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Cambrian, 22 January 1820

  An inquest was held a few days ago at Norwood, on the body of ------ Hammond, Esq. partner in a respectable tea firm in London, who lived in a most secluded manner at Norwood; his greatest pride was in ministering to the wants of his less affluent neighbours, who have good cause to regret his loss.  A distaste for society drove him from the world; and, although he seemed sensible of his forlorn condition, he could not rouse himself from that gloom and melancholy which seemed to have taken possession of his mind, and accompanied his every act.  The manner of his death, too, was singular.  Having placed a gun near the fire-place, in such a manner that the muzzle came against his head, he tied a string to the trigger, and fastened it to his cane, so that by pushing the cane from him, the piece would go off.  After placing his chair in such a position as to be able to lay hold of the bell-rope, he pushed back the trigger, when the charge entered his head, and caused his almost immediate death.  The body fell off the chair on the floor, and the bell rung so loud as to alarm the family and domestics, who, on entering the room, found their beloved master dying.  Surgical aid was procured, but proved of no avail.  Verdict - Insanity.

Cambrian, 15 April 1820

Dreadful Effects of Intoxication. - On Easter Tuesday, Davis, a sweep, and his wife, residing in White Lion-street, Seven Dials, London, spent the day in drinking in different public-houses until they became extremely intoxicated; when they set off for Tothill-fields fair along with some of their companions.  Mrs. Davis carried her child in her arms until she had got as far as the Horse Guards, where she let it fall, and its head coming against the pavement, and she falling on it, it was killed on the spot.

Cambrian, 29 April 1820

Murder by furious driving. - About half-past seven o'clock on Saturday evening last, Mrs. Morgan, an interesting young woman, far advanced in pregnancy, was crossing high-street, in the Borough, opposite the front gates of St. Thomas's Hospital, with a bundle in her hand, when an extra coach from Chatham drove furiously for the city, with twelve sailors on the top, and the off-leader knocked down the ill-fated female, after which the fore-wheel at once passed over her, the hinder-wheel resting on her body, and, dreadful to relate, she was killed on the spot.  On the same day an inquest was held; but, owing to the want of sufficient evidence, the Coroner adjourned the Court till the Thursday following, when it was accordingly held in the said Hospital.  One of the witnesses now stated, that she was crossing the street at the same time with the deceased, and saw her knocked down; the coach was driving at a furious rate, whereby the life of the witness was exposed to imminent peril.  Another witness gave in evidence, that, on the evening of the accident, he was waiting at the corner of York-street, in the Borough,  when the coachman was driving at a furious rate, which induced him to express his fears to a person with him that some mischief would be done: witness had scarcely uttered the words, when he sawed the coach suddenly stop; he instantly ran to the spot, and saw the poor woman extricated from under the wheel; after the deceased was carried away, witness ran up to the coachman, and remonstrated with him, when he used abusive language, and endeavoured to flog on his horses; the coachman had never left his seat, but evinced the greatest indifference.  On this witness being questioned how he ascertained that the coach was driving at a furious pace, he answered that he had been a coachman seven years, and was convinced that the coach was running at the rate of 12 miles an hour at the time of the accident.  Other witnesses identified the coach and coachman, which caused the fatal accident, and confirmed the evidence as to the wanton conduct of the offending parties. - The Coroner summed up the whole to the Jury, who returned a verdict of wilful murder against the coachman, and fixed a deodand on the coach and horses.  The Court broke up at eleven at night.

Cambrian, 13 May 1820

Shocking Accident. - At the New Bethlehem, St. George's Fields, a most horrid circumstance took place on the morning of Saturday se'nnight:- a lunatic, named Patrick Walsh, an incurable patient, by some means obtained possession of the blade of a long knife, and one side of a scissors.  Walsh had for several months shown a spirit of enmity towards another incurable patient, named Dennis Leonard, and as they were walking together in the airing ground, Walsh attacked Leonard, and inflicted no less than seven mortal wounds before the guarding keep could be aware of his design.  Walsh then ran away, with the knife in his hand, and swore he would kill the first that attempted to take it from him.  Smith and Banks, two other keepers, came up and attempted to secure him, but strange to say, another lunatic, named Collins, who a few days before was as outrageous as Walsh, but who is remarkably cunning, went behind Walsh, put his arms around him, and dragged him to the ground, while one of the keepers took the knife from him, and part of the scissors, and finally secured him in his cell.  A Coroner's Inquest was held, when it was stated that the knife and scissors must have been found among some rubbish, as no knives were allowed except such as are made of bone.

Cambrian, 23 September 1820

   Awful Proof of the Uncertainty of life. - A few weeks since, the master of a barge in the employ of Mr. Davis, carrier on the Kennet and Avon canal, was on his way from London, and whilst passing under Putney bridge, he dropped down dead.

   Another master was engaged in his place, who, whilst going on board the same barge, on Tuesday evening last, fell into the float, ands was drowned.  They have both left families to lament their loss.

The Observer, 1 January 1821


   On Wednesday, at three o'clock, an Inquisition was held at the Horns public-house, opposite St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, before J. W. Unwin and Thos. Stirling, esqrs. the county Coroners, on the body of Charles Taylor, the young man who was found dead under such extraordinary circumstances, in Rhodes's fields, Huxton.

   The learned Coroners, before commencing their inquiry, informed the jury that one of them (Mr. Stirling) had received an anonymous letter from a gentleman, who acknowledged himself to be the person who slew the deceased.  In consequence of this letter, which would be laid before them, surgeons had been employed anew during the morning in examining the body, to look for a ball, as the anonymous writer declared in his letter he had shot the deceased.

   After some further preliminaries, John Bird was called, who stated that he was a printer, and lived at No. 3, Castle-street, Shoreditch.  On Friday evening, between eight and nine o'clock, he and five or six of his fellow workmen were returning from their employ at Mr. Rutts, a painter, of Shacklewell, and in a field leading from Kingsland to Hoxton, which belongs to a cowkeeper named Rhodes, they discovered the deceased lying against the pathway railings; his head was on the ground and pointing towards Kingsland, and there was a great quantity of blood near him.  They examined the body and found a deep wound in the breast, from which blood was flowing, and his waistcoat and shirt were cut, as if with a sharp instrument.  Two heavy bludgeons were found near him on the ground, as also his hat.  Witness and his companions conveyed him to the sign of the Whitmore's Head, in the road, where Mr. Heath, a surgeon, examined him, and declared him to be dead.  When first found, the deceased was a little warm about the heart, but pulsation had ceased.  Except the sticks, no arms were found, nor did he (witness) either hear the sound of fire arms, or meet any one.

   Joseph Richards stated, that he worked with the last witness, and on Friday evening was returning home from Mr. Rutt's manufactory, when he discovered the deceas4d, whose head seemed tucked under his body; he thought at first he was drunk, and was proceeding onwards, when four of his fellow-workmen stopped to view him.  All were of opinion that he was labouring under the effects of liquor, and agreed to take him to a public-house.  James Seares, one of the men, examined his head, which was cut, and afterwards they took him to the Whitmore's Head.  Two large sticks were found near the deceased on the ground, one of which seemed grazed, as if the bark had been knocked off by a blow against something; the deceased had two white neckerchiefs round his neck, which they took off, and afterwards opened his waistcoat, when a wound was discovered on his breast which seemed to have been inflicted by a tuck stick, or some other similar instrument.  The body was taken to a room upstairs, and a surgeon was sent for, who arrived in a quarter of an hour, and made every endeavour to recover the man.  The sticks found were of a peculiar shape: one of them was rather long, and not unlike a quarter-staff; the other was short and heavy, and of a description well calculated for knocking a man down, and such as is generally used by footpads.

   Richard Tate stated, that on Friday evening, between seven and eight, as he was passing by Mr. Rhodes's fields, he met a man going in the direction where the deceased was found, with a stick in his hand.  He did not know the deceased, nor whether he was the man he met.

  Mr. Crockwell, a beadle of St. Leonard's, stated, that he had seen the deceased's brother, and the young woman whom he called his wife.  The latter told him that the deceased was by trade a brick-layer, but had been several months out of work, during which time they had lived upon property which she possessed. He had since discovered she was his own niece.  Her anguish on hearing of the deceased's death was so great that she committed suicide, and was now dead.

   James Kennedy, a police-officer of Worship-street, deposed to having seen the deceased frequently.  The witness was called to identify the body.  The deceased was an Englishman, and was thirty-four years old.

  Juryman: What opinion had you of that man?  If a footpad robbery had been committed in that neighbourhood, and you had heard of his being there, would you -

   Coroner: No, no, you cannot ask his opinion on that point.

   The witness added, that the deceased was married, and his wife now resided in Old Bethlehem, the woman with whom he lived was his wife's niece, and not deceased's.

   George Thomas Heath stated that he was a surgeon, and lived at Hoxton; about a quarter before nine on Friday night, he was sent for to view a man who was lying at the Whitmore's Head; he repaired there immediately, and found the deceased there; he was warm about the heart, but quite dead; there was a quantity of blood on his clothes, which induced witness to examine the body, and found a wound in the breast-bone, which appeared to be a stab; he probed it, and found the depth to be six inches, and the diameter something less than half an inch.  Had this day examined the body afresh, and having traced the wound, found a pistol-ball about the fifth or sixth rib, near the left side of the spine; the deceased must have died instantly.

   The following is a copy of the letter alluded to:-

TO -------- STIRLING, ESQ.

   Sir, - Having read in the newspapers various accounts respecting the unfortunate man who was found killed in Hoxton-fields on Friday evening last, I beg leave to state the following certain facts respecting him, for the consideration of yourself and the Jury who may hold the inquest:

   Passing through the above named fields on Friday last, about eight o'clock, I met the deceased, who ordered me to stop and deliver my money, which I refused.  He repeated, If you make the least noise I will blow your brains out.  I replied, if you touch me, I have pistols, and will shoot you.  Without speaking, he made a kind of thrust, or straightforward blow at me, which I parried off with my umbrella, and he again repeated he would "blow my brains out if I spoke a word."  I continued retreating backwards from the moment I met him, and he followed, shewing a determination to close upon me, notwithstanding I renewed my threat to shoot him.  The darkness of the night prevented my discovering what he was armed with, but I felt it was something rough which struck my umbrella, and concluded he had fire-arms, from his often repeated threat to blow my brains out.  Finding escape from apparently instant destruction impossible by any other means, I made a more sudden spring back, and fired at him, from the distance (as near as I can judge) of ten or twelve feet; he received the charge, a bullet) in his body, exclaiming, "Oh, I am killed!" leaning against the rails a few seconds, and then fell.

   Had I not been convinced that the wound was mortal, had there been the least hope of his recovery, In would have had the quickest possible assistance; but the aim, though made in a moment of the most painful agitation, had been too true.  I then left him, and from that time till I got out of the fields I met no human being.  The truth of this statement may be in a measure corroborated by a further search for the bullet, which no doubt will be found, unless it passed through him.

   The very peculiar and conflicting feelings of the moment, gratitude for my providential escape, and sorrow for the unhappy victim of his own attempted crime, operated powerfully on my mind, and together with the peremptory nature of my engagements in business, determined me to leave the discovery to chance.  I did not conceal it from any idea of danger to myself from the arm of justice.  Self-preservation, the first law if nature, and the dictates of my own conscience, justify the act by which the happiness of my wife and family are ore served.  Many reasons connected with business induce me to withhold my name, but the realities of the case may be as much relied on as if it were attested by the most unquestionable names in London; and I solemnly swear to the truth of it.  My object in writing to you is to prevent suspicion of his having been killed by robbers.  From his deliberate manner of attack, I believe him a practised footpad.  To account for my carrying pistols, it may be necessary to state, that this is the second assault I have met with within four months, in the first of which I was robbed of considerable property, and have since carried them for self-defence.

   Mr. Unwin said, that this letter could not be received in evidence, and therefore the jury were left to consider the case as it stood, with regard to the evidence before them.  It did appear that the deceased had come to his death by violent means, and in the absence of contradictory proof, the Jury were bound to find it Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.  One of the gentlemen of the jury commenced arguing against the  impropriety of such a mode of proceeding, when strangers were ordered to withdraw.

   The Jury, after a consultation of a quarter of an hour, returned the following verdict:- "The deceased came to his death by wound from a pistol-ball, inflicted on him in Rhodes's fields, Hoxton, under circumstances of which the jury have no means of judging.

   An inquest was held on Thursday before Mr. Unwin, on view of the body of Mary Singleton, at the Rose & Crown, Bunhill-0row.

   Wm. Walpole was the first witness examined.  He stated, that he lived at the Rose & Crown.  On Monday morning, about 20 minutes after 10 o'clock, he was called upon by the landlord, Mr. Percy, to go into the room of the deceased through the wainscot, as the door was locked on the inside.  When he got into the room, he perceived the woman in bed, and saw some blood on the floor at the foot of the bed.  She was still alive, and spoke to him, and said "I am dying."  He perceived a wound on her neck, but did not see any blood from it.  There was also some blood on the bed.  No medical assistant came, and she died about 10 minutes afterwards.  From the first time he saw her to the time of her death might be about twenty minutes.  He saw no weapon himself, but a knife was afterwards found at the bedside.  When he first entered, she was alone in the room.  His opinion was, that her death was caused by her own act.

   James Percy was the landlord of the Rose and Crown public-house.  The deceased had lodged with him about 11 or 12 weeks.  She came as a married woman.  He saw the body of Charles Taylor, the man with whom the deceased lived.  He saw Taylor alive on Thursday last, and he went away on the Friday, between the hours of 11 and 12 in the morning.  On the Sunday morning following, witness told the deceased woman that he  thought the man who had been shot was her husband.  She appeared to be very much affected.  Heb perceived that she looked distracted from the time of Taylor's absence.  She wished to go down to see his body, but witness told her it was too late, and promised to go with her the next morning. The following morning, about 20 minutes past 10, he went into her room to see if she was ready to go.  He knocked at the door, but received no answer.  The door was fastened on the inside.  He went into his own room, which was adjoining that of the deceased, and knocked at the partition at the head of the bed.  Receiving no answer, he took down a part of the partition.  When he went into the room, he saw the deceased lying in the bed, covered by the bed-clothes.  He asked her to get up, but she made no answer.  The first witness came into the room, and he (the present witness) ran for a medical assistant.  He sent to Mr. Smith, but he refused to come.  He told him that a woman had injured herself very much, but sis not say that she was in a dying state.  He then sent for a coach to take her to the hospital, and before it arrived she was dead.  On the Friday night previous she was in a distressed state, and took on very much.  The next day she was worse, and it was his opinion that she was not of a sound mind, memory, and understanding.

   John Hall stated, that a little after one o'clock on Monday he came down to the Rose and Crown.  The deceased was still lying upon the bed, of course quite dead.  He saw some blood upon the floor a little distance from the bed, and near to it a knife, which was covered with blood [Here the knife was produced.  It was a large case-knife, and the handle and blade were covered with blood.]  A pair of scissors were also produced.  They were found under the head of the deceased, and were sprinkled with blood in many parts.  Upon looking round the room, witness found a sealed lett5e4r upon the table.  Upon searching the pockets of the deceased, a seal was found which corresponded with the impression on the letter.

   The letter was here produced, and was read to the jury: It was addressed to "Robert Singleton, at Mr. Charles Campbell's, Esq. Stevenage, Herts." The following is a copy:-

Dear Richard,

   I have taken this opportunity to inform you, that your sister Martha is very well, and she hopes that her father and mother, and all of you make yourselves as comfortable as the case will admit, and not to think that she will be left without a friend in the world, as that will never be the case while I have the use of my limbs to work for her; and what we have done we beg will in time be overlooked.  Please to give my love to them all, which I hope they will accept, and you the same.  Ask Charles if he will come and live with me in the spring if I send for him up; and please to send me an answer as soon as you can, as I don't know that I shall be in that part of London where I am, very little while; son I shall expect an answer back by the latter end of the Christmas week.

From your loving sister, &c. MARTHA SINGLETON.

   James Crockwell, one of the beadles of the parish of Shoreditch, stated, that understanding that the landlord of the Rose and Crown had been to view the body of Charles Taylor under the church, he came to the public-house to see if he could obtain an   interview with the supposed wife.  When he first went up, she appeared to be in a distracted state.  She told him that her husband had gone out and left her on Friday morning, about eleven o'clock, and that she had not seen him since.  She said he was a brick-layer by trade, and when he left her, he said he was going to some gentleman in Bishopsgate, for 7l. which was due to him for work done at a house in Norwood.  She added, that he had done no work for seven or eight weeks, and that they had latterly lived upon her property.  She then begged permission to see the body of Charles Taylor, & witness said that she should, and appointed a quarter before 11 the next morning, and the landlord was to come with her.  She afterwards said that she had been married to the deceased for seven years, and was married at Aldgate church.  During the whole time she was in the greatest agitation. She said she had no father living; she had brothers, but they were all in the country.  His opinion was, that she was not of sound memory or understanding.

   Mr. Smith, jun. deposed, that the deceased had unquestionably died from her wounds.  The landlord had called at his father's house, but did not say that the deceased was in a dangerous state.  When he heard that the woman was dead he was greatly surprised. His father was not bound to attend, but would certainly have done it, had he known the circumstances of the case.

   The Jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict - That the deceased was author of her own death, and was not of sound understanding at the time.

