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Gloucester Journal extracts

1810

Jan 1.  On Monday an inquest was taken at Eastington, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS BENNETT, road surveyor, who was drowned in the Stroud Canal on the 1st ult.  His body, after remaining three weeks in the water, was discovered by a bargeman employed on the navigation.  It is conjectured that he must have slipped, and fallen into the canal, where he was seen on the evening of the accident.  He was a sober, honest and industrious man; and has left a wife and family to bewail his loss.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 8.  On Monday last an inquest was held on the body of a farmer's servant at Apperley, in this county, who was crushed to death by a thrashing machine.

Jan 15.  On Thursday was committed to our County Gaol, by W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, GABRIEL DOAN, a prisoner of war, at Stapleton, for the wilful murder of JEAN DAMASTOL, his fellow prisoner.  Also, SILVAIN OUDARD, another prisoner of war, charged with aiding and abetting in  the said murder.
 Inquests were last week taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the bodies of Mr JEREMIAH PRICE, butcher, of Minchinhampton, who, owing to the darkness of the night, fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned, and ANN GARDNER, of North Cerney, found dead in a ditch.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Jan 29.  On Monday an inquest was taken at Tetbury, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD HITCHING, carrier, of Cirencester, who, on his return from Bristol, was killed by the waggon wheel going over his head.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Feb 19.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Salperton, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a new born male infant, found, in consequence of the information of its mother, JANE JONES, in the Thames and Severn Canal, where she had placed it, with a cord around its neck, and a large stone tied thereto.  It appeared, that she had delivered herself privately, in a field in the parish of Avening, not far distant from her master's house, where she had lived servant only a few weeks, and that she had carried the infant nearly four miles, in her apron, for the purpose of secreting it.  After a patient and minute investigation, the Jury returned a verdict - Wilful Murder.  [Mar 19: Acquitted, but 6 months for concealment.]
  On the 4th inst. an inquest was taken at Bradford, Wilts., on the body of WILLIAM SMITH, a lad 11 years of age, son of SARAH SMITH, who died on Wednesday in consequence of a wound received by means of a sharp instrument used as a poker, which was thrown by the mother, and stuck in the head of the lad.  The Jury returned a Verdict of Wilful Murder against the mother, who is committed for trial at the next assizes.

Mar 12.  On Thursday last, at Wheatenhurst, THOMAS STAPLETON, a child about seven years of age, fell into the Stroud Navigation Canal, and was instantly drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 17 March 1810
Monday, as Mr. Okey, attorney, of Gloucester, was returning from a visit to a relation, with his wife and only child, a fine girl about three years of age, the fore spring of the gig broke, and they were thrown out with such force, that the child was killed on the spot, and Mr. Okey had his collar-bone broken, but Mrs. O. fortunately escaped unhurt.

Apr 2.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Wednesday, at Eastington, on view of the body of a child about three years of age, named JAMES SHILLY, who was burnt to death, in consequence of his cloaths being caught in the flames, whilst attempting to imitate some boys, in jumping over a bonfire made in the road.   And, on Friday, at Shipton Moyne, on the body of a child about two and a half years old, named DANIEL BICKNALL, who was also burnt to death from his cloaths taking fire.  Verdict in both cases - Accidental Death.

Apr 16.  Inquests have recently been held before Wm Trigg, Gent. on view of the bodies of the following persons: At Stonehouse, on PHILIP ASTON, an old man, who fell into the Stroud Navigable Canal, and was drowned.  At Frampton, on BENJAMIN ADLUM, who died suddenly from suffocation, occasioned by the immoderate drinking of spirituous liquors.  And, at Tetbury, on SARAH BENNETT, who dropped down dead whilst at work at a spinning wheel.

Apr 23.  DUEL.  Mr HENRY SMITH, of Brstol, the gentleman who fought the fatal duel with the late Mr PRIEST, and left this country to join the British armies in Spain, surrendered himself for trial, and was acquitted.  Few events have, we believe, excited more attention, or given more general satisfaction.

Cambrian, 28 April 1810
Bristol Assizes concluded last Saturday, ...Mr. Henry Smith, attorney, of Bristol, was arraigned for the wilful murder of Mr. R. Priest, in a duel, in the month of March, 1809.  In consequence of some informality in the verdict of the Coroner's inquest, the court could not enter into the case; and thus being stopped in linine, Sir Vicary Gibbs said, "Mr. Smith, you are discharged - you will have ample cause for reflection for the remainder of your life." Mr. Smith had returned from the army in Portugal, in order to meet a jury of his country; and conducted himself on this trying occasion with firmness and propriety.  ...

May 21.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests have been taken before W Joyner, Esq. one of ther Coroners for this county:  On Saturday se'nnight at Littleton on Severn, on view of the body of Mrs TAYLOR, wife of Mr W TAYLOR, of that place, who fell from her chair in a fit, and expired immediately.  Same day, at Olvestone, on the body of ROBERT JONES, a pauper, who was found dead in a privy.  Verdict in each case, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.  On Monday last, in the parish of St Philip's, Bristol,  on the body of ANN WOORE, aged 22, who died from poison.  It appeared in evidence that she had been driven, by the rigour of poverty and want, to commit the horrid act of suicide.  On Thursday, at Newington Bagpath, on the body of ANN, wife of ROBERT TROTMAN, who hung herself to a side piece in the roof of their dwelling, in the absence of  her husband.  Verdict, in the last two cases, Lunacy.

Jun 4.  The following inquests were lately taken before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At Woodmancote, in the parish of Bishops Cleeve, on view of the body of GEORGE GUY, who was assisting in taking down part of an old house, when the beam and partition falling on him, he was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  At Yanworth, on the body of JOHN SMITH, shepherd to Mrs EDWARDS, who was found hanging in a hole which he had cut in a rick in an adjoining field to secure himself from the inclemency of the weather.  Verdict, Lunacy.
    On Wednesday evening, as some children were playing in a boat on the river, at our quay, one of them, a son of a bargeman named WILKES, unfortunately fell overboard, and was drowned.  Coroner's Verdict, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 16 June 1810
Last week, as Mr. John Hale, of Peddington, Gloucestershire, a very respectable farmer, was riding to Gloucester market, with several of his neighbours, his horse fell with him on Quedgley-green, and, we are sorry to add, Mr. H, was bruised in such a manner, that he expired on Monday morning.

Jul 2.  On Friday an inquisition was taken at Cheltenham, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of ROBERT WAGSTAFF, who hanged himself the preceding day.  Verdict, Lunacy.
  On Friday se'nnight an inquest was taken at Shennington, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM ASKEW, a corporal of the 35th regiment of foot, who died of the injury he received in a piitched battle with one NATHANIEL FRENCH, a recruit, belonging to the same corps.  The quarrel arose at a wake.  The corporal was thrown during the third round; when a blood vessel of the brain was ruptured by the fall, as well as the spinal marrow injured; in consequence of which he soon afterwards became delirious at intervals, and died within the space of forty eight hours.  Verdict, Manslaughter.

Jul 16.  On Thursday an inquest was taken at Elmore, near this city, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS RAVENHILL, a fine, promising boy, about eight years of age, son of Mr WILLIAM RAVENHILL, of the Back, who, whilst at play in  a boat on the Severn, fell overboard, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  
  A few days since, Mr ISAAC BENDALL, a respectable farmer, of Wapley, near Sodbury, in this county, in the prime of life, was thrown from his horse, and so injured in his head, that he died the next day.

Jul 23.  On Thursday, a bargeman, of the name of BATES, who resided in this city, was unfortunately drowned in the river Severn, near Framiload.  He was employed with others, in rowing a canal boat coming up with the flood tide, when, his oar breaking, he was precipitated overboard, and his companions were unable to render him the smallest assistance.  We have not heard that the body has yet been found.  He has left a wife and three children.

Cambrian, 28 July 1810
Last week a male infant was found in a privy in Christmas-street, Bristol, with its throat cut; it had apparently been dead several days.  The Coroner's inquest brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder. - A female was on Friday apprehended on suspicion of being guilty of the horrid crime.
  On Thursday se'nnight, a bargeman, of the name of Bates, who resided in Gloucester, was unfortunately drowned in the River Severn, near Framiload.  He was employed with others, in rowing a canal-boat coming up with the flood-tide, when, his oar breaking, he was precipitated overboard, and his companions were unable to render him the smallest assistance.  We have not heard that the body has yet been found.  He has left a wife and three children.

Jul 30.  On Wednesday the body of JOHN BATES, mentioned in our last to have been drowned in the Severn, near Framiload, was picked up; and on Thursday an inquest was taken, before D Willey, Esq. when the jury returned a Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jul 30.  On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Cirencester, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of WILLIAM JONES, a serjeant in the 36th regiment of foot, who was supposed to have poisoned himself; but no circumstances appearing to justify the suspicion, a verdict was given - Died by the Visitation of God.

Aug 6.  On Tuesday, an inquest was taken at Hatherup, before Wm Trigg, Gent. coroner, on view of the body of SARAH SOLLIS, found immersed in a spring of water, in a remote part of a coppice in that parish, where she had drowned herself on the 1st of July, and had lain unperceived until Monday last. Verdict, Lunacy.

Cambrian, 18 August 1810
Long report of fire at Redcliffe-street, Bristol.
... Every possible exertion was made to extricate a nurse and two children from the upper back-room, but alas! without success - for when in about two hours the flames were sufficiently mastered, the remains of the poor woman were found, with those of the newly-born infant on her bosom, and the other, of two years old, lying beside her, on the wreck of their bed, in a state too shocking for description!  Her name was Reed, and age about 53 years. ...
  At Gloucester assizes on Thursday se'nnight, ... Betty Amphlett, aged 21, for the murder of her bastard child; ... They were all reprieved except Betty Amphlett, who, after having sentence passed upon her in a very impressive manner, was ordered for execution on Monday, and her body to be dissected and anatomised.

Cambrian, 25 August 1810
About midnight of Wednesday and Thursday se'nnight, in consequence of the gates of the Eastern lock of the Cumberland Bason, Bristol, having been left open, so great was the pressure of water against the inner gate of the western lock, that it gave way; ...Among the  number was the schooner Ann, of London, the mate of which, being suddenly awoke from sleep, attempted to jump upon the wharf, fell into the bason and was downed.
  And Monday se'nnight, Betty Amphlett, convicted at Gloucester assizes, ... was executed ... [Long biography, from Bredons Norton, Worcs.]

Sep 17.  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.  On Friday se'nnight, about eight in the evening, the coach which runs between Thornbury and Bristol, in descending Alverstone hill (near the former place) was, by the breaking of the pole, overturned and the whole of the passengers, six inside and four out, in some degree hurt.  Mr DANIEL WHITE, a respectable inhabitant of Blakeney, who was outside, was taken up nearly lifeless, and expired in a few hours!  Mrs WHITE was inside, and a truly sorrowful spectator of the awful scene, but was not herself materially injured.  Mr SHILL, of Thornbury, had his leg broken, and ankle put out of joint, but the others have nearly recovered their bruises.  The coach was not going at a violent rate, but unluckily had no wheel locked.

Oct 1.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Bisley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of ELIZABETH HAYWARD, an infant, who had gathered, and eaten, some berries of the deadly night-shade, and died in consequence, after suffering a short time under severe convulsions.  Verdict, Death from a deleterious substance taken independently.
  The following were taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  At Almondsbury hill, on view of the body of Mrs ANN SHILL, aged 65, found dead in a shed in her garden, supposed to have been killed by lightning during the thunderstorm on Saturday se'nnight.  At Mangotsfield, on the body of ELIZABETH WEBSTER, aged near three years, burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her parents.  At Coaley, on the body of JOHN HIGGINS, rug maker, killed on the spot by falling from a gate, on his return home intoxicated the preceding night.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 13 October 1810
A shocking affray took place in Marsh-street, Bristol, and last week.  A dispute having arisen between some English and a large party of foreign sailors, at the Hope and Anchor public-house, respecting a girl of the town: some blows were exchanged between one of the foreigners and a seaman named Henry Murray.  The parties were separated, but afterwards proceeded to the street, where a battle commenced between the foreign sailor and Murray, when the former drew a dirk, and stabbed Murray below the left breast. - The weapon was driven with such violence as nearly to cut through owned of the ribs and made a wound sufficiently large to admit the whole hand.  The perpetrator of this shocking act fled, with the dagger in his hand, but was pursued and taken as he was about to enter the bar of the Ship public-house in the same street, and safely lodged in the bridewell.  Friday a Coroner's inquest was held on the body, when a verdict of Wilful Murder was returned against the foreign seaman. - The surgeon who examined the body of Murray, on the inquest said, that the instrument with which the wound had been infirmed had passed through the left lobe of the lungs, into the cavity of the heart, making a wound about 3 ½ inches long, 1 ¼ inch wide, and 7 inches in depth.

Cambrian, 27 October 1810
INQUESTS.
On Monday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Randwick, in the country of Gloucester, before Wm. Trigg, gent. Coroner, on view of the body of Prudence Butt, a child of about  four years if age, who fell into a tub of scalding wort; in consequence of which, she died in a few hours, in great agony.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  And, on Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Duntisbourne Rous, before the same coroner, on the body of a man unknown, found dead in a hovel near the turnpike-road, where he appears to have crept for shelter.  He was very meanly drest; and his features exhibited some lines of idiocy.  No mark of violence whatever appearing upon the body; the jury returned a verdict, Died b y the Visitation of God.
  Monday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Uckington, near Cheltenham, before D. Willy, Esq. coroner, and the body of Eliz. Limbrick, who was found dead in her house.  Verdict, Sudden Death.

Oct 8.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Kings Stanley, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of MARY BRINKWORTH, who was found dead in her apartments, supposed to have been occasioned by falling upon the stone floor, in a hysteric fit.  Verdict, Sudden Death.

Oct 29.  INQUESTS.   Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Saturday se'nnight, at Turkdean, near Northleach, on view of the body of WILLIAM TAYLOR, who hanged himself on a beam in his bedroom, on the preceding Thursday.  Verdict, Lunacy.  And on Tuesday last, at Stonehouse, on the body of THOMAS BIRT, who fell into a brook, in a state of intoxication, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Nov 5.  Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  On Monday last, at the parish of Horton, on view of the body of JAMES BUTLER, (aged seven) who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire in the absence of his parents. Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Tuesday, at Dowry square, Clifton, near Bristol, on the body of a new born male child, found secreted in a coal hole the preceding Sunday.  After an investigation of eight hours, the Jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder, against SARAH LEECH, single woman, the mother of the said child; and she stands committed for trial, at the next assizes for this county.  On Thursday, at Brockweir, on the River Wye, on the body of Mr JOHN PAGE, a respectable farmer, who was killed on the spot, by falling in one of his fields, the preceding Monday.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  
  On Thursday, an inquest was taken at Corse, near this city, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of CHARLOTTE CHAMBERLAIN, a child about three years of age, who was burnt to death, on Tuesday, in consequence of being left alone in the house.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
    A few days ago, as JOHN FRYER, a poor man of the parish of Westbury, was returning home, apparently  in perfect health, he dropped suddenly to the ground, and instantly expired.

Nov 19.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at the New Lodge Inn, in the parish of Minchinhampton, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOSEPH PEGLAR, a fine youth, about 18 years of age, whose death was occasioned by a rather singular accident.  He was attempting to fire a pistol, which, as it would not remain upon the cock, he discharged by the application of a fire stick to the priming; when, the charge being rammed down with great force, the piece rebounded with such violence, as to cut his eye out, separate his jawbone, and fracture his skull, in consequence of which he died in a few minutes, a horrid spectacle.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Inquests taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Mangotsfield, on view of the body of WILLIAM MARMON, labourer, who was killed on the spot on the Saturday preceding, by a loaded cart going over his head; he has left a wife and six small children to lament his loss.  On Tuesday, at Sandford, near Lydney, on the body of RICHARD PHILLIPS, aged 14 years, found drowned on Lydney New Grounds, on the morning of Sunday last.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  And, on Wednesday, at Beverstone, near Tetbury on the body of RICHARD GABB, aged 11 years, found dead on Sunday morning, at the door of a cottage, supposed to have died by mis treatment from his fellow servant, on their return home from Cirencester, with a waggon loaded with wheat.  After a very full investigation, (the body being first opened,) the jury returned a Verdict, Died through the Inclemency of the Weather, and not from any injury received whatsoever.

Dec 24.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Wednesday, at Barnsley, on view of the body of THOMAS SYROD, aged 60, who had lived 29 years as gardener, in the family of JAMES MUSGRAVE, Esq. of Barnsley Park, and was killed by a tree falling on him.  And, on Friday, at Cheltenham, on the body of MARIA MOODY, a child about 5 years of age, daughter of Mr MOODY, builder, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire, whilst left alone in the house, with another child of about the same age, by a woman under whose care they were placed.  The other child was also much burnt.   Verdicts, Accidental Death.

Dec 31.  On Saturday se'nnight, at Frampton on Severn, on view of the body of CHARLES WYLES, who was killed by  falling from the top of a high ladder, whilst nailing a piece of timber in a barn; his skull was fractured, and he was otherwise so much injured, that he survived the accident but a very short time.   And, on Thursday, at Piffs Elm, in the parish of Elmstone Hardwicke, on the body of THOMAS DOWERS, carter, who was killed by a loaded waggon going over his head, he being intoxicated, and falling under the wheel.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

1811

Jan 14.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At the Thrup, in the parish of Stroud, on view of the body of JOHN  KEENE, aged 68, who had fallen from a flight of stone steps, and so injured his brain, that he died soon after.  At Pitchcombe, on the body of KEZIAH LAWRENCE, a child about four years of age, whose clothes caught fire, and she was burnt to death.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Jan 21.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county:  On the 4th inst. at Stroud, on view of the body of THOMAS HOLDER, four years old, burnt to death.  On the 7th, at Cheltenham, on the body of MARY ANN  HOWARD, aged six, also burnt to death.  On the 10th, at Kempsford, on the body of JOHN CONSTABLE, found drowned in an aqueduct near the river.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  On the 12th, at Arle, in the parish of Cheltenham, on the body of MARY REEVES, an infirm old woman, found dead in her house.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.  Same day, at Alstone, near Cheltenham, on the body of JOHN SAUNDERS, another child, about four, burnt to death by his clothes catching fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Same day, at Cheltenham, on the body of MARY COOKE, who poisoned herself by swallowing a large quantity of arsenic, mixed in tea.  So determined was this unfortunate female on self destruction, that she first procured a quantity of laudanum, which failing in its operation, she made a second application, and effected her fatal purpose.  The cause assigned for this act, is supposed pregnancy, which on surgical examination proved otherwise.  The Jury, after a very minute investigation, returned a Verdict of Lunacy.

Cambrian, 26 January 1811

An Inquest was on Saturday last held at the King's-head, in Cheltenham, (Mr. Trigg, of Cain's-cross, Coroner,) on the body of Jane Cook, of that place, who poisoned herself by swallowing arsenic, mixed in tea on the evening of the 9th inst.  So determined was this unfortunate female on self-destruction, that she first procured a quantity of laudanum, which failing in its operation, she made a second application, and effected her fatal purpose.  The cause assigned for this act is supposed pregnancy, which on surgical examination proved otherwise.  The Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.

Feb 4.  The following inquests have been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Saturday se'nnight, on view of the body of JOHN BROWN, who was found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal.  On Friday last,at Stroud, on the body of MARK HOLDER, a child six years of age, who  was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.  Same day, on the body of WILLIAM HORWOOD, who was found dead in a ditch, in the parish of Eastington, into which he had fallen, on his return from Gloucestershire election.   Verdict, Died from the Inclemency of the Weather.  Also, same day, at Stinchcombe, on the body of WILLIAM WIGMORE, a respectable free holder, who was coming in a chaise to this city, to vote for the Hon. JOHN DUTTON; when he was taken ill on the road, became paralysed, and died soon after.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

Mar 4.  IMPORTANT CAUTION. On Tuesday last, two servants, (the huntsman and whipper-in, ) were found dead in their beds, at the hunting seat of Sir JOHN DASHWOOD, Bart. at Bourton on the Hill, in this county.  It appeared that on retiring to bed the preceding evening conceiving the room where they slept (over one of the out buildings) rather damp, they had taken up with them, from under a furnace, some live coals in an open coal scuttle, which they left in the middle of the room; but the place having no chimney, or vent of any kind, and being closely shut up during the night, they must have been suffocated from the effect of the sulphuric gas.  One of them was found in a sitting posture in bed, as if he had been awoke by the oppression of his breath; but doubtless at a moment when he was too much overcome, either to effect his escape, or create an alarm.  The pernicious influence of charcoal has often been experienced; and we trust, that the above melancholy catastrophe will operate equally as a warning, against the use even if commended in similar enclosed situations, where there is no draft or current of air.
On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Bourton on the Hill before Wm Trigg, Gent. on view of the bodies of WILLIAM BOYCE and RICHARD SMITH, (the above two unfortunate men, ) when a verdict was returned, Accidental Death.

Mar 11.  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.  On Monday last, while Mr DOWELL, jun. son of Mr DOWLE, of Oxenhall, in this county, was out shooting, in passing through a hedge, with the butt end of his gun advanced before him, something caught the trigger, when the gun exploded, and the whole of the charge entered his breast, some of it passing through the back part of his shoulder.  Although so dreadfully injured, he contrived to walk home, where surgical assistance was procured, and he underwent a very painful operation for the extraction of the shot.  He lingered, however, in excruciating pain till Friday evening, when he expired.  He was an officer in the local Militia, and a young man highly respected.

About ten o'clock on the evening of Saturday se'nnight, as Mr JAMES WHITE, a respectable farmer of Corse, and his brother in law, were on their return from our market on horse back, when passing over Maisemore bridge, from some unknown cause, Mr WHITE's horse ran against the parapet wall on the upper side, and precipitated him into the river, where he unfortunately perished; leaving a widow far advanced in pregnancy, and twin infant children.  He had considerable property about him, and was perfectly sober when he left his inn.  The body has not yet been found.

Mar 18.  The article in our last, respecting the melancholy accident which befell Mr DOWLE, jun. of Oxenhall, was incorrect in a very material point.  The gentleman happily survives; and we feel infinite pleasure in stating, that hopes are now entertained of his recovery.

Apr 1.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On the 16th ult. at Kingstanley, on view of the body of PHILIP PEARCE, an infant, found dead in bed.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On the 18th, at Bisley, on the body of RICHARD DANIEL, who fell from a mow in a barn, and fractured his skull.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And on the 27th, at Lyppiat, near Stroud, on the body of JONAS FOLKES, a private in the 1st Guards, who fell from the Stroud Union Coach, some time since, and injured his brain so much that it occasioned his death.  The night on which the accident happened was so extremely cold, that he had nearly perished, when he was taken up by another coach travelling the same road.  We are sorry to add, that a publican, not far from the Kingstone's Inn, Berks. refused to receive the unhappy sufferer, desiring them to take him on to the house the coach drove to which had left him behind!  Verdict, Died by the injury he received from the fall. - This poor soldier was one of the brave fellows who returned from the Walcheren expedition.
On Wednesday last, the body of Mr JAMES WHITE, (who was unfortunately drowned in the Severn on his return home from our market, on the 2d ult. as mentioned in a former paper,) was picked up at Stone beach, a short distance from this city, with his property all safe.  An inquest was held next day at the Ship, in Maisemore, and a verdict given of Accidental Death.  On cutting off his boots, one of his legs was found much bruised, supposed from the injury he received by his horse striking against the parapet wall of the bridge, which he was thrown over.
Apr 8.  Last week MARY FOWLER, of Nibley, in this county, having had some trifling dispute with her daughter about planting her garden, went out to alter it, and immediately dropped down dead between the plants.
ACCIDENTS.   On Saturday se'nnight, as DANIEL TRULL, a boy of 13, deaf and dumb, was at work in a mill belonging to Messrs LLOYD, Clothiers, of Cam, in this county, his clothes became entangled in the gig wheel, and, before it could be stopped, although immediate assistance was at hand, his head was forced against the roller with such violence as to cause his instant death.  And on Monday, MARY PERKINS, wife of GEORGE PERKINS, of Berkeley, thatcher, when going to get water from a pool in her garden, was seized with a giddiness, and falling therein, was drowned.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.
Apr 15.  On Wednesday morning, as Mrs GYLES, wife of SAMUEL GYLES, Esq. at Henwick, near Worcester, was endeavouring to remove a cloth which had caught the flames of the kitchen fire, it communicated to her clothes, and, before assistance could be rendered, she was so miserably burnt, that she expired, after languishing in extreme torture for four hours.  She was in her 72nd year.
Apr 21.  Winchcombe Parish Registers, Burials: JOHN CHADBORN.  Accidentally killed.
Apr 29.  On the 13th inst. an inquest was taken at Dudbridge, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM GARDNER, a boy, who, whilst winding up the lash of one of the locks, fell into the Stroud Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
On Tuesday an inquest was taken at Redmarley d'Abitot, Worcestershire, on the body of JOHN HANDS, a boy about 11 years of age, who was found strangled the preceding Sunday by an ox chain, fastened round his neck, and fixed to a beam in an ox house belonging to his master.  The deceased was of a very lively temper, and happy in his situation, and as no motive could be ascertained for his committing the horrid crime of self murder, the jury concluded that the cause of his death was more the effect of accident than otherwise, and returned a verdict accordingly.
May 6.  Another melancholy accident lately attended the common practise of servants riding on the shafts of waggons and other carriages:- As a young man, in the employ of Mr MATTHEWS, of Winchcombe, was returning from Tewkesbury, with a cart and horse, and incautiously sitting on the shafts, the animal suddenly took fright, and ran off at great speed, notwithstanding the cart was loaded with nearly a ton weight.  In jumping off, to stop the horse, the unfortunate man fell with his head against a stone, which caused an immediate discharge of blood from his ears, &c. and terminated his existence, in about four hours, after suffering excruciating torture.
May 13.  On Friday an inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner on view of the body of JOHN LIDDIATT, servant to Mr JOB SMITH, of Brockthrup, who, in jumping out of a waggon, unfortunately fell, when the wheel going over him, killed him on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
May 20.  Died, on Monday last, aged 38, SUSANNAH RICHENS, a pauper in the House of Industry, Tewkesbury; having existed ten weeks without eating any kind of food, the only nourishment she received during that period being a few spoonfuls of beer each day.  Her disease was of an apoplectic nature, and although it so long deprived her of the power of eating, and the use of speech, she was perfectly sensible till the day previous to her dissolution.
May 27.  The body of Mr DENT, Senior, (formerly of Sidbury, but late of St John's, Worcester, ) was on Thursday last discovered floating in the River Severn, near the Rhydde, in the parish of Severn Stoke.  The unfortunate gentleman had been missing ever since the night of the 21st of February.  It had been imagined that the deceased had become a prey to violence; but the property which he had with him, when last seen, being found in his clothes, it now appears probable that his death was occasioned by having fallen into the water while passing near the bridge, owing to the extreme darkness of the night; or to a sudden fit of illness, to which he was frequently subject.
Jun 17.  The following inquests were last week taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  On Thursday, at Foxcote, in the parish of Withington, on view of the body of MARGARET POWELL, who was killed by the wheels of a waggon going over her.  And, on Saturday, on the body of ANN WHITE, found drowned in the parish of Quedgeley.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.
An inquest was held on Monday last, on the body of SAMUEL SAUNDERS, a poor man, nearly 70 years of age, who was found dead on the Saturday preceding in Kinsham Field, near Tewkesbury, where he had been employed in hoeing beans.  It is supposed he fell down in a fit whilst at work the preceding day, and immediately expired, as the hoe was lying by him, and there was no appearance of his having moved after he fell across the row of beans he was earthing up.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.
Jul 8.  Wednesday GEORGE GIDDINS, servant to Mr WOODWARD, at Ashwick, near Marshfield, in this county, was killed by a hay waggon being overturned, which striking him in the temple, caused his immediate death.
Jul 29.  EXCESSIVE DRINKING. On Tuesday last, JOHN SADLER, labourer, of Wotton Underedge, after drinking three pints of gin at one public house, went to another, where, boasting of his prowess whilst a soldier, he made a bet with a person in the house, that he would drink a quart of gin in an hour!  The liquor being brought in, he took off the half of it at one draught, and soon after finished the remainder with as little ceremony!  He then boasted of the feat, and the instant afterwards fell down, and expired almost immediately!  To the surviving party in this transaction, we leave those reflections which cannot fail to pervade the mind of every rational being.
Jul 29  Early on Thursday morning last, a bargehand named WALSH, on going aboard the vessel to which he belonged, at Tewkesbury, after being out all night, and it is supposed somewhat intoxicated, fell overboard and was drowned.  A coroner's jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.
On Wednesday  last, at Tewkesbury, a melancholy accident attended the very reprehensible practise of leaving guns loaded in insecure situations.  A little boy and girl, children of one DRINKWATER, going into the house of a neighbour, named XXXXXXXXXXXXX, residing in the church yard, in that town, the boy found a gun, which he took hold of, not knowing that it was loaded, and pointing it at his sister, playsomely said, he would shoot her.  Unconscious of the consequences, he pulled the trigger, the piece exploded, and, being aimed close to the girl's head, the whole contents entered a little above the ear, shattering the skull in a most dreadful manner, and of course killed her on the spot!  A coroner's inquest was held on the body the next day, and a verdict of Accidental Death returned.  It is much to be deplored, after the distressing events that so repeatedly occur, through the heedlessness of people using firearms, that more care is not evinced by placing loaded guns out of the reach of children and others who know not that they are charged.
Aug 5.  On Saturday se'nnight, two lads were drowned whilst bathing in the Severn, about three miles above Tewkesbury, and, same day, a youth named JOB TIPPING, was drowned in the same river, whilst bathing near Newnham!
Aug 19.  And on Tuesday, in this city, on the body of a young woman named ANN ALDRIDGE, who, on the preceding Sunday, put a period to her existence by taking an ounce and a half of laudanum.  Verdict, Lunacy.
Aug 26.  On Friday an inquest was taken at Bisley before Wm Trigg, Gent. on view of the body of MARTIN CROOKE, who, in consequence of falling downstairs, injured the spinal marrow. Verdict, Accidental Death.
An inquest was taken, on Monday, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of XXXXX  JONES, a tailor, of Cheltenham, who on the preceding morning put a period to his existence by cutting his throat in a most shocking manner.  The cause assigned for this rash act is his being involved in two law suits, the last of which, relative to the occupation of the house in which he lived, was to be decided on the morrow after he committed the fatal deed.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Cambrian, 31 August 1811
An inquest was taken, on Monday, before D. Willey, Esq. on view of the body of ------- Jones, a tailor, of Cheltenham, who on the preceding morning put a period to his existence by cutting his throat in a most shocking manner.  Verdict - Lunacy.
Sep 2.  On Thursday last, Mr SMITH, Excise Officer, of Frampton, was unfortunately drowned in the Severn, at Newnham.  He had come up to that place, with two other gentlemen, in a small pleasure boat; and, upon their return from thence, in pushing off from the shore, they were upset by running foul of the large passage boat; when the lives of the other two were saved by the extra-ordinary exertions of the ferryman.
INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 24th ult. on view of the body of Mr JOHN BARNARD, a respectable farmer, of Warley farm, in the parish of Withington, who, mistaking his road from Northleach, was thrown from his horse at midnight, and so much injured, that he survived only a few hours.  He has left a wife pregnant, and three children, to lament his loss.
On the 25th, at Kempsford, on the body of WILLIAM GILES, who died in consequence of a fall from a waggon he was unloading.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  On the 29th, at Bibury, on the body of JOS. COOK, a youth, who was killed by his playfellow inadvertently striking him a violent blow on the temple with a stone.  Verdict, Homicide.  On the 31st, at Tetbury, on the body of THOMAS CAVE, whose death was occasioned by a blow given him by JAS. RADFORD, of Tetbury, which brought him to the ground, and produced a fissure in the back part of his skull.  He languished fourteen days.  The jury, which was very respectable, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict of Manslaughter against the said JAS. RADFORD, who has disappeared.
Sep 8.  Frampton on Severn Parish Registers, Burials:  James Augustine Smith, exciseman, drowned in the River Severn.
Sep 30.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before D Willey, Esq.   On Monday, on view of the body of Mr JOS. HOLFORD, a respectable farmer, of Hartpury, who, on the preceding Saturday, as he was returning from Gloucester market, fell from his horse, and was unfortunately dragged in the stirrup nearly a mile: he languished till Sunday morning, when death put a period to his sufferings.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   On Wednesday, on the body of Le ABBE CAESAR, of Cheltenham, a respectable emigrant French clergyman, and Chaplain to the late unfortunate LOUIS XVI, who was found a corpse in his bed.  Verdict, Visitation of God.
On Thursday, at our Infirmary, on the body of THOMAS THEY, who, whilst driving the Hibernia Coach from Cheltenham to Shrewsbury, on the 16th inst. one of the fore wheels coming off, the coach was dragged over him, and injured him so severely that he expired on Tuesday last.  And, same day, and at the same place, on the body of THOMAS SAUNDERS, who, on the preceding Sunday, fell from a pear tree, in the parish of Prestbury, which caused so violent a concussion of the brain, as to occasion his death.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.
An inquest was taken a few days since, at Hampton Parva, on the body of Mr WILLIAM KEYTE, a respectable farmer, of Ebrington, in this county, who drowned himself in the river Avon there.  It appeared that the deceased laboured under a bodily complaint which the faculty pronounced incurable, and would sooner or later terminate his existence.  The dread of leaving his family, (a wife and 12 children,) in distressed circumstances, strongly affecting his mind, the jury returned a verdict, Lunacy.
Oct 14.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent.  On the 3rd ult. at Arnold's Mill, near Stroud, on view of the body of SAMUEL BEARD, a youth, who was killed by a gig mill.  On the 13th, at Cirencester, on the body of THOMAS MINCHIN, who was killed by a large piece of timber falling on his head, whilst unloading it.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.  On the 28th, at Kempsford, on the body of MARY TRINDER, who was found dead on the floor, being alone.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On the 4th inst. at Culley Muxen Farm ,near Tetbury, on the body of JOSIAH LEE, a gypsy boy, about nine years of age, who was killed by the explosion of a gun loaded with shot, which entered his left shoulder, and, passing through his chest, caused his death instantly.  The gun was fired by WALTER PONTIN, not knowing it to be loaded.  The jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict, Accidental Homicide.
Oct 21.  On Thursday se'nnight, four young men, of Bristol, sailed on a cruise, in an open boat, in and about Kingroad, and remained at Clevedon and the adjacent places till Sunday, when they prepared to return home; but on passing the wreck of the Rebecca, they agreed to go on board, and to fasten their boat to the wreck, by the painter.  The sea at this time was very high.  They had not been long on the wreck, when the violence of the waves swamped their boat, and she went to pieces; and in an instant a wave precipitated them into the ocean.  Two of them sank to rise no more! the other two, being excellent swimmers, buffetted the waves for nearly an hour, when they were taken up by a boat passing that way.
The body of a woman was taken out of the float, near the Lime Kiln Glass house, on Friday morning.  Her legs were tied together, and it is supposed she must have been in the water some days.
Oct 28.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Redbrook, in the parish of Newland, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM PRITCHARD, who, as he was sailing in a cobb in the river Wye, fell over, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Lloyd's Mug house, near Worcester, on the body of STEPHEN PRICE, a waterman, who early in the morning of the 11th inst. while at work on a canal boat, fell into the Severn and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
Nov 4.  On Monday se'nnight, a fatal accident happened at Clifton; ISAAC GODFREY, who has long been accustomed to work the steam engine there, having incautiously removed the cover of the furnace, he was in an instant overwhelmed with boiling water, and expired in a few hours.  He has left a wife and four children without support.  An inquest was taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner; verdict, Accidental Death.   A similar verdict was given before the same gentleman, on view of the body of THOMAS COLE, hatter, of Bitton, who, on his return home on Saturday evening, intoxicated, fell over a railing into a quarry, and was killed on the spot.
Nov 4.  On Saturday last, the body of an aged man was picked up in the river at Cruy's Hole, Bristol.  He was returning home on the Saturday preceding, having taken his weekly wages, at the Iron Foundry, St Philip's; when, it is conjectured, he mistook his way, that evening being obscured by a fog.

Gloucester Herald, 21 December 1811
On Tuesday last an inquest was held in this city, by D. Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of William Robarts, who died suddenly. - Verdict, died by the visitation of God.
Also Howell and Stone at Severn Stoke.

