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1836 Articles and Other Items

2 September 1836, Friday

- Reduction of Newspaper Stamp Act
 - Mr. O'Connell's Advice to Irish Peasantry
 - London, Exeter, and Falmouth Railway Company proposals

America - The Charleston papers to the 30th July, received this morning, state that accounts had been received from New Orleans to the 18th July, intimating that it was doubtful whether the Mexican army would prosecute the war against Texas, at least for the present.  From a reconnoitering party of the Texicans it was ascertained that the Mexican army had not advanced, and that its numbers were continually diminishing by desertion.  Santa Anna had conveyed to the Mexican government his opinion that the conquest of Texas was impossible, and that the independence of Texas should be recognized.

Local News

The Visitation - On Saturday last, the Bishop of Exeter confirmed a considerable number of children in the Parish Church, Redruth, where also, on Sunday morning, he preached a very eloquent sermon on the subject of our social duties, from the parable of the good Samaritan.

    Penryn Wrestling - In accordance with an extensively circulated notice, these sports commenced on Monday, the 29th ult, when contrary to expectations it was evident that it would become a first-rate contest, as several of the principal players in the country were in attendance.  The preparatory work of making the standards - thirty two in number - was completed about one o'clock on the 30th  - the second day.
    The play was good, and the prizes were awarded as follows:
  - First prize to Thomas Gundry, of Sithney
  - Second prize to Robert Goodfellow, of Mylor
  - Third prize to Peter Murton, of Sithney
  - Fourth prize to Charles Oppie, of Sithney
    At the close of play, another prize was put up by Mr. Rickard, for the thrown men, which was won by John Gillard, of Gwennap.  It is but justice to the managers to say that all parties quitted the grounds convinced "One and All" of the fair play that was preserved.

Daring Attempts at Robbery - During the night of Thursday, the 25th ult, some daring villain or villains, forcibly entered the offices of Mr. Treloar, merchant, of this Town, and after having broken open every desk and other place of security where any money was likely to have been deposited, left without doing further mischief, and without obtaining the smallest booty.  This is the third attempt that has been made, within a short period, to rob these premises of cash, but on each occasion the villains have been quite unsuccessful, none being ever left there at nights.   On Saturday night last, the premises of Mr. Robert Michell, merchant, were broken open, but the only property taken amounted to a few pence.

Birth Extraordinary - On Friday night last, a poor woman named Dingley, belonging to Camborne, in this county, who was very near her confinement, was forced on board the "Sir Francis Drake", steamer, by the parochial authorities at Jersey, and on Saturday morning, at seven o'clock, was taken in labour, and safely delivered of a girl without the assistance of an accoucheur.  A Reverend Gentlemen being on board at the time, the child was named Frances Drake Dingley.  On Sunday, the day following, the poor woman was so well as to be landed  at Falmouth, and on being helped out of the boat, was able to walk to the lodgings provided for her.  A liberal subscription was made for her on board the steamer.

Penzance - A considerable improvement is now being made at the quay, in this town, by the opening of a new road at the bottom of Coinage-Hall Street, the Council having purchased some old houses for the purpose, which will render the quay easier of access, and afford considerable relief to the carriage of goods.

St. Ives - Our new Road from Trelyhon into the town is making great progress, and it is expected to be completed by Christmas.  When finished, it will be one of the pleasantest rides in the County.

Several shoals of fish have been seen from the hills near St. Ives every day during the last week, but none have come into the bay.  There was only one drift-boat out on Tuesday night, and she brought in on the following morning 2,000 fine pilchards.

St. Austell - On Saturday last, a meeting took place in the market-house in this town, for the purpose of coming to some arrangement for the prosecution of the contemplated line of road from thence to Roche and Bodmin.  A desultory conversation took place, which ended in the appointment of a committee to make such bargains for the land on the line of road as may be the most satisfactory to all parties.  In an undertaking so desirable, we think the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood should unite hand and heart, and use their best endeavours for the completion of the work.

Petty Sessions - Yesterday, a Petty Sessions was held at the Town Hall, Truro, before B. Reynolds, H. P. Andrew, and Edmund Turner, Esquires, for the purpose of granting licenses to the different public-houses and transacting other Sessional business.  Several applications were made for licenses, but one only was granted, and that to Phillip Harris, for a house occupied by him at Mopas.  A man named Thomas Jones was convicted on the information of Lord Falmouth, in the penalty of £4.9s, together with 11s. costs, for setting wires on the Barton of Tolvern, on the sixth of August last, for the purpose of taking and killing game.  Several cases of assault came before the Bench, but all of them were trifling with the exception of one that occurred at Cross-Lanes, in the parish of Kea.  The parties complaining were two men, called Gray, against Holman, Barrows, John, William, and Samuel Vigurs, and another person.  They were convicted in the mitigated penalty of £1 each, and the expenses.

