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1727
A collection of curious papers was published in this year relating to Mr. Assheton, who was justly suspected of disaffection to the House of Hanover. There is also Mr. Assheton’s reply. The writers in this controversy were John Byrom and Mr. Kenyon. The clergy of the old church were somewhat notorious for their Jacobite sympathies.(7)

1727
The author of A Tour through the whole Island of Great Britain, by a Gentleman, 1727, which has been attributed to Defoe, says that “within a few years past Manchester has doubled its number of inhabitants, so that, taking in all its suburbs, it contains at least 50,000 people.”(7)