1812

6 Jan.   On Friday last, an inquest was taken, in the parish of Quinton, in this county, before Thos. Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM LANE, who died suddenly.  After a minute investigation by a respectable jury, and the body being opened by a surgeon, a verdict was returned, Died in a Fit of Apoplexy.  And, a few days ago, an inquest was taken by the same Coroner, in this city, on view of the body of JOHN BOWER, an infant, who died from drinking boiling water out of a tea pot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The following inquests were taken last week, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: At Cirencester, on the body of ELIZABETH BARTON, a child about two years of age, who was burnt to death.  At Edgeworth, on the body of a boy, named Z. DAVIES, who was killed in consequence of being thrown from a horse, and dragged by the halter, which he had imprudently tied round his forearm.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.  At Tetbury, on the body of THOMAS CHAPMAN, found dead in the street.  Verdict, Died from the Inclemency of the Weather.

Jan 13.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Saturday se'nnight, at Fairford, on the body of JOHN SCRIVENS, a boy about eight years of age, who was killed by the lever of a threshing machine, which he was driving.   At Kingstanley, on the body of STEPHEN PREEN, a child about four years old, who was burnt to death.  At Stonehouse, on the body of HARRIET PAYNE, who died in consequence of being dreadfully burnt.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Jan 20.  On Tuesday last, an inquisition was taken before Thos. Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a man, found drowned in a well at Mitcheldean.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Tuffley, near this city, on view of the body of O TURNER, a girl about three years old, who was so dreadfully burnt as to survive only half an hour, in consequence of her clothes being caught by the flames, whilst at play near the fire in her grandmother's kitchen.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 27.  Early on Saturday morning last, as the waggon team of Mr Kendrick, of Toddington, was passing between Ashchurch and Tewkesbury, while the driver was riding in the waggon, the horses took fright and, though a boy was attending the leading horse, set off at a fast speed: the waggoner, in endeavouring to stop them, got his clothes entangled, fell under the wheels, and was killed on the spot.

Feb 3.  On Saturday an inquest was taken at Guiting Power, in this county, before Thomas Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM COOKE, who was killed by the machinery belonging to the Stove Pipe Company, at Foxhill.  It appeared that, about eight o'clock in the morning, he fell into the steam engine, through a trap door which had been carelessly left open, and coming into contact with some part of the ponderous machinery, then at work, his head was literally torn from his body, and he was otherwise lacerated in a way too shocking for description.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The following inquests were last week taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Ashchurch, on the body of THOMAS HUNT, carter to Mr Kendrick, of Toddington, who was killed by the wheels of a waggon passing over his neck, as mentioned in our last.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And on Saturday, at Alstone, in the parish of Cheltenham, on the body of THOMAS PARRY, who was killed by a wall falling on him, at the New Assembly Room.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  
  On Monday an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the body of SAMUEL HEAVEN, labourer, of Minchinhampton, found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal, on the preceding day.  From the appearance of the body, it must have lain in the water several days.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Feb 17.  Taken last week, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Sunday, at Kington, near Thornbury, on view of the body of Mr ROBERT COMBY, of Cowhill, a respectable farmer, who was killed on the spot, by a fall from his horse, on the night of the preceding Friday.   Same day and place, on the body of Mr CALEB LEE, butcher, who, on his return home from Oldbury on Severn, on the night of the preceding Wednesday, fell into a pool, and was drowned.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.   On Tuesday, at Westbury on Trim, near Bristol, on the body of ANN HURNE, a pauper in the workhouse, who fell out of her chair, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.   On Wednesday, at the hamlet of Oldland, near Warmly, on the body of S BRITTON, aged 12 years, who fell down a coal pit, near 50 fathoms, and was killed on the spot.  And, on Thursday, at Newark Park, near Wotton Underedge, on the body of JACOB HEDGES. gardener to the Rev. Mr Clutterbuck, who was killed by a concussion of the brain, received by a fall from a horse on the morning of the Monday preceding.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.
  On Tuesday an inquest was taken at Stroud, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of REBECCA WEBB, aged about seven, who was scalded to death, by falling over a pot of boiling water standing on the floor.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 9.  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Chalford Lynch, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of  THOMAS BARTLETT, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  And, same day, at Horton, in this county, on the body of J HOBBS, a boy about 13 years of age, who died in consequence of the kick of a horse, on the preceding Friday.   Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.

Mar 16.  On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Rodborough, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view  of the body of ROBERT MORSE, servant to Mr Tanner, London carrier, found dead in the hay stack, of one of the stables, into which he had fallen headlong unobserved, and thereby sustained a mortal injury in the spinal marrow.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 23.  A chimney sweeper was yesterday committed to our City Gaol, for re-examination, being suspected of occasioning the death of his apprentice boy by ill usage.  An inquest is this day to be taken before the Coroner, on view of the body; and it would be premature to state any of the particulars of this melancholy case, until the verdict of the jury be known.

Mar 30.  On Monday an inquest was taken before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JAMES BRYANT, about ten years of age, apprentice to THOMAS MAXEMAN BRONEVILLE, chimneysweep, whose death, as mentioned in our last, was supposed to have been occasioned by the inhumane treatment of his master.  The body, by order of the Coroner, had previously been carefully dissected by a surgeon who, being unable to discover the smallest symptom of violence, the jury returned a verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.  Some time after the jury were dismissed, however, three gentlemen from Newent, (in consequence of the paragraph in our paper,) came forward, and detailed such ill treatment on the part of the master, that BONNEVILLE was again taken into custody; and, after a long examination before the Magistrates, on Saturday last, he was committed to our County Gaol, on a charge of Wilful Murder.
  The following inquests were taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 19th inst. at Eastington, on view of the body of SARAH BIRD, an infant, who was scalded to death by boiling water from a tea kettle.  Verdict, Accidental Death. On the 21st, at Longford Mill, Minchinhampton, on the body of WILLIAM LATHAM, millman, who had been many years in the employ of Messrs Playne, clothiers, and was found dead in his room.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

Apr 20.  AFFECTING INSTANCE OF SELF-DESTRUCTION.    Early on Thursday the wife of Mr MAYNARD, sadler, of Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, was found drowned in the Bathurst Bason.  She left her husband and infant child in bed early in the morning, and precipitated herself into the Bason, where her lifeless body was found by her affected relatives in a few hours after.  The child, which had previously been ill, owing, it is supposed, to the distracted state of its parent's mind, expired almost the same moment that the corpse of its mother was brought into the house.  She lived on the most affectionate terms with her husband and family.

Cambrian, 26 April 1812
     Affecting Instance of Self-destruction. - Early on Thursday the wife of Mr. Maynard, saddler, of Redcliff-Hill, Bristol, was found drowned in the Bathurst Bason.  She left her husband and infant child in bed early in the morning, and precipitated herself into the Bason, where her lifeless body was found by her afflicted relatives in a few hours after.  The child, which had been previously ill, it is supposed, to the distracted state of its parent's mind, expired almost the same moment that the corpse of the mother was brought into the house.  She lived on the most affectionate terms with her husband and family.

May 11.  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.  On Tuesday last, as the ferry boat was crossing the river Severn, at Framilode Passage, deeply laden with cattle, coming from Ross fair, she unfortunately shipped some water, and sank about half way over, at the depth of ten feet.  The cattle swam for different parts of the shore.  The drover who had them in charge, and two boatmen, were the only persons on board; one of the latter supported himself upon a plank; the other mounted one of the horses, but being a stout, powerful man, the animal sunk under him, when he sustained himself by swimming till the boats from the shore picked him and his companion up.  But their unhappy passenger perished, in the presence of many spectators, on whom he called most piteously for assistance, for several minutes, without their being able to avert his melancholy fate.  We do not know the poor sufferer's name; but have heard he came from the neighbourhood of Badminton, in this county.  His body had not been found on Saturday.

Cambrian, 16 May 1812
  Melancholy Accident. - On Thursday last, as the ferry-boat was crossing the River Severn, at Framilode-Passage, deeply laden with cattle, from Ross Fair, she unfortunately shopped some water, filled, and sunk about half way over, at the depth of ten feet.  The drover who had them in charge, and two boatmen, were the only persons on board; one of the latter supported himself upon a plank; the other mounted one of the horses, but being a stout, powerful man, the animal sunk under him, when he sustained himself by swimming, till boats from the shore picked him and his companion up.  But their unhappy passenger perished, in the presence of many spectators, on whom he called most piteously for assistance, for several minutes, without their being able to afford him aid, in time to avert his melancholy fate.

May 25.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent., one of the Coroners for this county:  At Stroud, on the body of Mrs SIMS, wife of a respectable butcher, of that place, who was stated to have died in consequence of a blow she received from one of her sons, in an affray which happened between him and his brother; the jury, after a very minute investigation, returned a verdict of Sudden Death, and not from any hurt or injury received from any persons, to the knowledge of the jurors.

Jun 1.  On Monday, an inquest was taken by Wm Trigg, Gent., one of the Coroners for this county, on the body of B BURFORD, sheerman, of Rodborough, a lunatic, who, after being frustrated in an attempt to drown himself. hung himself with his neck handkerchief in a wood at Woodchester.  Verdict, Lunacy.   And on Tuesday, at Rodborough, before the same Coroner, on the body of BENJAMIN BUCKINGHAM, a child about six years old, who was burnt to death by his clothes catching fire.   Verdict, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 6 June 1812
  On Monday se'nnight, an inquest was taken by Wm. Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for the county of Gloucester, on the body of B. Burford, sheerman, of Rodborough, a lunatic, who, after being frustrated in an attempt to drown himself and to cut his throat, hung himself with his neck-handkerchief in a wood at Woodchester.  Verdict - Lunacy.

Jun 8.  On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH BLAKE, aged about 19, who had been at Stroud fair, and was returning home late at night, under an idea that she was in the company of a man who had shewn her some civilities in the course of the day, but who took an opportunity, in their way through a private field, to attempt the violation of her person:  not effecting his purpose, however, he treated her with great cruelty, knocking her down and throwing her over some railings.  In consequence of this barbarous usage, she lingered under the most acute suffering, and expired on the seventeenth day.   The body was opened by

to be finished        

Cambrian, 19 September 1812
  On Friday last an inquest was held on the body of Mr. Thomas Roberts, of Monmouth, hallier, who was killed the preceding day in the Forest of Dean, by a large oak-tree falling on his body, from off a timber-carriage, and which caused instant death.

Carmarthen  Journal, 3 October 1812
     The following melancholy accident occurred lately at Bristol.  As a lad about fourteen years of age, the son of Mr. Thos. Richards, Master of the sloop Expedition, of this Port, was approaching that vessel in a boat, he unfortunately fell overboard and was drowned.

Cambrian, 14 November 1812
  Last week a bargeman of the name of Thomas Morgan, of Monmouth, employed in navigating vessels on the river Wye, was, by a sudden shock of the barge in which he was at work, thrown overboard, near Brockweir, and the tide running very strong, he instantly sunk, never to rise again alive, in the sight of his companions, leaving a wife with three small children, and near being put to bed of the fourth, to lament his premature fate.

Carmarthen Journal, 14 November 1812
  On Monday an inquest was held by Joseph Langley, Esq. Coroner for Bristol, on the body of John Allen, servant to Mr. Stephen Rogers, wholesale shoemaker, Ellbroad-street.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased had been upwards of 14 years in the employ of his Master, at Stafford and in this city, in the confidential situation of foreman: that Mr. R had for some time suspected that he had been robbed, which suspicion was increased by the receipt on an anonymous letter about a year and a half since.  Mr. Rogers perceiving a journeyman whom he suspected, coming to receive a certain quantity of goods, waited till he had been helped, when he demanded to see the quantity, which proved to be much greater that he was entitled to; this led to further suspicion and inquiry, the effect of which was, that the j9runeyman absconded and the deceased, on being taxed with a connection with him, likewise absented himself for a day or two - but on Saturday he came to his employ, when Mr. Rogers called him into a room, and acquainted him with the charges preferred against him, at which, in the first instance, he pretended much surprise; but his master persisting in his guilt, and, on condition of his impeaching the whole of his accomplices, intimated hopes of pardon, when he said, with a heavy sigh, "I have robbed you, Sir."  In reply, Mr. Rogers said, "Then how can such a criminal expect mercy from me?" and repeated it, "how can you expect it, knowing the confidence I have reposed in you?" To which Mr. R. replied, "that he was convinced that he had not told the whole truth."
  Allen begged form time, and was detained by Mr. Rogers, at his own house, from half-past 7 in the morning till about a quarter-past 4 in the afternoon; when, after taking a little refreshment, Mr. Rogers returned to the room in which he had left Allen, and on opening the door, he beheld that unhappy culprit drawing a knife across his windpipe with great violence.  Allen on seeing him endeavoured to stab Mr. T. and also a friend of the name of Haynes, who had come to his assistance.  An alarm being given he was secured, but he expired almost immediately.  An inquest was held on the body of the deceased, on Monday evening about 7 o'clock, when after deliberating from that hour till half-past 12, they returned a verdict of Felo de se.

Nov 18.  Coates Parish Registers, Burials: THOMAS JEFFERIES, of Minchinhampton,  "the above man died suddenly in a Barn in this Parish & was buried.

Cambrian, 5 December 1812
  A Coroner's Inquest was held on Thursday, at Over, near Bristol, on the body of Mr. R. Ayres, who was found drowned in a large pond in Over Park.  It appeared that the deceased had lived on ill terms with his wife since the month of June last, in consequence of his having become violently attached to a young woman of Corsham, in Wiltshire, and that in consequence they agreed to live separate; on which occasion the young woman came to reside with the deceased.  The fever of Mr. Ayres's passion having, however, subsided, he was seized with an extreme remorse of conscience, and unable to endure his reflections, he rose on Tuesday morning soon after six, and having tied his hands to prevent his swimming, threw himself into the pond, where he was found soon after seven o'clock.  Surgical aid was immediately obtained, but proved ineffectual.  Pecuniary distress formed no part of his inducement to this rash action, as he had about a fortnight since, with the assistance of a friend, made out a statement of his affairs, upon which it appeared that he was worth a considerable sum of money.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Cambrian, 12 December 1812
Fatal accident at the Old Passage.
On Monday morning James Cumport, master of one of the smaller passage-boats, while in the act of shifting her moorings, fell overboard, and was drowned; leaving a wife and young family to lament his loss.  The body was not found till several hours afterwards, and too late for the means of resuscitation to be of the least avail.  [But see Carmarthen Journal, 12 December, below.]
  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at the Bath Hotel, Clifton, on view of the body of a new-born female bastard child, found dead in a privy.  After a minute investigation, the body being first opened, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Margaret Cole, single woman, the mother of the said child, who stands committed for trial at the next assizes.

Carmarthen Journal, 12 December 1812
  On Monday morning as James Crumper, one of the boatmen who ply between Beachley and the old Passage, was leaning over the stern of the boat to weigh the anchor, he unfortunately fell over and was drowned.  He was an industrious, and civil man, and a good husband, and has left a wife and three small children, the youngest at the breast, and the eldest only three years old; who by this calamity are in one moment deprived of their means of subsistence.

Dreadful Accident. - On Friday afternoon a dreadful accident took place in Stoke's Croft, Bristol.  As William Lewis, Haulier, in the employ of Messrs. J. G. Brown and co. brewers, was out with a beer-carriage, the horse took fright and knocked him down, when the wheels went over his body and killed him on the spot.  He has left a wife and six children to lament his loss. - A Coroner's inquest sat on the body, and returned a verdict of accidental death.

Cambrian, 19 December 1812
  Horrid Occurrence!! - On Wednesday morning about eight o'clock, as the servant of Mr. Alderman Wait, of Bristol, went into the opposite field to look after a cow, he was struck with an assemblage of eleven ravens, and a quantity of carrion crows, which seemed to be exceedingly busy.  As he had remarked the same thing on the preceding day, he determined to examine the spot.  It was in an unfrequented part, and had a good deal of briars scattered about; under a bundle of which, and a slight covering of leaves, he discovered the bodies of two newly born infants, and, at a few yards distance, the remains of a third. The latter was a complete skeleton, all the flesh having been devoured by the birds.  There is no doubt but that they were trins, that is, three at the same birth; each of them being of the same size, and  quite as large as children at about seven months usually are.  The children were removed by the coachman and the turnpike-gate man, to the White Swan. -  We trust, that sooner or later, the hidden history of this diabolical transaction will be brought to light, and its authors meet their reward.  An inquest was taken on view of the bodies, when it appeared in evidence, that the children were quite naked when found, and secreted in a bush having a turf of grass thrown on them for concealment.  The male child had a severe fracture on the head, and the female appeared to have been strangled by a small cord tied round her neck; but, from the mangled state of the third body, it was utterly impossible to ascertain either its sex, or the means by which its death had been effected.  The jury, after the bodies had been carefully examined by three medical gentlemen, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

1813

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jan 2.   On Wednesday last an inquisition was taken at Charlton Kings, in this county, before Daniel Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS MONIDER [or Moulder?], who on the preceding day was felling timber, when driving a wedge into the butt of the tree, it suddenly gave way, and falling against an adjoining tree, rebounded and killed him on the spot.  Verdict, accidental death.

Jan 4.  INQUESTS.  At Tockington, in this county, before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of EDWARD PACKER, (servant to Captain Robinson,) who was killed by the explosion of a gun, as he was endeavouring to get through a hedge, with the muzzle pointed towards his body; he lingered a few hours in great agony. - And, on Wednesday, as Charlton King's, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of T MOULDER, who was killed whilst felling timber.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Jan 18.  INQUEST.  - On Thursday an inquest was taken at Coates, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZ. CRESWELL, an infant between two and three years of age, who, whilst on a visit with her mother, from Sherston, being at play in a bake house, some straw near the fire place caught fire, and communicating with a shawl which the child wore, her garments were instantly in a blaze, and the little sufferer was so dreadfully burnt, that she expired in a few hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jan 30.   On Wednesday last, as THOMAS FREEMAN, a boy in the service of Mr Parker, of Tuffley, was driving his master's team at plough, one of the horses kicked him, whereby he was so much injured, that he only survived until the next morning.  An inquisition was taken yesterday before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, when the jury gave in their verdict, Accidental death.

Feb 1.  A Coroner's inquest was held on Friday last, at Bushley, near Tewkesbury, on the body of a young woman, servant to a respectable farmer there, who died on the Wednesday preceding, in strong convulsions, brought on in consequence of taking a large quantity of mercury, in order to cause abortion. - The unfortunate woman having, previous to her unhappy death, confessed that the poison was procured for her by the father of her unborn child, JAS FOSTER, formerly a fellow servant, in order to cause the death of his illegitimate offspring; the jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter! against the offender; and he has been taken into custody and committed to Worcester Gaol, to await his trial at the ensuing assizes.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Feb 6.   Monday an inquest was taken at Redmarley D'Abitot, on the body of a new born female infant, of which HANNAH SPARROW, single woman, on the 22d ult. Delivered herself alone in a field in the above parish, and who died on the 26th.  By the examination of the witnesses it appeared that the mother having been told by a relation with whom she resided, that she should not be confined at his home, was proceeding to the cottage of a friend, about four o'clock in the afternoon, and was suddenly taken in labour.  She immediately went to her friend and told her of her situation, incautiously leaving the poor infant in the field in one of the most bitter days of winter, uncovered.  She stated where it lay, and begged it might be sent for.  The neighbours hastened, and found the child alive, and brought it to the mother; it survived four days.  No mark of violence appeared upon it, and the jury being of opinion that the mother had no intention to destroy her offspring, and that her leaving it so cruelly exposed arose from the agitation and fear she was in at the time, returned a verdict of natural death.

Feb 15.  On Monday an inquest was taken at Wheatenhurst, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a new born male child, found floating in the Stroud Canal, wrapped up in a handkerchief.   Being in a putrid state, it was supposed to have been thrown into the  water several days before it was discovered.  Verdict, Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

Feb 22.  A most shocking catastrophe occurred at Twining, near Tewkesbury, on Monday last.  As Mr JOHN TURNER, a respectable dealer in horses, was passing the heels of a horse standing in his stable, the animal suddenly kicked him in the breast with both feet so violently, as to cause his death in a few hours afterwards.  The unfortunate young man was in the prime of life, and had been married only a few months.
  On Wednesday, an inquisition was taken at Framilode before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a new born male bastard child, found dead in a privy.  Verdict, Still born.  The mother of the child came to her place of service only two days before.

Mar 1.  Inquest by Wm Trigg, Quarr House, re JANE WITTS, JAS DODGE, and ELIZ. DICKS.

Mar 8.  Last week a child was burnt to death, in this city, in consequence of the too prevalent and very reprehensible custom of being left in the house alone.

Mar 18 @ Worcester Assizes: ... thirteen were acquitted, among whom were, JAS FOSTER, charged with the murder of JUDITH BEALE, of Bushley; ......

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Mar20.   On Saturday last the body of Mr WILLIAM HALL, of Arlingham, who was unfortunately drowned in crossing the Severn at Newnham on the 31st of October last, was found floating on the ebb tide near the Lyde rocks, opposite Beachley Passage House, in a very putrid state.  His property, consisting of several bills in a purse, was in a perfect state when found.  An inquest was taken  before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on Monday last, and the body was afterwards conveyed to Arlingham for interment.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Apr 10.  Assizes.  MARY COLE, acquitted of the murder, but found guilty of concealing the birth of her female bastard child, four months.

Apr 12.  Yesterday (Sunday) as three recruits belonging to the South Gloucestershire Militia (neither of whom could swim) were bathing in the Canal, near this city, one of them getting beyond his depth was drowned; the other two were near sharing the same fate.  The body was picked up in half an hour after, but every effort to restore animation was tried in vain.
  A melancholy accident happened on Wednesday morning at an early hour, at the head of the Quay, Bristol.  As JAMES CRAGG, Esq. late Surgeon in the Westmoreland Militia, was going to his lodgings in Queens square, from Broad street, he fell into the water, and was drowned, although the best assistance was immediately given.

1813.  Apr 12.
COMMITMENTS TO OUR COUNTY GAOL.   And, on Tuesday, LUKE HEATH, suspected of having, on the 22nd of June 1809,  murdered SARAH HARRIS, of Cowhoneybourne, in this county.  The circumstances of this murder, and the apprehension of HEATH at so remote a period, are as follows:  The body of SARAH HARRIS (who was six months advanced in pregnancy by HEATH, ) was found dead in a pond of water, with several wounds on the head, which, it appeared from the evidence on the Coroner's Inquest, had been inflicted with a dung fork; and marks of blood were traced the whole way from her father's house to the horse pool.  No positive prooof of HEATH's guilt, however, having been adduced at that time, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown; and he was consequently set at liberty.   But his sudden flight from that part of the country, and other strong circumstances, rekindling suspicion against him, a reward was offered for his apprehension; and it is not a little remarkable that the constable by whom HEATH has now been recognized, and who was the person employed to go in pursuit of him at the period of his absconding, met and secured him on the turnpike road, whilst conveying two prisoners from Kidderminster to Worcester Gaol.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Apr 17.  General Gaol Delivery, Bristol.  GEORGE WILLIAMS (aged 16) charged with killing JAS HORWOOD, in the parish of St Thomas, in June last, and J D JONES, charged with killing a woman of the name of MARGARET HEVERS, about two years since; manslaughter, 12 months imprisoned, and fined 1s.   [LUKE HEATH [re HARRIS] arrested.  - See 1809.]

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Apr 24.   Monday last, the following accident occurred next day before D Willey near Charlton Kings: - A labourer, named BRADSHAW, of the above place, was returning home with a cart and horse, when the animal took fright at two dogs fighting, and ran away; in his endeavours to stop the horse the poor fellow was thrown under the wheel, which injured him so much that he survived the accident but a quarter of an hour.  An inquest was held on the body before D Willey, Esq. - verdict, accidental death.  We are happy to hear that a subscription is set on foot in Cheltenham for the benefit of his widow and five infant children.

Apr 30.  INQUESTS.   A few days since, an inquest was taken  at South Cerney, before Wm Trigg, Gent., one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of JAS BRAZINGTON, blacksmith, who drank a quart of gin, after he had been in a state of intoxication for some hours, and died almost immediately afterwards.  It being alleged that he had taken the liquor with an intent to produce death, the jury entered into a minute investigation of the case, and returned a verdict, Died by excessive drinking, but not for the wilful purpose of destroying himself.
  An inquest was last wek taken at the Talbot Inn, Kempsey, on the body of WM DODWELL, waterman, aged 26, who, in steering a barge down the river Severn, over balanced himself, and falling overboard, was drowned before any assistance could be given, the owner being asleep below.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 17.  An inquest was taken on Thursday, at Allstone, near Cheltenham, by D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JAMES COCKS, an infant, found dead in bed by the side of its mother.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

May 24.  INQUESTS.   On Thursday an inquest was taken at White's Hill, Stroud, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOS HOOPER, who fell from a lofty tree he had ascended, in search of a rook's nest, and was so much injured, that he survived the accident but a short period.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Shipton on Stower, Worcestershire, on the body of Mr J S FINDON, of that place, attorney, who on Monday rode out in apparent good health, and was soon afterwards found dead in a field.  It appeared in evidence, that Mr FINDON had fastened his horse to a hurdle, where he soon after died; and, from the opinion of the medical gentlemen, his death was occasioned by the rupture of a blood vessel.  Verdict, Natural Death.  He was in his 23rd year, and highly respected by all who knew him.  The affliction of this respectable family cannot be described, from the melancholy vicissitudes that have attended it; it was a brother of Mrs FINDON's, a fine promising youth, that met his death from the unfortunate circumstance of the explosion of some fireworks in his pocket, at the celebration of the late Jubilee; and on Saturday Mrs FINDON's brother expired while eating his dinner!

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jun 5.  On Sunday evening last a melancholy accident happened on the river Sever, at Upton upon Severn.  Eight young men, consisting of a corporal, fifer, and four recruits of the 2nd regiment of foot, and two watermen named PUMPHREY and OAKLEY, took a fisherman's boat, intending to go to Hanley Quay and back by water.  They were returning from Hanley Quay to Upton, when PUMPHREY, who was conducting the boat, said he would frighten the recruits a little, and began rocking it, the water came in on one side, and the recruits being alarmed, immediately rushed to the opposite, which so overbalanced the boat that it was instantly filled with water.  Oakley and the fifer swam to the shore, procured another boat, and rowed with their hats after their companions, who by the force of the current had been carried a considerable distance.  They succeeded in picking up one of the recruits named CALLOWHILL, and the means recommended by the Severn Humane Society being resorted to, life was restored to him, but the other five were drowned.  Two of them were found in the course of the same evening and two others on Monday, on whose bodies inquests were on Tuesday held by Mr Hill, Coroner.  It appeared from the examination of the witnesses and the three survivors, that Pumphrey was alone to blame, that he was a good swimmer, but Callowhill stated, that on his first rising he saw the Corporal holding very fastly by Pumphrey's collar, and they were struggling together in the water.  This therefore, accounts for Pumphrey's having been lost.  Verdict in each case - Accidental death by Pumphrey rocking the boat, which is forfeited as a deodand.  HENRY WEED, the Corporal, was in his 27th year, a native of Dorsetshire, and had volunteered into the line out of that county militia.  JOSEPH TAYLOR, a recruit, was in his 16th year, and a native of Worcester.  GEORGE GEORGE, a recruit, was aged 15, and born at Claines. - and WILLIAM PUMPHREY, of Upton.  WILLIAM HEMING, the other unfortunate person, was also a recruit, and has not yet been found, although diligent search has been made after the body.  Thus five valuable lives have been lost to the country by the folly of one, and we hope it will operate as a caution to young persons to abstain from any such acts on the water, as they not only endanger their own lives but the lives of their companions.

Jun 7.  INQUESTS.   Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On the 26th ult. at Eastington, on view of the body of ANN MERRETT, (about 12 years of age,) who, whilst at play on the grass, rolled into a mill brook, and was drowned before assistance could be procured.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And, on Friday last, at Horsley, on the body of JOHN WAITE, a young man, who burst a blood vessel whilst bathing in the pond at Longford's Mill, Minchinhampton, and was suffocated by the blood.  Verdict, Sudden Death from Suffocation.
  An inquisition was held on Tuesday at Upton upon Severn, on the bodies of H WEED, a corporal in the 2d foot, JOS TAYLOR, GEO GEORGE, and WM HEMING, recruits in the same regiment, and WM PUMPHREY, a waterman, son of Owner PUMPHREY, of Upton.  By the evidence, it appeared, that eight young men, of which the five already named formed a part, took a fisherman's boat, on Sunday evening, for the purpose of going to Henley Quay and back by water.  They were returning from this excursion, when PUMPHREY, who had the management of the boat, in a heedless and reprehensible manner, rocked it, in order, as he observed, to frighten the recruits.  In consequence of this folly, the boat filled with water and sunk.  Two of the party swam to the shore, procured another boat, and rowed with their hats in search of their companions, who had been carried a considerable distance by the force of the current.  Of those struggling in the water, one only was preserved by this assistance - the rest unhappily perished.  Four of the bodies have been picked up, but the fifth (WM HEMING) has not yet been found.  -  It seems to be clearly ascertained that PUMPHREY  was alone to blame:- he was a good swimmer and would have saved himself, had not the corporal held him fast by the collar in the convulsions of death, and thereby prevented him from using the necessary exertion.  The jury returned their verdict - Accidental Death occasioned by PUMPHREY rocking the boat.  The three men saved, are - OAKLEY, a waterman, CALLOW HILL, and another soldier of the 2d regiment of foot.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jun 19.   On Thursday evening, a poor woman, of the name of CATHERINE HILL, of Weston under Penyard, in this county, was burnt so dreadfully that she expired in a few hours.  How the accident happened is not known, but as she was subject to fits, it is supposed that in the absence of her family she was seized with one, and fell upon the fire, near which she was found on their return to the house.

Cambrian, 19 June 1813
Another Murder. - A very decent elderly widow woman, who kept a chandler's shop at Woodford, was on Monday found murdered behind her counter.  She appears to have been casting up the amount of some articles which the perpetrator of this horrid deed had pretended to purchase; she had received a violent blow between the eyes, after which a large knife, with which she was in the habit of cutting cheese, &c. was plunged into her throat, whereby the jugular vein and the windpipe were both cut.  She was lying upon her face on the floor behind the counter, and the bloody knife deposited upon a kind of wooden bench within a yard of the place where the body lay.  The murder was committed late on Saturday evening, after the shop was closed.  As her neighbours had heard her say she was going out on the following day, which being Sunday, no suspicion arose from the windows remaining closed until Monday morning, when entrance was obtained by a window.  Her pockets were turned inside out, and the till emptied, but some silver spoons were lying in the back parlour, untouched, and upwards ofn30l. in a box in the bed-room.  The murderer is not at present discovered.  The Coroner's Inquest was held on the body on the Wednesday following the murder, and returned a verdict of Wilful murder, against some person or persons unknown. [Glos??]

Jun 21.  On Friday se'nnight the infant son of Mr SAMUEL PEARCE, of Berkeley, being left for a few minutes at a chamber window, fell out, and received so much injury that he died the same evening.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jun 26.   A poor old man, named THOMAS RANDEL, was found dead in a lane in Staverton,on Monday last.  An inquisition was held on the following day, before Daniel Willey, Esq. Coroner, when the Jury returned a verdict of sudden death by the visitation of God.

Jun 28.  An inqusition was held on Tuesday last, by D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS RUSSELL, a poor old man, who was found dead in a lane in the parish of Staverton in this county, the day preceding.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jul 3.   Inquests taken before Thos. Commeline, Esq. Coroner.  On Monday last, at Welford, on the body of SAMUEL MARSHALL, who was drowned whilst bathing in the river Avon; and on the same day, at Pebworth, on the body of JOHN ASLEN, a child, who in endeavouring to lade some water from a pool, fell in, and unfortunately perished.  Verdict in each case, accidental death.

Jul 5.  On Tuesday last, the body of a man unknown was found at Tewkesbury, in the river Avon, between the Long Bridge and the Quay, which appeared to have lain some time in the water.  He was a stout man, about forty years of age, five feet six inches in height, and was dressed in a jean frock, corduroy breeches, white cotton stockings, and high shoes with small buclkles.  In his pocket was found a pawnbroker's duplicate, dated May 13, 1813; the name and articles are illegible, but on the back of it is written "J EDWARDS, 28, Walcot street."  An inquest was held on the body, and the jury brought in their verdict - Accidental Death.
  On Friday last, the bailiff of Mr PRICE, of Staunton Court, Worcestershire, was found, quite dead, suspended to a beam in a barn; but no cause can be assigned for his having committed the rash act.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jul 10.   On Saturday night last, a woman in Cirencester, of the name of MARY BEACONFIELD, put an end to her existence by hanging herself; she belonged to the Community of Anabaptists in that town, had attended the meeting three times on the above day, and was frequently heard to say, very mournfully, that there was no salvation for her, and that she felt herself a lost soul; these ideas are thought to have wrought so much upon her mind as to cause her to commit the rash act.

Jul 12.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, at Dymock, in this county, on view of the body of LUKE JONES, who, in endeavouring to stop the horses of a team which had taken fright, was thrown down, and the wheels passing over his head, killed him instantly.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Jul 17.   Thursday, on the return of Mr & Mrs POWELL, of Bristol, with the sister of the latter, from an excursion to Woolverton in a gig, the horse fell opposite Lisbon terrace, near the back gate of the Angel Inn, Old Bridge.  Mrs Powell and her sister were thrown out, and the skull of Mrs Powell so dreadfully fractured as to occasion her death in a few hours.  She had been married only the day preceding.  Mrs Powell's sister was severely bruised.

Jul 19.   On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Gretton,  in this county, by T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH STEVENS, who cut her throat in a fit of Insanity.  Verdict, Lunacy.  And, on the following day, at Hazleton, near Northleach, on the body of ANN SESSIONS, who expired in a post chaise, in which she was returning to her friends.  Verdict, Sudden Death.
  Monday an inquest was taken by Mr Hill, Coroner, at the Red Lion, Holt, Worcestershire, on the body of THOMAS EVANS, aged 75, late Surveyor of the Whitley and Martley roads, who hung himself in his own barn.  Verdict, Lunacy.
DISTRESSING ACCIDENT.   Monday evening, a cart, in which were a person named SPOONER, and his wife, accompanied by his brother in law and wife, stopping at a public house in Arle, in this county, SPOONER proceeded immediately to take off the horse's bridle, previous to any person alighting, when the animal darting forward in a furious manner, began kicking violently and overturned the cart by which three persons were severely bruised and Mrs SPOONER killed on the spot.  What rendered the accident still more distressing was, that a few minutes after Mrs SPOONER was killed, her son, who had been absent at sea thirteen years, returned, and coming to meet his mother, found her a corpse!  

Jul 26.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken at Stonehouse, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of Master NATHANIEL COOPER, youngest son of the late THOS COOPER, Esq. of Ebley.  His death was occasioned by his inadvertently putting a bitch besom between the cogs of the gig mill whilst it was in rapid motion, at the manufactory of Messrs R COOPER  and Co., which drew his body in so far as to stop the machinery, and he was instantly crushed to death, his left arm and several of his ribs being broken.  And, on the following day, at Stroud, before the same Coroner, on the body of SHADRACH FLETCHER, who fell off a hay rick which he was thatching.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Aug 2.  Tuesday evening a male child, about two years old, was killed in Broadmead, Brsitol, by the wheels of a waggon passing over him.

An inquest was last week taken at Bowbridge, near Stroud, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of SARAH BROWNE, who fell down as she was dressing, on Monday morning last, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

Aug 9.   INQUESTS.   Taken this week before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner: On Monday, at Shirehampton, on view of the bodies of THOMAS JONES, aged 14 years, and MATTHEW HOLLIS, aged 11 years, two boys on the charity of the Free Grammar School at Henbury, who went to bathe on the Saturday preceding, in one of the stanks on Shirehampton Common, opposite Broad Pill.  They fell into a deep hole, and not being able to swim, were drowned.  The feoffees of the Charity gave them a neat funeral, and the whole of the boys, amounting to nearly one hundred, followed in the procession.  Same day, at the Fishponds, in the parish of Stapleton, on the body of ELIZABETH TYLEY, a child of the age of two years, who in the absence of her mother, fell into a pan of boiling water and was scalded to death.  And on Friday, at Woodmancote, on the body of THOMAS TALBOYS, aged 17, who was at work, the preceding day, at the manufactory of Messrs Vizard, of Dursley, Clothiers, when the sleeve of his jacket was caught in the wheel of the machinery, and before any assistance could be rendered, he was drawn between the roller and cylinder, and thereby bruised so mortally about the head, arms, and body, as to cause instant death.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.
  A desperate battle took place on Wednesday last, at the village of Ford, near Marshfield, between two blacksmiths of the names of WHALE and MOON: after fighting upwards of an hour, the former received a violent blow in the neck, which terminated the affray and his mortal career!  He died in a short time after being taken from the ground.

