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1800-1809L

The Observer, 16 March 1800
WORSHIP STREET. - Yesterday J. Stokes, charged with the murder of Elizabeth his wife, was brought up, and discharged, the Coroner's Inquest having declared that she died by the visitation of God.

The Observer, 23 March 1800
  A Coroner's Inquest was, on Wednesday, taken at St. George's Colgate, on the body of Elizabeth Ray, aged 55 years, who hung herself in a fit of love and despair.  The jurors; verdict - Non Compos mentis.

The Times, 6 May 1800
  A Coroner's Jury sat yesterday on Serjeant PRIG, at the King's Head, in the Broadway, Westminster, who had on Saturday taken too large a dose of laudanum, owing to the mistake of a person who went for it. - Verdict, accidental depth.

Jackson's Oxford Journal, 10 May 1800
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  A Coroner's Jury sat on Monday on Mr. Serjeant Prig, at the King's Had, in the Broadway, Westminster, who died on Saturday, in consequence of taking a powerful dose of laudanum, whether from design or inadvertently was no fully ascertained, the Jury however returned their verdict, Accidental Death.

The Times, 8 August 1800
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  An Inquisition was taken on Wednesday, at the Triumphal Car, Piccadilly, before ANTHONY GELL, Esq. Coroner for Westminster, on view of the body of Thomas Flynn.
  The inquest, in the first place, proceeded to St. George's Hospital to examine the deceased.  The head appeared nearly severed from his body, and he had a stab a little below the heart.  How he could have existed a moment with such a ghastly wound as the former one excited the astonishment of every person.
  Sarah Rice said, she lived in the Back Lane, Hammersmith.  On Saturday morning last, between eight and nine o'clock, she was sitting at breakfast, and was suddenly alarmed at hearing some one scream out murder! Murder! She ran out, and perceived a man standing in the middle of the lane, with a knife or razor in his hand, with which he was sawing at his throat, while with the other hand he was holding out the flesh.  By this time several persons had collected round him; it was said, that he had killed a child.  The people assembled near him durst not venture to take the razor from him. Some of them observed, "He has not the heart to do it, he'll not hurt himself; upon which he repeatedly sawed the knife across his throat, and not thinking he had effectually perpetrated his intention, he took both hands, and tore down the skin.  Hearing the mob call out to knock him down, he ran off in this situation near the hundred yards, when he was overtaken, and secured from doing further mischief.  The witness went home, and returned again in about a quarter of an hour, she found him sitting down, and writing.  He called for some water, which was brought him; he drank it, but it all ran out of the wound in his throat; he seemed to be pleased at this circumstance; he delivered his watch to a bye-stander, with directions to have it conveyed to his wife or mother-in-law.
  Mrs. Ann Bottomly, h mother of the deceased's wife, entered into a very particular account of the events that had preceded this unhappy catastrophe.  She was a widow, and had for some time resided at Hammersmith. - The deceased was an Irishman, about twenty-nine years of age, and was clerk to Mr. Evans, a woollen draper in Bishopsgate-street; her daughter was about twenty.  They were married, on the 9th of June, last year, and remained with her three weeks, and then took apartments in Primrose-street,. Bishopsgate-street.  No more than six weeks had elapsed before her daughter complained of his ill usage, and the brutality of his conduct towards her.  She informed the witness that on the morning after their marriage he had desired her to take  salts; to which she objected, alleging that she had nothing the matter with her, but he insisted on her taking them, and ordered her by no means to tell her mother; she obeyed him, and in the course of about three weeks became very much indisposed, and in proportion as her illness increased, her husband became the more tyrannical
  One Sunday, at dinner, she burst into tears; and the witness, regretting that a young couple, newly married, should be so unhappy, urged the deceased to tell her why he used her daughter so ill?  She asked him if it was on account of a sum of money, which her daughter was not to receive till after the death of her, the witness?  He replied - no, it was not that; he continued his cruel treatment towards her, and at length desired the witness to take her daughter back again; she did so, and found she grew still worse; alarmed at the symptoms of her complaint, which she thought extremely unlike those to which a newly married is liable, she obtained the advice of a friend, and the result was, she was fully convinced of the villainy of her husband.
  He afterwards implored her forgiveness, which she granted, but once upbraided him with the injury he had done, but hung upon his neck, and asked him - why he had used her so unkindly, and what she had done to deserve iit?  In a very short time after, his conduct became more outrageous than ever, and at last a separation was agreed on; articles were drawn up and signed, and her daughter came to live with her. - The witness stated the deceased came to her house, on several days previous to last Saturday, and behaved in the most scandalous manner, terrifying herself and daughter, and the rest of her family, arming himself with penknives, and threatening to kill them.  When denied admittance, he got over the pales, or in at the window.  On Saturday last he came to her house early in the morning, sat down in a chair, and began to abuse her daughter; the witness called her into a back-room, and desired one of the younger children to go for a constable; he rushed in after them, he seemed to have something in his hand, which he held close to his side. - He said, "Do you intend or not?" the witness supposed he meant to ask, whether her daughter intended to come back to him or not; she replied, "No. I never will;" then, with an imprecation, he said, "If I cannot have you, no other man shall," and immediately struck her with a poker on her head, and particularly gave her a blow that cut her across her head; her daughter fell down covered with blood, and groaned. The deceased endeavoured to escape; but the witness laid hold of his coat, saying, "You villain, do you think I will let you go, after you have murdered my child?"
  He, however, rushed into the court-yard, stabbed himself with a penknife in belly, and then fell upon his back.  She called out "murder!" after which she saw no more of him.  She said he was in general a very sober man; that after he had given way to his passions, and treated his wife ill, her was sorry for it;' would regret his temper, and treat her to forgive him; which she always had readily done, till his conduct became insupportable.
  Two other witnesses were called, who corroborated the above facts, without stating any additional ones.
  The Jury were unanimously of the same opinion, and returned their verdict - That the deceased had feloniously, wickedly, and of his malice afore-thought killed and murdered himself.
  Accordingly the Coroner issued his warrant for the burial of his body in some public highway.

The Times, 14 August 1800
SUICIDE.
  Tuesday evening, about seven o'clock, the Coroner's Jury sat upon the body of Charles Smith,, alias Jeremiah Clay, who hanged himself in Lillilput-street Compter, on Monday morning last.
  It came out in evidence before the Jury, that this unhappy man had been concerned in many illegal transactions in the Lottery, but that he was apprehended on Saturday night by Lucas and Ranger in John-street, Blackfriars-road, charged with having forged and uttered a check upon the banking-house of Prescot and Co., for 30l. payable in ten days; this check had been traced back to the hands of a woman of the name of Elizabeth Wilkinson, who said she had it from the deceased.  When he was apprehended, licence was found in his possession, from which it appeared he was to have been married to this Mrs. Wilkinson, who is said to possess considerable property in the funds.  Ranger, the officer, likewise found upon him different orders for stock purchased in the funds for property to a considerable amount; one of those orders was for stock to the amount of 199l.; but, whether these orders be real or forged property, at present they have not been able to ascertain.  Mrs. James, of Warren-street, Fitzroy-square, with whom this man had lodged, said every  thing to prove a lunacy, as did several others of his relations, who appeared very respectable looking persons; but the Jury, who deliberately heard all parties till past nine o'clock, said they could not, according to their oath, bring in their verdict lunacy, and therefore ordered the deceased should be buried in the cross roads at the head of the old Bailey, and a stake drove through the body.

The Times, 12 October 1797
  One of the Firemen employed by the Phoenix Fire-Office, who was also a Waterman, dropt down dead in a Punlic-house on Bankside, Southwark, on Saturday night last, while singing the song of "My Poll and my Partner Joe." A Coroner's Jury have sat on the body, and found a verdict of - Died by the Visitation of God.

Portsmouth Telegraph, 12 May 1800
  On Tuesday night died Mr. Fisher, principal haut-boy layer to his Majesty. - He was seized with an apoplelctic fit while performing a solo at the Queen's house.  Pince William of Gloucester observing the unfortunate calamity, supported him out of the apartmens, from wence he was conveyed to his residence in Compton-street, Soho, where he died in about an hou afterwards.

The Times, 13 May 1800
  On Saturday the Coroner's Inquest sat upon one GRIG, a soldier in the Guards, who having made away with part of his regimentals, was so fearful of the military punishment, that he hanged himself. - Verdict - Lunacy.
  A man now in Newgate, committed from Exeter gaol, is accused of being one of the persons concerned in the mutiny on board the Hermione frigate, and of having murdered Captain PIGOT.

Jackson's Oxford Journal, 10 May 1800
CORONER'S INQUEST.
DESERTION. - An inquisition was yesterday taken before Anthony Gell, Esq., Coroner for the City and Liberty of Westminster, at the Unicorn, the corner of Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, on view of the body of William Jackson, a private soldier.  The Jury having viewed the body of the deceased, who appeared to have been killed by a musket ball, proceeded to the examination of witnesses.
  Daniel M'Donnell, a corporal in the 3rd regiment of Foot Guards, stated that he had been sent from the Savoy, with a party of three soldiers, for the purpose of escorting two deserters towards Chester.  He had orders to deliver them up to the first troop or company he should meet, destined for that place.  When he arrived in Coventry, he met a company of the 13th regimen, delivered up his prisoners to the commanding officer, and received in return two other deserters, the deceased, an Samuel Roe, with orders to convey them to the Savoy, on their route to Chatham.  On their way to London they behaved in a very violent manner, and endeavoured to effect their escape, to prevent which they were handcuffed together. On Monday morning they arrived in town, and were proceeding to the Savoy, by the way of James Street; it was about seven o'clock. Just as they came to James street, the deceased slipped his hand out f the handcuff, darted off, and ran up Hart Street; the witness pursued him, but the deceased gained ground of him; upon which he called to his comrade, one of whom Charles Baxter, perceiving there was no likelihood of overtaking the deceased, pointed his piece at him, and he immediately fell dead on the spot, the ball having entered the back part of his head, and gone out at his mouth.  The other two soldiers were busy in securing the other prisoner; the witness remained with the body till his comrades went to the Savoy and sent up a relief, when it was conveyed to the Engine House of Covent Garden Church.
  He said that the deceased was more than a distance of sixty yards from the soldier who shot him.  By the Martial Law of the country he considered his comrade had done no more than his duty.  There were general orders in the army, commanding those who were appointed to guard deserters to fire at them if they attempt to escape.  When deserters were delivered to the custody of a guard, it was the custom to prime and load in their presence, by way of forewarning them of the consequence of an attempt at escaping; he did not conceive a soldier war justified in firing at him the moment he endeavoured to escape.  He said, Baxter could have had no malice against the deceased, on the contrary, he believed it as his wish to have wounded him only.
  The Serjeant-Major of the same regiment deposed to the existence of such general orders as the last witness had spoken of; the lat wanes, he said, was a man perfectly acquainted with whatever related to his duty.  The service he had been sent upon was never entrusted to any but men who might be depended upon; the whole guard appointed to escort deserters was composed of such soldiers as were most distinguished for their good characters and fidelity.  Had the deserter escaped, the guard would have been liable to most severe punishment - perhaps several hundred lashes, or whatever a Court Martial thought proper to inflict; the corporal commanding the party would, in addition to such punishment, have been reduced to the ranks.
  John Emery, a lad of about fourteen years of age, saw the soldier point his musket, and the deceased fall; he perceived the deceased run up Hart Street, but none of the soldiers ran after him.
  Mr. King, of James Street, said, he saw some soldiers conducting deserters down James Street, on Monday morning.  One of the deserters ran up Hart Street, and the soldier, the moment he turned the corner, levelled his piece; he took a steady aim.  When he had fired, he turned round and exclaimed, "D-n me, I've done him;" and he afterwards went up to his comrade, and with an oath said, "Let us kill him too," meaning the other deserter.
  John Clements saw the deceased fall, and heard Baxter use the expression, "That he had done him;" but though the witness was close to him, he did not hear him make use of any oaths: - Neither of these witnesses saw any one pursue the deceased; nor did it appear by their evidence he was by any mean at such a distance, when he fell, from the soldier who shot him, as had been stated by the first witness, M'Donnell.
  The Provost of the Savoy proved, by a written certificate, that the deceased and Roe had been delivered to M'Donnell as deserters by the commanding officer at Coventry.  They were not common deserters, but had been tried by Court Martial, and had been found guilty of some very great offence, and were only pardoned on condition of serving abroad for life.  He likewise spoke to the very exemplary punishment the guard would have been liable to, ad heir prisoners escaped; it was their duty to convey them to their place of destination, either dead or alive.  This was al the evidence material to be detailed.
  The Coroner, in addressing the Jury, observed, that there were three points to be considered: - namely, whether the soldier who had shot the dreads had been guilty of murder or manslaughter, or had merely committed justifiable homicide  - As to the first, there was no evidence whatever to justify such a conclusion.,  To have constituted murder, there must have been premeditated malice proved.  The Jury would consider what had been stated with respect to the rigid system of martial law, to the penalties of which the whole of the guard would have been liable, had the deceased effected his escape.  If they thought the former had acted in obedience to his duty, they would find a verdict of justifiable homicide, but if, on the contrary, they considered martial law did not authorise any one to take away the life of a prisoner,  unless in the case of absolute necessity, then they would return Baxter guilty of manslaughter.
  The Jury were a considerable time in consultation together; several were persuaded, notwithstanding what the Coroner had stated, hat the offence amounted to murder. At last, with the exception of two or three, for it is not necessary the Jury should be unanimous; they returned a verdict of Manslaughter.  Accordingly the Coroner issued his warrant for committing Baxter to take his trial at the next sessions.

ACCIDENTS.
  Yesterday A woman, in the service of Mr. Hankey, in St. John's Street, in Clerkenwell, fell from a two pair of stairs window, which she was cleaning, into the street.  Her back was broken, and she was otherwise much bruised, that little hope was entertained of her recovery.
  The body of a woman, about forty years of age, was on Monday morning, between seven and eight o'clock, taken out of the bason in the Green Park.  A Gentleman present had the body conveyed to St. George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, but every exertion to restive life proved unsuccessful.  The deceased, long known by the name of Old Anne, was a basket woman to the butchers in St. James's Market; and, from the propensity to drinking, it is supposed she  fell in, in a sate of intoxication.
  Om Friday a waterman, near Limehouse, making a leap from a barge into a boat, of which he fell short, and the tide being very rapid, he was drowned before any assistance could be procured to save him.
  On Monday afternoon s child, about two or three years o age, fell out of a two-story window in Fleet Lane, Fleet Market; it was taken to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where it died in about half an hour of the bruises it received in its fl.
  On Monday, about one o'clock, as three young ladies were at play I a house in Westminster, one oft hem inadvertently took up a loaded pistol, and discharged it in such a manner that great part of her head was blown off.  The deceased was not more that fifteen years of age.

The Hull Packet, 28 October 1800
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  On Saturday evening a coroner's Inquest was taken before Anthony Gell, Esq. at the sign of te Queen's Head, Tavistock-row, Covent-garden, on view of the body of Lieutenant Cockburn, a young military officer, who put an end to his existence o Friday evening, by cutting his throat with a razor.  It appeared he had, on that afternoon, returned from Portsmouth, and strong symptoms of insanity, insomuch that it had been judged prudent to deprive him of his sword, previous to his leaving that place, and  strict injunctions were given to his servant, on his arrival in town, to apply to a proper person to attend him, lest he should be induced to commit violence on his person.  Immediately on his coming to his apartment, he desired he might be shaved, which was accordingly done by a barber in the neighbourhood. Notwithstanding this, about two hours after, he insisted on his servant bringing him his razors, that he might shave himself again; he servant replied. "he had been shaved, and that he could not give him his razors, as they were packed up in the luggage."  The servant thinking the situation of his master to be growing dangerous, went out in search of assistance; in the mean time Mr. Cockburn went up stairs into his servant's room, and after rummaging about for some time, found an old razor, with which he instantly cut his throat.  His servant returned with a keeper, but too lat - the dreadful act was perpetrated.
  Surgical assistance was immediately procured, and the wound sewed up, but to little purpose, as he expired in about four hours after.  After having committed the rash action, he appeared perfectly collected, though he did not seem to regret what he had done.  Said that he himself had been bred a surgeon, and that he knew his life was gone, though he had not done it to take effect at the moment; desired he might be allowed to commend himself to God; and pulled from his pocket 40l. which he said would defray he expenses of his funeral.  He expired in the moment of prayer.  A number of officers appeared to prove his deranged state, which was apparent beyond doubt.  He was going out in the recent expedition which sailed from Portsmouth, but was deemed unfit.  The jury, without hesitation, pronounced a verdict of lunacy.
  It was generally conceived that a strong attachment to a young lady, with whom he had lately become acquainted, added to excessive nervous debility, and thoughts of leaving his country and the object of his affections, were the more immediate cause of his mental derangement.

