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CURIOUS EPISTLE.—Strange matters are sent to us for publication, but the writer of the following letter has such a very peculiar notion of the uses of a newspaper, that we cannot refrain from submitting it to our readers. We have suppressed only the names of the fair parties concerned. The external appearance of the communication was in good keeping with the interior—all over grease, sealed with very brown wax, and impressed with a thimble top:—

"Desborough Aug 4

"Sir this is to Inform you that I Temperance — has been falsed Swor to by Sarah — of Desborough Gasit and She his A bittical of A Liyer and to Put it in your Mercury this week and what hels you think proper." —Northampton Mercury

West Kent Guardian: Saturday 14 August 1841


Note: "Temperance" seems likely to have been Temperance Robinson, nee Coe, wife of Thomas Robinson.