Aug 16.  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Leachlade, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WM MANSFIELD, a child about three years of age, who was killed by some planks falling upon his head, whilst at play in a public gateway.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Another child who had the care of the deceased, was also in great danger, having sustained several contusions, and a compound fracture of the right leg; but hopes are entertained of her recovery.

Aug 23.  INQUESTS.   Taken this week before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Ruardean, on view of the body of T MATTHEWS, who was scalded to death by falling into a skeel of wort.  On Tuesday, at Whelford, on the body of MARIA PERRIS, who fell into a feeder to the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.   And on Wednesday, at Newent, on the body of JOSEPH BILLINGHAM, who met his death in a pitched battle with WM STEVENS, of that place.  Verdict, Manslaughter.

On Monday an inquest was taken at Chalford,  before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JAS COX, an infant about six months old, found lying dead on the pillow near his mother,
with various discolorations on the skin, usually remarked in cases of poison from deadly night shade.  It appeared in evidence, that a few of these pernicious berries had been gathered by a boy on the preceding Saturday, and left with some children at play, amongst whom was a girl who had care of this infant; and although the fact could not be ascertained, strong suspicions were induced that the death of the child had been occasioned by the effects of this deleterious vegetable, and the jury returned a verdict, Sudden Death ex vistatione Dei.

Aug 23.  And, on Tuesday, another inquest was taken before the same Coroner, at Shipton Moyne, near Tetbury, on the body of JAS SALMON, a young man found drowned in a pond of water, situate in a field through which he usually returned home from his work.  No proof being adduced of his having drowned himself, the Jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict, Accidental Death, and not otherwise, to the knowledge of the said Jurors.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Aug 28.  THOMAS WALL, collier, saved life of GEORGE RIPLEY, plumber, at Old Down, near
Bath; reward and watch.  14th Aug 1813.  [Also Trial of LUKE HEATH.]

Aug 30.  Trial of LUKE HEATH for the murder of SARAH HARRIS in 1809; found Guilty, and later confessed.
  An inquest was taken on Thursday last, before DA Saunders, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WM HOLFORD, a chaise driver, who was drowned whilst washing his horses in the river Severn, late on the preceding evening.  It appeared that the deceased very imprudently ventured into the river at flood time, and the water getting over the backs of the horses, he was unable to keep his seat.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
   An actual and remarkable circumstance.  On Tuesday last a coroner's inquest was taken on the body of DANIEL POOLE, of Pill.  It appeared that the deceased was found dead, on Sunday morning last, in a field on the north side of the parish of Wraxall; and that when he died, he was in the act of killing a sheep which he had just stolen.  In his right hand was a bloody knife, and his clothes and body were everywhere soiled with gore and dirt.  Near him lay his gun, discharged; and at a short distance a wounded sheep, which had evidently been shot at, and had a slight wound under the ear.  POOLE was perfectly lifeless, very black in the face and altogether a horrible spectacle.  In a ditch was concealed a sack, which being searched, was found to contain the carcase of another sheep, paunched, skinned, cleansed, and cut up; whilst a patch of newly turned earth marked the spot where the skin and offals were buried.  Verdict, "Died by the Visitation of God in the act of Felony!"

Cambrian, 4 September 1813.
  On Monday week an inquest was held at Chalford, Gloucestershire, on the body of James Cox, an infant about six months old, found lying dead on the pillow near his mother, with various discolorations of the skin, usually remarked in cases of poison from deadly night-shade.  It appeared in evidence, that a few of these pernicious berries had been gathered by a boy on the preceding Saturday, and left with some children at play, amongst whom was a girl who had the care of the infant; and although the fact could not be ascertained, strong suspicions were induced that the death of the child had been occasioned by the effect of this deleterious vegetable, and the Jury returned a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.  Sep 4.  Trial of LUKE HEATH.

Sep 6.  Execution of LUKE HEATH.  Confession and details of the crime.

Cambrian, 11 September 1813
  Luke Heath, convicted of murder at Gloucester Assizes (as mentioned in out last paper) was executed on Monday, agreeably to his sentence.  He acknowledged his guilt, and in his last moments manifested contrition for his heinous offence.
  An awful and remarkable circumstance. - On Tuesday a coroner's inquest was taken on the body of Daniel Poole, of Pill, near Bristol.  It appeared that the deceased was found dead, on Sunday morning, in a field on the north side of the parish of Wraxall; and that when he died, he was in the act of killing a sheep which he had just stolen.  In his right hand was a bloody knife, and his clothes and body were every where soiled with gore and dirt.  Near him lay his gun, discharged; and at a short distance a wounded sheep, which had evidently been shot at, and had a slight wound under the ear.  Poole was perfectly lifeless, very black in the face, and altogether a horrible spectacle.  In a ditch was concealed a sack, which being searched, was found to contain the carcase of another sheep, paunched, skinned, cleaned, and cut up! Whilst a patch of newly-turned earth marked the spot where the skin and offals were buried.  Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God, in the act of Felony.

Sep 20.   INQUESTS.  On Tuesday an inquest was taken at Chalford, Bisley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ESTHER WILKINS, a child about six years old, who, in picking blackberries growing near the side of a brook, fell into the stream, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  It is singular, that a younger child of the same parents, fell into a pan of water on the preceding Sunday, and was taken out so much exhausted that life was with difficulty restored.  
  On Monday, an inquest was held on the body of T GARDINER, labourer, of the parish of Charlton King's, who died suddenly on Saturday night; suspicion being entertained of poison, the body was opened by Mr Minster, who gave his dissent to the opinion.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.
  An inquest was taken at Chepstow, on the 8th inst. before Jas Evans, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a new born female child, found floating in the river Wye, a little above Chepstow bridge, wrapped in a coarse flannel bed gown, with a stone in the bundle.  The jury, under the direction of the Coroner, having every reason to believe the child was born alive, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.  The body was in a putrid state when picked up, and must have been in the water at least ten or twelve days.  It is to be hoped the unnatural mother will be discovered, and brought to the fate she so richly deserves.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Oct 9.  At a meeting of the Corporate Body of this city, on Monday last, the following Gemntlemen were sworn into office for the ensuing year: ... and JOHN JEFFERIES, Esq. Coroner.

Oct 11.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At Bisley, on view of the body of ELEANOR HART, a child about four years of age, who died in consequence of drinking boiling water from the spout of a tea kettle placed by the side of the fire.  The poor sufferer survived but a few hours, and expired in the greatest agony.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Monday, at Woodchester, on the body of ELIZ PETERS, single woman, who being in a state of pregnancy, and in labour for several days, died through the alledged ignorance of a female accoucheur; but the Jury, being of opinion that no malignant motive could be imputed in this case, humanely returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God.   Tuesday the body of ISAAC WILTSHIRE was found hanging in a bake house belonging to the White Lion Inn, Yate, in this county.  Excessive drinking is assigned as the case of this rash act.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Oct 16.  On Friday night last, T LYONS, in his Pill yawl, accompanied by T GILMORE, S SHEPPARD Jun. and his son, went down channel from Bristol, in hopes of meeting craft coming up, with intent to pilot them.  The wind blew hard from S.S.W. and next morning, the boat's oars and tackle were picked up at Clevedon, but the unfortunate crew were missing; te whole are supposed to have perished.  Sheppard has left a wife and six children; Lyons a wife and three, who are thus deprived of their means of support.

Oct 25.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 16th inst. at Hasbrook, on view of the body of JAS ALLSOP, about five years of age, who, being left alone in the house for a few minutes, was, on the return of his father, found dead on the floor, having been burnt in a shocking manner from his clothes taking fire; but the more immediate cause of his speedy death, was a rupture of the blood vessels of the lungs, occasioned by the exertions of the helpless sufferer whilst enveloped in flames.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Same day, at South Cerney, on the body of Mr RD DOWDESWELL, who dropped down dead in a meadow where he was at work.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.
  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Framilode Mills, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of CORNELIUS BAKER, who was drowned in the Mill Pond, the preceding Saturday.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Nov 1.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Monday last, at Puck's Mill, in the parish of Salperton in this county, on view of the body of Mr JOSEPH DADGE, millwright, of Edgeworth, who was returning home from Chalford, when he accidentally walked into one of the locks of the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned; his hat was found floating on the surface, which led to the discovery of his body.  He was a man universally respected for his steady conduct, and his loss will be severely felt by his numerous employers; but no one will have so much cause for regret as an aged mother, whom he entirely supported.  And on Friday, at Bisley, on the body of a child, named DAVIS, who was burnt to death by his clothes catching fire.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.      On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Bradley, in the Forest of Dean, in this county, before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD SAUNDERS, a child of nine years of age, who was supposed to have died in consequence of eating some berries, called the deadly night shade.  After a very patient investigation, (the body being first opened,) the jury returned a Verdict Died through the inclemency of the weather and want of sufficient clothing, and not from poison.

On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Tredington, in this county, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WM KEMISS, who was found dead in his house.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Nov 8. On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Brimscomb, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of PETER GOLDEN, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was unfortunately drowned.  Verdict - Accidental Death.
  Boxing Match, between THOMAS CLARKE, farmer, of Aston Mill, and THOMAS BOLTER, pig killer, of Tewkesbury.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Nov 13.  DIED.  Saturday, the 30th ult. To the unspeakable grief of her parents, MARY, the youngest daughter of J F WOODWARD, Gent. Of Marshfield, in this county:  her death was occasioned by her cloaths catching fire, when in a neighbour's house on the Thursday preceding.

Nov 15.  A melancholy accident happened a few days since, at Wotton Underedge, in this county:  as a boy, about five years old, named [CHARLES] DANIELS, was crossing the road, a horse belonging to a waggon then passing knocked him down, and the wheel going over his head, literally crushed it to atoms!

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Nov 20.  Melancholy Accident.   On Wednesday afternoon, in the absence of her family, who were gone to milk the cows, Mrs HOPKINS, of Alderley, in this county, was taken in a fit, (to which she was unhappily subject), fell on the kitchen fire, and, before any assistance could be rendered her, was so dreadfully burnt as to occasion her death.  Mrs Hopkins was in her 31st year, and far advanced in pregnancy, and her husband, we understand, was in London at the time of this lamentable occurrence.

Nov 22.  Wednesday last, an inquest was taken by Mr Hill, Coroner, at New Pool Farm, near the Old Hills, Worcestershire, on the body of Mr JAMES BROUGH, of Upton, who on his way home, on Monday evening, fell into a pit of water, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Nov 29.  On Friday se'nnight. an inquest was taken by Mr Hill, Coroner, at Westmancote, in the parish of Bredon, Worcestershire, on the body of JAMES HOLDSHIP, aged 10 years, who on the Wednesday preceding was employed by his master, Mr S Dobbs, to exercise a mare, which took fright, and the boy having tied the halter round his wrist, was dragged by the animal through a pool to the distance of about 50 yards, when his arms, legs, and head being fractured, he was taken up dead.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   [WM REES, aged 10, Bristol Quay, saved from drowning.]

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Dec 4.   A few days since a child was found dead in Broadwell church yard, near Stow, in this county; as strong suspicion arose as to the cause of its death, the Minister and inhabitants caused a Coroner's inquisition to be taken, but at present we have not heard their verdict.

Dec 6.  On Thursday an inquest was taken before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of an infant, found dead in Broadwell churchyard, near Stow, in this county.  Suspicions had arisen as to the occasion of its death, but nothing satisfactory appearing from the evidence, the jury returned a verdict, Found Dead, but from what cause is unknown.

Dec 13.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At Quar house, near Brimscomb, in this county, on view of the body of THOS SPENDER, a child about five years of age, who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire, during the absence of his mother; the accident was occasioned by the little sufferer setting fire to some straw on the floor.   At Bowhill, in the parish of Rodborough, on the body of ANN DICK, an infant about nine months old, who had been laid on the floor, at a distance from the fire, during a short absence of its mother; when a spark from the grate, communicated to a shawl with which the child was covered, and burnt her so much about the lower extremities, that she expired the next day.  On Monday, at Hasbrook, near Stroud, on the body of MARY EASONELL, a child about five years and a half, who was also burnt to death, in consequence of her clothes taking fire.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.   On Thursday an inquest was taken at Withington, in this county, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of WM WILKES, who, whilst at work in a quarry at Dowdeswell, the preceding day, was killed by a quantity of stones and rubbish falling upon him. - Verdict, Accidental Death.

Dec 20.  INQUESTS.  On Monday an inquest was taken at Hailes, near Winchcomb, in this county, on the body of the infant daughter of JOHN SEWARD, who was burnt to death in consequence of a piece of coal falling from the fire on her clothes, during the momentary absence of her mother.  Verdict, Accidental Death.     On Tuesday last the body of a newly born female child, quite naked, was found floating in a stream of water, at Bleddington, in this county.  The inhuman mother remains at present unknown.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1813.
Dec 25.   A few days ago the following melancholy accident happened at Oxenhall, in this county.  An infant daughter of JOHN STEWARD having been left by the mother a few minutes, got near the fire, when a coal falling on her cloathes set them aflame, whereby she was so dreadfully burnt, that she survived only a short time.  An inquest was taken before Daniel Willey, Esq. Coroner - Verdict, accidental death.

1814

Jan 3.  On Friday last an inquest was taken, before John Jefferies, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a young man named THOMAS BINGLE, in the employment of a tradesman in this city, who died in great agony the preceding evening.  It appeared on investigation that the deceased had, during a temporary fit of mental derangement, swallowed a quantity of arsenic, the fatal effects of which could not be counteracted, and the jury returned  a verdict, Lunacy.

Gloucester Herald, Jan 8.
Com. And yesterday, Hester Gardner, by E Aldridge, Esq. charged on suspicion of having murdered her male bastard child.
We are sorry to state, that owing to one of the stays of the foot-board breaking, the carriage of the Rev. P Guise was overturned on Tuesday last, by which accident one of his infant children was so much hurt, that it expired shortly afterwards.  Mrs Guise also sustained considerable injury, as did the coachman, who was thrown from the box, and one of the wheels passed over him.  
Thursday, JOHN COLE, a labourer in the employ of Mr JOHN HATHERALL, of Lygrove Farm, Old Sodbury, suddenly dropped down dead while threshing in his master's barn.  Coroner's verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Jan 10.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 31st ult. at Bond's Mills, in the parish of Stonehouse, on view of the body of SAMUEL WILKINS, who, being sent by his master for a horse, on the 26th, was suddenly taken ill on the road, and died before assistance could be procured.  The Coroner held an inquest at the time, when the jury returned their verdict, Sudden Death, no marks of violence being perceptible on the body, except a bruise on the left cheek, supposed to have been received by his falling down.  In a few days, however, rumours were prevalent that WILKINS had been poisoned, in consequence of eating an apple dumpling prepared by his wife; and, in consideration of her feelings, and distressed situation, as well as from the public clamour excited, the Coroner very properly ordered the body to be taken up, after interment, in order that it might be opened, and more minutely examined.  A jury was again assembled, and the most patient investigation took place.  Their decision was suspended from Saturday till Monday, the contents of the stomach of the deceased having in the interim been given to a dog, without producing any deleterious effects on the animal; when the Coroner (who had himself performed the operation of opening the body,) after the most rigid inspection, communicated the results of his observations: - that without further evidence, the charge of poisoning could not be preferred against any person whatsoever.  The jury accordingly returned a verdict, Sudden Death, but not from any injury done to the deceased, to the knowledge of the said jurors.
     On this Thursday last, an inquest was taken at the Red Lion, Bisley, on the body of a male child, the offspring (as appears by her own confession,) of ESTHER GARDINER, single woman, found on Tuesday, wrapped up in part of a stuff petticoat, and secreted in a heap of dung and other soil, where it had lain ever since the month of August last.  It appeared that this was the sixth illegitimate child to which she had given birth, only one of whom remains alive.  The infant appeared to have been full grown and entire; but the body was in too putrid a state to admit the fact being ascertained whether it was born alive.  The jury, after a patient investigation, returned a verdict, That ESTHER GARDINER had privately and secretly brought forth the said child, afterwards secreting it, and denying, at the time, the fact of her pregnancy. - She has in consequence been committed for trial at our next Assizes.       

Cambrian, 15 January 1814
     On Thursday an inquest was taken at the Red-Lion, Bisley, on the body of a male child, the offspring (as appears by her own confession) of Esther Gardiner, single woman, found on Tuesday, wrapped up in part of a stuff petticoat and secreted in a heap of dung and other soil, where it had lain ever since the month of August last.  It appeared that this was the sixth illegitimate child to which she had given birth, only one of whom remains alive.  The infant appeared to have been full grown and entire; but the body was in too putrid a state to admit the fact being ascertained whether it was born alive.  The jury, after a patient investigation, returned a verdict, that Esther Gardiner had privately and secretly brought forth the said child, afterwards secreting it, and denying, at the time, the fact of her pregnancy. - She has in consequence been committed for trial at the next Gloucester Assize.

Jan 17.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Thursday, at Stonehouse, on view of the body of EDWARD ROBERTS, a child about six years old, who was burnt to death in consequence of his clothes taking fire; and on Friday, at Ruscomb, near Stroud, on the body of HENRY FITZHARDING SMITH, about four years old, who perished from a similar cause.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  
  On Friday an inquest was held at the Broad Oak, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of MARY FERRIS, who died after a short indisposition.  Suspicions having arisen that something improper had been administered to the deceased, it was judged necessary to have an inquest; but it appearing, upon a patient investigation, that there existed no ground for the opinions entertained, the Jury returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God.
  On Sunday se'nnight, a new born male child was found in Charlotte street, near Berkeley square, Bristol, and on Monday, the Coroner's inquest brought in a verdict of wilful murder.  The mother has been discovered, and committed to Bridewell.  Her name is MARY GEORGE; she delivered herself in the street, immediately left her child, and returned to her master's house, who caused her to be apprehended.

Cambrian, 22 January 1814
  On Sunday, a new-born male child was found in Charlotte-street, near Berkeley-square, Bristol; and on Monday the Coroner's inquest brought bin a verdict of wilful murder.  The mother has been discovered, and committed to Bride well.  Her name is Mary George; she delivered herself in the street, immediately left her child, and returned to her master's house, who caused her to be apprehended.

Jan 24.   INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At Bisley, on view of the body of ARABELLA NICHOLLS, a child about five years of age, who was burnt to death in consequence of her clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Friday last, at Tiltup's Inn, Horsley, on the body of THOMAS KEYNTON, found dead in the snow on the public road, on Thursday morning.  It appeared that on returning from Tetbury the preceding evening, with several other persons, he was left behind, unobserved by his companions, and perished from the severity of the night.  He has left a wife and a large family of children.  Verdict, Died from the inclemency of the weather.
  On Monday an inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Mr THOS PITTMAN, of Didbrook, in this county, a prisoner for debt in our County Gaol, where he had been confined only a few days.  The jury returned a verdict, Died of Dropsy.  Every attention that humanity could suggest, had been paid to this unfortunate man by the Governor, as well as the Medical Gentlemen who were called in to his assistance.
  A few days ago, a child of the name of LAKE, at Chipping Campden, in this county, was left by her mother at play with some other infant children in the kitchen, when her clothes caught fire by which she was so dreadfully burnt, that she survived only a few hours.

Jan 31.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken at South Cerney, in this county, on view of the body of ANN WESTALL, an insane pauper of that parish, found dead on the morning of the 21st inst.  She had laboured under symptoms of mental derangement for several years; and, in consequence of her helpless state, the parish officers allowed her 3 s. per week, and 2 s. to a female
for attending and looking after her.  She had a separate apartment in the poor house, with a couch and straw, occasionally changed, as she made a practice of not only tearing, but disposing of her wearing apparel, etc., and she was likewise provided with several yards of flannel for under garments.  The jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.
  Last week, Mr EDWD JAKEMAN, aged 65, was found dead on the turnpike road at Corse Lawn, Worcestershire, supposed to have died in a fit of apoplexy.

Gloucester Herald, Feb 5.
A poor woman, of the name of WHITTINGHAM, who lived at Redbrook, has been missing near a fortnight, and was supposed to have lost her life in the snow, in going to Coleford for a doctor, for one of her neighbours; but her hat and cloak having since been found in the river Wye, it is supposed that in going home, the path being on the river's edge, she fell in and was drowned.  A very active search has been made for the body, but hitherto without success.
  A man named JOHN HUMPHREYS, was found dead in the snow on Thursday last, at Withington, in this county.  He had been missing three weeks.

Feb 7.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Monday last, at Minchinhampton, on view of the bodies of JOHN  and MARTHA BARNETT, the former aged 81, and the latter 79 years.  They had occupied part of a dwelling, for which they were to pay a small weekly rent; but falling into arrears, their goods were distrained, and they were compelled to seek parochial relief.  They obstinately, however, refused going into the workhouse, where they would have enjoyed more comfort, and were, in consequence, indulged with the use of a little furniture, and were allowed a weekly stipend.   On the Friday preceding, they died within an hour of each other; and some illiberal reports prevailing as to the cause of their death, a neighbouring Magistrate ordered the present inquisition; when the Jury, after a patient investigation, returned a verdict, Died

by the visitation of God, and not from want of the necessaries of life.  On Wednesday, at Cirencester, on the body of WM PAYSH, aged about 60, who dropped down in the street, and expired in apparent good health.  Verdict, Sudden Death.

Feb 14.  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Cirencester, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ANN HUGHES, an infant, about three years of age, whose clothes took fire in consequence of a brand of wood falling from the fire, opposite to where she was seated; when the innocent sufferer was so dreadfully burnt before assistance could be rendered her, that she suvived only about four hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   On Monday a child named JOHN CARTER, only eighteen months old, was so dreadfully burnt, at Ross, in the absence of his mother, that he expired in great agonies in the course of the day.

Gloucester Herald, Feb 19.
A barge man, named BRIDGWOOD, in the employ of Owner PARKER, has been missing since Thursday night, and from the circumstances of his not being found in the Severn, it is feared that he fell in whilst attempting to go on board his vessel, when lying at our Quay.  A wife and family, depending on him for support, are left in distressing uncertainty respecting his fate.

Feb 21.   A melancholy accident happened at Thornbury, in this county, on Thursday last.  As Mr JOSEPH FORD and his two men, ADAM HOPKINS, and JOHN TAYLOR, were felling trees on an estate belonging to Dr Newman, a tree accidentally fell on the latter and killed him on the spot.  He has left a widow and four children to lament his loss.

Feb 28.  On Tuesday se'nnight, ROBERT COX, who for nearly twenty years had been horse keeper for the mail and other coaches, at Ross, whilst employed in cleaning knives at a gentleman's house
in that town, was suddenly seized with a pain in his stomach, fell to the ground, and expired immediately.  His wife died two days before, and both were buried in the same grave.
INQUESTS.    Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At Pitchcombe, on view of the body of a male infant, only seven days old, found suffocated in bed under the body of its mother, who has been subject to epileptic fits for several years, and had previously requested that the child might be taken from her, on account of this infirmity.  After a deliberate investigation, the jury returned a verdict - Sudden Death by suffocation unintentionally effected by the mother.   On Friday, at Stonehouse, on the body of SUSANNA WALKLEY, who, after being hard at work washing the whole day, was cleaning the house, when she fell down, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.
  On Friday, an inquest was held by T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a man found in the river Severn at Haresfield; when the jury, in the absence of all evidence as to the cause of his death, brought in their verdict, Found Drowned.  It is supposed to be the body of a person who has been missing some time from Twining.

Mar 7.  INQUESTS.  An inquest was taken at Stonebench, on Wednesday last, by Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WM WARRETER, who fell into the river Severn, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Mar 19.   
DREADFUL ACCIDENT.  Saturday se'nnight, as two poor woman, named WYMAN and WILLIAMS, were walking up a lane adjoining Dursley, they were overtaken by a horse and cart which had run awsay from its driver while in the act of unloading, and coming in contact with the two woman, crushed them so dreadfully against the wall, as to occasion the immediate death of the former, who has left a disconsolate husband and nine young children to deplore their loss; and so materially injured the latter, that her life is despaired of.  A coroner's inquest has been held on the body of the deceased, and the jury returned a verdict, - Accidental death.
  A coroner's inquest was lately held on the body of WILLIAM HAWKINS, who, being at work with others in a coal pit, was killed on the spot by the falling of 6 tons of coal, leaving a wife and four children.  Verdict, Accidental death.

Mar 21.  INQUESTS.  Two young men, of the names of JOHN STEPHENS and WM CLARKE, the former servant to Mr White, of Longdon, and the other a farmer in the same neighbourhood, on their way home from Tewkesbury fair, on Monday last, had a trifling dispute at the Upper Load public house; and went into the Tewkesbury Severn Ham to decide the affair.  It being nearly nine o'clock, and quite dark, they fought by light of candles; and, after twelve or fourteen very severe rounds, in which STEPHENS appeared to have somewhat the advantage, he, immediately on jumping up from his second's knee, and advancing towards his adversary, exclaiming "here I am!" fell flat on his back, and instantaneously expired!  An exulting cry was raised by his antagonist's party, that he had fallen without a blow; but they soon discovered, to their confusion and alarm, that he fell not without a cause.  It was in vain that medical assistance was directly resorted to - he bled freely, but pulsation had for ever ceased.  An inquest was held on view of the deceased, on Wednesday, before Henry Fowke, Esq. Coroner for the borough, when the body was opened; and, it appearing that he died in consequence of a rupture of the heart, evidently occasioned by his falling upon some hard substance, and clearly not from any blow received from his antagonist, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.  The deceased was a very athletic man, in his 24th year, and it is remarkable that, on being advised to give over the contest, he vehemently exclaimed, "I'll be d--d if I don't fight as long as I have a drop of blood left in my body."

  The following inquests were taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 5th inst. on view of the body of MARY MILLARD, who appeared to have died from mortification, occasioned by extreme cold, her husband, herself, and four children, having no other bed to lie on than a little bean straw, with a covering of two sack bags cut open at the sides, which constituted the whole of their shelter during the late inclement weather.  Their distress, owing to the extreme dissipation of the husband, (who is a stone mason, and can earn good wages,) was not known to the parish officers, by whom the infant family are now provided for.  The verdict was, Died of mortification from cold, accelerated by the inattention of her husband.   On the 9th inst. at Kingstanley, on the body of JOHN SHURMAR, about 10 years of age, who, whilst at play near a steam engine, was caught by the wheel, and so much injured that he expired soon after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Thursday, on the body of MARY BOWLEY, of Avening, aged 62, who fell down, whilst carrying a burthen of wood on her head, and soon after expired.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Mar 28.  ANOTHER INSTANCE OF THE FATAL EFFECTS OF PUGILISM.   On the evening of the 8th inst. as Mr WM HATHWAY, a respectable farmer and grazier, of Wapley, was spending the evening with a party at an inn at Westerleigh, in this county, a misunderstanding occurred between him and a young farmer (T GIBBS, jun. a relative of the landlord,) and they prepared to fight; but Mr HATHWAY, who was overcome by the effects of liquor, in the  act of defending himself, fell, and thereby received so severe a concussion of the brain, that notwithstanding most able medical assistance was immediately had recourse to, it terminated his existence a few days after the accident.  Mr HATHWAY was a man most highly esteemed in that neighbourhood, and has left a wife and 13 children to lament his loss.

Apr 4.  INQUESTS.   On Friday, an inquest was taken at Chalford Lynch, Bisley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOS RANDALL, who, whilst felling a beech tree, was thrown down on his back across a stone wall, by one of the branches coming into contact with him, by which the spinal marrow was so much injured as to occasion his death.  He has left a wife and nine young children.  The jury returned a verdict of  Accidental Death.  
  Last week, an inquest was taken, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a man unknown, found near the Flat, in the river Severn.  Verdict, Found drowned.
  The following inquests were taken before Hugh Parnell, Gent. one of the Coroners for the county of Monmouth:  On the21st ult. in the parish of Newchurch East, on the body of WM MAYBERRY, an infant three years old, who, in the absence of his mother, set fire to his clothes, and was so much burnt as to occasion his death a few days afterwards.   On the 24th, at Tintern Parva, on the body of MARY WHITTINGTON, (a poor woman who was lost during the snow, on the night of the 15th January last, at Redbrook,) found drowned in the river Wye.  Verdict, Accidental Death from suffocation and drowning.

Gloucester Herald, Apr 9.
A few days ago, MARY ANN, infant daughter of Mrs ALLEN, of Cheltenham, was so dreadfully scalded by taking boiling water that she lived but a few hours.
Assizes.
... and against HESTER GARDNER, .... No bills were found.

Apr 25.  On the night of Saturday se'nnight, Capt. M'KENZIE, of the 9th R.V.B.  was discovered suspended, quite dead, in his lodgings at Cheltenham, where he had resided some months; and the Coroner's inquest returned a verdict of Lunacy.  Capt. M'KENZIE was in his 38th year and had served his country upwards of 20 years.  He fought under Marquis Wellington, and is supposed to have committed the rash act from the relapse of a brain fever, contracted by incessant duty whilst in the Lines near Lisbon.  He united the qualities of a brave and experienced officer with the urbanity of a gentleman.  His remains were interred at Cheltenham churchyard on Tuesday.
  Late in the evening of Easter Monday, two young men, THOS JENKINS, aged 20, and WARING SHEEN, aged 21, had some words at the Oak, at Chammett's Green, in the parish of Berrow, Worcestershire, when they agreed to fight, and did so by candlelight.  JENKINS appeared to have the advantage of his antagonist, and previous to the commencement of the fourth round said he was not hurt; but on approaching his adversary he fell backwards and instantly expired!  An inquest was taken by Mr Hill, Coroner, when, on opening the body, the heart was found floating in blood, from the rupture of a vessel occasioned, in the opinion of the surgical evidence, by the exertions of the deceased.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, May 7.
DREADFUL ACCIDENT.  Thursday evening, whilst some men were at work, repairing a tennis court at the Talbot, in West Street, Bristol, the wall suddenly gave way, and buried three of them in its ruins.  As soon as they could be extricated from the rubbish, they were taken to the Infirmary in a very mangled state, where the most prompt assistance was afforded; but we are sorry to add that two of them died in the course of the evening, and the other is so seriously injured that very little hopes are entertained of his recovery.

May 9.  INQUESTS.    Taken before W Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:- On view of the body of WM JENKINS, Master of a sloop bound from Bristol to Berry Island, who, in going down the river, near Kingroad, whilst hoisting the main peak, the haulyards giving way, fell overboard, and was drowned.  And, on the body of the infant child of Mr RALPH BAKER, of Stowick Farm, in the parish of Henbury, who, whilst at play with other children, fell into a piece of water, and, before assistance could be given, was drowned.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, May 14.
Monday, JOB GIBBALL, a labouring man, was accidentally killed while felling timber at Massey farm, in the parish nof Bushley, near Tewkesbury.

May 16.  On Monday, an inquisition was held at Hinton on the Green, in this county, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of G BARNARD, an infant, drowned in the Hinton brook.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, May 28.
The 'Industry', of the Flat, near this city, JOHN WATHAN, master, was lost on the Noose, in the River Severn, on Wednesday, the 18th inst. And we are sorry to add that a man of the name of PHELPS was drowned.  Several vessels were near, but the sea running so high they could not rended any assistance.

May 30.  On the 18th inst. the sloop Industry, of Minsterworth, near this city, J WATHEN master, with stone, from Bristol, was lost on the Noose Sand, in the river Severn.  She was in company with several other vessels, lying-to for the tide, when she was struck on the beam by a very heavy ground swell, which carried away the fore scuttle, and filling with water, she immediately went down by the head.  The sea running high no assistance could be rendered her; and a young man of the name of PHELPS, (who, with the master, were the only persons on board,) was unfortunately drowned.  The latter saved himself with difficulty by leaping into the boat, and cutting the painter, but not before his hand was severely bruised.
  On Thursday an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of EDWIN STONE, a child about three years of age, whose death was occasioned by a horse going over him.  The animal was frightened in the street, by am empty sugar cask rolling near him, when, in turning quickly, he struck the child down with his forefoot, and, passing over his body, pressed upon his chest so severely as to cause his death in two hours.  A very respectable jury found a verdict of Accidental Death; and set up a right to value the deodand at 10 s. (the horse being always known to be docile,) which the Lord of the Franchise refuses to accept, claiming the animal.

Jun 6.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Tuesday, at the Lamb Inn, Lawford's Gate, Bristol, on view of the body of Mr JOHN REDMAN, aged 64, who, whilst walking along West street, in apparent good health, dropt down, and instantly expired!  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.   And, on Thursday, at Clifton, on the body of a lad named JOHN TRIGG, who fell into a rain water cistern, whilst at play, near the Upper Crescent, and was unfortunately drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

On Friday an inquest was held at Dymock, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RD PETERMAP, who died at the George Inn, on Wednesday.  The Jury, after a minute investigation, returned their verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.
  A most melancholy and  distressing accident occurred at Tewkesbury on Monday last.  As JOHN GREGORY, Esq. a highly  respectable character, of  that town, was fishing in a boat in the Stanchard Pitt, in the river Avon, he was unfortunately upset, from getting imperceptibly (whilst engaged in the act of anchoring) too near the rapid fall of water which incessantly washes over the wear into that part of the river; and notwithstanding, from the most vigorous exertions, he at one time had attained a footing within a few yards of the edge of the water, and nearly within the reach of persons who had ventured as far as prudence would permit those who were able to swim, he fell backwards, and was drowned in the presence of several spectators, incapable of rendering him any assistance.  He was picked up in a little more than half an hour, and every means promptly adopted by the medical gentlemen present to effect resuscitation, but without avail.  Thus prematurely sunk to the tomb, universally beloved and lamented, the tenderest of husbands and most affectionate of fathers, the invaluable friend, and the useful and active member of society.  His remains were on Saturday interred at Cheltenham, his native place; and the amiableness of his character, coupled with the remembrance of his melancholy end, solicited many a sigh, and drew forth many a tear.

Jun 13.  There was a splendid illumination at Upton on Severn on Monday night; when a boy was unfortunately killed by a pistol shot.

Gloucester Herald, June 18.  Inquests taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner.  [Tipping???] And on Wednesday on the body of a boy unknown, which was found in the Severn at Hempstead, near this city, in a veryputrid state.  Verdict in each case, accidental death.

On Thursday evening Upton was illuminated; but the brilliancy of the scene was clouded by a melancholy accident which occurred upon the occasion; a young man of the name of THOMAS BRICK having fired a pistol in a very careless manner, the wadding entered the body of a boy of the name of [THOMAS] DAVIS, 11 years of age, and caused his death; and inquest was held upon the body by Mr Hill, Coroner, when a verdict of Manslaughter was returned, and the Coroner has issued his warrant for the apprehension of Brick.

Jun 20.   INQUESTS.  On Thursday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Horsley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of FRAS COOK, of St George's, Bristol, who was killed in returning from Minchinhampton fair, by falling from his horse, which became restless.  Verdict, Accidental Death, and the horse was valued at 7 s. on a deodand.

On Monday an inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of the infant daughter of a labouring man named TIPPING, of St Briavels, who being left alone in the house but a few minutes, was so dreadfully burnt that she survived only four hours.  And, on Wednesday, on the body of a BOY UNKNOWN, found in the Severn at Hempstead, near this city, in a very putrid state.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  The verdict of the jury in the case of the boy who was killed by the discharge of a pistol, at Upton upon Severn, as mentioned in our last, [Jun 13] was Manslaughter.   The offender was a THOS BRICK, for whose apprehension the coroner has issued his warrant.

Gloucester Herald, June 18.  Inquests taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner.  [Tipping???] And on Wednesday on the body of a boy unknown, which was found in the Severn at Hempstead, near this city, in a veryputrid state.  Verdict in each case, accidental death.

On Thursday evening Upton was illuminated; but the brilliancy of the scene was clouded by a melancholy accident which occurred upon the occasion; a young man of the name of THOMAS BRICK having fired a pistol in a very careless manner, the wadding entered the body of a boy of the name of [THOMAS] DAVIS, 11 years of age, and caused his death; and inquest was held upon the body by Mr Hill, Coroner, when a verdict of Manslaughter was returned, and the Coroner has issued his warrant for the apprehension of Brick.

Jun 27.  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Lodgmoor Mill, near Stroud, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS TOWNSHEND, aged 14 years, who was incautiously washing some teazles near one of the water wheels, when he was suddenly drawn in, and instantly crushed to death.

