cousin Miss Ann Mann daughter of Mr. Wm. Mann of Week, in the Parish of North Bovey. They live in the House lately occupied by Mr. Joshua Lang Blacksmith.
Fri. Mar. 14th. A new Alighting Stone erected at the lower end of the Shambles by subscription .
Mon. Mar. 17th. Farmer Cole of Ellicomb in the Parish of North Bovey, paid five Guineas as a compromise for selling four Bushels of Wheat less then measure, to William Camble, Baker of this Town. Justice Roberts ordered that the five Guineas should be given to the poor .
Tue. Mar. 18th. Rev. Nicholas Lightfoot chosen Master of the Grammar School at Crediton. This day Mr Bolt, one of the Constables of Tavistock and several other eminent persons of that place passed through Moreton in their way to Exeter having business at the Assize.
Sat. Mar. 22nd. The smallest quantity of meat, corn, and potatoes in the Market ever remembered. In the evening the Poor appeared in a large body desiring to have Potatoes for the money they had got, but very few were supplied with any. They did not appear any ways riotous or menacing and by a few persons telling them that some method should be taken to supply them with that necessary article of Life they dispersed.
Sun. Mar. 23rd. A Vestry meeting called to take into consideration the distresses of the Poor. They came to a resolution to supply the Poor with Potatoes at 10d for 22 lbs (that weight is supposed to be something more than a peck) and agreed to enter into a subscription .
Mon. Mar. 24th. Rev Wm. Clack and the two Church-Wardens collected the Town for the above purpose Lord Courtenay subscribed ten Guineas.
Edward Bates and his Wife Jane sat off for Plymouth in Mr. Hemens’ Waggon, about Peek-Gate the Waggon turn’d over by which means Jane had one of her legs broken and other ways much bruised, Edward received no material damage.
Thur. Apr. 3rd. Died aged 52 Mr. Edward White, Fellmonger & [tanner ?].
Sat. Apr. 5th. William Johns and Ann Saunders detected in stealing Barley from Mr. Peters’ Barn at Cold-East, they were carried before Justice Roberts, he did not think proper to commit them, but said they should remain in Custody till Monday, when there would be a meeting of the Justices at Crockernwell, accordingly they were brought back to Moreton and put under a Guard at the White Horse.
Sun. Apr. 6th. 12 at noon Johns desired liberty to speak with his Wife in a back Chamber, the Constable and Guard permitted him, as soon as they were in the room Johns let him self out to the window by the curtain of the Bed, and escaped over the Coutwall [Court wall ??] . immediately on it’s discovery the whole Town was alarmed, and several Persons sat off in search of him, about 2 O’Clock P.M. they found him secreted in an Hay loft at Ship-meth about ½ mile from the Town. He was brought back Hand-cuffed, and his Wife prevented from having any communication with him.
Mon. Apr. 7th. They were taken to Crockernwell, and after a short examination were committed to Bridewell. N.B. Ann Saunders is a daughter off old Gifford at Court, and John’s married another sister, Johns lately belonged to the Royal Cornish Militia, volunteered for the 62nd Regt. feigned himself ill and got discharged. Old Gifford and all his family are a set of notorious thieves.
Tue. Apr. 8th. Mrs Bruce gave notice to Mr.Pinsent that she should quit the Punch-Bowl, The House was immediately taken by John Steer.
Mon. Apr. 21st. A Sale at the Punch-Bowl for Mrs Bruce’s House hold Goods and Furniter.
Mon. Apr. 28th. Farmer John Steer took possession of the Punch-Bowl. Sessions Week. No Bill found against Johns & Saunders.
Tue. Apr. 29th. Two Men of Tavistock carried through this Town in their way to High-Gaol, Crime, Sheep stealing.
Tue. May 6th. Mr. Lambacraft of Kingwell married with Licence to his late Wife’s sister.
Sat. May 10th. The Bell Inn sold for 440£. Mr. Hillman reserved his Shop and two other rooms that he now occupies for 60 years if he so long lives, paying annually £2.10.0. The Purchaser Mr. Wolland of Drewsteignton.