Coroner's Inquests - On Thursday, the 25th ult, an inquest was held before Hosken James Esq., at Porth Towan, in the parish of St. Agnes, on the body of Henry Peters, a boy of about 13 years of age.  It appeared from the evidence that on the previous Wednesday morning the deceased accidentally fell into a shaft, in South Wheal Towan Mine, about 30 fathoms deep, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, accidental death.

On Saturday last, another inquest was held before the same Coroner, at Chacewater, on the body of Richard Grey, about 33 years of age, who worked as a tributer in the Consolidated Mines, Gwennap.  It appeared that on Friday morning, the deceased was working at the back of the 210 fathom level, west of Woolf's Shaft, in Wheal Fortune, and was standing on a solar breaking rubbish to be taken to grass, when the solar suddenly gave way and he was precipitated about 7 fathoms, and buried in the rubbish and water.  When taken up, he was quite dead.  It seems that about five weeks ago the Agents were obliged to change the boiler of Wheal Fortune Engine, and it is supposed that the water having in consequence risen above the seller, weakened the walls in which it existed, and occasioned his fall.  Verdict, accidental death.

Another inquest was held, on Tuesday last, before Hosken James Esq., at Chacewater, on the body of Martin Northey, a boy of about 12 years of age, who attended a pair of outwork men in Wheal Tehidy mine. It appeared from evidence in this case, that on Monday afternoon the deceased was going below, at the Engine shaft, to work, and that on arriving about 12 fathoms from grass, he slipped his hold, and falling out of the ladder was precipitated to the depth of 12 fathoms, upon a ladder solar below, and was so much injured by the fall that he died in about a quarter of an hour.  Verdict, accidental death.

To Correspondents - The "anecdotes" sent by an anonymous correspondent will not suit us. The letter signed "The father of one of the Children" is inadmissible.  We cannot suppose the Rev. Gentleman to whom it alludes would dismiss three boys from his Sunday School solely because their parents objected to their observance of the rite of confirmation.

Advertisement - Desirable Home for a genteel Family, called WOODKNOWLE, Situate in the Parish of Marhamchurch With all necessary and detached Offices, a good Walled Garden, productive Orchards, and excellent Arable, Meadow and Pasture Land, together 33 Acres, in a high state of cultivation; the whole now, and for many years past, in the occupation of the proprietor.
    The Premises are within 3 miles of the favorite watering place of Bude, and at the same distance from the post and Market town of Stratton.  A supply of that valuable manure, Sea Sand, may be procured at Bude, or on the line of Canal which passes within about half a mile of the premises.
    The purchaser or taker may be accommodated with about 30 acres more of land adjoining, and two-thirds of the purchase-money may remain on security of the Premises.
    For a view, and further particulars, apply to Mr. Badcock, the proprietor. Dated August 23, 1836 - all letters to be post-paid.

9 September

  REDUCTION OF THE NEWSPAPER STAMP DUTY - To our Subscribers and the Public - The new Stamp Act comes into operation on Thursday next, the 15th of September, after which day the price of the WEST BRITON will be reduced to FOURPENCE.



RUNAWAY APPRENTICE - Runaway from his Master, Mr. ROBERT STENLAKE, Farmer, Calstock, on the 9th of May last, his Apprentice, ROBERT NETTLE, about five feet high, fair complexion, short light hair, he wore away a short brown jacket and corduroy trousers. Whosoever harbours or employs the said Apprentice after this notice, will be prosecuted so far as the law directs. ROBERT STENLAKE

