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Friday, 6 Jul


On Tuesday afternoon last, as the Rev. Charles Neat, who was on a visit to this County as a deputation from the Church Missionary Society, was proceeding in a gig from Penzance to St. Ives, to attend a public meeting, the horse took fright from some cause which has not been satisfactorily stated to us, and the Rev. Gentleman was thrown out of the vehicle, with great violence upon his head. The Rev. W. J. Havart, hearing of the accident, was promptly in attendance with the best medical aid, when every thing that skill or kindness could suggest, and tried, but in vain. The base of the skull was found to be extensively fractured, and Mr. Neat continued in a state of insensitivity until half past one o’clock on Wednesday morning, when he expired. This melancholy occurrence has cast a gloom over the town of St. Ives, in the church of which Mr. Neat preached to a large congregation on Sunday afternoon last; and was especially distressing to the numbers who were looking forward with pleasure to the missionary meeting which he was expected to attend. The Rev. Gentleman, we hear, has left a widow and one son to deplore his untimely end; and had made arrangements to meet them at Bristol on Friday (this) evening.

William CHELLEW, formerly of Ludgvan, and late of Penzance, Yeoman, Tanner, Innkeeper, and Adventurer in Mines.


At Redruth, on Tuesday, the 26th of June, Mrs. Elizabeth Spasshatt, widow of the late Mr. Joseph Spasshatt, of Penzance, aged 83 years. For nearly 60 years she lived to adorn her profession as a follower of the Saviour, while her death was truly that of the righteous.

Friday, 13 Jul


Thomas ALLEN, 34, was charged with stealing a shawl, the property of Elizabeth DAVY, of Zennor. Mr. John appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. E. Coode and Mr. Bennallack for the prisoner.

It appeared from the evidence, that on the 19th of June, the prisoner and another person, who follow the occupation of hawker, called at the house of the prosecutrix, and endeavoured to induce her to purchase a waistcoat piece and a pair of trowsers. She declined doing so. The prisoner seeing a shawl lying on the table, which the prosecutrix had paid 28s. for, offered to exchange it for one more valuable, for which he wished her to give 12s. in addition. She refused to make any exchange, and left the room to go into the pantry with some potatoes. On her return, she found her shawl gone, and one much less valuable in its place. She immediately went in pursuit of the prisoner, but could not find him, he having made off as fast as possible. In the course of the day, he was apprehended by Mr. Martin TREWALLS, of Towednack, about four miles from the house of the prosecutrix. When informed that he was taken up for stealing a shawl, the prisoner pulled the shawl out of his bag, and said that he had exchanged for it. He was then taken into custody. On the part of the prisoner it was contended by Mr. Coode that he might have exchanged it with his companion, and that there was no proof of his having stolen it. The jury found the prisoner guilty. Six months’ hard labour.

Adjudication of Prizes for the first and second, neatest and best conditioned cottagers and families in each parish, within the district. First prize, 5s; 2nd ditto, and these were awarded in the order in which their names are inserted, viz:
St. Buryan—Mark Hollow; Simon Lugg
St. Levan—Joseph Matthews, Trevean; W. Matthews, jun., Bosustow
Sennen—John Bottrell, Trevescan; John George, Sunny Cove
St. Just—Elizabeth Thomas, Letcha; Thomas Wallis, Tregascal
Paul—John Clift; W. Lanyon
Sancreed—Mark Wallis, Chapel Union; Thirza Harvey
Madron—Richard Coon, Tregavern; Elizabeth Richards, Church Town
Morvah—Ralph Hendra, Rosemergye; Elizabeth Bolitho, Treverow
Penzance—John Carne, Brighton Terrace; Thomas Hawke, Phillip’s Court
Ludgvan —James Trebilcock, Newtown; John Memory, Newtown
St. Ives—John Gendall, Halsetown; Simon Champion, Halsetown
Lelant—William Reseigh [blurry, might be Ressigh; 4th letter unclear]; Elizabeth Pearce
Perranuthnoe—Julia Bryan Heavor [or Henver]; Edmund Simons, Perran Downs


At Towednack, on Saturday last, the wife of Mr. James Roach, of a son.


