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Colonial Cases


The Observer, 24 February 1799

   A boy some days since watering a horse in a brook at Lutterworth, was, by the violence of the stream, carried from his seat, and drowned in the presence of several persons who, owing to the great quantity of floating ice, &c. were unable to afford him relief.


The Observer, 13 February 1803


   A melancholy accident occurred a few days since, at the house of Mr. Holmes, of Scalford, near Leicester: the house having been repaired, a chaffing-dish, with ignited charcoal, was put into the female servants' room, with a strict injunction to remove it to an adjoining room on going to bed, and to leave their door open, instead of which, they kept it in their room, and shut the door.  In the morning they were found in a state of suffocation, and one of them expired in the course of the day.


Carmarthen Journal, 18 April 1828

   Colonel Sir Charles Sutton, Knight Commander of the Bath, nephew to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and first cousin to the Speaker of the house of Commons, died suddenly of apoplexy, on the 25th ultimo, while dressing for dinner, at Bottesford, near Belvoir Castle, after returning from hunting with the Duke of Rutland's hounds, and enjoying the sports with apparent health and spirits.


Carmarthen Journal, 18 March 1831

   An old woman, named Jane Leviron, who lately died at Braunson, in Rutland, confessed on her death-bed, to the Rev. C. Collier, the minister of the parish, that she once lived as servant with a farmer named Smith, then residing at a lodging-house by he side of Owston Wood, and that she and her master, with the consent of the rest of the family, murdered a  man, a beat-jobber, who was a stranger in that part of the country, but had come to Smith's house to receive money for cattle.  Jane Leviron held the poor man's head while her master beat out his brains with a coal-hammer.  A human skeleton was found 10 or 12 years ago near the house, while some men were digging for gavel in a place on which Smith was accustomed to erect hay-stacks, and on which he annually made one to conceal the remains of his victim.  The parties are now dead. - Stamford Mercury.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 December 1831

   A melancholy affair occurred at Wanlip, about five miles from Leicester, by which a labouring man met is death.  It appears that a barn had been burnt down in the neighbourhood a few nights previous, and in consequence the farmers determined to watch their premises.  Accordingly Mr. Thomas Pass and Mr. John Smith placed men upon their premises for that purpose.  About eleven o'clock two of Mr. Parr's men left their mater's stack, and went by a circuitous route into M. Smith's home close, near which one of his (Mr. S.'s) men, named John Clarke, was guarding a bean stack.  Clarke being a timid man, and supposing them to be incendiaries, became dreadfully alarmed, and in his fright the gun which he had in his hand went off, and the contents hitting one of hem, named Jonathan Monks, under the left eye, caused his death to take place in about three hours afterwards.  An inquest was held on the body - Verdict, Accidental death.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 May 1840


DREADFUL COACH ACCIDENT AND LOSS OF TWO LIVES. - Loughborough was in a state of the greatest excitement on Saturday night in consequence of a rumour that the Lark coach, which runs between Leicester and Nottingham, was overturned on its way to the latter place, about a mile from Loughborough, and close to Cotes' Toll-gate. The streets were literally crowded with people anxious to ascertain the cause and effect of the accident, and various were the statements given.  By some it was said that one of the wheels came off - by others that the coach run upon the foot-path; but the fact appears to be that the coach was going at a most fearful rate, and by its velocity, when going round the corner of the road it lost its equilibrium, and fell with a tremendous crash. It was soon found that two persons - Mr. Pearson, who for many years was driver of the Times coach, and a servant of the Duke of Portland - were seriously hurt, and they were immediately conveyed to the Black horse Inn, Loughborough (where the coach started from,) and though every attention was paid to them, one died on Saturday night, and the other early on Sunday morning.   .  .  .   Frisby, the driver of the coach, is much hurt, but is expected to recover. Morning Chronicler.

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