Distressed CHILD, OR, The Cruel Uncle: BEING A True and Dismal Relation of one Esq; Solmes of Beverly in Yorkshire; who dying, lest an only In­fant Daughter, of the Age of two Years, to the care of his own Brother; who with many Oaths, Vows, and Protestations, promised to be loving to her; but her Father was no sooner Dead, but out of a wicked Co­vetousness of the Child's Estate of three hundred Pounds a Year, carry'd it into a Wood, and there put it in a Hallow-Tree to Starve it to Death: Where a Gentle­man and his Man being a Hunting two Days after, found it half Famished, having gnawed its own Flesh and Fingers ends in a dreadful manner. With an Account how the Cruel Uncle to hide his Villany, had caused the Child's Effigies to be buried in Wax, and made a great Funeral, as if it had been really Dead: With the manner of the whole discovery by a Dream, and taking the Wax-Child out of the Grave. With the Uncle's Apprehension, Examination, and Confession before Justice Seubbs, and his Commitment to Goal, in order to be Try'd the next Assizes, for that barbarous Action. Note, This Relation will be attested at the Three-Nuns, and Rummer-Tavern without Aldgate: As also at the Three-Cups in Aldersgate-street, by the Huttington-Carriers, &c.

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London, Printed by D. Brown in Bartholomew Close.

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WE have this further Account from Huttington concerning the Child aforesaid, That when the Gentleman and his Man found it in the hollow Tree, it was almost quite Dead, it having been put there by the Inhumane Uncle two Days before, so that the poor innocent Creature for meer Hunger, had in a lamentable manner suck'd and knaw'd its own Fin­gers ends till the Blood ran about its Cheeks and Mouth to such a degree, that when it was brought to the Gentleman's Lady, she fell in a Swoon at the sight of it.

The manner of the whole Discovery of the Uncle's [...]ickedness, was thus: He having some time before got the Child's Effigies exactly made in Wax, as abovesaid, gave out the Child was Dead; and thereupon bought Mourning, and buried the said Counterfeit Corps in a Stately and Sumptuous manner: And he being a Rich Man none in the least had any Suspicion of his being Guilty of so barbarous a Wickedness, as to make away with his Brother's Child: So that had not Divine Pro­vidence, in almost a Miraculous manner preserv'd the Child's Life, it would have been impossible by humane Endeavours to have detected him of the Crime. Howe­ver, after he thought himself past danger, a Woman that had often seen the said Child at his House, hap­pened after to came by the Gentleman's Door some days after it was found, and seeing it in the Maid's Arms, (the Gentleman being by) says she, That Child is as like Squire Solmes's little Daughter as one Apple is like another; and further added, that if (quoth she) I had not seen his Child buried some days ago, I should have positively sworn it had been the same Child: Upon which the Gentleman called her into his House, and told her the whole Story, how and where he found it almost starv'd to Death, in a hollow Oaken-Tree as he was a Hunting; so that getting Know­ledge of the Woman where Mr. Solmes Liv'd, he was first of all Apprehended and kept in Custody till the Grave was opened, at which time the Wax Child was taken out, to the Uncle's great Shame and Confusion; and the more, when the Gentleman told him how he found the living Child in the hollow Tree as he was Hunting: Upon which he confess'd the whole [Page 8]matter to the Justice, and wrung his Ha [...] [...] [...] mented after a sad and dismal mann [...] [...] guilty of such a monstrous B [...] [...] Flesh and Blood.

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