Gloucester Herald, July 2.
Inquests TAKEN BEFORE d Willey, Esq. Coroner.  On Saturday last, at Gotherington, on the body of Mr R WILLIAMS, who having neglected to lock the wheels of his team in going down a hill, was thrown, and so terribly injured in the head ad body, that he died instantly.  Verdict, accidental death.  And on the same day at Charlton Abbotts, on the body of MARY ARKELL, who drowned herself.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Jul 4.   The following inquests were last week taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Blakeney, on view of the body of THOMAS BURGESS, aged 16 years, gamekeeper to Wm Ambrose, Esq. of Hagloe, who dislocated his neck by a fall, on his return home, in the evening of the preceding Saturday.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Tuesday, at the parish of Hawkesbury, on the body of Mr NICHOLAS SMITH, who was found dead  in his bed chamber.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God, in a fit of apoplexy.  And, on Wednesday, at Horton, on the body of Mr EPHRAIM PROUT, farmer; who being in a deranged state of mind, put an end to his existence by hanging himself on the preceding Sunday.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Gloucester Herald, July 9.
CELEBRATION OF PEACE.   We lament to hear that an accident, attended with distressing circumstances, occurred at Westbury on Severn on Thursday last.  It being the day appointed for their Festival in celebration of the return of Peace, some persons imprudently making use of a large hammer in ramming down the charge of a swivel to cause the louder report, a spark caught the powder, when the piece went off, and we are sorry to add, badly wounded several of the bystanders, one of whom, JEMIMA ROBERTS, a girl about 12 years of age, died yesterday morning; and another, a man of the name of POWELL, of Broadoak, has received such a shock from the recoil of the gun that he is not expected to recover.  A Coroner's inquest has been held on the body of the child.  Verdict accidental death.

Jul 18.  On Thursday, an inquest was held on view of the body of a boy, four years of age, who was unfortunately killed by a barrel of pitch falling on his head from a truck, in the Cross Keys lane, in this city.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

Jul 25.  Last week an inquest was taken at Eastington, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a man who had been shooting fish with a gun loaded with gravel stones, which unfortunately burst, and the breech striking him on the fore head fractured his skull, and he died in a day or two after.  Verdict - Accidental Death.  
      A woman of the town of the name of HUNTER, who has for some years occupied a house in Lower Maudlin lane, Bristol, put a period to her existence last week, in the following manner.  About one o'clock, a few minutes after she had retired to bed, she jumped up, and seizing a large knife, attempted to cut her throat, but was prevented from accomplishing her purpose by a young female who slept with her and who, having wrested the knife out of her hand, ran downstairs and out of the house, in order to procure the assistance of the watch.  During her absence, however, the unfortunate woman threw herself out of a two pairs of stairs window into the area, and was killed - instantaneously, it is supposed, as her skull was fractured in a shocking manner.  Verdict of the Coroner's Jury, (after an investigation of more than eight hours) Lunacy.  The deceased was upwards of 50 years.

Aug 1.  Sunday afternoon as JAMES CLOUD, of Bedminster, Bristol, a youth about 17 years of age, was in the act of gathering a bunch of wild thyme on St Vincent's Rock, near the Windmill, Clifton, his foot slipped, and he was precipitated over the rock near 100 feet.  Some time elapsed before assistance could be given, from the difficulty of the descent; he was placed in a chair, and by the means of ropes drawn to the top; his skull was fractured in a dreadful manner, besides otherwise bruised.  He was conveyed to the Infirmary, where he lingered till Monday night, and then expired.

Gloucester Herald, Aug 6.
Worcester Assizes.  THOMAS BRICK, charged on the coroner's inquest with killing THOMAS DAVIS; ... acquitted.

Aug 8. INQUESTS.  Taken before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Wednesday se'nnight, at Wotton Underedge, on view of the body of RICHARD BROWNING, about eight years of age, who, on his way to a farm house, fell into a brook at Huntingford, and was drowned.  On Friday, at the parish of Mangotsfield, on the body of CHARLES HENDY, coal miner, who fell from the landing way of the engine pit at Pucklechurch (being 35 fathom,) and was killed on the spot.  On Saturday, at Clearwell, in the parish of Newland, on the body of WM EVANS, servant to James Garsed, Esq. who, whilst bathing in a mill pond near Redbrook, got beyond his depth, and was drowned.  And, on Thursday, at Hambrook, near Bristol, on the body of WM SHARPE, aged 14 years, who, in the act of throwing a dog into a stone quarry 30 feet deep, fell in, and was drowned before assistance could be rendered him.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.
  On the 29th ult. an inquest was taken at Cirencester, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZ. MACE, found drowned in shallow water, in the back brook of Barton Mill, at that place.  It appeared that she had fallen whilst crossing the bridge; and being stunned by her head coming into contact with a large stone, she was unable to extricate herself.  The bridge being much out of repair, the Jury adverted to it.  And, on Saturday last, an inquest was taken before the same Coroner, at Brimscomb Port, on the body of Mr JOHN BUTLER,  plumber and glazier, who was killed by the pressure from a water wheel, occasioned by his falling whilst employed in repairing a pump belonging to the mill.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

1814.  Aug 8.     On Saturday morning last, as Mr EUSEBIUS BEESTON, second son of the late Rev JOHN HOWTON BEESTON, MA, Vicar of Walford, near Ross, was returning from bathing in the Wye, at Ross, with four other gentlemen, he was seized with a fit, fell over the side of the boat, and was drowned.  Every exertion was made by his friends, who were experienced swimmers; but as he never rose again, it was near half an hour before the body could be taken out.  Dr Lewis, and Mr Rootes, surgeon, attended with the greatest alacrity, and employed every possible means to restore animation, but without effect.  Mr Beeston was in the 22d year of his age, much esteemed by all who knew him, and has left a disconsolate mother, who has not only to lament the loss of this son by a watery grave, but that of her eldest son also, who perished in the Lord Nelson Indiaman, about three years ago, at the same period of life!

Gloucester Herald, Aug 13.
Saturday night, a woman named HUMPHRIS, the wife of a man who keeps a disorderly house in Grove street, Cheltenham, terminated her life by drinking a tea cup full of the opiol of vitriol, and directly afterwards a quantity of water.  Previous to her death, she expressed a sorrow that she had not used quicker and less powerful means of dispatch.  The avowed cause of the fatal act was,hat her husband had forgiven a woman named WOOD, who had maltreated her, and whom, in consequence, he threatened with the punishment of the lawe; but compensated the business by receiving 20s. and ten bottles of wine from the offender.  Tuesday, an inquest was held on the body, when after a minute investigation, of 8 hours, the Jury returned a verdict of felo de se, and the body was deposited, without the usual ceremony, in a hole dug in the road near Maidenhome turnpike, a place particularly infested with prostitutes.

Aug 15.  INQUESTS.  On Monday an inquest was taken, at Wick and Abson, in this county, before Wm Joyner, Esq. on view of the body of Mr GEO BUSH, who killed himself by a pistol shot on the morning of the preceding Saturday.  It appearing in evidence, that he had been in a deranged state of mind for a month past, occasioned by the loss of a beloved wife who died in child bed, the jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.
  The following inquests have been taken before H Parnell, Esq. one of the Coroners for the county of Monmouth:  On the 26th ult. in the parish of Llanishen, on view of the body of WM DAVIES, found dead in bed.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.  And, on the 1st inst. at Chepstow, on the body of JAS WATERS, a youth of 15, who, whilst bathing in the river Wye, was unfortunately drowned by getting beyond his depth.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Aug 20.
On Thursday last the body of a man unknown was found in the river Severn at Maisemore, near the city.  An inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, and there appearing no marks of violence on the body, the Jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
  Tuesday, a poor boy was killed near Uckington, by a waggon wheel passing over his head; two waggons were attempting to pass each other with their teams, when the accident occurred.

Cambrian, 27 August 1814
  Wednesday evening, about nine o'clock, Abraham Thomas, one of the men belonging to the Chepstow, of Chepstow, R. Harwood, master, fell from the quay-wall on the Back, Bristol, and was unfortunately drowned.  He was taken up almost immediately, and every means used to restore him, but without effect.  He has left a wife and seven children, four of whom are twins, and the eldest two more than nine years old.

Gloucester Herald, Aug 27.
Sunday night, a seaman, in a fit of intoxication, jumped into the river Froom at the back of the Greyhound public house, in Lewin's Mead, Bristol, and was drowned.

Sep 12.  In the evening of Saturday se'nnight, as JAS HUNT, coal carrier, was returning home from Bath on the Upper Bristol road, he was met, whilst riding in his cart, and on the wrong side of the road, by a young gentleman on horse back, who demanded his name; which the other, with violent abuse, refused giving.  The gentleman endeavouring to read it on the front of the cart, was prevented by HUNT, who leaped out of the cart, and, as he was striking the other with a whip or a staff, he received a pistol shot, and instantly expired.  A Coroner's Inquest, after a long investigation, (in which a man who was riding in the cart with HUNT was the principal evidence,) brought in a verdict of Manslaughter against Mr J WILTSHIRE, of Bristol, who rode into Bath immediately after the fatal encounter, dispatched medical gentlemen to the spot where it took place, and then called a Magistrate to acknowledge what he feared had been the consequence of the act, which, on being assaulted, he had committed.

Sep 26.   On Thursday evening, a boy, about seven years old, fell from a plank into the river Severn, near the Westgate Bridge, and was unfortunately drowned.
  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Chipping Sodbury, on view of the body of WM SHEARWOOD, who, on his return home the preceding Saturday evening with a cart, the horse took fright, when, in endeavouring to stop the animal, he was precipitated to the ground, and the wheel going over his head caused instant death.  On Wednesday, at the parish of Cam, on the body of an infant child of Mr W ELLIOT, who was deprived of life by having a quantity of oil of vitriol administered to it by a servant, in mistake for Godfrey's cordial.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.

On Wednesday evening, as Mr GILES HYATT, a respectable man, was returning home on foot, from Kingscote Races, to his residence at Kingstanley. he was rode against, and thrown down, by a person on horseback; and, before he could recover himself, a second person rode against him, when the horse of the latter fell, and threw his rider.  Poor Mr HYATT expired next evening, of the injuries he received, remaining the whole time in a state of insensibility.  An inquest was taken on the body, at Kingscote, and a verdict returned of Accidental Death.

Oct 3.  A few days since, the putrid body of a MAN UNKNOWN, was found drowned in the river near Leachlade.  It is supposed to be that of a person named WOOD, a shoemaker, who has been several weeks missing from Benson, Oxon.

Oct 3.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Monday, at Cirencester, on view of the body of Mr WM BROWN, (book keeper to Messrs Tanner and Baylis, London Carriers,) who was found dead in the street, early in the morning of the preceding Saturday, with his skull fractured, and his body severely bruised in sundry parts.  It is conjectured that he must have fallen down in the middle of the street, in a state of inebriety, and, going to sleep in that situation, was passed over by a heavy stage waggon, undiscovered by the driver, who, from the darkness of the night, could not discern the body, although the horses were startled to such a degree as some of

them to get disengaged from the gears.  The jury, after a patient investigation, (from the want of evidence to prove whether the catastrophe was occasioned by the waggon wheels or horses,) returned a verdict, Accidental Death.
  And yesterday, BENJAMIN BLACK, by Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, charged with the wilful murder of an illegitimate male infant, in the parish of Horsley.

Oct 10.  INQUESTS.  On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at the Boot Inn, Horsley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of BENJ BLACK WILLIAMS, an illegitimate child, about two and a half years old, of whom a man named BENJAMIN BLACK was the reputed father.  It appeared in evidence, that BLACK, and the child were the only persons in the house at the time when the injury was sustained which was supposed to have occasioned the death of the latter, on the evening of the 29th ult. having been seen at play, in apparent health, on the morning of that day.  It was also proved that BLACK  had cruelly treated the child previous to the day of his death; and that he had repaired to a neighbouring inn, not an hour prior to his dissolution, where he exulted that he was in a likely way to get rid of an expence of 1s 6d  a week, which he contributed towards the infant.  Before he left this house, intelligence was brought of the poor boy's death, when he exclaimed, "Is he by God!"and subsequently made use of some very scandalous and inhuman expressions respecting bastards and their mothers.  The chief cause of the death of the helpless sufferer, was injury on the brain, occasioned by external violence on or about the forehead;
and the head would readily admit of such motion as to turn the face quite round to the back, without any resistance of the muscles of the neck.  Notwithstanding the child lived for several hours in great agony, no medical aid was applied for; and the parish officers were ignorant of the circumstances till after his death.  One of the witnesses observing BLACK wiping blood from the child's mouth with a handkerchief, prior to his death, enquired how he had been injured? to which BLACK  replied, that he had fallen down two steps of the stairs backwards; but no injury whatever was discernible on the back part of the head, altho' several old bruises were discovered, which were known to have been inflicted by the father.  After a patient investigation of twelve hours, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against BENJAMIN BLACK, who had fled, but was apprehended about midnight by the vigilance of the police officers, and committed to our County gaol, as mentioned in our last.

Oct 17.  On Wednesday, an inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, at Uckington, in this county, on view of the body of W FRANCIS, who, whilst standing on a ladder gathering apples, it fell with him to the ground, whereby he received so much injury that he expired in half an hour.  This unfortunate man has left a wife and four infant children to lament his loss.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

About seven o'clock on Thursday morning, TIMOTHY KITE, stone mason, and THOS BRASSINGTON, labourer, whilst employed in repairing Over Bridge, near this city, were, by the falling of the scaffold on which they were at work, precipitated into the Severn, where the water was of considerable depth.  A fisherman who fortunately happened to be on the spot, instantly put off with his boat to their assistance, and happily succeeded in rescuing them both, but not before KITE was completely exhausted, and apparently lifeless, although they had been only a short time in the water.  The body was carried to the turnpike house, where the toll keeper rendered every assistance in his power, and in a short time animation was restored, when he talked to those around him with coolness and precision; but having sustained some serious internal injury in the fall, he vomited a quantity of blood, and expired, after lingering five hours in considerable pain.  BRASSINGTON was able to walk as soon as he came out of the boat, and quickly recovered, except from the effects of some trifling bruises.

Oct 24.  Last week, Capt BEVAN, of the Unity, of Carmarthen, fell into the float near the Back, Bristol, and was drowned.  And, on Saturday se'nnight, a poor woman mistook her way, and walked into the float, at the Ferry at the bottom of Queen street, Bristol, and was drowned.  Tuesday, two boys on a scaffold cleaning the side of a vessel, near Guinea street Slip, Bristol, were precipitated into the float; one of them was taken out immediately, but the other was unfortunately drowned.

Gloucester Herald, Oct 29.
Yesterday a poor man fell down dead in the street at Cheltenham.  His name at present is unknown.  [Henry Herbert]

Oct 31.  On Tuesday night, as Mr RICHARD WHITE, and Mr JAMES IRELAND, both of Forthampton, were returning home from Tewkesbury, they were drowned in the river Severn, near Lower Lode.  They left Tewkesbury together, between ten and eleven o'clock, and it is supposed they were imprudent enough to attempt to ride through the river, as their horses were found on the opposite side in the morning.  After a long search, the bodies were discovered, in different parts of the river, a little below the ferrying place, on Friday.  They were both single young men, and have left parents to lament the fatal consequences of juvenile rashness and folly.  This awful example, it is hoped, will teach the daring and inconsiderate in future, rather to prefer the more safe conveyance of the ferry boat, than trust too far in the strength of their horses and their own dexterity - for though the horse will swim to an immense distance when unencumbered, yet it is unsafe in the highest degree to ride him across a rapid stream, as the most trifling check to the left or right will often throw him so much on his side as to dislodge even a very careful rider.

INQUESTS.  On Thursday, at Staverton, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of HARRIETT MILLS, an infant, who was riding on a cart, which being met by a waggon belonging to Mr Jeynes, of Arle Mill, (on the rathes of which the driver was riding, instead of properly directing the horses,) they came into contact with such violence, that the poor child was thrown under the wheels of the waggon, and killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  The carter, to avoid a prosecution, has agreed to pay five guineas to the parents of the child for funeral expences.
 On Tuesday, before John Jefferies, Coroner for this city, on the body of a newborn infant, found in the privy of Mr King, pastry cook, of Westgate street.  It appeared that PHOEBE HOLDER, the servant of Mr King, had privately delivered herself; but the medical gentleman who was called in, satisfactorily proving that the child was still born, the charge of murder was done away; she was, however, ordered to be committed for trial for concealing the birth, and will, when sufficiently recovered, be removed to prison.
  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Shire Newton, Monmouthshire, before H  Parnell, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mrs MARY HOWELL, who was found dead in the King's highway the preceding evening.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Nov 7.  An inquest has been taken at Cheltenham, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of HENRY HERBERT, a common beggar from the Camp, near Bisley, who suddenly fell down dead in the street, whilst asking relief.  He had plenty of victuals and money in his pocket.  Verdict, Died Suddenly in a fit.

Nov 14.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests have lately been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: on the 4th inst. at Chalford, on view of the body of JOHN WEBB, aged 62, who was killed by a large clothing stock falling on his head.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 8th inst. at Stroud, on the body of HENRY PEGLAR, aged 7 years, who died of an inflammation of the stomach and bowels.  Having complained of great coldness and shivering, his brother gave him some spirituous liquors with an intention to warm him, but these accelerating the disorder, he died in about thirty six hours after.  Verdict, Died of disease, hastened by the liquor.   And on the 12th, at Woodchester, on the body of ABRAHAM HARRIS, a child about six years old, who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire, occasioned, as is supposed, by an attempt to take some potatoes out of a pot which was on the fire.  None but children being present, he was so dreadfully burnt before assistance could be procured, that he died shortly after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

On Monday, an inquest was taken at Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, on view of the body of JOSEPH SMITH, chaise driver, of Pershore, who, on his return from Blackmore Park, last Saturday evening, stopped at the door of the Lion Inn, to refresh the horses, when the report of a pistol, fired in the street, caused the animals to take fright, and they set off at full speed; the deceased vainly strove to check the rapidity of their course, and in the attempt he was thrown down, the wheels passed over his body, and he met instantaneous death.  The horses pursued their way to Upton Ham, where the chaise was at length overturned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Nov 19.
Mrs Fowler, of Dundry, on her return home from market on Wednesday afternoon, suddenly fell down and expired in the shop of Mr Puke, grocer, Redcliffe Street, Bristol, whither she had gone to purchase some articles.  On the following day the coroner's inquest returned a verdict of died by the visitation of God.

Nov 21.  Thursday night, about ten o'clock, a person of the name of JAMES HARRIS, fell into the float near the Stone Bridge, Bristol, and was drowned.  He had just before left the house of a relative in St Stephen's street, and is supposed to have been deceived by the lamps on the bridge and opposite side.  He was soon afterwards got up and conveyed to the Greyhound public house, and the usual means for restoration persevered in for nearly three hours, but without effect.
  Yesterday se'nnight, a poor infirm man, named THOMAS KEY, put a period to his existence by suspending himself from a cord fastened to a beam in the bedroom of a tenement he occupied at the back part of the High street, Tewkesbury.  It appeared that the unfortunate man had for a considerable time laboured under extreme depression of spirits as well as bodily infirmity; and a coroner's inquest which was held on the body on Tuesday,  before H Fowke, Esq. returned a verdict of - Lunacy.
  Monday morning a woman, in a fit of insanity, threw herself from the window of a house on St John's bridge, into the float, Bristol, and was drowned.  Same morning, the body of a man was taken out of the float in the Back, ascertained to have belonged to a coal vessel, and had been missing about three weeks.  And, on Thursday night, about ten o'clock, a person of the name of JAMES HARRIS fell into the float, near the Stone Bridge, Bristol, and was drowned.
  On Monday last the body of W BURCOMBE, son of Mr Burcombe, of the Barge Tavern, Bardford, Wiltshire, was found in the lock of the canal, near his father's house.  He had been missing since the preceding Thursday, and his unfortunate death is attributed to the darkness of the night, and there being no fence to the road.

Dec 5.  On Monday evening last, the following melancholy event took place at the Ferry house at Goodrich, in the county of Hereford:  About the close of the day, some persons returning from Ross, requested to be passed over from the opposite shore; when, owing to the darkness of the night, and the rapid current of the river, Mr WELLING, the renter, being with the boat himself, the rope by which she is hauled across slipped above the roller, and he was dragged overboard; yet, by clinging to the rope with his hands, he warped himself on shore; but, unhappily, just as he had recovered his footing,  and was looking after the fate of the boat from the quay, a stone on which he stood gave way, and he was again precipitated into the river, where, from the extreme darkness, and no person being near, he perished in a deep part of the stream, close to the shore.  His body was not found till three hours after the accident.  He has left a wife and large family, to lament his premature fate.  The boat was carried down by the current as far as the Kern, where the passengers, by laying hold of some sally boughs, stopt her further progress, and got safe on shore.
  On Friday last, some workmen employed in building the new mills, belonging to Messrs Haskins and Co. of Nailsworth, in this county, having imprudently overloaded one of the scaffolds, the joists gave way, when three men, of the names of JOHN RODWAY, WM DEE, and JAS DREW, were precipitated from the top, through four unfinished floors, a height of 37 feet!  They were nearly buried  among the stones and tiles that accompanied them in their fall, (there being, it was supposed, about three waggon loads of the latter that fell with them;) yet, through a merciful Providence, neither of them were killed, or had a bone broken.  They were taken up dreadfully lacerated and bruised, and two of them were immediately conveyed to our Infirmary.
INQUESTS.  On Monday, an inquest was taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at Bream's Lodge, on view of the body of MARY ATKINSON, who, on the preceding Saturday morning, threw herself into a fish pool, and was drowned.  It appeared in evidence, that she had become distracted, in consequence of a fellow servant, by whom she was pregnant, deserting her and leaving the country; which preyed so much on her mind as to drive her to the desperate act of suicide.  After a patient investigation of six hours, by a most respectable jury, a verdict was returned of Lunacy.
  The following inquests were taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:- On the 20th ult. at Chalford Lynch, on the body of Mrs JONES, wife of Mr Jones, watchmaker, who dropped down, and almost instantly expired.  She was supposed to be in a state of pregnancy, and has left several young children.  And, same day, at Brimscombe Port, on the body of MARY HILLIER, single woman, aged 40, who fell down, and expired in a similar manner.  Verdict in each case, Sudden Death.

Dec 12.  A few days since, a child about three years of age,  named FANNY HART, being left by herself in her mother's house at Ross, her clothes caught fire, and the poor innocent was burnt to such a degree that she only survived till next day.

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.   On Tuesday, two lads about 13 years of age, twin sons of Mr RD LLOYD, a respectable barge owner of Stourport, were drowned in the river Avon, at Evesham.  They had solicited their father's permission to go on the water in his own boat, which he peremptorily refused; but they rashly got into another, and were carried by the rapidity of the stream towards the bridge, where, the river being too high to admit their going through the arch with the mast standing, the boat was upset, and they both perished within sight of their distracted parents!  - A third boy (apprentice to their father) who was with them, was fortunately saved.  What contributes to render this melancholy circumstance still more distressing is, that the two unhappy youths were the only children of their parents, unusually attached to each other, and boys of more than ordinary capacity.  They had formed a predilection for their father's employment, and had designed the vessel, of which he was the owner, with the title of  "THE WILLIAM AND JOSEPH,"  names corresponding with their own.

Dec 26.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Thursday last, at Cambridge, in this county,  on view of the body of Mr JOHN BRINKWORTH, timber merchant, of Kingstanley, found drowned in a piece of water at Gossington, near the entrance of Slimbridge field.  It transpired in evidence, that the deceased had passed thro' the turnpike gate at Nubbis Ash, about six o'clock the preceding evening, on his return home from Bristol, and was then observed to be in a state of intoxication; it was therefore supposed, that he must have fallen from his horse whilst the animal was drinking at the above pool, and was drowned.  On searching his pockets, 160 l. in cash and notes was found therein.  And, on Friday, at Thornbury, on the body of JOHN NOTT, thatcher, aged 70, who, whilst repairing a wheat rick, fell from the ladder, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  An inquest was lately taken at Rodborough, on view of the bodies of THOS GOLDING and EDWD HERBERT, found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal.  It appeared that they had been walking together (supposed to be arm in arm) on the towing path, and carrying a bundle, when, from the darkness of the night, they unfortunately fell into the canal lock opposite the Ham Mill, and were drowned.  They have each left a wife, the former with ten, the latter with six children!   Verdict, Accidental Death.
WARNING TO SABBATH BREAKERS.  The following melancholy occurrence took place on Sunday se'nnight.  Two youths, of this city, of the names of LODGE and HOSKINS, went into the fields for the purpose of killing birds; when, in making their way thro' a hedge, the muzzle of the gun in the hands of the latter struck upon the butt of his companion's piece and went off, discharging the whole of its contents into the side of the unfortunate LODGE, who was immediately taken to our Infirmary, where he expired on Tuesday.  An inquest, held before John Jefferies, Esq. Coroner, brought in a verdict of Accidental Death.

1815

Jan 2.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the bodies of JOHN RANDALL and his son, who were unfortunately drowned on Wednesday night, by the surface water rushing in on them whilst at work in a well in the neighbourhood of this city.  The land floods having risen very suddenly, an adjoining brook which became momentarily choaked up, overflowed its banks to a considerable height, and the place being remote from any habitation the deplorable situation of the unhappy sufferers was not discovered till all assistance was rendered vain.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  We hear that subscriptions are left at the different banks in this city, for the widow and her five children.

Jan 9.  A melancholy accident ocurred at Evesham, on Monday last.  One of the workmen, in the employ of Messrs Roberts, Reynolds, and Co. Oilmen, of that place, while engaged in oiling the machinery upon their premises, his clothes got entangled round one of the wheels, by which he was drawn in, and, shocking to relate, was instantly crushed to death.  The unfortunate man has left a disconsolate wife and three young children to lament his loss.
INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county:-  On the 29th ult. at Kinstanley, on the body of a new born male child, the offspring of ANN BEARD, single woman.  This investigation took place at the request of a very respectable Magistrate, in consequence of some circumstances, which tended to throw suspicion on the conduct of the mother; but, after a patient inquiry, the jury returned a verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  And, on Friday last, on the body of DANIEL CLIFFORD, carter to Mr Hillman, of Light Pill, whose death was occasioned by a waggon loaded with wheat passing over his neck and chest the preceding evening, on his return home from Gloucester.  It was supposed that he had been riding on the shafts, his body being discovered in the morning, in a ditch, to which he must have crawled after the accident, as his whip was found near the body, and his money and other property all safe. - He was a sober, steady man; and has left a wife and family to lament his loss.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 16.  INQUESTS.  Taken before William Trigg, Gent:-  On Monday, at Cirencester, on view of the body of BETTY URSELL, found dead in a brook, near her own house, (supposed to be drowned, no marks of violence being visible.)  Verdict, Found Drowned.   And, on Wednesday, at Moreton in Marsh, on the body of JOHN ELLIS, about twelve years of age, who was killed whilst loading dung, by the cart falling on him, from one of the props giving way.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Jan 28.
An inquest was taken on Friday, at Marshfield, on the body of W Tayler, an infant four years old, burnt to death in consequence of his clothes taking fire in the temporary absence of his mother.

Feb 6.  INQUESTS.  On the 27th ult. at Minchinhampton, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of NATHANIEL KING, who, whilst at work in a stone quarry on the Common, having incautiously undermined the ground too far, a quantity of stone and rubbish fell upon him, and injured him to such a degree that he expired soon after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Swindon, near Cheltenham, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of EDITH HAMLET, an infant about four years old, who, on the preceding Thursday, was left alone in the house, while her parents were at their labour, when by some means her clothes caught fire, and before the neighbours could come to her assistance, she was so dreadfully burnt that she languished only till the Saturday following.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
Feb 13.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Wednesday last, at Sapperton, on view of the body of WM BARGE, who fell from a steep bank into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  On Thursday, at Eastington, on the body of PAUL UNDERWOOD, about four years old, who was so dreadfully burnt by his clothes taking fire, whilst left alone for a short time, that he expired the next day.  And, on Friday, at Stonehouse, on the body of EDW ROBERTS, barge master, who, whilst walking under Dudbridge, struck his head with such violence against a projection, that he was precipitated into the river, and drowned, before any effectual assistance could be rendered him.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.   

Gloucester Herald, Feb 18.
Mr THOMAS HALLEN, of Kidderminster, was on Friday elected a Coroner for the county of Worcester, in the room of Mr Sidkin, deceased.  There was no opposition, as expected, Mr H ROBESON having previously resigned.

Feb 20.  INQUESTS.  Taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner.  - On Monday, at Rodley, in the parish of Westbury, on view of the body of JOHN MORGAN, who died suddenly the preceding Friday; and, same day, at the same place, on the body of WM HAWKES, who died suddenly the preceding Saturday.  Verdict in each case, Died in a fit.  -  On Tuesday, at Cheltenham, on the body of  JOHN HARE, who was found the preceding Sunday suspended from the landing-place on the top flight of stairs, in the dwelling house of Mrs Hayden.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Feb 27.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner. - On Tuesday last, at Kingstanley, on view of the body of GEO FOWLER, a child about four years of age, burnt to death in

consequence of his clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And, on Wednesday, at the Hare and Hounds public house, on the Cheltenham road, in the parish of Churchdown, on the body of a young man of the name of HUGHES, apparently about 20 years of age, found early the preceding evening, suspended from a pear tree near the above place.  This unfortunate man, who was in a diseased state, and had on a uniform Jacket of the Gloucester Militia, had taken extraordinary pains to prevent the possibility of struggling or resistance, by deliberately pinioning his arms behind him with a cord, which he had then passed round his body, and tied in front; and, after fixing the rope round his neck, it was ascertained that he had ascended the tree and thrown himself off, to insure almost instant death.  He had been employed as a labourer at the New Shire Hall building in this city, whence he had been discharged but two days prior to his taking the fatal resolution of destroying himself.  It is said, he was a native of Painswick.  The jury returned a verdict, Lunacy.

Mar 13. INQUEST. Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner. - At Charlton King's, near Cheltenham, on view of the body of THOMAS STAITE, about two years of age, who fell backwards into a large pan of scalding water, which was standing on the floor.  The little innocent languished till the next day, when he died convulsed.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 20.  INQUESTS.   Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 6th inst. at Ampney St Mary, on view of the body of ALEX HEGNALL, aged 64, who dropt down and died whilst coming down stairs.  It appeared, that, about a week previous to his death, whilst passing on the turnpike road, carrying a yoke and buckets, being deaf, he did not hear the Oxford mail coming behind him, and one of the leaders unfortunately threw him down; by which he was considerably injured, but was supposed to have been nearly recovered.  The jury, on viewing the road, was of opinion there was some want of caution in the driver not quartering more, altho' his general character was unimpeachable.  Verdict, Sudden Death.   On the 10th inst. at Stow on the Wold, on the body of Mr GEO HAMBAGE, of Westcote, who fell from his horse into a quarry, where he lay all night in a state of insensibility, from a concussion of the brain.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 11th inst. at Minchinhampton, on the body of THOS PEARCE, aged 44, who was discovered apparently asleep in his chair; but his family, who had retired to bed, obtaining no reply upon calling to him, came down stairs, and found him lifeless.  Verdict, Sudden Death.
  Inquests taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On the 6th inst. at Brockweir, in the parish of St Briavels, on view of the body of JOHN WORGAN, aged 23, who, on the evening of the Saturday preceding, fell from off the bowsprit of a trow in the river Wye, at Brockweir, and was unfortunately drowned.  He bore an excellent character, and was much respected.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on the 7th inst. at Compton Greenfield, in the parish of Henbury, on the body of JOHN SHEPSTONE, yeoman, aged 39, who, having been in a deranged state of mind for some time past, threw himself into a pool of water, and was drowned.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Mar 27.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 18th inst. at Painswick, on view of the body of HANNAH HAZELDINE, widow, who died on the preceding Wednesday.  Rumours having been propagated, that she had been denied medical assistance and proper nutriment by her parents, (who had for some time been in the house with her,) notwithstanding the benevolent attention of her neighbours, in supplying her with money and other necessaries, a rigid investigation took place as to the cause of her death; but nothing appearing to substantiate the charge, altho' a surgeon was examined, the Jury returned a verdict, Died of Disease, and not from privation.

Mar 27.  At Bisley, on the body of a new born male child, who appeared to have died suddenly, the third day after its birth, of internal inflammation.  The external appearances of the body gave rise to some conjectures among the neighbours, in consequence of which an investigation took place in the presence of a respectable Magistrate and several other persons.  A surgeon from Stroud attended, and opened the body, at the suggestion of the mother of the child, in consciousness of her innocence; but, after the most minute inquiry into the circumstances of the case, the Jury, perfectly satisfied, returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Apr 10.  On Monday an inquest was taken at Minchinhampton, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a new born female child, who died suddenly during the absence of the attendant on the mother.  The jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict, Died Suddenly from some cause at present unknown.
  At Somerset Assizes, Mr JOHN WILTSHIRE  surrendered himself on a charge of shooting one HUNT, a collier, on the Upper Bristol road to Bath, in September last.   The Grand Jury, after examining all the witnesses for the prosecution, threw out the bill for wilful murder; - he was afterwards put to his trial for manslaughter, of which, after a close investigation of the circumstances, he was acquitted.

Gloucester Herald, Apr 15.
BENJAMIN BLACK, HANNAH WEAVING, ... were all found not guilty.  Of the prisoners in the City Calendar, ..., and against PHEBE HOLDER, no bill was found.
[1st April] WOMAN MISSING.  On Wednesday evening last, ANN PURTON left the house of her sister, MARY PURTON, in Hare Lane, in this City, and has not since been heard of; and as she has been of late distressed in her mind, it is much feared she has drowned herself, having once made an
attempt of that kind.  She is about 50 years of age, about five feet four inches high, and had on a black spencer and a long sleeved gown.
Whoever can give any information of the said ANN PURTON, to her sister MARY PURTON, will be rewarded for their trouble.  Gloucester, March 31st, 1815.

Apr 17.  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Minsterworth, before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of ANN PURTON, found drowned in the River Severn.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Gloucester Herald, Apr 29.
On Saturday last a boy fell into Berkeley Pill and was unfortunately drowned.  See Advertisement.
CHILD DROWNED.
Whereas a Child, named JAMES THACKERAY, aged about five years, son of JAMES THACKERAY, OF Berkeley, Engineer, was on Saturday evening last unfortunately drowned in Berkeley Pill; and as there is every reason to suppose he is carried by the Current into the Severn, THIS IS TO GIVE NOTICE, THAT ANY Person picking up the said Child, and giving Information to the said Father, James Thackeray, shall be handsomely rewarded.  The said Child had on, when drowned, a Blue Cloth Jacket and Trousers, with laced Half-boots.

May 1.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 18th ult. at Stroud, on view of the body of a new born child.  Verdict, Died from diarrhoea.   On the 20th, at Kingstanley, on the body of an infant, about five months old, found dead in bed.  Verdict, Died from Suffocation.  On the 23rd, at Stonehouse, on the body of GEORGE COSHAM, who, in a fit of insanity, drowned himself the preceding evening, in the Stroud Canal.  Verdict, Lunacy.  On the 20th, at Kingstanley, on the body of a child, about two years old, found dead in bed.  Verdict, Sudden death by the visitation of God.
  On Thursday night a man of the name of HARWOOD, belonging to Lidbrook, fell from a barge coming down the river Wye, two miles above Chepstow, and was unfortunately drowned.  On Saturday se'nnight a boy fell into Berkeley Pill, and was drowned.  On Wednesday, a boy, seven years of age, was drowned in the river Monnow, near Monmouth, whilst angling.

May 8.  Tuesday morning, about one o'clock, the cries of a person in distress were heard issuing from the float, opposite St Augustine's Church, Bristol.  Some time elapsed before assistance could be procured, and the body was not found till near four o'clock.  The Coroner's Inquest have since returned their verdict, Accidental Death.  He proved to be a Mr MACMAHONE, a Lieutenant in the army on half pay.
INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Tuesday last, on view of the body of Mr WM LOCKSTONE, carrier, who, late on Saturday night, fell from his cart, whilst in the act of
getting out to pick up a basket that had dropped from the same, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And, on Friday, at Avening, on the body of SUSANNAH FARLEY, aged about 43, who died under circumstances which led to a suspicion of violence; but, after a minute investigation, the Jury returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God.
 The following inquests have recently been taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  At Bishop's Cleeve, on view of the body of MARY PHILLIPS, an old woman, who was found burnt to death, supposed to be occasioned by her clothes taking fire from a candle as she was attempting to warm her bed.  At Dowdeswell, on the body of ROBERT SMITH,  who was killed by a drag passing over his body.  And, at Hardwick, on the body of W CARSE, an infant, burnt to death by his clothes taking fire in his father's kitchen.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, May 13.
DIED.  On Saturday last ... WILLIAM JONES, Esq. of Luckington, Wilts, - On his return home from Wickwar, he must have fallen from his horse (as is supposed in a fit of apoplexy) in the Duke of Beaufort's park at Badminton, where his body was found perfectly lifeless, and the animal standing near it.

