9-16 August 1718   On Monday last a journey-man taylor was committed to Newgate for incest with his own sister Mary J—s, who keeps the Ben Jonsonís Head Alehouse in Great Wildstreet near Lincolns Inn-Fields, they being detected in the very act by the husband, the woman is gone off. (Original Weekly Journal)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Incest", 4 March 2007 <>

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