On Saturday last, at Penzance, after a long and severe illness, borne with great patience, Mr. John Rodda, butcher, aged 63 years.

At Ludgvan, on Monday last, Mr. John Hand, aged 64 years. His end was peace.

Friday, 20 Jul

[Nothing of local interest.]

Friday, 27 Jul


Anthony COCK, 37, was charged with stealing three hives, with the honey and comb, the property of Mr. James MANN.

James Mann, sen., is a yeoman living at Boswarton, near Penzance; had a garden behind his house where he keeps bee hives; saw his bees safe on Saturday the 21st of July; on the next morning, they were all gone; the bees were killed and there was no honey-comb left. From information witness had, he got a warrant against the prisoner, who lived about a mile away; went to the prisoner’s house on Sunday about six o’clock in the evening with James Mann, Jr.; knocked for some time and at last got in; when witness got a light at the house about nine o’clock, found the prisoner sitting in the chimney; when his house was searched something was found upstairs by the constable. The constable afterwards came down, and the prisoner said that if so be he had found any such thing in the house he did not know how it got there.

James MANN, jr., is constable at Gulval where the prisoner lives, and went with the prosecutor to the prisoner’s house; the door was bolted inside; after being at the door three quarters of an hour witness got in but the prisoner previously said if witness came in he would murder him. The prisoner then attempted to come out of the house, but witness prevented him. He afterwards got into the house, and found the prisoner in the chimney. Witness then went upstairs, which he found covered with dead bees; he then went into the bedroom and found more dead bees; the prisoner’s sister was in one of the beds, of which there were two in the room, and refused to get up till witness told her he would upset the bedstead if she did not get up. She rose and he then found some honey-comb under the sacking of the bed and dead bees and honey in various other parts of the house. Witness asked the prisoner and his sister where those things came from, and they said they could not tell.

Cross-examined by Mr. Daman: There were two children in the house. The prisoner denied all that night any knowledge as to how the things came in his house.

The confession of the prisoner was then put in and read, in which he stated that he found a parcel about half a mile from his house, which contained honey and honey-comb, and he took it home for his children to eat.

Richard MANN accompanied the two last witnesses on the 22nd of June; previous to getting into the house, witness saw a face looking out of the window, which immediately withdrew; he also saw some honey thrown out of the back window in a basin. Heard the prisoner say that he did not know how the honey came there. Guilty. Six calendar months’ labour.

Births, Marriages and Deaths

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Friday, 3 Aug


This Court was held in the New Assize Hall, at Bodmin, on Friday, the 27th of July, before Wm. J. Law, Esq., one of her Majesty’s Commissioners.
The following insolvents were considered duly entitled to the benefit of the act, and discharged without opposition: … Wm. CHELLEW, of Penzance; John FARRELL, George WASLEY, of St. Ives, Innkeeper; …

On the 25th ult., “One and All” manifested, in a high degree, their opposition to this tax, at a vestry in Zennor, held for the purpose of considering the propriety of granting a prospective rate for that parish. Mr. Thomas Leggo having been called to the chair, the churchwarden proposed the rate, but no one seconded it. The chairman proposed, as an amendment, that the meeting be adjourned to that day six months, which was seconded by Mr. Thomas Osborn, and carried unanimously by 26 of the principal rate-payers of that parish.

Births & Marriages

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Friday, 10 Aug


At St. Ives, Mr. H. Trevorrow, to Miss M. Martin; also, at Wendron, on the 6th instant, Mr. Henry Carlyon, of Nansloe, to Miss Curtis, of Cury.


On Thursday the 2nd instant, at Tregenna, a beloved daughter of Mr. Hearle, after a long and severe illness, which she bore with a great patience; but in the sure and certain hope of a blessed immortality. Her amiableness of disposition will be long and affectionately remembered by all her relations and friends.

On the 4th instant, at St. Ives, Mr. R. Thomas, aged 70 years; also, on the 6th instant, Mr. Broadbury, late a sergeant in the royal artillery, aged 68 years.

