Nobility, manure, and Dropsy

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FROM the pages of the Lewes Journal, March, 31, 1817:

l Sir John and Lady Shelley are returned from their continental tour.

They landed at Newhaven on Wednesday evening and arrived here [in Lewes] on their way to Horsted Place. A number of persons met the Baronet on the road, a little beyond Southover.

l Letter: A paragraph which appeared in your paper seems likely to occasion much confusion about the toll to be taken at turnpike gates for carriages laden with manure.

l Edmund Bowley the youngest of the two prisoners who at our late Lewes Assizes were condemned to be hanged for ravishing Sarah Phillips, and left by the Judge to suffer, was last week respited for ten days. The other, George Falconer, atoned for his crime by the forfeiture of his life.

l A few days since, Mrs Chapman, the wife of Edward Chapman, a poor but industrious shoe-maker of Chailey South Common, who had been for a long time afflicted with dropsy, underwent the operation of tapping, when nearly six gallons of fluid were evacuated from her abdomen.