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BROADSIDE. BRISTOL.
150 Guineas Reward. Whereas Thomas Gray... stands charged with having stolen and received knowing the same to have been stolen, divers large quantities of leaf and manufactured tobacco, from the warehouses of Messrs. Franklyn and Humphries... in the City of Bristol.
Bristol: Rudhall & Gutch. [c.1806] Single sheet folio broadside; sl. creased & spotted. 49 x 30cm. Mounted, framed & glazed. Offering a substantial reward 'for the apprehension of each of the above persons, to be paid on conviction; and an accomplice turning evidence will be entitled to a free pardon'. In addition to Thomas Gray, the broadside also calls for the apprehension of John Morgan, who stands 'charged with stealing divers large quantity of manufactured tobacco', and Emanuel Lewton, charged 'with stealing divers quantity of corn', both from the warehouses and premises of Messrs. Franklyn amd Humphries', wholesale tobacconists in the city of Bristol. Descriptions are given of all three alleged criminals: 'The said Thomas Gray about 5 feet 6 inches high, between 30 and 40 years of age, has light hair, is rather corpulent but well made, generally wears a blue coat, and was some time since, for several months, porter at the French Prison at Stapleton'. The Broadside is signed in print by Edward Stephens, solicitor to the Company of Tobacconists, Bristol. Franklyn, Davey & Co., tobacconists, were founded in Bristol in 1780. In 1820 Franklyn was part of Franklyn, Humphries & Franklyn, before being subsumed into Imperial Tobacco. The British Book Trade Index notes Rudhall as printing in Bristol up until 1804. Although no publications by Rudhall & Gutch are recorded on Copac, auction records include publications dated 1806 and 1807.
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books [UK]

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