May 15.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Yorkley, near Lidney, on view of the body of JAMES SMART, aged 10 years, who fell into a large tub of boiling wort the Thursday preceding, and was scalded to death.   Wednesday, at the parish of Newland, on the bodies of STEPHEN BLANCH, aged 22, and JOS BLANCH, aged 20, sons of Mr Blanch, coal miner, who, whilst at work in a coalpit, in the Forest of Dean, about three tons weight of stone and rubbish fell upon them, which caused almost instant death.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  And on Friday, at the parish of Cromhall, on the body of SARAH ADLAM, asged 13, who, being overtaken by a thunderstorm, on her return home from a field where she had been planting potatoes, was struck by lightning, which caused her death.  She was a young woman of good character and very much respected by her neighbours.  Verdict, Visitation of God by Lightning.

Gloucester Herald, May 27.
Inquests lately taken before W Joyner, Esq. coroner: at Purton Passage, in the parish of Berkeley, on the boy of JAMES TAYLOR, aged 16, who being on board a trow, called the William, then going up the river Severn to Gloucester, was struck overboard by the tiller of the helm, and unfortunately drowned.  It is remarkable that a brother of Taylor was drowned in Berkeley Pill the latter end of March last.

May 29.  INQUESTS.    Lately taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At Cirencester, on view of the body of JOHN STRATFORD, a carter in the employ of Earl Bathurst, who fell from the front of a waggon on which he was riding, when the wheels passing over his head occasioned instant death.  
He has left a wife and seven children to lament his loss.  At the same place, on the body of JOHN WINSTONE, aged [11] years, who was taking a horse to water, and leading another, when he was thrown off and kicked with such violence as to fracture his skull.  And, on Thursday, at Chalford, on the body of a man aged 83 years, who fell backwards off some steps, and so injured his head, that he died  instantly.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  Inquests taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  At Purton Passage, on the body of JAMES TAYLOR, who being on board a trow going up the river Severn to Gloucester, was struck overboard by the tiller of the helm, and unfortunately drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  At Chipping Sodbury, on the body of Mr RICHARD JONES, shopkeeper, who hanged himself on a beam in his cellar.  Verdict, Insanity.  At Wick and Abson, on the body of Mr JOSEPH PERRY, a respectable farmer of that place, aged 36 years, who died of a pistol shot on the Sunday preceding.  It appeared in evidence that he went early on that morning in one of his own fields to frighten the rooks from the new sown barley, and after loading the pistol he put it into his side pocket with the muzzle upwards; soon after, it went off, and the contents entering his body caused almost instant death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 5.  On Sunday morning last the body of Mr ALLEN, a respectable brewer, of Berkeley, was found in the road near Nubbin's Ash Turnpike.  The unfortunate gentleman had attended our market the preceding day, and is supposed to have fallen from his horse in consequence of one of his stirrup leathers breaking.  His death must have been instantaneous, as the neck was completely dislocated.  An inquest was taken at Oxenton, on Thursday last, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS GUDDER, who was killed whilst working in a stone quarry, by a quantity of rubbish, &c. falling in upon him.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  The unfortunate man has left a widow and a large family to lament his untimely end.  Several other workman in the quarry narrowly escaped.

Gloucester Herald, Jun 10.
An aged woman, named OSBALDESTON, a resident of Alston, who formerly kept a small school, suddenly expired on Sunday morning, immediately after breakfast.
Friday, a young woman, named STEW, who mariage was fixed for Monday, suddenly expired, whilst preparing a cottage at Charlton for her residence.
On Tuesday evening a youth of great promise, apprentice to Mr Hicks, builder, of this city, was unfortunately drowned whilst bathing in the Severn, near Maisemore.  The body was not found till

the following morning, when a Coroner's inquest was held, and the Jury brought in a verdict of accidental death.
Thursday evening, the body of a man unknown was taken out of the Severfn by the workmen employed at the Westgate Bridge.  We have not as yet heard who the unfortunate person is, but it is probable he had floated down the river from a considerable distance.

Jun 12.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 20th ult. at Woodchester, on view of the body of SAMUEL WALKLEY, who was found dead in a wood where he had gone to his usual work alone.  And on Wednesday last, at Painswick Sladd, on the body of Mrs ESTHER COX, aged about 60, who was found dead in her house.  Verdict in each case, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Jun 19.  On Friday afternoon, a private of the Berks. Militia, on the march through Tewkesbury, was drowned whilst bathing in the River Avon, at that place.  On Tuesday evening a youth of great promise, apprentice to Mr HICKS, builder, of this city, was unfortunately drowned whilst bathing in the Severn, near Maisemore.  The body was found next morning.
 On Thursday, the body of SAMUEL EDEN, labourer, was taken out of the Severn at Westgate bridge, adjoining this city; but no discovery having been made as to the cause of his unhappy fate, the Coroner's Jury returned a verdict, Found drowned.

Jun 26.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Thursday, at Avening, on view of the body of THOS GILMAN, a child about three years of age, who, whilst at play near a mill  pond at Inchbrook, fell in and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Same day, at Horsley, on the body of an infant about six days old, whose mother, from the illness of the child, having incautiously administered a deleterious composition, in imitation of Godfrey's Cordial, convulsions ensued, and death put an end to the sufferings of the innocent in a few hours.  Verdict, Died from the effects of the nostrum, (given with good intention,) but connected with disease.

Jul 3.  Monday afternoon, as SAMUEL STEPHENS, a native of Cirencester, about the age of 13, was bathing in the Thames, near Oxford, he was seized with the cramp, and, before any assistance could be rendered him, was unfortunately drowned.

Jul 10.  INQUESTS.  Taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  At Upton St Leonards, in this county, on view of the body of JOHN BISHOP, found dead the preceding day.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.  On Tuesday, at Winchcomb, on the body of CHARLES PET[????], an infant, who, whilst playing near the Wier Brook, in that parish, fell in and was drowned.  On Thursday, at Fairford, on the body of ANN NASH, an infirm old woman, living in Lodge House, who fell into the fire, and was so dreadfully burnt that she expired.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  And, same day, at Fairford, on the body of ELIZ. WAKEFIELD, an infant, who, in crossing the road, was thrown down by a carriage, the fore and hind wheel of which passing over her body, caused instant
death.  No blame attached to the driver.  Verdict, Died in consequence of the carriage going over her body.

Jul 17.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At Kingstanley, on view of the body of JOHN JENKINS, aged 70, who was found dead; and,  at Bisley, on the body of THOMAS RUDWAY, who dropped down dead on the highway, on his return from work.  Verdict in each case, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.  On Monday, at Stonehouse, on the body of JOHN BIRD, aged 11, who fell into a pond whilst fishing, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jul 24.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Monday last, at Woodchester, on view of the body of JAS HOLDER, cordwainer, aged 24, who was drowned whilst bathing in a fishpond on Sunday.   On Thursday, at Stonehouse, on the body of DANIEL COBB, who was killed by falling from a tree he was lopping.  And, on Friday, at Chalford, on the body of WM HAYES, a youth about eight years of age, who, imprudently attempting to ride on the iron shaft of the drum turning the machinery at a clothing manufactory, some part of his clothes became entangled, and he was instantly killed, his head being severed from his body, his left arm broken, and otherwise dreadfully mangled.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Jul 31.  INQUEST.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Friday, on view of the body of Mr JOHN RATCLIFFE, yeoman, of Bowshill, in the parish of Woodchester, who was found dead in his rick [bart]on] the preceding day.  The deceased had for several days laboured under symptoms of mental derangement, and his death had occasioned a variety of reports as to the cause, which were totally unfounded; for, after a minute investigation before a respectable jury, no marks of violence appearing on the body, and there being no evidence to the contrary, a verdict was returned, Sudden Death from Apoplexy.

Gloucester Herald, Aug 5.
Hannah Handcock, charged with the murder of GEORGE SMITH, an infant aged two years and 5 months, was acquitted on the ground of insanity; ...

Aug 7.  Assizes.  HANNAH HANDCOCK, aged 23, tried for the wilful  murder of GEO SMITH, a child two years and five months old, by throwing him from a window in the workhouse at Uley, 20 feet from the ground, was acquitted; but being found by the jury to be of unsound mind at the time, she was ordered to be kept in custody, to be dealt with as an insane person, pursuant to the later Act.  In the course of the evidence, it was satisfactorily proved by three or four witnesses, that the prisoner was incapable of distinguishing right from wrong, and had attempted to drown herself and cut her throat.  The child, notwithstanding its skull was dreadfully fractured, lingered an hour and a half, when it expired.  The prisoner took little or no notice of this melancholy event, and, on being charged with the offence, appeared totally unmoved.

Gloucester Herald, Aug 19.
On Wednesday an inquest was taken at South Cerney, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZABETH PACKER, who was drowned in a lock of the Thames & Severn Canal.  Verdict - Found Drowned.

Gloucester Herald, Sep 2.
On Sunday, the 19th ult. As Mr STEPHEN TOGHILL, jun. of Tresham farm, in the parish of Hawkesbury Upton, in this county, was returning home from reapinjg, at about seven o'clock in the evening, having in his possession a gun which he had taken out in the morning for the purpose of shooting birds off the corn, and perceiving a rabbit, he fired at but did not kill the animal.  A gamekeeper, named SALTER, seeing the act, demanded the farmer's gun, which he refused; the consequence was, the gamekeeper endeavoured to wrest it from him by force; but failing to accomplish his purpose, he took his own gun, and began beating Toghill with the butt end of it: in the scuffle, Toghill's gun went off, and shocking to relate he received the entire contents of his own piece, which entered the groin and came out at the back!  The calamity was still further heightened by the ignition of a powder horn in his waistcoat pocket, and which burnt him terribly.  There are no hopes of Mr Toghill's recovery.

Sep 11.  INQUESTS.   On Monday, at Bulley, near this city, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of an infant child of JOHN DAVIS, who fell into a well on the preceding day, and was drowned.
 And, on Thursday, before John Jefferies, Esq. Coroner for the city, on the body of a boy, named THOMAS GARDINER, who, on the preceding day, fell into the basin of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, and was unfortunately drowned.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Sep 18.  AWFUL INSTANCE OF SUDDEN DEATH.  On Friday morning, as WM DYMOCK, Esq. banker, of Bristol, was riding through Stoke's Croft, he suddenly fell from his horse, owing to an apoplectic seizure; and, within a very few minutes after he was taken into a neighbouring house, he expired.

INQUESTS.  On Saturday, at Stroud, on view of the body of a man named KING, who formerly lived servant with the late Rev. Mr COBURN, of that place and fell down in a fit in the road, and expired soon afterwards.  Verdict, Sudden Death.
  An inquisition was held on Tuesday at Bredon, Worcestershire, on view of the body of a man unknown, aged about [50], picked out of the river Avon, without any marks of violence upon it.  By
the evidence of a shepherd, who saw and spoke to the deceased on Friday, it clearly appeared that the unfortunate man was insane, whereupon the jury returned the verdict accordingly.  On Thursday the widow of the poor man, who was in search of her husband, applied to the Coroner, and stated that the deceased left his residence at Wotton Underedge, on Thursday se'nnight, in a state of derangement, to which he was subject, and which was produced by the climate of the Brazils.

Sep 25.  INQUEST.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Tuesday, at the Oil Mills, Ebley, on the body of ESTHER CLOSE, aged 13, whose clothes in attempting to draw water, to set the milling-stock in motion, becoming entangled in the wheel she was drawn into the trough and instantly killed.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 30 September 1815
  On Thursday, at the York-house, Bath, after lingering forty-three hours, in consequence of having dreadfully fractured his leg, in leaping from the roof of the Birmingham coach, at Swanswick, (conceiving the coach to be in a perilous situation, the leaders becoming unmanageable from taking fright at an ass lying bin the road), James Lloyd Harris, Esq. of Cheltenham, in the 35th year of his age.

Gloucester Herald, Oct 7.
At a Meeting of the Corporation of this City, on Monday last, the following Gentelmen were elected and sworn into office for the ensuing year, viz.  JOHN JEFFERIES, Esq. Coroner.

Oct 9.  Saturday as Mr NORRIS was returning to Mangotsfield from Bristol market, he fell from his horse and was found dead on the road the next morning.

Oct 16.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent:  On the 7th inst. at Avening, on view of the body of THOMAS FARLEY, who put a period to his existence, by blowing his brains out with a pistol in his bedroom, the preceding afternoon.  Verdict, Lunacy.
  On Tuesday an inquest was taken at Corse, near this city, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a female bastard child, found dead, and covered with stones, in a hovel belonging to HANNAH GLOVER, single woman, the mother of the said child.  Verdict, Stillborn.

Oct 23.  INQUEST.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Monday, at Siddington St Mary, on view of the body of EDMUND SUTTON, a respectable farmer, found drowned after a search of three days.  He had betrayed symptoms of insanity for some days prior.  Verdict, Lunacy.
  On Tuesday last, a fine boy, aged about six years, son of Mr DEW, grocer, Ross, being momentarily left in a room by himself, approached too near the fire, when a spark communicating with his clothes, his garments were instantly in a blaze, and the poor sufferer was so dreadfully burnt that he suvived but a few hours.

Gloucester Herald, Nov 11.
We regret to add another to the melancholy list of accidents occurring from the unprotected state of the Floating Harbour, Bristol.  Mr PRICE, Tiler and Plasterer, of Horfield road, on Friday night, fell
into that stagnant pool of filth and corruption, within about two yards of the bridge at the bottom of Small street; and though he was discovered and got out in the short space of about eight minutes, all the means recommended by the Humane Society, and which we applied by Mr ROLFE, the Surgeon, proved inefficient to bring about resuscitation.  This is the third accident of the kind at this particular spot, that has come within notice.  The deception which is producing in crossing the bridge is great on a moonlight night, when its reflection overhangs the water, and by which the unwary may so easily be misled.

Gloucester Herald, Nov 25.
Saturday ... On the same night JOSEPH CHAPPELL, a poor feeble old man, who resided by himself, in Bedmoinster, was found burnt in a most shocking manner, owing to his Cloaths taking fire: he lingered till Monday morning when he died.

Nov 30.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Tuesday last, at Chipping Sodbury, on view of the body of SARAH ISLES, aged 10 years, who died, as supposed, from poison; but after a full investigation, the Jury returned a verdict, Natural Death.   Same day, at Dunkirk, near Badminton, on the body of SARAH ANDREWS, aged 45, the mother of nine children, who cut her throat the preceding morning with a butcher's knife.  It appearing that she had been in a desponding state of mind for some days, owing to a religious frenzy, the Jury returned a verdict, Lunacy.   On Tuesday, at Dursley, on the body of an infant child [WHITE] found dead the Tuesday preceding, and as supposed from violence.  After a strict investigation, and an examination of the body by an eminent surgeon, the Jury returned a verdict, Suffocation by being overlaid during the night.

Nov 30.  On Friday last, an inquest was taken at Minchinhampton, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, and a very respectable jury, on view of the body of Mrs SARAH MOODY, who died in the space of three hours from the loss of blood, having been wounded on the back part of the head, in falling against the corner of a washing bench, the occipital artery being divided by the violence of the fall.  It having been alledged, that her death was occasioned by her husband striking her with a poker, the most minute attention was paid to the case.  The gentlemen of the parish had called in superior surgical aid, and several of the faculty assisted in examining the head of the deceased on dissection; all of whom concurred in the opinion, that the poor woman died from loss of blood, and not from violence by a blow, the skull and the brain having undergone no injury whatever.  It is proper to state, however, that MOODY being out, his wife had gone to bed; and upon his return she went downstairs, with a candle, to admit him, when a quarrel commenced between them, which alarmed the neighbours, some of whom went into the house and saw Mrs MOODY bleeding.  Addressing herself to one of them, she said "See how I am served!  he has struck me!"  Some person having washed her head in a basin, she threw the contents with violence in her husband's face, at the same time using many opprobious epithets; and had not the person been alarmed at the state she was in, she would have died without surgical assistance being procured, to which she had strongly objected.  MOODY, in his defence, evinced great contrition; he said that immediately on his entering the house, a scuffle ensued, between them, when his wife fell against the bench, in consequence of his having pushed her from him, but without the smallest intention of doing her any injury.  The jury after retiring for a short period, returned a verdict, Homicide by chance medley.

Gloucester Herald, Dec 2.
An inquest wa ately taken at Newent, before Thomas Commeline, Esq. on the body of THOMAS PREEDITH, labourer, who was found dead on the road near his own house, on Gorsley common.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Dec 7.  A few days ago, as a boy named JONES, about nine years old, was pushing off an empty cart at the mouth of a coal pit belonging to Messrs Waters and Co. at Park End, near Coleford, his foot slipped, and he was precipitated to the bottom (a depth of 26 yards,) falling on a loaded cart, by which he had both thighs, one arm, and his jawbone dreadfully fractured, besides being otherwise severely bruised.  Notwithstanding his melancholy state, hopes are entertained of his recovery.
  On Thursday, as a poor man of the name of JONES was walking along the turnpike road near Mitcheldean, with a few potatoes on his back, the produce of his own industry, he dropt down and expired immediately.
INQUESTS.  Taken last week before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On the [20]th, at the Royal Oak Inn,  the parish of Cromhall, on view of the body of THOMAS TILL, late of the parish of Thornbury, labourer, aged [28], who was killed by the discharge of  a spring gun, laid in a  [                           ], called Preadwood, on the preceding morning.  It appeared in evidence, that the keepers were on the lookout for poachers, that five guns were discharged in the wood between the hours of four and seven on that morning; and that upon the[unreadable]........................................................................

The Observer, 10 December 1815
  On inquest was taken on the 24th Nov., at the Royal Oak Inn, in the parish of Cromhall, Gloucestershire, on view of the body of Thomas Till, late of the parish of Thornbury, labourer, aged 28, who was killed by the discharge of a spring gun laid in a preserve, called Prestwood, on the preceding morning.  It appeared in evidence, that the keepers were upon the look out for poachers; the five guns were discharged in the wood between the hours of four and seven that morning; and that, upon the discharge of the last gun, which was much louder than the former ones, the keepers leaped into the cover, and found the deceased lying dead on the ground, with a loaded gun in his hand, and near to the spring gun which had recently been discharged.  He had received five wounds in the left side of his body, which caused his instant death.  It likewise appeared in evidence that notice was affixed on boards on the outside of the wood, of spring guns being laid therein, and that no road had been used through the said wood (which is very extensive) for upwards of fifteen years past.  The deceased has left a wife and children to lament his loss.  After a full investigation, which occupied the greater part of the day, the Jury found a Verdict of Accidental Death!  

Gloucester Herald, Dec 9.
On Tuesday se'nnight a poacher was killed by a spring-gun set in the premises of Lord Ducie, near Tortworth.  A Coroner's verdict has been returned - Found killed by a spring gun set for the preservation of game.
On Wednesday morning a young man, clerk in the Bank of Messrs Tuffen and Pugh, of Bristol, put a period to his existence by shooting himself in the head at his lodgings in Bishop street.  A coroner's inquest the following morning returned a verdict of felo de se; and the unfortunate suicide was accordingly interred, Friday afternoon, at the top of Meadow street, St Paul's.  So unusual a proceeding has drawn forth an universal feeling of commiseration and sympathy. - The body was taken up the next day by some friend of the deceased.

Dec 14.  INQUESTS.  Taken before William Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 25th ult. at Heavens, near Stroud, on view of the body of a new born infant discovered dead by the father of the child.  It appeared that its death was occasioned by being placed too near the bosom of its mother, while asleep, which occasioned strangulation.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 2d inst. at Littleworth, near Minchinhampton, on the body of THOMAS HUGHES, an infant, who was suffocated while in the act of suddenly vomiting, in the night.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On Tuesday last, at Ham Mill, near Rodborough, on the body of JOHN BARTER, an aged man, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal on the Sunday preceding, and was drowned.  His hat and stick were seen floating on the surface of the water on Monday, which led to the discovery of the body.  He has left a wife and several children to lament his loss.  And, on Wednesday, at Standish, on the body of ANN PRICE, aged about two years, whose clothes caught fire during the short absence of her parents, by which she was burnt in so shocking a manner, as to survive it only three hours.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Dec 14.    On Monday, an inquest was taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of GEORGE THOMAS, waggoner to Mr Wm Williams, of Colford, who, whilst driving an empty cart with a blind horse, thro' the gate leading from Folly Farm into the turnpike road was, from inattention, forced by one of the shafts against the gate post so violently as to cause his death.  The poor man has left a wife and three children to lament the melancholy event.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Last week, as ISAAC KEAR, of Bream, was working in Mr Ives's Coalpit, near Coleford, upwards of two tons of the work gave way suddenly, and fell upon him, which fractured his arm at the elbow in so dreadful a manner and otherwise much bruised him, but he is in a fair way of recovery.
  During the week, a man of the name of HENRY BISHOP, who lives in Redcliffe street, Bristol, had a quarrel with a Farmer PHELPS, of Knowle, when a scuffle and battle ensued, during which the former bit off the thumb of the latter; mortification and death followed: A Coroner's Inquest has been held, and a verdict found of Manslaughter against BISHOP.

Cambrian, 16 December 1815
Inquest. - lately at the Royal Oak-inn, in the parish of Cromhall, an inquest was taken before W. Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Thomas Hill, late of the parish of Thornbury, labourer, aged 38, who was killed by the discharge of a spring-gun, laid in a preserve, called Prestwood, on the preceding morning.  It appeared in evidence, that the keepers were upon the look out for poachers; that five guns were discharged in the woods between the hours of four and seven on that morning, and that, upon the report of the last gun, which was louder than the former ones, the keepers leaped into the cover, and found the deceased lying dead on the ground, with a loaded gun in his hand, and near to the spring-gun which had recently been discharged.  He had received five wounds on the left side of his body, which caused his instant death. It likewise appeared in evidence, that notice was affixed on boards on the outside of the woods, of spring-guns being laid therein; and that no road had been used through the said wood (which is very extensive) for upwards of fifteen years past.  The deceased has left a wife and two children to lament his loss.  After a full investigation, which occupied great part of the day, a respectable jury found a verdict of Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Dec 30.
Last week a poor man named NOAH was killed while employed in a coal mine belonging to Messrs Halford and Co., near Coleford.  He was in the act of being raised to the mouth of the pit, when he fell suddenly from the cart (supposed in a fit) and being precipitated to the bottom, a depth of 30 yards, was dashed to pieces, having scarcely a whole bone left in his body.  An inquest was held on the body before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, who returned a verdict of Accidental Death.  The poor fellow has left a wife and five children to lament the loss.

1816

Jan 1.  Last week a poor man of the name of PRICE,  in the employ of Messrs Bowsher and Co., timber merchants, of Chepstow, was killed while in the act of stowing a piece of timber on one of the ships, in consequence of the gudgeon of the winch being suddenly disengaged from its place.  He has left a wife and family to lament his death.
  An inquest was last week taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a poor man called NOAH, who was killed while employed in a coalmine belonging to Messrs Harford and Co., of Coleford.  He was in the act of being raised to the mouth of the pit, when he fell suddenly from the cart, and being precipitated to the botton, a depth of fifty yards, was dashed to pieces, having scarcely a whole bone left in his body.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Tuesday last, as JOHN HANDY, and his son, a youth of 16, were in a boat on the Avon, near Pershore, towing a piece of timber thrown down by the flood, the boat on passing Pershore Weir, struck against the  pier and turned over upon them; the son, after getting from under the boat, swam to, and clung by the piece of timber, from which he was taken, after floating a considerable distance; but the father sunk to rise no more.  An inquest was held on Thursday, when it appeared by the testimony of the boy and others, that his father had hold of his hand, but from the impulse of the natural affection, finding one must be drowned, he quitted his grasp; and when the unfortunate man was found, his legs were entangled with a line that was in the boat, which must have prevented his swimming.  Verdict, Accidental Death; deodand, the line.  The poor man was in his 41st year; bore an excellent character, and has left a wife and nine children.

Jan 8.  Commitments to our County Gaol.  The farm bailiff of WILLIAM CURRE, Esq. of Itton Court, near Chepstow, is committed to prison on suspicion of setting fire to two buildings, which contained threshing machines belonging to his master, in the month of October last.  In one of these buildings JOHN JONES, a poor labourer, who slept there, unhappily perished in the conflagration.  A reward of 150 l. and the Prince Regent's pardon is offered to anyone, except the actual incendiary, who will discover the offender.

Jan 15.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Monday, at Bibury, on view of the body of HENRY HAMLIN, aged 63, who imprudently driving a chaise and four into the river Colne, at that place, being mounted on one of the hinder pair, owing to the plunging of the horses, was thrown off, and deprived of life, although taken up in a very few minutes.  He was a faithful servant, and had lived in the situation of driver for [25] years.   And, on Friday, at Harescomb, on the body of Mrs MARY HARRIS, aged 42, who was getting a pail of water out of a pond near her house, when she fell in and was drowned.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

On Friday morning Mr PHIPPS, driver of the Stroud-water coach, through Abingdon, in coming down Horsley hill was, by a sudden jerk, thrown off the box, and killed on the spot.

Jan 22.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On the 11th inst. at Compton Greenfield, near the New Passage, on view of the body of Mr JOHN PARKER, farmer, aged 36, who was found dead in a privy on the preceding evening.  Verdict, Sudden Death by a fit of apoplexy.  On the 12th, at Dursley, on the body of MARY COOK, aged 15, who was killed, the preceding morning, in consequence of her clothes getting entangled in the machinery belonging to the clothing manufactory of Messrs Vizard, by which she was literally torn to pieces, having one leg, one arm, and her jawbone broken, and her bowels forced out.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And on the 15th, at the Bath Hotel, Clifton, on the body of THOMAS IVORY, Esq. who dropped down, whilst walking opposite the Royal York Crescent, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.
  On Tuesday an inquest was taken at Woodchester, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the body of ANN HARRIS, aged 72, who was found a corpse lying across the fire place, and burnt in a dreadful manner.  It is supposed, that her death was occasioned by being stunned by falling against the wall, as some blood was discovered on the floor, and she was wounded on her left temple.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 22.  MOST ATROCIOUS MURDER.   On Saturday last, an inquest was held, before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at New Park Fram, Berkeley, on the body of WILLIAM INGRAM, who was killed by some poachers, in a wood belonging to Col. Berkeley, on the morning of the 19th inst.  From the evidence of MARK CULLIMORE, gamekeeper, and THOMAS CLARK, park-keeper, it appeared that the manors of the Rt Hon Lord Ducie, Miss Langley, and Colonel Berkeley, having of late been very much infested by poachers, the respective proprietors had employed a number of persons to perambulate the estates, in order to preserve the game, but always without firearms.  On Thursday night last, these persons met to the number of thirty, and afterwards divided themselves into three parties; the first consisting of eleven men were those employed by Miss Langley; the second part consisting of ten, and the third containing nine men, were in the service of Lord Ducie and Colonel Berkeley.  Some time after they had separated, the attention of the last mentioned body was attracted by the report of two guns, when they immediately made for the spot whence the sound seemed to proceed.  As they approached it, a shot was fired at them, without any warning or previous notice, but did not do any injury; but on coming nearer, another discharge took place, which unfortunately killed the deceased on the instant, a portion of the charge having penetrated the heart.  Immediately afterwards a succession of shots were fired, which severely wounded the following persons:- --- BARGE, and ---- DAVIES, in the head and eyes; RAYMOND HENSBERGH, JOHN KING and ----BERRY, in the legs; and another, whose name we believe, is PINNELL, in the thigh.  The noise of the firing sooon brought up the second party, or perhaps more murder might have been committed; and, in a little time, Miss Langley's men likewise arrived, when they commenced a pursuit, but although they got a sight of the villains, who were sixteen or eighteen in number, they could not get sufficiently near to secure any one of them.  The deceased has been in the service of Colonel Berkeley upwards of five years.  The Jury returned a verdict of - Wilful Murder against some persons unknown.  
  At a late hour last night we understood that there were three persons in custody on suspicion of being concerned, who are now kept for further examination; and from the indefatigable exertions of Col. Berkeley and his friends, we confidently hope that the whole of the murderers will meet with that punishment which they have so daringly and atrociously braved.  VICKERY, from Bow street, arrived at Berkeley Castle last night to assist in discovering the villains and bringing them to justice.  We are happy to be enabled to add, that the wounded men are all considered out of danger.

Feb 5.  INQUESTS.  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Kingstanley, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of an infant named ELIZ. GAY, about fifteen months old, who, being left alone a few minutes on the preceding day, her clothes caught fire, and she was so dreadfully burnt that she languished in convulsions till next morning, when she expired.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
INCIDENT: a 3 day old daughter of REUBEN BOND, journeyman cooper, of St Michael's street, was stolen or abducted by a Rt Hon Lady Gwynne; Feb 12 she was found and returned to her parents.

Gloucester Herald, Feb 17.
DIED.  On Friday, aged 80, occasioned by her clothes takeing fire, Mrs CATHERINE THORN, of Bristol, mother of the Rev. T THORN, of this city.

Feb 19.  On Monday last an inquest was held at the Norfolk Arms, in this city, before John Jefferies, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN READ, a child about three years old, who was burnt to death in consequence of his clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 11.  INQUESTS.  Lately taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner.  At the parish of Tidenham, near Chepstow, on view of the body of MARY ROWLAND, (aged 4 years,) who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire, in the absence of her mother, who had gone into the garden for potatoes.  At the parish of Westerleigh, on the body of SAMUEL BRYANT, coalminer, who fell down a coalpit (26 yards), and was killed on the spot.  At Dursley, on the body of RICHARD SHELTON, yeoman, who, being intoxicated with liquor, and riding upon the shafts of a loaded waggon, fell off, and the wheels passing over his body caused instant death.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  

At Westbury on Trim, on the body of Mr GEORGE SAMPSON, late of Clifton, near Bristol, accomptant, who, in a deranged state of mind, threw himself into a reen or piece of water, near Sea Mill dock, and was drowned.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Mar 11.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Kingstanley, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a child, named RICHARD DANGERFIELD, found dead, supposed from suffocation.  Verdict, sudden Death.

Mar 18.  INQUESTS.   Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Wednesday, at Stonehouse, on the body of JOHN KIRBY, miller, who fell from a step-ladder at Stanley Mill, and was so much injured as to occasion his death.  And, same day, at Leonard Stanley, on the body of EDWIN FRENCH, aged four years, whose clothes caught fire, and burnt him to death.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  
   On the 9th  inst. an inquest was taken at Leckhampton, before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on the body of MARIA EDWARDS, an infant, drowned in a stone cistern on her father's premises.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   Same day, on the body of SAMUEL JONES, a waterman, was taken out of the Severn at Over, near this city; and the verdict of the Jury was, Found drowned.

Mar 25.  INQUESTS.   On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Avening, before W Trigg, Gent.Coroner, on view of the body of WM BARNFIELD, aged 62, who, owing to his being nearly blind, came into contact with the fore wheel of a waggon loaded with stone, whilst passing  along the turnpike road, and was knocked down in consequence, when the waggon going over his body, he was so much hurt, that he died within two hours.  As the poor man was on the opposite side to the waggoner, and there was plenty of room on the road, no blame whatever can attach to the driver.  After a patient and minte investigation, the jury returned a verdict, Accidental Death, and a deodand on the waggon wheel.
  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken before James Evans, Gent. Coroner of his Grace the Duke of Beaufort's manor and liberty of Chepstow, alias Striguil, in the county of Monmouth, on view of the body of SAMUEL SELWYN, of the sloop Industry, trading between Chepstow and Newport, who died in consequence of drinking a quantity of raw spirits which he had purloined from the master's cabin.  Verdict, Died from excessive drinking.

Apr 8.  INQUESTS.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken at Bourton on the Hill, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN WEBB, aged 65, who, whilst labouring under a temporary paroxysm of derangement, occasioned by violent pains and inflammation of the bowels, hanged himself with his garters from the hook of his bed stead, on the Monday preceding.  He had, previously, at intervals, shewn symptoms of insanity.  Verdict, Lunacy.   Same day, an inquest was taken at Aston upon Carrant, on view of the bodies of two infants discovered between the joists of the floor in an attic which had long been unoccupied, in the dwelling house of Mr JOHN CHANDLER, at that place.  A most patient and particular investigation took place, under the direction of the Rev. J Timbrell, one of the Magistrates of this county; but suspicion could not attach to any individual.  The appearance of the bodies was such as to warrant the conclusion of their having lain there several years, although no evidence could be procured to establish the fact.  Both bodies were in a dry and shrivelled state; one, which was that of a full grown infant, had a handkerchief so tightly compressed about the neck as to have evidently caused strangulation; the other was so very small as to justify an opinion of its having been prematurely born.  The verdict of the jury upon the first, was Wilful Murder by some persons unknown; on the second, a verdict of Still born was given.  

Cambrian, 13 April 1816
  On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Aston-on-Carrant, Gloucestershire, before D. Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the bodies of two infants discovered between the joists of the floor in an attic which had long been unoccupied, in the dwelling-house of Mr. John Chandler, at that place.  A most patient and particular investigation took place, under the direction of the Rev. J. Timbrell, one of the magistrates of the county; but suspicion could not attach to any individual.  The appearance of the bodies was such as to warrant the conclusion of their having lain there several years, although no evidence could be procured to establish the fact. Both bodies were in a dry and shrivelled stated; one, which was that of a full grown infant, had a handkerchief so tightly compressed about the neck as to have evidently caused strangulation; the other was so very small as to justify an opinion of its having been prematurely born.  The verdict of the jury upon the first, was wilful murder by some person unknown; on the second, a verdict of still-born was given.

Apr 15.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Tuesday, at Leachlade, on view of the body of HENRY TINSON, formerly landlord of the Red Lion, in that place, who was struck with such violence on the temple by the splinter-bar of the Stroudwater day coach, that he instantly fell, and soon afterwards expired.   On Wednesday, at Chalford, on the body of BENJ. SMITH, who, whilst working in a quarry by the side of the road, was so much injured by the fall of a body of stone and rubbish, that he died soon after.  On Thursday, at Kingstanley, on the body of SARAH TOCKNELL, who, being subject to fits, is supposed to have fallen in one on her face in a small stream  of water which suffocated her.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 20 April 1816
  At Gloucester Assizes, last week, came on the trial of the poachers for the murder of Wm. Ingram, the game-keeper at Catgrove; viz. J. Penny, charged with the said murder; and John Allen, Thomas Morgan, Thomas Collins, James Jenkins, Daniel Long, James Roach, John reeves, William Penny, John Burley, and Robert Grove, charged with aiding and abetting therein. ...
  The Jury brought in their verdict, by which John Penny was found Guilty of the Murder, and all the other prisoners Guilty of aiding and assisting therein; but they recommended to mercy all except John Penny and John Allen.

Apr 29.  INQUESTS. Taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Witcomb, on view of the body of SARAH HICKS, an infant, mortally burnt by her clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Wednesday, at Beckford, on the body of WM WILKS, found dead in the highway. Verdict, Died from intoxication and Suffocation.   And, on Friday, at Little Shurdington, in the parish of Badgeworth, on the body of HENRY YATES,  whose death was occasioned by fighting with JOSEPH ROBERTS.  Verdict, Manslaughter.
  On Saturday evening, about six o'clock, as Mr ECKLEY, who lived near Tewkesbury, was returning home from hence on horseback, in company with a friend, and riding at a smart rate, he was thrown from his horse at Longford, near this city, and, falling on his head, was so dreadfully injured, that he survived the accident only half an hour.  Immediate surgical aid was procured; but all human assistance was vain, for he never spoke, and appeared totally insensible.
  Tuesday night Mr TIPPETT, belonging to the Excise at Bristol, fell into the float, nearly opposite the Artichoke Tavern, St Augustine's Back; he was taken out within ten minutes, but every means to restore life proved in vain.  He has left a wife and three children.

May 6.  An Inquest was taken on Monday last, at Hentland,  Herefordshire, on view of the body of MARY BENBOW, whose death was occasioned by having taken a quantity of white arsenic, through the persuasion of ROBERT BONNOR, by whom she was pregnant.  The Jury, after two days' patient investigation, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against the said ROBERT BONNOR, for whose apprehension the Coroner immediately issued his warrant.

May 20.  Reprieves in Berkeley case.

May 27.  The following melancholy accident occurred on Thursday last, at Clifton.  As two young ladies of the name of PLUNKETT, whose mother residing in the York crescent, were taking an outing with a female friend, in one of the little low vehicles drawn by jackasses, which are now so much used by invalids in that fashionable village, in turning the corner near York place, the vehicle upset, and the youngest Miss PLUNKETT, (aged six years,) was thrown under the wheels of a dung cart, passing by at the moment, which passed over her and caused her instantaneous death.

