These are brief snippets of reports from the first surviving News Letters, October 3 and October 6, 1738 (October 14 and 17 in the modern Gregorian calendar which is used today), with the phraseology as published.
They will be published in greater length next week, when we reproduce snippets in each daily edition of the News Letter.
Also, on Monday we will reproduce that first-ever News Letter in its entirety as a four-page pull-out.
... from Virginia, we have a further Account that four more Families have been murdered by the Indians in Orange County ...
HOMOSEXUAL OFFENCES IN THE MILITARY [this is an apparent reference to such, although it is not explicit what it refers to]:
... from Portsmouth we hear, that a Court-Martial has sate ... of the three Captains of Men of War that are charged with Male Practices ...
... We have advice from Rome, that a young woman of Stassano, who had resisted a certain man’s addresses for the space of 18 months, was surprized by him as she went to bring water from a Draw-well, and that seeing herself on the point of being ravished by him, she drew a knife out of her pocket and killed him
... the Father of the noted Turpin ... [had] in his Possession a Horse supposed to be stolen out of Lincolnshire, which, he pleads, was left with him by his Son to pay for Diet and Lodging ...
[within six months Dick Turpin had been hanged for stealing this horse]
... To be Lett. The Waste Ground fronting the dead Work of the Long Bridge and the Ground backward of the Buildings on the Hannover Quay ...