At Swinton Park, Manchester, the Rev. Dr. Mr. All, aged 46 years. The Rev. Gentleman was a native of St. Ives, in this county,

Friday, 17 Aug


The following are the stations of the Wesleyan Ministers for this county, as appointed by the Conference which has just closed:
… Penzance - John Hall, William Appleby, James Cooke, jun.
St. Ives - Thomas Payne, Henry w. Williams …

The fishing boats of this port are nearly all returned from the Irish herring fishery, which has proved very unsuccessful, some of the boats having caught enough to pay their expenses. The seaners for the pilchard fishery were put in pay on Monday se’nnight; the number of seines stemmed are 146, being an increase of nearly one-third within seven years, and absolutely 100 more than required.


At Ludgvan, on Saturday, the 4th instant, the wife of Mr. John James, late of Redruth, of a daughter.


On the 7th instant, at Penzance, Esther, wife of C. K. Clarke, Esq., of Dublin.

Friday, 24 Aug


On the 23rd instant, at Falmouth, by the Rev. W. W. Harvey, Mr. W. Stevens, jeweler, &c., Penzance, to Charlotte Mary, second daughter of Mr. J. Ellis, of the former place.

On the 16th instant, at Ludgvan, by the Rev. H. E. Graham, Mr. James Lanyon, to Miss Margaret White.


Suddenly, at Penzance, on the 16th instant, Mr. James Lake, bookseller, of Falmouth, aged 57. Mr. Lake was a native of Exeter, and settled in Falmouth about 33 years ago, where he carried on business with credit to himself, and secured by his upright conduct the respect of all classes of his fellow townsmen. In his death, his children have lost a kind and an indulgent father, and many a poor person a friend. His remains were interred at Falmouth on Tuesday last, followed by most of the tradesmen and respectable inhabitants.

On the 16th instant, at Prenrose Terrace, Penzance, after a long illness, Peter Bown Harris, Esq., only surviving son of the late Peter Bown Harris, of Rosemerry, Esq., aged 45 years.

Friday, 31 Aug


On Saturday, the 18th instant, Mrs. Graham, the Lady of the Rev. H. E. Graham, Rector of the Parish, plentifully regaled the children of the Ludgvan Church and Wesleyan Methodist Sunday Schools with tea and cake, in a meadow adjoining the Rev. Gentleman’s premises, and having a commanding view of Mount’s Bay, and its delightful scenery. To witness between 300 and 400 well-dressed children assembled on such an occasion, and attended by an excellent band, was highly gratifying to all the friends of these praiseworthy institutions. After an appropriate address from the Rector, the children were dismissed, preceded by the band, apparently highly gratified with their repast.

St. Ives—The driving boats throughout the week have been bringing in great quantities of mackerel, pilchards, and herrings. Several large shoals of pilchards have been seen since from the Hills, but none approached the shore near enough for the seines.

On Saturday last, four seamen belonging to the barque “Lord Canterbury”, of Bridgewater, which put in at St. Ives in a heavy gale of wind on the 23rd instant, were brought before the magistrates of the borough, William BASELEY and Richard HICHENS, Esqrs., for refusing to proceed on their voyage to Miramichi. After being confined one night in the town prison, they went on board, and the vessel sailed the next morning.

… Penzance, 8th; Halsetown, St. Ives, 11th; …


On Tuesday last, at Penzance, Mrs. John James of a daughter.

On Monday, at Penzance, Mrs. J. Pender Davy, of a son. Also, Mrs. Tucker, of a daughter.

At St. Ives, Mrs. Mollard, wife of Capt. Thomas Mollard, of the schooner “Margaret” of a son. Also, the wife of Capt. Benney, of the schooner “Sisters”, of a daughter; the wife of Mr. James Sincock, of the Coast Guard Service, of a daughter, and Mrs. Garland, wife Williams [?] of a daughter.

On Monday last, at Velenowethcot, in the parish of Ludgvan, Mrs. Elizabeth Buzza, eldest daughter of Capt. John Williams, late of Redruth, of a son.


At St. Ives, Mr. George Care, to Miss Jane Harry. Also, Mr. John Cock, to Miss Mary Grenfell.

On the 18th instant, at Madron, William Bates Gale, Esq., of London, solicitor, to Josepha, second daughter of the late John Batten, Esq., of Penzance.