Cambrian, 6 January 1821

Deplorable Event.

The Inquests on Charles Taylor and Martha Singleton.

Cambrian, 6 January 1821

Melancholy Circumstance. - A few weeks ago a most diabolical attack was made on Miss Ann Craigy, a young lady, about 17 years of age, who lives with her friends on Bermondsey-wall, which has produced consequences of a very afflicting nature.  A boy knocked at the door of Mr. Craigy's house, and on Miss C. opening it, the villain immediately running off, threw a cat in her face, by whose talons it was shockingly lacerated.  The fright of this unexpected and unaccountable violence produced strong fits, when lasted two days and a night without intermission, and with which she was afterwards, at intervals, afflicted.  On Christmas-day the family, whilst at dinner, were thrown into the greatest alarm by the unfortunate young woman being seized with hydrophobia, which she exhibited by biting her arms, snapping at whatever came next to her, and making hideous noises, similar to the mewing of cats, which increased to that degree, that it was deemed necessary to have a straight waistcoat put on her, and shocking to relate, she still continues in this deplorable state. ...

Cambrian, 10 March 1821

Inquest on Mr. Scott. - An inquest was held on the body of this gentleman (whose death we announced in our last paper) on Thursday and Friday last, at Chalk Farm, and a verdict of Wilful Murder returned against Christie, Trail, and Patmore, the principal and seconds in this unfortunate affair.  Mr. Scott was between 30 and 40 years of age, and has left a wife and two children to deplore his premature loss.  He seemed perfectly sensible of his awful condition all along, and was surrounded by his dearest connexions, - among whom was his disconsolate wife.  The following testimony of Dr. Darling, corroborated by that of Dr. Pointer, and Mr. J. J. Guerline, surgeon, is important:-

   He attended the deceased frequently and attributes his death to the wound which he received.  Witness referred to a memorandum he made of what Mr. Scott said to him. - Mr. Scott, referring to his wound on Saturday morning, between nine and ten o'clock,  said, "This ought not to have taken place - there was no occasion for a second fire."  After a short pause he proceeded, "All I required from Mr. Christie was, a declaration that he meant no reflection on my character. This he refused, and the meeting became inevitable.  On the field, Mr. Christie behaved well; and when all was ready for the first fire, he called out - "Scott, you must not stand there; I see your head above the horizon; you give me an advantage." I believe he could have hit me then, if he liked.   After the pistols were reloaded, and every thing was ready for a second fire, Mr. Trail called our - "Now, Mr. Christie, take your aim, and do not throw away your advantage, as you did last time."  I called out immediately, "What! Did not Mr. Christie fire at me?"  I was answered by Mr. Patmore - "You must not speak; 'tis now of no use to talk; you have nothing now for it, but firing."  The signal was immediately given, we fired, and I fell." - Does not know Mr. Christie or Mr. Trail's Christian name.  Deceased expressed himself satisfied with Mr. Christie's conduct, whom he described as very kind to him after he was wounded.

Cambrian, 19 May 1821

   Awful Instance of Sudden Death. - About seven o'clock on Wednesday evening, a respectable looking middle-aged woman seeing a bill on the parlour window at 7, Frederick's-place, Goswell-street-road, for the next house to let, she knocked at the door, and desired to be shewn the house; the servant got the key, and accompanied her to the door of the house, which she unlocked, and her master and mistress being absent, she returned home; the lady went into the empty house, taking the key and shutting the door after her; an hour passed, and not returning, the servant became alarmed, went and knocked at the door of the empty house, but received no answer; she waited until her master and mistress came home at nine o'clock, when the master procured a ladder, and entered at the first-floor window; he opened the street door, and when they entered with a light they found the lady sitting on a chair in the back parlour, quite dead.

   Dreadful Suicide. - Leonard Huntington, Esq. one of the Chief Clerks in the Lottery Office, and Deputy Receiver General in Somerset House, a gentleman highly respected, having been employed in the above office more than 40 years, put a period to his existence on Sunday morning, by cutting his throat.  The deceased did not reside in Somerset House, but had been missing since Saturday night, when the family became alarmed, and search made accordingly, but without effect, till Sunday morning, when he was found as above described. - Last night a Coroner's inquest was held on the body, when it appeared from the evidence of several witnesses, that the deceased was in the habit of dinking freely, and that he was at the time when he committed the act in a state of mental derangement. - Verdict, Insanity.

Cambrian, 2 June 1821

Distressing Case of Murder. - On Friday, Eliza Harmer underwent an examination at the Town Hall, Southwark, charged with the wilful murder of Samuel Harmer, her husband, by shooting him through the head with a pistol, at their residence in Weston-street, Southwark.  It appeared from the evidence of Hannah Studd, who lived with the prisoner and the deceased for the last fortnight, as a servant of all work, that between twelve and one o'clock on Thursday afternoon her mistress went out, and did not return till between seven and eight o'clock in the evening.  Just before her return, the deceased ordered witness to make tea, which she did, and they (witness and deceased) were drinking it at the moment the prisoner rung the bell; witness went out to let her in, and when she came into the room, the deceased said "I thought it was some impudent faggot like you." He spoke this in a jocular manner.  Witness did not take her seat again; but waited outside the door in the passage; in a few minutes her mistress called her, and told her to finish her tea, and the deceased again jeered her, saying he wished "she had not come home, as they (witness and himself) were having their tea very comfortable."  Mrs. Harmer replied, "so you can now, or at some other opportunity," and then he asked her where she had been, and if it was where she had intended to have gone? She replied in the affirmative, and added, that she had been to Clifford's Inn.  The deceased then said in the same tone, "I wish you had not come home," and Mrs. Harmer replied, "Well, I can go again," and she called for the shoe horn, to pull up her shoes, which were down at heel.  Witness gave her the shoe horn, and tea being ended, she took the tea things down into the kitchen.

   The prisoner then came down stairs, opened the street door, and closed it after her with great violence, and witness thought she was gone out; but in a short time afterwards, when she went up to the parlour with some glasses, she found her mistress standing behind the parlour door, as if she was endeavouring to conceal herself; at this time her master was sitting at the t able in a chair.  She went down directly, and soon afterwards she heard them at high words; the prisoner, she thought, spoke in a low tone, but could not distinguish what she said.  In a few minutes the deceased elevated his voice, and she plainly heard him exclaim, "------  ------, I'll shoot you!"

   She  ran immediately to the stair head, and heard a pistol go off; it did not make a very loud report, so she thought there was nothing in it.  The deceased and his wife frequently played with a pistol, pretending to shoot each other, and the noise on this occasion was the same, or appeared the same, as she had often before heard it.  Mr. Harmer had frequently done this, pretending to be frightened.  After she had heard the pistol "click," she sat down at the front kitchen window, thinking no harm had happened, and in a few minutes heard a loud reboot of fire arms.  She ran up stairs immediately, and her mistress screamed out, "Oh! I have murdered my husband; he is dead - send for somebody - fetch some on directly," and she appeared in the greatest agony imaginable.  Witness ran down stairs, and told the first man she met  to run for a doctor; she then returned to the house, and when she got back she found the prisoner at Mr. Crichard's next door but one.  Witness then ran to her master's house, and was followed by her mistress.  When they arrived, they found a doctor in the parlour with the body of her master, which was placed in a chair. - Further evidence was given of the death of the deceased being caused by the wound.  In his great coat pockets were found two pair of pistol bags, containing two bullet moulds, and two powder flasks full of powder.  The prisoner was remanded until Saturday, ands was then conveyed to the Counter, where orders were given to render her situation as comfortable as the circumstances would admit of. - The prisoner is 23 years old, very handsome, and appears to be pregnant.  She was married the beginning of the resent year to the deceased, who was about 50, and they have since carried on business in the hardware line.


Saturday an Inquest was held on the body of Mr. Harmer, at the Hat and Shears, in Weston-street.  The first witness was Hannah Studd.  Her testimony was, in the principal points, skillet to that which she gave before the magistrate.  She, however, stated several additional points, tending to exculpate her mistress from the imputation of malice, that her master and mistress were in the constant practice of playing with the pistols, and that Mrs. Harmer, at the time she returned home, was entirely ignorant of their having been loaded.

   Alfred Kilby, of the New Road, Ratcliffe Highway,  deposed that he brought some knives and pistols to his master, from Mrs. Delahunt's (his mother-in-law), and that he said the people in the garden disturbed him, he should like to blow their brains out.  On Monday evening his master gave him the bullet mould to cast nine or ten bullets.  His master, who was fond of liquor, and who of late was frequently intoxicated, said to his wife - "It is a pity one of these bullets is not in my brains!"  Mrs. Harmer replied, as in a joke, "Yes, it is."  Mr. Harmer was not offended at the reply. -

   The Medical gentlemen then deposed as to the nature of the wound, after which the Jury returned a verdict of - Accidental Death. - Mrs. Harmer then entered into the required sureties, and was discharged.  During the examination, Mrs. H. appeared to be overwhelmed with grief, and her father-in-law, a venerable grey-haired gentleman was frequently in tears.  He expressed his full and entire satisfaction that the melancholy occurrence was the effect of accident, and offered to give bail to the amount of 1000l.for his daughter-in-law.

Cambrian, 23 June 1821

Suicide by a Lady. - Yesterday morning, a lady, residing at Kensington, the widow of an officer, during the absence of her servants, with a rope which she had previously procured, put an end to her existence by fastening one end of it to the top of the drawing-room door and the other end if it, which she had formed into a noose, round her neck.  On the return of the servants she was found quite dead.  An inquest was held on the body last night, and a verdict of "Insanity," was returned.

Cambrian, 25 August 1821

   Inquests. - The adjourned inquest on the body of Richard Honey, who was shot on Tuesday,  during the Queen's Funeral Procession [see our 4th page], was resumed yesterday. ...  The inquest on the body of George Francis was adjourned to Wednesday; ... [Another report in same column, lower.]

Cambrian, 25 August 1821


          On Wednesday afternoon, an inquest was held at the New-inn, in Edgware-road, to enquire concerning the death of Richard Honey, who was shot in the affray between the people and the military, during the Queen's Funeral Procession on Tuesday. ...

Inquest on the body of George Francis.  ... The ball entered at the right shoulder, and passed directly through the body.  It was extracted from the left shoulder.  It passed through the lungs.  Two of his ribs, one on each side, were broken, and the ball passed through the body of the spine. ...

   An affray took place on Wednesday night, at a public-house near Sloane square, the Prince of Wales, Exeter-street.  A drover, of the name of Tucker, who was in a room with four of the Horse Guards, drank the health of the Blues.  On this he was attacked by the soldiers, who followed him into the street, and beat him with a poker. - One of the soldiers was taken into custody, and carried to the Hounslow  watch-house, but he was  violently rescued by a body of his comrades.  The unfortunate driver had since died, it seems, in consequence of the injury which he sustained.  This is the third death that has resulted from the proceedings of Thursday.

Cambrian, 1 September 1821

  INQUEST ON THE BODY OF R. HONEY. ... They returned, after an absence of 25 minutes, about 10 o'clock, and the fireman gave in a verdict of - Wilful Murder against a Life Guardsman, unknown to us Jurors.  The verdict seemed to be unanimous, and was signed by all the Jurymen.  The Court then dissolved.

Cambrian, 1 September 1821

   Shocking Murder. - At one o'clock on Friday morning last, the watchman at Duval's-lane, Holloway, was found on his beat murdered; not being heard to cry the hour, the patrol went round to ascertain the cause, and found the unfortunate man lying dead on one side of the road.  On examining the body his head was discovered to be beaten to pieces with some weighty instrument, and it presented a most frightful spectacle; the poor fellow's watch lay on the ground near the body, which is supposed to have been left by the murderers for fear it should lead to a discovery. - It is conjectured that, through his vigilance, he had rendered himself obnoxious to some villains who have for a long time been the terror of that quarter, who waylaid him for the diabolical purpose of murdering him.

Cambrian, 8 September 1821

   The inquest upon Honey re-assembled yesterday; but the examinations disclosed nothing which was not already known.  Mr. Adolphus, on the part of the Life Guards, expressed a wish that Mr. Gore should be inspected by those witnesses who had professed to identify him as the person that shot Honey.  It was agreed that he should attend, for this purpose, tomorrow, on which day it has been promised that this strange tribunal will conclude its labours. [Other column, detailed report of proceedings.]

Cambrian, 15 September 1821

   The inquest on Honey was again resumed yesterday.  Some witnesses were examined, but afforded nothing new.  The Coroner then summed up, observing that, in his opinion, the Jury could return no other verdict than Justifiable Homicide.  The Jury adjourned till this morning to consider of their verdict.  At ten o'clock they accordingly re-assembled, but at two o'clock this evening, their verdict was not made known.

Cambrian, 17 November 1821

Death of a Miser. - Wednesday afternoon an Inquisition was taken at the Northumberland Arms, Charlotte-street, Tottenham-court-road, on the body of Mr. Harrison, aged 86.  The Jury viewed the body, in a room  on the attic story of No. 8, Bennett-street, Rathbone-place; it presented a wretched appearance; the furniture consisted of an old chair, a table, a trunk or two, an old stump bedstead, and some straw, on which the deceased had laid; in one corner was a heap of ashes. And the cupboard contained a few potatoe peelings and a stale roll.  The body presented a picture of extreme starvation, although he had no family, and had property in the Funds to the amount of 1500l.  Mrs. Gordon, housekeeper to Mrs. St. Paul, at Putney, deposed that she knew the deceased, and was in the habit of calling on him when she came to town; he possessed considerable property although he lived in the greatest obscurity, and would let no person but witness enter his room, which he always kept padlocked; he laid ion his bed in the day time, and sat up at night without fire.  On Saturday witness called on him, when he was very much indisposed; he said that many people would be glad to finger his c ash, but they should not.  On witness leaving him, she said she would call again the following day.  He then desired her to lock him in, and take the key with her.  She objected but he persisting in it, she did lock him in; and on her going next day, she found him on his bed, with his clothes on, quite dead.  He had made his will about six months ago, wherein he had appended her executrix to his property, which was divided between witness and his nephew and niece.  The house in which he lived was his own freehold.

   Mary Frow, niece of the deceased, deposed that her uncle for the last eleven years never took his clothes off, in which he carried large sums of money, sewn up in different parts; and when he died she had been informed that upwards of 100l. had been found about him.  He for the last four years was quite childish, and never admitted any person but the last witness into his room.  On the night previous to his death he sent for one oyster, half a pint of beer, and a pennyworth of figs, which he eat, and then laid himself on the straw, where he was found.  The Coroner summed up the evidence; and the Jury returned a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

Cambrian, 26 January 1822

Sudden Deaths.

Sunday morning, Mr. Smith, a master tailor in Dean-street, Tooley-street, while on his way to witness his daughter's marriage, was taken suddenly ill, fell and expired in the street. The bride and bridegroom, after waiting for him some time at the church, went through the ceremony, and returned to her father's to spend the day; but had not been there many moments when Mr. Smith was brought in a corpse.  The friends who had been invited departed abruptly, and a scene of boundless joy, in an instant, became one of the deepest distress.

Cambrian, 2 February 1822

   Lamentable Suicide. - Wednesday morning, about eight o'clock, a melancholy event took place at the house of George Glasspool, Esq. No. 9, Lant-street, Borough.  Mr. G. who held a situation in the Victualling department, arose at his usual hour, and proceeded down stairs from his chamber into the kitchen; shortly after the bed-room bell rang, and the man servant went up-stairs to attend on Mrs. G.  Almost immediately after they had left the kitchen, a loud report of a pistol was heard, followed by a horrid groan.  The servants lost no time in going down stairs, when on entering the kitchen, they discovered their unfortunate master lying on the floor weltering in his blood.  A large horse pistol was lying by his side, with which he had shot himself completely through the heart. Mr. Baylis, a surgeon, was promptly in attendance, but the unfortunate gentleman was quite dead.  On the tragically event being communicated to Mrs. G. she swooned, and continues in a very precarious state. Same day an inquest was held on the body, when a gentleman from the Victualling office attended by desire of the commissioners, from whose statement it appeared that a number of clerks were about to be dismissed from the Victualling office.  The examination of the deceased had been taken previous to his dismissal; when the deceased signed the same, he said, I have now signed my death warrant.  He had no doubt the deceased was in a deranged state.  The jury consulted for a few moments, and returned a verdict - That the deceased had shot himself, being at the time in a state of temporary derangement.

Cambrian, 17 August 1822

THE LATE MARQUIS OF LONDONDERRY. - Yesterday, a Coroner's inquest was held on the body of the Noble Marquis , at North Cray, where the insanity under which he committed the fatal act was established beyond all doubt, and the following verdict returned:- That the Most Noble the Marquis of Londonderry, on the 12th of August, and for some time previously had laboured under a grievous disease of the mind; and that, under the operation of that malady, he did, on the same day, with a knife, inflict a deadly wound in his neck, whereof he died; no other person being in any way or manner concerned in his death. ["He had cut the carotid artery, which leads to the brain, with a small penknife, with the point turned the reverse way to which they usually are, which he had taken out of the writing-desk."]