Mon. May 12th. On Thursday last two of this Town bought of a Smuggler four Kegs of Brandy for which they gave eleven Guineas, on their taping the Kegs to draw off they found them to contain nothing but water except about a halfpint of good Brandy which was in a tin cup curiously fastned inside the head of each Keg. This is a species of fraud never heard of in Moreton before.
Wed. May 14th. Lord George Lenox pass’d thro’ Moreton
Sat. May 17th. Nearly all this day, tempestuous weather,(wind N.W) which has done considerable damage to the Gardens &c.
Mon. May 19th. By this mornings Post the following intelligence was received - on Thursday morning last the grenadier battalion of the Guards had a grand field-day in Hyde Park in the presence of His Majesty &c. &c. Just at the commencement of their evolutions a Gentleman named Ongley, standing as a spectator recvd. a musket-ball through the upper part of his left thigh. The ball passed near his Majesty, after a proper investigation, his Majesty said, and was satisfied, “It was accidental”. The same evening his Majesty went to Drury Lane Theatre where a Man attempted to shoot his Majesty by firing a Horse-Pistol at him, the assassin was immediately secured, his name was James Hadfield, a Silversmith, had served in the 15th Light Dragoons fought for his King & Country, and received several wounds, he appeared to be insane - At the conclusion of the farce, the following Stanza, composed impromptu by Mr.Sheridan, was sung as the concluding verse of “God save the King”:
“From every latent foe,From the assassin’s blow, God save the King. O’er him thine Arm extend,, For Britain’s sake Defend Our Father, Prince and Friend, God save the King.”
Thur. May 29th. No ringing on account of several Persons being ill that live near the Church. But a profusion of Oak was displayed on the occasion.
Fri. May 30th. Died aged 25 Mr. James Symons officer of Excise, he was a native of Fowey in Cornwall, had been settled in Moreton about two years & half, he bore an excellent character and was universally beloved, at is rather remarkable that the oldest Person now living in Moreton can remember but two Excisemen dying here and both of the same name.
Sat. May 31st. Great Market, and the largest ever remembered, the Market usually used to be held on the 1st Saturday in June but by public advertisement it was this year held the Saturday before Whitsunday and so to be continued in future.
Wed. June 4th. His Majesty Birth Day very little Ringing for the same reason that it was omitted on 29th of last month, but every mark of loyalty was shewn in every other respect. In the afternoon a concert of Instrumental Music on the Cross Tree. Just at the conclusion of the performance Jack Austin rather intoxicated and shewing some feats of agility, which he was desired to desist from, but regardless of this advice, he tumbled head downwards on the broad stones that surround the Tree, and was taken up apparently dead, he remained insensible for many hours, but no fracture of any kind and is likely to do well again.
Fri. June 6th. Died aged Mrs Mary Jackson, Wife of Mr. Samuel Jackson, she was an affectionate Wife & a tender Mother and what renders her loss still more distressing, is that Mr.J. held during her life two Estates value £120 per annum, which on her decease falled into the hands of Mr. Wm. Davy.
Sun. June 8th. 6.A.M. The remains of Mrs Mary Jackson, privately interred in the Baptist Burying Ground.
Banns of Marriage published for the first time between Mr Silvester Treleaven and Miss Grace Ponsford.
Tue. June 10th. Married at Brixham Miss Sophia Tallamy of this Town to Mr. John Bates 'hindmast man & ordinary Seaman of his Majesty’s Ship Royal George.
Wed. June 25th Married with licence Mr. Joseph Pinsent of London to Miss Elizabeth Pinsent, daughter of Mr. John Pinsent Junr. of this Place.
Thur. June 26th. Mr. Robert Smale Junr sat off for London
Sat. June 28th. This afternoon died suddenly of an Apopletic Fit aged 64 Mr. George Gray, who to sincerity and uprightness added universal benevolence, and whose life was a continued scene of friendly and kind offices.
Mon June 30th. Died James Gray (Son of Mr. John Gray) aged 7 Years he had laboured under a distressing affliction for near 5
Years which first attacked him in his eyes and baffled all medical advice, he had the appearance for some time before his decease of one worn out by disease and the infirmities of old age.
