1731       

17th. May Monday
An act was passed to prevent the stealing of linen, fustian, and other wares from the fields where they are whitening or drying. It received royal assent May 17.(7)

1731
A proposal for the establishment of a public workhouse for Manchester was defeated by the violence of party feeling. The High Churchmen and Jacobites were afraid that the control would be in the hands of the Whigs and Presbyterians, and so refused to comply.(7)