Cambrian, 24 August 1822

   Wednesday an inquest was held at the Monster Tavern, Willow-walk, St. George's in the West, before A. Gell, Esq. Coroner for Westminster, on the body of James Matthews, a boy whose parents live at that place, and who, about a week back, had been imitating the Indian Jugglers, in  swallowing a sword.  Some of his schoolfellows attempted to dissuade him from it, when he swallowed a black lead pencil, and it stopped in the passage to the stomach, and could not be removed till he died on Monday. Verdict - Accidental Death

Cambrian, 2 November 1822

SUICIDE. - PARENTAL OBDURACY. - On Tuesday a Coroner's inquest was held at the Queen's Arms tavern, Upper Kennington-lane, upon the body of Henry Philip Savage, Esq. - Abraham Coward, Esq. brother-in-law to the deceased, resided in the same house with him for some time past.  He had been indisposed about four months, one month confined to his bed.  About 11 o'clock on last Sunday morning I heard the nurse who attended him screaming violently in his chamber.  When I entered his apartment, I saw him in bed, his head reclining a little to the left, the sheets and blankets were bloody, and a razor was lying outside the bed-clothes.  I perceived a wound in his throat.  I sent for Mr. Drysdale, his surgeon, who pronounced him dead.  The deceased had been very low spirited since his indisposition, supposed to have been occasioned by a negociation going on between him and his father (Admiral Savage), with whom he had been at variance; he was evidently affected by it.  I conversed with him on Friday night upon the subject, and enquired if there were any means of accelerating a reconciliation, but he seemed rather to decline it. I saw him again on Saturday night, but was rather delicate in touching upon the subject.  Mr. George Drysdale, surgeon, deposed, he laboured under a consumptive disease; on Saturday he was evidently deranged in his intellect, and he thought he could not survive 24 hours.  The unfortunate catastrophe may be attributed to the neglect of his father; he wished to see him before his death, but he declined an interview with any of those friends who wished to bring about a reconciliation.  I interceded myself, but to no purpose.  Mr. Coward observed, that the Admiral is now between 70 and 80 years old; the deceased was his only child, and never had given him any just cause to be offended; but that being reduced in circumstances, it hurt the Admiral's pride to see any of his family so impoverished.  He could have helped the deceased if he chose; he is now the third Admiral upon the list.  Elizabeth Mansfield, an old nurse, and Dr. Lathan, deposed, the first to the inform state of the deceased for some time past, and the latter to the probability of a person so reduced in health and spirits being seized with a  temporary insanity. - The Jury deliberated about ten minutes, and then announced their verdict - That the deceased inflicted a wound in his own throat in a fit of insanity, which caused his death.

Cambrian, 1823

The Cambrian, 25 January 1823

THE LEWISHAM MURDER. - Some further and important particulars have transpired respecting the murder of Mr. Smith, who resided between the Armoury Mills and Lewisham.  Coleman, the blacksmith, who had been committed to Maidstone gaol, together with another man, on the charge of murder, had sent, we are informed, for Mr. Bicknell of Greenwich, Clerk to the magistrates of that Division, to make confession to him.  In that confession, it is understood he has implicated another person, who has been indicated, more particular than it is expedient to publish, as a principal in the crime.  The parties engaged in it are said to be seven in number, and the person referred to is said to have fired the murderous shot.  It is also reported that a house in the neighbourhood has been searched, where there were found in the flue of an over, a number of picklocks and several articles, which are expected to lead to further discoveries.

The Cambrian, 15 March 1823

DEATH OF MRS. JANE MILES, A MOST SINGULAR CHARACTER. - This old lady lived at No. 9, Ebury-square, Pimlico, where she occupied apartments on the first floor, and passed the last three years of her life, during which period no human being save herself ever entered the apartments, .  . .  .  one of the windows was raised up, through which a man, named Jarvis, entered, and on opening the door that led to her bed-room, he saw her lying dead by the side of her bed.  No mark of violence was observed on her person, nor any thing found in her room that could lead to the slightest suspicion of her having destroyed herself.  .  .  .  .   A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body before Mr. Higgs, Deputy Coroner, at the Flask, Flask-lane, Ebury-square, Pimlico, on Thursday evening.  Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

The Cambrian, 29 March 1823

DREADFUL AFFAIR. - On Saturday evening, about 7 o'clock, the neighbourhood of Newington was thrown into great consternation.  Mr. Briggs, a respectable tradesman of King's-row, left his horse and chaise for a short time by the footpath; in the interim of going into his house, three coal-porters passed, and one of them, struck the animal, which caused it to plunge on the footpath, and a man was nearly killed.  Mr. Briggs, on seeing the truncation,  remonstrated with the men on the impropriety of their conduct, when some words arose, and an attack was made upon him, in which he received a severe blow, supposed to be on the jugular vein, which felled him to the ground, and instantly caused his death.  Mrs. Briggs, on being informed of the circumstance, became frantic, and although medical assistance was immediately procured, she is in a deplorable condition, being pregnant with her fourth child.  Two of the offenders were taken into custody, and await the result of the coroner's inquest.

The Cambrian, 19 April 1823

DREADFUL MURDER. - Tuesday night a most horrid murder was committed on Mrs. Richards, of Clapham, a widow lady; which, in atrocity, equals that of Mrs. Donatty.  Mrs. Richards lived on her income, and was supposed to have some valuable property in her house; she had only one female domestic, who happened to be out; and, on her return in the evening, found her unfortunate mistress lying dead on the floor, her head dreadfully fractured from blows she had received from a poker, which lay near the body, and her mouth was stuffed with a handkerchief, which had produced suffocation.  The shocking deed must have been committed early in the evening, as the servant did not go out until half-past six, and returned at half-past eight, at which time the act was committed.  Every part of the house was ransacked, and several articles were missing.  A Vestry meeting was immediately called, and placards ordered to be printed, offering a reward of 200l. to any person discovering the offenders.  The Coroner's Inquest returned a verdict of - Wilful Murder - against some person or persons unknown.

   On Friday, Philip Staffel, said to be grand-nephew to the unfortunate deceased, was apprehended by the Officers, on suspicion of being concerned in this shocking deed.  He is well known at Camberwell, and was one of those men denominated "barkers," to a stage-coach on Camberwell-green.  A duplicate of a watch was found upon his person, corresponding with the description of the watch which the unfortunate deceased possessed, and which she had so highly valued. 

   The prisoner appears to be about 22 years of age, in height about five feet eight inches, and, in aspect, more of a cunning than a ferocious character.  When bound to the arm of the active officer who had apprehended him, he trembled greatly, and, in his way to Union Hall, his down-looking glances under his hat seemed to express the gloomy apprehensions and reflections of his soul.  Mrs. Richards was known to have received a large sum of money a few days before her death; but that remained in the house untouched; and a silver milk-pot was left on her table.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 24 April 1823


   The man named Staffel still in custody, charged with murder of Mrs. Richards, at Clapham - some strong evidence said to be brought against him.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 22 May 1823

   Wednesday night John Lawton, part proprietor of Brice's Brighton Coach, that runs from Islington in six hours, was brought up by Clarke, the officer, belonging to Union Hall, and underwent an examination before L. B. Allen, Esq. charged with killing and slaying two sisters, named Elizabeth and Mary Ann Woodroffe, the former aged five years and the latter three. The infant sufferers were the daughters of Thomas Woodroffe, a labouring man, residing at No. 44, Regent's-place, Kensington-lane.  His wife, who is a very industrious woman, assists in maintaining her family, by going out to wash, and Wednesday she went to a gentleman's house at Kennington, where she remained till four o'clock in the afternoon.  On her going home to her little family, consisting of the two deceased children, she gave them a penny to purchase some cakes, and they went out for that purpose, in company with the ledger's children, a girl about 12 years old, and a little boy about five.  They went to a cake shop at Newington Causeway, and after they had made their purchase, the four were crossing the road nearly opposite the Peacock public house, when one of the Brighton coaches, driven by the defendant, was coming towards town.  The driver seeing the children in such danger, pulled up his horses, and two of them gained the other side of the road, but the two Woodroffes were knocked down by the leaders, the youngest was trampled on by one of the horses and its entrails actually tore out; the eldest sister lay between the horses, and it was thought she would have escaped any injury, but shocking to relate, the hind wheel passed over her head, which was crushed to pieces.  The little sufferers were conveyed to the house of Mr. Dixon, surgeon; but, it is useless to add, nothing could be done for them, as they died before they reached the surgeon's, which is only twenty yards from the spot.  The sad catastrophe soon reached the ears of the parents, whose feelings can be more easily conceived than described, and such was the effect the melancholy affair produced on the mother that little hopes are entertained of her recovery.  The coachman immediately pulled up his horses, and dismounted the box; and expressed his contrition at the sad accident.  At this moment Clarke the officer came up, and took the defendant into custody; but in consequence of his having passengers, permitted him to drive to Islington his place of destination, he accompanying him, and afterwards brought him before the Magistrate, at this office, at eight o'clock in the evening.  John Apple and Thomas Mason were examined, and stated that they saw the sad catastrophe, and they conceived the defendant was not to blame, and that their deaths were purely accidental.  The Magistrate said that he regretted the accident, and was very happy to hear that there was no blame attached to the defendant.  He had no alternative but to commit him for re-examination till the Coroner had held his inquest.  He was, therefore, committed. - The father of the deceased children was present during the examination, and was absorbed in greed the whole time.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 29 May 1823

FURTHER PARTICULARS OF THE FIRE IN NEW-STREET. - On Monday night the remains of Mrs. Parry, who was destroyed in this mysterious conflagration, were found amongst the ruins, and conveyed in a shell to St. Martin's workhouse. - They were burnt to a mere cinder, the bones of the skull and the shoulders were the only parts remaining entire.  An inquest is appointed to be held on the remains, and the inquiry (from the evidence which has been brought forward respecting the conduct of Gotte previously to, and at the time of, the fire,) is likely to be of the most serious description.  The poor creature was so lame, that upon a recent occasion, when she went to the funeral of a relative in a coach, it took her twenty minutes to walk down stairs.  This accounts for her being unable to cross the room when called to by the fireman, who were on the ladder at her window, ready to assist her.

  On Saturday night week, a young man named George Jones, 18 or 19 years of age, apprentice to Mr. Myess, edge-tool maker, was mortally stabbed in Pit-street by Benjamin Thomas, an apprentice of about the same age, to Mr. Trouber [?] painter.  It appears that Thomas, who lives in Gilbert street, had been bust in a scuffle in the street, and having struck several boys, they, in return, pelted him, which put him in a rage.  He then ran up to Hanlon, a fellow apprentice, who he knew had a carving knife he was carrying to his master's house, and asked him for it; but Hanlon refusing, Thomas snatched it from him and ran among the crowed, and struck the deceased and stabbed him between the hip and the edge of his ribs, and also in the belly, from which his bowels protruded; and being taken to the Infirmary, he died in three days.  A Coroner's inquest has since been held, and a verdict of wilful murder returned against Benjamin Thomas, who has absconded.

The Cambrian, 7 June 1823

CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Mon day morning an inquiry took place at the Horns Tavern, Hackney-road, touching the death of a female idiot, named Mary Davidge, who was starved to death by her own mother.  It was proved in evidence that the deceased had frequently been seen in such a state of starvation that she would chew bricks and any other such articles as might come within her grasp, and that she was besides kept in the most filthy state.  The mother was a very low woman, and much addicted to drinking.  The deceased was at length taken to the workhouse, where she died on Thursday morning.  The Coroner summed up: he stated that the Jury had two points to decide upon; the first, whether the deceased died of the disease under which she laboured, which would be a natural death, and the second, whether that death was accelerated by neglect on the part of the mother; if that was their opinion that neglect constituted a felony, and their verdict must be Murder.  After an hour's consultation the Jury returned a Verdict of Wilful Murder against Mary Davidge, the mother.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 3 July 1823

PARRICIDE AND SUICIDE. - The west end of London has been agitated by a dreadful occurrence.  On Monday, at the house of Mr. Wynn, Maddox-street, Bond Street, Col. Thomas  Grant Griffiths and his family occupied lodgings.  The son, Mr. Abel Griffiths, was frequently spoken to by his father respecting his expensive mode of living, and domestic feuds arose.    Soon after twelve o'clock, on Monday, the son came in, and went to his father in the drawing room; a violent altercation between them was heard, and after a slight pause, the inmates of the house heard the report of fire arms.  The servants rushed up stairs and on bursting into the room, were horror struck at seeing both father and son stretched weltering in their blood, and lifeless. - In the evening, an inquest was held.  The room was an entire stream of blood, and a universal thrill of horror ran through the jury on beholding this horrid spectacle of father and son deprived of existence.  From the evidence adduced it appears that the latter has for some time led a life of dissipation and extravagance, and had recently been threatened with arrest.   On the father refusing to relieve him from his embarrassments, a violent quarrel arose, when, in a moment of  frenzy, the son shot his father, and afterwards himself.

   The inquest was adjourned till next day, when evidence was brought forward to show that the son was in a state of madness; but a verdict was given - "That T. G. Griffiths was wilfully murdered by his son Abel Griffiths, at a time when he (the said Abel) was in a sound state of mind, in which he afterwards shot himself." - The body was ordered to be interred in a cross road.  Some persons cried out "Shame !" Others said he was driven to destroy one parent in defence of another !


The warfront for the interment of the unfortunate parricide in the cross-road was issued b y the Coroner, immediately after the verdict was given by the Jury, and delivered overt to Roberts, the summoning officer, to see that it was executed.  Several friends of the deceased having arrived in town, it was imagined that resistance would have been offered, the verdict appearing to them to be in opposition to the testimony produced at the inquiry, in consequence of which, Roberts was on the alert, and had several constables and watchmen stationed about the neighbourhood.  A number of persons, during Wednesday evening, were collected in Maddox-street, near the house where the melancholy occurrence took place, expecting the body to be removed for interment.  The rain, however, soon dispersed the greater part of them, and the remainder having divided themselves into small groups, continued to loiter about the place. -

   About the hour of ten o'clock, a party of men, headed by Roberts, the constable, proceeded from St. George's Workhouse, Hanover-square, [to the house where the deceased lay] and staying in the house about half an hour, returned to the Workhouse with the body, inclosed in a shell, followed by a great number of persons, but no obstruction whatever was attempted to be offered.  The body being quietly deposited in the Workhouse, the doors were closed, and notwithstanding some persons still remained  about, all was perfectly  silent.  The extreme privacy which the officers observed, as to the hour and  place of interment, increased to a great degree the anxiety of those that were waiting, and it being suspected that the body would have been privately carried away, though the back part of the workhouse into Farm-street Mews, and from thence to its final destination, different parties stationed themselves at the several passages through which it must unavoidable pass, in order to prevent disappointment.

   All anxiety however, on this account was ultimately removed, by preparations being made for the removal of the body through the principal entry of the workhouse leading into Mount-street, and about half-past one o'clock the body was brought out in a shell supported on the shoulders of four men, and followed by a  party of constables and watchmen.  The solitary precession, which increased in numbers as it went along, proceeded up  Mount-street, down South Audley-street into Stanhope-street, from thence into Park-lane through Hyde Park Corner, and along Grosvenor-place, until its final arrival at the cross-road formed by Eaton-street, Grosvenor place, and the king's-road.

   When the procession arrived at the grave which had been previously dug, the constables arranged themselves around it to keep the crowd off, jupon which the shell was laid on the ground.  The body had on a winding-sheet, drawers, and stockings, and a quantity of blood was clotted about the head, and the lining of the shell entirely strained.  The body was then wrapped in a piece of Russian matting, tied round with some cord, and then instantly dropped into a hole, which was about five feet in depth.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 10 July 1823

SUSPICION OF MURDER. - On Monday morning, as Collinson, a waterman, was rowing down Chelsea-reach, he observed something in the water like a human person, and on close inspection he found it was the body of a female about the middle age, and respectably dressed.   She had no pockets on, and her legs were tied together with a cord, to which a heavy stone was attached, for the purpose of keeping the body sunk; there were several bruises upon the face and arms; the body did not appear to have been long in the water; he had it carried to the Rest House at Battersea, and information was sent to Kingston, to Mr. Jemmett, the Coroner, to hold an inquest on it.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 10 July 1823

MR. ABEL GRIFFITHS. - The body of the wretched parricide, which on Tuesday morning was torn from its resting place in a manner as mysterious as it was extraordinary, after being carried through the town in a hackney coach, was deposited in Mount street workhouse to await its further disposal. - The daring act of the removal of the body from the cross roads, between six and seven o'clock in the morning, would perhaps excite some speculation why popular indignation was not roused, until it is understood that the bystanders actually assisted in the disinterment, well knowing that the body was not about being removed for anatomical purposes, but, on the contrary, was to be deposited in consecrated ground; they, we have been informed, very unhesitatingly volunteered their services, expressing their horror and disgust at the shameful mummery of consigning a body to such a place, and their firm opinion  that the verdict was contrary to evidence.  The public would not again be shocked by the removal of this  most painful subject, had the measures for the removal of the corpse been properly executed.  The body on being placed in the charge of the parish officers of St. George, in the workhouse, at Mount street, was found to be in such a rapid state of decomposition, that it was instantly obliged to be removed to a very distant part of the premises.  A Parochial Board was instantly summoned, and after remaining in consultation some time, the churchwardens waited on Mr. Peel, at the Secretary of State's Office, and the result of the interview with the hon. Secretary was not stated, but orders were given to place the deceased in a shell, which was accordingly done.  And early on Wednesday morning the body, by Order of the Vestry, was again deposited quietly in the mounds of earth allotted in the church yard for the graves of paupers; a few of whom buried the body with as little noise and less notice as usually mark the funerals of the unfortunate inmates of the workhouse.  No ceremony was observed, nor was the sublime ritual of the church read.

