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The King falls out of bed... terrible storm...

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August 08, 1717

THE POST BOY, London, August 8, 1717  The front page has a report from Paris, "On Wednesday last, about Nine o'Clock at Night, a small Accident befell the King, who being gone to bed, tumbled off of it, upon the Floor... And tho' he receiv'd no other Hurt, than rubbing the Skin off one of his little Fingers, the whole Court was put into a Fright... The Physicians were sent for, who could find no Hurt, but order'd him however, to be chased with Spirit of Wine..."
A report from Dublin is of a terrible thunder and lightning storm that happened one afternoon. The lightning injured and/or killed people while inside their homes "... and being at Dinner, the Handle of the Knife split in the Man's Hand, part of its Blade melted, and was so hot as not to be touched;...".
Other news and advertisements are within.
Single-sheet measuring 8 x 14 inches with an angled tear in the lower left corner which does cause some minor text loss, red ink tax stamp at the top of back page, otherwise in nice condition. A handsome masthead with two engravings.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's