DAVID ARNOLD - Georgian crimes and tragedies

A Sussex Weekly Advertiser of January 1800 records a burglary, a case of sheep stealing and two accidental deaths:

“On the night of 6th January the house of W Franklin, Esq, at Muntham (near Findon) was broken into and robbed of money, bank-bills and other valuables to a very considerable amount; but we hear, a box was the next day discovered in the garden, which contained the greatest part of the stolen property.

“On 20th January William Brown of Washington, in the county of Sussex, Labourer, absconded after being charged with feloniously stealing a ewe sheep, the property of Mr Jeffery, also of Washington. A reward of five shillings is therefore hereby offered for the apprehending of the said Wm Brown, to be paid on his conviction, by the Treasurer of the Washington Society for prosecuting thieves, etc. The said Wm Brown is a short squat man, dark complexion, black straight hair, about 23 years of age; has powder mark on his arm, and is supposed to have deserted from His Majesty’s Navy about two years since.”

“One day last week a journeyman tailor, belonging to West Hoathly, was found frozen to death between that place and East Grinstead.

“On Saturday last the remains of Colonel Clarke, of the Northampton Militia (whose death was occasioned by putting on a damp shirt) were interred with military honours, in the family vault, at Hailsham. The whole regiment attended his funeral.”