To be SOLD, by order of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, all that the - PERPETUAL CURACY - And right of presentation, to the parish Church of the parish of Saint Mary Magdalene, In the Borough of Launceston, in the County of Cornwall, Together with an OVERLAND TENEMENT, situate within the said Borough, containing about 20a 4r 39p, a Perpetual Rent Charge of Annual Sum of £59 charged on the Market Tolls of the said Borough, and the Annual sum of £2 payable to the incumbent of the said Curacy for the time being under the Will of the Reverend Thomas Bedford. The whole estimated, including Surplus Fees, to be worth £119 a Year. The present Incumbent is in the 59th year of his Age, and the said Perpetual Curacy is in the Patronage of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of the Borough of Dunheved, otherwise Launceston, in the County of Cornwall. The Perpetual Curacy by the like order of his Majesty's said Commissioners, is to be Sold by Tender, in the form which has been approved by the said Commissioners. Such Persons as are desirous of making a Tender for the said Perpetual Curacy, may receive a form of Tender at the office of the said Commissioners, No. 5, White Hall Place, London, between the hours of 11 and 3, or at the office of Messrs. GURNEY and LETHBRIDGE COWLARD, Solicitors, Launceston, and the Tenders must be delivered in Duplicate sealed up and directed to The Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England; marking thereon "Tender for the Perpetual Curacy of the Parish of Saint Mary Magdalene, in the Borough of Launceston" at the Office of the said Commissioners, on or before the 6th day of October, 1836, but none will be received after Twelve o'clock on that day, nor will any proposal be noticed unless made in the said Form, and delivered at the said Office of Commissioners. GURNEY & LETHBRIDGE COWLARD, Solicitors, Launceston - Dated 26th August, 1836


- Difficulties in forming new French cabinet
- Improvement in situation in Spain [the Queen convoking the Cortes]
- New Stannaries Court's Act [printed in full]
- Report by the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall
- Royal Polytechnic Society Meeting and Prizes
- Tresavean Mine meeting

- L. Hyman and S. Levi, Plymouth, jewelers
- John Savill, Holborn-bridge, baker
- John Twist, Selby, Yorkshire, timber-merchant
- T. Beale and H.H. D. Beale, Birmingham, saddlers

Local News

Truro Wrestling - This Grand Wrestling match, commended on Monday last, and the play throughout was most excellent, but owing to the unfavourable state of the weather, it did not terminate until Wednesday evening, when the prizes were won by the following men:
- First prize of 8 sovereigns...Thomas Gundry, Sithney
- Second prize of 5 sovereigns...Jas. Holman, Kenwyn
- Third prize of 3 sovereigns...John Roberts, Stithians
- Fourth prize of 1 sovereigns...Thomas Holman, Kenwyn

Launch - On Saturday, the 27th of August, a very handsome smack, 100 tons burthen, was launched at Padstow.  Her construction and model have been much admired, uniting the desirable qualities of sailing fast, and carrying a large cargo, in an easy draught of water.  She is called the "Trevannance" and was built by Mr. Tredwen, for Messrs. Hitchens, of St. Agnes.

Coroner's Inquests - The following inquests were held this week by Hosken James, Esq. coroner:
- On Tuesday last, at the dwelling house of Mr. Stephen Harper, innkeeper, St. Agnes, on the body of Jane Arthur, a girl of about 8 years of age. It appeared that the deceased was the daughter of John Arthur, a miner, who is a widower, and lives at Skinner's Bottom, St. Agnes; and that about half past five o'clock on the previous afternoon, a person who lives near Arthur's house heard an alarm and saw the girl run from the house, on fire, into a pool of water nearby.  She was so dreadfully burnt that she died on the morning of the inquest, about half past six o'clock. From the testimony of a sister, about 10 years of age, with whom deceased was left at home, under the occasional superintendance of the neighbours, it appeared that the unfortunate child set herself on fire at the grate.  Verdict: Accidental Death.
- On Wednesday last, at the dwelling house of John Hearle Tremayne, Esq., Heligan, on the body of Richard Seccombe, who had lived at Mr. Tremayne's,  as undercoachman, about six years. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased, who was about 22 years of age, went out on Monday last, with Mr. Tremayne's game-keeper, to shoot rabbits in a neighbouring wood; and while attempting to gather some nuts from the trees, the gun slipped out of his hand, and fell with the muzzle against the inside of his thigh, in which position it went off, and the whole of the charge passed through the bone to the pelvis, and lodged in the intestines.  The unfortunate man, who bore an excellent character, and was much respected, was so dreadfully injured, that he died the next morning. Verdict - Accidental death.

Official Visit - On Friday last, the Lords of the Admiralty paid a visit to Falmouth, in the "Firebrand" steamer, and after inspecting the Packet Establishment at that port proceeded for Milford, on Saturday.

Law Expenses - An execution was last week levied on the premises of a mason, in the parish of Advent, for £19.15s. The original debt was only 12s.6d., and the proceeds of the sale amounted to no more that £1.12s, out of which the auctioneer claimed £1.1s.

