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Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 September 1833
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - On Saturday se'nnight,
Mr. John Secker, of Widford, left Burford market about a quarter past seven o'clock, in company with a Mr. Hall, to go home, a distance of about two miles.  After riding about a mile and a half, Mr. Secker and Mr. Hall were overtaken by two persons, John and William Maslin, (one of whom was drunk,) riding at a furious rate.  Mr. Secker got as far out of the road as he could against a bank on the right hand side, and Mr. Hall to the left, to avoid any injury; notwithstanding which Mr. Maslin's horse came in contact with Mr. Secker's with such force that both, with their horses, fell to the ground., and Mr. Secker was so much inured, that he survived the shock only about four hours.  Widford, although between Burford and Witney, is an island parish of Gloucestershire, and on Tuesday an inquest was taken before Mr. Mountain, coroner for that county, and a most respectable jury of yeomen, selected from several parishes in Gloucestershire, and such was the general good character and respectability of the deceased, that the inquest was attended by a great number of very respectable persons.  Several witnesses were examined, from whose testimony it clearly appeared that John Maslin was drunk, and that he and his brother were racing at the time the deceased was knocked down, and that his death was occasioned thereby.  The coroner recapitulated the evidence, and commented at some length on the impropriety and danger of racing on the public roads, and on the consequences attaching to those who should by such impropriety be the cause of the loss of life.  The jury, without hesitation, brought in a verdict of Manslaughter against John and William Maslin.  Warrants against them were immediately issued, and the proper persons to prosecute and give evidence were bound by recognizance to appear for that purpose at the next assizes.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 November 1833
  An inquest was held at St. Peter's Hospital, Bristol, on Thursday, on the body of Edward Fowler, chimney-sweeper, of Narrow Wine-street, who, on the preceding day, fell from the top of his house, and his head coming in contact with the pavement, it was so severely fractured as to occasion his immediate death.  It appeared in evidence that, at the time of the accident, deceased was much inebriated; that, contrary to the advice of some neighbours, he persisted in mounting a ladder which some workmen were using whilst repairing the roof of the premises, and that shortly afterwards he lost his balance and fell.  Verdict - Accidental death whilst intoxicated.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 November 1833
  Nov. 6th, Mr. Moses Brain, of Kingswood-lodge, near Bristol; a truly pious man. It appears that he had descended with another man into a coal-pit at Pucklechurch, that had recently taken fire, and finding his  companion rendered senseless by the sulphurous state of the pit, he fastened him to a rope, by which means his life was preserved, but before he could bed got up himself he had perished.






11 Aug   Mary Daunton appears to have taken cold, and is otherwise unwell.

14 Aug   Mary Daunton altho' considerably relieved has got much pain in her Head with some degree of fever, which is not unlikely to terminate in Low Fever.  I have considered it prudent to send her to another ward apart from the other Prisoners.

15 Aug   I consider Mary Daunton in great danger, she has been Delirious during the night.  I have given Mrs Jeffs full directions how to proceed.

8 pm.  I have again visited Daunton who is not worse than in the Morning.  I have directed that Harriett Hulbert who is attending on her, shd have a pint of Beer daily.

16 Aug   Daunton is much as yesterday.  Ordered her Mutton Broth.  7pm.  Daunton is evidently better than she was this morning.

17 Aug   Daunton is become materially worse within these last two hours.  Her symptoms are now clearly of the Typhoid Character.  She is exceedingly exhausted.  Port Wine occasionally shd be given her.

6 pm.  Again visited.  Daunton is better.  She must continue the same measures.

18 Aug   Daunton is much as she was last night.  She shd increase the Wine.

19 Aug   Mr Pearce visited Daunton (Typhus Patient) last night and found her much more exhausted than in the morning.  He ordered her an increase of Wine.  She is today improved.

20 Aug   Mr Pearce visited Daunton last night; her symptoms today are more favourable.

21 Aug   Daunton near the same.

23 Aug   Mr Pearce visited yesterday.  Daunton very much the same.  This morning I consider the symptoms rather more favourable.

24 Aug   Daunton is labouring under more exhaustion, and in other respects she is worse.

25 Aug   I do not consider Daunton in any way worse than yesterday.

26 Aug   Daunton's fever is increased.

27 Aug   Mr Pearce visited last night.  Daunton this morning appears on the whole better.

28 Aug   No material change in Daunton.  7 pm.  Daunton is near the same as in the morning.

29 Aug   Daunton is improved.

30 Aug   Daunton who is much as yesterday shd increase the Wine.

31 Aug   Daunton's fever is diminished and her symptoms generally are improved.

1 Sep     There is no change of importance in Daunton's symptoms since yesterday.

2 Sep     Daunton's fever is abated.

3 Sep    Daunton much the same.

4 Sep    Ordered Daunton ½ a pint of Porter daily; she continues delirious often & in great danger.  There is a large Slough on her back.  I have ordered the woman who waits upon her & has a most disagreeable office to be supplied in addition to her Ale with a small allowance of meat every second day - Perhaps a pound a week might be a fair allowance.  There is a second attendant during the night to whom the Matron has given a pint of Ale every night.  I think it right & that it should be continued.

5 Sep    No material change.

6 Sep    Daunton is worse - the Porter must be omitted and the Wine used more fully.

7 Sep    Daunton requires An Oatmeal Poultice twice a day to the Slough she has in her back.

9 Sep    Yesterday Mr Pearce visited.  Daunton is full as well; she shd continue the wine &c. before.

10 Sep   Visited.

11 Sep   Daunton is not improved these last two days.

14 Sep   I am sorry to state that Daunton has a slough forming in the back part of her head - she shd increase the wine.  I have requested the Governors to provide Harriett Hulbert with a pair of shoes, as at present she has none to her Feet, and her constant attendance on Daunton, is such, that an indulgence of this kind, is what she deserves,

15 Sep   Daunton is much worse, labouring under extreme exhaustion.

16 Sep   Daunton must continue the wine in quantity before directed, (2 bottles in 24 hours).

17 Sep   Daunton near the same as yesterday.

18 Sep   Daunton is not so well.

19 Sep   Daunton is somewhat better.

20 Sep   Daunton near the same.

22 Sep   Daunton's symptoms are not so favourable.

24 Sep   Visited yesterday.  Daunton is rather improved.

25 Sep   Visited.

27 Sep   No alteration in Daunton yesterday or today.  She must continue the wine &c.

28 Sep   Daunton's pulse is much accelerated and in other respects she is not so well.

30 Sep   Yesterday I did not discover any amendment in Daunton, today she is evidently more exhausted.

1 Oct    Daunton died last Night from the effects of Fever.

[No Inquest found.]

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