At St. Ives, Mr. Walter Sanders, aged 34 years.

Friday, 7 Sep

[Nothing of local interest.]

Friday, 14 Sep


An inquest was held at Mr. C. Harper’s, Ludgvan, on Thursday last, before W. Hitchens, Esq., on the body of James Reed, aged 22, who, it appeared in evidence, was in the act of climbing a ladder in Wheal Virgin engine-shaft, when a kibble parted from its chain, fell on the unfortunate young man’s head, and killed him on the spot. Verdict, Accidental death.


At Penzance, on Monday last, the lady of the Rev. J. H. Veryan, of a daughter.

At St. Ives, Mrs. Williams, wife of Capt. Williams, of the sloop “Erin”, of a daughter.


At Penzance, Mr. John Rolfe, to Miss Charlotte Blake. Also, Mr. Nicholas Hocking to Miss Elizabeth Jones.


At St. Ives, Mr. Sampson Richards, miner, aged 43 years.

At Penzance, on the 8th instant, at the advanced age of 94, Charles Phillips. At the aged of 10 years, he was employed as a servant boy by the great grandfather of the present mayor of that town, with whom he lived several years, conducting himself so well that his master recommended him as an apprentice to Mr. George Matthews, carpenter, and joiner, where he served six years. On the expiration of his apprenticeship, he went to work as a journeyman successively with Mr. Dennis, Mr. Woodis, Messrs. Hambleton and Son, for 51 years, till 1818, during which time he not only brought up the two families of his widowed sisters, but contrived to save money enough, as he thought, to carry him through his earthly pilgrimage. Under this impression, he told his employers that his advanced age and increasing infirmities would not justify him in continuing to receive his wages, and no solicitations on their part could induce the old man to remain. That there is no rule without an exception was proved in the case of poor Charles. It has been said “all men think all men mortal but themselves.” At the age of 74 he said to one of his friends, “I am an old bachelor; all my relations are doing well; I hope I have done my duty to them; I have no longer strength to work, and thank God I have saved more than enough to carry me to my grave, even if I should live to four score years of age.” The period he had allotted himself arrived; another seven years, even passed over his head; but times were sadly altered. His money had been drained to the last, notwithstanding the most rigid economy. At 90 he had disposed of all his worldly goods, except his bed and bible; and, being driven to the utmost extremity, with his bible under his arm, and aided by his trusty staff, he wended his weary way towards the workhouse to ask admission and to desire help to bring up his bed. Happily, Mr. Edward Harvey, who had worked in the same shop with him at Mr. Hambleton’s, met him on his journey - took him into his own house for the night, interested himself in his behalf - and procured from his old employers and a few kind friends a small subscription, which was continued to the end of his earthly career. Would that we could enumerate a relation amongst the number of his supporters! For the last 50 years of his life he was attached to the writings and opinions of the late Emmanuel Swedenborg. His intellects remained perfect to the last, and his dying words were “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” His remains were borne to the grave by his brother journeymen; and his employers, and the other master-tradesmen of the town, attended his funeral, which was further honored by the presence of the mayor, and several other respectable inhabitants.

Friday, 21 Sep


On Sunday last, a New Primitive Methodist chapel was opened for divine worship at Lower Quarter, in the parish of Ludgvan, by the Rev. Messrs. Perry, Wigley, and Driffield. The congregations were much larger than the chapel could contain, and the collections were liberal.

On Friday last, this regatta took place, when the following prizes were contended for: -
First match, six oared gigs - First prize 4, second 2, third, 1.10s. These boats went off in fine style,[all four from Hayle], and it was won by the “Content”, belonging to T. and W. Bolitho, Esqrs. In the match for followers, the first prize was won by the “Union”; belonging to the Union company; and in the match for ships boats, the first prize was won by a boat belonging to a Norwegian brig in Hayle. The regatta ended by a six oared gig chasing a Norway praam for half a sovereign, which was won by the former. This chase caused a great deal of diversion, and if the man in the praam had not been too self-confident, he would have won the prize.


At Penzance, on Monday last, Mrs. J. B. Merifield, of a daughter.

