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usual in other polite and well-regulated assemblies. The motion was ordered to be entered in the books, and considered at a more convenient time.
Charles Cambrick, linen-draper, ' in the city of Westminster, was indicted for speaking obscenely to the lady Penelope Touchwood. It appeared, That the prosecutor and her woman going in a stage-coach from London to Brentford, where they were to be met by the lady's own chariot, the criminal and another of his acquaintance travelled with them in the same coach, at which time the prisoner talked bawdy for the space of three miles and a half. The prosecutor alleged,
That, overagainst the Old Fox at Knightsbridge, he mentioned the word Linen : that, at the further end of Kensington, he made use of the term Smock; and that, before he came to Hammersmith, he talked almost a quarter of an hour upon Wedding-shifts. The prosecutor's woman confirmed what her lady had said, and added further, that she had never seen her lady in 80 great a confusion, and in such a taking, as she was during the whole discourse of the criminal. The prisoner had little to say for himself, but that he talked only in his own trade, and meant no hurt by what he said. The jury, however, found him guilty, and represented, by their forewoman, that such discourses were apt to sully the imagination, and that, by a concatenation of ideas, the word Linen implied many things that were not proper to be stirred up in the mind of a woman who was of the prosecutor's quality; and therefore gave it as their verdict, that the linen-draper should lose his tongue. Mr. Bickerstaff said he thought the prosecutor's ears were as much to blame as the prisoner's tongue, and therefore gave 'sentence as follows: That they should both be placed over
against against one another in the midst of the court, there to remain for the space of one quarter of an hour, during which time the linen-draper was to be gagged, and the lady to hold her hands close upon both her ears; which was executed accordingly.
Edward Callicoat was indicted as an accomplice to Charles Cambrick, for that be the said Edward Cal. licoat did, by his silence and smiles, seem to approve and abet the said Charles Cambrick in every thing he said. It appeared that the prisoner was foreman of the shop to the aforesaid Charles Cambrick, and by his post obliged to smile at every thing the other should be pleased to say: upon which he was acquitted.
Josiah Shallow was indicted in the name of dame Winifred, sole relict of Richard Dainty, esquire, for having said several times in company, and in the hearing of several persons there present, that he was extremely obliged to the widow Dainty, and that he should never be able sufficiently to express his gratitude. The prosecutor urged that this might blast her reputation, and that it was, in effect, a boasting of favours which he had never received. The prisoner seemed to be much astonished at the construction which was put upon his words, and said that he meant nothing by them, but that the widow had befriended him in a lease, and was very kind to his younger sister, The jury finding him a little weak in his understanding, without going out of the court, brought in their verdict Ignoramus.
Ursula Goodenough was accused by the lady Betty Wou’dbe, for having said that she the lady Betty Wou’dbe was painted. The prisoner brought several
rsons of good credit to witness to her reputation, and
proved by undeniable evidences that she was never at the place where the words were said to have been uttered. The Censor, observing the behaviour of the prosecutor, found reason to believe that she had indicted the prisoner for no other reason but to make her complexion be taken notice of; which indeed was very fresh and beautiful: he therefore asked the offender: with a very stern voice, how she could presume to spread so groundless a report? and whether she saw any colours in the lady Wou’dbe's face that could produce credit to such a falsehood ; Do you see, says he, any lilies or roses in her cheeks, any bloom, any probability? The prosecutor, not able to bear such language any longer, told him that he talked like a blind old fool, and that she was ashamed to have entertained any opinion of his wisdom : but she was soon put to silence, and sentenced to wear her mask for five months, and not to presume to show her face until the town should be empty.
Benjamin Buzzard, esquire, was indicted for having told the lady Everbloom at a public ball, that she looked very well for a woman of her years. The prisoner not denying the fact, and persisting before the court that he looked upon it as a compliment, the jury brought him in Non compos mentis.
• The court then adjourned to Monday the eleventh · instant,
COURT OF HONOUR. No. 262.
Journal of the Court of Honour, &c. TIMOTHY TREATALL, gentleman, was indicted by several ladies of his sister's acquaintance for a very rude affront offered to them at an entertainment to which he had invited them on Tuesday the seventh of November last past, between the hours of eight and nine in the evening. The indictment set forth, That the said Mr. Treatall, upon the serving up of the supper, desired the ladies to take their places according to their different age and seniority; for that it was the way always at his table to pay respect to years. The indictment added, that this produced an unspeakable confusion in the company; for that the ladies, who before had pressed together for a place at the upper end of the table, immediately crowded with the same disorder towards the end that was quite opposite; that Mrs. Frontley had the insolence to clap herself down at the very lowest place of the table; that the widow Partlet seated herself on the right hand of Mrs. Frontley, alleging for her excuse, that no ceremony was to be used at a round table; that Mrs. Fidget and Mrs. Fescue disputed above half an hour for the same chair, and that the lalter would not give up the cause until it was decided by the parish register, which happened to be kept hard by. The indictment further saith, that the rest of the company who sat down did it with a reserve to their right, which they were at liberty to assert on another occasion; and that Mrs. Mary Pippe, an old maid, was placed by the unanimous vote of the whole company at the upper end of the table, from whence she had the confusion to behold several niothers of families among
her inferiors. The criminal alleged in his defence,
Rebecca Shapely, spinster, was indicted by Mrs. Sarah Smack, for speaking many words reflecting upon her reputation and the heels of her silk slippers, which the prisoner had maliciously suggested to be two inches higher than they really were. The prosecutor urged, as an aggravation of her guilt, that the prisoner was herself guilty of the same kind of forgery which she had laid to the prosecutor's charge, for that she the said Rebecca Shapely did always wear a pair of steel bodice and a false rump. The Censor ordered the slippers to be produced in open court, where the heels were adjudged to be of the statutable size. He then ordered the grand jury to search the criminal, who, after some time spent therein, acquitted her of the bo. dice, but found her guilty of the rump; upon which she received sentence as is usual in such cases.
William Trippet, esquire, of the Middle Temple, brought his action against the lady Elizabeth Prudely, for having refused him her hand as he offered to lead her to her coach from the opera. The plaintiff set forth, that he had entered himself into the list of those volunteers who officiate every night behind the boxes as gentlemen ushers of the playhouse ; that he had