This article came from the Chronicle published April 1985. Page 31
SHERBORNE ASSEMBLY, 1738
From: An advertisement in the Sherborne Mercury
‘This present Tuesday,being the 3d Instant, an ASSEMBLY will be held at Sherborne in Dorset, and be continued every first Tuesday in the Month. The Subscribers to pay Two Guineas per. Ann., and Five Shillings Entrance, and every Subscriber to have the Liberty to bring a Gentleman or Lady with them. Such as are not Subscribers to pay Two Shillings and Six-pence each Time. There are proper Rooms for Cards or Tea, as well as a large Room for dancing.
‘N.B. A great many Gentlemen and Ladies in the County of Dorset, and some in the County of Somerset, have already Subscrib’d. Such other Gentlemen as are inclined to encourage this Affair are desired to send their Names to Mr. Morrice Bailey, Dancing-Master, in Castletown, or to Mrs. Preaulx, at the Boarding School in Sherborne’.
– Advertisement in the Sherborne Mercury, 3 October 1738.