The Morning Post, 14 February 1801
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  Yesterday, at twelve o'clock, a Cone's Jury met Mr. SHIELD, the Coroner, at the Dun Horse, opposite George's Church, Southwark, to inquire into the death of Elizabeth Brown, who lodged at a house in George-yard, in the Borough.  After viewing the body, the Jury continued sitting till nearly five 'clock.
  A great number of witnesses were examined, many of them poor unhappy women, who live by the wretched earnings of prostitution.
  The first witness said, she lived in the same house with the deceased, who had a companion of the name of Jane Williams, but generally known by that of Welsh Jenny.  He heard the deceased and this woman quarrelling about twelve o'clock, and supposed the former was turned out of doors, as she heard het afterwards knocking at the door, and begging to be admitted, saying she had hurt her head, &c.
  The deceased, she said, belonged to a parish near Cannon street.  She had been put into a workhouse at Mile-End, but had left It about a month ago, and came to live in George-Yard, where she was employed in going on messages for the unfortunate women who inhabit that place. - The evidence of several other of these women was to the same effect.
  The searchers of the parish of St. George, and a surgeon who had examined the  body, were then called; the latter said, that it did not clearly appear to him, that the marks of violence upon the body had been the cause of her death.
  It appeared that the deceased was much given to intoxication, and it was suggested that her wounds might have been occasioned by falls, &c.
  The account given in a Morning Paper of yesterday, respecting two men having jumped out of one pair of stairs windows, was proved to be incorrect.
  The men alluded to appeared, from the evidence of several respectable gentlemen in the neighbourhood of Blackman-street, to have been two creditable country dealers, who, having been at the Dun Horse till a late hour on Tuesday night, had, on leaving it, been decoyed into George-Yard by Jane Williams.  They continued in her apartment, which was on the ground-floor until seven in the morning, when they were informed that a dead body was lying in the passage.  Having a considerable sum of money about them, they were alarmed, and immediately got out of the window. These two Gentleman, it was stated, were ready to make their appearance if necessary; but the Jury thought there was no occasion for examining them, being of opinion that the deceased, who had only a part of her clothes on when found, had come by her death from lying in the passage exposed to the inclemency of the weather, and returned a verdict accordingly.

The Morning Post, 17 October 1801
CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Saturday se'nnight an inquisition was held at the Royal Hospital,
Chelsea, before Geo.  Hodgson, Esq. Coroner for the county of Middlesex, on view of the body of William Lamb.
  The jury, after having received the usual charge from the Crooner, proceeded to view the body of the deceased, who appeared to have come violently by his death: - a person of the name of James Legge, was in custody, charged as the author of it. - The following evidence was produced to the jury.
  John Forster, a pensioner in Chelsea Hospital, said, he had known the deceased about seven years previous to his death, and had also known James Legge for some time; they were both Captains, and pensioners in the Hospital. They had had a quarrel about two or three years ago, and were going to fight with swords; but were prevented by Major Bulkeley, through whose interference their difference was made up, and they continued apparently upon terms of friendship with regard to each other.
  On Friday morning, he heard the report of a pistol in the apartment occupied by the deceased and Legge, in consequence of which he went there, and found the deceased laying on his back, in his own room, dead, and bloody.  Legge was in the outer apartment, which divided his from the deceased's; he said, he had done it, or to that effect.  The witness asked him, why he had killed his companion; he replied, he had done his duty, and was well pleased.  A pistol (the same now produced to the Jury), with the stock broken,  was laying on the chest of drawers; he took it, and he also seized the pistol in Legge's hand, who wanted it back again; the flint of the cock was down, as if it had been fired; he put the ramrod into the barrel of the broken pistol., and holding it downwards, a piece of paper dropped out, and the leaden bullet now produced; but he did not find any gunpowder in it, and was of opinion, there was very little priming in the pan.
  Charles Coates servant to General Dalrymple, Lieutenant-Governor of Chelsea College, deposed, that on the preceding morning, in consequence of hearing the screaming of women, he went into the Ward where the deceased Lamb lived; he found the deceased motionless on the floor, with only his shirt and under-waistcoat on, covered with blood, but more particularly on the right breast.  Supposing the deceased had laid violent hands upon himself, he asked the women why they had not prevented it?  Legge came out of his bed-room, and exclaimed, "!I have done it!" adding, "that he had given the deceased a pistol to come out and  fight him like a man, but that he threw it down, and he had then fired at him."  He returned to his bed-room, and brought out the pistols, one of which appeared to have been just fired, and the room smelt strongly of gunpowder.  A bullet dropt from the barrel of the pistol with the broken stock, which, as w ell as he recollected, was on the half-cock, and the pan was well primed with gunpowder. The deceased was at that time quite dead.  Legge did not attempt to escape, but said he was well satisfied with what he had done.  The witness knew of no other quarrel between them than the one which Major Bulkeley had reconciled about two years ago.
  Ann Lamb, the widow of the deceased, said, she had resided with her husband in Chelsea Hospital for the last seven years; there were four small rooms allotted for four Captains in the apartment; the deceased occupied one of them, and Legge another; about seven o'clock, the morning before, she saw Legge waking about in a rage, and using abusive language to the deceased, who was in bed, but got up soon afterwards.  Legge passed through the door of their apartment, and then ran to a large drawer in his own, from which he took out two large horse-pistols; the deceased's bed-room door was but a little way open, and Legge rushed in, and thrust one of the pistols into his hand; the deceased immediately exclaimed, "D-n, what's his for? - what's the matter now?" - and threw it from him.  At that moment the bullet (now produced) rolled upon the floor.  The deceased was standing just by his own bed-room door, with nothing but his shirt and under-waistcoat on, which he usually slept in, and Legge was close by him.  The witness saw Legge fire his pistol at the deceased, who fell instantly; he only exclaimed "My dear!" and died without uttering another word.  Legge said, "I have done it" - The witness knew of no quarrel between them but that which Major Bulkeley settled two years ago.
  Ann Grant, a nurse at the Hospital, said, she had known Legge for eight years, during several of which he had been in the Infirmary, and had only quitted it in May last; he frequently complained of a disorder in his head, and often appeared deranged, low spirited, and dejected, which she attributed to that disorder.
  Mr. North and Mr. Carpue, two surgeons, gave their evidence in these terms:- The found the deceased had received a wound evidently  from a ball, which had entered between the fifth and sixth ribs, near the cartilage, passing obliquely through the right lung, and superior vena cava through the left lung, through the seventh rib on the left side, thence through the moles and integuments, making its way out through the inferior angle of the scapula. Such wound would of course occasion immediate death.  This was the whole of the evidence.
  Mr. Hodgson recapitulated it to the Jury, accompanying it with such remarks as he deemed prominent parts of it, and enable them to form a true decision.  He pointed out to them to what extent the law of this country, indolent to human infirmity, extenuated the crime of murder, where a man acting from passion, justly provoked, or from imbecility of mind, killed another.  He had no doubt but that, equally impressed with justice to the memory of the deceased, and humanity towards the unhappy man who had perpetrated the deed, that their verdict would be perfectly consonant to both.
  The Jury, after consulting together a short time, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against James Legge, who was immediately committed to prison under the Coroner's warrant to take his trial.

The Observer, 23 May 1802

   Tuesday morning early, the body of a decent looking woman was discovered drowned at Blackfriars Stairs, on the London side.  There was nothing about her to discover who she was.  She was taken to the bone-house to be owned, and for the Coroner's Inquest to take a view of the body.

The Observer, 27 June 1802

   An inquest was taken on Tuesday at Wapping on the body of a child wjich was suffocated by a person turning it up in bef.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   A King's Messenger, of the name of Hertzler, blew out his brains on Saturday, in Crown-court, Westminster.

The Observer, 25 July 1802

   A Coroner's Inquest was yesterday taken on the five men who were drowned by the bursting of the coffee-dam, at the West India wet docks, when after a full investigation of all the circumstances attending that melancholy affair, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. - There are three bodies not yet recovered.

   Yesterday a Coroner's inquest was held on the body of a child, who on Thursday fell from the attic window of a house in Vere-street, Clare-market, and was killed. - Verdict accidental death.

The Observer, 15 August 1802

   Saturday evening, in consequence of a dispute with some girls of the town, a seafaring man was murdered in St. Catherine's-lane.  He received six wounds in his breast, from the blade of a clasp-knife.

   Saturday the Coroner's inquest sat on the body of J. Reeves, the convict, who was shot on Thursday se'nnight by one of the keepers, for endeavouring to escape from Woolwich. In the course of the examination, it appeared, that 230 convict came ashore to the Dock-yard on the day of the mutiny. The Jury brought in their verdict - Justifiable Homicide.

The Times, 7 January 1802
  On Thursday last the Coroner's Inquest sat on the body of an infant, found in the privy o a respectable tradesman, in St. John's-square, Clerkenwell, the Sunday preceding.  It appeared, from the evidence adduced before the Jury, that the servant-girl came down on Sunday morning as usual to do the work of the house, but complaining to a young lady in the family that she was very unwell, sent for a female acquaintance, who, upon inquiry, found it necessary to call in the advice of a Surgeon.  When he came he immediately found the unfortunate girl had very recently been delivered of a child; however, she denied the circumstance; but, upon a strict search, it was found concealed in the privy adjoining the house.  She then acknowledged she had delivered herself of a dead child, and had disposed of it in that manner, to prevent the shame and disgrace of such an unfortunate situation.  
  The Surgeon, upon his examination, thought differently - for, after opening the body, and minutely examining the child, he was of opinion it was born alive.
  The Jury in consequence returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against the unhappy mother, who now lies dangerously ill at the Workhouse, from whence she is to be removed to the Old Bailey, by order of the Coroner, to take her trial at the ensuing Sessions.
  It seems the unfortunate female was much respected by all the family, as being a very good and confidential servant. Her father, we hear, is a married man, with a wife and family, residing nearly in the neighbourhood.

The Observer, 23 May 1802
  Tuesday morning early, the body of a decent looking woman was discovered drowned at Blackfriars Stairs, on the London side.  There was nothing about her to discover who she was.  She was taken to the bone-house to be owned, and for the Coroner's Inquest to take a view of the body.

The Observer, 27 June 1802
  An inquest was taken on Tuesday at Wapping on the body of a child wjich was suffocated by a person turning it up in bef.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  A King's Messenger, of the name of Hertzler, blew out his brains on Saturday, in Crown-court, Westminster.

The Observer, 25 July 1802
  A Coroner's Inquest was yesterday taken on the five men who were drowned by the bursting of the coffee-dam, at the West India wet docks, when after a full investigation of all the circumstances attending that melancholy affair, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. - There are three bodies not yet recovered.
  Yesterday a Coroner's inquest was held on the body of a child, who on Thursday fell from the attic window of a house in Vere-street, Clare-market, and was killed. - Verdict accidental death.

The Observer, 15 August 1802
  Saturday evening, in consequence of a dispute with some girls of the town, a seafaring man was murdered in St. Catherine's-lane.  He received six wounds in his breast, from the blade of a clasp-knife.
  Saturday the Coroner's inquest sat on the body of J. Reeves, the convict, who was shot on Thursday se'nnight by one of the keepers, for endeavouring to escape from Woolwich. In the course of the examination, it appeared, that 230 convict came ashore to the Dock-yard on the day of the mutiny. The Jury brought in their verdict - Justifiable Homicide.

The Times, 25 December 1802
  Thursday morning, at ten o'clock, a Coroner's Jury met at the workhouse of the parish of Bishops-gate, for the purpose of inquiring into the causes of the death of Ann Harries, who had been treated in the most inhuman and brutal manner by her master and mistress, as mentioned in a former paper.
  Messrs. Blizard, Smart, and Wilson, and other surgeons, who had opened the body and head of the deceased, and after minutely examining it, returned and gave their testimonies to the Jury, that the deceased must have been in a consumptive state for some time, which had occasioned her dissolution; and that they did not think starvation, or the external bruises on her head and body, were the cause of her death, there being no internal marks from the external appearance.  In their opinion, therefore, the low and weak state of the body might have occasioned the apparent bruises on many parts of the body, and on opening the head, they found no internal injury from the apparent marks on the forehead.  On the whole, they thought he deceased must have died of consumption.
  A great number of witnesses attended, and many were examined, particularly the two little girls who had been fellow apprentice to the deceased, who gave full confirmation of the bad usage they had received from their mistress and master.
  The Jury, after hearing much of the evidence, could scarcely smother their indignation; but from the evidence given by the Medical Gentlemen, they were obliged to return a verdict of - Died by the visitation of God.
  Brown and his wife are however detained to take their trial for assaulting their other two apprentices.

The Observer, 9 January 1803

   On Friday last, of a still-born child, at his house in Russell-square, the Lady of William Bell, Esq.

The Observer, 9 January 1803

   A woman named Morris, some days since, in a state of inebriety, hung herself from the bannister leading to her apartment, in Tothill-street, Holborn.

The Observer, 16 January 1803

OLD BAILEY, Dec. 15.

   John Frederick Tire, the pork-butcher, was tried for the wilful murder of John Goldsmith, by stabbing him with a knife.  The circumstances of the case are already before the public.)  No new evidenced was given beyond what was stated on the Coroner's Inquest. - The Judge thought the provocation the prisoner had received precluded the possibility of a conviction for murder. - The Jury, therefore, returned a verdict of manslaughter; and the prisoner was sentenced to one year's imprisonment.

      Tuesday morning, a dreadful accident happened to a family in red-lion-street.  A pot of inflammable liquid being on the fire, it boiled over, the flames communicated to the clothes of a child; its mother going to its relief, caught fire; the husband, endeavouring to save them, was himself soon in a blaze, which reached to the bed curtains. Five of the family were conveyed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where one died; the bothers are in a very precarious state.

The Observer, 30 January 1803

MARLBOROUGH STREET; POLICE OFFICE, Jan. 15.

   Yesterday Norah Tweeny was charged with entering a respectable house in Marlborough-street with a false key, for the purpose of leaving the dead body of an infant, which was found in her possession, wrapt in an apron.  She pretended a gentleman had given her half-a-crown to deliver it.  It appeared she was one of those persons who steal bodies for the surgeons, or a resurrection woman.  She was committed till the Coroner's Inquest should be taken on the child.

The Observer, 27 February 1803

   Jacob Lazarus, a young man lately removed from Newgate to Woolwich, preparatory to his being sent to Botany Bay, some days since threw himself over-board with his heavy irons on, when he immediately sunk and was drowned.  The Coroner's Jury was yesterday convened, to take an inquest on the body.

The Observer, 3 April 1803

   A poor man died on Friday in the Mansion-house.  He had been brought there from a door in Grover's'-alley; and it appeared that he had been robbed and severely beaten, the evening before, which occasioned his death.

   Thursday morning, a soldier in the Savoy, heard the cry of a child, proceeding from a common sewer, and having procured a boy to enter it, an infant was taken out alive, which had been thrown down the privy of a neighbouring house.  A young woman, suspected to be the mother, has been apprehended.

The Observer, 10 April 1803

POLICE.

   On Thursday Eliz. Levy, her daughter, and another woman were finally examined before the Lord Mayor, the former on a charge of attempting to destroy her daughter's infant child, and the others with being privy to it, when they were all fully committed for trial.

   Wednesday afternoon a respectable tradesman in the City, far advanced in years, cut his throat in a most shocking manner.  It is supposed that the heavy losses he had sustained in the Funds, induced him to commit the act.  No hopes of his recovery are entertained.

The Observer, 8 May 1803

   Thursday night an inquest was held on the body of a gentleman at Charing-Cross, who was found hanging at his bed-post in Tuesday afternoon.  It appeared he had been lately dismissed from the Navy Office.

The Observer, 15 May 1803

   A shoemaker in St. George's in the East, 68 years of age, hung himself some days since in a fit of jealousy.  The Coroner's inquest on the body, found a verdict - Lunacy.

