Sadly, newspapers don’t carry advertisements like these any more.
From The Norfolk Chronicle, March 2, 1782:
To the Ladies.
Bound in Duty to return my most grateful Acknowledgements to those Ladies that have honoured me with their Commands, and to acquaint them, and the Ladies in general, that I have been in London to see the Variations of Fashion, have examined the principal Shops at the Court End of the Town, and can assure them of being Served in every Branch with Goodness of Materials, Neatness of Work, and Fashion, as any where in London.
By their most humble Servant to command, John ADCOCK, Staymaker, Red Lion Lane, St Stephen’s, Norwich.
How about this?
Tittleshall, March 1, 1782.
To be Sold for Ready Money, At Prime Cost, or Under, The remaining Part of the Stock in Trade of Yaxley ADAMS, of Tittleshall, in the County of Norfolk, consisting of Linen and Woollen Drapery, Men’s and Women’s Hats, Stockings, and various other Articles, which will be sold exceeding cheap.
Or this, from a lady carrying on her husband’s plumbing business.
Mary GOSTLING, Widow of Mr Thomas GOSTLING, late of Norwich, Plumber, Glazier, and House Painter, humbly solicits the Continuance of the Favours of her late Husband’s Customers, and of the Public in general, and assures them, that she will use her utmost Endeavours that the Business shall be conducted in their various Branches by proper and experienced Workmen, and in the best and most reasonable Manner.
All Persons to whom the said Thomas GOSTLING stood indebted, are desired to deliver in an Account of their Debts to his Widow and Executrix.
N.B. A neat Tenement in St John’s Maddermarket to lett. Enquire as above.
I wonder what to make of this description of an apprentice! What on earth is ‘Full eyed’? And how is one to tell if someone is ‘of a melancholy turn of Mind’? Nothing useful like age, height or clothing.
Note that the runaway is to be ‘kindly received’, while anyone giving him shelter or employment faces prosecution.
Walsingham, Feb. 26, 1782.
Ran Away, early this Morning, from his Master, Edward FRARY, by Trade a Taylor, he is Full eyed, and of melancholy turn of Mind. If he will return he will be kindly received. — Any Person who secretes or employs him will be prosecuted according to Law.
A child dependent on the parish Poor Law was soon disposed of, it seems.
To be put out Apprentice for seven Years, a Parish Boy, near eleven Years of Age, always very healthy, bony, and large of his Age.
A Sum of Money will be given with him for his Master to find him during his Service with Cloaths and Necessities fitting for such an Apprentice. Whoever is inclined to take the said Lad, are desired to apply at the next House to Mr Abraham BUNKELL’s Mill, at Shipdham, in the County of Norfolk.
Finally, here’s a notice that starts well, but shows a mean streak at the end.
Lost in the great Road between Wroxham and Norwich, on Monday, the eighth of April, between eight and nine in the Morning, a Bundle, containing a black Silk Cloak trimmed with Lace, the Hood lined with white, a Pair of Cotton Stockings, a Pair of plated Buckles, two Muslin Aprons, one flower’d the other strip’d, a Muslin Handkerchief, a small red and white ditto, a Pair of white Linen Gloves, all done up in a large red and white Cotton Handkerchief, marked M.L.S.
If any Person will bring the above-mentioned Things to Mr AGAS, at the Lamb, in the Market-place, Norwich, they shall receive Half a Guinea Reward.
Note. The above Articles were the Property of a Servant, on which Account no greater Reward will be offered, nor advertised any more.
Who owned the lost articles seems more important than their value or getting them back!
William Savage lives near the beautiful North Norfolk coast in Eastern England and writes historical mystery novels, set in Norfolk between 1760 and 1800. His first in the series, “An Unlamented Death“, appeared in January 2015. A second book is now in its final stages and will be published in Spring 2015.
Will is also a local historian. In that guise, he researches topics relevant to the general period of his historical writing, gives talks to local groups and societies and is a regular volunteer guide at a nearby National Trust property. He finally has time for doing all this now he has retired.
For eleven years, Will and his wife lived in the USA, latterly in southern Arizona. This experience sparked an enduring love of the breathtaking beauty of the Sonoran Desert, as well as the history of the American West, especially Native American art and culture. As a result, Will became intrigued by the figure of Coyote: the Trickster God of many indigenous cultures across western states of the USA.
Will’s book of fantasy Coyote stories – in affectionate homage to this powerful archetype of human experience – will be published later in the year.