A frigate, stagnant water and robbery

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

l On Tuesday night the Ganymede frigate returned to the Downs - she fell in with the Moorish corvette on Monday, off Beachy Head, but was unable to come up with her.

l A correspondent who dates Newhaven, and signs a Visitor, complains terribly of a ditch of stagnant water, by the roadside, leading from the Bridge Inn to the Bonding Warehouse, the strench of which, he adds, must generate some bad disease.

l On Tuesday morning the travelling cart belonging to Mr Mark Ripley, a licensed hawker of Hellingly, was entered during the absence of himself and his wife, and robbed of 275 guineas and nine silver watches. This rich booty was obtained by breaking open a chest.

l John Tree, an inhabitant of this town, upwards of sixty years of age, was found suspended by a cord and dead, in a stable near his residence [in Lewes]. It is remarkable that his father, many years ago, committed suicide in a similar manner.