Mon. June 30th. The remains of Mr. George Gray interred and a funeral sermon preached on the occasion by the Rev . Charles Davy. Text 14th Chapter Job & part of the 14th Verse. All the Days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change comes.
Mon July 7th. Married Mr. Silvester Treleaven to Miss Grace Ponsford, few attended the Bride and Bridegroom but the spectators were very numerous. An account recvd of the Death of Gilbert Frost, son of Mr. Gilbert Frost of this place, he died on board the Edgar 74 Guns off the coast of France.
Wed. July. 9th. Mr. Samuel Jackson sat off for London, having an appointment in the Customs, in that Port.
Sat. July 12th. Wheat sold for 20s pr. Bushel such a price never remembered.
Thur. July 17th Fair Day. Not a great number of Cattle. The price rather on the decline. The weather was extremely warm, and the country Lads with their old red waistcoats white coats and leather Breeches, the smirk (??) cherry-cheeked lasses with there cotton stockings delicate white petticoats Lavender-scented linen &c. all sallied forth in the afternoon covered with sweat and dust their mouths all of a sooty colour blackness from their feeding heartily on the favourite Moreton Whort Pie. About 4 O’Clock we began to hear the sound of a Hand organ (perhaps the winding up of a Kitching Jack or the noise of young pigs would have been equally as harmonious to a musical ear as the sound of this old rubbish of a thing) which was accompanied with a Tambarine, pretty cleverly handled, this announced that Two dancing Bears, dancing Dogs, Monkeys &c were to be seen for 3d only. Immediately we were roused from another quarter with the screech of an old crazy Trumpet, blown by a very ill looking fellow who declared one of the grandest Exhibitions ever shown to the public was to be seen for 2d only at the Ring of Bells. Just by the Shambles an old worn out invalided seaman fixed his stand with his ½ peep, who declared he had the honour of showing it to the greatest part of the Nobility of this Kingdom. I believe these Exhibitions were thinly attended. In the Evening a Ball at the White Hart as usual. I cannot pass over this Day without mentioning another remarkable circumstance which greatly attracted the attention of the Public, (viz) Two Young Knights of the Thimble, from Plymouth-Dock. One in Regimentals with a large Hanger or Sword by his side, and from his not being of the common stature, this great weapon of war dragg’d in the ground as he strutted along his half Boots were rather of a preposterous kind with large bobs or tassels hanging to them something of the same kind that some old Gentlemeen have got hanging to their canes, this altogether gave him a wonderful appearance - The other was dressed quite in a coxcomical stile with his Watch chain nearly down to his knee, without dwelling any longer on this subject I shall end it with their names 1st Field Marshal Nichols, 2nd Count Wither-combe !!
Fri. July 18th. Weather very warm the People strolling about looking as if Morpheus had not quite left them. A neat Watch lost by Miss Mary Pinsent between Dunsford and Moreton - a ½ Guinea offered to any Person that should restore it to the owner. A person not publicly known lost a Pocket Book near the Town of Moreton containing Papers of value - The Watch was found but the Pocket Book not.
Sun. July 20th. Mr. Jacob Heard Junr. of Biddeford, (some years since of Moreton) here on a visit to his Sister Mrs Bishop, this morning was taken ill of a Fever, which rendered him in a few hours quite delirious, in so much that four or five men were obliged to be constantly with him to keep him in Bed.
Fri. July 25th. Mr. Jacob Heard departed this life aged 27, he had scarce an interval of reason after he was taken ill, till he died. He was a young man of good parts, amiable to his disposition and universally esteemed by all who had the pleasure of being acquainted with him, for some years previous to his death, he had been afflicted with epileptic Fits, which at times made him rather melancholy.
Sun. July 27th. The remains of Jacob Heard interred in the Baptist Burying Ground and a Funeral Sermon preached by the Rev. Mr. Isaac, from the 90th Psalm and 6th verse.
