Catholics, whipping and cock partridges

FROM the pages of the Lewes Journal, May 19, 1817:

* It has been decided that the son of Lord George Cavendish shall at the ensuing General Election offer himself as a candidate for this county.

* The Catholic Question, it appears, experienced another defeat in the House of Lords on Friday. Surely this perturbed spirit will now be laid - to rise no more.

* In the House of Commons, notice was given of a motion for leave to bring in a Bill to abolish the punishment of publicly whipping women. The last exhibition of the kind we remember to have seen here [in Lewes] was at the whipping post of the old Market House, to which a woman named Fisher was tied up and received her portion of lashes for a theft at the shop of Mr Richards, ironmonger.

* A French packet boat arrived [at Newhaven] with 45 passengers, all of the Fox family, who were safely landed and afterwards proceeded on their way to to their respective destinations.

* Saturday, as the servant of Josias Smith Esq was engaged in some necessary occupation in an out-house, with the door nearly open, he was startled by something which flew violently against his breast. On closing his arms, he secured a fine cock partridge which had been pursued by a hawk.