Cambrian, 8 June 1816
Bull Baiting. - A poor animal was led through Bristol on Monday, with blue ribands tied to its horns, for the savage purpose of being baited on Clifton Down. - One of the ill effects of such assembly was a quarrel, in which the parties agreed to fight; when a man of the name of Donald was killed, upon the first blow, by a post-boy of the name of Lambert.

Jun 10.  INQUESTS.  On Wednesday last an inquest was taken, at Mangeon's Hotel, Clifton, before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN RYAN, a coachman, who was killed by a blow given by RD LAMBERT, a chaise driver; it appeared, on the evidence, that a quarrel had arisen in consequence of RYAN's ill-usage of a soldier the preceding evening; that RYAN insisted upon LAMBERT's fighting him, which he refused to do until compelled: in the sixth round, RYAN received a blow under his right ear, which instantly deprived him of life.  The jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter, and LAMBERT has been committed to our County Gaol for trial at the next Assizes.
  The following inquests were lately taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 20th ult. at Minchinhampton, in this county, on view of the body of JAS BAKER, who dropped down on the high road, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On the 24th ult. at Horsley, on the body of Mrs SARAH HARVEY, who hung herself in a garrett the preceding day.  It appearing, on evidence, that she had previously exhibited symptoms of derangement, the jury, after mature deliberation, returned a verdict of Lunacy.  And on the 30th ult. at Painswick, on the body of MARY WILLEY, who lived alone, and on her not rising at her usual hour, was found by her neighbours dead in her bed.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Jun 17.  [First line scored] in this county, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THEOPHILUS CAMPION, who was found dead in his bed.  Verdict, Died Suddenly, by the visitation of God.  And, on Saturday, at Broadwell, near Stow on the Wold, before the same Coroner, on the body of ELIZABETH HOLLOWAY, an infant, who fell into a tan pit.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 24.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 15th inst. at Tetbury, on the body of JANE HILL, aged about 6 years, who was killed by a quoit falling on her head, by which her skull was so dreadfully fractured, that she lived but a short time after.  Upon a very minute investigation the Jury returned a verdict of - Homicide by Misadventure; wholly disapproving of the practice of playing such games in or near a public highway.   On the 8th inst. at Eastington, on the body of SARAH HAYWARD, 13 years old, whose death was occasioned by her clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
FINAL SENTENCE and report on Berkeley Murders.

Jul 8.  INQUESTS.  Taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  On Thursday, at Deerhurst Walton, on view of the body of SUSANNAH HILL, who, from the rupture of a blood vessel, died instantaneously in a field adjoining her father's house.  And, same day, at Quedgeley, on the body of SAMPSON JAMES, carter to Mr John Biddle, of Stroud, who, in attempting to get down from the waggon, where he had been asleep, fell to the ground, and the fore and hind wheels passing over his body and head, killed him on the spot.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken at Eastington ?[Nantend]? , in this county, before William Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH WATKINS, aged 13, who, being a cripple, fell into a pond at a distance from the house, having gone there to fetch a pitcher of water, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  
  On the 20th ult. an inquest was taken at Leintwardine, Herefordshire, on the body of C HALL,  who was killed by a blow on the neck, given by W ARCHER.  These young men, servants in husbandry, met by appointment, to fight, on Sunday, and the deceased lived but a short time after he received the blow which caused his death.  Verdict, Manslaughter against ARCHER, who was immediately committed to gaol.
  As GILES LANGLEY  was last week engaged in brewing at the Cross Hands Inn, Old Sodbury, he unfortunately slipped into a tub full of boiling liquor, and died a few hours afterwards.

Jul 15.  A few days since, a poor man of the name of YOUNG, preparing his boat to fish with a stopping net for salmon in the river Wye, below Chepstow, while in the act of thrusting into the mud one of the long poles used on such occasions, fell overboard and was drowned.  Several other fishermen were in sight; but in consequence of the wind and rapidity of the tide, they could not render him the least assistance.   
   Another inquest has been held in Herefordshire, (at Leominster,) on the body of a husbandry-man named NASH, whose death was occasioned by blows received in a pugilistic contest with another man.  The jury having, as in the case mentioned last week, returned a verdict of Manslaughter, the offending party, of the name of GRIFFITHS, was committed to Hereford Gaol.
Jul 29.  A dreadful accident happened on Tuesday last to THOS GREENAWAY, ostler, at the Saracen's Head, in this city.  Being employed in the process of brewing, he by some means fell backwards into a furnace of boiling wort, and was so shockingly scalded that no hopes are entertained of his recovery.

Aug 5.  INQUESTS.  taken lately before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  Last week, at Horsley, on the body of ALICE YOUNG, who, in a paroxysm of derangement, got out of bed and hung herself with her apron, which she had twisted up for that purpose.  Verdict, Insanity.  On Wednesday, at Theeves-comb, on the body of WM BURROUGHS, an old and faithful servant of Alex Townshend, Esq. of that place, who was found dead in a cowshed.  The body had lain there all night, and from the appearance of several apoplectic symptoms upon it, the jury returned a verdict of Sudden Death.  On Thursday, at Kempsford, on the body of Mr JOHN TURNER, tailor, of Quennington, who when walking near the Thames and Severn Canal, going to Wheelford on business, it is supposed was seized with a fit, being subject to attacks of that nature, and falling into the canal, was drowned.  The body lay nearly three days in the water before it was discovered.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Aug 12.  On Tuesday, THOS GREENAWAY, the poor fellow who fell into a furnace of boiling wort at the Saracen's Head Inn, in this city, as formerly mentioned, died at the Infirmary.  The Coroner's Inquest, held before D Willey, Esq. on Wednesday returned a verdict, Accidental Death.
SUDDEN DEATH.  On Monday evening last an industrious man, employed chiefly in the service of Mr Evans, surgeon, of Chepstow, whilst sitting with his wife, who was in the act of feeding one of their children, after expressing "how hearty the child eats," reclined backwards in his chair, and instantly expired.  Such awful visitations should bring to the recollection of every one, the words of our Lord, "Be ye also ready."

Aug 19.  INQUESTS.  On Friday last an inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of EDW PILL, servant to Mr T Mason, farmer, of the parish of Dowdeswell, killed by a bull.  It appeared in evidence, that, whilst the poor fellow was attempting to put a mullen on the head of the bull, the enraged animal ran at him ferociously, drove him against a post of the stall, and gored him so dreadfully with its horns in the thigh and body, that medical aid proved of no avail, and he lingered in the greatest torment from Monday till Thursday, when he expired.  Verdict, Died in consequence of being gored by a bull.  The animal was forfeited as a deodand, and is to be killed.
  The following inquests have been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 6th inst. at Rock Mill, Painswick, on view of the body of EDWIN HORLICK STANLEY, a fine boy about three years of age, who was left under the care of an elder sister, whilst the parents were at Stroud.  It is supposed, that during the absence of the sister, a spark from the wood fire communicated with the child's dress, which was entirely burnt off before any relief was afforded the little sufferer, who languished in great agony till the next morning.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 10th inst. at Hitcoat, in Ebrington, on the body of Mrs MARY CROSSLEY, who hanged herself to a bacon rack; during the absence of her husband.  Having previously exhibited evident symptoms of mental derangement, the jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.

Sep 2.   INQUESTS.  Taken last week before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  In the parish of Clifton, on view of the bodies of two children, namely JOS DEER, aged five, and MARY DEER, aged three years, supposed to have died by poison.  After a minute investigation, and the bodies being examined by two surgeons, the jury returned a verdict, that both children Died by the visitation of God, by the absorption of cantharides, injudiciously applied by blisters to cure their scald heads, and not by poison.  At St Philip and Jacob, on the body of JAMES FRY, labourer, found drowned in a brick pit belonging to Mr Hewlet;  and, at Wortley, parish of Wotton Underedge, on the body of WM ROWLES, aged two years, who was scalded to death by drinking boiling water out of the spout of a tea kettle, in the absence of his mother.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death
  On the 23rd ult. an inquest was taken in the parish of Painswick, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the body of SARAH DARBY, a child about six years of age, who, being weakly and infirm, and her faculties impaired, fell into a deep pond of water, and was drowned before any assistance could be rendered her.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at the Leigh, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of W WILLIAMS, servant to Mr JA Hartland, tanner, of Tewkesbury, who while driving his master's cart on the highway, in attempting to adjust the harness, slipped down, when the horse ran away, and the wheels of the cart passing over the poor fellow, he was so dreadfully crushed, that he languished but a few hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Tewkesbury, before Benj. Holland, Esq. on the body of JAS ARMSTRONG, a journeyman saddler, who was killed early on Sunday morning, at the foot of the Mythe Hill, supposed from the Bristol mail coach passing over one of his arms, at the same time breaking his ribs; but no blame appeared to attach to the coachman or guard, as they were not sensible of the accident, the morning (nearly two o'clock,) being very dark.  Verdict, Met his Death casually and accidentally, by some heavy carriage passing over him.  The deceased, who had worked in Tewkesbury a few weeks, was observed to be in liquor at nearly twelve o'clock of the preceding night.

Sep 9.  INQUEST.  On Wednesday, an inquest was taken before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of Mr STEPHEN MARGARETT, Landlord of Piff's Elm public house, on the Cheltenham road, who fell from his horse in the parish of Staverton, on the preceding evening, and was killed.  His foot being entangled in the stirrup, he was dragged nearly twenty yards, and his head so dreadfully fractured in consequence, that he died instantly.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  We fear, that this is another proof of the fatal effects of inebriation.   The unfortunate man was intoxicated at the time, and, it is stated, met his premature fate in consequence of racing with a person in company with him!  A widow and four small children are left to deplore the melancholy catastrophe!
DISTRESSING ACCIDENTS.  On Thursday se'nnight, as the team of Mrs Jane Powell, of Wye Bridge, Monmouth, was proceeding with a load of wheat from that town to Abergavenny, in going down Wonastow Pitch, owing to the neglect of the waggoner in not chaining the wheels, the weight overpowered the horses, and the three foremost, finding themselves pushed on by the hinder one, turned short round, which occasioned the waggon to be overset.  The great force with which the waggon fell, drove the leaders, who had reached its side, into the hollow way below, which caused their instant death.  So great was the shock, that it literally forced the entrails of one of the animals out of its body.  The driver, JAMES GLADDEN, (whose carelessness had, the preceding week, been the death of another horse belonging to the team,) was so much frightened that he ran away, and has not since been heard of.

Sep 16.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 1st inst. at Painswick, on view of the body of SAMUEL NIBLETT, a child about two and a half years old, who, standing on the side of the mill stream at Mr Mason's manufactory, whilst the gates were drawn, was swept away by the sudden rise of the water, and carried down the stream a considerable distance, where he was taken up dead.  On Thursday last, at Horsley, on the body of MARTHA ROBINS, about three years old, who was burnt to death in consequence of her clothes catching fire.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  
ACCIDENT.  On Wednesday last, as SAMUEL KING, of Stonehouse, was driving one of several waggons loaded with stone through rather a narrow road, owing to the imprudent endeavour of some of the other drivers to pass his team, he was thrown down by one of the waggons, which passing over his thigh fractured it violently; his left arm was likewise broken in two places, near the wrist and shoulder.  The recovery of this poor fellow is very doubtful.  He was sent to our Infirmary, whence he was not long since discharged from a broken leg.

Oct 7.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 21st ult. at Kingstanley, on view of the body of ANN [DENVER?], aged 70, who died in consequence of injury sustained in falling down on the public road.  It was alleged that the fall was occasioned by two wanton boys running against her, whilst she was going to a well for water, but it appearing that she afterwards got out of her bed in a state of delirium, and received further injury by again falling against some pointed body, the jury, considering the latter to have hastened her death, returned a verdict, Accidental Death. And, on the 23rd ult. at Eastcombe, Bisley, on the body of JOHN GARDINER, aged 43, found dead.  It appearing that he died in a fit, the verdict of the jury was, Sudden Death.

Oct 14.  INQUESTS.  Taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at the Infirmary, on the body of a child burnt to death by his clothes taking fire; and, on Friday, on the body of T SHELLAM, who was drowned in the lock of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Oct 28.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 7th inst. at Avening, on view of the body of Mr JOHN COOKE, stay maker, of Forest Green, who was found dead on the preceding Saturday morning.  Verdict, Sudden Death from Suffocation.  And, on the 17th inst. at Brimpsfield, on the body of Mr WM BRIDGES, a respectable farmer of that parish, who, from a paralytic affection, fell down in the high road, during the night of the preceding Saturday, where he lay for some time before he was discovered, and remained in a state of insensibility till he wsa taken home, where he died soon after.  Verdict, Sudden Death from a deranged state of the brain, from some cause unknown.

Nov 4.  INQUEST.  On Saturday, an inquest was held at the House of Industry, Tewkesbury, before Henry Fowke, Esq. Coroner of the Borough, on the body of RICHARD [GEDALL?], a labourer, belonging to the parish of Powick, in the county of Worcester ...... {scored unreadable......]

Nov 11.  Long report on the death of  a poacher, ROBERT SIMMONS, at Sherborne; native of Bowle, Oxon, aged 23/25, wife but no children.  Inquest Monday before Wm Trigg, Gent.Coroner, verdict, Manslaughter against some person or person sunknown.
  On the 24th ult. an inquest was taken at Bisley, before the same Coroner, on the body of MARY MATTHEWS, who fell down on the road in a fit, and expired soon after.  Verdict, Sudden Death.

Nov 25.  Scored and unreadable.

Dec 2.  INQUESTS.  On Thursday, at Eastington, before Will Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of DAVID MAYO, a youth employed in the manufactory of Messrs Hicks, where, having by some means become entangled in one of the large water wheels, he was drawn into its rotary course, and literally crushed to atoms.
   And, on Tuesday, before John Jefferies, Esq. Coroner for this city, on the body of JOHN MATTHEWS, a boy about seven years of age, who, whilst at play with some other children upon some woodpacks lying on the Quay, fell down, and a waggon laden with coal passing over his head instantaneously killed him.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Dec 9.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Tuesday, at Arlingham, on view of the body of RICHARD GOLDING, aged 16, who fell into the Severn from a trow on Sunday afternoon, and was drowned.  It appeared in evidence, that the vessel was going at a smart rate up the river under sail, when she unfortunately struck upon a  sand bank opposite Broad Oak, and the poor lad was forced overboard by the shock and perished before any assistance could be rendered him.  And, on Friday, in the parish of Bitton, on the body of SAMUEL LANE, about three years of age, who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire in the absence of his parents, on Wednesday afternoon.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Stroud, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD GARDINER, a respectable wheelwright, who, whilst apparently in good health, fell down in the porch of the church of that parish, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Dec 16.  INQUEST.  On Saturday, an inquest was taken at Swindon, near Cheltenham, before Thomas Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS TRINDER, a fine boy [scored] clothes taking fire in the absence of his parents.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Dec 23.  INQUESTS. On Monday an inquest was taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOS NORRIS, turnpike keeper at Minchinhampton, who was unfortunately drowned in a mill stream in the parish of Horsley, while endeavouring to pass over a bridge that was both unfenced and out of repair.  Verdict, Accidental Death; and the Jury at the same time stated that the said bridge, upon a view taken, was found to be in a condition dangerous to the lives of his Majesty's subjects.

Dec 30.  INQUESTS.  On Saturday se'nnight, at Minchinhampton, on view of the body of WM HICKS, who, whilst correcting his horse, in a fit of passion, fell down in his stable, and instantly expired!  It was at first supposed that the horse had killed him, but no marks of violence being perceptible, the jury returned a verdict, Died in a fit suddenly.  On Monday last, at Kingstanley, on the body of  SAMUEL WOOD, who dropped down dead whilst walking across a place called the Greenscroft.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  And, same day, at Frocester, on the body of MARY FRYER, a child about four years of age, who was burnt to death, from her clothes taking fire, in the absence of her parents.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   

1817
Jan 6.  INQUESTS.   Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On Saturday se'nnight, at the Angel Inn, Coleford, on view of the body of an infant named JAMES BROWN, aged about four years, burnt to death by his clothes taking fire in the absence of his parents.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And,  on Monday last, at the White Hart, Iron Acton, on the body of FRANCIS LEAR, labourer, late of  the parish of Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol, who was killed in the evening of the preceding Saturday, by a gun shot discharged from the hands of WM BOYD, labourer.  It appeared that BOYD, whilst watching his potatoe pit, which had been frequently robbed, perceiving LEAR approach and begin to plunder, went up to him, when a scuffle ensuing, the depredator was shot dead in the affray.  After a full investigation which occupied the attention of a respectable jury nearly the whole of the day, (the body having been previously examined by an eminent surgeon,) a verdict of Manslaughter was returned in consequence of which BOYD was committed to our county gaol for trial at the next Assizes.
  The following inquests have lately been taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 27th ult. at Stanley St Leonards, on view of the body of CHARLES JAMES, aged four years, who was burnt to death, in consequence of his shirt taking fire, whilst lifting a tea kettle of boiling water from off the fire.  On the 31st, on the body of MARY TIPPER, found dead at Hasbrook.  Same day, on the body of RICHARD RYLAND, aged 68, who fell into a brook between Cirencester and Preston, and was drowned.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  On Wednesday last, on the body of THOMAS TOWNSEND, found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal, the preceding evening; his hat being seen on the towing path, led to the discovery of his body.  Verdict, Found Drowned.  And, on Friday, at Blakeney, on the body of an illegitimate infant, named JOHN PRITCHARD, aged about twenty months, placed out to nurse at the house of WM WIGGLES, of that place.  The child having died suddenly, suspicions were entertained that something improper had been adminstered in its food; but, upon a patient investigation, and after repeated tests, no proofs were obtained calculated in any degree to justify an opinion of injurious treatment; and the body, on dissection, exhibiting indications of visceral disease sufficient to account for a natural death, the jury returned a verdict, Died of Disease.

Jan 20.  MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE.  On Saturday se'nnight, the sentry who was on guard at the hospital of the 28th regiment, near the Foreign Bridge, in this city, was attacked by a cow, which was being driven out of town, and gored in a most dreadful manner.  The poor fellow's body was ripped open from the groin upwards, and the intestines so much injured, that he was conveyed to our Infirmary in a hopeless state.  Such, however, has been the eminent professional skill and attention exercised in this deplorable case, that a cure is yet expected.
  INQUEST.    On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Sandhurst, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of CHARLES DANIEL, aged four years, who was burnt to death in consequence of his clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 27.  On Thursday last a child was burnt to death in this city, in consequence of its clothes taking fire during the absence of its mother.  The little sufferer was left alone in the kitchen of its parents, and by playing with the fire, it is supposed, the melancholy accident was occasioned.  It was immediately conveyed to our Infirmary, where it lingered till next day, and then expired.
INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 8th inst. at Bibury, in this county, on view of the body of THOMAS PHIPPS, a youth aged eight years, who was killed by coming into contact with a threshing machine.  On the 11th, at Eastington, on the body of Mr THOMAS DOWDESWELL, butcher, late of that place, who was killed by the overturning of his cart, on Friday evening, in returning from Stroud market.  And on the 13th, at Cirencester, on the body of WILLIAM WILLIAMS, aged eleven months, who was drowned in a brook at Watermoor.  His mother, having the infant in her arms, on the preceding Saturday evening, from the darkness of the night fell in, and lost her child, which was not discovered for an hour after.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  
  Friday morning, about three o'clock, two men were found at the top of Broad street, Bristol, in a state of insensibility, proceeding from intoxication; they were removed to a public house, when suspended animation was restored to one; the other, a Mr STATEM, formerly a Captain in the Army, could not be recovered.  Coroner's Verdict, Died by excessive drinking.  
  On the 14th inst. an inquest was held at the parish of Woolhope, Herefordshire, on the body of RICHARD WYNNIATT, a fine boy aged seven years.  On investigation, it appeared that the father, a respectable farmer of that parish, on the 9th inst. evinced symptoms of derangement.  On the following morning he became so extremely violent as to alarm his family and servants to such a degree, that some of them left the house, whilst others secured themselves therein, leaving the deceased with his father.  After having put the unfortunate infant to repeat prayers, the maniac seized his helpless child by the throat and strangled him.  Verdict, That the father, when he was insane, killed the said RICHARD WYNNIATT.  The unhappy man still continues in a violent state.

Feb 3.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On the 25th inst. at the Angel Inn, Coleford, on view of the body of GEORGE HARRIS, (aged 22 years,) who was descending a coalpit in the Forest of Dean, in company with another person, when the pole fastened to the pulley wheel flew out, and fell upon him, just as he reached the bottom (26 fathoms) chich caused his death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Tuesday last, at Dursley, on the body of Mrs SUSANNAH TIDMAN, aged 65 years, who, being in a deranged state of mind for some time past, set herself  on fire, and was in consequence thereof, before any assistance could be rendered, so dreadfully burnt as to cause her death.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Feb 10.  Wm HARRIS, Hostler at the New Inn, Ledbury, Herefordshire, murdered on Thursday; one person arrested Friday at Worcester; Feb 17, RD UNDERWOOD arrested.

Mar 3.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  On the 17th ult. at the parish of St Philip and Jacob, near Bristol, on view of the body of a man unknown, found drowned in the river Avon on the preceding Saturday; he appeared to be about 40 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches high, stout and well made, dark hair; had on a blue coat, striped waistcoat with yellow buttons, duck small clothes, ribbed stockings and strings in his shoes.   And on the 21st. at Wotton Underedge, on the body of WM HUNT, aged 11 years, who, whilst employed in the clothing manufactory of Messrs Palser, of Hockmill, his clothes became entangled in the machinery and, before assistance could be rendered, was so much injured as to cause his death in about five minutes  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  The following inquests were taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 28th Jan. at Cirencester, on view of the body of ANN COOPER, who hanged herself in her bedroom.  Verdict, Lunacy.  On the 29th, at Bisley, on the body of JAMES MASON, who dropped down dead in his house.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On the 1st ult. at Cowhoneybourne, on the body of JAMES BAZELEY, who drowned himself in a pond.  Verdict, Lunacy.  On the 3d, at Rodborough, on the body of HARRIETT FURNELL, aged twenty months, whose death was occasioned by drinking scalding water from the spout of a tea kettle.  On the 4th, at Minchinhampton, on the body of RD CLARKE, four years old, who was burnt to death in consequence of his clothes taking fire.  And, same day, at Leachlade, on the body of ELIZ. STEVENS, aged 49, who fell into a draw well, and was killed.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  On the 13th, at Stroud, on the body of a new born male child, found in a fish pond near that place; from evident marks it appeared that the infant had been still born, and thrown into the water for the purpose of concealment.  Verdict, Stillborn.  And, on the 14th, at Painswick, on the body of a youth, named CHAS GREVILLE, who, whilst riding sideways on a cart mare with geers on, fell backwards in consequence of the animal's running away, when his legs becoming entangled in the traces, he was dragged nearly a mile, and so dreadfully mangled as to occasion his death in a short period.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 31.  SUDDEN DEATHS.  On Monday last, LYDIA CROOK, who had been a faithful servant to Mrs Edwards, of Tewkesbury, for upwards of eleven years, fell down in an apoplectic fit whilst eating her dinner, and instantly expired; and, on Thursday morning, Mr THOS DUDFIELD, a respectable farmer of Bredon's Norton, who had gone home, from Tewkesbury market, the preceding evening, in perfect health, was found dead in his bed.

SHOCKING ACCIDENT.  On Thursday se'nnight, as Mr GEORGE  NEWMARCH, attorney, of Burford, (late of Cheltenham,) was fixing a blunderbuss in his garden, it unfortunately burst; the shock threw him down, and completely stunned him; and his left hand was entirely blown off, not a vestige being left.  Mr Newmarch was under the necessity of suffering amputation at the wrist on the same evening, but we rejoice to add, that he is doing very well.
INQUESTS.  Taken before William Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 22nd inst. at Kingstanley, on the body of the Rev. THOS BAYLEY, who, soon after returning from an airing on horseback, fell down dead from his chair.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  Same day, at Rodmarton, on the body of a new born male child, which was found floating in an unfrequented well, where it must have been several weeks, as it was in a very putrid state.  As no facts could be ascertained as to the cause of its death or concealment, the jury returned a verdict, Died from some cause at present unknown, and found floating in a well of water.

Apr 14.  Murder of ELIZ. HARRY at Monmouth; JAMES HARRY, husband, committed 21st Apr.

May 5.  INQUESTS. Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county:  On the 17th ult. at Randwick, on view of the body of HANNAH VINES, who dropped down dead while at tea.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  On the 23rd, at South Cerney, on the body of WM PRIDEY, carrier, of Lydiard Purton, Wiltshire, who was riding in his cart, without reins, when the horse ran away, and, jumping out, he was struck down by the wheel, and the loaded cart passing over him, fractured his leg, and otherwise so dreadfully bruised him, that he died shortly after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 24th, at Minchinhampton, on the body of SARAH WILLIAMS, who, whilst fetching some water from a trough about  nine o'clock in the evening, fell down in a fit in the road, and was not discovered till the next morning.  On the 28th, at Stroud, on the body of REBECCA KENEY, who dropped down dead at the poor house.  Verdict, in each case, Sudden Death.  On the 29th, at Painswick, on the body of JAMES HUNT, aged about twelve years, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
REMOVAL OF PAUPER FATAL.
After the recent fatal consequences attendant upon the illegal removal of a pauper, named CODSALL, from Twigworth to Tewkesbury, (and for which offence a bill of indictment was found by the Grand Jury at the last Assizes,) we had hoped that we should not soon have had to notice another incident of a similar nature; but the following account has been handed to us:-  On the morning of Saturday se'nnight, a poor weather beaten mariner was discovered lying in  a ditch into which he had fallen, in almost a lifeless state, by a gentleman who accidentally saw him, and by whom he was placed under the care of some persons who undertook to send for the overseers of the poor.  Towards the close of day, however, the poor fellow had crawled as far as the Leigh, about midway between this city and Tewkesbury, the overseers of which place put him into a stable, where they suffered him to remain all night, with  only a little hay to be on, and a single blanket to cover him.  On the Sunday morning he was informed that he must proceed on his journey, notwithstanding he earnestly entreated to be suffered to remain there and die.  After proceeding a little way, he was unable to walk further, when the overseers procured a horse, and conveyed him to Tewkesbury, where he arrived in a most debilitated state.  The overseers of that borough, though he was brought in so illegal a manner, and during the time of Divine Service on Sunday, perceiving his helpless and miserable condition, ordered him to be immediately conveyed to the House of Industry, where proper medical aid, and every comfort which that well regulated establishment afforded, was administered with promptitude; and where he now lies with very little hope of recovery.  The unfortunate man's name is ELLIS FRANCIS, a native of Clynnog, near Caernarvon, where his mother now resides on a small farm, and for which place he was now proceeding, after many years absence at sea.  He was wrecked off the island of Madeira, on the 26th February last, in the Rebecca, Capt. Pricknipple, on his voyage from Jamaica to Liverpool, when the whole of the crew were drowned except himself, the captain, and mate, who remained together on a raft eight and forty hours, and were then picked up by a Falmouth packet, and conveyed to port, where his two fellow sufferers soon after died.

May 12.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  [## First use of his new name for official purposes##] On Tuesday, at Clifton, on view of the bodies of two new born children, (one male and one female,) found dead and wrapped up in a flannel petticoat, upon a heap of cinders, at the back of York Crescent, early the preceding morning.  It appearing from the evidence of two eminent surgeons that the children were twins and born alive, and that the male child died in consequence of his head being held under water till life was extinct, and the female child by strangulation, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown. The parish officers have since offered a large reward for the discovery of the perpetrators of this inhuman crime.   And, on Thursday, at Elberton, near Thornbury, on the body of Mr GEORGE HIGNELL, a respectable farmer, who was found dead in his bed chamber on Tuesday night.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God, in a fit of apoplexy.  
  On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was held at Cheltenham, before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on the body of JOHN BETHELL, an out pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, who was found hanging to a tree in Pan's Lodge Wood, the preceding evening.  It appearing to the jury that he laboured under hereditary derangement, they returned a verdict of Lunacy.

May 19.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week, before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Whitehall, near Bristol, on view of the body of JAS CORSLEY DAVIS, Esq. who, being in the act of loading his gun, it exploded, and the charge entering his body, killed him on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   

On Thursday, at Lidbrook, (in the presence of the Magistrates of the Forest Division,) on the body of Mr HENRY THOMPSON, who, whilst in the execution of his office as constable of the parish of Ruardean, was, about the hour of seven on the preceding morning, shot dead by WILLIAM TURNER, labourer, of the parish of Walford, in the county of Hereford, in company with his brother RICHARD TURNER and JOHN WHITTINGHAM, labourers, both of the same place, and RICHARD SCUFFLER, labourer, of St Briavell's, all armed with guns and bludgeons.  After a full investigation, the jury found a verdict of Wilful Murder against WILLIAM TURNER,  and also against the above named three persons, for aiding and abetting the said WILLIAM TURNER to commit the murder.
Reports of the incident "ATROCIOUS MURDER" and "FROM A CORRESPONDENT", and a 'WANTED' advert. for WILLIAM TURNER  with description and details.

May 26.  Murder of Mr H Thompson!  LATEST NEWS OF THE SEARCH; and advert again.   
   The poor Welshman who was so illegally and inhumanly removed from the parish of Leigh to Tewkesbury, as mentioned in our paper of the 5th instant, died at the House of Industry, at the latter place, on Tuesday last.  The poor fellow bore his sufferings throughout with great patience, and was ever grateful for the care and attention with which he was treated; but repeatedly observed, that the conduct of the parish officers towards him had often made him almost doubt whether he had been wrecked in a Christian country.

Jun 2.  Vickery [the Bow Street Runner] at Milford; no success.

Jun 9.  Vickery now at Swansea.
Monday last, a respectable farmer, named JOHN THAYERS, was killed at Crippett's, near Leckhampton, in this county:  As his waggon, heavily laden, was proceeding up a pitch, the horses from the extreme weight suddenly backed; when he put his shoulder to the wheel, to aid them; but the pressure being still too much for the animals, he was forced against a tree, and from the injury he sustained expired on the spot.

Jun 30.  On Saturday se'nnight, Mr THACKER, builder, of Upton upon Severn, took shelter from the violence of the storm, at a toll house, near that town; he had not been in the house many minutes, when, after making an observation on the awfulness of the storm, he suddenly expired.  It is supposed that the extreme agitation he suffered on beholding the conflict of the elements, occasioned his death.   Woman dead Bristol; man dead Brockley.

Jul 7.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 19th ult. at Wick Rissington, near Stow, on view of the body of WM BENNETT, who was killed on the spot, by a quantity of rubbish falling upon him in a quarry.   On the 23rd, at Lechlade, on the body of Mr JOS BUTTON FOOT, sadler of that town, who, whilst bathing in the Isis, was suddenly seized with the cramp in a deep part of the river, when he immediately sunk, and, though a friend who accompanied him there was within a few yards of the spot, and heard him imploring succour, yet he was unable to render him any assistance!  This unfortunate young man has left a wife and four small children to bewail his untimely death.  On the 24th, at Shennington, near Banbury, on the body of a youth named NATHANIEL PEDLAR, who was drowned whilst bathing in a fish pond.  On the 29th, at the Moat, Newent, on the body of DIANE DEVEREUX, who accidentally fell over the moat dyke, and was found drowned.  On the 30th, at Tibberton Mill, on the body of ANN SMITH, a child only four years of age, who fell into the mill pond, and was drowned.  And, on the 1st inst. at Cherrington, on the body of JOS CLAPTON, who fell from a waggon he was unloading, and sustained so much injury in the head, that he survived the accident but a few hours.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Jul 21.  INQUESTS. On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at Long Marston, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD COOPER; and on Friday, at Hinton on the Green, on the body of JOSEPH LACEY, both found drowned.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Jul 28.  INQUESTS.  On Friday an inquest was held at Broadwell, near Stow, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS RUSSELL, who was riding on a load of hay, when the horse took fright, ran away and overturned the cart,whereby he was thrown against a barn, and his head so much injured, that he died very shortly after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  
  On Wednesday, an inquest was held before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of NOAH POWELL, a ship carpenter, of Wotton, near this city, who was picked up in the river Severn, near Minsterworth.  No marks of violence being discovered on the body, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Aug 11.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests were last week taken before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Brockwear, in the parish of St Briavels, on view of the body of WM BROOKES, a waterman, aged 36 years, who fell overboard from a trow into the river Wye, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Tuesday, at Marshfield, on the body of WM SMITH TALBOT, labourer, who hung himself by a small piece of cord fastened to a joist in the ceiling of the prison room, where he was confined on a suspicion of felony.  The jury returning a verdict of Felo de se, he was buried the same afternoon in a cross road, in the presence of a large concourse of spectators.  And, on Friday,  at Comb, in the parish of Wotton Underedge, on the body of ANTOINETTE  BIGGERS, aged 12 years, who was thrown from her horse on Wednesday afternoon, in consequence of the animal taking fright; and her foot hanging in the stirrup, she was dragged nearly a mile before any assistance could be rendered her; her skull was fractured and she was otherwise so much bruised, that she died almost instantly.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Friday, an inquest was taken at Mitcheldean, before T Commeline, Esq. on view of the body of WM BARNES, a child about three years of age, who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday, an inquest was taken at the Island, in this city, before John Jefferies, Coroner, on the body of a boy about eight years of age, named WILKES, who, whilst at play on board a barge, fell into the bason of the Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Aug 18.  A waterman named THOMAS WITHY was unfortunately drowned on Tuesday night in the river Severn, near Pitchcroft ham, Worcester.
INQUEST.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Bisley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, and a respectable jury, on view of the body of FRANCES WOOD, single woman, of that place; when, after a full investigation, in which four medical gentlemen coincided in their evidence, a verdict was unanimously given, Died of a malignant typhus fever, and want of attention on the part of her parents.  A report which had been industriously circulated against an individual in Stroud, on the subject of the illness of the deceased, was proved to be a gross and unfounded calumny.

Aug 25.  JOSEPH HARRY executed at Monmouth.  Also Trial for the murder of H THOMPSON, and Sep 1, executions.

Cambrian, 30 August 1817
  On Monday last, John Whittingham, Richard Pritchard, and Richard Turner, suffered the dreadful sentence of the law, at the drop, at Gloucester gaol, for being concerned in the murder of Mr. H. Thompson, of Lidbrook.

Sep 15.  INQUESTS.  On Saturday last, an inquest was taken at Upton St Leonards, in this county, before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WM HOPTON, (son of Mr R HOPTON, of Wotton, near this city,) who was killed the preceding evening by the oversetting of a waggon loaded with hay, when the whole weight falling on him, he was so dreafully injured, that he survived the accident but a very short time.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  A few days since, an inquest was taken at Minchinhampton, in this county, on the body of Mrs M DUTTON, of the Bourne, near that place, who, having an altercation with a man renting part of her house, he pushed her down five or six steps at the door; she was taken up senseless, and continued so for three weeks, when she died.  Verdict, Homicide by accident.   At Upton upon Severn, on the body of WM PARSONS, a waterman, aged 22, who was drowned in the Severn on Sunday afternoon, whilst bathing.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

1818

Gloucester Herald, Jan 2.
About half past six o'clock, On Wednesday morning, as EDWARD HARRIS, a lad about seventeen years of age, was rowing a vessel down the Severn, the oar struck against the bank, off Ashleworth, and threw him overboard.  A coroner's inquest was held by T Cooke, Esq. and a verdict returned of - Accidental Death.

Jan 5.  INQUEST.  Taken before Thomas Commeline, Esq. Coroner.  On Wednesday last, at Miserdine, on view of the body of JOHN ARHILL, a labourer, who, whilst employed on the preceding day, in digging stone in a quarry, was so much injured by a quantity of stone and rubbish falling upon him, as to occasion his instantaneous death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 19.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On the 12th inst. at Cirencester, on view of the body of JAMES HURCOMB, a labouring man, who died suddenly at Gratton; and, on the 14th, at Tetbury, on the body of ELIZABETH CURTIS, who dropped down and instantaneously expired;  Verdict in each case, Sudden Death.  And, on Thursday last, on view of the body of Mrs DINAH WATKINS, who fell into a pond at New Mills, early the preceding morning, it being dark, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Feb 16.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  On the 6th inst. at Charfield, near Wotton Underedge, on view of the body of DAVID KETERALL, late of Kingswood, Wiltshire, shearman, aged 60 years, who was found, the preceding evening, frozen to death in the snow.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the weather.  And, on the 16th at New England, near Newington Bagpath, on the body of DORCAS, wife of THOS BODY, labourer, and mother of six children, who put an end to her existence by hanging herself with a cord to the beam of the house.  Verdict, Insanity.