Fairs in Cornwall in September
- Helston 9th
- Fowey 10
- Endellion  13
- Halse-town 13th
- St. Tudy  14th
- Week St. Mary  15th
- Trabo  19th
- Mullion and Padstow  21st
- St. Issey*, Callington, Twelveheads in Gwennap, & Bude  22nd
- St. Stephens by Launceston 22nd
- Summercourt 26th
- Perranwell and Saltash  27th
- Constantine 28th
- Marazion, Milbrook, and Wainhouse-Corner  29th
- *This fair has hitherto been held on the first Monday in October, but it will, this year and in future, be held on the 22nd of September.

To Correspondents - Several articles are unavoidably omitted this week, in consequence of a press of local matter. They shall appear in our next.

16 September

In redemption of a pledge made some time ago, we have this week the pleasure of presenting our readers with the largest paper in the County of Cornwall, at the price of FOURPENCE only. The sacrifice we make in publishing at this price is immense, the reduction on each paper being nearly a penny greater than the amount of Stamp Duty which has been repealed. In consequence, however, of our large and increasing circulation, and the number of Advertisements with which, through the kindness of our friends, we are favoured, we are enable to that which, under less favourable circumstances, would be ruinous to us; and have, therefore, resolved to give the public a substantial proof of our gratitude for the proud station to which they have elevated us, not doubting that our motives will be duly appreciated, and that a large accession to our number of subscribers will be the result. Owing to circumstances which we could not control, the whole of our contemplated typographical improvements, are not yet completed; but we expect they will be in the lapse of a week or two at most; and in the mean time, we beg to assure our readers that no expense or effort shall be wanting on our part, to render the WEST BRITON worthy of the distinguished station it occupies among the leading Provincial Journals of the Kingdom.

The Cornish Guardian is merged with the West Briton.


Helleston School Meeting Ball - Will take place on Thursday, the 29th September. Dancing to commence at Nine o'clock. G. S.BORLASE, Esq - GLYNN GRYLLS, Esq. - Stewards Dated Helleston, 5th September 1836

COOK WANTED - Wanted immediately, a good COOK, who perfectly understands her business. Apply at the Hotel, Redruth. Sept. 15, 1836

Apprentice Absconded - WHEREAS RICHARD NICHOLS, of the Parish of Camborne, in the County of Cornwall, Cordwainer, having absented himself from me, his master, JOHN THOMAS, about the middle of October last, and information having been obtained that he is now working at Callington, I hereby caution the parties employing him, as he is my apprentice, and if [he is]known to be employed after this public notice, proceeding will be commenced against the parties immediately. John THOMAS, Camborne, Sept. 12, 1836

NOTICE - This is to certify, that I, MARY HEAL, of the Parish of Perranzabuloe,in the County of Cornwall, Leaseholder, being separated from my Husband, JOSEPH HEAL, late of Marham-church, in the said County, cordwainer, I do hereby give Notice that I shall not pay any debt, nor be responsible for anything which may be contracted for by the said Joseph HEAL, after the 16th day of July last. MARY HEAL - Dated Perranzabuloe, Sept. 12, 1836

Capital Farming Live and Dead Stock for Sale - On Tuesday, September 20, 1836, and following day, precisely at One o'clock in the Afternoon, will be SOLD by AUCTION, at TREDINNICK, in the Parish of St. Mabyn, all the VALUABLE LIVE STOCK and DEAD STOCK Of Mr. Richard Andrew - Consisting of 143 Sheep and Lambs, 20 Oxen and large Steers for the Yoke, 16 Fat Cows and Heifers, 4 Yearlings, 1 excellent Dairy Cow, 3 Cart Mares, staunch to the Collar; 1 Gig or Saddle Horse, 13 large and slip Pigs, 3 Waggons, 3 Ox Butts, 3 Cart Butts, 1 Ox Wain, 1 Cart Wain, Cultivator, Scuffler, Iron Plough, 2 Shirting Ploughs, 2 Single Ploughs, 2 Rollers and Frames, Harness complete for six Horses, Ox and Horse Harrows, 2 excellent Winnowing Machines, Turnip Sowing Machine, with Drill Plough; and almost every other useful and necessary Husbandry Implement, and a quantity of Wheel Timber. J. Philp, Auctioneer - Dated Tredinnick, August 27, 1836


- Mount's Bay Breakwater
- List of votes in the House of Commons by Cornwall's representatives, in full
- An Act for the Commutation of Tithes [one whole page]


Game License Applications [long list]

Grand Dinner on Caradon Down - On Friday, September the 2nd, the adventurers of the Great United mines, of the Eastern division of Cornwall, regaled their workmen and a party of gentlemen, with a good substantial old English dinner, on the open moor of Caradon, to which 210 persons sat down. The company were highly delighted with their entertainment, and up to the time of the departure of our informant, the utmost harmony prevailed. The toasts were: "The King"...'Thomas Kitto, Esq. (the chairman)"..."Capt. Clymo, the superintendent of the mines"..."Capt. Endean" ...&c,&c. These mines are now making a rich return to the adventurers, and being worked with spirit, promise to be an exceedingly good speculation, new lodes constantly being discovered of the richest ore and in abundance. The utmost degree of cordiality prevails between the men, their employers, and all concerned; and the directors have the praise of attending well to the comforts of the miners. The St. Cleer band enlivened the company at dinner with several favorite airs during the day, and the party broke up mutually pleased with each other.