The Observer, 2 October 1803

   Wednesday a Coroner's Inquest was held at Ibbetson's Hotel, on the body of C. Jones, Esq. who was short on the preceding day by Lieut. T. Best.  It appeared that the deceased was in habits of the strictest intimacy with Mr. B.  On Friday he came to the hotel about two o'clock, and went up to Mr. B.'s room to dress.  He had not been there long before  [Bland] came down in great agitation, exclaiming, "For God's sake, some one come up, I have shot my best friend." - The persons belonging to the Hotel rushed into the room, and found the deceased weltering in his blood.  He called for Mr. B. and declared in the most positive terms that he forgave him for the accident.  This unfortunate event originated as follows: The two gentlemen were about to set off on a journey.  There were a brace of double-barrelled pistols lying on the chair, when Mr. B.  took up one, and observed, that they would do for the highwaymen if they should be attacked; at the same time flourishing one in each hand, exclaiming, "I shall have them, right and left," when one of the pistols went off. - The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death. - The deceased was a Half-pat Officer in the East India service and Mr. Nest is a lieutenant in the 48th regiment of Foot.

   Last week the following accident happened on board the Leyden, in the Swift:- Midshipmen Moody and Parks had a trivial altercation, which was adjusted by the Captain: some time after, they went down to dinner in the cockpit, when Mr. M. took up a pistol (which had been previously loaded for the purpose of fighting), "Now, if I was going to do it in earnest, I should soon do for you," when he fired the pistol, the ball passed through the body of Mr. P. and he died instantly.

The Observer, 9 January 1803
  On Friday last, of a still-born child, at his house in Russell-square, the Lady of William Bell, Esq.

The Observer, 9 January 1803
  A woman named Morris, some days since, in a state of inebriety, hung herself from the bannister leading to her apartment, in Tothill-street, Holborn.

The Times, 15 January 1803
CORONER'S INQUESTS.
  On Wednesday evening, at seven o'clock, the Coroner's inquest sat at the watch-house, Queen's-head-alley, Newgate-street, on the body of a black man, unknown, found dying under the gateway of Bull-Head-court, Newgate-street; - their verdict was - Died by the inclemency of the weather.
  A Hair-dresser, of Gutter-lane, Cheapside, was constable of the night.  About three o'clock a watchman found the deceased near Mitre-court, Cheapside, and supposing him dying left him in care of the constable, at the watch-house. By the warmth of the fire he so far recovered as to say he was perishing with cold, and had no money; a Gentleman present gave him a shilling; in a few minutes the constable desired him to go and seek a lodging or refreshment.  He crawled to the corner of Butcher-hall lane.  The watchman on that beat brought two patroles, who dragged him under the gateway of Bull Head-court, about a quarter past four; returning about five, they found him dead, and then carried him to the watch-house,. - The shilling was found in his pocket.
  One of the Common Councilmen of the City has had the matter before the Lord Mayor, who will not fail to punish those who may be found guilty of the brutal act of turning a fellow creature into the street, to perish by the inclemency of the weather.
  The Coroner's Inquest was held on Thursday night, at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, on the body of John Goldsmith, a watch-maker, the particulars of which are as follows: On Monday night, John Frederick Tire, pork-butcher, in Whitecross-street, Cripplegate, and a small party, were drinking at the Cock and Bull, in Whitecross-street; a dispute arose between Tire and the others, with regard to some words which Tire mentioned elsewhere, and which he denied.  At length they agreed to call in another person, who decided against Tire, on which Tire, in a violent passion, refused to pay. Then they all stood up, and began pushing Tire from one to another; on which he went home to his own house, which was just facing, and brought a long knife that he used for cutting pork.  The deceased came in at this time, and sat down in one of the boxes.  All this time the Prisoner stood with his back to the fire, and the others, who were disputing with him, stood facing him.  The deceased stood up and said, "I shall go home."  On this, some person pushed him against the Prisoner, and threw him back against the grate.  When Tire got up, hr went towards the box, and drew his knife, brandishing it, saying, "Whoever comes near me, shall have that."  Some of the company then cried out, "he has got a knife, take care of him."  Others exclaimed, "Poker him!"  The deceased then took the tongues, and followed him to the door, behind the settle, where a scuffle ensued; and the deceased cried out, "He's in me! I am killed!"
  Tire was seen to draw the knife with his right hand out of the deceased's abdomen, near the left side, where he gave the wound, and then ran out towards his own house, crying "Murder!" The deceased came into the tap-room.  He unbuttoned his waistcoat, and pulled up his shirt, when his bowels were coming out.  It was then near nine o'clock, when the deceased was carried to St. Bartholomew's Hospital.  The house surgeon immediately attended.  The wound was about an inch and a half wide, and in the left side of the belly, by which the intestines were cut and lacerated.  He lingered in great agony till the same hour (nine o'clock) on Tuesday, when he expired.
  After Tire stabbed the deceased, he ran into his own house, where he was followed by the people from the public house, and taken to the New Prison, Clerkenwell.
  All the witnesses before the Coroner's Inquest last night were unanimous in the belief, that the deceased did not offer to strike the prisoner with the fire irons.
  The Coroner stated, that if he Jury did not believe the full purport of what they heard from the witnesses, they would consequently give their verdict for manslaughter; If, however, they were persuaded of the truth of the various declarations, that they would act accordingly.  The Jury brought in their verdict about eleven o'clock - Wilful Murder.
  The Prisoner is about 36 years of age, and has a wife and one child.  It seems that he was, at the very time, bound over to keep the peace for cutting a man with a knife about twelve months before, and to whom he paid a very considerable sum of money to stay proceedings against him

The Observer, 16 January 1803
OLD BAILEY, Dec. 15.
  John Frederick Tire, the pork-butcher, was tried for the wilful murder of John Goldsmith, by stabbing him with a knife.  The circumstances of the case are already before the public.)  No new evidenced was given beyond what was stated on the Coroner's Inquest. - The Judge thought the provocation the prisoner had received precluded the possibility of a conviction for murder. - The Jury, therefore, returned a verdict of manslaughter; and the prisoner was sentenced to one year's imprisonment.
     Tuesday morning, a dreadful accident happened to a family in red-lion-street.  A pot of inflammable liquid being on the fire, it boiled over, the flames communicated to the clothes of a child; its mother going to its relief, caught fire; the husband, endeavouring to save them, was himself soon in a blaze, which reached to the bed curtains. Five of the family were conveyed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where one died; the bothers are in a very precarious state.

The Times, 18 January 1803
SUICIDE.  - On Saturday evening, the Coroner's Jury sat on the body of Mr. TWEEDIE, of the navy Pay-Office.  It appeared in evidence, that Mr. Tweedie not coming out of his bed-room for a considerable time after his usual hour of rising, and no answer could be got when he was called at the door, a smith was sent for to beak open the bed-room door, which being done, Mr. Tweedie was found lifeless on the bed, having shot himself through the head, and the pistol lying near him.  Lord MINTO attended, and stated that he had known the deceased for a great number of years, and for some time past he had observed evident symptoms of derangement, that on the morning of the fatal deed, the deceased was to have breakfasted with him, and a Physician was to have been consulted on his state. - The Jury returned a verdict f Lunacy.
  On Friday evening the Coroner of Surrey held an inquisition on the body of Mr. JOHN TUCK, late of Walworth Common.  The deceased had been out on Tuesday collecting his rent at Bermondsey; returning much intoxicated, he fell into a ditch in the Kent road, where he had lain for some time before he was discovered by the Watchman, who took him out, and assisted him as far as he would let him.  On his way home, at the end of Apollo-buildings, a person coming up, who said he knew the deceased, advised the watchman to let him alone, and he would lie down and come about presently, when he would get up and go home, as that was his usual way.  Very unfortunately the watchman took his advice, and left him, and a short time after he was found frozen to death.  The Jury found a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

The Observer, 30 January 1803
MARLBOROUGH STREET; POLICE OFFICE, Jan. 15.
  Yesterday Norah Tweeny was charged with entering a respectable house in Marlborough-street with a false key, for the purpose of leaving the dead body of an infant, which was found in her possession, wrapt in an apron.  She pretended a gentleman had given her half-a-crown to deliver it.  It appeared she was one of those persons who steal bodies for the surgeons, or a resurrection woman.  She was committed till the Coroner's Inquest should be taken on the child.

The Observer, 27 February 1803
  Jacob Lazarus, a young man lately removed from Newgate to Woolwich, preparatory to his being sent to Botany Bay, some days since threw himself over-board with his heavy irons on, when he immediately sunk and was drowned.  The Coroner's Jury was yesterday convened, to take an inquest on the body.

The Observer, 3 April 1803
  A poor man died on Friday in the Mansion-house.  He had been brought there from a door in Grovers's-alley; and it appeared that he had been robbed and severely beaten, the evening before, which occasioned his death.
  Thursday morning, a soldier in the Savoy, heard the cry of a child, proceeding from a common sewer, and having procured a boy to enter it, an infant was taken out alive, which had been thrown down the privy of a neighbouring house.  A young woman, suspected to be the mother, has been apprehended.

The Times, 9 April 1803
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  Yesterday at half-past twelve o'clock, the body of Col. MONTGOMERY was removed from Chalk Farm to Mr. BYNG'S, his brother-in-law, in St. James's-square.  The body was opened for the purpose of ascertaining whether a pistol ball was the caused of his death, as the Coroner deemed this necessary to be done previous to the Inquest being taken on the body.  At 7 o'clock the Inquest was taken at the Long-room in Camden -town, as follows:-
  Mr. Heaviside deposed, that about five o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, Captain Macnamara's nephew called upon him and stated, that his uncle was unfortunately engaged to fight a duel, and wished him to attend him to the spot where it was expected to take place.  On his attending Mr. James Macnamara to his Uncle, he found Captain Barry along with him, when they got into a hackney-coach and proceeded to the ground near Primrose-hill. - When they arrived, they found Sir William Kerr on the ground, but Col. Montgomery did not appear for some time afterwards; when he arrived, the distance of twelve paces was fixed.  The Gentlemen took their stands, and fired nearly together.  Colonel Montgomery fell; and not having provided any surgical attendance, the witness offered is service, but on going up to him the Colonel exclaimed, "I am shot through the heart," and immediately expired.
  The ball appeared to have entered between the fourth and fifth ribs.  Just at this period, Capt. Barry called the witness to tell him that Capt. Macnamara was wounded.  Mr. H. therefore went to his assistance, and found that the ball had entered just above the right hip, and had traversed the belly.  Both the deceased and Capt. M. were taken to Chalk Farm; and shortly after Capt. Barry, Capt. M. and himself, returned to town in the hackney-coach.
  The witness then continued to state what he discovered on opening the body of the deceased, which he had been required to do.  The ball, he said, had passed through the lobe of lung, and had torn the large vessels in its passing.  There was a portion of the ribs on the right side driven into the lungs, and from three quarts to a gallon of blood effused into the chest.  On examining the inside of the ribs, on the left side of the chest, he found many of them broken, which made him conclude that the ball had passed through the chest.  He took out the ball from under the left shoulder blade, which must have made its way there between the fifth and seventh ribs.
  Lord Burghass said, on coming out of St. James's park, next to Hyde Park, on Wednesday afternoon, he met a number of horsemen and Col. Montgomery among them; he rode up to him at that time, he was about 20 yards from the railings next to Hyde Park Gate.  On one side of Col, Montgomery was a Gentleman on horseback, whom he believed was Capt. Macnamara.  The first words he heard, were uttered by Col. M. who said, "Well Sir, and I will repeat what I have said, if your dog attacks mine, I will knock him down."
  To this Captain Macnamara replied, "Well, Sir, but I conceive the language you hold is arrogant, and not to be pardoned."  Col. M. said, "this is not a proper place to argue the matter; if you feel yourself injured, and wish for satisfaction, you know where to find me."   Captain M. replied, "not for what has happened, but if you were to insult me, I would take notice of it as any man."  Col. M. said, "No, Sir, I wish to seek no quarrel, but I adhere to what I originally said, "if your dog was to attack mine, I would knock him down."  Capt. M. again replied, "it was arrogant language, and that he would as soon meet Col, M. as any other man."
  Capt. M. then rode on, but shortly turned round, and repeated "that he would as soon fight as any man" at the same time shaking a stick at Col., Montgomery which he held in his hand.  Col. M. and his friends then rode out of the Park along Piccadilly, and were about forty yards behind Captain M. and two Gentlemen in company with him.
  From the conversation that took place the witness considered the dispute entirely settled; and under that conviction Mr. W. Sloane quitted the party.  The deceased, with Mr. S. Sloane, and witness, rode down St. James's-street, and turned into Jermyn-street.  Captain M. pursued his way along Piccadilly. About the middle of Jermyn-street, the party heard a noise of horses coming along the street.  One of the Gentlemen on horseback he did not know; the other was Mr. W. Sloane; they were not quite together; the stranger was one of those whom he had seen riding along with Captain Macnamara.  When he came up to Col. Montgomery, he told him he wished to speak with him.  Colonel Montgomery replied, certainly.  The Gentleman pointed to the colonel to go forward, which he did.  Col. M, then beckoned to Mr. W. Sloane, who had gone on, to come to him; when he came up, Capt. B. and Col. M. were pointing to their watches; after which the stranger left them, and returned to Capt. M. who was at a short distance.  Witness then rode up to Col.  Montgomery, and said, is any thing going to happen? he replied no, nothing but an explanation which is to take place at my lodgings.  Witness then went to the hotel in Jermyn-street, and saw Col. M. ride past; he nodded to him; this was about twenty minutes past five o'clock.
  M. Stephen Sloane, - I was with my brother, in Hyde Park.  Colonel M. came up to my brother, whom he knew.  We were returning towards Piccadilly from the bridge in the Park.  The dogs were then behind.  Col. M. looked round, and upon seeing his dog, which was quite a young Newfoundland one. engaged in fighting with another of the same kind, but larger and stronger, he got off his horse in order to part them; Col. M. observing at the same time that he would knock the other dog  down if he flew upon his  dog.  Captain Macnamara then rode up, and said, if Col, M. knocked his dog down he must knock him down also.  I have forgotten what was exactly Col. Montgomery's answer, but I think it was, that the Park was too public for the adjustment of a dispute.  He then gave Capt. M. his name, not his card.  Captain Macnamara then, in a violent passion, told his name, and that he was in the Royal Navy.  Capt. M. observed it was arrogant to desire him to call off his dog.  Col. M. observed, Captain Macnamara could not suppose he intended any insult to him, either by what he had said or done; and he concluded by saying, that if Captain Macnamara's dog  did again commit any violence, he would do what was in his power to defend his dog.  They then passed on together towards Piccadilly, through the gate, and separated after a few paces; Capt. M. and his two friends rode along Piccadilly  towards St. James's-street, and the deceased in company with my brother, Lord Burghass and myself went the same way.  When we got to St. James's-street, my brother parted from us, and we turned along Jermyn-street nearly as far as St. James's church
  My brother came up to Col. M. and was immediately followed by another person, who desired to speak to Col. M.  It was one of Capt. Macnamara's party.  The deceased beckoned me to come back, and also my brother.  The deceased, the gentleman and my brother went on a few paces together.  Col. M and the Gentleman took out their watches, and then Capt. M.s friend turned about and rode off towards St. James's-street.  I asked Col. M. the reason of the person coming up? He told me, it was in order to appoint a meeting for the explanation of the quarrel;.  Col. M. then rode off towards St. James's-square, and then returned and galloped up Jermyn-street.  It was about twenty minutes past 5.  Col. Montgomery's conduct throughout was cool and unruffled by any passion, except at the moment when the dog was attacked.
  Mr. William Sloane. - When Col. Montgomery's dog was attacked, Col. M. jumped off his horse to rescue him.  Col. M. called out to Capt. Macnamara to take off his dog.  Capt. M. replied, "Have you the arrogance to say that I am to take away my dog?"  I heard the expression of arrogance made use of several times by Capt. M.  Lord Burghass joined us at this time.  Col. Montgomery expressed a disinclination to quarrel, but said, "If Capt. Macnamara felt himself hurt, he knew where to find him.  Both parties proceeded towards Piccadilly, Capt, M. and his two friends being a little before. (The witness then deposed to the same effect as his brother, up to the time they reached St. James's Church.)
  A Gentleman came up, and desired him to name his time and place.  Col. M. said, "Matters of this consequence were better settled as fast as possible."  He then appointed two hours time; and added, that he thought a pistol should be the weapon employed, as it was most used in this country.  The deceased wished me to go with him to Lord Paget's, but his Lordship was out of town.  He then hinted that I might be his second, but I wished him to consult those who had more experience than myself. - He then said he would go to Mr. Upton's, and desired me to go to Sir William Kerr, which I did, and told him all that had happened.  Sir William was quite shocked at what had happened.  Col. M. came in half an hour after, and asked Sir William to be his second, which he consented to.  
  Col. M. asked him if he had got any pistols; he said he had a brace, but they were out of order.  Col. Montgomery asked me for the loan of my horse for Sir William to ride to the deceased's house.  Sir William enquired whether the deceased or I knew where Captain Macnamara was to be found.  He said it would be necessary to see Capt. M. or his friend before any thing so serious as a meeting took place.  They then rode away, and I saw no more of them.
  Mr. James Macnamara. - I do not know the deceased.  I was riding on horseback on Wednesday afternoon, about four o'clock, in company with Capt. Barry and Capt. Macnamara.  Capt. M. and Col. Montgomery had each a Newfoundland dog following, which on meeting each other began fighting.  Colonel M. got off his horse in a great passion, and swore he would knock Capt. Macnamara's dog down.  Capt. M. called to him and said, "You will please to recollect it is my dog."  Col. M. said, "! do not care if it is your dog, I will knock him down." He repeated this several times. Capt. Macnamara then said, "You shall knock me down first."  Col. M. replied, "that shall be as it may happen," at the same time observing, "why don't you get off your horse and take away your dog?"   Captain M. said, he was not accustomed to be spoken to in that way, to which Col. M replied, that if he had offended him he knew where to call upon him (the deceased had previously given his address).  Captain Macnamara said, "I shall do that without asking for your permission."
  Captain M. Captain Barry and myself rode out at the gate along Piccadilly, and Col. Montgomery and his friends followed us at the distance of about fifty yards.  Col. M. turned down St. James's-street, and we went on.  Capt. Barry at the instance of Capt. Macnamara, went after Col. M. to request a meeting on account of the words he had spoken, and to give him the choice of the time, place, and weapons.  After Capt. Barry had overtaken Col. M. in Jermyn-street, I saw them pull out their watches.  The Colonel then beckoned to a person behind to come up to him, and Captain Barry retuned to Capt. Macnamara.  While we observed this, we were near St. James's-street.  Captain Barry on his return informed Captain Macnamara that Colonel M. had appointed a meeting in two hours, and that he had chosen pistols.  We then parted.
  I went to Mr. Heaviside, to desire him to attend Capt. Macnamara.  On my return, I met Capt. M. in Piccadilly, and Capt. Barry arrived soon after in a coach, and brought a case of pistols with him.  Then Mr. Heaviside, Captain Barry, and Captain Macnamara were driven away to Primrose-hill.  I followed them on horseback.  When I arrived, Colonel Montgomery was not come; but Sir William Kerr was waiting for him.  It was near half an hour before he came up in a hackney-coach with pistols.  Capt. Macnamara sent Capt. Barry to know if he would make an apology.  I heard Capt. B. inform Capt. M. that he refused.
  The ground was then measured at twelve long paces.  Each took a pistol.  Col. M. levelled his first; when both were presented, Col. M. lowered his and took another level.  They then both fired, and Col. M. fell.  Mr. Heaviside went up to him, and put something on his wound.  Capt. M. called to Capt. B, and said he was wounded; he was supported into Chalk Farm.  The deceased was likewise carried thither.  Capt. M. said to Mr. Heaviside, "Is there any danger?" Mr. H. replied, "No."  Capt. M. said. "I do not speak for myself, I mean Col., Montgomery, who, I fear, is dreadfully wounded."  The seconds then took their horses, and rode off together.  (In answer to a question put by the Coroner), the witness added, Capt, Macnamara was as much agitated at Primrose-hill, as when the quarrel first took place.
  A person who called himself Pat, an Irish groom, deposed o the fighting of the dogs in the Park, and the dispute in consequence.  He was also at Primrose Hill.  Being asked who fired first, he said, "there was not the twinkling of an eye difference; but if any, Col. Montgomery had it."
  Colonel Gillespie was called to prove that there was no previous animosity between the parties, as they were strangers to each other before this fatal catastrophe.
  The CORONER in his address to the Jury, stated, the law to be, that where two persons met to fight without having had sufficient time to cool upon their quarrel, in the event of the death of one, the crime of murder could not be charged against the other.  The present case certainly was of this description, the quarrel having begun at five o'clock, and the duel taken place two hours after.  He then expressed the opinion that the observation of the deceased, "that Capt. Macnamara knew where he was to be found," could have no other meaning than a challenge; and he thought this circumstance was favourable to Captain Macnamara.
  The Jury retired a short time, and at nine o'clock this morning returned a verdict of MANSLAUGHTER.
  The ball was not extracted from Capt. MACNAMARA until yesterday afternoon; it was done by Mr.  HEAVISIDE.
  Capt. MACNAMARA'S commitment was made out yesterday; but having to undergo the operation of extracting the ball, it was not judged expedient to remove him till it appeared that it might be done with safety.  At present he is not supposed to be in danger.
  Mr. MONTGOMERY was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 39th regiment of Foot, son of Sir WILLIAM MONTGOMERY, of Ireland, and brother of Mrs. GEORGE BYNG, and of the Marchioness of TOWNSHEND.  He was about 28 years if age, and had fought bravely in the service of his country.
  Captain MACNAMARA commanded the Southampton frigate in the Mediterranean, and in her fell in with a Spanish brig of war in a heavy gale of wind; Unable to board from the yard-arms of the Southampton, he swung on board her an officer and a sufficient number of men to take her in charge, and by this extraordinary means he secured his prize.  In the same frigate he also volunteered to bring out from under the batteries a corvette, then lying in view of the fleet,  waiting a  favourable opportunity to escape, and performed this service in the most gallant manner, by lashing her to the Southampton, and making her sail under heavy fire.  He afterwards commanded the Cerebus.

