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Lasted just 56 issues... an 84 year old woman pregnant... ?



Item # 190851

September 01, 1682

THE LONDON MERCURY, Sept. 1, 1682 According to Crane and Kaye this title lasted for just 56 issues, and is held by only four institutions in the United States. Notable content includes a ftpg. report stating that "The New-England Agents have been before the Committee of Council, and made known their Requests, and had a very favourable acceptance, notwithstanding some Prints and Papers have told the contrary; they being in great likelihood to obtain their Duties: And the Report of Quo Warranto sent to that Country, is altogether Fictitious." Also has the particulars of a case "bound over to the Sessions", involving an eighty-four year old pregnant woman from Wales. Includes the "Examination" presented before the Justice of the Peace which states in part that: "Mary Thomas...Widow, maketh Oath, That she is aged Eighty four years and upwards; and that she is now pregnant with a Bastard Child..." Gives the name of the father and says he will have to provide support for the child. A 12 1/2 by 8 inch singlesheet, in very good, untrimmed condition.

Category: Post-Civil War