‘The society for the relief of the ruptured poor’ is a pamphlet to be published on the 16th of January 1803, according to the Sunday Monitor. Now I am used to being ‘broke’ but I have yet to describe myself as ‘ruptured’! Where did I hear about this? I was simply browsing the 17th and 18th Burney collection.
I also found a possible relative called Peter Finnerty, a printer from Dublin who was pilloried and sent to prison for publishing pamphlets advocating Irish Home Rule in 1798. Rupturing and getting pilloried – talk about the bad old days.
The digitisation of Reverend Charles Burney’s (1757-1817) collection of newspapers and pamphlets means 200 years of news is now online. Read contemporary accounts on:
- Slavery and the abolition movement;
- Advice on medicines for women’s ‘distempers’;
- Accounts of the voyages to New Zealand and the Boyd massacre;
- What sermons King George II heard at church on December 30, 1798.