Wed. July 30th. Died after 6 months illness Mrs Joanna Hamlin (maiden name “Medland”)
Thur. July 31st. A Letter recvd giving an account of the Death of William Wotton, he was an Apprentice to Mr. Jabez Jackson, but an opportunity offering of his going to Sea which was supposed would be of advantage to him & by his desire Mr. J. gave up his time and Wotton sat off in March for London, embarked on board the Capt. Hutchinson and sailed for the Baltic, they arrived at Cronstadt a principal Port in Russia, unloaded their vessel and was taking in a home cargoe, when Wotton in a playful giddy humour fell overboard, and did not rise again as was expected. In about ten minutes the Capt. fished him up, but found him quite dead the usual means were tried to restore him but in vain.
Wed. Aug. 5th [sic]. Last night about ½ past 10 an alarm and cry of Fire on enquiry found to be at Mr. Osburns in Court Street, Taylor. It happened from a spark falling from a candle on a Muslin Apron, it soon communicated with a Tea-Caddie which contained the greatest part of Mr O’s valuables but happily 'twas discovered in time to secure this piece of furniture from being Destroyed. a number of people collected together and the flames were soon extinguished without any material damage. In the midst of the bustle, a humourous fellow was heard to say “ 'Twas not worth notice for ‘twas only the D---l got among the Taylors, and had sat Mr. O----n’s ---- ---- on fire.
Fri. Aug 15th. Mr. S.Allent in driving Mr. Wm. White’s Cart to Exeter about 3 miles from Moreton he accidentally fell & the Cart Wheel passed over his thighs, fractred the bone of one and bruised the other. he was taken in the same cart to the Devon & Exeter Hospital.
Tue. Aug 19th. This morning between the hours of one & six, a violent Storm of lightning and thunder, attended with rain was felt hear, at Exeter the Church of St. Edmund on the bridge in that city, received much injury, but not so as to endanger the building. At the village of Ide, about a mile from Exeter a farmer’s man leading a horse loaded with reed, the man and horse were both struck down by the lightning. the man lay, he supposes about ten minutes before he recovered his senses, but one hand & arm continued useless for above two hours; the horse fell on his belly with head erect, as if alive, but never moved after he was struck. The man’s hat and one shoe were found about twenty feet from the spot where he fell and the shoe torn to pieces.
Wed. Aug. 20th. This afternoon we had a storm of lightning Thunder & rain which continued for several hours. Died Mrs Agnes Trend aged 84.
Sat. Aug. 23rd. The remains of Mrs A. Trend privately deposited in her Family Vault in the North Aisle of Moreton Church.
Tue Sep. 2nd. Died William Hutchings Carpenter Aged 50 who by industry rear’d up a family with decency and credit.
Tue. Sep. 9th. Mr Hancock got a Licence for his House “The London Inn and Tavern”. The other Public Houses Licensed as usual. Mr. Saml. Can, that Married Mary Dayment has taken the Red Lion. Mr. John Gray is going to open a Shop nearly opposite. Mr. Wm. Bidder Junr. has taken and entered on the unfortunate Bake-House sometime since occupied by Mr. Saml. Allent.
Thur. Sep. 18th. Amery aged 15 (a nephew and servant of Mr. George Wills of South-Moore in this Parish) as he was to work in a field apparently in perfect Health, drop’d down and expired in an instant.
Sat. Sep. 20th. Mr Passmore, Currier, and Mr. George Norrish, Cordwainer, were this day sworn (by Mr. William Mardon Portreeve of this Borough) Examiners of Hides and Skins, agreeably to an Act passed this last Sessions of Parliament. They immediately proceeded to the execution of their Office, their demand was a 1d for ever Hide and ½ for each Skin examined.
Mon. Sep. 22nd. Anniversary of his present Majesty’s Coronation. The Bells were rang as usual and in the afternoon the Ringers repaired to the London Inn, to Eat and Drink his Majesty’s Health. The Evening finished with a few skirmishes.
Mon. Sep. 29th. Rev. Charles Davy Curate of North Bovey appointed Curate of this Parish, vice Rev. Thomas Clack Junr. who is going to serve (his own Living) Milton-Damerall. Mr. Pinhey Attorney at Law has taken and entered on the House at Court, late in the possession of Mrs Pethybridge, Widow. Rioting in London and different parts of the Kingdom on account of the high price of Corn &c Never larger crops of Corn, and, extraordinary fine Harvest, remembered, notwithstanding Corn now sells at the exhorbitant price of from 12s to 14s per Bushel.