The Cambrian, 19 July 1823

A CHILD OF FIVE YEARS OLD CUTTING HIS THROAT. - On Thursday morning, about nine o'clock, Mrs. May, who keeps a lodging-house in the Commercial-road, had occasion to go out for a short time leaving her little boy, about five years old, in the kitchen, during her absence, which was linger than she at first expected; the child went into the room of Captain Fraser one of the lodgers, whose dressing case was on the table, from which the boy took a razor, and cut his throat in a most shocking manner.  On the return of his mother, he was found weltering in his blood, on the parlour floor; surgical aid was instantly called in, and the incision sewed up, but there was very slight hope of his recovery.

The Cambrian, 26 July 1823

   A coroner's inquest has sat on the body of Mrs. Chamberlain, resident in Marigold-street, Bermondsey, who was found dead in her room, with a wound over the left temporary artery; and after a very minute investigation, the Jury brought in a verdict of Accidental Death, thus exonerating a lodger in the house, who had been in custody on a charge of murdering the deceased.  The matter, however, did not rest here, and Rock, the lodger alluded to, attended at Union-hall, on Thursday, by order of the Magistrates, when several witnesses were examined; the result of which was, that Rock was given into custody, and remained till Saturday; on which day he was fully committed for trial at the ensuing Assizes at Croydon.

The Cambrian, 2 August 1823

CORONER'S INQUEST. - SUDDEN DEATH. - Thursday morning, at ten o'clock, an inquisition was held before T. Stirling, Esq. coroner, at the Albion, Vernon-place, Bloomsbury, on the body of Sampson Perry, a gentleman who formerly was connected with the public profess, in the situation of proprietor and editor.  It appeared from the evidence that he had latterly become rather deranged in circumstances; but although very considerably in debt, his creditors entertained the highest opinion of him; he was obliged to go into Whitecross-street prison, and while he remained there his affairs were placed in a way of settlement, and on Tuesday last he was ordered to attend the Insolvent Debtors' Court.

   On his way to Westminster for that purpose, the turnkey who accompanied him allowed him to call and see his wife, an aged lady, living in Southampton-street, Bloomsbury, where he had held a house for 22 years.  Having taken some refreshment, he proceeded to the Court, and no opposing creditor appearing, he was declared entitled to his discharge.  He returned from the Court, in good spirits, so Southampton-street, merely to dinner, as the officer who accompanied him was ordered to take him back to prison, from whence, on Wednesday, he would have been discharged, had he lived.  Mrs. Perry had prepared some dinner, to which he sat down, laughing and making some humorous observations; but just as he was conveying some food to his mouth he fell back in his chair, exclaiming, "lord have mercy upon us!" and instantly expired.    Surgeons were sent for, but he was dead.

     On examining the body internally, it was discovered his death was occasioned by the rupture of the main artery of the heart. He was seventy-eight years of age, and a gentleman stated to the jury that his life was full of vicissitude: he had been opulent, and extremely poor; he had had friends, and was bereft of them;  .  .  .  . 

    The jury returned a verdict of - Died by the Visitation of God.  Mr. Perry's widow is left in great distress.

The Cambrian, 16 August 1823

FRATRICIDE. - An inquest was held on Monday, at Ryslip, near Uxbridge, on the body of a young man named Wm. Aldridge, who was murdered by his brother, George Aldridge. - Mr. Barrow Slade, surgeon, of Uxbridge, was called on: he found the deceased lying on the bed with part of his intestines protruding; on further examination he found a portion of the intestinal canal twice completely divided, and the poor man died on Friday morning.  The deceased and his brother were mowing together in a field, when the latter, in consequence of some words they had, aimed a blow at the deceased two or three times with the scithe, which struck him in the side; deceased said, "You have ruined me for ever," and instantly dropped his scithe and came away, walking to the house with his entrails partly out; the brother still kept mowing the ground and he finished it, but in his passion he chopped his scithe into a tree.  George Aldridge was then taken into custody. The jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against the brother, George Aldridge, who was committed to Newgate.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 28 August 1823

   On Thursday afternoon an inquest was held before Thomas Stirling, Esq. The Coroner, at the Queen's Head, Lower-road, Islington, on the body of Thomas Evans, aged 38, formerly clerk to Messrs. Bond, Son, and Patterson, who was found drowned in the New River on Tuesday, - From the evidence, it appeared that the deceased had been a clerk to the above-named bankers, which situation he filled with honour for a considerable time.  A difference, however, arose between deceased and Mr. Patterson, which ended in the former leaving his situation in the office' being unable to procure a similar one, and not willing to apprise his friends, who reside in Carnarvonshire, of his distress, he supported himself as he possibly could upon what money he had saved, until he was obliged to apply to Islington parish for relief.  They gave him the usual allowance, and in return required he should perform the work of breaking stones in the street; being a man used to different kind of labour, he urged his incapability to perform that work, alleging he had been always used to his pen.  The Governors of the workhouse then gave him a dismissal, and he wandered about the streets in a most weak and deplorable state, having no other provision but what the humanity of the schoolmaster of the workhouse supplied him with. - On Wednesday week he called on this person and obtained a slight refreshment, and then left in a dejected state.  On Tuesday he was found floating in the New River.  In the course of the evidence the Coroner observed that it was rather a hard thing the deceased should have been sent out to break stones in the street; and as there was no evidence to prove he destroyed himself, the jury returned a verdict of Found Drowned.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 13 November 1823

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An inquest was held on Wednesday afternoon last, before T. Stirling, Esq. Coroner, at the Crab-tree, Fulham, on the body of a female, not twenty years of age, named Caroline Welch, who destroyed herself by taking two ounces of arsenic, while labouring, as it is  supposed, under a depression of spirits, occasioned by the desertion of her lover.

   It appeared from the evidence of Mrs. M. V. Dize, who resides in Crab-tree White-cottage, that deceased lived in her house four or five years; when, at the early age of 15 or 16, she unfortunately became acquainted with a person named John Collins.  A regular intimacy subsisted between then near four years, and she considered that the union of the parties would be the result of their attachment; this she was fully convinced of when she received the intelligence that the marriage was to have taken place last October.  Melancholy however to relate, the fickle minded lover changed his determination, and was actually married to another; from this time the poor girl has been very dull and low spirited; the disappointment she had met with seemed to hang the most heavily on her mind, and she appeared to be wholly altered in her conduct.

   On Tuesday morning she got up rather early and went to Hammersmith; on her return she complained of great pain in her stomach, and the witness advised her to lie down; in a shirt time she went into the room, and found her sitting on the side of the bed, complaining of being very cold; some wine and water was given when the witness left her in the care of her mother, who had then arrived from Hammersmith.  On her return, she found the deceased in her mother's arms, pale, shivering, and complaining much of the cold; emetics, and some hot water, were given her, but she refused them, saying, she would not take any thing, but wished to  be left and to die quiet. In this manner she lingered until four o'clock in the afternoon, when she expired.

   In answer to some questions from the Jury, the witness said she had had some poison for mice in the drawer, on the wrapper of which was written "poison;" this parcel was afterwards found in her bed.

   Mr. John Sellers, of Hammersmith, chymist, said, on coming to Mr. Dize's house on Tuesday morning, he was informed the deceased had taken poison, and going into her room, he found a paper  parcel in her bed, with the word "poison" written on it, a portion of which she acknowledged she had taken.  She then laboured under great pain in her stomach, and all the symptoms of a person having taken arsenic.  She died in consequence.

   The Coroner and Jury equally lamented the fate of the unfortunate girl, and felt convinced that the conduct of Collins had operated in some degree on her mind; and returned their verdict - That the deceased poisoned herself, labouring at the time under a temporary delirium.

The Cambrian, 13 December 1823

   Thursday morning a melancholy accident happened at Norwood, where the new church is building.  There were a great number of men standing on a scaffold, nearly sixty feet from the ground; when a large stone, weighing upwards of a ton, was ascending by means of a pully; it was just lifted over the men, when unfortunately the iron chain broke, and it fell upon the head of one of the men, and crushed him, scaffold and all, to the ground.  All the men fell among the ruins.  The man upon whom the stone fell, had his head and shoulders literally crushed to atoms; the flesh was torn down his body in a most horrid manner; five others were taken up apparently dead, and most dreadfully bruised and wounded; several had their arms and limbs broken, being otherwise much injured; and they were carried to the hospital in a very precarious state.  The mangled corpse of the unformatted man that was killed, was conveyed to the Horn's Tavern for a Coroner's Inquest.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 1 April 1824


A painful sensation was excited at the west end of the town Friday, in consequence of rumour which obtained circulation, that a naval officer of high rank had put a period to his existence.  We regret to state, that von inquiry this rumour was not without foundation., ands that the unfortunate individual who has thus fallen by his own hand was Sir George Ralph Collier, K.C.B., a Captain in the Royal Navy.  This gallant officer, it appears, had been for some time residing at Gordon's Hotel, in Albemarle-street, and during that period was observed to be considerably depressed in spirit.  On Tuesday he called at the Admiralty, but there was nothing in his manners at that time which indicated an aberration of intellect. - On the same day he called at the united Services Club House, in Regent-street, of which he is a member, and here he shewed strong symptoms of irritation, in consequence of some severe strictures upon his conduct, which he said were contained in James's Naval History. 

   On his return to Gordon's in the evening, the uneasiness of his mind became more apparent, and now being visited by his brother, who is a highly respectable naval agent, conducting his business in Brick-court, Temple, that gentleman prevailed upon him to accompany him to his own house in Soho-square, where he used every argument in his power to soothe his agitation.  These arguments seem to have had the desired effect, and the unhappy gentleman retired to rest in a state of mind comparatively easy.

   Yesterday morning, however, his feelings were again excited to a state of momentary phrenzy, and while labouring under this paroxysm he seized a pistol, and in a moment deprived himself of life.  His body was discovered, weltering in blood, almost immediately afterwards, but all surgical aid proved ineffectual. It is expected that an inquest will be held on the body in the course of this day, when, we understand, evidence will be adduced to shew most clearly that the unfortunate officer had for some time laboured under a state of nervous irritability, which rendered his conduct a subject of general remark.  [Biography.]

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 1 April 1824

   On Tuesday night an Inquest was held at the Fountain, Shire-lane, on the body of Mary Suff.  It appeared from the evidence that deceased suffered much pain from the gout, and was recommended to take a decoction of Meadow Saffron.  A quantity, too much for the purpose, was procured, which the deceased drank and died shortly after. - Verdict accordingly. 

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 8 July 1824

Melancholy accident. - On Sunday forenoon, about eleven o'clock, as a number of persons assembled on the east side of Prince's Dock, and on a long stage extending to a ship lying second from the quay, were watching some boys who were trying to take an empty bottle out of the water, their accumulated weight broke one of the under bearers or cross bars which was lashed to the spars, and upon which the planks rested, and immediately upwards of thirty persons were precipitated into the water. - The confusion consequent upon such an accident, in such a confined situation, may easily be conceived; but the greatest exertions being promptly used, with the active intrepidity of an American seaman, whose name we could not learn, they were all, except six, rescued from a watery grave. The bodies of those six persons were conveyed to two public-houses, in Roberts'-street North, where they were attended by Mr. Thomas W. Davies, surgeon, St. Paul's-square, who was on the spot very soon after the accident, and his exertions succeeded in restoring the suspended animation of a young man of the name of Griffiths; and he also perseveringly, for several hours, tried every means with two of the others, but without success.

   The sufferers are - Peter Wilkinson, recently from Manchester, a volunteer from the Lancashire Militia, going to the 84th regiment, in Ireland.  Richard Thomas, 16, son of one of the street watchmen.  Thos. Rose, 19, apprenticed to a blacksmith.  John Ainsworth, 19, apprenticed to a cabinet-maker, and son to one of the police officers.  John Holbert, 16, apprenticed to Mr. Crompton, paper-dealer, Bachelor-street. 

     On Monday an inquest was held upon them, & a verdict of accidental death was returned in each case.  The Coroner, William Molyneux, Esq., particularly notice the laudable conduct of the seamen we have mentioned, who will no doubt receive a suitable reward.

The Cambrian, 24 July 1824

DREADFUL SUICIDE. - On Thursday morning Sir James Fitzgerald of Baker-street, Portman-square, put a period to his existence by shooting himself with a pistol.  About five o'clock the servants were alarmed by the report of a pistol; they immediately rushed to their master's apartments, and found the unfortunate gentleman weltering in his blood, though not quite dead; he seemed to suffer the most excruciating pain until two o'clock, when he expired.  An inquest was held on the body on Friday, when after a long investigation, the Jury returned a verdict, "That the deceased, Sir James Fitzgerald, put an end to his existence by shooting himself with a pistol, being at the time in a state of temporary derangement, produced by paralysis, exhaustion, and mental debility."  The deceased between 60 and 70 years of age, and was nearly allied to the noble house of Leinster.

The Cambrian, 24 July 1824


   On Thursday evening, at seven o'clock, the inquest on the body of Thomas Smith, the Kentish Town stage-coachman, who was killed in a pitched battle with Harry Bostic, was resumed at the Half-moon Tavern, Lower-street, Islington.  The further evidence adduced proved, the cause of the quarrel arose from the one taking a passenger from the other.  About a week before the fight took place, the deceased came into the tap-room of the Bluer Posts in Holborn, and throwing down a sovereign, called Bostic a coward, and offered to fight him for that sum; Bostic covered the sovereign, and the fight accordingly took place. The father of the deceased kept the ground, to see, as he said, his son righted, but he did not prevail upon him to leave off.  A man named James was second to Bostic, and Ford officiated for the deceased.  After a pulley-hauley contest of two hours and a half, during which 108 rounds were fought, and some foul play took place, the deceased was unable to come to time, and died shortly after.  The Jury retired to consult as to their verdict, and at one o'clock yesterday morning they returned a verdict of manslaughter against Henry Bostic, Thomas James, ----- Donovan, Richard Ford, and another person unknown."  The Coroner issued his warrants for the apprehension of the parties.  We are informed that Bostic is at present in the hospital in a very dreadful condition, in consequence of the severe beating he received from the decease.

The Cambrian, 21 August 1824

   The neighbourhood of London-road, St. George's-fields, was on Sunday last thrown into great consternation by the alarm of a murder having been committed by a woman on her new-born babe.  A wretched woman, named Taylor, who keeps a brothel in London-street, London-road, was said to have reared several young girls in her house.  One of them, who is little more than 15 years old, cohabits with a man, by whom it appears she had on Saturday last became the mother of a female infant.  Suspicion having been created that this child had been destroyed, public clamour, from the knowledge of the previous situation of the girl, became so ungovernable, that on Monday last the place was searched, and, to the horror of the spectators, the poor babe was discovered in the privy, quite dead.  The case has undergone a partial investigation, and a Coroner's Inquest is summoned.

The Cambrian, 9 October 1824

SINGULAR CASE AT GUY'S HOSPITAL. - On Wednesday, the 22nd ult., one of the most singular cases was admitted into this Hospital that has been witnessed for many years, in the person of Samuel Raffles, the head waiter at the Dover Castle, Marshgate, Lambeth.  He was seized with every symptom of a person laboring under the dreadful effects of hydrophobia.  He foamed at the mouth, yelped and barked like a dog, and on water being presented to him, he was immediately attacked with repeated spasmodic convulsions of the mist violent nature.

   On being taken to the hospital, he was placed under the care of Dr. Back, who immediately produced a copious discharge of blood, by ordering him to be cupped in the side. He then underwent a most strict examination, to endeavour to ascertain if there were any wounds about his body, which might have been occasioned by the bite of an animal; but after the most minute search, none were discernable.

   By pursuing the "soothing system," he is now nearly recovered and yesterday he was allowed to walk about for exercise, perfectly at liberty, when we had an opportunity if seeing him; and if he thus continues improving, he will be suffered to return to his family non Wednesday next.

   This attack his medical attendants attribute to excessive sympathy, supposed to have been occasioned by his reading the account of James Drew, who had water injected into his veins, according to the new method pursued in Paris by Dr. Magendie, and who died in the hospital a few weeks ago in violent tortures, the particulars of which we gave to the public at the time.  The case of this poor fellow is a convincing proof (if proof were wanting) with what ease the nerves of hypochondrical individuals are influenced and operated upon by reading similar accounts in the public journals.  It was shrewdly remarked by a learned physician (the late Dr. Day, of Maidstone), that "if he had wished to increase his practice, he had only to recommend the perusal of Buchan's Domestic medicine to the whole of his nervous patients, and they would have directly imagined that they were afflicted with the whole catalogue of human maladies."  - Morning Paper.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 14 October 1824

AFFLICTING SUICIDE. - An inquest was holden at the Moor's Head, Wandsworth, on Saturday, on view of the body if Mr. Samuel Crosthwaite, who came by his death in consequence of swallowing a quantity of laudanum on the Thursday night previous.

