’TIS most certainly a case for Master Mulder and Mistress Scully.
Britain’s first X-File has been found — and it dates from 1742, when George II was king.
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Physician Cromwell Mortimer reported seeing a UFO over central London, and even drew a diagram of the mystery craft.
Mortimer, secretary of the Royal Society, saw it above St James’s Park as he walked home to Westminster on December 16 at 8.40pm.
He wrote: “I saw a light arise from behind the trees and houses in the south by west point. When it had risen to the height of about 20 degrees, it took a motion nearly parallel to the horizon and went over the houses.”
He believed it passed over Bloomsbury before he “lost sight of it over the Haymarket”.
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He added: “Its motion was so very slow, that I had it above half a minute in view; and had time enough to contemplate its appearance fully.”
His diagram showed a flaming head “enclosed as it were in an open case” with “bands of iron”. It had a long tail of light, growing gradually fainter.
Mortimer published his report in 1746 in the journal Philosophical Transactions, vol XLIII, which has recently come to light.
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British UFO expert Steve Mera said: “It is the first of it’s kind.”
He went on: “Folk stood out on a balcony witnessed it. They were well to do, which encouraged proper research into it.”