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Merlin. 13th January. 1844

On Tuesday the family of Mr. N---, resident not far from the King's Head, were in a state of great consternation in consequence of the daughter Miss N--- and the daughter-in-law Miss D--- having eloped. It appears that after the ladies had lunch they went for a walk; and not appearing at 7 o'clock they received information that they had gone off in a hired chaise to be married. Their parents immediately commenced pursuit and whether they were successful or not we have not yet learned. One of the young ladies is only 14 years old. The two gallants are stated to be Lieutenant S--- of the last regiment which was stationed here, and the other Ensign C--- of the regiment now on duty.

Merlin. 2nd March, 1844

A lecture was delivered on mesmerism at the Temperance House, Commercial Street, to a small and respectable audience Wednesday evening last.

The attendant of the lecturer was placed upon the table, and after some little expression concerning collusion, which the lecturer disavowed, he was thrown into what was termed the mesmeric sleep. In that state two medical gentlemen examined the pupils of his eyes, and declared him, after some hesitancy, to be asleep, according to their opinion. His eyes being closed, he was then practised upon.

The mesmerist touched certain organs - principally organs of amativeness, destructiveness, and combativeness, and by turns he exhibited great indications of the amatory passion - regard for a particular nymph, much anger against a supposed rival, and many threats of doing him or her, personal violence. On the organ of veneration being touched, it did not appear that the previously mentioned organs were quiescent, in as much as he still uttered threats etc. against the imagined rival. On the organ of tune being touched, he struck off with a merry song.

Meanwhile a gentleman present was slyly practising upon the leg of the "subject" with a needle, which he thrust about an inch into his limb, without his betraying an emotion. Various modes of pinching, pricking etc., were then practised upon his arms, legs and body, but he bore all without the slightest emotion. He had been in this state for about half an hour when they expressed themselves satisfied that the subject had been exhibited long enough; and he was accordingly awoke, when after rubbing his eyes and staring about him very wildly for a few moments, he described his perfect unconsciousness of all that had transpired, save that his leg, arm, hand, ear, and some other parts of his body had been most "gallusly pinched up" by somehody, and should "just like to know who done it."

The company had certainly tested the experience of the lecturer to some considerable extent and he went through it with the boldness and bearing of a man, who believed at least, that his doctrines were based on truth.

Merlin. 16th March, 1844
Dreadful Calamity at the New Passage

On Tuesday last about half past two in the afternoon the passage boat "Dispatch" whilst beating across from the Bristol to the Monmouthshire side of the Severn, having on board five persons, about mid-way was gallantly breasting the waves, when she encountered a squall, so resistless as to sink her. The catastrophe was the event of moments, and was distinctly seen by persons in the Passage House.

The unhappy passengers, who had no opportunity to make a struggle, were Mr. James Whitchurch, with Watkins, Jones (leaving a wife and family), and Davis, (his boatman), and J. Weston, passenger.

Paul Davis was engaged to be married this day. The superintendent of the boat (leaving a wife and child), Mr. Whitchurch, was brother to the respectable bootmaker of that name in Newport, and the eldest son of Captain Whitchurch, who together with another son, was drowned on the lamentable occasion of the loss of the Old Passage boat, on 1st September, 1839, when Mr. Crawshay, Mr. Bland and others lost their lives in a similar way.

Merlin. 6th April, 1844
Closing the Shops


It will doubtless be in the remembrance of yourself as well as many of your readers, that the grocers of this town had agreed to 9 o'clock, as a fixed hour for closing business, thus affording to their assistants a portion of time for mental or bodily recreation. This highly commendable rule has been tolerably well kept, but it is to be lamented that there is a disposition on the part of some amongst them, now to break it, by keeping the doors open after the shutters are closed.

To say the least of it, this does appear shabby to others, who adhere to the rule, and I hope this hint will prove sufficient.

I remain,
Yours etc.

Merlin. 2nd June, 1844
Qualifications For Matrimony

No woman ought to be permitted to enter upon the duties of connubiality without being able to make a shirt, mend a coat, seat a pair of unwhisperables, bake a loaf of bread, roast a joint of meat, boil a steak, make a pudding and manufacture frocks for little responsibilities.

Merlin. 18th August, 1844
Rabid Dogs

On Monday last two children one nine and the other two years old were bitten by a dog, supposed to be rabid, they were "dipped" under the Newport Bridge as an infallible remedy against hydrophobia!

Merlin. 9th November, 1844
Steam Communication Between Bristol And Newport

The new packet steam company iron built schooners propelled by the screw.

The Avon and Severn Company is run by Ebeneezer Rogers of Newport. Sailings most days of the week, on certain days, mainly Saturdays and Mondays there is a 'to and fro' service. The after cabin two shillings; for a cabin one shilling; Vehicular shipping and landing charges 4 wheel eighteen shillings; 2 wheel ten shillings. Phaeton or gig and horse fifteen shillings; horses each five shillings; rider six shillings.

Merlin 16th November, 1844


The causes of its premature decline, with plain directions for its perfect restoration, addressed to those suffering from the destructive effects of Excessive Indulgence, Solitary Habits, or Infection, followed by observations on Marriage, and the treatment of Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Gleet, etc., illustrated with cases etc., by J.L. Curtis & Company, Consulting Surgeons, London. Published in a sealed envelope price three shillings.

Merlin. 16th November, 1844
Improvement in Dental Surgery

Most important improvements in Dental Surgery, by Mons. Le Dray, Surgeon-Dentist of 28 Parker Street, Bristol. Patent incorrodible terra metallic teeth fixed on the most scientific principles, without springs, wires, or ligatures. At Mons. Le Dray's usual Paris charges, commencing at five shillings a single tooth, and thus continuing their scale of prices. Scurvy in the gums effectually removed, loose teeth fastened and filling decayed teeth with their Mineral Marmoratum.

Merlin. 16th November, 1844

Hunt's Family Pills

Hunt's Aperient Family Pills, most excellent medicine for Bilious Complaints, Disorders of the Stomach and Bowel, Habitual Costiveness, Indigestion, Heartburn, Pains and Giddiness of the Head, Influenza, Worms, Spasms, Nervous and Dropsical Complaints. Officers of the Army and Navy will find these pills an invaluable appendage to their medicine chests as they retain their medicinal virtues in all climates.

Merlin. 16th November, 1844
The New Mayor

A party of gentlemen sat down to an excellent dinner to celebrate the election of the Mayor of Newport, Mr. Dowling, for the ensuing year, at Mr. Charles Desmond's Coffee Rooms, on Monday night, and enjoyed themselves to a late hour. It would be superfluous to add that Mr. Desmond did not fail to supply a dinner of the very best description, or that the guests did honour thereto and to the occasion that had called them together.

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'Newport First Stop' - 100 Years of News Stories
[ Contents ] [ Acknowledgements ] [ Preface ] [ Postscript ] [ Chronology ]
[ 1800 - 29 ] [ 1830 - 39 ] [ 1840 - 49 ] [ 1850 - 59 ] [ 1860 - 69 ] [ 1870 - 79 ] [ 1880 - 89 ] [ 1890 - 99 ]
[ 1840 ] [ 1841 ] [ 1842 ] [ 1843 ] [ 1844 ] [ 1845 ] [ 1846 ] [ 1847 ] [ 1848 ] [ 1849 ]

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