Leathers, cows, dogs and lunacy

FROM the pages of the Lewes Journal, April 15, 1816:

The Tanners Meeting at the White Hart Inn, for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of presenting to Parliament a Petition praying a repeal of the Acts imposing duties upon leather, was very respectably attended.

A fine milch cow, the property of Sir Godfrey Webster of Battle Abbey, has for four successive years brought forth twins.

Good Friday was observed here [in Lewes], as it ought to be everywhere. The shops were all closed, the costume of Sunday adopted, and the several churches and chapels well attended.

A young fellow called Butcher George, who resides here with the independence of a Gentleman, actually crossed the river in safety upon the back of his favourite dog, by the help of whose ears he retained his seat.

Last Tuesday a man named William Langridge, committed to the Lewes House of Correction for acts of vagrancy, was found hanging in his cell. Coroner’s verdict, Lunacy.