Cambrian, 21 February 1818
  Wednesday evening, between eight and nine o'clock, the Wellington Birmingham coach to Bristol, was overturned, about half a mile from Alveston, in consequence of running against a cart.  An outside female passenger was so much injured by falling under the coach, and one of the lamps penetrating her skull, that she was taken back to the Ship inn, with little expectation of recover.  The coachman, Booth, and several other passengers, were also much hurt.

Feb 23.  DIED.  On the 13th inst. in consequence of a fall from his horse, near Cheltenham, the preceding day, ERNEST PARSONS, fourth son of the Rev. J W PARSONS, Vicar of Wellington, Herefordshire.

Mar 2.   INQUEST.  On Tuesday an inquest was taken before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN GILBERT, who, whilst attempting, on the preceding evening, to go on board the trow Defiance, to which he belonged, walked into the entrance Lock of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, adjoining this city, and was drowned.  Altho' he was heard to cry out several times for assistance, no aid could be rendered in time to save the poor fellow's life; and indeed his body was not found till next morning.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
LAMENTABLE CATASTROPHE.  It is with no common felings of sorrow that we record the following most distressing and awful accident, which happened at Tewkesbury on Saturday afternoon.  As Lieut. RICHARD BRYDGES, RN, with his brother THOMAS,  a Midshipman, and his youngest brother, CHARLES (all sons of Mr BRYDGES, of that Borough,) accompanied by Lieut. BUTCHER, RN, were sailing in a pleasure boat in the River Severn, about midway between the Upper and Lower Lode, a sudden gust of wind upset the boat; and, melancholy to relate, the whole of them were drowned, with the exception of Mr THOMAS BRYDGES, who, with very great difficulty, (owing to the strength of the current occasioned by the flood,) got to the shore in a most exhausted state.  Mr BRYDGES had sailed down the river from Tewkesbury with the party, but got on shore at the Upper Lode, to await their return, and get refreshments provided for them; and thus probably he escaped the dreadful fate which, in a few minutes, overtook his unfortunate children and their friend!   Lieut. BRYDGES was in his 26th year, was a most enterprising and excellent officer, and gave fair promise of proving an ornament to that service in which he had been actively and constantly employed for fifteen years.  He and his brother had just returned from long voyages, and neither of them had arrived from Plymouth many days.  This distressing event has suddenly plunged the fond and worthy parents from the height of domestic happiness to the depth of human affliction, and cast a gloom over the whole neighbourhood.  Seldom have we had the painful task of narrating a calamity in all its circumstances most melancholy; and we lament toadd, that every effort to find the bodies of Lieut. BRYDGES and his brother has proved unavailing; but that of Lieutenant BUTCHER was picked up yesterday morning.

The Observer, 9 March 1818
  The following distressing event happened at Tewkesbury, on Sunday afternoon: As Lieut. Richard Brydges, R.N., with his brother Thomas, a midshipman, and his youngest brother, Charles, (all sons of Mr. Brydges of that borough,) accompanied by Lieut. Butcher, R.N., were sailing in a pleasure boat upon the River Seven, about midway between Upper and Lower Lode, a sudden gust of wind upset the boat; and, melancholy to relate, the whole of them were drowned, with the exception of Mr. Thomas Brydges, who, with very great difficulty (owing to the strength of the current occasions by the flood) got to the shore in a most exhausted state.  Mr.  Brydges had sailed down the river from Tewkesbury with the party, but got on shore at the Upper Lode, to await their return, and get refreshments for them; and thus probably he escaped the dreadful fate which, in a few minutes, overtook his unfortunate children and their friend.  Lieut. Brydges was in his 26th year.

Mar 9.   INQUEST.  On Monday last, an inquest was held at Upper Lode, on view of the body of Lieut. JAS BUTCHER, who was drowned in the Severn of the Saturday preceding, (as mentioned in our last,) when a verdict was returned of Accidental Death.  We lament to say, that every effort to discover the bodies of Lieut. BRYDGES, and his brother CHARLES, has proved unavailing.

Mar 23.  INQUESTS.  On Wednesday, at Nailsworth, on view of the body of EDW PENLEY, an aged man, who, in consequence of the horse he was riding taking fright at the approach of the Stroud and London coach, and attempting to surmount a steep bank, fell off backwards, and rolling under the wheels, the hind wheel passed over his head, and killed him on the spot.  Not the smallest blame was imputable to the coachman, GLOSSOP; and the jury returned a verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Thursday, at the Sladd, near Stroud, on the body of a new born male child, found smothered in a privy.  Verdict, Wilful Murder against SOPHIA WOODWARD.
Commitments to our County Gaol:  On Friday, SOPHIA WOODWARD, by W Trigg, Esq. Coroner, charged with the wilful  murder of her new born child, in the parish of Stroud.

Mar 30.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  On the 20th inst. at Stroud, on view of the body of an infant about six months old, named JOHN HOPKINS, who was found dead on the bed.  On minute investigation, it appeared that the child had sustained a severe injury on the head occasioned by the female who was nursing it accidentally falling down.  And, on the 21st. at Siddington St Mary, on the body of JOB GLASTONBURY, who was driving a cart drawn by an ox and a horse, when the leader ran off, and, in endeavouring to stop it, he was struck so violently under the right ear by the shaft, that he died very soon after. Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Apr 13.  On Monday evening the body of Master CHARLES BRYDGES, and early on Wednesday morning that of Lieut. RICHARD BRYDGES, two of the unfortunate young men who were drowned at Tewkesbury on the 28th of February last, by the upsetting of a pleasure boat, were picked up in the river Severn.  Inquests were taken upon view of the bodies, before Henry Fowkes, coroner of the borough, and verdicts returned of Accidental Death.
  On Thursday last, a lad of the name of WHEELER, who was employed in keeping crows off a field of corn at Twyning, near Tewkesbury, placed a gun loaded with peas upright against a tree; and, sitting down a short distance from it, the piece fell down, went off, and shot the poor boy in the upper part of the thigh, wounding him so dreadfully that his recovery was for a long time doubtful.
  On Tuesday night, Mr WIGMORE, aged 80, of Grittleton, returning from Badminton, fell into a pool of water, and remained till the morning, when he was carried home just alive, but expired soon after.
  Report of the trial of ANN TYE, widow, of Dowdeswell, for the murder of her infant bastard child; sentence respited to May 4th.

May 11.  EXECUTION.  On Monday last, ANN TYE, who was convicted at our late Assizes of the wilful murder of her bastard child, at Dowdeswell, suffered the dreadful sentence of the law on the drop, in front of our County Gaol.  The conduct of this unhappy culprit, subsequent to her condemnation, was totally devoid of anything like firmness; indeed, the recollection of her awful situation seemed to have deprived her of all energy of mind, and her bodily health was at the same time much reduced.   Though she did not absolutely deny her guilt, yet she could not be brought to acknowledge the justice of her sentence.  On the morning of her execution, after performing the usual religious exercises with great difficulty, she was so weak as to require the support of one or two persons till the last minute of her existence, and she was then launched into eternity in view of an immense crowd of spectators.
FATAL ACCIDENT.  On Friday evening last, as a little girl of about two years old, named MARY BONNIWELL, was playing with a  number of other children in Hare lane, in this city, she ran into the middle of the road, and unfortunately fell beneath the wheels of a cart loaded with rubbish,

which was passing at the time; by which means she was so dreafully injured that she suvived only two hours.  On Saturday an inquest was taken on the body, before John Jefferies, Esq. Coroner, when, after a minute examination of several persons who saw the transaction, it appearing that not
the slightest degree of blame could be imputed to the driver of the cart, the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

May 18.  On Tuesday last, a young man, son of Mr BAYLIS, of Kemerton, near Tewkesbury, was killed by a cart accidentally running over him.  
  At Blakeney fair, on Tuesday, a man named COOPEY, a pig dealer, drank three pints of gin with little or no intermission, and almost instantly expired.

Jun 8.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigge, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday last, at Toadmore Hall, on view of the body of WILLIAM GWINNETT, a boy about eleven years of age, who was killed by the tappett of a stock falling upon him, whilst endeavouring to remove a prop which was under it.  On Wednesday, at South Cerney, on the body of WILLIAM STEPHENS, a child four years old, who was drowned by falling into a gravel pit.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  And on Friday, at Leonard Stanley, on the body of a child, named SARAH CLARK, who died from the deleterious effects of opium inadvertently and unknowingly administered by her mother.  Verdict accordingly.

Jun 15.  Yesterday se'nnight, as a youngmman named WILLIAM GREENWOOD WALKER, was bathing in the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, it is supposed he got out of his depth, and being unable to swim, was drowned.  The body was not discovered till nearly three hours afterwards, and a Coroner's inquest, held before Thos Commeline, Esq. returned a verdict of Accidental Death.  The unfortunate young man was assistant to Mr GUNN, hairdresser, of this city, and was a native of London, where he served his apprentice ship; but no discovery has yet been made of his family.

Jun 22.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  On the 9th inst. at Chalford, on view of the body of SAMUEL GARDINER, four years old, who fell into a mill pond and was drowned. Verdict, Accidental Death.  And on the 11th, at Horsley Shortwood, on the body of a young woman, named SARAH WINDOW, who died after a short indisposition, in a very rabid state.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Jul 6.  INQUEST.  Taken before Thos Commeline, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  On Saturday last an inquest was held at the India house, Barton street, near this city, before a respectable jury, on view of the body of FRANCIS BICK, a young man about twenty one years of age, and son of the landlady of the above house, who met his untimely death under the following

melancholy circumstances.   On the evening preceding, the deceased was in company with two other young men, named JAMES RAVENHILL and WILLIAM TOWNSEND, conversing together in the kitchen of the India house; WM TOWNSEND had in his hand a gun, which he was carrying home for another person, and which had been used for the purose of shooting rooks; but he swore positively on the inquest that he did not know the gun was loaded, and, in fact, that the deceased himself had taken the gun and opened the pan for the purpose of seeing whether it was loaded or not, and observing no priming concluded that it was not loaded.  Whilst they were conversing together, TOWNSEND standing between the two, RAVENHILL took the gun out of his hand, and, after playing with it for a little time, said, "mind I don't shoot ye," when, shocking to relate, the piece instantly went off, .......

Jul 27. INQUESTS. Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: on Saturday se'nnight, at Cheltenham, on view of the body of SARAH STRINGER, cook to Sir Loftus Otway, who dropt down dead in the road, whilst returning to Suffolk House, from the town.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.  On Tuesday last, at Bourn's Green, Bisley, on the body of WM HUMPHRIES, a youth about seven years of age, killed by the kick of a horse on the region of the stomach.  And, on Friday, at Stonehouse, on the body of THOMAS MINTY, aged 20, who was drowned whilst bathing in a pond.  He was a good swimmer, but became so completely entangled among the weeds, that it was with difficulty his body could be extricated.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Aug 17.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  At Minchinhampton, on view of the body of JOSEPH SHELTON, who drowned by getting out of his depth, whilst bathing in the lake at Longford Mills.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Friday, near Pin Farthings, near Minchinhampton, on the body of THOMAS MORGAN, aged nine years, who worked at the house of DANIEL PEGLER, weaver.  The boy died on Wednesday; and his master having corrected him for some offence a few days before, an alarm was excited against the poor man, who was charged with exercising such violence and inhumanity towards the lad, as to occasion his death.  A very minute investigation therefore took place; and it was clearly ascertained, that the deceased, in consequence of disease, wore a mercurial girdle, and had drank cold water to excess, after taking a violent medicine.  Verdict, "Died from the improper use of a mercurial girdle, and other remedies inadvertently applied, and not otherwise to the knowledge of the jurors."
 Commitments to our County Gaol: Tuesday ... Same day, JOSEPH HARTSHORNE, by Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. charged with killing and slaying R WARD, at Whitecroft, in the parish of Coleford.

Sep 7.  IMPRISONMENT:   JAS HARTSHORNE,  for Manslaughter on R WARD, of Whitecroft, three months.

Sep 21.  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. On Tuesday last, Mrs SARAH BAYLEY, widow, of Hempstead, near this city, was unfortunately drowned in a pool near her own house, in consequence of her foot slipping whilst she was endeavouring with a rake to remove some weeds from its surface.  Her death must ever be deeply lamented by her family, and by every friend who knew her.  As a mother, she was eminently deserving of every prize - as a friend to the poor, her loss will be severely felt - and as an acquaintance, her memory will ever be fondly cherished.  At the inquest, held upon the body on Friday, before T Commeline, Esq. Coroner, the jury returned a Verdict of Accidental Death.
  Thursday afternoon, a boy, about eight years of age, son of a poor man, named ELLIOT, of  Kingstanley, in this county, who had been with his father to fetch fuller's earth from Old Down, in endeavouring to get into the waggon, fell, and one of the wheels passing over his head, killed him on the spot.

Sep 28.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner.  On Monday, at Oldbury upon Severn, on view of the body of THOMAS LEE, labourer, found dead in a reen adjoining the common.  It appeared that he was subject to fits, in one of which he fell into the water, and was drowned.   Same day, at Rangeworthy, on the body of an infant named THOS BEDGOOD, aged ten months, found drowned in a stream of water adjoining the turnpike road, near the Rose and Crown Inn.   Tuesday, at Coaley, on the body of BENJAMIN WEBB, labourer, who, being at work in a quarry, a large quantity of stone and rubbish, (about ten tons,) fell upon him, and caused his immediate death.  And, on Thursday, at North Nibley, on  the body of an infant named EPHRAIM ORGAN, aged three years, found drowned in a mill pond.  It appeared that the child went to reach an apple swimming on the surface of the water, when he fell in and was drowned.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Oct 5.  On the 25th ult. an inquest was taken at Culkerton, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a fine child about seven months old, named AMELIA WEBBER, found dead in bed, occasioned, it is supposed, by an unnatural posture, which brought on a fit.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Oct 12.  On Wednesday last, died, at Tewkesbury, in the 60th year of his age, HENRY FOWKE, Esq. many years Town Clerk and Deputy Recorder of that Borough.

Oct 19.  It is our painful duty, this week, to announce another melancholy accident from the improper use of Oxalic Acid, in the person of HESTER SCUDAMORE, aged 15 years, daughter of a hatter at Frampton Cotterell, in this county.  The mother of the deceased deposed, before the Coroner, (W Joyner Ellis, Esq.) that she purchased what she supposed was Epsom Salts, at a druggist's shop, in Gloucester lane, Bristol, on Saturday last; and on her arrival at home, administered it to her child, who soon became excessively ill, and, in spite of every assistance, shortly expired!  We cannot too severely reprobate the unpardonable conduct of those druggists who neglect to label the bottles or boxes which contain poisonous ingredients; and sincerely hope that the ensuing Session of Parliament may enact some punishments for so doing, as these occurrences have latterly increased to a most alarming and dreadful extent.  The verdict of the Coroner's Inquest was Accidental Death.

Oct 26.  Tewkesbury: election of EDMUND WARDEN JONES as Coroner for the Borough.
INQUESTS.  On Saturday last, an inquest was taken at Badgeworth, before Thos Commeline, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN SHIRLEY, who had poisoned himself the preceding day.  It appeared by the evidence, that on Friday the deceased, who had formerly been in the army, and was  now on the pension list, had gone into the Talbot public house, at the foot of Birdlip Hill, and called for a pint of beer, which was brought to him.  He then desired that it might be warmed, which was complied with; and when it was set before him, the female who waited observed him to take a paper from his pocket, which she supposed to be salts, the contents of which he emptied into the beer, and drank it off.  Very shortly after he left the public house, and went to a cottage close by, where, after sitting down a few minutes, he asked permission to go to bed, and in the course of about five hours, he was taken violently ill, and before assistance could be rendered he was a corpse.  The cup from which he drank, was observed to contain a quantity of sediment, which was washed out before the circumstance of his death was made known; but there appeared to be no doubt that he had made away with himself by means of arsenic.   He had resided some time in the parish; and as no evidence could be adduced by which any previous act of insanity could be imputed to him, the jury returned a verdict of Felo de se; and the body was consequently ordered to be buried in the highway.
  The following inquests have been taken before W Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  On Friday, on view of the body of DANIEL CLIFT, a carrier between this city and Stroud, who was killed on the preceding evening, when returning to the latter place, owing to his cart upsetting and falling upon him.  Two passengers who were in the cart providentially escaped unhurt.  On Saturday, at Ebley, on the body of THOMAS VICK, a fine boy; who on the day before fell backwards into a tub of boiling wort, by which he was so much scalded, that he died very shortly afterwards.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Nov 9.  INQUEST.  On Friday last, an inquest was taken at the Fleece Inn, in the ville of Wooton, before Thos Commeline, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of a male bastard child, about a month old, found dead on the same day in a pool in the parish of Churchdown, near this city.  The circumstances of the case, as they came out in evidence, as follow:  Some time in the month of September last, a woman, named MARY ANNE MEEK came to lodge at a house in the ville of Wooton, for the purpose of lying in, and on the 5th of October following she was delivered of a male child.  The mother and child remained at the house till the 23rd of the same month; for some days previous to which, the child was in a bad state of health and was much fallen away; but the mother declined having any medical advice, although it was offered to her, and likewise refused to have the infant baptised.  On the day last named she went away, taking the infant with her.  On Monday evening last, the same woman called at a house in Barton street, near this city, to ask for a night's lodgings, still having the child with her, but in a very wretched and filthy condition.  The good woman of the house, horror struck at the miserable appearance of the poor infant, insisted on the mother's coming in and cleaning it, and humanely supplied her with linen in which to clothe it.  The same night she left Barton street, promising to come back the next day, to say how the infant was.  She did not call again, however, till Wednesday, when she returned the baby linen, saying that she had left the child at the workhouse, and that it was not any better.  Suspicions being now excited, enquiries were made the same night at the Workhouse; and on its being found that no such woman or child had been seen there, search was immediately made for her, and she was taken into custody on Thursday evening.  On being asked where the child was she at first said that she had taken it to her mother, but afterwards confessed that she had left it by the side of a pool near the Cheltenham road.  She was taken to the place she had described, where she pointed out the pool, then saying that she had thrown it in, but affirming that it had died three hours before she did so. On search being made the next morning, the body was found in the pool, tied up together with a heavy stone in a piece of cloth.  On the body being opened by a surgeon, it appeared that there was no food in the stomach; but there was a fracture of the skull, though certainly not of recent date, and indeed it was afterwards proved to have been occasioned by a fall at the time of its birth.  There was no outward mark of violence on the body, nor was there any appearance which could induce the surgeon who examined it to suppose that the child was alive  at the time of its being cast into the water.  Under all the circumstances, the jury, after a most minute and patient investigation, returned a verdict, that the child died from the wilful neglect of the mother, and for want of proper nourishment.  The mother was on Saturday commited to our County Gaol, to take her trial at the next Assizes.
  On Saturday morning, MARY ANNE MEEK, by John Turner, Esq. and Samuel Commeline, Clerk, charged on suspicion of having feloniously murdered her male bastard child, on the 3d of November inst.

Nov 16.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Eastington, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN RUDGE, who fell into the Stroud Canal, whilst winding up the lasher of the lock, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Nov 23.  Death of GEORGE  WALTER? at Coalpit Heath?

Nov 30.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  At Coalpit Heath, in the parish of Westerleigh, in this county, on view of the bodies of WM COWLES, CHAS TOVEY, and GEO LLEWELLIN, three coal miners; who unfortunately lost their lives in one of the pits at the above place, as stated in our last Journal.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  At Elberton, near Thornbury, on the body of Mrs SUSANNAH SHEPPARD, of the Marsh Common, who, on the preceding day, fell from her horse in a fit of apoplexy, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.
  MURDER of WILLIAM SYMS of Woolaston, WILLIAM BURTON charged; inquest by John Cooke, Esq.

Cambrian, 5 December 1818
  Charge of Murder! - Amongst the list of persons mentioned in our last as consigned to our county gaol, was included William Burton, charged on violent suspicion of being guilty of the murder of William Syms, late of Wollaston, near Chepstow.  The circumstances attending this mysterious case are as follows: - About three weeks ago, the deceased, who was a very industrious young man, and who, through his frugality, had realised a considerable sum for a person in his station of life, proceeded from Wollaston to Bristol, for the purpose of purchasing, conjointly with another person, a small vessel to be employed as a trader.  He was accompanied, as they went by water, by the prisoner Burton, a young man of idle habits, whose life had been principally spent at sea, and who was well acquainted with the object of Syms's mission. -Nothing further was heard of Syms, noir were any fears entertained for his safety, till about a fortnight afterwards, when Burton returned alone.  At the time of the departure of the latter, it was known that he was not in possession of any money; indeed, on the contrary, he was obliged to borrow from a friend wherewithal to carry him to Bristol: but on his return, it is ascertained that he changed several 5l. notes of the Chepstow Bank, and proceeded to pay off some debts he had incurred in the parish.  Enquiries were now made of him respecting his companion; but the answers he gave were so various and inconsistent, that suspicions that all was not right were generally excited against him, and he was subsequently taken into custody.  He underwent several examinations before the Right Hon. C. Bathurst, in the course of which it was proved, that the prisoner and Syms had been seen together at Bristol; and that, on the night preceding the former's re-appearance at Wollaston, they had slept together at Pill, when they stated their intention of returning to Wollaston with their boat early the following morning.  A woman who wanted a passage to the same place, requested permission to accompany them, which was peremptorily refused by the prisoner, although Syms repeatedly expressed his willingness to take her.  The prisoner and Syms accordingly left Pill together, and the latter has not since been heard of.  
  To account for the cash her had been squandering, the prisoner said that it was lent to him at Bristol, by a man who has gone for the West Indies, but who, it has since been ascertained, sailed for that destination some months ago, and was not possessed of money for his own purposes.  When asked where he last saw Syms, he stated three different places; and his story was altogether so vague, that it is generally believed he murdered and robbed his unfortunate companion in their passage up the river, and threw his body overboard!  Syms was a young man highly respected by his neighbours, and almost the sole support of his aged parents, who are dreadfully afflicted at his supposed wretched fate. - Gloucester Journal.
  We have much satisfaction in stating that, since writing the above account, we have learnt that the body of this unfortunate young man has been picked up and clearly identified.  It was  discovered floating in the Severn on Friday last, in the parish of Moreton Vallence, about seven miles below this city, and was landed at Epney.  An inquest was summoned before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, which sat some hours on Saturday, and which was adjourned till this  day, to give time for the attendance of other witnesses.
  The nose has the appearance of having been entirely cut off the face, the head is otherwise shockingly disfigured, and the skull dreadfully fractured in several places; which injuries, in the opinion of the surgeon who was examined before the Coroner, were the undoubted cause of the death of the deceased.  No property [column not continued.]

Dec 28.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests have lately been taken before W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At South Cerney, on view of the body of EDMUND JONES, an infant about three years and a half old, found dead.  At Bisley, on the body of SAMUEL GARDNER, who dropped down dead.  Verdict, in each case, Sudden Death.  At Rodborough, on the body of STEPHEN POULTNEY, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal whilst winding up the lasher, and was drowned.  And, at Chalford, on the body of ELIZ. PRICE, aged 70, who was sleeping in a chair near the fire, when her cap and clothes taking fire, she was so dreadfully burnt as to occasion instant death.  Verdict,  in each case, Accidental Death.
SUDDEN DEATH.
A poor Irishman, of the name of PAT MURPHY, came from Monmouth to Chepstow on Monday last, and applied to the overseer of the parish for relief.  A sufficient sum was given him for subsistence and lodging for the night, and also to pay his passage to Bristol by the market boat the following morning.  He went on board the vessel at the usual time, but appearing to be ill, he was put on shore.  In his attempt to return to the lodging house, assisted by another poor man, he dropt down in the street lifeless.  It appears, by a written certificate found in his pocket signed by Captain WORMELY, that he served in his Majesty's sloop Minorca, as a seaman, from the year 1810 to 1814, when the ship was paid off at Portsmouth.  The Coroner's inquest, on Tuesday, before Jas Evans, Esq. returned a verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

1819

Jan 4.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  At the parishes of Newland and North Nibley, on view of the bodies of SOPHIA YOUNG, aged four years, and ELIZ. BLACK, aged five, both burnt to death by their clothes taking fire in the absence of their parents.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.   Surely the frequency with which the public eye is shocked by the record of accidents of the above description, ought to operate as a caution to parents against leaving children by themselves, within the reach of fire, when a few seconds may prove fatal to them.  At Wotton Underedge, on the body of JAMES TAYLOR, labourer, aged 32, found dead in his bedchamber, without previous illness.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God, in a fit of apoplexy.  At Arlingham, on the body of SAM HOPTON, labourer, aged 74, found frozen to death in the road near Milton End, on the morning of Wednesday.  Verdict, Died by the inclemency of the weather.
  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken at Ashelworth, near this city, before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of EDWARD HARRIS, who, whilst rowing a barge down the river Severn, fell overboard, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 18.  INQUESTS.  Taken by W J Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  At the parish of St Philip and Jacob, on view of the body of WM POWELL, a pauper, aged 80 years, who, under the influence of mental derangement, hanged himself.  Verdict, Lunacy.  At Coleford, on the body of Mrs ELIZ. YOUNG, upwards of 80 years of age; at Dursley, on the body of H R LONG, aged seven; in the parish of Tytherington, on the body of SARAH LONG, aged five; and in the parish of Iron Acton, on the body of ELIZA COOK, an infant only seventeen months old, all burnt to death in consequence of their clothes taking fire in the absence of their friends.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.
  The following inquests have lately been taken before W Trigge, Esq. Coroner:  On the 2d instant, at Painswick, on view of the body of GEORGE HULBOROUGH, who was found dead in his lodgings; and, on the 4th, at Stanley St Leonards, on the body of MAURICE COLLIER, found dead; he was supposed to have died in one of those fits to which he was very subject.  Verdict, in each case, Sudden Death.   On the 6th, at France Lynch, Bisley, on the body of THOMAS SOUL, aged 75, who was found dead on the floor in a house where he lived alone.  From the bruises on various parts of the body, it is supposed, that, being taken ill, he had fallen, whilst coming down stairs to obtain assistance.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Woodmancote, before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZABETH DAVIDSON, a child about eight years old, whose death was occasioned by her clothes taking fire, whilst at play with a companion.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 25.  INQUESTS.  On the 15th inst. an Inquest was taken before W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, at Eastington, on view of the body of THOS BRAIN, who fell down on the road in a state of insensibility, and expired shortly afterwards.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  And on Wednesday, at Minchinhampton, on the body of SARAH PINFOLD, who met her death at the Mills of Messrs Playne and Co. in consequence of her body coming in contact with the strap, which instantly drew her up to the drum, and so dreadfully injured her, that she died immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Thursday, an inquest was taken before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. at the Bath Hotel, Clifton, on view of the body of a new born female child, found dead on the preceding Monday.  After a full investigation, the body being first examined by two respectable surgeons, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against SOPHIA DAY, single woman, who then resided at her lodgings at Clifton, and has since been committed for trial at the next assizes.
  At Minchinhampton, two young children were lately so dreadfully scalded and burnt, that each died shortly after the accident.

Feb 15.  INQUESTS.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Cheltenham, before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WM WILLS.  It appeared in evidence, that on the Saturday preceding, whilst the deceased was at work in a well, at a house in Gloucester place, Cheltenham, a quantity of earth and rubbish at the top of the well giving way, fell upon him, and before he could be extricated from his dreadful situation, he was suffocated.  

1819.  Feb 22.  On Saturday se'nnight, a trow called the Good Intent, of Upton, was lost in her passage from Chepstow to Gloucester.  A little below Newnham, she ran foul of another vessel, and received so much damage as to instantly sink her.  One man named OKEY, was drowned, leaving a wife to lament his loss.
Commitments to our County Gaol: On Monday, SOPHIA DAY, by W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner, charged with the wilful murder of a new born female child.

Mar 1.  INQUEST.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was held before D Walker, Esq. Coroner for this city, on view of the body of WM WARD, printer, who was found dead on the preceding evening in the yard of the Ram Inn.  The old man, who was 84 years of age, had for some time been in a declining state of health.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Mar 22.  We have to record a melancholy accident, which happened on the 10th instant, at Sharpness Point, near Berkeley, to a lad named LAWRENCE POWELL, aged 17.  It appeared in evidence before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner, that the Miners belonging to the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal Company, having occasion to blow up part of a rock, a piece thereof, about 10 lbs weight, flew up to a considerable height, and unfortunately fell on the head of the lad, which fractured his scull in so dreadful a manner, as to cause almost instant death.  The young man, who was on his return from Berkeley, was near eighty yards distant when the explosion took place, and was unperceived by the Miners.
INQUESTS.  Taken before W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At Bisley, on view of the body of WM GRIMES, aged 2 and a half years, whose death was occasioned by drinking scalding water from a tea kettle.  At Minchinhampton, on the body of ANN YEGG, aged 14, who, from the darkness of the night, fell into a mill pond at Brimscomb Port, whilst going to fetch some wearing apparel she had left in a garden to dry.  And, at Cirencester, on the body of CHARLOTTE CHEW, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her parents.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  At Bisley, on the body of REBECCA DOWELL, a child aged 9 months, who died from spasms in the act of excessive crying; and at Stanley St Leonards, on the body of ANN CLARKE, aged 70, found dead at her lodgings with her face on the pillow.  Verdict, in each case, Sudden Deaths.

Mar 29.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests were lately taken before W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  On the 8th inst. at Stroud, on view of the body of ELIZA CHAPMAN, aged 4 years, who died in consequence of drinking boiling water from the spout of a tea kettle.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 12th, at Cirencester, on the body of a woman unknown who died in a place of refuge where she was put at a late hour of the night, no lodging house being open to receive her.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.   On the 16th, at Kingstanley, on the body of MARY ELIZ. WESLEY, aged 4 years, who fell backwards into a brook, and, being carried away by the stream, was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 19th, at Eastington, on the body of a new born male child, offspring of MARY WORKMAN, spinster, aged 18, who delivered herself privately at her master's house, and secreted the infant in a trunk.  Verdict, Wilful Murder against the mother.  On the 20th, at Bisley, on the body of Mr JOHN WALKER, who fell backward in his chair and instantly died, supposed to have been from a spasmodic affection of the heart.  Verdict, Sudden Death.   On the 22nd, at Woodchester, on the body of RICHARD QUARRINGTON, carrier, who, in one of those fits to which he was subject, hung himself in a garrett the preceding Saturday evening.  Verdict, Lunacy.  And, on the 25th, at Rodborough, on the body of THOMAS WALL, aged about 4 years, who was playing with several other children near a fire, when the flames communicated to his clothes and he was burnt to death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Apr 12.  MURDER BY POISON.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken at Cheltenham, before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a poor man named RICHARD MESSENGER, who died under the following circumstances.  On the Saturday preceding, the deceased, accompanied by a woman who passed as his wife, but whose real name is MARY SOOPER, came to lodge at the house of a person named ENOCH JONES, who resides in Cheltenham.  Their not rising on Monday  morning at the hour they had signified, induced the woman of the house to go up into their room to call them, when they were discovered in bed, both apparently in a dying state. Medical assistance was immediately sent for, but before the professional gentleman arrived, the man had expired.  The woman in the course of the day recovered; but on being questioned gave accounts of the transaction strangely differing from each other.  At one time, she said she had merely given him common salts; then again that she had given him laudanum; and lastly, which seems to be nearer the truth, she said she had put a quantity of arsenic into the tea, the greatest part of which she had given to the deceased about nine o'clock on Sunday night, and had afterwards taken the remainder herself.  The evidence of the medical man who attended, proved beyong a doubt that the deceased had died by poison; and her prevarication and other circumstances of strong suspicion against the woman, induced the jury, without hesitation, to return a verdict of Wilful Murder against her.  She has accordingly been committed to our County Gaol, under the Coroner's Warrant, to take her trial at the next Assizes.  Her motives for committing the horrible dead cannot be divined.
DREADFUL ACCIDENT.   On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Littledean, before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, on view of the bodies of JAMES MEREDITH, aged 12 years, THOMAS MORGAN, 13, ROBERT TINGLE, 18, and WILLIAM TINGLE, 20, killed the preceding day in a coal pit at Bilson Colliery.  It appears, that these unfortunate young men were descending the pit in the pit cart, when, owing to a sudden jerk, one of the links of the chain by which the cart was suspended gave way, the melancholy consequence of which was, that they were instantly precipitated to the bottom, a distance of upwards of 60 yards, and all killed upon the spot.  Their bodies were terribly mangled, and presented a most shocking spectacle.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.
  On Friday, an inquest was taken before the same gentleman, at the Haw, on the body of THOMAS SALCOMBE, who fell into the lock of the Coombe Hill Canal, on the preceding day, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
INQUESTS.   Taken before W Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  On Monday, at Hearnhill, on view of the body of WILLIAM JOHNSTON, an aged man, who, in a violent fit of coughing, ruptured a blood vessel, which occasioned suffocation.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.  On Wednesday, at Woodchester Park, on JOHN ALLSOP, aged about ten years, who, owing to the darkness of the preceding night, fell into a fish pond, and was drowned.  On Friday, at Tetbury, on the body of ELIZ. GOLDING,  who was found suffocated in a pond of water into which she had fallen in a fit.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.  On the 4th, at Stroud, on the body of Mr THOMAS DAVIES, baker, who was found  dead.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  At Minchinhampton, on the body of WM  BENNETT, carter, who, whilst driving a waggon laden with grain, fell down and was crushed by  the wheel lodging on his body.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, at Frocester, on Mr THOMAS OSBORNE, who died in a fit.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.
TRIAL AND EXECUTION: WILLIAM BURTON.

Assizes:  Four Months Imprisonment: And MARY WORKMAN, acquitted of the murder, but found guilty of concealing the birth of her male bastard child.  Three Months Imprisonment: SOPHIA DAY, acquitted of the murder, but found guilty of concealing the birth of her female bastard child.

Apr 19.  Thursday evening, the 8th inst. as Mr JOHN PHIPPS,  timber merchant, on the Back, Bristol, was returning from Bath, he fell from his horse near Keynsham, (it is supposed in a fit,) and was so much injured, that he expired on Monday night.
SHOCKING OUTRAGE.
Wednesday se'nnight, CHARLES CRYER, of Wick, in this county, was at the public house of that village in a state of intoxication, abusing every person he saw there; hearing that one WM ASHLEY, with whom he had previously had some words, was in the house, he declared he would cut his throat from ear to ear; and immediately went to the room where ASHLEY  was sitting; deliberately put out the lights, and drawing a knife from his pocket, began to exercise his bloody intention!  which he would have actually effected, but for the interposition of a person who had watched his designs.  He however succeeded in inflicting a very severe wound across the left side of ASHLEY's head, dividing one of the arteries, which bled profusely in the struggle that ensued; in which he also severely bit one of ASHLEY's fingers.  ASHLEY's recovery is very doubtful.  CRYER was immediately put into a constable's hands, but contrived to escape.

Apr 19. Commitments to our County Gaol.  On the 8th inst. MARY MESSENGER alias SOOPER, by J Cooke, Esq. Coroner, charged with the wilful murder, by poison, of R MESSENGER, at Cheltenham.
 On Tuesday, SARAH and SUSANNAH ROUSE, and JOHN and MARY DAUBENY, by JR Hall, Clerk, the first charged with having been delivered of issue, in the parish of Longborough, and secretly burying and concealing the same; and the three others with aiding, and assisting therein.

Cambrian, 17 April 1819
  On Monday se'nnight Richard Messenger, a labouring man, and Mary Sooper, a miserable woman who had long cohabited with him, were found in their beds in Gloucester-street, Cheltenham, writhing in all the horrors of agony and death, from the effects of mineral poison, administered, as it seems, by marry Sooper, from feelings of jealousy.  The man soon breathed his last; but the wretched woman, from the incessant efforts of the faculty, was restored; and after an investigation of bathe affair before a Coroner's jury, she was fully committed for trial to Gloucester assizes, upon a charge of murder.

