These reports have been given modern headlines but are otherwise as they appear (including spelling and use of capital letters) in the second surviving News Letter of October 6 1738 (Oct 17 modern calendar).
Paper founded Sep 1737.
Belgrade, Sept 3. The Reports of a Rebellion at Constantinople, of the Death of the Grand Signor, and of the March of a Detachment from the Grand Vizir’s Army to that City, seem to have been invented by that General, purely to cover his Designs; for now we are assured, that he has caused a Camp to be marked out near Rawna for 60,000 Men, and that he is taking Measures for obtaining some other Advantage before the Campaign is at an End.
[The Grand Signor was a term for the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, in this case Mahmud I, who battled internal rebellion and external wars. The Grand Vizir was the sultan’s prime minister. Belgrade was a frontline in the wars between the Ottomans and Christian powers. This report is beneath another report which tells of a rumoured revolt in the city that is now Istanbul over “the Dearness of Provisions” but which the lower report concludes is a hoax]
ARISTOCRAT IS ALIVE
... the Earl of Crawford, a volunteer in the Russian Army ... [played] an important Part in every Action that Army was engaged, but [letters] are so far from saying any thing of his Lordship’s being killed, as was reported, that they assure us that he has had the good Fortune to escape unwounded.
[This is an early example of newspapers publishing wrong facts. The previous October 3 News Letter reported that Earl Crawford, “one of the 16 peers for North Britain”, which probably means Scotland, had been killed “in the fourth action with the Turks”]