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Ismay Writings 10

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1740.
April 26th. - A riot began at Dewsbury, where 1,500 and upwards were assembled, and proceeded to Mirfield, &c. They mustered their crew and beat up their drum by the Vicarage in Mirfield.

1740.
Aug. 25th. - Buried Ann Holdsworth, of  Little London, aged 102. She could see to thread a needle, sew and knit without spectacles.
In January, died Mr John Philips, of Thorner, near Leeds, in the 101st year of his age.

1741.
Feby. 4. - A new market begun at Dewsbury.

1742.
June 29th. - 2 11s. 3d. collected in the parish of Mirfield for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The Vicarage of Mirfield augmented a second time.


1743.
June 22nd. - 102 persons confirmed at Wakefield from the parish of  Mirfield, by Dr. Thomas Herring, Archbishop of York, (now of Canterbury.)
Dec. 11th. - (ye shortest day) 14 persons were published in Mirfield Church, and 24 couples in ye year.
Dec. 23rd. - A very splendid comet was seen, in the signs Aries and Pisces, it continued visible to Feb. 20th.

1744.
An estate purchased at Ribston in Craven for ye perpetual augmentation of the Vicarage of Mirfield.
Sept. 18th. - The harvest flood. A late frost which continued till near Lady Day. Fruits of all sorts in abundance this year.

1745.
Subscribed and paid by the inhabitants of Mirfield towards ye maintenance of  ye Yorkshire Buffs. 88 14s. 6d. A dividend of 129s in ye pound was returned.
Nine persons were drowned in Calder near Mirfield, from Nov. 1739, to Dec. 1745.
Saturday, Nov. 30th.- Dies fuit memorabilis et tremebundus, commonly called runaway Saturday, because a rumour was spread thro' most towns in ye neighbourhood that the Rebels were approaching them.
Sunday, Dec. lst.- The people at Huddersfield, Mirfield. &c., were put into a prodigious panic by ye Lancashire Militia Officers, suspecting them to be Rebels. A woman at Huddersfield was frightened to death with the report of the Rebels approaching the place. The coal pits at Mirfield Moor and other places were stocked with clothes and provisions, and this day few women attending Divine service for want of apparel, when ye congregation were entertained with the finest notes of a robin red breast I ever heard. The bird was both more
 musical and familiar than at other times.

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