   Mr. Louis Cole, of Northampton-street, Northampton-square (brother-in-law to the deceased) stated Mr. Crosthwaite was a native of Carlisle, and had latterly carried on the business of a cotton-spinner at Paisley to a considerable extent; in consequence of some losses in trade, it became necessary for him to come to London to effect an arrangement with his creditors, and in which he very happily succeeded, with the exception of one person to whom he (deceased) stood indebted in a very large amount, and who refused to give any accommodation whatever.  On Tuesday last, a letter reached London, informing deceased that a distress was put in on his premises at the suit of the above-mentioned individual.  This intelligence had an immediate effect on the spirits of Mr. Crosthwaite, who, after reading over the unwelcome letter, emphatically repeated - "It is all over now, there is nothing for me but desolation and ruin - God help my poor children."  On Thursday morning he rose rather before his accustomed time, ordered breakfast in  his own apartment, and on leaving his lodgings, he said that he should not sleep at home, as he was going a little way out of town; he then went into the city, where he transacted some business with one of his creditors, and in the evening walked out to an acquaintance at Wandsworth.  From hence intelligence was brought to witness on the following day that he was no more.

   Mr. George Alford, of Wandsworth, stated, that the deceased came to his house on Thursday afternoon, between the hours of five and six o'clock; he appeared greatly exhausted, and witness pressed him to take some refreshment, but deceased said, in a rather hurried manner, "No, , no, nothing at present; I have already drank too much."  Witness perceiving that he had not the least sign of liquor, repeated the words "Too much " and said, "You certainly have not drank any thing since you left town ?"  "Yes, but I have," was his reply, "enough, quite enough - perhaps too much."  However, in a short time after, he took some tea and a toast; smoked a segar, drank a glass or two of ale, and at his own desire was suffered to retire to a room prepared for him, much earlier than his friends could have wished, for he was generally a well-informed man and when in better spirits, a most pleasing companion.  On the following morning witness, who was to accompany the deceased to town on very urgent business, tapped at his room-door when breakfast was ready.  No answer being returned, he entered the apartment, and, to his great surprise, found the deceased still in his clothes, and seated in a great chair, apparently in profound sleep.  Closer inspection, however, convinced witness that it was the sleep of death; the limbs were stiff and cold - the eyes glazed - the lips colourless - he was no more - and had evidently ceased to exist for several hours.

   Mr. Wheatley, surgeon, examined the body, by desire of his friends, on Friday.  Nearly one ounce and a quarter of laudanum was lodged in the stomach, and had unquestionably been the immediate cause of dissolution.

   The Jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of insanity, produced by excessive relaxation of the animal spirits.

   The unhappy man was, under more fortunate circumstances, distinguished by an uncommon soundness of mind, and was greatly esteemed for the possession of various talents.  He was said to be only in his forty-fourth year, though, from the action of the drug, the visage wore the lineaments of much more advanced age.

The Cambrian, 20 November 1824

 Yesterday morning, an elderly gentleman, who had resided for the last few days at the Belle Sauvage-inn, Ludgate-hill, was found, by a  waiter there, lying in his bed with his throat cut in a dreadful manner.  An alarm was immediately given, and medical assistance procured; but it proved of no avail.  A razor, with which the fatal act is supposed to have been committed, was found lying by his side.  The deceased was a man of very steady habits, and on Sunday evening retired to rest as usual about ten o'clock, and on  the following morning was found as above described.  From some papers in his pocket, his name was ascertained to be Lloyd; but they afforded no clue as to his connexions.  It is supposed the deceased was a clergyman.

The Cambrian, 4 December 1824

   On Tuesday, at 4 o'clock, an inquest was held at the Monster Tavern, Chelsea, on the bodies of Jon Smith and Joseph Knowles, two of the men employed in the distillery of Messrs. Knowles and Co. at Millbank, who on Monday evening were drowned in a large vat of spirits, in process of fermentation. It appeared that the men had been about four minutes employed near the vat, when the air becoming foul, they fell into a quantity of wash in a high state of fermentation.  One of the men endeavoured to assist them out by means of a ladder, and Smith, who was clinging to the side, exclaimed, "Oh ! God help me !" and then fell into the wash.  Smith was immediately taken out, and every means used for his restoration but without effect.  To find Knowles's body the whole of the wash was let out, and he was discovered lying at the bottom quite dead.  All the witnesses who were examined agreed that it was an accident, and a verdict to that effect was returned, with a deodand of 1s.

The Cambrian, 1 January 1825

MELANCHOLY EFFECTS OF SEDUCTION. - On Monday an inquest was held at the sign of the Feathers, Great Wild-street, Lincoln's-inn-fields, on the body of an interesting female, twenty years of age, named Elizabeth bates, who swallowed a quantity of arsenic and laudanum, under moist affecting circumstances.

    Mr. Charles Starkey, house-surgeon of the infirmary of St. Gile's workhouse stated, that on the Thursday preceding he was sent for to attend a person at the house of Mrs. Lewis, Drury-lane.  He instantly went, and found, in the up-stairs bed-room of the house, No. 144, Drury-lane, the deceased young female, who apparently convulsed, but was insensible.  She was stretched on the bed, and was not undressed.  He returned to the Infirmary for the usual remedies, being informed by Mrs. Lewis that the deceased girl had swallowed poison.  On coming back, in less than three minutes, he found the poor creature had just breather her last.  He then, in the presence of Mrs. Lewis, searched her pockets, and found a biscuit, a paper congaing half an ounce of arsenic, and a laudanum phial, nearly one third full, or in weight about four drams.

   Mrs. Lewis, widow, residing at Mr. Sewell's, No. 144, Drury-lane, being sworn, said she had known the deceased for some time; she held a respectable position in a family near Covent-garden, and possessed considerable personal as well as mental attractions. About six weeks since she came to witness's lodgings, and seemed rather low-spirited.  She asked permission to sleep with witness, which was granted.  Witness discovered that she was enceinte, and had been so a considerable time.  The deceased never opened her mind, but seem depressed.  After remaining about a fortnight, part of which time she had been confined, in consequence of meeting with an accident in James-street, Covent-garden, she mentioned her intention of going to Leicester to see her friends, but, in reality, as the witness had found out, to see a young man who had invited her down to be married to him.  She left the witness's house for that purpose on the Sunday morning after, and was accompanied by her brother, who lives in a house of business in Drury-lane.  As she quitted the house, she observed to witness, "I have dreadful forebodings." 

   On Thursday morning witness was surprised to see her again; she looked wild, and seemed very haggard in appearance.  She went into witness's bed-room, and her brother being sent for, she said, "I have good news - aunt and uncle are well, and will send you something at Christmas; your sweetheart is also well and sends her love; but my ------." Here, said the witness, she stopped, and said, "I have bad news for you too." Her brother asked her what it was, and stamping her foot to the ground, she hysterically exclaimed, "Why, my cruel faithless William is married !" and then fainted.

   On being aroused, she became very sick, and continued saying, "Oh ! Mrs. Lewis, what must I have felt, on getting off the coach, to meet him and his wife .  I pity her, and God forgive him.  I wish I had died before I knew it; but it will soon be all over with me.  Was it not cruel of him to send for me ?" The witness endeavoured to reason with her and console her, but she became very ill, and, by her desire, was placed on the bed.  The witness thought the sickness might have been produced by travelling and agitation of mind; therefore she left her for a short time, and, on returning again into the room in the middle of the day, the deceased seemed scarcely able to speak from excessive crying; and, calling witness to her bedside, said she would not have gone down to Leicester at all, only the young man had written, saying how fond and true to her he was, and he would marry her, saying he knew her state, and would be honourable.  In consequence of this, she had thrown up her situation, as she was getting uneasy; and on seeing him at Leicester, he laughed and passed, pretending not to know her.  In about an hour after, she again sent for witness, and  said, "Mrs. Lewis, what was I to do, without a home to put my head into, among strangers, and on being Laughed and jeered at by him who promised and so often swore to protect me ? I felt the weight of my misfortune, and found myself desolate, that on getting off the coach that morning - and, oh God, forgive me for it ! but what was I to do ? - I - oh - I swallowed arsenic and laudanum." [Here some of the jurors burst into tears.] The witness was very much shocked, and instantly sent to her brother and the doctor; but in a few minutes after the deceased closed her eyes, and with an ejaculation to heaven for mercy for "her William," she became insensible, and soon expired.

   The Coroner remarked, he could not consider that any blame was attached to the last witness, as she had evidently not been aware of the fact of the deceased having taken poison, until the time stated.  She had given her evidence with great feeling.

   The next witness was Dinah Bates, sister to the deceased.  She knew of the deceased being acquainted with a young man, a book-keeper in a counting-house, of the name of Burrell; he went to Leicester; her sister called on her a few days before she left town, and gave her an umbrella, saying, "I shall never see you again, very likely,."   She seemed very low-spitted and light-headed.  She did not make witness her confidant, which might proceed from the witness's being very young.  Witness heard that her sister knew the young man three years.  Her sister bruised the side of her head by a fall, [line missing.]

   Noah Bates, the brother, who seemed overwhelmed with affliction, deposed to nearly the same effect as Mrs. Lewis.  He  said he knew of his sister being attached to some young man, a clerk, but he never thought that intimacy had gone to such a length.

   The Coroner here addressed the jury, and  said, this, perhaps, of the kind, was as melancholy a detail as they had ever heard; it was evident the young woman had been "lured from her native home" by some infamous and profligate villain, who after causing her ruin, had even, it seemed, sported with her feelings, and made the whole attendant train of misfortunes caused by his villainy the subject of an unfeeling jest.  It was for them to consider whether all these circumstances were not sufficient to overthrow her intellect, and produce that state of derangement in which she might have committed the fatal act.  The Foreman of the Jury said it was evident that the conduct of her infamous seducer had produced a temporary derangement of intellect.

   The Jury deliberated for a few minutes, and then found this verdict : - The deceased Sarah Bates, aged twenty, committed suicide, while in a state of temporary derangement.

The Cambrian, 1 January 1825

MELANCHOLY CASE. - On Wednesday between 11 and 12 o'clock in the morning, a most melancholy accident occurred on the river.  A party consisting of five privates of the 57th regiment of foot embarked at Gravesend, with their wives and families, on board the sailing packet King George IV, in pursuance of their route from Chatham to Chelsea: when off Bugsby's hole, Woolwich-reach, a sudden squall laid the vessel on her beam ends, and, lamentable to relate, involved in its consequences the death of two individuals, the wife and child of Wm. Hillard, one of the soldiers, who was standing upon the deck, his arm encircled round the waist of his wife, who held the child in her arms, all of whom were washed overboard.  The husband kept his hold until rendered senseless by being dashed against a boat towing to the stern, and was saved from death by the exertions of his comrades and one of the sailors; he wife and child were drowned.  On the person of the soldier's wife were seven sovereigns and 15s. in silver, her and her husband's little all.

The Cambrian, 1 January 1825

SINGULAR EFFECTS OF IMAGINATION. - The following singular and distressing circumstance took place recently at Whitechapel, which engrosses the conversation of the neighbourhood:- A man named James Smith, who had worked for a great number of years in the extensive soap manufactory of Messrs. Davis and Co., in Well-street, Wellclose-square, and residing at No. 21, Lambeth-street, Whitechapel,  died on Wednesday se'nnight, leaving behind him a wife and four children.  The poor woman  was in a state of phrenzy the whole of Wednesday, and it was with difficulty the neighbours could prevail on her to taste any food; she went to bed about ten o'clock at night, but the thoughts of her departed husband prevented her from sleeping; but in a short repose she dreamed that a figure presented itself at her bedside, and desired her not to repine, and that she should meet her husband in 48 hours.  Next morning she reflected much on what had occurred to her during the night, and mentioned the circumstance to several of the neighbours, and the purport of her dream became the general talk.  The whole of Thursday the poor woman seemed as well as could be expected, but at a late hour on Thursday night she complained of a slight indisposition, and at the suggestion of a friend she retired to rest.  She continued to complain during the night, and early next morning she was a corpse.

The Cambrian, 15 January 1825

   On Saturday an inquest was held in the Kent Road on the body of R. W. Dickson, M.D. a  celebrated writer on agriculture, who died on the 17th of September last; and had been ever since kept in a leaden coffin by a female cousin of the same name; on the Jury entering the house, the effluvia arising from the corpse was intolerable.  The body was placed in a leaden coffin in one of the rooms up stairs, the lid of which had not been fastened down, during a space of nearly four months which had elapsed since the doctor expired.  In one of his hands was a pen, and a wine bottle was placed at the deceased's feet, which contained a paper, describing the doctor's literary labours at great length; which having been read, the Jury examined the witnesses, and were perfectly satisfied that the deceased had died a natural death. Verdict accordingly.

The Cambrian, 22 January 1825

SHOCKING SUICIDE. - On Wednesday an inquest was held at the Plough public house, Kentish Town, on the body of Alexander Taylor, late of the Hon. East India Company's Civil Service.  The deceased, about four months ago, returned home from Madras, where he had spent several years in the Company's Service as an engineer, and by his industry had realized considerable sums of money, which he placed in the hands of a Mr. Munro, a Scotch merchant at Madras, to be invested in the name of the deceased in British Stock Securities, purposing at the expiration of the term of his last engagement, to come over to his native country.  It aspired, however, that the person to whom those deposits were entrusted for remittance to England, had converted them to his own use, together with monies belonging to many other persons attached to the same service; and,  fearful of detection, Munro sold off his effects, and fled to America.  This circumstance hastened the departure of deceased for his native country, when, on arrival, he found himself nearly as poor as when he quitted it; however, through the agency of friends, who knew of, and  felt for his misfortunes, he was enabled to speculate a little in mercantile pursuits, with a prospect of ultimate success; but the gradual decline of his constitution, )impaired perhaps in the first instance, from long residence in a tropical climate) and the shock of his recent calamity, incapacitated him from realising the sanguine hopes of those friends who stepped forward to his relief.

   An eminent physician, who attended him in his illness, advised a constant change of society and scene.  During the last two  months he had been on visits to various friends, and returned to London, on Thursday, more than usually depressed in spirits, and still more enfeebled in bodily power; however, he persisted in refusing to see the physician, who waited on him at the request of his uncle.  On Sunday he visited his aunt and her daughter, he looked rather better, but his spirits were depressed.  He went to bed about 11 o'clock, and on the following morning, the unfortunate man was discovered lying about half out of bed, with three wounds in his neck, inflicted by a pen-knife, and quite dead.  The Jury were satisfied of the deceased's insanity, and returned a verdict accordingly.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 3 February 1825


   YESTERDAYS evening an inquest was holden at the Three Cups public-house, Oxford-road, on view of the body of Christiana Marie Briscolie, aged 19 years, who put a [period to her existence by poison on Tuesday last, under the following distressing circumstances:-

   Louisa Morcani, of No. 7, Drew's-place, with whom the deceased resided for the last three or four months) stated, that the deceased was niece to her husband, Carlo Morcani, a manufacturer of artificial flowers, at whose instance deceased came over to England about a year and a half ago, to assist him in his business.  The deceased having received a liberal education, and being a young woman of  extremely insinuating manners, was much noticed by the various persons for whom Morcani did business, and finally was offered a very eminent situation in a very eminent flourist's house in New Bond-street, which she accepted, and where she had the misfortune to attract the regards of a gentleman ranking high in life, who ultimately effected her ruin, and took her with him into the country, where she remained until the birth of an infant, which, dying soon after, the deceased was abandoned by her seducer, and in the month of last October she returned to London, her spirits quite broken, and her whole appearance betraying the utmost wretchedness.  During this interval, she had occasionally assisted witness in the management of the business, Morcani being in Italy; but her constant wish was to return home to her native country.  On this subject she had repeatedly written to the person by whom she was seduced  entreating such pecuniary assistance as would enable her to quit England for ever, but only in two instances were her letters answered; the one was a little before Christmas, conveying a direct refusal in harsh terms; and the latter was about 10 or 12 days ago, when deceased received a letter from him enclosing a £10 note, with a few words of extremely unkind import; one expression of which seemed to have peculiarly affected the mental faculties of the deceased, as was to this effect:-

You say that the death of your child has tended to impair your health, and to incapacitate you from pursuing your business as hitherto.  This is of apiece with the artifice of your sex.  Who ever dreamt of meeting with such sublime feelings in the bosom of an Italian flower-girl?  I only regret that you did not accompany your child (which I never believed to be mine) and then I should have been freed from both incumbrances at once.  The enclosed will be the last assistance you can expect from me, and is more than I have any right to give you.

   Witnessed stated, that since the receipt of this letter, deceased wept almost incessantly, both by night and day, and talked in so wild and incoherent a manner, that she (witness) began to apprehend her reason was fled for ever.  On Sunday morning she appeared more composed than usual, and intimated a wish to attend the service of the mass at the Spanish Ambassador's chapel, to which she cerebrally resorted when so inclined. - Witness could not accompany her, but she went along with a young Italian girl, who knew her when she lived at the house in Bond-street; from that time until Tuesday morning she was quite calm in her manners, though extremely melancholy and averse to society of any kind.  On Tuesday she went out under a pretext of visiting an acquaintance in Manchester-square, and did not return until near seven o'clock in the evening, and when questioned by witness and another person as to the cause of her staying so long, she replied in a hurried but under-tone of voice, "I have settled every thing this day, but it has cost me many tears."  Witness thought that she alluded to her departure for Italy, and observed, "Christiana, you must not think of going; there is no occasion for it, particularly as Morcani is away."  Deceased sobbed bitterly, and said, "Yes, yes, but I must.  Oh, God forgive him that forces me to such an act."

