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1806: Punishment for man who deserts wife

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The Sessions for the Eastern Division of this County, ended on Saturday at Lewes. The prisoners for trial were not numerous, and their crimes not of considerable magnitude. J. Godsmark, of Cuckfield, for deserting his wife and children for two years, was sentenced to be imprisoned twelve months, and to be once publicly whipped.

W. Mathis, for stealing grain from Messrs. Woodroffe, of Ore, was sentenced to six month's imprisonment. Three other prisoners were ordered to be confined for a short time, for thefts.

Married, on Thursday, at Pagham, Mr. E Martin, grocer, of Chichester, to Miss Adams, of Pagham.

Yesterday Joseph Ronkite, an Italian, dropt down dead in the market house at Chichester. The body was taken to the Wheat Sheaf,' and medical assistance provided ; but was too late. The Coroner's verdict - Died by the visittation of God.

Hampshire Telegraph, 27 January 1806

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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