At Penzance, on Friday last, the lady of John Batten, Esq., of a daughter.

On Wednesday, the 12th instant, at Necledry, in the parish of Ludgvan, the wife of Mr. John Green, parish clerk of Towednack, of a son.

At St. Ives, Mrs. Stevens, wife of Capt. Andrew Stevens, of the brig “Exchance”, of a daughter.


At the Registrar’s Office, Penzance, on the 19th instant, Mr. W. Shakerly, to Miss Elizabeth Glason.

Friday, 28 Sep

[Nothing of local interest.]

Friday, 5 Oct


In the night of Tuesday se’nnight, a fire broke out in the bed-room of Mr. John Downing, brewer, Street-an-Nowan, near Penzance, occasioned, as is supposed, by the candle having been accidentally in contact with the bed-clothes. The neighbours having discovered the fire, hastened to the spot, and on entering the bed-room found Mrs. Downing burnt to death, and her husband considerably scorched and nearly suffocated. By great exertions the house was saved, and Mr. Downing we hear is expected to recover.


On Saturday last, at Ludgvan, the lady of the Rev. R. E. Graham, of a son.

Last week, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. Argall, draper, of a son.


On the 17th ult., John Coulson,jun. Esq., of Penzance, to MaryAnn, eldest daughter of Mr. William Board, of Bristol.


At Penzance, on Wednesday the 26th ult., suddenly, much and deservedly respected and lamented, Miss Drew, milliner, aged 51 years.

Friday, 12 Oct


We have had great pleasure in laying before our readers the following graphic description of the almost-miraculous escape of a miner at Botallack mine, St. Just, by an obliging neighbour whose signature it bears:

Few of us know the many horrid dangers in which our miners are constantly exposed. My blood has often thrilled, even while reciting some of the hair-breadth escapes which have come under my own immediate knowledge.

A few days since, a pair of three men, employed in cutting down the Crown Engine-shaft at Botallack mine had prepared two holes to remove a part of the rock. Two of the party, namely Nicholas Bowen and James Grenfel, the younger, retreated into a level about __ fathoms above the stope and were safe, leaving James Grenfel the elder to fire the fuses and follow them. The fuses were ignited, and poor Grenfel had so far retreated as to be able just to step into the level and be secured. The ladder on which he stood at this moment gave way, and he fell about seven feet below the burning fuses. The ladder having fallen into the sump completely cut off his retreat, and nothing but a mangled and miserable death appeared to await him By the light of the fuses he discovered the lift of pumps through which the water was drawn from the sump; it was, indeed, a forlorn hope, but to the pump he clung, and grasping it as if in death awaited his fate. To use his own words “I know’d I must be blow’d to pieces, but that was’nt hafe so dismaying as to think about my wife and cheldurn—I’ve five cheldurn that ceant work, …, and my wife’s a cripple.”

All was darkness save the hissing fuses just above him.

The thundering explosion soon followed, and the moment of hope, doubt, and bewilderment arrived. Life became an awful query—he breathed, and through the miserable gloom saw the fire sprouting from the remaining fuse.

The second thunder followed, and he again was safe.

Almost covered in attle—clinging to the pump—deaf and speechless stood poor Grenfel.

The son described his own situation thus: “When I heerd feather screech, and he and the ladder fale away, I knowd ’twas all ovvur; he must, thoft I, be kill’d in one of these here three ways.—Ef he’s gone to bottom, every lem es brock. Ef ennything like life es left, he must be drown’d in the sump; and ef he shud be catch’d by the stage where we belong the two holes must blow un into a thousand pieces. Oh dear! Oh dear! I faced down pen my knees, and all that I cud pray was—Oh Christ, save faethur. Nicky was standing up, and I said to us, oh Nicky pray for faethur.”

“Nicky kneedled down, but he dedn’t pray, I reckon; for when the holes went off he said “He’s out of pain or he’s in the sump swemming.”

“My lighted candle was on my hatcap; I catch’d hould ov the lift, slider’d away from flinch to flinch, and was down pon the stope like lightning.”

“The place was full of smok, and not a lem nor nothing human cud be seed. At laest up agenst the lift I seed faethur’s head and shoulders.”

