Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Runaway Apprentices and Lost Dogs

1-3 July 1701
Whereas William Dodd (son of Mr William Dodd of St Nicholas Lane, London), being about 19 years of age, of middle stature, and inclinable to fat, with a fresh countenance, having on a light coloured cloth coat, wastecoat and breeches, black stockings, a brown Spanish bob-wig, black hat, a silver orras hat band and stone buckle, hath been missing from home ever since Tuesday the 24th instant June, at 4 a clock in the afternoon, and not since heard of, it is suspected, some violence has fallen him, or is Trappan’d away (there being no cause known for such his absence) if he is living and able to return home, he shall be kindly and gladly received by his parents: Or, if any one can give notice to his father, so as he may be spoken with, shall have a guinea reward, with reasonable charges. [Post Man]

11-13 June 1702
Lost on Wednesday about 8 and 9 of the Clock in the evening about White Chappel, a French Child about 4 years old, gray ey’d, speaks little or no English, fair short hair and cut almost close near the Forehead, having some white specks under his Chin. He had a black Hat, a Coat of brown light Serge, blue Breeches and gray Stockings; whosoever gives any account of him to his Parents at a French Hatter in Wheeler Street, Spittle Fields, shall have a reasonable acknowledgment. [The Post Man]

25-27 February 1707
Whereas a little reddish Dog, very fat, with a white Breast, and four white Feet, and a short Nose and Ears, was lost the 17th Instant from Mrs. Drayners House in the Strand, near St. Martin's Lane end: Whoever hath found, or taken up the said Dog, if they will bring him to Mrs. Drayners House aforesaid, shall receive five Shilings Reward. [The Post Man]

2 October 1725
ONE Thomas Woolman, a joiner, went from his father on the 16th of September last, a little troubled in mind, from Barnet, above five foot and a half high, and about 18 years of age, dark eyebrows, and a brown complexion, in a cinamon [sic] coat and wastecoat, and a buck skin pair of breeches, and a rusty hat and wig: Whoever finds him is desired to take care of him, and they shall have five guineas reward, and all charges paid, and brings him to his mother in Carteret-Street, Westminster, near the Broad Way. [Mist’s Weekly Journal]

6 November 1725
LOST between Stratford and Bow on Sunday last, a middle-siz’d brown and white pointing dog, a strap about his neck, 12 months old, a white blaze up his face, with a brown spot in the middle, tann’d about the eyes, and a white tail: Whoever brings or gives notice, so that he may be had again, to Robert Chambers at the Flying Horse and half Moon without Bishopsgate, shall have 10s. reward and reasonable charges. [Mist’s Weekly Journal]

15 January 1726
This is to forewarn all Persons who stand indebted to Thomas Palmer, late at the Hand and Rummer under Bethlem-House at London-Wall, Cyderman, deceas’d, or to Charles Palmer, Executor to the said Thomas Palmer, not to pay any Moneys to Hugh Brackin, late Clerk to the said Charles Palmer, the said Hugh having deserted his Master’s Service the 4th Day of this Instant January. N.B. The said Hugh Brackin is crooked and short of Stature, aged about 40, wears a snuff-colour’d Suit of Clothes: Whoever will secure him, and bring him to his said Master, shall have a Guinea Reward.
   Charles Palmer
      [Weekly Journal or British Gazetteer]

5 March 1726
Stolen or stray’d on Monday the 28th of February last, from Mr. William Hinton, pipe-borer at Vauxhall, a mastiff dog, with a white head and neck, his body all of a fallow colour, with a Spot of fallow colour at the bottom of one ear, a long tail, with a white tip at the end of it, and his ears cut close. Whoever brings him to the said Mr. Hinton, or send him word where he is, so as he may have him again, shall have half a guinea reward, and reasonable charges. If offer’d to be sold, pray stop him, and give notice to the said Mr. Hinton.

14-17 January 1727
A Youth of about 18 Years of Age, about Five Foot Four Inches in Height, pretty thick set, round visaged, fair complexioned, has a broad Forehead, dark Eyebrows, a pretty large full Eye, staring, and of a light grey Colour, a short Bottle Nose, very full Cheeks, his Mouth of a middle Size, a short double Chin, a Mole on his left Cheek, speaks thick, and stammers much; run away from his Master on Monday the 17th of January Instant: He had on a light hob Wig, a new double-breasted Broad Cloth Suit of Cloaths of a dark brown Colour. Whoever will give Notice of him, so as he may be secured, to Mr. Meshwold, at the Tennis-Court Coffee-house at the Cockpit, Whitehall, shall have Two Guineas Reward, and reasonable Charges. And all Persons are hereby warned not to entertain him at their Peril. [The London Gazette]

14-18 March 1727
Deserted from the Hon. Capt. Ingram’s Company, in the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Delorain’s Regiment of Foot, now lying at Farnham, Thomas Sanderson, aged about 2, 5 Foot 8 Inches and a half high, round shoulder’d, short lank black Hair, pale Complexion, with a few Marks of the Small-Pox, a sharp Nose, born at Dunstable in Bedfordshire, by Trade a Callender, who worked with Mr. James Maske, in Bull-Head-Court, near St. Mary le Bow Church, London, when he inlisted [sic]. Likewise Matthew Cooper, aged about 22, 5 Foot 9 Inches high, very slender, with short, thin lank black Hair, pale and thin Complexion, much disfigur’d with the Small Pox, born at West-Wickham in Buckinghamshire, by Trade a Silversmith, and worked in Foster-lane, London. Whoever shall secure either of them in any Gaol in England, and shall give Notice to Mr. Worthington, in Queen-Square, Westminster, or to Captain Howard, of the Savoy, London, shall receive Five Guineas Reward for each of them, besides what is allowed by Act of Parliament for taking Deserters; but if they shall return to their Colours within the Space of 15 Days from the Date hereof, shall have a free Pardon. [The London Gazette]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Runaway Apprentices, Slaves and Lost Dogs", 18 November 2001; amended 21 April 2002 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/missing.htm>

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