immigration, young motherhood and stuff being deliberately torched were in the news even then..
3rd June 1780 P.2, column 4
By an act [of Parliament] passed this session, merchant ships are allowed to have three-fourths of their crew foreigners; and all foreigners who shall have formerly served, or shall hereafter serve, two years on board any of his Majesty’s ships, or any privateer or merchant ship, being British property, shall be deemed a natural born subject of Great Britain, and enjoy all privileges and immunities thereunto belonging.
The following is a copy of a printed address from a worthy minister of the a parish in Cambridgeshire:-
To the Young Women of the Parish of Girton. “Mr P. having observed with great concern, that many of the young women of this parish, when they come to church to be married, are already big with child; and willing to put a stop to a practice so offensive to decency and religion, and so destructive often to their own happiness, does hereby promise to every young woman of sober behaviour belonging to this parish, who shall hereafter be married in this church, while under the age of 25 years, that he will, upon the birth of her first child, (if that shall happen after nine months from the day of the marriage) give her ten shillings for the christening dinner, and also a silver plate of ten shillings value, to be worn upon her breast every Sunday when she comes to church, with this inscription upon it, ‘The Reward of Chastity.’ J.P., Rector.
oulden, Aug. 27, 1781.
Whereas in the Night of Thursday last a large Quantity of Furze belonging to Francis John TYSSEN, Squire, in the Parish of Foulden, in the County of Norfolk, were maliciously set on Fire and entirely consumed. Notice is hereby given, that if any Person or Persons will discover the Offender or Offenders, or give Information thereof, so as he or they may be convicted, shall on such Conviction receive Ten Pounds Reward,by applying to the said Mr TYSSEN, at Foulden aforesaid, or to Mr HARVEY, at Oxborough, or Messrs MEADOWS and BROWNE, at Diss, in the said County.