The Observer, 10 April 1803
POLICE.
  OnThursday Eliz. Levy, her daughter, and another woman were finally examined before the Lord Mayor, the former on a charge of attempting to destroy her daughter's infant child, and the others with being privy to it, when they were all fully committed for trial.
  Wednesday afternoon a respectable tradesman in the City, far advanced in years, cut his throat in a most shocking manner.  It is supposed that the heavy losses he had sustained in the Funds, induced him to commit the act.  No hopes of his recovery are entertained.

The Tines, 13 April 1803
    Yesterday morning an elderly man was found drowned in th Serpentine River in Hyde-Park, supposed to have lain there several days.

The Observer, 8 May 1803
  Thursday night an inquest was held on the body of a gentleman at Charing-Cross, who was found hanging at his bed-post in Tuesday afternoon.  It appeared he had been lately dismissed from the Navy Office.

The Observer, 15 May 1803
  A shoemaker in St. George's in the East, 68 years of age, hung himself some days since in a fit of jealousy.  The Coroner's inquest on the body, found a verdict -
Lunacy.

The Times, 23 May 1803
CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Saturday evening, a  Coroner's Inquest was taken on the body of Mr. O'REILLY, before Mr. HODGSON, at Chalk Farm. From the great caution used by the parties in arranging the meeting of the duel, which was the occasion of this gentleman's death, the evidence brought forward was very incomplete, as to the material facts. - A person, passing by Chalk Farm a short time prior to the duel taking place, said, he saw two parties a little distance from each other, seemingly in deep discourse, in a field, north of the house. The parties attracted his notice, and he observed persons passing backwards and forwards, as if with messages. Shortly after, he heard the report of two pistols, and looking towards the place from whence the noise came, he saw a pistol fall from Mr. O'REILLY'S hand, who directly made the best of his way towards Chalk Farm.  Before he got there, he was supported by some gentlemen, who came to his assistance.
  Mr. MONTAGUE, surgeon, shortly deposed, that happening to be dining at Chalk Farm, he was asked to come to the assistance of a gentleman who had been wounded in a duel.  He found that a pistol ball had penetrated the belly of the deceased a little above the right hip, and that it had traversed to the other side, and its passage had broke the intestines.  Mr. O'REILLY lingered till the next day, and then died.
  The verdict on the occasion was, Wilful Murder against persons unknown.  There was no evidence given at the Coroner's Inquest to connect Mr. HOBART and Mr. O'REILLY in the late duel. - Before Mr. O'REILLY and his opponent fired, a person present paced the distance they were to stand at, and as a signal for discharging their pistols, distinctly pronounced the words "One. Two. Three." This constitutes the duel a deliberate act.

The Times, 29 September 1803
CORONER'S INQUEST.
 Last night, at eight o'clock, a Coroner's jury sat upon the body of Mr. CHARLES JONES, at Ibbetson's Hotel, Vere-street, Cavendish--square.  The deceased was unfortunately shot the preceding day, by Mr. BEST, his most intimate ftiend.
  After the body was examined, and the Jury sworn in, John Smith was called.  He said he was waiter at the above Hotel. The deceased was in the habit of coming to and from their house during the space of the last three months to visit Mr. BEST, who occupied a room there.  The last time he saw him was about two o'clock on Tuesday, at which time the deceased was in mr. BESTR'S room, No. 26, where he understood he had been dressing.  About five minutes past two o'clock, Mr. BEST came running down stairs from his room, and cried out, "For God's sake come up stairs, I have shot my best friend."  Witness said he was the first that ran up into the room, where he found the deceased sitting on the floor, reclining his head towards a pair of drawers which were in the room.  At this time a pistol was lying on the carpet.  Witness endeavoured to lift up Mr. JONES, and support him in his arms, when he asked him for a little water to drink.  Witness procured him some water, and he drank of it.  The deceased asked for Mr. BEST, who came into the room, an immediately fell upon his knees before the deceased, and laying hold of his hand, said, "My God, what shall I do; do you forgive me?"  "Forgive you, BEST? Yes, from my heart; it was an accident."
  Mr. BEST, on leaving the room, fell backward from agitation, but at length went down stairs. After Mr. BEST left the room, Mr. JONES said, "I am more sorry for BEST, than for myself." A surgeon was sent for. On proposing it, M. JONES said, it was of no use to send, as he could not possible live.  The Surgeon came in about ten minutes; the deceased died about three quarters of an hour afterwards.
  Mr. Samuel Hicks, Surgeon, deposed, that he was sent for on Tuesday, soon after two o'clock.  When he came to the Hotel, he found the deceased sitting on the floor, supported by one of the waiters, in the room where he now lies.  He was perfectly sensible at the time.  On examining him, he found a gun-shot wound on the left side, below the ribs.  The decease pointed his finger to his back, where the bullet, he said, was lodged.  Witness touched the place and could distinctly feel it.  On wishing to afford the deceased some assistance, he said it was of no use to examine the wound, or move him, as he must inevitably die, and therefore begged not to be disturbed.  Some person in the room asked how the affair had happened; to which the deceased replied, "it was an accident from my best friend."  Soon after, Mr. BEST came into the room, and fell upon his knees before Mr. JONES, in extreme agony, and asked him if he would forgive him; to which he answered, "from ihs heart."  After Mr. BEST quitted the room, the deceased remarked, that he felt more on Mr. BERST;S account than his own.  Mr. JONES died about an hour afterwards.  He was perfectly sensible, until about ten minutes before his death, when he sent for a Gentleman in Bond-street.
  Here the Coroner (Mr. Hodgson) took occasion to remark, that it was unnecessary to go further into the business, as it was clearly proved that the manner of Mr. JONES losing his life was entirely accidental; that no evidence was so strong at that which had proceeded from his own mouth; for had he not come fairly by his death, he certainly would have said so.  Had the deceased been shot dead, the case might have been otherwise.  However, as I had not appeared by what means the accident took place, the Gentlemen of the Jury might wish to be satisfied on that point from Mr. BEST himself, who would no doubt explain it, but he could not help thinking his presence would be better dispensed with, for two reasons - the Gentleman's feelings would naturally be hurt, and he as by no means obliged  to criminate himself.  A Gentleman present was enabled to answer the same end, as he had heard the story from Mr. BEST himself; but what he had to say was not to be considered as evidence.
  Mr. GARDENER, from Burleigh, in Essex, proceeded to state that he knew Mr. JONES since last spring.  He was an Officer in the East India Company's service; he believed as Lieutenant.  He also had been acquainted with Mr. BEST three or four years; he was a Lieutenant in the 38th Regiment; did not know how long Mr. BEST and the deceased had been acquainted.  They were known to each other last spring.  Never heard of any quarrel between them, on the contrary, they were always in the greatest habits of friendship.  With regard to the present accident, M. BEST had informed him that Mr. JONES was using his room to dress in on Tuesday morning, which he was in the habit of doing; that he went up stairs to him about two o'clock, and found him nearly dressed.  After some conversation, Mr. BEST and to Mr. JONES, he was going out of town, and would be glad if he could accompany him.  Deponent did not know whether it was agreed or not.  One of them remarked, that there were pistols lying on a chair for the highwaymen, should they meet any.  Mr. NEST took one of them with a double barrel.  The pan of one of the locks was down and the other up; he shut down the pan of the one that was up, and  said, "yes they will all do; if I meet a highwayman I will fire right and left," snapping the pistol each way at the time, not expecting either of he barrels were loaded. One of them went off and produced the sad catastrophe.
  The Jury, without the least hesitation, returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

The Observer, 2 October 1803
  Wednesday a Coroner's Inquest was held at Ibbetson's Hotel, on the body of C. Jones, Esq. who was short on the preceding day by Lieut. T. Best.  It appeared that the deceased was in habits of the strictest intimacy with Mr. B.  On Friday he came to the hotel about two o'clock, and went up to Mr. B.'s room to dress.  He had not been there long before  [Bland] came down in great agitation, exclaiming, "For God's sake, some one come up, I have shot my best friend." - The persons belonging to the Hotel rushed into the room, and found the deceased weltering in his blood.  He called for Mr. B. and declared in the most positive terms that he forgave him for the accident.  This unfortunate event originated as follows: The two gentlemen were about to set off on a journey.  There were a brace of double-barrelled pistols lying on the chair, when Mr. B.  took up one, and observed, that they would do for the highwaymen if they should be attacked; at the same time flourishing one in each hand, exclaiming, "I shall have them, right and left," when one of the pistols went off. - The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death. - The deceased was a Half-pat Officer in the East India service and Mr. Nest is a lieutenant in the 48th regiment of Foot.
  Last week the following accident happened on board the Leyden, in the Swift:- Midshipmen Moody and Parks had a trivial altercation, which was adjusted by the Captain: some time after, they went down to dinner in the cockpit, when Mr. M. took up a pistol (which had been previously loaded for the purpose of fighting), "Now, if I was going to do it in earnest, I should soon do for you," when he fired the pistol, the ball passed through the body of Mr. P. and he died instantly.

The Times, 10 November 1803
CORONER'S INQUEST
Repeat of the Dewey inquest.

The Times, 16 February 1804
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  On Tuesday night, Lord WALSINGHAM'S coachman was found dead on his coach-box, in the Haymarket, whilst waiting to take Lady WALSINGHAM from the Opera.
  A Coroner's Inquest was taken o the body yesterday afternoon, at the King's Arms in St. Alban's-street.
  Thomas Myers, Lord WALSINGHAM'S footman, deposed, that Thomas Simmons, the deceased, and myself, were ordered to attend the Opera with the carriage, at half past 11 o'clock, to take their Lady home.  When her Ladyship was ready, he went to tell the coachman to bring the carriage up to the door.  The throng of carriages was so great that it was with difficulty he could find him.  At length he met with him on the opposite side of the way, and delivered to him her Lady's orders.  The coachman observed in reply, that the ay was so completely blocked up, that it would be a quarter of an hour at least, before he should be able to get close to the pavement.  The witness conveyed this information to Lady WALSINGHAM, who waited till the time was elapsed, in the lobby, when she sent the witness again to see if the coachman was ready. On going out at the Opera House door, he perceived a bustle among the carriages and perceived is fellow servant endeavouring to make his way up between two carriages.  His attention being taken off at the moment, he heard a voice, proceeding from the carriages in front of the Opera House, exclaim, "D-n him, you served him right." At this moment he saw the deceased fall back on the coach-box, and drop the reins; not seeing him stop, he became alarmed, and ran to inform his Lady that some accident had befallen the coachman; upon which her Ladyship desired him to enquire what had happened.  On returning the third time he found the carriage was gone; the horses, as he learned, having set off, when they found themselves at liberty.
  A Gentleman who stopped the horses near Suffolk-street, said, that passing that way at the time, and seeing no person guiding the animals, he took hold of their heads, when he observed the coachman laying back on the coach-box, with his head on the roof of the coach.  Supposing at first e was only asleep, he called to him, but on further investigation he found he was dad; when, with the assistance of others, they took him to the Kng's Arms, St. Alban's-street. At this period Lady WALSINGHAM'S footman came up, and went for the family surgeon, Mr. TAGGERT, I Pall Mal.
  Mr. Taggert stated, that on coming to the deceased, he found him quite warm, but lifeless; and though he thought nothing could be done to restore him to life, nevertheless he opened a vein in his arm. On examining his head and face, he found two contusions, one of them in the middle of his forehead, and the other on the left side of his temple, neither of which he conceived were of sufficient magnitude to occasion the death of the deceased.
  Mr. Younh, a Surgeon, who resides in St. Alban's-street, said, that being sent for, he came to the deceased at the time he was under the operation of Mr. Taggert, and having examined the wounds on his forehead, agreed with him that the blows were not of that fatal nature to deprive the deceased of his life.
  A Coachman, who was present when the bustle took place, stated, that the deceased asked him, being an old acquaintance, to give way to let him come at the Opera House door, as he, witness, had not been called.  At this moment, and while he was endeavouring to make way, two other carriages were endeavouring to get into the place of the ceased, whom he saw fall back on the box; but being busily engaged with ihs horses, he aw no blow struck.
  The evidence being closed, the Jury brought in their verdict - Died by an Apoplectic Fit.
  The above circumstances having made some noise, many persons have requested to view the body of the coachman.  It appears, that over the left eye there are three distinct strokes, which appear to have been given by the thong of a whip.  On the centre of the forehead is the mark of a blow, not apparently of a dangerous nature, notwithstanding the blood seems to have issued from the wound, and run amongst the hair.  A wound also appears on the left temple; it is black, and swelled about the size of a marble, and is supposed to have been given by the butt end of a whip.  Round this blow are several small contusions of a trivial nature; the left eye is completely black, and the deceased exhibited altogether the appearance of one who had been engaged in a bruising match.  Some time after the evidence had closed, a person came to the King's Arms, and stated, that he could find a person who saw a coachman strike at the deceased with a whip.
 It was said that a coachman who was present in the bustle had absconded, when the carriage he dove was found damaged, and a quantity of blood sprinkled over it.

