Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton


Saturday, 3 November 1739   Yesterday was preached at Saint Margaretís Church Westminster, the annual Sermon commonly called the Oatmeal Womanís Sermon, being left by Mrs. Joan Bennet, who sold oatmeal. She died on the 6th of May, 1674, and left 40l. per annum to twenty poor widows of St. Margaret, Westminster, to be the ancientest and soberest livers, to be divided quarterly. Likewise twenty shillings for a sermon yearly on All-souls Day; 20s. for a treat to the Trustees of the said Charity; and 20s. to the Officers of the said Church. (Readís Weekly Journal, or, British-Gazetteer)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Charity", 28 February 2007 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/charity.htm>

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