“The attle was to his brist, and hes face in a dismal shape; hes eyes was pooun, but he cudnt speak. O help me, Nicky; help me, doey, to clear away the traed from faethur.”

“He’s glazing, said Nicky, but he cae’nt be alive, you know; twud kill a thowsand cats ef they’d ben there.”

“Oh, clear away quicker! quicker! Nicky.”

“Oh, my dear faethur! Caenty speak, faether?” - and such like expressions followed the rapid exertions of the agonized young man.

His eyes ere fixed on the dismal countenance of his parent. At last a trifling quiver of the lip spoke life—another effort confirmed it. “I believe I’m saved, Jimmy, and I baent hurt much, I reckon, Jimmy,” was feebly spoken from among the rubbish. To describe the meeting, and finish this true tale of real life, I would repeat the words of apathetic Nicky.

“When Jimmy heerd his faethur speak, he tore away for the life ov un ovvur the attle, and then they both beginned to cry. Howsomever, we got’n clear at laest, and broft un up. He’s as deef as a buddick; but that and a few smale cuts es awl the hurt that’s dun to un.”

S. Bal


On Saturday last, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. G. Crocker, upholsterer, of a daughter.

Last week, at Tresawe, in Ludgvan, the wife of Mr. R. D. Hosking, of a son.


At Penzance, on Tuesday last, Mrs. Millett, aged 81 years.

At Ludgvan, on Monday last, Mr. John Trebalcock, aged 40 years.

Friday, 19 Oct



New Rating for the County
… Hundred of Penwith, west division, population of 27,173; property tax of £64,207; pays a county rate of £5 or a fraction less than 2d. per cent. …

The dues, tolls, &c. of Penzance marks were let on Friday last, for the sum of £678, and the quay dues for £1,811, being an advance upon the former of £192, and £136 upon the latter. Both were let to the same parties as before.

The two men that were captured and brought in to St. Ives last week, in the smuggling cutter “Mermaid” of Plymouth, by the Coast Guard at St. Agnes, were convicted on Wednesday, and sent to the treadmill, Penzance, for six months.


At Ludgvan, on Wednesday last, Mr. James Pooly, aged 23 years, much respected by all who knew him.

Friday, 26 Oct


The usual Quarter Sessions for the Borough of Penzance were held on Monday last, in the new Guild-hall, for the first time before Thomas Paynter, Esq., Recorder, and the Magistrates of the Borough. The Learned Recorder, on opening the business, congratulated the inhabitants on the spacious court and other buildings connected with it, which are as ornamental as they are useful to that flourishing town. The business of the sessions was very light, there being only three trivial cases, which were speedily disposed of; after which the court rose.

On Wednesday last, as a farmer, named Martin Thomas, of Rosevidney, in the parish of Ludgvan, was employed in working his thrashing machine, his arm was suddenly caught by one of the wheels, and so badly fractured as to render amputation necessary a little below the elbow.


At Penzance, on Wednesday, Mrs. John Rowe, of a daughter.


Suddenly, at the Dock, near the quay, Penzance, Mr. John Matthews, aged 75 years.

At Penzance, on Tuesday last, Miss Symons.

On Sunday last, at Ludgvan, Walter Reed, aged 51 years.

On Wednesday last, at Towednack, Mrs. Christian William, aged 60 years.

Friday, 2 Nov


Stolen or Strayed from Copperhouse, in the Parish of Phillock, on Monday Evening, the 22nd instant, BAY MARE, about 15 hands high, and 9 years old, with four black legs, black mane, which falls on the left side, a short switch tail, and a hollow eye.

Whoever gives such information to Mr. S. Runnals, of Copperhouse, the owner; Mr. H. Runnals, Penzance, or Mr. A. Runnals, Redruth, as will lead to her recovery, shall receive the above reward; and any one keeping possession of the said Mare after this notice shall be prosecuted according to law.