The Times, 11 April 1804
  A Coroner's Inquest was on Thursday held at the halfway house, Knightsbridge Road, on the body of ROBERT DEAN, who was killed by falling from a coach near that place, on Tuesday night.  Verdict - Accidental Death.  The deceased was a clerk in a Manchester warehouse.

The Times, 1 December 1804
  A person, genteelly dressed, was found dead in the Edgeware Road, near Tyburn Turnpike, on Thursday night.  He had been removed from a dyke near Paddington Turnpike about an hour before, by a watchman, who placed him on his legs, and he walked away.  He appeared to be intoxicated.  The body was removed to the Portman Arms, Portland-place, for the inspection of a Coroner's Jury.

The Times, 8 December 1894
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  On Saturday last an old woman, about 60 years of age, cook the above Gentleman [M. SHAW, of Bridge-street, Blackfriars], cut her throat in so dreadful a manner, that she died on Thursday in St. Bartholomew's Hospital.  Last night, Nr. SKELTON, the Coroner for the City of London, held an inquest on the body, when the following curious circumstances transpired:- The House-maid of Mr. SHAW deposed, that on Saturday morning last the Cook went up stairs from the kitchen to her own room, as she supposed, for the purpose of getting ready for the inspection of her Master; when on going to call her to breakfast, she saw from the chamber door marks of blood, and heard the old woman groaning.  She was so alarmed at this circumstance that she did not enter the room, but have immediate notice of it to Mr. SHAW; who, with two of his Clerks,  went up stairs, where they found the deceased lying with her head on the bed, and her throat wounded in such a manner as to disable her from speaking.  She, however, made signs for pen, ink, and paper, and wrote as  nearly as possible the following words - "Sir, William, groom; William, footman; John, Wife and Mother, robbed you."  She afterwards, but ineffectually, endeavoured to convey some further information. - She, however, took from her pocket a paper covered with blood, and containing the following words :- "John the groom, Ann, and William, are going to swear my life away; give my property to Phoebe; - I am not in fault."
  On her being removed to the hospital, Mr. Shaw saw her there, and asked her several questions respecting the robbery; how she supposed it had been effected; and who she thought were the offenders; but did not at first call to her recollection, or shew her the two papers she had written.  To his questions she w rote answers; most of which only went to set forth her own innocence, and to request he could send a Clergyman to pray by her.  To one of his questions, respecting the robbery, she wrote the following answer:-
  Who was concerned with John, I would not go to say; you have found your money in his house; how could he get it? He got in below, depend on it - I am as innocent as yourself.
  A few hours before her death, Mr. SHAW again called on her, and laid before her the first paper she had written after she cut her throat, in which she accuses four people with being concerned in the robbery., when she wrote the following answer:-
  Sir, I did not mean that - I must be mistaken.
  In most of her writings she prays most fervently for her Master; declares her own innocence, and requests her property may be given to Phoebe.  The Jury conceiving from the paper, in which she says "they are going to swear away my life," that her fears had affected her senses, returned a verdict of Lunacy. .  .  .

Cambrian, 25 February 1804

LONDON.

Thursday a Coroner's Inquest was held on the body of Mr. Lacey, a very eminent attorney of Bread-street Hill, who on Monday evening cut his throat with a razor in a dreadful manner.  By the evidence given before the Jury, it appeared, that the unhappy gentleman had lately been visited with several severe attacks of the gout in his head, in one of the paroxysms of which, it is supposed, he committed the lamentable act that has deprived society of a valuable member,. Verdict - Lunacy.

The Times, 21 September 1804
  Last night a Coroner's Inquest was held at the Ipswich Arms public-house, in Thames-street, before THOMAS SHELTON, Esq. on the body of William Corbet, a soldier belonging to the 1st Regiment of Guards.  A man of the name of Pettit, a petty Officer in the Customs, deposed, that on Wednesday night at 12 o'clock he went on duty at YOUNG'S Quay, and that soon after that time he saw the deceased lying groaning very much, and thought he was dying; he then sent for the night officers of St. Dunstan in the Eat, who immediately attended, and with the assistance of the deponent, placed the unfortunate man in the bet situation they could; that they then left him, and thoght him much better.  Pettit frequently went to look at him, and in about an hour after, he thought he was getting much worse, and went for the officers a second time.  They then removed him to the workhouse, and sent for a surgeon, when every possible means were used, but without effect.  The witness understood he had drank to excess of whiskey. Verdict , Died from excess of drinking.
  From the excessive heat of the weather, during the last week, two mechanics, in Plymouth Dockyard, whilst engaged in their work, suddenly dropped down dead.

The Times, 5 October 1804
  At two o'clock yesterday, he Coroner for the City of Westminster held an inquest at the Feathers public-house, on the remains of Mrs. ANN FREEMAN, who lost her life o Wednesday, in the dreadful fire in Palace-yard.  After the Jury had examined the few bones that lay at the workhouse in a shell, they returned to the Inquest room, and merely examined one witness, who saw the melancholy fate of the deceased, when they brought in their verdict - Accidental Death.
  Mrs. FREEMAN was of a very respectable family in Hertfordshire, whither her remains are to be carried for internment.
  The Coroner's Jury took into consideration the impropriety of the key of the engines and ladders of the City of Westminster remaining in the hands of the parish officers, and drew up a petition to be presented to the Overseers, requesting they will in future permit the keys to be always ready at the watch-house, in case of accident.
  We late last night  sent to the Westminster Infirmary, to enquire after the two unfortunate girls who jumped from the window and were sorry to find that ANN TOBBEY had just died (7 o'clock) in the greatest agony.  Hopes were, however, entertained, that ELIZABETH MILLS, the other girl, would recover.

Cambrian, 1 December 1804

Tuesday, Mrs. Sowerby, wife of a respectable pawn-broker in Whitechapel, threw herself into the Bason in the Green Park, but being observed by Baron de Robeck, who was standing at his window, the corner of Clarges-street, Piccadilly, he hastened with his servants to her assistance, and she was dragged out, and restored to animation and speech; when she informed them that she had drank a phial of aqua fortis previous to throwing herself in the water, which proved but too true, and she expired the same evening.  Verdict - Lunacy.

The Times, 1 January 1805
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  Yesterday an Inquisition was taken before A. GELL, Esq. at the Blue Posts, Arlington-street. Piccadilly, on the body of a female infant child, who was found concealed in a trunk, in t house of Sir JOHN HORT, Bart. in that street, on Sunday.
  It appeared by the evidence of Eliza Thompson, the housekeeper in Sir John's family, that Ann Jones, the kitchen-maid, had been long suspected to be in a pregnant state; and on being questioned, she always  denied the fact.  On Thursday last the housekeeper was fully convinced of her pregnancy, and pressed her closely to disclose her situation; but she denied it still, although she was promised protection. Jones went to bed on Saturday night much indisposed with a cold; and on Sunday morning, the housekeeper called at her chamber, when she informed her that she was better; but on bringing her a bason of tea, the housekeeper suspected. From many circumstances, that she had delivered herself of a child, and pressed her to ay what she had done with it.  Jones still denied the fact, when a surgeon was sent for, who clearly found out the truth of the housekeeper's assertion, and on examining about the house, they discovered the newly-born babe in a box, wrapped up in a flannel petticoat.  The Surgeon, who was present when the child was found, stated, that one side of it was warm, and on relating that circumstance at the time to Jones, she declared that it was still-born, but that it lay alongside her  for some time in the state the Surgeon described.
  Mr. Tayne, a Surgeon, examined the child yesterday.  He found the contents of the thorax and abdomen sound.  The lungs were rather collapsed, and in outing a portion of them in water, they swam, which is a sign that the child was born alive, although it was not a sufficient criterion to prove that fact.
  The Jury, after some deliberation, returned a verdict - Still-born.
  The woman confessed that the butler in the family was the father of the child.

The Times, 22 January 1805
CORONER'S INMQUEST.
  The melancholy catastrophe of the death of Mr. GEORGE ROUSSEAU, a domestic in the establishment of his Royal Highness the Prince of WALES, was the subject of an inquisition taken before JOHN. W. UN WIN, Esq. Coroner for Middlesex, at Brook House, Clapton, on Saturday last, attended with circumstances of more than common interest.
  JOHN PHILLIPS, Esq. Surgeon to his Royal Highness's Household, stated as follows:- I was  called in to visit the deceased on the 9th of January, in the morning; I found him in a state of great agitation and   debility, from excessive vomiting; he declared he was poisoned - he complained of great giddiness in his head, and that his palate was affected with a taste of copper.  The sickness continued upon him, and his sight was considerably impaired till Monday last, when a violent fever gradually seized him, and he became quite frantic.   The deceased was removed from Carleton House to Clapton, in the highest exacerbation of fever, on the Sunday, and died there on Wednesday.
  I opened the body; the inner membrane of the brain was in a high state of inflammation, and some water had exuded on the surface.  Great inflammation was visible in the stomach, particularly on the inner surfaces near the upper orifice, to about the extent of the palm of one's hand; the other viscera were in a perfect and sound state.
  Doctors GEORGE PEARSON, GILBERT BLAINE, and myself were of the following opinion:- That the primary complaint was in the stomach, but the immediate cause of death was in the head.  I understand the deceased had taken milk, as w as his usual custom; he was shortly afterwards seized with violent sickness and pain. The vessel in which the milk had been boiled was examined, but no traces of poison could be discovered, nor could it be found that poison had been taken by that which was execrated from the stomach, or by the inspection of the stomach and bowels after death - still I think, nothing could have produced the effects which were exhibited upon the stomach and brain, but arsenic, corrosive sublimate, or some mineral poison.
  CHARLES PECK, Esq. his Royal Highness's Maitre d'Hotel, deposed, he had been in the habit of visiting the unfortunate gentleman from time to time until his removal.  He always declared he had been poisoned, and intimated a sort of suspicion that an officer employed under him had been the cause; but he observed, shortly after he was sized with the symptoms above described, he had desired the suspected party to taste some of the milk - he had done so, and was seized with the same symptoms as the deceased.  The witness further stated, the milkman had been questioned on the subject, and he had declared his whole family had partaken of the same milk at their breakfast - the witness also saw the utensil in which the milk was boiled, which was made of tin, and he described it to be in a filthy condition.
  Mr. JOHN GASCOIGNE, the Clerk of his Royal Highness's stables, had visited the deceased almost daily; he uniformly expressed his conviction that he was poisoned; he had intimated to him his suspicions of the officer referred to, but that suspicion was simply grounded on an accusation unauthenticated, that the suspected party had purloined some property of his Royal Highness, which was under the particular care of the deceased; he affirmed the person referred to by the deceased was of a respectable and moral character.
  Mr. MORFIELD and Mrs. SPICER, both belonging to Carleton House, had severally visited the deceased; they frequently heard him say he was poisoned; but he did not express any suspicion on that subject, as applicable to any person whatever.
  The Coroner remarked to the Jury, after the testimony of the Gentlemen of the Faculty, eminent in their professions, combined with the circumstances in evidence, it must be inferred the subject of this inquiry died from the effects of poison.  It remained, therefore, merely to be considered by the Jurors from what source that poison was administered. It was a question of fact, and to be collected from the evidence before them, on which it was then their province to decide.
  The Jury returned their verdict - Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

The Times, 31 May 1805
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  Yesterday an inquisition was taken at a public-house in Chesterfield-street, on the body of Elizabeth Smith, who was killed in her bed-room, on Tuesday evening, by a person of the name of Jakerman.  The deceased, who was the wife of Smith, a watchman, had cohabited with Jakerman, but in consequence of a quarrel having arisen between them on Tuesday, the deceased repaired to her husband.  At seven o'clock in the evening, Jakerman forced open the door of Smith's apartments, in Chesterfield-street, and shortly after he was awoke by the screams of his wife, who soon expired.  Jakerman was standing by the bed-side, with an uplifted hand, and a struggle took place between Smith and him, in which the former had three ribs broken.  The Jury returned a verdict of - Wilful Murder.  Jakerman is committed.

The Times, 20 July 1805
  A Life-Guardsman, of the name of Bowen, put a period to his existence on Tuesday, by cutting his throat from ear to ear.  A Coroner's Inquest sat on the body, and delivered a verdict of Lunacy.  The deceased and his wife were left in the care of a Gentleman's house, in Gloucester-place, Portman-square, where the act was perpetrated.
  A Marine, a fine young man, belonging to the ship's company of the Inflexible, on Thursday, unfortunately fell overboard, struck his head against the ship's side, and fell into the water, where he immediately sunk; his body has not been found.

The Times, 25 July 1805
CORONER'S INQUESTS.
  A Coroner's Inquest was held on Tuesday evening, at the Cannon Tavern, Portland Road, on the body of Michael Lennon, who lost his life in consequence of fighting a pitched battle in the Jew's Harp Field, on Sunday morning; but there being no surgeon to view the body, it was adjourned until yesterday, when the Jury met again at seven o'clock in the evening.
  John Cokeley stated, that he saw them fight the first three rounds, when he retired to shelter himself from rain, and, after an hour had elapsed, he heard the friends of Dillon cheer.  On his going to the spot, the deceased was stretched on the ground, in a state of insensibility, and he expired in about two hours after.
  It appeared, from several tailors, who knew the circumstances, and who saw the fight, that the parties belonged to a Society of Taylors in Bear-street, Leicester-fields; they described the battle as unfair.  One of them heard the deceased offer to shake hands and return home, before setting-to, but Dillon would not, although he offered to draw stakes in the middle of the battle, which the deceased refused. None of the witnesses could ascertain what was the origin of the dispute.
  The Surgeon, who opened the body, concluded that the deceased died by a fall or exertion, as there did not appear sufficient marks of violence to have caused death. - Verdict, Manslaughter.
  On Tuesday night another Inquest was held at the sign of the London Hospital, Mile-end-road, on the body of G. MARSH, a labourer, who was employed to remove the rubbish of the Mount, in Whitechapel-road.  The man was digging at the bottom, when the soil giving way sooner than was expected, a great mass fell upon him, and he was dug out of it with his legs and arms broken.  He was carried to the hospital, where he died on Tuesday morning.  The Jury returned a verdict of - Accidental Death.

The Times, .25 July 1805
  An Inquisition was taken a few days ago, at Ampthill, in the county of Bedford, before RICH. AMBROSE REDDALL, Coroner of the Honour of Ampthill, upon view of the body of James Tims, a child nearly three years of age, who died in the afternoon preceding, in consequence of having eaten a quantity of the seeds of a plant called henbane, which the child procured in a field near his residence.