Apr 26.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  On the 8th inst. at Tetbury, on view of the body of WM SIMPKINS, who was found lying on the ground after drinking to excess, and soon after died.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On the 16th, at Eastington, on JOHN MINETT, an infant, found drowned in a pool of water in his father's garden.  And, on the 17th, at Cirencester, on JAS MORGAN, servant to Mr Birch, cheesefactor, who was driving his master's cart from Cricklade to Cirencester, when, the horse taking fright, ran away, and the deceased being thrown down, the cart went over his body, and caused his death soon after.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

May 10.  On Monday, whilst Mr BUBB, miller, of Upton St Leonards, near this city, was examining the water wheel, his left hand was caught by the machinery.  Sensible of his perilous situation, he called to a boy in attendance to stop the mill; but the latter, affrighted at the fate of his master, instead of obeying his commands, ran out of the mill, to alarm the family.  In this awful crisis, Mr BUBB, with presence of mind truly miraculous, extended his right arm, and stopped the works; but not before his left hand and arm had been so terribly mangled as to render immediate amputation necessary below the elbow.  We add with pleasure, that he is in a fair way of doing well.
INQUEST.  Taken before W Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  At Avening, on the body of JOHN RISBY, a youth about 11 years of age, who was climbing a tree, when a limb giving way, he was precipitated to the ground, and killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 17.  DIED.  At Sydenham, near London, RICHARD SHUTE, Esq. whose wife and two daughters, it may be painfully recollected, were of the family party, who, a few years since, were overturned in a boat near Chepstow Bridge, when six of them, including the above ladies, were drowned.
INQUEST.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Redmarley, Worcestershire, on view of the body of Mr WM SOUTHAM, of that place. who unfortunately lost his life on Saturday evening, by his horse falling with him near his own house, whilst on his return from this city.  The jury returned a verdict, Accidental Death, and the horse was found a deodand.  Mr SOUTHAM was a gentleman in the prime of life - of unblemished reputation - a most affectionate husband and father; and an extensive circle of relatives and acquaintances, will long and deeply lament the irreparable loss themselves and society have sustained, by this awful visitation of Providence,

Gloucester Herald, May 29.
Another instance of the dreadful crime of child murder was discovered on Wednesday evening.  About half past six o'clock, the body of a new born male child, wrapped in a napkin, and tied with a cambric muslin neckerchief, was taken out of the Froom, near the stone bridge, by some trow men, and conveyed to St Peter's Hospital, Bristol.
FATAL ACCIDENT.  On Saturday evening last, as - SOUTHAM, Esq. was returning home from our market, it is supposed in endeavouring to open a gate to cross a small bridge at Everas, near Newent, his horse gave a sudden start, and both were precipitated into the ditch; where, we lament to add, Mr Southam was found the next morning, in a lifeless state.

Jun 7.  We regret to learn, that another instance of the horrid crime of destroying new born infants has just occurred at Bristol; the body of a female child, wrapped in a coarse towel, was picked up in the Floating Harbour, on Sunday morning last, and conveyed to St Peter Hospital.  The unprecedent discovery of three similar cases in the short space of three weeks, is very appalling.
INQUESTS.   Taken before William Joyner Ellis, Esq:  On the 29th ult. at Brown's Mill, in the parish of Berkeley, on view of the body of JAMES CHEDGEY, alias CHITTY, labourer, aged about 40, found drowned in Matford Brook the  preceding day.  It appeared, that he came from his residence at Henbury, to Berkeley, to partake of an annual dinner given to the earth stoppers of the Berkeley Hunt, and left it on his return home about eight o'clock in the evening, much intoxicated; when, falling into the brook between Berkeley and Stone, he unfortunately lost his life.  He was a man of good character, and has left a wife and five children to lament his untimely end.   On Wednesday last, at the New Passage House, on the body of Mr THOMAS BROOKS, toy man, at Bristol, aged about 24, who, on his return home from the above inn, (where he had been spending the day with a party,) fell from his horse on the Marsh Common, and received a violent concussion of the brain, which caused his immediate death.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Jun 19.
SUICIDE.  On Tuesday morning a female servant to a respectable tradesman in Castle street, Bristol, was found suspended in a closet attached to her bedroom: from the evidence before the Coroner it appeared she was a young woman of very immoral conduct, and it is supposed that fear of exposure led to the fatal act.  - The Jury, after a long deliberation, brought in a verdict of Lunacy, - She had not been long in the service of her late employers; and was another instance of the unpleasant effects housekeepers experience, when servants obtain characters they do not deserve..

Jun 21.  INQUESTS.   Taken last week before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  Monday, at the parish of Filton and Hay, near Bristol, on view of the body of MATTHEW MEREDITH, aged 10 years, who fell from the head of a cart to the ground, when one of the wheels passing over his head caused his immediate death.  Tuesday, at Whitfield, parish of Thornbury, on the body of NATHANIEL THORNE, Quarryman, aged near 70, who, being at work raising stone in his quarry the preceding afternoon, a large quantity of stone and rubbish fell upon him, which caused his death.  Thursday, at Northwick, near the Marsh Common, on the body of an infant child named JANE MABBETT, aged three years, who died the preceding Monday, in consequence of drinking a quantity of boiling water from the spout of a tea kettle.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 26 June 1819
Suicide. - A female-servant, in a house in Castle-green, Bristol, was discovered, at a late hour on Monday evening, in a very improper situation with a young man, a lodger in the family.  She was in consequence told by her master that she must leave his service next day, and the young man also received notice to quit the house.  The guilty pair retired to their several apartments, and on the following morning, the girl not making her appearance at the usual hour, her master went up stairs to all her, but she was not to be found.  The mistress of the house next proceeded to search the room where the girl had slept, and, upon opening a closet, the first object which presented itself to her view, was the dead body of the girl, suspended by a cord.  Verdict of the Coroner's inquest - Insanity.

Jul 5.  A labouring man, in the employ of Mr Jukes, of Wotton Underedge, was killed a few days since by falling from a plank in passing from the brickyard to the brick kiln.  

On Monday morning, during a severe thunderstorm, accompanied with hail and rain, at Kingswood, near Wotton Underedge, in this county, J THOMAS, an apprentice of Messrs Partridge and Hancock, clothiers, (and son of Mr  CHARLES THOMAS, of London,) was struck by a ball of fire, and instantly expired.  The ball also struck Mr HANCOCK, and slightly injured his arm.

Jul 26.  On Thursday evening last, a lad about twelve years of age, son of Mr EATON, tailor, of Tewkesbury, was drowned whilst bathing in the River Severn, near the Upper Lode.  The body was picked up on the following day, when an inquest was held thereon, before E W Jones, Esq. Coroner to the Borough, and a verdict returned of Accidental Death.
INQUESTS.  Taken last week before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  At the parish of St Philip and Jacob, on view of the body of ANN COOMBS, aged six years, who fell into a brick pit on the Marsh, near St Philip's Glasshouse, and was drowned.  At the parish of St George, on the body of SAMUEL GOSS, aged 13, who fell out of a barge going up the river Avon, near Crewshole, and was drowned.  At the parish of St Philip and Jacob, on the body of RICHARD RANDALL, aged 19, who, on the morning of Sunday, whilst bathing in the River Avon, and endeavouring to swim across, failed in the attempt, and was drowned.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Aug 2.  On Wednesday, a Coroner's Inquest was taken in this city, on view of the body of HENRY PITT, chaise driver, aged 20, who fell down in the stable, whilst harnessing his horses, and died in a short time afterwards.  On examination by a professional gentleman, it was discovered that he laboured under a dangerous disease on the brain, and the jury returned a verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
 On the evening of Thursday last, several of the men belonging to the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal Company going to bathe in a certain part of the River Severn, between Shapney Point and the Passage House at Purton, one of them, of the name of JOHN SHERGALL, aged 36 years, got out of
his depth, and was unfortunately drowned.  It appeared in evidence, before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner, the following day, that he was a native of Coates, near Devizes, of good character, and much respected by all his fellow workmen.
INQUESTS.  Lately taken before Wm Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county: At Saul, on view of the body of a child found in a coffin, lightly interred on the river bank.  Verdict, Stillborn.  At Sapperton, on the body of WILLIAM CLARK, who, whilst engaged in winding up the lasher of a lock on the Thames and Severn Canal, fell into the water and was drowned.  At Epney, on the body of WM GOODMAN, who was found drowned in the River Severn.  At Bisley, and the body of WILLIAM CHEAR, who was killed while at work in a quarry, by a quantity of stones and rubbish falling upon him.  At Avening, on the body of THOMAS CAVE, aged 21, who was drowned whilst bathing in a mill pond; and, at Stonehouse, on the body of Mrs WHITE, who accidentally fell into the Stroud Canal, and was drowned.  She was a very industrious person, was far advanced in pregnancy, and has left a husband and several children to lament the loss of a good wife and mother.  Verdict, in the last five cases, Accidental Death.

Aug 9.  INQUESTS. Taken before Mr Trigg, Coroner:  On Wednesday last, at Cherrington, on view of the body of JOHN WHITING, a youth, who was drowned on Sunday, in a horse pool wherein he was bathing.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, at Bagendon, same day, on the body of JANE HATCHETT, who was struck dead near her own dwelling, on the preceding Saturday eve, from agitation of mind during a violent thunderstorm, which excited apoplectic affection.  Verdict, Sudden Death, by the visitation of God.

Sep 13.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  At the Box, Minchinhampton, on view of the body of ROBT GILLMAN, who was killed by a winding machine in a stone quarry, which came in contact with his neck, and precipitated him to the bottom.  On the body of GEO BARNETT, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, in the Parish of Painswick, and was drowned.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  At Painswick, on the body of JOHN WOOD, an illegitimate child, aged 4 years, said to have died of poison administered by the husband of his mother.  After a minute investigation before a respectable jury, it appeared that the mother of the child had circulated a report, that her husband had given him poison, and propagated a cry of   murder in the neighbourhood.  But the jury were satisfied of the man's innocence, and returned a verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.   At Cranham, on the body of Mr WM VERINDER, of the Pottery, who died from the effects of poison, taken by mistake.  He had been in the frequent habit of taking cream of tartar, blended with magnesia; and unhappily keeping powdered  arsenic in the same cupboard, he took a portion of the latter, instead of the former, was soon after taken ill in bed, and died before medical assistance could be rendered him.  Verdict, Died from the deleterious effect of a poison taken by mistake.

Sep 20.  On Wednesday, as Mr MORHALL, town surveyor of Cheltenham, was mounting his horse, the animal took fright, and, wheeling suddenly round, the unfortunate gentleman was thrown; when his head striking the ground, he was carried home in a state of insensibility, and expired in about four hours, notwithstanding every effort of medical and surgical skill was exerted.  About a month since he was thrown from the same horse, and had a rib broken.  No man could be more indefatigable, or act with more fidelity to the public, and it will be difficult to supply his place.  At the Coroner's Inquest, taken before John Cooke, Esq. on Thursday, the Jury returned a verdict, Died from a concussion of the brain, received by falling from his horse.

Oct 4.  INQUEST.  On Monday, an inquest was taken at Horsley before Wm Trigg, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN DAY, of a respectable family, who, whilst returning home from the Races on Wednesday evening, was suddenly overtaken by two persons on horseback, thrown down, and so much injured as to occasion his death on the following Saturday.  After a minute investigation, which occupied the attention of the jury seven hours, a verdict of Manslaughter was returned against some person or persons unknown, and both the horses declared deodand.
  WM OKEY drowned at Tewkesbury.

Oct 11.  INQUESTS.  Taken before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner:  On Tuesday last, in the parish of Flaxley, on view of the body of a female bastard child, found buried in a rick yard; when, after a long investigation, the jury returned a verdict, "that the child was stillborn, and that SARAH LIMBRICK, (who acknowledged herself to be the mother,) was guilty of concealing its birth.  She was committed accordingly.  On Saturday, on the body of SAMUEL MAPLE, waterman, who was found dead in a field at Westbury upon Severn.  The deceased was assisting in rowing a barge on the River Severn, on Thursday night, about ten o'clock, when he left his companions, saying he would get an apple to moisten his mouth, and bring some for them.  The body was not discovered till Saturday morning, when it was found in a field, nearly under an apple tree.  The deceased had a quantity of apples between his shirt and skin, but not the least marks of violence appeared on his body; and it is supposed he died in a fit.  The jury returned a verdict, Found dead.

Oct 25.  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. On Saturday se'nnight, as Mr THOS LYNE, eldest son of the late Mr R LYNE, of Shaswell, in the parish of Rendcomb, in this county, was walking in the fields with a young companion, he unfortunately pushed the butt end of a gun he had in his hand thro' a hedge, holding the muzzle, when the piece went off, and the whole contents lodged in his groin, which caused immediate death!  The deceased was a youth of most amiable disposition, in his 18th year; and a numerous circle of friends synmpathize with his afflicted mother in lamenting the untimely end of a promising young man.     

Nov 8.  SUDDEN DEATH.  On Monday last, as a respectable man of the name of HIGNELL, who resided at Prestbury, near Cheltenham, was returning home, he suddenly fell down on the road in a fit, which terminated his existence in a very short period after he was carried to his house.  We have the additional regret of learning that his loss will be mourned and lamented by a wife and eleven children.

Nov 22.  INQUESTS.  Taken by John Cooke, Esq. Coroner:  At Cheltenham, on the body of THOS HENDCOTT [or HEADCOTT] who was found dead in a hay loft at the George Inn, in that town.  Verdict, Found Dead.  The deceased had been for a long time previous to his death labouring under an asthmatical complaint.  At Apperley, on the body of SARAH SURMAN, who was drowned in a pond in the garden adjoining the house where she resided; she was an old woman, and almost blind.  

Verdict, Found Drowned.  At Norton, on Wednesday last, on the body of a man unknown, found drowned, in the mill pond at Norton, adjoining the turnpike road from Gloucester to Tewkesbury.  Verdict, Found Drowned.  On examining the clothes of the deceased, a small blue and white cross barred pocket handkerchief was found in his pocket, marked with the letters G.M., nothing more was found about him that could lead to any discovery, as to who he was.
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.
We are sorry again to have occasion to record one of those shocking accidents, arising from the imprudence of persons leaving loaded fire arms within the reach of children.  On Saturday last, at Bisley, a boy, named WM FRANKLYN, about 13 years of age, incautiously took a gun into his hands, which had been left in the care of his mother; and whilst playing with it, not knowing it to be loaded, the piece went off, and the whole contents lodged in the head and shoulders of his sister, a little girl about six years old, and killed her on the spot.  On Tuesday an inquest was held upon the body, before William Trigge, Esq. Coroner, when a verdict was returned of Homicide by Chance Medley.  The gun was declared a deodand.

Nov 29.  INQUESTS.  Lately taken before Wm trigg, Esq. Coroner:  At Horsley, on view of the body of RHODA LOCKIER, who was killed at Nailsworth, by a carriage wheel accidentally passing over her.  And at Stonehouse, on the body of JACOB CRADDOCK, who fell out of a tree and was killed on the spot.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  At Duntisbourne Abbotts, on the body of Mr JOHN SANSOM, who was taken ill and died on the road;  and at Winstone, on the body of JOHN ABELL , who dropped down dead in a field.  Verdict in each case, Sudden Death.  At Kingstanley, on the body of JOSEPH WOODWARD, who met his death by falling down stairs backwards.  At Rodborough, on the body of ELIZABETH STEVENS, who was burnt to death by her clothes catching fire; and at Minchinhampton, on the body of MARTHA KIRBY, whose death was occasioned by a similar cause.  Verdict in the last three cases, Accidental Death.  And at Tetbury, on the body of LAMBERT CHAPMAN, a pauper, who, whilst being conveyed under a pass from Bristol to that place, was taken suddenly ill upon the road and died soon after.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Dec 13.  On Wednesday last a labouring man named JOSEPH WOOLVEN [WOOLVER?] was found dead, dreadfully bruised about the head, on the causeway near this city.  He had left here a short time previously, on his return to Newnham, with a cart, and it is supposed that the horse took fright, and that in his endeavours to stop him, the unfortunate man was thrown down, and the wheel of the cart going over him caused his immediate death.  An inquest was held upon the body before John Cooke, Esq. Coroner, when the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.
Mention of THOMPSON murdered by the two TURNER brothers about two years ago.

1820.

Cambrian, 29 January 1820
   On Wednesday an inquest was held at Tewkesbury, before E. W. Jones, Esq. Coroner for the borough, on view of the body of Wm. Williams, a poor boy, about twelve years of age, a native of Abergavenny, who had been some time in the employ of a travelling chimney-sweep of the name of Davenport; it appeared that his death was occasioned from being exposed to the inclemency of the weather, whilst in a state of intoxication. - An erroneous report had been industriously propagated, that he died from the ill-treatment of his master, which the verdict of the jury completely disproved.

Feb 28.  INQUESTS.  Lately taken before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county: At the parish of Charfield, on view of the body of THOMAS SPILL, labourer, aged 46 years, who dropped down dead, whilst eating his breakfast, at a lime kiln near Cromhall.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  At Wotton Underedge, on the body of REBECCA BAILEY, single woman, aged 20, who died in consequence of taking a quantity of arsenic. After a long investigation, (the body having been opened and examined by a medical gentleman,) the jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.   At the same place, on the body of WM ELLIOTTS, labourer, aged 60, found dead in Cockshutt Wood, near Symondshall and Comb.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the weather.  

Mar 6. INQUESTS.  Taken lately before Wm Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At Stroud, on view of the body of SARAH CHEW, found dead at her lodgings.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  At Minchinhampton, on the body of CHAS KING, who was killed by a quantity of stone and rubbish falling on him whilst in a quarry.  At Stonehouse, on the body of JOHN VIZARD, who fell on the fire in a helpless state, and was so much burnt as to occasion his death.  At Woodchester, on the body of JOHN JENNER, who having fallen into a pond, was drawn under a water wheel, and crushed to death.  At Morton, on the body of JOHN ALLEN, who fell from the shafts of a waggon heavily laden with corn, and was killed by the wheels passing over his body.  At Bisley, on the body of JAS WHITING, who was killed by a quantity of stone and rubbish falling on him whilst at work in a stone quarry.  And at Coates, on the body of WM WILLIAMS, aged 4 years, who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire, in the absence of his parents.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Mar 13. INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. Coroner:  At Hortsworth, near the Battery, at Kingroad, on view of the bodies of two of the unfortunate men (names unknown,) who, with five others belonging to the sloop Charlotte, were drowned on the Welsh Hook, on their passage from Newport to Bristol, during a gale of wind on the 21st January last.  And at Beachley Passage House, on the body of JAS DAVIS, aged 67, who, with some others, was drowned by the upsetting of the Custom House boat, in a sudden gust of wind on the 2nd inst. in the River Severn, near the Old Chapel.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Mar 27.  INQUESTS.  Taken before Wm Trigg, Esq. Coroner:  On the 7th inst. at Eastington, on view of the body of W H APPERLEY, an infant about eighteen months old, whose death was occasioned by drinking boiling water from the spout of a tea pot, during the momentary absence of his mother.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On the 11th ult. at Minchinhampton, on the body of a newborn illegitimate infant, found dead.  It appeared that the unhappy mother had been prematurely taken in labour, at a distance from her home, and delivered of a dead child; of which she gave instant information.  She had also provided some clothes for the occasion.  Verdict, Stillborn.

Apr 10.  On Monday last, whilst two boys were at play in Lower Northgate Street, in this city, one of them about eight years old, named JOS LANE, fell under the wheels of two waggons attached to each other, passing at the moment, and his head was so much injured as to occasion his death in a few minutes.  No blame whatever attached to the waggoner.

May 1.  [See advert page 3 col c] At a County Court, held in our New Shire Hall, on Saturday last, Mr JOSEPH MOUNTAIN, of Cirencester, was unanimously elected one of the Coroners of this County, in the room of THOMAS COMMELINE, Esq. resigned.  Mr MOUNTAIN was proposed by Captain Goodrich, and seconded by John Phillpotts, Esq.
A HORRID INSTANCE OF A WOMAN POISONING HER HUSBAND -  occurred last week at Old Land's Common, Bitton, in this county.  The parties, WORLOCK, a carcase butcher, and REBECCA, his wife, lived very unhappily together, owing to the wife having formed an illicit connection with another man, and in a dispute on the subject a short time since, she told her husband, "she would soon put him out of the world!"  On Monday se'nnight, on his return from a    journey, WORLOCK directed his daughter, a girl about twelve years of age, to bring him a jug of beer; and whilst the child was in the act of fulfilling her father's order, REBECCA WORLOCK infused into the beverage, from a paper which she took from her pocket, a quantity of sugar of lead, which she had purchased three weeks previously!  Upon taking the beer, the man complained of its flavour; when the wife told him it was only some flour which had been mixed with the liquor by accident, and she urged him to drink the remainder: he declined doing so, and she threw it away.  The effect of the deleterious ingredient was soon felt; WORLOCK charged his wife with having poisoned him; she denied the charge; medical aid was procured, and an inquiry instituted, when the child said her mother had thrown the paper which contained the powder into the fire.  The poor fellow lingered, in the most excruciating agony till the Thursday night, when he expired.  A verdict of Wilful Murder being returned against REBECCA WORLOCK, she was committed to our County Gaol, on Monday morning last.  The unnatural wretch had purchased the poison at an apothecary's at Kingswood hill, under the pretence of destroying rats.  The deceased has left three children, the eldest of whom will become evidence against her mother. [date of committal, 24th]

May 8.  INQUESTS.  Lately taken before W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  On the 30th ult. at Tarlton, on view of the body of MARY HACKER, who was found dead near a gate against which it is supposed she had fallen in a fit.  Verdict, Sudden Death from an unknown cause. On the 1st inst. at Painswick, on the body of JAMES ELLIS, who dropped down dead from suffocation, occasioned by his attempting to swallow too large a portion of meat, which forced its way into the windpipe.  Verdict, Sudden Death occasioned by strangling and suffocation.  On the 2d. inst. at Kingstanley, on the body of EDWARD GUNTER, who dropped down dead at his lodgings.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  And on the 5th inst. at Stonehouse, on the body of CHARLES BUTCHER, who fell into the Stroud Canal, about seven o'clock the preceding evening, and was drowned.  He was picked up out of the water shortly afterwards by a person, who passed on without mentioning the circumstance to anyone, otherwise timely assistance might probably have been afforded to the unfortunate young man.  Verdict, Accidental Death

May 15.  On Friday, an inquest was taken before R Fletcher, Esq. Coroner for this city, on view of the body of ELIZ. GRIFFITH, who fell into the basin of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, about eleven o'clock the preceding evening, and was drowned before any assistance could be rendered her.  Verdict, Found Drowned.

Cambrian, 27 May 1820
  An awful instance of sudden death occurred on Monday last, near Lamplighter's-hall, Bristol. - An Irish gentleman who had landed that morning from one of the packets, after dining at the inn, proposed talking a walk, accompanied by another gentleman, when on returning from Pen Pole, he fell down, without the least previous warning, and immediately expired.  On examination of his papers, he proved to be a Mr. Spear, of Bandon, near Cork.

May 29.  INQUESTS.  Lately taken before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At Hillsley, in the parish of Hawkesbury, on view of the body of EDWARD COX, labourer, aged 47 years, who was killed by a cow; at the parish of Mangotsfield, on the body of DANIEL BRITTON, aged 7 years, who fell into a pit, 14 yards deep, and was killed on the spot.  At Yate Common, on the body of ELIZA BEAMS, aged 6 years, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her parents; and at Huntingford, in the parish of Wotton Underedge, on the body of Mr GEORGE HOOPER, farmer, aged 50, who fell out of a tree, by which he dislocated his neck and died instantaneously.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  And, at Lamplighter's Hall, in the parish of Kingsweston, on the body of SAMUEL SPIER, Esq. of the county of Cork, in Ireland, aged 44, who dropped down dead near Lord De Clifford's plantations.  It appeared that he had landed in the morning in good health from one of the Irish packet boats, and after dinner went with some companions to Pen Pole Hill to view the surrounding country, but on returning to the inn, he fell backwards and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God, in a fit of apoplexy.
  An inquest was taken on Wednesday, before J Cooke, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOS HENRY PACKER, aged 13 years, who was killed, the preceding evening, whilst at play, in Blenheim Gardens, near this city, by the top of a sundial falling on his head and neck, which caused instant death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 5.  INQUESTS.   Lately taken before Wm Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for the county:  At Stonehouse, on view of the body of CHARLES BUTCHER, who was drowned in the Stroud Canal;  at Eastington, on the body of JOSEPH HUNTLEY, a youth,  who was drowned in a mill pond at the manufactory of Henry Hicks, Esq.  At Stonehouse, on the body of EDWIN POWELL, drowned in the Stroud Canal; and at Painswick, on the body of THOS ARUNDEL BIRT, burnt to death by his clothes taking fire.  Verdict,  in each case, Accidental Death.   At Eastington, on the body of a new born female child, found concealed in a woman's pocket wrapped up in an old table cloth, with a quantity of stones in it, evidently for the purpose of making it sink; the child was of full maturity, and from every appearance had been recently born.  Verdict, Wilful Murder against some person unknown.  A small snuff box was also found in the pocket, which, it is hoped, will lead to a discovery.  And, at Minchinhampton, on the body of Mr CHAS WELLS, who dropped down dead whilst in the act of dressing himself.  Suspicion being entertained that he met with his death by unnatural means, the body was opened, when the heart was found to be diseased, and the jury returned a verdict of Sudden Death from disease of the heart.

Jun 12. On Thursday, an inquest was taken on view of the body of Mr PENDUCK, of Raysfield, near Chipping Sodbury, in this county, whose death was caused by a fall from his horse, when returning from Bistol a few days previous.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 19.  On Friday, an inquest was taken at Kempsford, in this county, before Joseph Mountain, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JESSE GARDNER, who was found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal.  Verdict, Found Drowned.

Jun 26.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week, before William Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At the parish of Arlingham, on view of the body of JOB AYLAND, aged 12 years, who was drowned in the river Severn, whilst on a party of pleasure, on Sunday last; and at the Upper Forge, near Lidney, on the body of WILLIAM SMITH, aged about 7 years, killed by a fall from a horse upon the tram road.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  At Pucklechurch, on the body of a new born male bastard child, found in a wood called Shortwood, on the afternoon of Sunday last; it appeared in evidence that one JANE GREEN, a young woman about 20 years of age, was the mother of the said child, which was discovered alive, lying on the ground by the side of the mother, but died soon after.  The jury, after a minute investigation, and an examination by an eminent surgeon, found a verdict, That the Child died from the visitation of God, and not from violence.

Jul 3.  INQUESTS. Taken last been before John Cooke, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At St Briavells, on view of the body of JAMES WHITTINGTON, and at Prestbury, on the body of ROBERT EAST, each of whom dropped down whilst employed in mowing, and instantly expired.  Also at Hayes, in the parish of  Pauntley, on the body of Mr JOHN PERKINS, who was found dead in a field near his house.  Verdict, in each case, Died by the Visitation of God.  And, at Cheltenham, on the bodies of JOHN ALLEN and JOHN BROMFIELD, who were drowned in a pool at Swindon; it appeared that they were bathing after their day's labour, when ALLEN, who could not swim, got into deep water and sunk, and his companion, in attempting to save him, also sunk.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  BROMFIELD has left a wife and three children.
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.  On Thursday evening last, THOMAS HALLING, a young man who resided in St Mary's square, in this city, whilst bathing with some companions in the Severn, unthinkingly jumped from the Westgate bridge, when, shocking to relate, owing to the small depth of water, and the great height from which he leaped, his head struck against the bottom with so much violence as to occasion his death almost instantly!  He came up twice to the surface, and then sunk to rise no more.  The body was picked up near the spot on the following morning, when it appeared that a severe contusion on the head was the cause of his death.  What renders the circumstance still more distressing is, that he was a young man of most industrious habits, and in his vocation as a maltster was almost the sole means of supporting a sick father and a numerous family.  On Saturday, an inquest was taken on view of the body, before Ralph Fletcher, Esq. Coroner, and a verdict returned of Accidental Death.

Jul 17.  INQUESTS.  Taken last week before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At Filton, near Bristol, on view of the body of WM BISP and JONATHAN BASLING; at Tytherington, on the body of WM HODGSON; and at Alvestone, on the body of SAMUEL HUGHES, all of whom died through the excessive heat of the weather, whilst at work in the hay fields.  Verdict in each case, Died by the Visitation of God.  Also, at Westerleigh, on the body of JOHN ALSOP, who was killed in a coal pit; and at Uley, on the body of a child aged three years, named JOSEPH STEPHENS, who was drowned by falling into a mill pond.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.
 The following inquests were lately taken before Jos Mountain, Esq. Coroner:  On the 30th ult. at Minchinhampton, on the body of JOSEPH NEWMAN, who died in consequence of a fall from a building.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Same day, at Chalford, on the body of THOMAS ROGERS, who died suddenly whilst mowing in a field, in the said parish.  And on the 13th inst. at Bibury, on the body of MARY HAYDEN, who also died suddenly in a field.  Verdict, in each case, Died by the Visitation of God.

Jul 31.  On the 17th inst. an inquest was taken at Purton Passage, near Berkeley, before Wm Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of THOMAS BROWN, aged 39, a miner in the employ of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal Company, who was forced to a height of 20 yards in the air by the explosion of a large quantity of gunpowder used to blow up part of the rock at Sharpness Point, and was literally shattered to pieces.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  He was a native of the Forest of Dean, of a good character, and has left a wife and two children to deplore his untimely end.

Aug 21.  TRIAL OF REBECCA WORLOCK.  The following were mentioned as witnesses: MARY ANN WORLOCK, aged 10; GEORGE HOOK and daughter MARY, both of Bitton; SARAH BUTLER, WILLIAM SHORT, RICHARD JENKINS; ROGER EDWARDS, Surgeon of Keynsham; SAMUEL WATTS, Surgeon of Bitton; ELIZABETH AMEY and Mrs STEPHENS, druggist, both of Kingswood.   REBECCA WORLOCK confessed her guilt, was found guilty, and executed.

Sep 11.  INQUESTS.  Lately taken before John Cooke, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At Longford, on view of the body of ROBERT NASH, who was killed by the bed of a cart falling upon him whilst at play; and at Charlton Kings, on the body of JOHN HEMMING, who was killed by a waggon wheel going over him.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.  At Bishop's Cleeve, on the body of EDWARD BILLINGTON, aged about 78 years, who was found dead in a pool of mud and water.  Verdict, Found Dead.  At Hardwicke, on the body of JOSEPH HILL, who was killed by a fall from a rick of barley.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  At Upton St Leoanrds, on the body of ANN VERINDER, an infant, who was found dead in bed.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.   At Minsterworth, on the body of BENJAMIN GREENING, who was found drowned in the River Severn.  Verdict, Found Drowned.  At Wotton, on the body of SAMUEL JORDAN, who was found dead in a barn; and at Charlton Kings, on the body of ELIZABETH WILSON, who was found dead in a field.  Verdict, in each case, Died by the Visitation of God.

Sep 18.  Inquest Wednesday before R Fletcher, Coroner for this city, Man unknown, aged 50, found drowned.  Verdict, Found Drowned.

Sep 25.  INQUESTS.  Taken before W Joyner Ellis, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county:  At the parish of Lidney, on view of the body of MARY LANE, aged 44 years, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her family.  At the parish of Nibley, on the body of Mr GILES ORGAN, aged 48, who dislocated his neck by a fall whilst returning from a benefit club.  At the Woodside, Forest of Dean, on the body of JOHN BAILEY, who fell from a waggon, and dislocated his neck; and at the parish of Yate, on the body of Mr JAMES TRATMAN, card maker, late of Frome, Somerset, aged 50, found dead in the Dingle Wood; no marks of violence being found on his person, the jury returned a verdict of Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Oct 2.  MOST MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE.  On Saturday last, as Mr JOHN HOARE, wool stapler, of Cirencester, was driving to this city, in a gig, about four miles from hence, his horse took fright at a covered waggon, and ran away, in consequence of which Mr HOARE was thrown out and so dreadfully injured as to cause his death in a few minutes.

Nov 6.  SUDDEN DEATH.  On Wednesday evening, as Mr GEORGE, gardener, of Marshfield, in this county, was returning to that place from Bath, he was suddenly taken ill, and died almost instantly.

Nov 13.  On Saturday last, a most ferocious and murderous robbery was committed upon Mr HIRONS, of Alvestone, when returning from Warwick, about eight o'clock of the evening.  It appears that he was attacked near his own house, by three men who rifled his pockets and beat him on the head in a most violent manner.  In this condition Mr HIRONS crawled into a ditch, where he lay in a state of insensibility until morning, when he was discovered by a female passing by.  He was immediately taken home and every assistance afforded, but in vain, and he died on Tuesday night.  We are happy to add, that the four villains were apprehended on Thursday last, and lodged in the gaol at Stratford, to take their trial for the offence.  The murder was discovered by two of the gang impeaching their accomplices.

Nov 27.  About nine o'clock on the evening of Saturday se'nnight, as JAMES and ELIZABETH CHURCHES, husband and wife, were walking on the towing path of the Thames and Severn Canal, at Chalford, owing to the darkness of the night, they fell in, and were both drowned.  As soon as their bodies were found, the means of resuscitation were used, but without effect.

Dec 11.  FATAL BOXING.  Wednesday last, a Coroner's Inquest was held at the Ship and Castle, Marsh Street, Bristol, on the body of MICHAEL WHITE, labourer, who came by his death under the following circumstances:  It appeared, that the deceased was at the Ship and Castle on Sunday night, when a quarrel happening between some young men and an Irishman of the name of DOGHERTY, the deceased attempted to part them, on which DOGHERTY challenged the deceased to fight, and a battle accordingly took place on Tuesday.  After fighting for one hour and ten minutes, in which they contested forty five rounds, the deceased was so dreadfully bruised that he could not stand on his legs, and was obliged to be carried on the backs of two men, to his house, where he died about six o'clock the same evening.  The body was in a most dreadful state, one side of his face being quite black, and his side dreadfully bruised; andf the Jury returned a Verdict of Manslaughter against DOGHERTY.
   Advertisment:  ONE HUNDRED GUINEAS REWARD.
FORGERY.
Whereas JOHN OLIVE, of Longford, near the city of Gloucester, Farmer, stands charged with various FELONIES AND FORGERIES to a very considerable amount; and it is supposed that he is endeavouring to effect his Escape out of the Kingdom, and thereby elude Justice: Notice is hereby given, that a reward of ONE HUNDRED GUINEAS will be paid on Conviction of the said John Olive, to any Person or Persons who may apprehend, or cause to be apprehended, the said John

Olive, and to lodge him in any of His Majesty's Gaols, or applying to Mr James Peach, of Gloucester, Broker, or to Mr W C Ward, Solicitor.
  The said JOHN OLIVE is at present in a very weak and disabled state of health, and it is supposed, quite incapable of supporting himself without assistance, having, about a fortnight since, thrown himself from the top of a very high house, in Gloucester, for the purpose of putting an end to his existence, as appears by letters sent by him to his friends.  He is about 37 years of age, 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high, stoutly made, florid complexion, light eyes, and natural hair also light; but in consequence of the great injury he received in the fall, he now wears a dark brown full made scratch wig, the hair of which is straight, and nearly covers his ears, and he has the general appearance of a respectable farmer.
Gloucester, Dec 6 1820.

Dec 25.  Mr JOHN OLIVE, for whose apprehension, under charges of felony and forgery to a very considerable amount, a reward of 100 guineas was advertised in a recent paper, was taken, on board a Pill skiff, near Penarth Point, in the Bristol Channel, on the 12th inst.  He had been cruising about in this vessel for a week, waiting the arrival of a ship from Bristol, in which a passage was engaged for him to the West Indies.  This plan, however, did not escape the vigilance of TUCKER, one of our police officers, who pursued him in another skiff, and came up with his object, without exciting the smallest alarm.  When taken into custody, Olive was in so weak a state, that it was deemed advisable to remain a day with him at Lamplighter's Hall, where he was landed, as the boatmen could not being him further up the River, for want of water; and here, having artfully contrived to secrete a razor under the bed clothes, he made a second attempt upon his life, in the night, by cutting his throat.  In this effort he was too successful; for tho' it was instantly discovered by an attendant who slept with him, and surgical assistance was immediately procured, he lingered for a week, and died on Thursday last.  The Coroner's Inquest on view of the body, was held on Saturday.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Cambrian, 30 December 1820
  John Olive, for whose apprehension, under charges of felony and forgery to a very considerable extent, a reward of 100 guineas was advertised, was taken on board a Pill skiff, near Penarth Point, in the Bristol Channel, on the 12th inst. He had been cruizing about in this vessel for a week, waiting the arrival of a ship from Bristol, in which a passage was engaged for him to the West Indies.  This plan, however, did not escape the vigilance of Tucker, on of the Gloucester police officers, who pursued him in another skiff, and came up with his object without exciting the smallest alarm.  When taken into custody, olive was in so weak a state, that it was deemed advisable to remain a  day with him at Lamplighter's-hall, where he was landed, as the boatmen could not bring him further up the river, for want of water; and here, having artfully contrived to secure a razor under the bed-clothes, he made a second attempt upon his life in the night, by cutting his throat.  In this effort he was too successful; for though it was instantly discovered by an attendant who slept with him, and surgical assistance was immediately procured, he lingered for a week, and died on Thursday last. - The Coroner's Inquest on view of the body, was held on Saturday. - Verdict, Lunacy.  This unhappy man, about three weeks ago, threw himself from the top of a very high house in Gloucester, for the purpose of putting an end to his existence.

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