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
A few Days since the Father of the noted Turpin was committed to Chelmsford Goal [sic], for having 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 of the above report, the highwayman Dick Turpin had been hanged for stealing this horse. He was never convicted of the many other notorious crimes he committed, including murder. However, the value of horses was such that their theft was a major occurrence in the 1700s, as the advertisement below shows]
HORSE IS STOLEN NEAR BALLYMAGARRY
Whereas on the 14th Instant, there was Stolen out of the Town land of Ballyhome near Ballymagarry, in the County of Antrim, a Ker black Gelding, Four Years Old, and about Fourteen hands high, with a small Star having a good carriage but a short Rine, somewhat Sloap-rail’d Small straight boned, round Bodied, Value about Four-Pounds, belonging to Hugh Moor, do promise a sufficient Reward to any Person that will Secure or bring me said Horse over and above reasonable Charges.
Any Person that can give an account of the said Horse, may apply to David [indistinguishable] of Ballymoney Linnen Draper; or to Joseph [indistinguishable] keeper at the Blackmoor’s Head in Colerain [sic] where they will be satisfied by me