The Times, 26 July 1805
  Our statement, n yesterday's paper of the verdict of the Coroner's Inquest which was held that evening on the body of Lennon, who was killed on Sunday in a pitched battle in the Jew's Harp Fields, was erroneous; the verdict was Wilful Murder by Dennis Dillon.  This verdict was founded on the opinion expressed by the Coroner, that "where there was a premeditated design between the parties to commit a breach of the peace, and where that violation of law terminated fatally to one of them, with the additional consideration that it was a prize fight, in which each had money as an inducement to do an injury to the other; in such case he thought the act of the one man, who killed the other, was clearly murder.  The Coroner in consequence issued his warrant for the apprehension of Dillon.

The Times, 30 July 1805
  Yesterday an Inquisition was taken by the Coroner for Westminster, at the Bricklayers' Arms, Mount-street, on the body of JAMES KNIGHT, who was drowned while bathing in the Serpentine River, on Saturday.  It appeared by the evidence adduced, that the deceased, an Excise Officer at Wells, in Somersetshire, was on a visit to a friend in Sloane-street.  Two youths, who were sitting on the bank of the river, saw the deceased (who could no swim) walk into the water, when he suddenly lost his feet, and appeared to be struggling to keep above water.  The boys, who were good swimmers, went to his assistance, but before they could reach him, he sunk to rise no more! The life-boat was launched to his assistance, but too late. - Accidental Death.
  PUBLIC-OFFICE, WESTMINSTER.
  Yesterday a young man was put to the bar on suspicion of occasioning the death of another of the name of GEORGE CHIPPERFIELD, a Butcher, near Ball's Pond, on Sunday morning last; when playing in a field the Prisoner pushed the deceased over the brink of a dry ditch, and walked on, but not seeing him coming on, he walked back, when he found the deceased lying on his back with his neck dislocated. His companions, who were with him in the field, proved that they were in sincere friendship with each other, and that the death of the man arose only from accident; the Prisoner was therefore discharged.

The Times, 16 September 1805
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  On Saturday evening, at seven o'clock, an Inquest was held at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, before ROBERT SHELTON, Esq. one of the Coroners for the County of Middlesex, and a respectable Jury, on the body of THOMAS ARIS, who was murdered on Wednesday night last, in Feathers-court, Lincoln's Inn-fields.
The Jury having been impannelled and sworn, proceeded to the dead-room of the hospital, to view the body, which was in a shell, and had been opened on Thursday last by the Surgeons in attendance, in order to examine into the causes of death.  The body had lain so long during the warm weather, as to render the air of the room wherein it was deposited scarcely tolerable.
  The Jury being returned to the hall, a number of witnesses were sworn and examined, and their testimony differed in nothing material from the circumstances we stated on Friday.
  Thomas Owen, the boy before-mentioned, stated, that he lives with his mother in Weston's-Park; that while standing at the end of Feathers-court, on Wednesday night, about eleven o'clock, he saw William Moss (the prisoner in custody), whom he recollected, from seeing him pass and repass there before, come into the court, and taking off a dark coloured smock-frock which he wore, look in at the window of a woman named Elizabeth Rheims,  who lodges on the ground-floor of a house, having one entrance from Weston's-Park, and another from Feathers-court.  After looking in earnestly for some minutes, he then went up the court towards Holborn.  The witness had the curiosity to follow him, but shortly lost sight of him; and some time afterwards was again standing opposite Feathers-court, when he heard a noise of blows struck, and saw the prisoner Moss holding a man against the wall in the court, opposite to the door of Elizabeth Rheims's lodgings, and striking him repeatedly with the other hand.  Moss, on seeing the witness looking at him, went off up the court, and the deceased fell, and groaned once.
  The witness went and alarmed a Mr. PARFREMENT, who keeps a public-house immediately adjoining, telling him there was a man murdered in the court.  PARFREMENT immediately came with some persons in his house, of the names of Lewis, Archer, and Webb (all of whom were sworn and examined) who stated, that they found the deceased lying on his back, insensible, severely bruised about the face, and apparently without any signs of life.  The assistance of Mr. BOWERS, a Surgeon in Holborn, was, after some short time, obtained; he endeavoured to bleed the deceased, but in vain.  The body was then conveyed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
  William Pauley, a shoemaker, proved, that about six months since, a woman named Elizabeth Rheims, came in company with Moss, whom he since understood to be a smuggler and duffer, and who then passed as her husband, and took from him the ground-floor, where she has since lodged.  He cohabited with her there about a fortnight; but the witness then missed him, and had not seen him from that time until about a fortnight ago; and since then he had come several times to Rheims's lodgings.  During the absence of Moss, witness saw the deceased about three times coming to Rheims's; once in her apartment, and twice on the premises.  He did not know the deceased; nor did he hear any noise in Rheims's apartment on the night of the murder, not know any thing of the transaction until the watchman knocked at the door to take Rheims into custody.
  Through the whole of the evidence adduced, there was no proof whatever of any previous quarrel or altercation between Moss and the deceased.  The attack was made so suddenly and silently, that not the least noise disturbed the neighbourhood; and had it not been for the testimony of Owen, who, by accident, saw the transaction, it never could have been traced to Moss, who ran up the dark court into Holborn, and was taken, within a quarter of an hour afterwards, by chance, at so great a distance as Soho-square.
  Croaker, one of the Bow-street patrole, stated, that on Wednesday night, at nearly eleven, he, with Jones, and other officers, was going his round, through Sutton-street, Soho, and saw Moss, the prisoner, passing by him; he had some recollection of his person, having taken him up on suspicion about four or five months since, when he was sent on board the ender.  In order to   hear him speak, he asked him the way to Hog-lane; the prisoner said gruffly, he did not know.  Croaker laid his hand upon his shoulder, in order to turn his face to the lamp-light, and immediately knew him; Moss also knew him, struck at him instantly, and nearly knocked him down.  Croaker cried "Stop Thief," and Moss was stopped in Charles-street, secured, taken to the next watch-house, and left in charge as a deserter from the Navy; he was searched, and several pieces of bad money found in his pockets.
  Just as Croaker and his party left the watch-house, they were called back, and told that a woman was then brought in upon as charge of murder committed in Feathers-court.  The boy Owen, who came with the woman, said, it was committed by a lusty man in a smock-frock.  Croaker, who instantly knew the woman Elizabeth Rheims, brought in on the charge, said it was ten to one the man who committed the murder was now up stairs, and the same he had given in charge, as he knew him to cohabit with this Elizabeth Rheims before he was sent to sea, from which he had escaped but about a fortnight.  Moss, who had gone to bed, was instantly ordered to dress and come down, and Own identified him from amongst twenty other prisoners.
  Mr. Robert Hardy, House Surgeon of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, was the last witness sworn; he said, he had examined the bruises, and opened the head and body of the deceased, on Thursday last; the face was much bruised, and a trifling wound towards the back part of the head, but nothing which, from external appearance, would seem to be the cause of death.  There was some extravasated blood in the thorax, but very little, and some little water between the membrane of the brain; but he considered both too trivial to pronounce on them any positive evidence as to the cause of death.  Upon the whole, there as nothing in the appearance of the bruises the deceased had received, that could enable him to speak positively as to the immediate cause of his death.  He knew, however, from repeated instances, that a man might die immediately on the receipt of an injury, and upon the examination of the body, no such symptoms could be discerned, as would enable a surgeon to pronounce it positively a cause of death.
  The Jury having spent two hours in the minute investigation of evidence, the room was cleared, and, after some deliberation, a verdict of Wilful Murder was returned against the prisoner William Moss.

The Times, 17 September 1805
PUBLIC-OFFICE, BOW-STREET.
  In consequence of the Coroner's Jury having, on Saturday evening, returned a vefict against William Moss, for the wilful murder of BENJAMIN ARIS, Moss and Elizabeth Rimes were brought to the above office yesterday morning, and were re-examined before Mr. Graham and Mr. Kinnaird.
  The Coroner's warrant was produced, and it being only against Moss, Rimes was discharged, and admitted an evidence for the Crown.  The whole of the evidence was then gone through again in a very particular manner.
  The trial will take place on Friday at the Old Bailey.
  The Prisoner wore a smock frock, which was taken from him, and Croaker produced it yesterday and pointed out several marks of blood upon it.  Elizabeth Rimes was ordered to find sureties for her appearance to give evidence.
  The Office was extremely crowded, as was the street, during her examination.  The Prisoner collected a considerable sum of money again, by showing himself at the Brown Bear.

The Times, 2 October 1805
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  At seven o'clock yesterday evening, an Inquest was taken before R. SHELTON, Esq. one of the Coroners for the City of London, and a respectable Jury. Touching the cause of the death of Mr. NEISH, wine-merchant, of George-yard, Lombard-street, whose melancholy death we stated in our Paper of yesterday.
  The inquest was assembled at the George and Vulture Tavern, and the Jury being sworn, proceeded to the house of the deceased, immediately adjacent, to view the body. On their return to their Jury Room, the first witness examined was Mr. ATKINSON, an Apothecary, who usually attended M. Neish's family.  He stated, that he was called to the deceased on Wednesday morning, in consequence of the injury he had sustained on the preceding night.  He found the deceased with both eyes quite black, in consequence o a blow on the nose; he had a slight contusion on the right side of the forehead, with a trivial brasure of the skin from the temple, close to the bruise; he complained also of a pain in his right side, which,  on examination, exhibited a black spot on the lower part, over the second rib; the deceased said he felt the sensation of a fracture of the rib, but there was none.  He stated, that he was coming home the night before from the Star Tavern, in Nag's-head-court, Gracechurch-street, to his own house, through the courts that lead into Nicholas-lane; that he had stopped for a necessary occasion, and that some person from behind knocked him down; but he could give no description of the person.  There was no symptom of inflammation from the bows on his head, not doid he complain of any pain in that part. His eyes were black merely from extravasation of blood in the cellular membrane; the only painful sensation of which the deceased complained, was a pain on his side, from the contusion received there.
  Mr. Atkinson ordered him some proper medicines; he was not confined to his bed, nor even to his room; ate his meals as usual, appeared to be in bodily health the whole of Wednesday and Thursday, but on the latter nigh Mr. Atkinson was sent for at a late hour, and in a great hurry, to the patient, and found him then rather light-headed, and taking constantly and incoherent.  It was scarcely possible to induce him to go to bed; he had a very bad night, grew worse next day, talked incessantly, could not be induced to keep his room, and became so unruly towards Friday night, that recourse was had to the aid of keeper from mM. WARBURTON'S private madhouse, at Hoxton, and a straii-waist oat as put on him.  During the whole of Saturday and Sunday he was quite ungovernable by ordinary means; two men, even with the strait waistcoat, were scarcely able to restrain him.   About eleven on Sunday night, he was seized with convulsions, and died about twelve.
  Mr. Atkinson then stated, that he had attended the examination of the body, with Mr. NORRIS, an eminent surgeon; they found the head, about the forehead, eyes, and underneath, superficially black, from some external violence, and, on opening it, observed the interior blood-vessels remarkably turgid, and between the convolutions of the brain much coagulated lymph, the extravasation of which, with the turgidity of the blood-vessels, they considered as the symptoms of inflammation and cause of the delirium which had occasioned the death of the decased; but they did not consider these symptoms as proceeding from the eternal injury the deceased received; there was no fracture, and nothing that could evidence any contusion or bruise that broke even the skin, the efflux of blood having proceeded from the nose.
  On opening the abdomen, they found the liver much enlarged, hard, and of a very dark colour, quite in a state indicative of disease from hard drinking, which Mr. Atkinson believed to be the cause of the inflammation and consequent delirium. The deceased, whom Mr. Atkinson ad known for fourteen years, was much addicted to drinking during the last year.  Mr. Atkinson  was still the more convinced of this because, about sixteen months ago, the deceased, in consequence of a fit of excessive drinking, was seized with an epileptic fit, and, after he had recovered, he remained for forty-eight hours in a state of high delirium, and under indispensable coercion.  Upon the whole, Mr. Atkinson was fully convinced the inflammation and delirium, of which the patient died, was the result of habitual and excessive intoxication.
  The written report, signed by Mr. NORRIS, the Surgeon, who had been obliged to leave town, exacly agreed with the testimony o Mr. Atkinson.
  Four other witnesses were examined: namely, Mr. Fuller, the keeper of the Star Tavern; Capt. Reynolds, of Prospect-place, Bermondsey; Mr. Mr. Ancy, Mr. Tullman [Lullman], and another Gentleman who were present at the Star ion Tuesday night, when the deceased came there much intoxicated.  They saw him go away, and return in about ten minutes, bleeding and dirty, as before described; but not a tittle of their evidence ended to prove that the deceased had any sort of altercation with any of the persons present - nor was there the slightest trace of proof how the deceased came by the ill-treatment he had received,  further than his own declaration, as already stated.
  The CORONER, with much perspicuity, recapitulated all the material testimony to the Jury, who found their Verdict - Died a natural death from an inflammation of h brain.

The Times, 29 October 1805
  Saturday evening an inquisition was held at the Admission Room, in St. Thomas's Hospital, before Mr. FITZPATRICK, Coroner for the Borough of Southeark, on the body of JOHN READ, a child of five years,  the son of a respectable tradesman in the city of London, who just before two o'clock, in the afternoon of Thursday last, met his death in Fish-street-hill, by a stage-coach running over hm.  The Jury, in full consideration, found that the deceased had come to his death by accident; but that the near horse having trampled him down was the main cause of his death, and a  deodand of 5l. was taken.
  Saturday night last, a man of the name of Jones, an Excise Officer, belonging to the London Docks, it being very dark, unfortunately fell into the [river] and was drowned.  He was taken up in half an hour after between the two locks.
  Monday night as Quarter-Master HOLT, of the 1st Dragoons, was returning from Brighton to Arundel, he rode into a deep pit, where he was found dead the next morning, his head only above the water, and his horse standing by his side.

The Cambrian, 26 January 1805

An inquest was held on Saturday last at Clapton, on the body of Mr. George Rousseau, a domestic in the establishment of the Prince of Wales, who died, after an illness of seven or eight days, in consequence, as he declared to several persons, of poison, and intimated his suspicion that an officer employed under him was the cause.  Mr. Phillips, surgeon to the household, was of opinion his death had been produced by some mineral poison, but nothing appeared in evidenced to attach guilt upon any one.  The Jury, however, returned a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.

Cambrian, 20 July 1805

About fourteen days since, a respectable looking man, residing at Pentonville, near Oakley, having previously been noticed to be a little wild in his discourse, absented himself from his family, and has never since been heard of until a few days since, when, upon hearing that a person was taken up drowned, and lay at Pickle-herring Stairs to be owned, two friends identified him from the clothing he had on, but the body having lain for some time under water, was so putrified, that the features could not be distinguished; the wife was of a contrary opinion, and said it was not her husband..  In this state of uncertainty it now remains.  The Coroner for the borough of Southwark, T. Shelton, Esq. in the evening of yesterday, held an inquest on the body, and no further evidence being adduced, than that the body was picked up on the shore, and that there was a guinea and a half found bin his pocket, and no marks of violence on the person, the jury found a verdict of - Died by Drowning.

The Times, 5 March 1806
  A Coroner's Inquest sat on Saturday at the Tuns in Oxford-street, on the body of RACHAEL GRISSET, who was found drowned in the Paddington Canal, on Thursday evening.  The deceased, it appeared, was the daughter of respectable parents in Hampshire, from whom she had fled, and had been married to a person who represented himself as a Lieutenant in the Navy. Her husband turned out a very different character, and the deceased, for some time past, led a wretched life, which so convulsed her faculties, that she was often lost to herself.  She left her apartments on Wednesday afternoon, as she said, to take a walk, and was never again heard of, until she was recognized a corpse. - Verdict - Insanity.