Dated Hayle Copperhouse, Oct. 23, 1838


Mount’s Bay Drift Boat Regatta
The first regatta for the above boats took place at Newlyn, on Tuesday se’nnight, when the weather during the day proved very favourable, and, for the first, the sport came off exceedingly well; but it is hoped that against another year, the contributions will be greater, in order that the boat owners may be induced to prepare for the coming []. Two prizes were, for the 1st class, £6, 4, 1; and the 2nd, £5, 3, and 1. The second class started five minutes before eleven o’clock, and came in in the following order:

The first class started at a quarter past eleven, and came in as follows:

The matches were well contested, and afforded the spectators much gratification.

Melancholy and Fatal Accident
On Tuesday last, whilst the Western Hounds were preparing a fox in Bennowal cliffs, in buryan, near Penzance, which took to sea, and was followed by the dogs into the water, a young man, about 22 years of age, names Charles Gwennap, son of Mr. Gwennap of Trevedran, in the same parish, farmer, in endeavouring to rescue one of the dogs, in a drowning state, was washed off the rock by a sudden swell of the sea, and before assistance could be rendered, both he and the dog were unfortunately drowned. The body of the young man had not been found when our correspondent wrote to us.

Coroner’s Inquest
An inquest was held at Mr. T. Semmen’s Gulbal[?]-cross on Saturday last, before W. Hitchens, Esq., on the body of William Semmens, aged 27 years, who, as it appeared in evidence, was in the act of taking some sharp borers out of a kibble, at the bottom of a shaft in Wheal Darlington Mine, in the parish of Ludgvan, when something unknown fell on his head, and so dreadfully fractured his skull that he expired in a few hours. The deceased, having been for several months a consistent member of the total abstinence society, Mr. Teare, the teetotal advocate, attended his funeral on Sunday last, when he addressed upwards of two thousand persons on the subject of by[?] ye also ready.


At Penzance, on Saturday the 27th ult., the lady of John b. R. Millett, Esq., of a daughter.

At Trengwainton, on Monday last, Mrs. John Fox, jun., of a son.

Friday, 9 Nov


Port Isaac
Several nets full of mackerel, belonging to St. Ives, were last week taken up at Port Isaac, in consequence of the violence of the weather. The fish were all dead, but the nets were not much injured.

Penzance Union Workhouse
On Friday last, the workmen employed in the erection of the new workhouse for the Penzance Union were regaled by their employers, Messrs. Veale and Co., of Plymouth, and the clerk of the works, with the old English fare, “beef, plum pudding, and beer”. The dinner took place in one of the long rooms of the building, which was neatly fitted up for the occasion. There were upwards of seventy sat down to dinner, and throughout the whole afternoon the greatest order and good feeling were preserved amongst the men, who seemed all highly pleased with the kindness shown them on this occasion. Several ladies and gentlemen were present, and the whole presented a very animating scene. This building, which is of the gothic style, presents, indeed, a very handsome appearance, and reflects great credit on the contractors for its superior workmanship. It is in a considerable state of forwardness, and will very soon be completed.


On Sunday last, at Ludgvan, the wife of Mr. Matthew Trewhella, of a daughter; and Mrs. Thomas Jeffery, of a daughter.

At Penzance, on Thursday, the 17th ultimo, the wife of Mr. Robert Johnston, teacher of systematic writing, of a son.


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Friday, 16 Nov


St. Ives
Great fears are entertained for the safety of the schooner “Endeavour,” of this place, Anthony Johns, master. She put into Weymouth on the 5th ult., and sailed again on the 6th, with a cargo of wine from Oporto for Hull, and has not since been heard off.


On Tuesday last, at Penzance, Mrs. Rd. Rowe, of a son.


At Helston, on the 12th instant, Mr. Robert Broad, of Penzance, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Sleeman, wine and spirit merchant, of the former place.

At Thurlestone, Devon, on the 30th ult., by the Rev. W. Borlase, M.A., John A. Mould, Esq., surgeon, R.N., to Anne, eldest daughter of the late John Borlase, Esq., of Castle Horneck, in this county.


Last week, at Talver in the parish of Gulval, after a protracted illness, Mrs. H. Corin, wife of Mr. Jacob Corin, and eldest daughter of J. Corin, Esq., Chyandour, aged 24, greatly lamented by a large circle of friends.

