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Work Begins To Excavate 3,000 Plague Skeletons

Archaeologists have begun excavating some 3,000 skeletons from a 17th century burial ground used during the Great Plague. The grave at the site of the new Liverpool Street station, which will serve the London Crossrail line, was used as a burial ground from 1569 until 1738 and it is hoped tests on excavated victims will enable a better understanding of the disease. "The Bedlam burial ground ...

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Deserted from two companies of His Majesty's Eighteenth, or Royal Regiment of Ireland, lying at Philadelphia, commanded by Major Isaac Hamilton.

THOMAS HAYWOOD, 26 year of age, 5 feet 5 inches high, well made, pock marked, grey eyes, light brown hair of a fresh complexion, by trade a labourer, born in Somersetshire England; deserted from quarters 13th Sept 1768, and is supposed to be lurking about the precincts of this city.

ALEXANDER GORDON, 25 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, dark brown hair, grey eyes, pale complexion, long thin visage, born in the Highlands of Scotland, speaks broad Scots, and the Erse tongue fluently, has been accustomed to the business of a pedlar, and therefore is supposed to be about Maryland or Virginia, deserted 9th April 1769.

THOMAS BEVERSLEY, 23 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches and a half high, dark brown hair, grey eyes, pale complexion, in kneed, by a tailor, born in Derbyshire, England, and is supposed to be about New York; he deserted 18th May 1769.

JAMES LYONS, 23 year of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, dark brown hair, grey eyes, swarthy complexion, thin visage, and light made, born in Dublin, Ireland, by trade a weaver, has much of the brogue on his tongue, and is a sly cunning fellow, deserted 18th July 1769. He deserted said regiment some time before and was apprehended at Frederick's Town in Maryland to which place it is thought he will repair.

Whoever apprehends and secures any of the said deserters, and lodges them in any of his Majesty's gaols, in this country, shall receive the sum of Forty Shillings currency for each, by applying and giving notice to the said commanding officer, at Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, July 31, 1769