The Times, 7 June 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  An Inquisition was taken yesterday at the White Lion, in Hemming's-row, before ANTHONY GELL, Esq. Coroner for Westminster, on the remains of a person unknown, who lost his life at the fire in Chandos-street.
  George Thorpe, waiter at the Key bagnio, in Chandos-street, stated, that the deceased, in company with a lady, came to the Key, which was kept by Mr. Homerton, at twelve o'clock at night, on tenth of June, and ordered supper in a bed-room.  The Gentleman appeared inebriated; and, after the supper cloth was removed, he said he would go home. - The bell rang shortly after, for the chambermaid to assist the female in undressing, and the deceased was lying prostrate on the floor when the chambermaid entered.  The maid left the bed-room at a quarter  before three, and at a quarter past three, the witness heard violent screaming; he repaired to the landing-place on the first floor, where the Lady was standing with a candle in her hand, the bed-room being in one entire blaze.  She begged of the witness to save the Gentleman, but the flames issued so rapidly from the room door, that no one could enter. The house was divided, and in that part where the fire broke out, there was no one but the deceased and his companion, excepting a domestic in the attic story.  It was some time before the other part of the house caught, and consequently by the alarm the witness and the chambermaid created, the companies had time for flight.
  Jane Devaynes, who stated her name to be so, but who, for several years, has been known about the Theatres by the name of Kemble and Sterling, stated, that she was in company with the deceased at the Keys.  Her first acquaintance with him was accidental, on Whit-Monday last, since which time he had daily visited her at her apartments, No., 1, York-street, Mary-le-bone. He was at her residence, at two o'clock on the 4th instant, and was then intoxicated.  He insisted on s ending for three bottles of wine, one of which was drank; witness had put the other two on her  sideboard, thinking her companion had had enough.  They took a coach and repaired to the Keys, which house the deceased said, he was well acquainted with.  Super was served up in a bed-room, agreeable to order.  Soon after 12 o'clock, and after the cloth had been removed, the deceased threw himself on the floor, and there remained immoveable.  Witness procured the assistance of the Chambermaid, to undress her, which being done, she repaired to bed, and immediately fell asleep.
  She was woke by the smell of fire, when she discovered the bed- curtains in a blaze.  A candle had been left on the table, and a night-light in the chimney place, the former of which she took and ran to the door.  She alarmed the house by screaming, and the waiter came to her at the first floor; she begged him to save the gentleman, but the flames issued too rapidly from the door to permit any one to enter.  Witness knew nothing of the deceased's name or where he lived.  He had a good deal of paper property about him, which he had shewn to her in the evening.  She always considered him to be a clergyman.
  Elizabeth Hannask, chambermaid at the Key, corroborated what had fallen from the preceding witness.
  Mrs. Clark, the late hostess at the Key, only knew the deceased personally.
  Miss Knotts, who resides in Duke-street, Grosvenor-square, had known the deceased four months, from his constantly visiting her.  She had been many times at the Key with him, but she knew him only personally.  He once told her, that his name was BERESFORD, and that he lived in Baker-street North; but he was inebriated at the time, and contradicted it when sober.  He was a man of low stature, and he sometimes dressed meanly, and wore his hair curled in one curl with powder.
  There being no further evidence to throw any light upon the subject, the Jury returned a verdict of - Accidental Death.

The Times, 12 June 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  Yesterday evening, at eight o'clock, a Coroner's Inquest was taken before GEORGE HODGSON, Esq. on view of the body of a woman taken out of the Paddington Canal on Tuesday morning last, at Westbourn Green tavern.
  John Smith, who resides near Hackney,  deposed, that he was washing his legs in the Paddington Canal, about a quarter of a mile from Westbourn Green, on Tuesday morning soon after ten o'clock, when an alarm was given by some bargemen, that a woman was in the  water.  He came to the spot pointed out by the Bargemen, and seeing the deceased, he went into the Canal and brought her out, and laid her on the bank.  H observed no signs of life in her, but she appeared to have been in the water but a short time.  On examining her pockets, they only contained a white pocket handkerchief, with some other trifles, but nothing whereby he residence or name of the deceased could be traced.  She was genteelly dressed.  Witness conveyed the body to Westbourn Green Tavern
  Frederick Anders, of Cumberland-street, New Road, said that he had been acquainted with the deceased about twelve years; her name was Elizabeth Paschal; she was a married woman, had three children, was about 52 years of age, and resided in the same street with himself.  The witness was acquainted with her husband, and he believed they lived together in the greatest harmony.  The deceased was of the Church of England, of a very religious turn, and in every respect  a most honourable woman.  The witness could not in anyway account for the rash act which she had committed.  The last time he saw the deceased, was on the preceding Wednesday, between twelve and one o'clock; at that time she appeared low-spirited and dejected.  No father evidence being adduced, the Jury, after a short deliberation, gave a verdict of - Lunacy.

The Times, 1 July 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  An inquisition was taken yesterday on the bodies of Mr. A. W. MOULTON and ROBERT STREET, his groom, who were drowned on Saturday evening.
  Thomas Winter, a labourer, who resides at Kensington, stated, that he was passing through Hyde Park, from Grosvenor-gate to the Serpentine River, about three o'clock, on Saturday afternoon, when he saw Mr. Moulton, whom he had previously known, driving his gig, having his servant with him, at an easy trot, down the road leading to the North-side of the river.  Witness had gone a short distance from the head of the river, when he heard a loud splash, and on turning himself round he beheld Mr. Mouton's chaise and horse swimming, Mr. M. and his servant being then in their seats.  Witness hastened towards that part of the river where the distressed persons were, but before he got near them, he discovered the chaise upset, at the instant that Mr. Moulton was attempting to turn the horse by pulling hard at the right rein.
  The servant, a boy fourteen years of age,, as well as Mr. M. were thrown into the water, and the boy sunk immediately, as did also the horse and chaise; but Mr. Moulton was seen, with his hands and the upper part of his head above the water, for a minute at intervals.  Witness arrived at the spot where the deceased drove the horse into the water, about two minutes after he had heard the motion of the water, and he instantly flew to the boat-house for assistance.  The two life-boats were at a different part of the river, but witness took the Ranger's skiff, which was lying handy, and whilst he a unfastening her, a woman, who was the only person at the boat-house,  prepared the drag and  delivered it to him.  Assisted by a soldier and a sweep, witness proceeded to drag for the bodies, and after an hour's labour, the drag fastened to the chaise, which with the horse, which was dead, was dragged to the shore.  They proceeded again to drag for the bodies, but after half an hour had been spent in vain, nets were procured from the boat-house, and after nearly three hours had elapsed, the two bodies were found and conveyed to the boat-house, and from thence to the receiving-house, where the usual attempts to restore suspended animation proved fruitless.  Witness stated, that the place at the head of the river where the deceased drove in, was a common place for horses to water, but the water in the river being so very low, he situation was deceiving. After a horse had gone three or four paces, the descent was excessively rapid, and consequently very dangerous; but when the river was full of water, people had no occasion to go within several yards of the hole.    The bodies were found in the same spot where the chaise sunk, which was fifteen feet from the surface of the water.  
  In the course of the examination of the witness, he  said, that the boats for the preservation of lives were at a distant part of the river, and those persons who were to act in case of necessity could not be found. The drag also was short-forked and blunt, so that witness had once hold of Mr. Moulton, as was afterwards seen by his small-clothes, but he could not get him up; the line, too, of some of the nets broke.  Witness also stated, that the bodies were half an hour in the receiving house, before any medical man could be found to give his assistance, and the necessary hot water was not prepared.
  The Coroner took great pains to investigate these facts, which so much interested the public, and James Bonymin, the son of the Park-keeper, was called to throw light on the subject.
  This witness stated, that his father and he were unfortunately from home at the time of the accident.  He accounted for the bluntness of the drag from its being liable to run into the body.  The boats were applied for the use of constables in keeping persons from bathing; and also to catch fish for the Ranger, and the Humane Society had no boats to call their own.  Water could at any time be heated in 20 minutes; and witness never knew it wanted but it was ready, for the fire was kept ready to light at a moment's notice.  It was the duty of the Park-keeper to send for the medical man, and Dr. THOMAS, in Sloane-street, resided nearest the spot; and, when witness and his father were at work in the boats, they sent any person whom they could get to go,.  The Coroner was of opinion that things were not properly registered, and the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.
  Another inquisition was taken before the same Jury, on the body of SARAH COLLINS, whose body had been found by dragging for the two above-mentioned.  The deceased, it appeared by a letter found in her pockets, was a nursery-maid out of place. The letter was addressed to Mrs. ROBINSON, and it spoke well of the deceased.  She had been apparently about a week in the water, but there was no evidence to go to before the Jury. Verdict - Found Drowned.

The Times, 23 July 1806
  An inquisition was taken yesterday at the King's Arms, Fivefield-row, Chelsea, before A. GELL, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Carol, a private in the 88th regiment of Infantry, who was shot in the knee on the 5th instant, which was the occasion of his death.  The deceased had obtained a furlough from his regiment, which was stationed at Horsham Barracks, Sussex, and, on the 5th inst. as he was going through Buckingham Gate, at 11 o'clock, he saw two men, whom he recognised to be deserters from the 8th Regiment.  He pursued them as far as Pimlico wharf, when the deserters, whose names are James Kelly and Patrick Kennedy, rushed through a wicket, and ran on to the wharf.  The deceased continued in pursuit of them, and saw one run into the privy, and the other to board a lighter.  A pistol was immediately fired from the privy, and the ball entered the left knee of the deceased, and lodged in the thigh.  The deceased made an affidavit of these circumstances, which was reads before the Coroner.  The only witness who could speak to the transaction was William Cook, a milkman, who heard the report of the pistol, and, on his going to the wharf he saw the deceased, who said he had been shot, and was then bleeding very much.  The deceased was taken to the York Hospital, where he expired on Saturday last, the wound having mortified.  The Surgeons, who attended the deceased, had agreed that he must undergo amputation, but this he refused to the last moment. Verdict, Wilful Murder against the two Deserters.
NEWS IN BRIEF.
  A Coroner's inquest was taken on Monday on the body of J. W. DARLEY, Esq. who was found dead in his bed, at No. 5, Sackville-street, on Sunday morning.  The deceased was a Gentleman of fortune, and had arrived at home on Saturday from his country seat near Windsor, where he had spent the week on a shooting party.  He complained of a pain in his head on retiring to rest on Saturday evening, and the next morning he was found dead. - Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

The Times, 2 August 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  A Coroner's inquest was taken yesterday at the Feathers, Pimlico, on the body of Samuel [Barker] a soldier, who belonged to the 3d regiment of Guards, who lost his life, on Friday last, by falling into the main sewer in South Milton-street.  The reports relative to the death of this man have been very extraordinary, and from the singularity of the catastrophe, the public attention has been a good deal exercised.  We therefore present the real circumstances in the case as given in evidence before the jury.
  The deceased was employed with about twelve other labourers, on Friday last, to clear away a quantity of rubbish formed by the bursting of the main sewer in a yard between South Molton and Davies-street, Oxford-street.  It was thought expedient by the foreman of Mr. ROWLS, the Contractor for keeping the sewers in repair, to call the men from their work in the afternoon of Friday, their situation being dangerous from the quantity of water which inundated the lower parts of the houses around them.  After the workmen had retired, one of them, as it appeared, who had drunk rather freely while at work, had left his jacket, and the deceased went for it.  Another person went with him, and as he was attempting to reach with a stick the jacket, which was on the other side of the sewer, the ground gave way, and he was precipitated into the torrent of water, which was very strong and about six feet in depth.  Several persons went down the sewer as soon as the water had gone off, as far as Elliot's Brewhouse, Pimlico, from whence the shore lies open.  The body was found by two of Elliot's men, on Thursday morning, in the shore in Friars-field. - Accidental Death.

The Times, 21 August 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  An inquisition was held on Thursday se'nnight at the house of Mr. SECKER, the Alfred's Head, Newington, on the body of a child, aged rather more than eight years.
  Mr. SHELTON, the Coroner, opened the case to the Jury, and called the witnesses.  The first witness called was Mr. Skinner, who said he lived at No. 3, in Alfred-place, London Road, and is a silk-dyer.  On the 19th of August, at about half past five, he was sitting at his door, when he saw a coach coming up the road very fast; he cast his eye on the side,  and there saw a child thrown down under the off-wheels of the coach, which ran over him, nearly severed the head from the body, and broke in a part of the head upon the brain.
  Mr. Isaac Leach said, he lived in the City of London, and was on the evening in question, returning from Camberwell fair, when passing by the Black Prince at Walworth, he saw a man who he knew to be Nathaniel Scott, the driver of the coach, No., 577, driving most furiously; he called out to him to forbear such conduct, and the coachman pulled up ad dismounted, offering to fight.  The witness declined that point, having a lady under his protection, and said he was satisfied with having taken the number of his coach; words arose, but the witness pursued the same line of conduct.  The coachmen then re-mounted, and drove off at a still more furious rate, and he soon learned the fatal accident that caused the enquiry.
  Mr. Clarke, a straw-hat manufacturer, was present at the time, saw the transaction as related by the last witness, but went further - when the coach was driven off at so increased a pace, he, with two others, apprehending mischief, followed the coach, and finding the child was ran over, hallooed and had the coach stopped.  Mr. Clarke, on the coachman dismounting, said to him, "You have killed a child;" he answered, "All you can do will be to hang me for it,"  The witness then said, "What reparation can you make to a man for killing this child?" - answered, "I have nothing more to say, put me in prison, I will go with you, and not attempt to escape."  He kept his word, went with the witness, and two others to Union Hall, from whence Sir JOHN PINHORN committed him,  on a charge of suspicion of bring guilty of wilful murder.
  The Jury found a verdict of Manslaughter, and a deodand to the Crown of 20s.  The Parish Officers of St. George were bound over to prosecute.

The Times, 13 October 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  On Thursday last, an inquisition was taken at Colchester, on view of the body of [CAPT] CARSKELA, late a Lieutenant in his MAJESTY'S 28th Regiment of Foot.  A Serjeant in the 23d Regiment of Foot, in the Garrison, stated in evidence,  that about half past six o'clock in the morning, as he was walking towards Mr. HODGE'S meadows, he heard the reports of two pistols, and very son afterwards saw five persons coming away in a hurry from the place whence the reports proceeded, one of whom said to the witness - "Go down, soldier, I believe a gentleman has met with an accident, and is hurt; take all possible care of him." The Serjeant immediately went, and found the deceased alone, with a wound in the right side of his face, lying on his back, quite dead, and a brace of discharged pistols near him.  Two Surgeons were called by the Jury, to examine the body of the deceased, who stated, that they found a wound on the lower part of the right side of the face, evidently produced by a pistol ball, which they had no doubt was the immediate cause of his death. - Verdict, wilful murder, against the above five persons.

The Times, 13 October 1806
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  An inquisition was taken on Thursday evening at a public-house a few miles from Uxbridge, on the road to Hewett's Bottom, on the body of a person unknown, who was supposed to have been shot in a duel on the day preceding.  The only evidence by which it could be ascertained how the deceased came by his death, was given by two farmer's men, who, whilst in pursuit of husbandry in the fields of Mr. WATKINS, their employer, heard the report of pistols no far from them; and on approaching the spot, they perceived about six persons, two of whom, according to description, were engaged in a duel.  One of them fell in the presence of the witnesses, and he was conveyed to a neighbouring house, where he was put to bed; but a wound in the        side deprived him of life in about two hours.  The whole of he party who were with the deceased absconded; but by papers found about the deceased, his name was supposed to be Le Woodcot. He was a genteel-dressed man, about twenty-five years of age. - Verdict, Manslaughter.

Cambrian, 22 November 1806

On Wednesday last a Coroner's inquest was held at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, on the body of William Broad, a compositor, who was stabbed, in an affray, with two foreigners in Long Acre, on the first day of the Westminster election.  After a long investigation the jury found a verdict of wilful murder against John Andrew Nardi; and acquitted the other, Sebastian Grandi.   - On Thursday they were brought before Mr. Graham, at Bow-street, for re-examination, when several additional witnesses were examined; whose evidence induced that magistrate to commit them both to Negate for trial.

The Times, 23 January 1807
  A Coroner's Inquest was held on Monday evening last at the Box Tree Public-house in Gravel-lane, Houndsditch, before THOMAS SHELTON, Esq. Coroner for the City of London, on the body of FREDERICK GLOVE, a German, in the employ of Messrs. CLARKE and BURGESS, Liquor-refiners, who died on Friday last in consequence of having taken, some days before, a prescription ordered for him by a German Priest, and made up by a Chemist.  It appeared that the deceased had taken about here-fourths of it; - he was soon after taken ill, and several Medical Gentlemen were called in, who attended the deceased till his death; when the body was opened and examined by the Surgeons of the London Hospital.
  It appeared from the evidence of these Gentlemen, that the deceased died of an inflammation in his stomach and bowels, and that the complaint was likely to result from taking the medicine.  The Jury, after a long deliberation, brought in a verdict, that the deceased died in consequence of having taken the said medicine, but that it appeared not to have been given to do the deceased an injury, but from  want of skill and judgment

The Times, 24 January 1807
CORONER'S INQUEST.
SUICIDE. - An inquisition was taken yesterday at the Middlesex Hospital,, on the body of a young man, who had been several years in confidential employ, in the shop of a Silversmith and salesman in Berner's-street.  It appeared by the statement of one of the shopmen, that when the deceased was informed breakfast was ready, he went upstairs to his bed-room, and being there unusually long, his companions went up and found him on his bed, apparently in great agony.  The Gentlemen whom the deceased served, also went to him, and pressed him strongly to inform him what was the cause of his agony, when he gave his Master to understand, that he had swallowed a quantity of aqua fortis.  It appeared, theta the unfortunate young man had taken no less than a table-spoonful and half of the poison, which he had procured from the shop, such being used in the business. He had been reduced to a state of despondency, several days previous to his death, in consequence of a disorder he was afflicted with, and for which he had taken quack medicines, which produced the most baneful effects.  He languished for hours after having taken the fatal draught. - Verdict - Insanity.