   She then said that she had some matters to arrange, and went up stairs to her room for that purpose; in some short time witness followed her up stairs, and found her sitting at table with implements for writing before her; witness pressed her to come down to the sitting-room, but she declined, and begged them not to disturb her, until supper was prepared.  She was naturally of a florid complexion, but at that time she was deathly pale and appeared to labour under great distress of mind.  Witness did not see her after, until the servant girl informed her that "Mademoiselle was in a fainting fit," and upon going up to the room, she found her lying on the floor, perfectly inanimate, and to all appearances dead.  Not thinking her really so, witness used various means to restore her, but without effect; and she then went for a surgeon. Who declared that it was all over, the deceased having evidently swallowed poison.

The Cambrian, 19 February 1825

   On Friday afternoon the Royal Exchange was thrown into a state of great confusion, just at the height of business, in consequence of a gentleman named Owen having committed suicide in the shop of Mr. Betts, the music seller, situate close against the North entrance to the Exchange.  The unfortunate man, it appears, was well known to Mr. Betts, and was formerly considered to be a man of considerable property, but of late years, being somewhat reduced in his circumstances, he had devoted himself to teaching medic.  About four o'clock on Friday he called in at Mr. Bett's shop, and asked to be permitted to step up stairs.  Being well known, his request was complied with, and immediately afterwards the report of a pistol was heard, and upon a person going up stairs to ascertain the fact, the unfortunate man was found on the floor, with his head literally shivered to pierces, and his brains and blood scattered about the room, and covering the window.  The ball had penetrated the glass, and  escaped into the street.

   Upon searching the pockets of the deceased, several sovereigns and some papers were found.  A few minutes previous to the unfortunate occurrence the deceased purchased a pair of handsome pistols, at the shop of Messrs. Lacy and Witton, in Threadneedle-street, which is almost immediately opposite the shop of Mr. Betts, with one of which the rash act was committed.  The Coroner's Inquest has returned a verdict of Insanity.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 24 March 1825


Occasioned by taking wrong medicine, which was erroneously labelled.

   On Saturday evening an Inquest was held before Mr. Higgs, and a most respectable Jury, at  the last residence of W. Owen, Esq., No. 33, Burton-street, Berkeley-square, whose death was occasioned under the following afflicting circumstances:-

   Martha Evans sworn - I was cook to the late deceased gentleman, and had been in his service two years and a half.  He was so unwell all the time that he kept his room, having lost the use of his limbs.  My Master had been in the constant habit of taking medicine during that period and very early in the morning.  About three o'clock on Friday morning the deceased called me.  I went immediately, and inquired of he would take tea ?  he said "No," but her would take his draught at four.  I then took a bottle from the table where the medicine was always placed.  Only one bottle was there; Mr. Owen had put it there between eleven and twelve the preceding night, and told me it was a draught for my master to take when he wished to have it.  This bottle I showed to the deceased at 4 o'clock, as he was particular in reading the label, and he said, "It is very right."  I cannot read writing myself.  I shook the bottle, and poured the liquid into a glass.  He swallowed the medicine, and immediately observed that it had a different taste from his former physic.  He looked at it several times, and repeated it was "the draught."  He  added that I was to take care of the bottle, give it to his son, Mr. W. Owen, for him to take to the chemist, saying that perhaps they had varied the medicine.  I slept in the same apartment as deceased.  He desired me to go to bed and begged I would not disturb him.  I did so, and awoke about five.  The deceased then snored very loud, and I considered he was going into as fit (being subject to them).  I went to him, when he told me he was going to sleep.  At six o'clock I again heard him snore, which being very unusual I inquired of him if her was ill, and whether the medicine had disagreed with him ?  The deceased said that his head ached, and he wanted sleep.  About half an hour afterwards I rang the bell for our boy, and soon after the deceased appeared very sleepy, but spoke, and desired me not to be alarmed, as he was only sleepy. - I sent the boy to call master's son, to whom I said there was a great alteration in his father for the worse. And that I considered wrong medicine had been administered.  I instantly brought the deceased some tea, but he could not swallow it.  The deceased gentleman was between 50 and 60 years of age.

   Mr. William Owen said, my father, now deceased, was in the habit of taking an opening draught, prescribed by Sir Anthony Carlisle, and he daily took a preparation of opium, caked Battley's Drops.  He invariably took thirty drops on ogling to bed.  The two phials I now produce were brought homer by one of our servants on Wednesday last.  On one is a label, containing these words - "The draught as before, for W. Owen." The other phial is now full, and has written on it "Battley's Drops."  This I have no doubt contains the draught that ought to have been taken by my father - the castor oil in it is quite visible.  As soon as I discovered the unfortunate mistake, I sent for medical assistance.  After my father's death, I went to the chemists's shop where the mistake was acknowledged to have occurred, and that it was accidentally done by one of the young men.

   Mr. Robert Hicks, of Conduit-street, surgeon, said, I was sent for on Friday, between seven and eight o'clock, to attend the deceased: I repaired first to the Haymarket instead of Bruton-street, conceiving the melancholy occurrence had taken place there.  I arrived at the latter place soon after eight, where I saw the deceased gentleman, who was in a state of stupor. I administered an emetic, and repeated it - he brought up much matter from his stomach.  I afterwards sent to Mr. Weiss, instrument-manufacturer in  the Strand, for some instruments, with which I injected liquid and extracted a great portion of matter.  The deceased, however, gradually got worse, and lingered till near four o'clock the same afternoon, and then expired.  It was informed that the deceased gentleman had taken a quantity of poisonous matter.  Battley's Drops is a nostrum, a preparation of opium.

   Joseph Jenkins, a servant of the deceased, said, on Wednesday evening I went to the chemists's  shop in the Haymarket; I asked for a draught - (I have procured such a draught there forty or fifty times before for my master)'; and also for a bottle of Battley's Drops.  I left the order and called again in an hour, when the two bottles were given to me, which I brought home,  and took into the deceased's room.

   This being the whole of the evidence, the jury most deeply lamented the unfortunate mistake that had occurred, and after a long consultation, they returned the following verdict - That the deceased, Wm. Owen, Esq. died from taking a large quantity of Battley's drops, the bottle containing that liquid having been negligently and incautiously labelled by the person who prepared the medicine as an opening draught, such as the said Mr. Owen had been in the habit of taking.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor),  7 April 1825

RELIGIOUS DESPONDENCY. - An Inquiry took place at Union Hall, Thursday, touching the death of Amelia Clay.  The deceased, it appeared had enjoyed a prilliant flow of spirits, but about four years ago she joined a sect of dissenters, and since that time became in a state of melancholy, produced by religious enthusiasm.  She was continually impressing on her friends the necessity of abandoning all worldly thoughts and ways, and had been frequently heard to say "that all persons who did not attend to her advice would surely go to hell."  The result of the inquiry was that the deceased while in a state of melancholy had taken two spoonfuls of arsenic. 

   An inquest was also held on Thursday, at the Guy, Earl of Warwick-lane, on another female sixty years of age, named Martha Halls, who had also fallen into a state of religious despondence, in consequence of becoming acquainted with an old lady of the Methodist persuasion.  She had frequently expressed her fears that she should never enter Heaven, and that it was of no use to pray.  While in a state of insanity she cut her throat with a carving knife.

The Cambrian, 14 May 1825

SHOCKING CATASTROPHE ON THE PADDINGTON CANAL. - Between eight and nine o'clock on Tuesday evening, a melancholy and distressing catastrophe occurred in one of the tunnels, situated in the direction of Lisson-grove, belonging to the above-named canal.  One of the Gloucestershire barges, last from Rickmansworth, was observed coming down the canal in the direction towards Pickford's wharf; and at the mouth of the tunnel, the Captain, named Watson, and some of the crew, went ashore to conduct the horses round to the other end.  The barge then entered the tunnel, having three young men, named Thomas Russell, William George, and -------- Williams, on board to navigate it through. Watson and his men waited some time, and at length the barge came rushing through the tunnel, without any person on board.  An alarm was given, and torches being procured, several boats were manner, and entered the tunnel, and about midway Russell was found, nearly dead, clinging to a plank, but his comrades had sunk to ruse no more.  The drags were put in requisition, and the body of George was found in a dreadful state, having evidently been crushed; but Williams was not found; his body was probably carried away by the waters.  Russell accounts for the accident, by saying, they were all working the barge through with their feet as is the customary practice, by lying in a plank, as the height of the tunnel does not admit of their standing, when by some means the plank tilted and they fell into the water.  George and Williams uttered a loud cry, and he saw them no more; he grasped the plank, and saved his life.  It was the opinion of some of the navigators that the men had partaken rather too freely on the Burton ale on board, and in a drunken state fell overboard, as the upsetting of a plank with them lying on it was considered impossible.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 2 June 1825

   An inquest has been held on the body of the lady who died at Chelsea, before J. Gell, Esq. coroner for Westminster, in consequence of the mystery which attended the deceased: and the room was crowded to excess by a number of respectable persons who were anxious to hear if any evidence had been procured to throw light upon her extraordinary sudden death.  The landlady stated, that the lady had taken her apartments, stating herself to be a married woman, and that she had come 100 miles from the country.  Since her death she had examined her trunks, and found 85 sovereigns, five shillings, two sixpences, some books and papers, but nothing that could lead to a discovery of her name of connections - that she did not observe she was in the family way, will the deceased called her into her room and said she was dying, when she discovered her situation, and immediately sent for medical assistance. 

    The evidence of the medical gentlemen who were called in proved that the deceased had laboured under a depression of spirits, which had caused the premature labour, and that she had expired under the excess of the previous sufferings from distress of mind.  The body had been examined since her death, and not the slightest appearance gave reason to think she had fallen a victim to self-destruction.  Among the papers was the cover of a letter with the post-mark "Devizes" on it; the others consisted principally of scraps of poetry.  The Coroner stated that from the evidence, whatever opinion the Jury might have previously entertained, there could be no doubt that the dissolution of the unfortunate lady had occurred from natural causes, inasmuch as, from the evidence of the medical gentlemen, nothing had been taken to  cause or hasten her death, and that he had no doubt that deep affliction from some cause to them unexplained had in a great degree tended to irritate the inside, which, in her unfortunate situation, had hastened her death. - Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 9 June 1825

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Friday morning three labouring men were proceeding in a small sailing boat down the river, when, owing to their unskilfulness, they ran foul of a collier below London-bridge; the consequence was that the boat was staved, and by the concussion the party were precipitated into the river.  Some watermen, who saw the accident, put off in their wherries to their assistance, but unfortunately they only succeeded in saving two; the third, we are sorry to say, met with a watery grave.  The name of the youth is Janson, and lived with his father at Wapping, and had just attained his 16th year.


   On Thursday morning last, the neighbourhood of Church-street, Mile-end New Town, was thrown into consternation by the following fearful occurrence:- Mr. and Mrs. Stagg, a respectable elderly couple, living on their property in Church-street, in the Hamlet of Miler-end, who from their advanced age, had been for some time in a declining state of health, and were attended and receiving medical advice, were on Wednesday evening visited by a few friends, who left them in their usual health and spirits.  The old gentleman was sitting by the fire-side, and his wife had gone to bed.  In the morning the neighbours thought it rather singular that the window-shutters were not opened at the usual hour, and on the milk-woman going to the door with the milk for breakfast, she could get no answer; upon which she expressed her suspicions to Mrs. Lawrence, a next door neighbour, who, with the assistance of others, gained an entrance by  forcing open the back door; and, on going into the bed-room, they were thunder struck at finding the old couple dead, and cold.  Mr. Stagg was in bed, and what is very extraordinary, Mrs. Stagg lay with her head on the floor and her lower extremities on the bed-side.

   A medical gentleman was instantly sent for, and attended'; but, of course, his assistance was of no avail, as they had been dead for several hours.  An investigation into the circumstances of the death took place on Friday evening, at the Cock and Hoop public-house, before Mr. Unwin, the Coroner, when evidence to the above effect was given; and it not appearing that either of the deceased persons had taken any thing poisonous to cause dissolution, the Jury returned a verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 9 June 1825

   An Inquest was held at the mansion of the Hon. Lady Mary Morgan Upper Seymour-street, who was found dead in her chamber.  It appeared that the deceased lady had for a number of years resided in Upper Seymour-street, and had attained her 50th years.  But a number of years since she had some disagreement with a portion of her family respecting the disposal or division of some property which was bequeathed between herself, her sister, and her brother, and in consequence of this  some trifling coolness existed, which Mrs. Gyles, being anxious to remove, called on her sister (the deceased), one  day  during the week before last, and volunteered her assistance; but the deceased declined the proffered offer & refused making any concessions.  Mrs. Gyles endeavoured to point out the consequences of such conduct, but the deceased declined; but after her sister left the house she made some observations, which induced her maid, Ann Gurden, to believe she wished again to see Mrs. Gyles.  This was on the Thursday, and the lady was sent for; on her arrival she experienced the same kind of indifference, and after her departure the deceased lady became desponding and agitated.

   On Sunday evening she retired to her bed-chamber, and locked herself in, the servants  did not go near their lady's room until late the next morning, when Ann Burden became uneasy at her mistress not calling as usual, and, as she was passing through the house, thought she heard a noise in the room similar to the falling of a body, and informing the butler, he went up stairs and forced open the door, and they were shocked at beholding the deceased dead on the floor, with a portion of a cambric handkerchief, fastened round her neck, and the remainder affixed to a lath of the bed-stead.  Her weight had broken the handkerchief and she had fallen with her head in the direction of the door, and her feet towards the bed.  The deceased lady, it was supposed from the cold state of the body, had ceased to exist some hours. In the room were found two letters, only extracts of which were read to the Jury, which were very incoherently written.  The Jury returned a verdict of - Temporary mental derangement.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 21 July 1825

   Richard Palmer lost his life Wednesday, by falling down the shaft of the Thames tunnel.

North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 21 July 1825

EXTRAORDINARY INVESTIGATION.  - In our paper of Friday last we have the proceedings of a coroner's inquest that was held touching the death of a new born male infant that had been preserved with rose leaves and musk, and packed in a basket, and forwarded from Winchester, by one of the Southampton coaches to Mr. Fricker, cooper, Vincent-street, Vincent-square, Vauxhall-road.  It will be recollected that at the close of the sitting the inquiry was adjourned till a future day, in order that Wheale, the officer of Queen-square police, might proceed to Winchester to investigate the business.  Monday Morning, at ten o'clock, the officer arrived in London, and, pursuant to adjournment, the jury re-assembled at 8 o'clock last evening, and the following further interesting particulars were related by Weale, the officer,  touching the extraordinary affair:-

   On leaving London, he took with him the rush basket and apron, and the cambric handkerchiefs that the infant was packed in, and on his arrival at Winchester,  he learned that the basket had  been purchased at the shop of Mr. Harper, a basket-maker, on Monday morning the 4th instant (the day before the parcel was received by Mr. Fricker,) but he could not recollect to whom he sold it. He next ascertained that a young woman named Jane Sturgess, residing with her mother in the church-yard of Winchester Cathedral, had been delivered on the same Monday morning of an illegitimate child by Mr. Lyford, an accoucheur, which he left doing exceedingly well, but on gaping to the house in about two hours after, he was surprised at being told that the infant was dead, but no offer was made to him to see it, although he expressed himself much astonished that such a healthy strong child should die so shortly after its birth.  In consequence of this information, he (the officer) had an interview with Mr. Lyford, who declared the child belonging to Miss Sturgess was a male child, and its features, upon a description, exactly corresponded with that of the deceased.  Wheale next proceeded to Sturgess's house, and found the female, Miss Sturgess, in a very dangerous state of health.  On putting several questions to her relative to the child of which she had been delivered, she  said that it was a whittle girl, and that  had he died, and her brother had made a small box for him, and she had given it to Heathcote the grave-digger to bury.  On the production of the rash basket, she declared she had no knowledge of it whatever, but said the apron, she thought, was the one she had wrapped her child in, but she would not swear it was.  In consequence of these suspicious circumstances, he applied to Mr. Newholt, the magistrate, who granted a warrant for the apprehension of Jane Sturgess, the mother of Miss Sturgess, Heathcote, the grave-digger, and the butchers boy named Edwards, against whom strong suspicion was entertained, & on Saturday afternoon they were examined before Mr. Newbolt, the magistrate, and several of the corporation of Winchester, when the following depositions were taken, and the child that had been buried by Heathcote was exhumated, and produced in court.

   Mr. Henry G. Lyford, surgeon of Winchester stated that he had seen the child that had been taken from the grave in the Cathedral church-yard, but he could not say upon oath that it was the same child he had delivered Miss Sturgess of on Monday last, although he believed that the child of which he so delivered her was a make child, and the one this afternoon produced was a female./

   Mrs. Cooke, of Winchester, stated that she was present with the child soon after the woman's delivery, and she thought she heard Mr. Sturgess say it was a girl.  She saw her rub the child with Prandy, and doing all she could to recover it, but she could not recall whether it was a male or female infant.

   Louisa Supp stated that she saw the child soon after it was born, and t was a female.  She saw it at half-past six o'clock in the morning, and was quite sutra it was a girl, and heard the doctor say (when the mother asked what sex the child was) that it was a little girl; and Mrs. Sturgess told her daughter, saying, "There, I told you it would be a girl."