Friday, 23 Nov


Penzance—On Friday last, Mr. John Coulson was elected a member of the Council for the east ward, and Mr. Thomas Coulson for the west ward; the former in the place of Mr. J. P. Vilbert, and the latter in that of Mr. John Thomas, who, with Mr. Richard Pearce, were elected Aldermen.


At Ludgvan, last week, the wife of Mr. Joseph Trewren, of a daughter.


At Zennor, on Sunday last, Mr. Henry Lawrey, of Towednack, to Miss Joanna Pascoe, of the parish of Ludgvan.

At St. Ives, Mr. John Richards, to Miss Jane Smith Toms; and Mr. Hodge, to Miss Mary Gyles.


At Ludgvan, on Saturday last, Miss Ursula Trewren, aged 18 years.

On the 19th instant, at St. Ives, Mr. William Tonkin, shipwright, aged 68 years.

Friday, 30 Nov


On the 25th ultimo, at Penzance, Mr. James Lavars, aged 88 years.

Friday, 7 Dec


There will be a Cattle Market at … Penzance, on Thursday the 20th.


Yesterday, at Penzance, the lady of the Rev. Charles Moore, of a daughter.

On Monday, at Penzance, Mrs. Walter Edmonds, of a daughter.

On Monday, at Rosevale, near Penzance, Mrs. John Fox, of a son.


At Lelant, on the 28th ult., Mr. Henry Roach, aged [31] years.

At St. Ives, Mrs. Dale, aged 69 years.

At Trelyon, near St. Ives, Mrs. Ann Uren, aged 72 years.

Friday, 14 Dec


On Wednesday, the 5th instant, at Newlyn, Mr. Nichs. Kelynack, aged 50 years.

Friday, 21 Dec


RICHARD OATS, Innkeeper, St. Just, in Penwith,
Who has carried on the above business for nearly forty years past, at the “STAR INN”, in that village, begs leave to return his sincere thanks to the Neighbouring Gentlemen, Commercial Gentlemen, and the Public in general, for the very liberal support he has received from them during the above period, and begs to inform them that he is about to REMOVE at Christmas next to the “COMMERCIAL INN”, in the said village, which has been recently erected; with good Stabling and Lock-up Coach House, and hopes by keeping a stock of good OLD WINES, WELL-AIRED BEDS, and by strict attention to Business, to merit that share of public patronage which has hitherto been bestowed on him.
Dated Star Inn, St. Just in Penwith, Nov. 27, 1838


The French schooner “La Vigilance,” a Roseoff, has been seized with ninety-two tubs of contraband spirits on board, and a crew of six Frenchmen and two Englishmen, off Eartus Island, near Newquay, by Mr. John Tanner, of the coast-guard station, St. Agnes. The crew are in charge of the officers and the spirits are lodged in the custom-house, St. Ives.

Melancholy Accident
On Monday last, a child about nine months old, belonging to George Uren, miner, of Trelyon, near St. Ives, was left by the mother tied in a chair before the fire, in company with another child two years old. On the mother’s return, after a short absence, she found the youngest had fallen out of the chair into the fire, and was burnt to death.


At St. Ives, Mrs., Murt, wife of Capt. Edward Murt, of the schooner, “Edward”, of a son. Also, Mrs. John Uren, of a son.


At St. Ives, Mr. Richard Dale, farmer, to Miss Jane Noal, of that parish.


At St. Ives, John, youngest son of Mr. John French, coast guard service, aged four years.

Friday, 28 Dec


On Tuesday, the 18th instant, as William Richards, Shoemaker, of Penberth, near the Logan Rock, was in the act of loading a gun in his house, it unexpectedly went off, and the charge, being only powder, entered one his nostrils, and caused instant death. He has left a wife and four children.


On Wednesday, the 19th instant, at Penzance, Mrs. Wm. Pengelly, of a son.


On Sunday, the 23rd instant, at the Registrar’s Office, Penzance, Mr. David Lanyon, to Miss Rebecca Davis, both of Penzance.

On the 24th instant, at the Registrar’s Office, Penzance, Mr. Daniel Elliott, to Miss Emma Mathews, both of Penzance.


At Treneere, near Penzance, Miss Catherine Ann Pengelly, aged 11 years, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Pengelly.