These reports, which have been given modern headlines, are as they appear (including spelling and use of capital letters) in the first surviving News Letter of October 3 1738 (October 14 modern calendar). Paper founded September 1737.
Petersbourg, September 16
THE Czarina has ordered Te Deum to be sung following the Victory obtained by the Russians, the 10th Instant over the Infidels, under a triple Discharge of the Cannon and the Ships in the Harbour.
[This refers to Anna of Russia. Catherine the Great became Empress in 1762]
ARISTOCRAT IS KILLED
There is a Report that the Right Hon. the Earl of Crawford, one of the 16 Peers for North Britain, who lately went to serve as a Voluntier in Count Munich’s Army, was killed by a Cannon-Ball in the fourth Action with the Turks, near the Banks of the Dniester.
TROUBLED WOMAN DIES
Last Night the Wife of Mr. Summers, in Walnut-Tree-Yard without Bishopsgate, was found hanging on a Beam in the Callar[sic], She had been for some time disordered in her Senses.
THAMES HORSE DRAMA
The Machine that is fixed in the River, at Westminster, for driving the Piles for the New Bridge, requiring a greater Power than two Horses to raise the Weight to its proper Height, another Horse was brought to the Float-Side Yesterday, and in putting him on board the Float, he fell into the River, which endanger’d several persons being drowned. They got him clear from the Tackle, and he swam ashore at New Palace Yard-Stairs.
[This is the Westminster Bridge that William Wordsworth wrote about 64 years later. Its construction was a major event. For 600 years London had one bridge]