   Mr. Higgs, the bookkeeper at Winchester, said that he verily believed that the butcher's boy was the person that had brought the parcel to him, but he could not swear to him.

   This was strongly denied by him.

   The Magistrates, not considering there were any charges attributable to any but Miss Sturgess, they were discharged, and she was placed under recognizances to appear when called upon.

   Weale further stated, that he ascertained that a man had purchased some musk on Monday morning,  at a chymist's, at Winchester, stating that it was for Mrs. Barnard, in Winchester, and on inquiry of that lady, she positively denied having sent any person for any.

   There being no further evidence to produce in this mysterious affair, the Jury expressed their unanimous wish to be again adjourned; they at the same time were desirous to have the attendance of Mr. Lyford, the surgeon. - The inquiry was adjourned till Friday, and a summons was sent to Mr. Lyford.

The Cambrian, 7 January 1826

   An inquest was yesterday held in Gray's-Inn-lane, on Morris Fitzgerald, who met his death by being stabbed on Monday evening.  It appeared that he had interfered between a man named Caen and his wife, when the latter stabbed him with a knife in the left breast, which caused his almost immediate dissolution.  The Jury returned a verdict against Mrs. Caen and her daughter of Wilful Murder.

The Cambrian, 11 January 1826

   A little sweep, nine years old, was suffocated in a chimney at Clapham, on Friday; the chimney had been on fire the preceding evening, and the fire was not quite extinguished.

The Cambrian, 1 April 1826

   A few evenings since the body of a man was taken out of the Thames, near the Tower, and an inquest was appointed to be held upon it; but in the meanwhile some expert resurrection-men effected an entrance into the parish bone-house, where it lay to be identified, and bore it off for the use of the faculty.

The Cambrian, 1 April 1826

   A Coroner's Inquest was last night held on the body of Henry price, aged about 75, who was found dead in the lock-up room of the watch-house of the parish of St. Mary-le-Strand, about seven o'clock in the morning.  The unfortunate old gentleman had formerly moved in a very respectable sphere of life, but had of late become so extremely addicted to drinking, that it was frequently found necessary to take him to the watch-house.  On Monday night he had been taken to the watch-house in front of the church, charged with being drunk, and as a vagrant, and was then placed in the lock-up room in Strand-lane, for the night. - Dr. G. F. Collier, of Norfolk-street, stated that he had known the deceased, who was by profession a solicitor, and one of the most eminent in the county of Brecon; for the last five years his habits were those of a drunkard, and he was positive that the cause of his death was apoplexy, produced by inebriation and cold.  The Coroner and several of the Jurors expressed their sense of the exposed state of the lock-up house, being open to the keen air of the river, and without windows, and directed the officers to make the parochial authorities acquainted with it; and the Jury found a verdict - That the deceased died in a fit of apoplexy, occasioned by colds, brought on by continual inebriation.

The Cambrian, 22 April 1826

SANGUINARY MURDER. - On Friday night, about eight o'clock, a shocking murder was perpetrated at No. 26 High Street, Marylebone, by a man named James Pollard, a butcher.  It appears that this man had been living with a sister of Mr. Cooper, the deceased, but, in consequence of the dissolute habits of Pollard, she had left him, and had taken shelter under the protection of her brother.  Pollard having found where she lived, went on Friday night to a public-house in the neighbourhood of High-street, where he continued drinking for a considerable time. - he was heard to say, when at the public house, that he was going to fight a duel that night, and he's be d----d but he would kill them.  At eight o'clock he left the house, and proceeded to that of Mr. Cooper.  On entering the shop, he made a thrust with a butcher's knife at a little boy, but missed him.  Mrs. Cooper and her sister ran into the shop, when he attacked and wounded the sister.  He then stabbed Mrs. Cooper on the arm, and nearly severed one of her breasts from her body.  Mr. Cooper, hearing a dreadful screaming, ran into the shop, when the ruffian immediately stabbed him in the left side.  A great number of persons by this time had assembled round the house, who secured the murderer.  He was taken to Marylebone Office; on arriving there, the prisoner was very faint, and it was discovered that he had stabbed himself in the abdomen.  He was instantly taken to Marylebone Infirmary, where he died on Saturday at three o'clock.  Previous to his death he declared to the house-surgeon that so much drink had so far got the better of his feelings, that he was unconscious of having committed the dreadful crime - he made no further disclosure.  Mr. Cooper was instantly carried to a surgeon's  on the opposite side of the street, but he expired ere they reached the house.  Mrs. Cooper and her sister are in a very precarious situation from the fright and the injuries they have received.  The knife with which the horrid deed was committed was found behind the counter.  It seems he had gone with a determination to destroy the whole family, as he ground the knife in the afternoon; and observed to a boy that turned the stone, that it would do well to cut throats now.  Pollard has been a master butcher in good circumstances, but of late had wholly given himself up to drinking.  It is said Pollard is a married man, and has a family.  An inquest was held on Saturday at five o'clock on the body of Mr. Cooper, and at twelve a verdict of Wilful Murder against Pollard was returned.

The Cambrian, 29 April 1826

   The inquest on the body of Pollard, the murderer, returned a verdict of felo de se.  Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Bicknell are in a fair way of recovery.

The Cambrian, 27 May 1826

   An accident of the most serious magnitude occurred this morning about twelve o'clock at the factory of Mr. Maudslay, the eminent engineer, on the Westminster-road.  It seems that a new roof composed of cast iron, fifty-five feet in span, and about one hundred and fifty feet in length, was in the course of erection, and nearly completed, over a part of his extensive premises.  On and under this roof upwards of eighty persons were this morning employed, part in tiling it, the remainder in the customary business of the factory, when, on a sudden, and without the slightest previous warning, the whole of this tremendous weight fell in, killing one person (the servant of a Mt. Field, who was at work in an adjoining court) on the spot, and grievously maiming and wounding about twenty others, two of whom have since expired.  It is much feared that one person at least is buried in the ruins, inasmuch as a man was seen but an instant before the crash, passing near the wall with a basket of fish.

The Cambrian, 27 May 1826

   Yesterday afternoon, at half-past three o'clock, an inquest was held at the Yorkshire Grey public-house, in Piccadilly, before Mr. Gell, one of the Coroners for the City of Westminster, on the body of the Rev. Francis Lee, who put a period to his existence by shooting himself.  Several persons gave evidence to the insane state of the deceased's mind, and the jury returned a verdict -  That the deceased  put a period to his existence by shooting himself while in a state of lunacy.  A gentleman present observed, that to his knowledge, the deceased had a large sum at his banker's when he committed the rash act.

The Cambrian, 17 June 1826

SHOCKING MURDER. - A murder of the most revolting nature was committed on Wednesday morning, in Queen-street, Seven Dials.  An infant girl, only three years old, was murdered b y her step-mother in a fit of jealousy.  The woman, Anne Browne, who is fifty years of age, married her nephew two years ago, he being then about twenty; and subsequently desired the infant in question, the offspring of an illicit connection  of her husband before marriage, might be placed under her care. This was complied with, and she became remarkably fond of the child; but unfortunately a fresh affair of the husband's produced another child, which coming to the knowledge of his wife recently, it had such an effect on her, that she murdered the little girl above-mentioned whilst asleep in a paroxysm which rendered her unconscious of what she was about. The husband, who was at work below at that time, hearing a dreadful scream rushed towards the stairs, where he met the frantic woman in the passage, her hands covered with the blood of the infant, endeavouring to escape; the neighbours had also heard the scream of the sufferer, and were instantly on the spot, and by their exertions the mother was secured and given into custody.  A surgeon was directly sent for, but it was of no avail, the first blow of the wretched parent had too fatally taken effect. The infant is described to have been a most interesting little girl, and admired by all the neighbours. - The wretched woman on being asked why she did it, made no reply further than, "I have done it, I have done it."

   On being conveyed to Marlborough-street Police Office, she was quite calm and collected, and stated to the Constable that she knew not what urged her to commit the act'; she saw the child asleep in bed, and, without knowing what she was doing at the time, she turned it round on the side of the bed, and taking up a knife, she believed a carving knife, that lay on the table, she cut the poor child's head off, quite unconscious of what she did at the time; - On Thursday an inquest was held on the body of the child, when a verdict of Wilful Murder was returned, and the Coroner issued his warrant for the committal of Anne Browne to Newgate.

The Cambrian, 15 July 1826

   This day Lieut. Kenny, an officer in his Majesty's navy, was brought from Deal, to Bow-street office, having been apprehended on the arrival of his ship in the Downs, on a charge of murder.  The case is one of a very extraordinary description.  The prisoner, and Mr. Charlton, surgeon of the ship, in the dead of the night, fought a duel, without seconds.  The examination was postponed.

The Cambrian, 21 October 1826

DEATH BY POISON. - On Tuesday, an inquest was held in Sydney-street, City-road, on the body of Jane Mitchell, 19 years of age, who died by poison.  It appeared that the unfortunate girl was in a state of pregnancy, and that her seducer had said, that she must go to a workhouse, as he could not afford to support her and a child !  This seems to have distressed her so much, that she listened to the baneful advice of her sister, (Mrs. Sarah Jay,) to take a dose of an infusion from the bulb of the meadow saffron, in order to procure abortion, but which unhappily caused her death !"  The Jury, after a long investigation, returned a verdict which, the Coroner said, was tantamount, in legal terms, to that of Wilful Murder against Mrs. Jay, the sister, and it was his duty to commit her, to wait the verdict of a higher tribunal; and the beadle was directed to take her to the New Prison, Clerkenwell, on the Coroner's warrant.

   On the following day, Mrs. Jay was examined at Hatton Garden police Office, touching the death of her sister, when no evidence being brought forward to criminate Mrs. Jay, she was discharged, but is still held in custody under the Coroner's warrant.

The Cambrian, 23 December 1826

   A Member of the Stock Exchange disappeared Saturday, having forged a stock warrant for 4000l.  .  .  .  .  [Mr. Newman is the individual alluded to above, and it is lamentable to add, that he has since committed suicide at Hampstead, where he resides.] - Courier.

The Cambrian, 24 February 1827

SHOCKING OCCURRENCE. - Just before ten o'clock on Saturday evening, the following melancholy occurrence took place at the Smithfield Coffee-house, in Smithfield Bars.  Mr. Pickman, the respectable proprietor, having been for some home for the previous two or three hours, enjoying the company of a friend, entered into some dispute with an old acquaintance sitting in the coffee-room, in the course of which, a trifling point was debated with much warmth on both sides, each insisting on their correctness.  Mr. Pickman at length became much irritated, and taking a carving-knife from a side-board, declared he would as soon stab himself as be argued out of his senses, and at the same instant plunged the knife into his side, and fell to the ground.  Several of his horror-stricken family were witnesses of this dreadful catastrophe, and he was removed to his chamber weltering in his blood, and surgical assistance procured, but without avail, he dying within an hour after the rash occurrence took place.  The knife had penetrated nearly three inches, and inflicted a severe wound in the liver.  The body awaits the result of the coroner's inquest.

The Cambrian, 14 April 1827

   In  consequence of the sudden death of a Gentleman on Wednesday in Russell-square, who fell down in an apoplectic fit, the body was removed to St. Giles's Workhouse for an inquest, which was held on Friday, and a verdict of Died by the visitation of God recorder.  Immediately afterwards, .  .   [failed attempt by Resurrection-men.]

The Cambrian, 19 May 1827

MURDER OF A CHILD BY ITS FATHER. - A most horrid murder was committed on Thursday night in Whitechapel by a father upon his child, an infant about four months old.  The man, whose name is Sheen, resides at No. 1, Christopher-alley, Lambeth-street, near the Police Office, and obtaining his living by selling wood about the streets.  It appears, that on several occasions, when he had returned home intoxicated, and quarrelled with his wife, he had threatened to murder this child by cutting off its head; but it is most singular, that there appears to exist no cause which could induce the wretch to commit such a diabolical act.  It was his only child, and from inquiries that have been made, it does not seem that he entertained any jealousy respecting his wife.  About seven o'clock in the evening he returned home intoxicated, and said to his wife that he would cut the child's head off.  She did not pay the slightest attention to his threat, and about half an hour afterwards he sent her out to procure some tea.  In her absence he cut the child's head from the body; he then threw the body under the bed, and placed the head on the table, where it was found b y the mother upon entering the room.  Sheen has absconded, but Dalton, an officer of Lambeth-street, is in search of him.  Sheen is about thirty years of age, and his wife about the same age. - The Coroner's inquest has returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against the father of the infant, William Sheen.

The Cambrian, 9 June 1827

  At the Old Bailey Sessions, on Thursday, Wm. Sheen was indicted for the murder of his child at Whitechapel.  The evidence against the prisoner was confirmatory of the facts of the murder; but an objection to the indictment was submitted by his Counsel, that there was no evidence of identity to prove that the child mentioned in the indictment was the same which had been murdered.  The name in the indictment was "Wm. Sheen," when the register proved that it was "William Charles Beadle," consequently no identity was proved, as the register was evidence that it was Wm. Charles Beadle. [The child was born before the marriage of its parents, and consequently took the name of the mother.]  The Learned Judge considered the objection fatal; and the Jury, under his directions, but very contrary to their desire, returned their verdict, "Not guilty of killing, as laid in the indictment."  The Judge desired the prisoner to be detained until another indictment could be formed, and all the witnesses were bound to appear again; but it is not expected that this can be done till the next Sessions.  The prisoner was then removed from the bar, exhibiting a stupid sort of surprise at the proceedings.

   On Saturday night last, about eleven o'clock, the butler of his Grace the Duke of Beaufort, (who had laboured for some time past under an unusual depression of mind), went down stairs to the kitchen, when he was requested, in a fetidly manner, by the man cook, to take a draught of beer.  He replied, "that he was never accustomed to drink so early."  His manner then appeared unusually strange.  He then retired to bed.  On the following morning (Sunday), having remained in his room later than was his general custom, one of the domestics went up  stairs to call him, and having repeatedly knocked at the door of his bed-room, and got no answer, he at last opened it, when to his horror, he discovered the body of the unhappy man extended, (with the face downwards), upon the floor, weltering in blood, and the windpipe completely severed.  The knife with which the deceased committed the rash act remained (although the body was quite cold), clenched with a firm grasp in the hand.  A Coroner's Inquest was held yesterday on the deceased, at the plough public house, Brooks'-mews, Davies-street, Berkeley-square, when, after a short consultation, the jury pronounced a verdict of insanity.

The Cambrian, 11 August 1827

MURDER AND SUICIDE. - The town and neighbourhood of Barnet and Hadley, were thrown into the utmost consternation on Tuesday last, by the  report that two ladies were murdered at Hadley-green - Mrs. Spencer, a widow lady of great respectability, 70 years of age, and her daughter, aged 39.  The bodies were found in the morning by the servants, their clothes completely saturated with blood, and a bloody razor was found near the spot.  The premises were examined, and every thing secure, without the slightest marks of violence.  An inquest was held on Thursday at the White Bear, Hadley, to inquire into the mysterious circumstances. - Ann Winter, a cook in the family, stated, that on Tuesday morning, the ladies not having come down to breakfast, witness became alarmed.  She heard one of them walking about between four and five o'clock.  In answer to other questions, she stated that she never heard her mistress quarrelling, but that, on Saturday, Mrs. Spencer told her she must bring her bed into their room, as she was alarmed at her daughter's behaviour. 

   Mr. W. Morrison, surgeon, of Barnes,  said, he was called to Mrs. Spencer's on Tuesday morning, and found the bodies lying in a room adjoining their bed room, quite dead.  The carotid artery of the elder lady was completely severed, and the throat more cut and mangled than could possibly have been done by herself; one finger of the left hand was also much cut.  Mrs. Spencer's bed was bloody, and an evident struggle had taken place.  He thinks she must have been attacked by her daughter in the bed-room, and then carried into the next room, where they were found.

   Mr. W. Hammond, surgeon, of Whetstone, corroborate the evidence of Mr. Morrison; and added, that Miss Spence's bed was free from blood, and had the clothes turned down.  The wall was bloody, and as large spot was visible near the lock of the door.  In Miss Spencer's case, none of the principal arteries of the throat had been severed. And her death must have been very lingering.  The bone to which the tongue attaches was completely cut through. He had attended the family 17 years, and always considered Miss Spencer as a lady of uncommon strange habits, and had on one occasion told her she was like a crazy woman, and must be treated as such.  This had an evident effect on her conduct for the time.  He then related to the Jury a number of instances in which strong symptoms of inanity were perceptible. - Other witnesses spoke to the same effect. - After the Coroner had summed up the evidence, the jury, after a few minutes consultation, returned the following verdict:- "That Mary Spencer, senior, met her death from wounds inflicted by her daughter, who afterwards cut her own throat, being at the time in a state of mental derangement."

The Cambrian, 17 November 1827

   About two o'clock this morning a fire broke out in the wadding manufactory of Mr. Hopkins, in Queen-street, Cheapside, which soon reduced the whole stack of warehouses to ashes.  .  .  .  .   Messrs. Butler and Co. are fully insured, but not so Mr. Hopkins.  The latter gentleman, only a few days since, suffered another severe calamity - one of his daughters, falling through a trap-door, was killed.