The Times, 25 February 1807
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  At six o'clock yesterday evening THOMAS SHELTON, Esq. held an Inquest at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, on the bodies of the unfortunate persons who lost their lives on Monday, in the Old Bailey.
  The Coroner first proceeded to take the depositions of the relatives as attended to prove their right to claim the bodies of the deceased.  Such as did were permitted by Mr. SHELTON to remove them this day.
  The first witnesses to prove how the accident happened, was a man of the name of Salmon; he lived as a servant to his brother, who keeps the Denmark Head public-house, in the Old Bailey.  He stated his brother's house to be near Green Arbour-lane, and close to where the chief mischief happened; that at about seven o'clock on Monday morning last, there was the greatest crowd he ever saw before assembled at an execution; that when Haggerty came on the scaffold, there was a general cry of "HATS OFF!" That every one's face was turned towards the gallows; and that about this moment he observed the crowd to fall back in a body, and heard a great screaming; and to the left of him, he, then looking towards St. Sepulchre's church, saw one or two persons fall to the ground, near Green Arbour-lane, and  soon after saw several persons forced by the crowd over them.
  Mr. SHELTON here asked the witness what he thought was the cause of the crowd falling back? To which the witness answered, that he thought, when there was a cry of "Hats off!" several persons obeyed the summons, and were putting their hats down, they took up an additional proportion of room, which circumstance, he believed, to be one cause of the pressure.
  Mr. Hazell lives at o. 16, Old Bailey.  About a quarter past eight o'clock on Monday morning last, he saw  from his one pair of stairs window (as he described them) two heaps of bodies, at no great distance from each other, and both of them about eight or nine yards from the front of his house; in each heap there were from eight to ten bodies, the greater part of which appeared to be dead; that from the violent motion of the mob, backwards and forwards, it was impossible for any person that could keep on his legs to avoid treading on those that were down; and that it was a  full half hour before any of them were extricated; that after the crowd was dispersed, he saw several dead bodies, men, women, and children' that he saw a pieman's basket, tin pan, and a tin vessel; also several pies scattered about.
  He was here asked by a Juryman, if it was not likely that the pieman's basket might be the cause of some one's falling; and that when one was down, it as a natural conjecture that the others had fallen over him? The witness answered, that when the crowd was dispersed, the man was found lying on the pieman's basket, and that it appeared as if he had been forced backwards over it.
  The witness was then asked as to a rail that had given way near Green Arbour-lane.  He stated that there was a rail forced down at one end, but that he did not think it was the cause of the accident, it being seven or eight yards  from where the dreadful scene took place.  He also stated, that there were several carts for persons to get into; that he did not think, as they were placed, any part of the sad catastrophe proceeded from them.
  It being now half-past ten 'clock, and several persons no having attended to prove their right to the different bodies, and this being Fast Day, the Inquest adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow morning, then to meet at the Vestry of St. Saviour's Church.
REPORT FROM  ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL.
LIST OF THE KILLED.
Mrs. Sarah Fry. 3, Market-street, St. James's Market.
Joseph [???? (pie man).
Joseph Fieldhurst, a lad of 14 years of age, No. 2, Plough-court, Whitechapel.
Richard Brissell, No.  4, Aldcock-lane, Shoreditch.
Thomas [Cooper], Fosse-alley, Gulders-lane.
Robert Pringle, Clerkenwell.
Joseph Taylor, No. 8, Low-cross-street.
Elizabeth Tozer, Spitalfields.
Charlotte Pantin, No. 19, King-street, Drury-lane.
W. Bradford, no designation or description.
Benjamin Carpenter, Bishopsgate.
Thos. Blair, Hall's Livery stables, Moorfields.
Master Rodriguez, son of a butcher in Whitechapel.
John Dilling, King-street, Old-street,.
Welch (no designation or description).
Cross (ditto)
Not known (not owned).
George Wilson, No. 6, Beauchamp-street, Brooke's Market, Holborn.
Charles Howard, Charles-street, Middlesex Hospital.
Not known, or not owned.
Wm. Hall, No. 15, Russell-court, Drury-lane.
Wm. Tyler.
Wm. Brother, late at Weber's, N. 36, Colonade, Guildford-street.
Not known, or not owned.
James [utril].
James Herrington, of Atherington, (lad) Somer's Town.
Not known or not owned.
LIST OF THOSE ALIVE BUT MAIMED OR BRUISED.
Thomas Worcester, Half-moon-alley, Bishopsgate-street.
James Devise (weaver) Bethnal-green
William Wight, or Wigars (brush-maker).
Dagnet Mitchel.
James Manning (porter) N., 38, Charles-street, Drury-lane.
John Hetherington, or Atherington, No. 31. Skinner's-street, Somer's Town.
 John Hamsden, of the Fleece Public-house, or Tavern, Upper Windmill-street.
John Ward, o. 3, Gray's-buildings, Duke-street, Manchester-square.
Charles Cackford, apprentice to Mr. Stuart, carpenter, Threadneedle-street.
Richard Steele, No. 12, New-court, Nightingale-lane.
Francis Maund, No.  2, Little Quebec-street, Mary-le-bone.
James Sylvester, twelve years of age, No. 1, Rosemary-lane, East Smithfield.
Benjamin [Mu==in].
Mary Dowset.

The Times, 27 February 1807
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  Yesterday evening, at nine o'clock, the Coroner's Inquest assembled in the Vestry-room of St. Sepulchre's Church, to proceed in their investigation of the cause of the catastrophe in the Old Bailey.  Several parents, relations, and friend attended to claim the respective bodies.
SARAH FRY, claimed by husband, also  Catharine Howard, her companion.
MASTER THOMAS CROSS. Father.
WM. BUTCHER.  "It appeared that he had gone to see the execution in direct contradiction to his master's prohibition."
JOHN CARTER, identified by brother, was shoemaker aged 32 years.
WM. GURST. Father, T. Guest, Red Lion-street.
GEORE WILSON, apprentice, identified by master, M. Chapman, went with him.
Mr. Ransden, Surgeon.
Inquest adjourned.

The Times, 28 February 1807
The Old Bailey Inquest.
.  .  .  The Court was now cleared, being near 11 o'clock; and at a little before 12 the doors were opened, and the Verdict was read as follows, viz. That he several Persons came by their Deaths from Compression and Suffocation. .  .  .  

The Times, 4 May 1807
CORONER'S INQUEST.
  On Saturday, an inquisition was taken at the Cannon Tavern, Portland-road, on the body of ANNE NICHOLSON, killed on Friday morning by falling from the attic story at Mrs. St. LEDGER'S house, in Upper North-street, while the premises were burning.
  Alexander Anderson, a bricklayer, heard the cry of fire about here o'clock, as he was going to work,; he observed two women standing by the South garret window of Mrs. St. Ledger's house, then in flames.  They were screaming for assistance.  Witness went to the garret of No. 69 the adjoining house, and held his arms out of the window towards the deceased who was flung herself out, holding by his hands.  In this perilous situation she hung  suspended some minutes, when witness being incapable of supporting her, and she being e exhausted, she fell from his hands, struck with her feet against the cill of the first floor window, and pitched upon the landing place of the door, and was killed.  Witness had saved the other female by the same means.  The first woman exclaimed, "I can die but once!" and committed herself to his hold; but shew as much lighter, and more active than the deceased, and Witness lifted her inside the window. Mr. Richard Cooke, statuary, in Portland-road, was alarmed by the cry of fire! He saw from his chamber-window a female apparently in great distress striding across a rafter of the balcony, the roof of which had fallen in with her w eight, in jumping from the two pair stair window.  He left his house, and went to the front of that on fire, and saw Ms. St. Ledger at the door.  Witness offered to conduct her to his house, but she appeared greatly distressed, and  exclaimed loudly for her child,  Witness asked where the child was, and Mrs. St. Ledger told him on the second floor.  Witness made his way through the smoke to the place where h had been told the child was, but could not find it.  He afterwards understood, two infants had been thrown out of the windows by another person, caught in a blanket, and preserved.  While on the staircase h saw the deceased and her companion in the garret.  He called to them to run through the smoke, and descend hr stairs but they refused.  Witness then got down with difficulty, and went for the fire-ladders, but as unable to procure the keys of the place where they were kept.  Witness thought the parish very reprehensible in not having the ladders ready; and but for the delay, he conceived the life of the unfortunate woman might have been saved.  It wanted not more than five minutes before he arrived with the ladder that the deceased fell, and more than that time elapsed in obtaining the keys.  Verdict - Accidental Death

1806
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The Times, 17 October 1807
CATASTROPH AT ADLER'S WELLS.
  It is our painful duty to relate, from the evidence that was produced to the Coroner's Inquest, the circumstances attending the recent calamity at Sadlers's Wells.
  Al the Members composing the Jury, between eleven and twelve o'clock yesterday morning, were convened in the drawing-room of the dwelling-house of Mr. DIBDIN adjoining to this place of public entertainment,  They first examined the bodies of eighteen deceased persons, which were exposed in the music-room and the kitchen.  They were extended at length, dressed in the clothes in which they appeared at the Theatre, with their legs only bare, and their apparel somewhat loosened for the greater facility of inspection,  It was a remarkable fact, that of all these persons, not a single limb was broken, although many had received violent contusions; and a prodigious number of wounded persons who had escaped with life, suffered from the most terrible fractures. Of the dead bodies, some had undergone a material change, from the rapid progress of putrefaction, so that the age of one of hem could not be ascertained within 12 or 14 years; and the countenance of another was unknown to her companions; she could only be recognised by her dress. The names and residences of the unhappy victims of this afflicting event are as follows.
REBECCA [LANG], 5, Bridge-court, Westminster.
JOHN GREENWOOD, Hoxton-square.
SARAH SHAXLEY, 24, Little Castle-street East.
CAROLINE TWITCHER. 5, Plough-street, Whitechapel.
ELIZ. MARG. WARD, Plumtree-street, Bloomsbury.
JOHN WARD, 1 Glass-house-yard, Goswell-street.
HUDIE WALL, Cooked-Billet, Hoxton.
LYDIA CLARK, 23 Peerless-row.
JAMES PHILLIPSON, White  Lion-street, Pentonville.
WILLIAM  PINKS, Hoxton Market.
J. SANDERS,
EDWARD CLEMENTS,
MARY EVANS, 5, Hoxton Market.
JOSEPH GROVES, Hoxton-square.
JOHN LABDON, 7 Bell0-yard, Temple Bar.
BENJAMIN PRICE, 5, Lime-street, Leadenhall-street.
EDWARD BLAND, Bear-street, Leicester-square.
CHARLES JUDD, Artillery-court, Bishopsgate-street.
.  .  .  
He verdict, after the names of the deceased had been read, was immediately given - "Killed casually, accidentally, and by misfortune."
  Mr. HODGSON then added, "No blame is attached to the Theatre; they have done all that humanity could dictate; nothing has been neglected,
  The Jury unanimously concurred in that observation.

Cambrian, 2 January 1808

The necessity of extreme precaution for the preservation of young children from the fatal effects of fire has recently been exemplified by many fatal instances, and among others the following:-

   On the morning of Wednesday last, a child of Mr. Button, music-seller, St. Paul's church-yard, between three and four years of age, being left by a servant in a room, where a lighted candle was placed on the hearth, close to the grate, approached so near as to set its clothes on fire.  The father and mother of the infant being first alarmed by the cries of the little sufferer, hastened to its assistance, and extinguished the flames by rolling it in a carpet.  The feelings of the parents may be conceived, when they beheld the spectacle which their child exhibited, with the eyes totally destroyed, and otherwise dreadfully disfigured.  After languishing in this condition about twelve hours, death happily relieved the poor little victim from the torture which it must have endured. - The verdict of the Coroner's Inquest, held on the following day, was, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 23 April 1808

Saturday a Coroner's Inquest sat on the body of James Paull, Esq. late Candidate for Westminster, at his home in Charles-street, St. James's -square.  It appeared in evidence, that the deceased from disappointments in his mercantile transactions, became uneasy in his mind, and for some weeks past discovered strong indications of a derangement, frequently incoherent in his conversation, remarking, that "when he died, which would be soon, he trusted that his body would be conveyed back to the East-Indies and blown up." His wounds had for a long time given him great pain, particularly the one he received in a duel during his residence in India, which latterly deprived him of the use of his right arm.  The one he received in his dispute with Sir Francis Burdett he neglected very much, on account of paying his addresses to a young lady of respectability and fortune.  All these things prayed on his mind to such a degree, that on Friday afternoon he went up to his bed-room, and took from a box a surgical instrument t, and pricked his right arm in three places; but the blood not flowing so rapidly as he expected, he took an old razor from the dressing-table drawer, and cut the jugular vein just below the left ear. - One of his female servants in an adjoining room heard him groaning, and when she entered she found him standing g over the wash-basin. She instantly alarmed the rest of the servants, who immediately procured medic al aid, but it was too late, for he soon breathed his last. - The Jury, without hesitation, brought in a verdict - Insanity.

The Cambrian, 22 June 1805

Tuesday morning, between five and six o'clock, Mrs. Western, of the Royal Hotel, Pall-Mall, was awoke by the barking and running up and down stairs of a favourite little dig of her daughter's.  Mrs. Western arose, and alarmed the family; on going to Miss Western's room door, who slept on the ground floor, they found it fast, and on breaking it open, she was not there.  They then followed the little dog up stairs, who led them to a room on the third floor, the window of which was open, and on looking out, they perceived Miss Western lying on a newly-dug bed in his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales's garden, having thrown herself from the window.  She was still alive, although she had fallen on her head, which was sunk in the ground.  She survived a very few minutes.  She was just 22 years old, and was the only child.  She had dressed herself preparatory to the fatal event.  An inquest was held. - Verdict, Lunacy.

Cambrian, 1 October 1808

Inquests.

An inquisition was held on Wednesday on eleven of the unfortunate sufferers at the late fire in Covent-Garden, before A. Gell, Esq. Coroner for Westminster.  From the evidence of the principal witnesses it appeared, that the firemen, and others who perished, had been employed in endeavouring to extinguish the flames at the room called the Apollo, which had fallen in upon them.  It also appeared that the surmises which had gone abroad as to explosions of barrels of gunpowder, were entirely unfounded, there never being more gun-powder kept in the theatre than was necessary for the consumption of a single night.  The Jury accordingly returned a verdict that the following persons, viz: R. Cadger, J. Holmes, J. Hunt, W. Jones, J. Evans, and T. James, and two others (named unknown), in all twelve persons, were killed "Accidentally by the falling in of the Apollo-room, at Covent-Garden Theatre."

   Another inquest was afterwards held at Bartholomew's Hospital, on the bodies of six others who also perished at this conflagration.  The evidence was nearly the same, and the verdict accidental death. - Several bodies are supposed to be still under the ruins, from the number of people missing.

Cambrian, 18 February 1809

On Friday an inquest was taken by the Coroner for Lambeth, on the body of a servant belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury, found hanging to the lamp-iron at the first-gate of the cloisters of Lambeth palace, the preceding morning.  It appeared from the evidence, that the deceased had evinced symptoms of mental derangement previous to his death, and the jury returned a verdict of lunacy.  The deceased was clerk of the bishop's chapel.

Cambrian, 28 October 1809

Rattle Snake.

On Tuesday last a carpenter, who was employed to make a wooden cage for a rattle snake, on Piccadilly, while in the act of clenching one of the nails, the venomous animal bit him in the fire-finger and thumb.  The hammer fell from his hand, and his arm swelled in a short time after to an enormous size, the poison of the animal being so exceeding subtle and potent, though the snake make but a very small and trifling mark with its teeth.  The unfortunate man was removed to St. George's Hospital, in the most excruciating pain, and had the best medic al advice, but the limb having been gangrened to the shoulder-bone, amputation was deemed of no avail, as the venom pervaded his whole system.  Incisions were, however, made in the wounded arm to afford him a temporary relief, but he was seized with vomiting, and expired on Thursday morning.  The pain was not attended by delirium, ands he was perfectly in his senses previously to his death.

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