Tue. Sep. 30th General Simcoe and several other officers visited Moreton.
Fri. Oct. 3rd. Died aged 9 months C.R.S. Clack son of Rev. Thos. Clack Junr. Immediately on its death the Bell toll’d one hour, according to the custom of the place where Mrs Clack came from.
Tues. Oct. 7th. The remains of Mary Holman Intered, she died suddenly at Mr Sharland’s in Exeter where she lived a servant
Fri. Oct. 10th. Birth Mrs Hillman of a son.
Sat. Oct 11th. Died after a long illness aged 77 Mr. John Pinsent.
Mon. Oct.13th. Mr. Wm. Parr being on Business at Whitestone was taken ill in the Palsey, he was drawn in a Chaise to Exeter.
Tue. Oct. 14th. The last funeral rites paid to the remains of Mr John Pinsent the Corps was rested in the Methodist Meeting during the afternoon service a Sermon was delivered on the solemn occasion by Mr Hatch of Exeter Text Isaiah 12th & 2nd. A great number attended his funeral.
Sat. Oct 18th. Mr. Kaltenback’s Musical Clocks to be seen this Evening in the Concert Room at the Bell Inn.
Tue. Oct. 21st. This day Mr. Robert Frost took and entered on the Black Horse.
Thur. Oct. 23rd. A sale at Mr. Nelson Gribbles at Wreyland in the Parish of Bovey-Tracey for the sale of all his Household Goods and Furniter
Sat. Oct. 25th. Anniversary of his Majesty’s Ascension to the Throne, who enters the 41st year of his Reign. The day was observed as usual
Wed. Nov. 5th. Ringing, a Bonfire and a few Squibs, to remind the people of the Gun-Powder Plot. This day died at the House of the Rev Mr Edwards Hills Court, near Exeter Mr Wm Parr of Moretonhampstead, aged 75 Years; whose heart was the seat of every virtue that could adorn the man and the Christian.
Sat. Nov 8th. A tremendous storm of wind and rain which prevented the Market people from returning home.
Sun. Nov. 9th. This morning the storm increased with great violence The river teign swelled to a greater height than was ever remembered before, many Sheep washed off and drowned and considerable damage done on its banks - Great part of St Thomas inundated from the overflowing of the river Exe.
Wed. Nov 12th. Baptised, Mr. Hillman’s Son, (Name) James Charles.
Fri. Nov. 14th. Masr James Puddicombe sat off for Exeter on his way to Exmouth, to go on board the Earl St Vinsent, a new Vessel about 400 tons burthen, bound for Cork, and from thence to Jamaica in the West Indies
Fri. Nov. 21st. Sailed from Exmouth the Earl St. Vinsent Capt Warner Died this day aged. Tom Cornish commonly known by the name of “Long Tom Cornish
Sun. Nov 23rd. Died Aged 92 John Frost brother to Farmer Frost of Linscot in this Parish.
Wed. Nov. 26th. Died Grace Coke aged 72. She was a native of Devizes in Wiltshire. She retained the provincial dialect of that County to the last, tho’ she had resided in Moreton above 30 years.
Thur. Nov. 27th. Moreton Fair. The No. of Sheep produced for sale were 1647, out of which 1314 were sold. Cattle and Sheep sold at an excessive high prise.
Tue. Dec. 2nd. A Meeting at the School House of the Trustees of the Turnpike Road to let the three Gates, and were taken for one year by the following Persons James Tavernor Folly-Lane Gate £60. Bugshead Cross Gate John Easton (vice) Joe Berry £27.15s.0 Dunsford Bridge Gate Wm . Howe £13.15.0.
Sat. Dec. 6th. A Meeting of the said Trustees at the School House to choose a Clerke and Treasurer of the Turnpike Road in the room of Mr. Wm. Parr, deceased, when Mr. Jabez Jackson and Mr. Pinhey, Attorney, were Candidates for the same office, after some conversation, it was put to the vote, the No. for Mr. Jackson 16, for Mr. Pinhey 4. Mr. Jackson was then declared duly elected.
Thur. Dec. 25th. Christmas Day. The morning was ushered in with Carols, by the Church and Meeting Choirs.