Law Abiding in Yorkshire, 1766

This is from the Newcastle Chronicle of July 1766. It is noteworthy as soon after this, the south and west of England erupted in food riots. This region remained calm as they ate mostly potatoes instead of suffering speculation in wheat which caused bread to skyrocket in price.

York, July 22 Last Friday the assizes ended at the Crown End, which, to the honour of this large and populous county, proved a maiden one: W. Stephenson (the only one convicted) found guilty of grand larceny within the benefit of the statute, was ordered to be transported for 7 years. The other prisoners mentioned in our last were all acquitted.

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