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January
Mr. Sylvanus Hibbert died in January. He was the author of A Brief Inquiry into the State After Death (Manchester, 1771). A portrait, which looks like a caricature, is prefixed. The author was an advocate of cremation, and ends his pamphlet :—

Bury me not, for heaven’s sake!
In hopes that I may rise;
If that the object of my wish,
Why not now mount the skies?

Particulars of this able but eccentric man are given in Hibbert-Ware’s Life of Samuel Hibbert-Ware.(7)

6th. July Saturday
St. Thomas’s Chapel, Pendleton, erected at the expense of Samuel Brierley. It had been originally occupied by the Wesleyan Methodists, but was consecrated July 6. It was rebuilt in 1831.(7)

20th. July Saturday
Dr. Thomas White died July 20th, aged 81 years. A monument to him was erected at Sale by his son, Dr. Charles White, in 1790. (Palatine Note-book, vol. i., p. 113.)(7)

23rd. July Tuesday
James Heywood died in London 23rd July. He was born at Cheetham Hill in 1686, and was a linen draper in London. He was author of Poems and Letters on Various Subjects, 1726. This volume includes a list of the ladies who were most celebrated for their beauty in Manchester. (Drake’s Essays on the Tatler, iii., 331.) (See under date 1709.)(7)

1776
The “Old Bridge” was made wider by taking down “The Dungeon” and extending the piers and arches. Until that period it was highly dangerous for foot passengers to meet a carriage; and it was often a work of labour, for persons not very active,  to get over the bridge on a market-day, as they were often obliged to take refuge from vehicles in the angular recesses on both sides of the bridge. (See also under date 1778.)(7)

1776
The conduit, which was on the western side of the Old Exchange, ceased to flow, in consequence of the destruction of the spring (at the upper end of King Street), from which it had been supplied.(7)

1776
The evacuation of New York by the American “Rebels,” as the colonial patriots were still called, was celebrated in Manchester by the ringing of bells, public processions, &c.(7)