Truro School Meeting Ball - This Ball, which was postponed for a week, in consequence of the Bodmin races, took place at the Assembly-rooms, last evening, and it was very fully and fashionably attended.

Singular Discovery - A little mine has lately been set on foot at Newlyn, near Penzance, called Wheal Newlyn; and not being able to open their adit on the course of the lode, in consequence of a fish cellar over it, the miners were obliged to drive in another direction to come on the lode, when they found a cavity in the earth about 18 feet in length, with water about a foot deep, in which was discovered a quantity of fish of the conger eel species, although there appears to be no inlet or outlet for the water. It is supposed that a mine was worked on the spot about 150 years since, but how the fish got there is quite unaccountable, as it is upwards of 70 feet from high water mark. We have seen some of the fish, which were about eight or nine inches long, and it is supposed that there are many large ones in the same place.

Porthleaven - On Saturday last, a beer seller at Porthleaven, applied to the Magistrates at Helston for a spirit license; but some of the principal inhabitants having memorialized the authorities, stating that spirit drinking was already carried to an alarming extent in that place, the license was refused.

Fatal Accident - On Sunday the 25th ult, as Mrs. Corin, wife of Mr. Jacob Corin, was going with a relative to Tolver, in Gulval, the vehicle was by some means upset, and she was so much injured by the violence with which she was thrown out, as to occasion her death on the Saturday following.

A Venerable Fisherman - A fisherman of the name of John Roach, who is upwards of 90 years of age, has been employed during the last week in tucking up fish out of the sean belonging to Mr. Joseph Hocking, of St. Ives, and performs his work surprisingly well.

Bodmin Races [less only the prize winning horses, and toasts to all the traditional people and places] These races, which were appointed to take place on Thursday last, were unavoidably postponed, in consequence of the inclement state of the weather, the rain having commenced at an early hour in the morning, and continued throughout the day without intermission, with sufficient fury to damp the ardour in the honest turfsman. A very gay and numerous assembly were, however, on the course, which they were soon compelled to desert with a determination to be there on the following morning. The ordinary at the Queen's Head in the evening was unusually well attended, and ably supported on the occasion by the presence of numerous gentlemen, who, some years since, took an active part in the management of the county races.   The evening was spent with the greatest hilarity and good fellowship existing among the company, and before they broke up stewards were appointed, and liberal subscriptions entered into for the ensuing year, when it is hoped from the spirit evinced at the meeting, that the Bodmin races will shortly merge in the County races. The ball, at Oliver's Hotel, was remarkably well attended, beauty and fashion having combined to render it most attractive and fascinating. The maze dance continued until a late hour in the morning.  On Friday morning, the town presented a most gay and animated scene, horse and foot passengers, interspersed with numerous equipages from the splendid carriage and four, to the humble donkey-cart, were seen hurrying to the course..... The Cornish Band was on the course, and contributed much to the enjoyment of the day. The sport was excellent, and the races severally well contested.... The concourse of people present has been variously estimated at 16 or 18,000; the day was particularly fine, and the number of carriages and horsemen, from all parts of the County, beyond all precedent. The whole went off with out any accident but of a trifling nature. The ordinary at Andrew's Hotel was such as none can conceive but those who partook of it.... The party did not break up until an early hour in the morning.

To Correspondents - We CANNOT insert notices of births, marriages, or deaths, on anonymous authority.

Errata: there were several errors in the list of premiums and prizes awarded at the exhibition of the Royal Polytechnic Society ... the name of the person who won a first Bronze Medal for the painting "The Smuggler" is Robert Andrews... Mr. Richard Lanyon, who gained the medal awarded for the best essay on various diseases incidental to miners, is from Camborne, not Redruth, and is the gentleman who obtained the Gold Medal for Surgery, at the London University, about four years ago ... A prize was awarded to Miss Baynard, of Truro, for a box of fancy work, which was not included on the list. This young lady has lain on her back for several years in consequence of a disease of the spine under which she labours.

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