1796       

2nd. January Saturday
Mr. James Massey, many years president of the Infirmary, died at Rostherne, Cheshire, January 2.(7)

25th. January Monday
Mr. Thomas Battye published A Disclosure of Parochial Abuse, Artifice, &c., in the Town of Manchester. January 25. This is one of several tracts in which the author gives some curious particulars as to the management of the affairs of the town.(7)

26th. January Tuesday
Mr. John Shaw, master of the punch house in Smithy Door, died January 26, aged 83. He was well known for his eccentricities, one of which was to turn out all his customers at eight o’clock in the evening; if any of them were obstinate his servant Molly, with her mop and pail, would come, and if this did not serve he would order a servant to bring him a whip. He had occupied the above house upwards of fifty-eight years. There is an interesting notice of him in Harland’s Collectanea.(7)

1st. March Tuesday
Mr. George Swindells, printer and publisher, died March 1, aged 36.(7)

7th. March Monday
A riot took place in the Theatre Royal during the singing of “God save the King,” March 7. The day after the playbills had the following heading: “‘God save the King’ will be sung at the end of the farce, to give the Non. Cons. time to retire.”(7)

26th. March Saturday
Mr. John Chadwick, sen., patron and supporter of Sunday schools, died at Longsight, March 26.(7)

March
Mrs. Mary Peel, widow of Robert Peel, of Ardwick, and daughter of Edmund Haworth, of Blackburn, died, March.(7)

15th. May Sunday
Mr. William Clowes, son of Samuel Clowes, Broughton, died at Glandon, Derbyshire, May 15.(7)

17th. May Tuesday
Rev. Thomas Seddon died, 17th May, on his passage to the West Indies as chaplain of the 104th Regiment. He was born at Eccles in 1753, and matriculated at Oxford, but did not take any degree, although he styled himself M.A. From 1777 until his death he was curate of Stretford, and in 1779 published, anonymously, a work entitled Characteristic Strictures, which, in the form of a criticism upon a supposed exhibition of portraits, contains satirical remarks upon the public personages of the district. Like some other satirists, he was not remarkable for good conduct, and whether at Stretford, Wigan, or Lydgate, seems to have been in constant trouble. Another work, Letters to an Officer in the Army (Warrington, 1786) is of some interest. (7)

27th. May Friday
Mr. Alexander Eason died 27th May, aged 61. He was born in 1735, and in early life he travelled with Lord Moira, and afterwards was surgeon to the Marquis of Drogheda’s dragoons. He gave much of his time to the poor of Manchester, and a tablet to his memory, the proceeds of a penny subscription, was placed in the Collegiate Church, where he is buried. He died of paralysis resulting from dislocation of the spine, caused by the stumbling of his horse when riding to see a patient, Miss Yates, of Clugh, an aunt of Sir Robert Peel. (Smith’s Centenary, p. 128.)(7)

30th. July Saturday
Robert Darby, M.D., physician to the Infirmary, died July 30.(7)

15th. August Monday
Sir John Prestwich, of Prestwich and Hulme, died at Dublin, August 15. His claim to the baronetcy was not universally allowed. He was the author of A Dissertation on Mineral, Animal, and Vegetable Poisons, 1775, and of Respublica, 1777. He left a MS. History of Liverpool which has never been printed. He was the son of Sir Elias Prestwich who died in 1785. (Gentleman’s Magazine, lxv., 879, 967.) There is a rude portrait of Sir John amongst Barritt’s MSS. at Chetham’s Library. (7)

25th. August Thursday
The Stockport, Bolton, and Rochdale Volunteers were reviewed on Kersal Moor, August 25. (7)

1796
A constable, sent to serve a warrant in the neighbourhood of Newton, was compelled by the people to eat the offensive document.(7)

1796
Two well-known dwarfs, Thomas Allen and “Lady” Morgan, exhibited themselves here. She was 39 years old, and weighed 18lb.(7)

1796
The gentry, clergy, and tradesmen pledged themselves, in a series of resolutions, advertised in the newspapers, to reduce the use of wheat flour at least one-third. Pies and puddings ceased to appear on the tables of some of the middle classes. The working classes were already on the verge of starvation.(7)

1796. Whitefield-Eastbourne
John Taylor (born in 1719) died, and was interred in the Unitarian burial ground at Stand. One of his six sons, a native of Stand, was father of the founder and first editor of the "Manchester Guardian," whose second son, and successor in the proprietorship of that paper, died at Eastbourne, October 5, 1905, aged 75.
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