These reports have been given modern headlines but are otherwise as they appear (including spelling and use of capital letters) in the third surviving News Letter of December 12, 1738 (Dec 23 modern calendar).
Paper founded Sept 1737.
‘i won’t pay for WIFE who eloped’
WHEREAS Mary Dougherty, alias Mary O Neil, the Wife of Patrick Dougherty of Maghredrol, in the County of Down, Farmer, hath of late eloped from her said Husband, having carried off with her his Money and Part of his Houshold Goods: NOW I the said Patrick Dougherty do give this publick Eotice [sic], in order to prevent People being imposed on, by crediting her, with Expectation to receive the same off me: For I will not pay them one Penny if they do.
Dated the 12th December, 1738
CO DOWN WOOD AUCTION
THAT the Woods growing on the lands of Listouder and Ballydian, in the Parish of Kilmore, in the County of Down, within six Miles off Downpatrick, one off Clogh, six off Killileagh, and ten off Lisburn, consisting of Oak, Ash, Elder and Birch, will be sold by publick Cant, to the highest Bidder on Tuesday, the second of January next, at the House of John Mc. Broom, in the said Parish. Any Persons, who incline to purchase, may have what Information they think proper, by John Killing, who is to be found at Listouder aforesaid.
NB. Whoever proposes to buy, must be provided with proper Securities