The Cambrian, 22 December 1827

SUICIDE BY TWO SISTERS. - On Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at the Duchess of Oldenburg Tavern, Goswell-street-road, on the bodies of Agnes and Sophia Anderson, one 35 and the other 30 years of age, who destroyed themselves by poison.  They had lived together since they were children, and the fear of being  separated was the cause of their terminating their existence by poison.  A verdict of insanity was therefore recorded.

The Cambrian, 5 January 1828

SUDDEN DEATHS. - Mr. Holland, the [sitting] partner in Baring's house, expired suddenly on Thursday forenoon, while transacting business in the counting house.  Mr. Holland, whose habits of business made him unusually early in his attendance, came to the counting-house from his residence at Clapham, apparently in perfect health.  One of the clerks presented him with some letters for perusal, which had just been received, but he declined answering them, having, as he observed some cheques to fill up previously.  He retired to his private room, and in a few minutes the clerks were alarmed at hearing him fall from his seat.  He was found on the floor perfectly senseless, and in two minutes life was extinct.  The usual assistance was resorted to, but it was too late. .  .  .  .   Mr. Holland was about 50 years of age, and extremely regular and temperate in his habits.

Carmarthen Journal, 11 January 1828

   On Saturday week an inquest was held at the Poor-house of St. Olave's, Tooley-street, on the body of a poor woman.  It appeared that the deceased was found lying on the ground in New Back-court, Tooley-street, in a state of insensibility, having received two severe blows on the head, from stones that had been thrown at her, and one of which had caused a serious wound over the eye.  Some people residing in the court came to her assistance, and Turner, a watchman, was called, but instead of rendering her any assistance, he immediately ordered her to get up.  She faintly said, "I cannot - I am dying;" and then Turner and another watchman took her by the shoulders, and dragged her towards St. John's workhouse, with the lower part of her person trailing in the mud.

   When they arrived at the workhouse, the master said she had made application to him during the day, but as she did not belong to the parish, he could not relieve her, and ordered her to be taken to the watch house.  This occurred about eight o'clock, and about eleven the same night one of the watchmen was seen to place the deceased upon the steps of a pawnbroker's shop door, at the corner of Fog-and-Bear-road.  She implored them to take care of her, and said she should soon be dead.  The person by whom this circumstance was witnessed hastened to the watch-house, and having made the facts known, a patrol went to the spot, and found the deceased lying extended on the ground. - The watchmen said they were not able to take her to the watch-house; upon which the third man said, "---- her old eyes.  I wish she had been dead, instead of coming in my way."  He then left them, and returned with another watchman; and the four having taken her by the arms and legs carried her a short distance, and then let her down again.  One of the watchmen wished to take her into some passage and leave her there; but the spectators having threatened to report their conduct, they went on, dropping the poor creature at every few yards, and in the course of an hour arrived at the watch-house.  The coroner and jury censured the conduct of the watchmen, and adjourned the inquest, in order that they should be summoned to explain their conduct.

Carmarthen Journal, 11 January 1828

HORRID MURDER. - A dreadful and cruel murder was perpetrated on Monday night, in Montague-place, Russell-square.  It appears a gentleman of the name of Let, had recently removed from No. 11, to Dulwich, and left the former house under the care of an old and favourite servant, of the name of Jeff, and upon whose body the horrid deed were are about to relate was committed.

   Mrs. Jeff, although at the advanced age of seventy-five, resided in the house without any companion, and was seen for the last time on Monday evening at nine o'clock, by the pot boy of the Craven Arms, when she took a pot of beer from him.  At that time he saw a man in the passage, with whom she appeared to be in conversation, and who he thinks went down stairs into the kitchen with her.  Some alarm was excited on Tuesday, from the unusual circumstance of the old lady not having made her appearance, and the shutters not being open, in the evening it was determined to effect an entrance and discover the cause.  A man entered, and proceeded down stairs into the housekeeper's room, which is a dark room in front of the ground floor.  A spectacle here presented itself which was so dreadful that the man was for a time horror-struck.  After recovering in some degree from the fright, he proceeded to the front door, and let in the servants of the next house; and upon receiving information that Mrs. Jeff was murdered, they proceeded to the servants' hall. At the top of the stairs leading thereto they fund a candlestick with a candle in it half burnt, which had been turned in the socket and extinguished.  On entering the servants' hall they discovered the body of the unfortunate old woman lying on its back on the floor bittern two chairs, with her throat cut from ear to ear, and her clothes saturated with blood.  Her head, which was attached to the neck merely by a bit of skin, was lying in a pool of blood.  The body was quite stiff and cold, and there is every reason to believe the deed was committed on Monday night; & from the relative situation of the body, the chair, and a table, it is believed the murdered had been sitting with her, and probably she had been regaling him before he destroyed her.  A pint pot, containing a small quantity of beer was standing on the table. - The fatal wound inflicted must have been received in the apartment where she was discovered, as there were no traces of blood beyond the immediate spot; but in some of the drawers, up stairs, there were marks of blood as if the murderer or murderers had been there with bloody hands.  Upon the discovery of the deceased it occurred to some persons that she might have committed the act herself, but very little examination was necessary to prove the groundlessness of such a supposition.  There was no weapon near her, by which she could have inflicted the wound; but there was lying beside her a razor case, and little doubt remains that the murderer had, in his hurry, omitted to carry off this, which may, in all probability lead to the detection of the villain.  The razor case cannot be recognised by any of the persons acquainted with the house, so that it must have been brought there by the author of this atrocious act.

   On the arrival of a Mr. Halls, the magistrate, and police officers, at the house, a surgeon was sent for, and examined the body, and said decisively, that she had been murdered.  It was then discovered that the pockets of the deceased were turned inside out, and several drawers in the house were rifled; they had all the marks of bloody fingers on them; on the table there was a small work basket, which was also besmeared with blood.;  The officers were despatched by the magistrate to apprehend Charles Knight, the son of the deceased.  The officers proceeded to his house in Cursitor-street, and took him in custody, but there appears no suspicion against him.  Information was immediately sent to Dulwich to advertise the family of Mr. Lett of the circumstance, and in the course of the night Mr. and Mrs. Lett arrived in town.  In the confusion and agitation of the moment, they cannot tell what the villains might have carried off, but they do not think much belonging to them has been carried away.  An inquest was held on the body on Wednesday, and a verdict of Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown, returned.

The Cambrian, 12 January 1828

   On Thursday morning an inquest was held on the body of Elizabeth Jeffe, aged 75 years, (the unfortunate female who was so barbarously murdered on Monday night at her master's house in Montague-place [see postscript of our last].  From the evidence it appeared that some suspicion attaches to the grandson of the deceased, but nothing decisive was elicited, and the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.  The case is now in the hands of an active magistrate, and hopes are entertained that the murderer will be brought to justice.

Carmarthen Journal, 25 January 1828

DEATH THROUGH STARVATION. - A few evenings since an unfortunate young man, who had been seen wandering about the neighbourhood of Islington, in a most deplorable state of wretchedness, sought refuge from the inclemency of the weather in a shed belonging to Mr. Rhodes, cow-keeper, near the Shepherd and Shepherdess Fields, City road, where he laid himself down during the night.  On Wednesday morning, as the son of Mr. Freeman, carpenter, of Islington, was passing by the shed, his attention was arrested by stifled groans, which induced him to enter the place, on which he perceived the poor fellow lying in a cramped condition in the corner of the shed, in a state of insensibility, and he bore the appearance of dying from the effects of cold and hunger.  A neckerchief, the end of which appeared to be gnawed by the teeth, was partly stuffed in his mouth.  The lad immediately ran for assistance, which shortly after arrived, but the unfortunate man was dead.  On searching his pockets, nothing was found.  His remains were removed to the vault of the church.

The Cambrian, 26 January 1828

DEATH OF AN INDIAN GIRL AT GREENWICH CAUSED BY ILL-TREATMENT. - Within these three days, the town of Greenwich, and, indeed, for many miles round about, has been thrown into the greatest excitement and tumult, in consequence of the death of a girl of colour, aged 15, under circumstances of the most atrocious description.  Our informant has been enabled to collect the following authentic particulars, which we lay before our readers.

   A lady whose name we withhold for the present, lived near the Lime Kiln, at Blackheath-lane, whose husband is employed in the Civil department of the Hon. East India Company's service, as Bassora, and who had lately returned from that country, brought the unfortunate child, the subject in question, with her.  She as a native of the Persian Gulph, and on reaching this country, she was employed by Mrs. ------, as a domestic at her house in Greenwich.  The climate of this country, it would appear, did not agree with the girl's constitution, and shortly afterward she became very inactive, and was considered slothful, and Mrs. -----, to cure her, as she said, of what she called sulky, ordered her to be put into the yard, there to stand at the wash-tub bare-footed, and when the snow was lying upon the ground.  Whilst in this situation she was most cruelly beaten by the servants with a stick, and rolled in the snow.  Through a series of the most inhuman treatment, the poor girl ultimately expired.

   An inquest was summoned upon the body, and three times adjourned, and on Sunday, after a patient investigation, the Jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against the lady and her two female servants.  The greatest uproar prevailed at the inquest, caused by the Coroner and Jury being at issue, the accused parties having made their escape from their residence before a warrant was granted for their apprehension, and the Jury having openly taxed the Coroner with being instrumental in their escape.  At the last sitting of the inquest the Coroner was assisted by a barrister.  The family of Mrs. ----- are extremely respectable, and have resided at Greenwich for the last fifteen years. - Courier.

The Cambrian, 2 February 1828

MURDER IN MONTAGUE-STREET. - Mr. Halls has been engaged at Bow-street nearly the whole of the week, from morning to night, in investigating this mysterious murder, and in taking evidence of the circumstances which excite suspicion against Jones. .  .  .  .   The prisoner remained quite collected throughout the whole proceedings.  He was attended by an Attorney, who recommended him to reserve that he had to day for a future occasion.

DREADFUL FIRE. - About half-past two o'clock Thursday morning, a fire was discovered in the house of Mr. Cain, landlord of the French Horn, in Crutched-friars, and so rapidly did the devouring element progress, that before the inmates could be aroused to a sense of their danger, the lower part of the house was in a complete blaze. .  .  .  .   An inquest was held on the bodies on Friday, before Thos. Shelton, Esq. the Coroner for London, and a highly respectable Jury, at the Cheshire Cheese public-house, Crutched Friars, to inquire into the circumstances which led to the melancholy calamity, to which no less than seven persons have fallen a sacrifice.  The bodies which have as yet been found, are those of Susan Cain, the daughter of the landlord, aged 17; Catherine Madden, a servant, aged 24; William, the post-boy, aged 15; Wm. Argent, cellarman to Mr. Coats, of Whitechapel; and geo. Goody, a journeyman cork-cutter.   On these the inquest sat; and after due deliberation, returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Carmarthen Journal, 8 February 1828

FEMALE SUICIDE. - On Wednesday week, an inquest was held at the Chase and Horses, Hammersmith, on the body of Ann Hamlin, aged 20.  The deceased was in the service of Mr. Shackle, of Hammersmith.  On Wednesday, another female servant happened to go into the wash-house, and there found the deceased with the gardener in a peculiar situation.  The appeared greatly flurried, and the servant threatened to inform her mistress of the circumstance.  The deceased said, "If you will tell, you must."   The gardener begged her not to tell, and she then said she would keep it a secret.  In the afternoon, when the servants sat down to tea, the deceased could not be found; and upon search being made, she was discovered in a pond at the back of the house.  She had often been heard to say, that if she was in the family way she would drown herself.  The Jury consulted for some time, when it appeared that there was out of a jury of fourteen, nine for a verdict of temporary Insanity, and five for felo de se.  The former verdict was then recorded.  The gardener was severely censured for his disgraceful conductor in his master's house, and he was immediately dismissed.

Carmarthen Journal, 15 February 1828

DREADFUL FIRE. - On Monday last, about a quarter to three o'clock, a most alarming fire broke out in the house of Mr. Humphreys, White Horse, Gilbert-street, Clare marker, which was attended with the most appalling consequences. .  .  . 

   The flames were at this time increasing in a most appalling manner, and several of the unfortunate inmates were seen at the upper windows imploring in heart-rending screams, deliverance from their horrible situation.  A poor woman in the greatest despair threw herself from the third floor window, and owing to the dreadful injuries she received died in a short time after.  A watchman's wife and a young woman likewise threw themselves from a window, and were shockingly hurt.  One of them was conveyed to the workhouse, and it was expected that death would put an end to her severe sufferings, one of her legs being broke and her face dreadfully crushed. .  .  .   London Paper.

The Cambrian, 1 March 1828

   In the Morning Chronicle there is an account of a man, named John Cook, who expired at St. Giles's work-house from actual starvation !  A witness deposed, on the inquest, that he saw the deceased lying in Bainbridge-street, when a watchman dragged him along, swearing dreadful oaths at him, and calling him a drunken old scoundrel !  This is but another sample of the abuses of the watch system, which loudly demand reformation and enquiry.  The Morning Chronicle deserves the highest praise for its exposure of watch abuses on all occasions.

   This morning, about two o'clock, a fire broke out in Field-lane, Holborn-hill, at the house of Mr. Bedle, hatter, No. 4, which has proved as dreadful in its consequences, as the late calamitous fire in Clare-market.  A man named Bartlett, his wife, and two children, who resided on the second floor, fell a sacrifice to the favouring element.  An elderly woman, who resided on the third floor, likewise lost her life.

Carmarthen Journal, 14 March 1828

THAMES TUNNEL. - Saturday evening, about five o'clock, one of the bodies of the unfortunate men who lost their lives at the late irruption at the Thames tunnel, which took place on the 12th January last, was discovered by some workmen floating at the mouth of the shaft.  The body was instantly got out of the water, when it was instantly recognised, although in a state of decomposition, to be Thomas Balls, a fine young man, about 27 years of age, who was one of the most valuable servants attacked to the works.  The body was conveyed to the office of the works to await the coroner's inquest.

The Cambrian, 15 March 1828

THE NEW BRUNSWICK THEATRE. - On Wednesday and Thursday the inquest was resumed before Mr. M. Thomas, the coroner, on the bodies of the unfortunate individuals who were found dead in the ruins on Thursday.  The only witnesses examined, touching the accident, were Mr. Pound, the bricklayer, and Mr. Arding, the carpenter.  The former stated it as his opinion that the accident arose from the weight of the machinery and the carpenters' room being attached to the roof, contrary to the original intentional.  The inquest is likely to last for a considerable time.  .  .  .  . 

Carmarthen Journal, 21 March 1828

SUDDEN DEATH. - About half-past twelve o'clock Thursday se'nnight, a respectably dressed man knocked at the door of the Marylebone watch-house, and entreated admittance, as he found himself suddenly taken ill.  George Howell, jun. deputy watch-house keeper, asked him who he was and what he was; he replied he was a servant out of place, and had not a farthing of money, and if not allowed to sit down, he must sit at some door, as he was not able to proceed any further.  Howell finding the man getting worse, ordered two of the watchmen to convey him to the Infirmary as soon as possible, which was speedily done. - On his arrival there, the rattles were distinctly heard in his throat, and while Mr. Goodyer, the house-surgeon, was mixing the draught, he expired.  An inquest will be held on the body.

Carmarthen Journal, 18 April 1828

BRUNSWICK THEATRE. - The coroner's inquest, relative to the late dreadful accident at the New Brunswick Theatre, closed Friday.  The result of the investigation is a verdict - occasioned by the roof being too heavily loaded by machinery against the advice of the architects and others.  Accidental as to the deaths of David Sampson Maurice, &c., and a deodand of the substances which move to and caused the death of the aforesaid persons.

EXECUTION OF CATHERINE WELCH. - This miserable woman suffered the penalty of the law, at the old Bailey on Monday, for the crime of infanticide.  On being removed to the condemned cell after her conviction, she retracted all her previously uttered solemn declarations of innocence, and made a most full confession of her guilt to Mr. Winter.  [Detailed account, maiden name Hayes. 'The deceased was a good-looking stout young woman about 24 years of age.']

Carmarthen Journal, 27 June 1828

   The following singular circumstance occurred last week at Greenwich.  A labouring man and his wife, named Hall, going out to their daily avocations, left a young child between two and three years old to the care of a girl about 14. - The girl being indisposed prepared some herb tea, and whilst she went into the next room for some bread, the little one drank out of the tea-pot spout, and was in consequence so miserably scalded as to occasion its death.  Preparations were made by the afflicted parents for its funeral, and a few friends invited to attend; but on Friday night, the elder girl suddenly arose out of her sleep, and screamed out to her mother to come to bed, saying that she should die, for the child had stood by her bed side, and told her it must not go till she went with it ! The affrighted mother immediately arose, and struck a light, and in the course of the night the girl expired.  The funeral was in consequence put off, and the children afterwards interred together.

Carmarthen Journal, 4 July 1828

   On Monday a man calling himself John Wild, but whose real name is John Davies, was committed for trial at the Liverpool Sessions under the following circumstances: - On Friday afternoon he entered a public house in Marylebone, in company with a man very much intoxicated.  His conduct here exited suspicion, and when he was about to quit the house, leaving his companion behind, the people of the house stopped him, and inquired who the individual was whom he was abandoning in that state.   He replied that the person was a respectable man from Derbyshire, who had got drunk, but would soon come round again; he then took to his heels, but was pursued and brought back to the house. .  .  .  .   In the course of the night the intoxicated man died and an inquest was held on him the following day, when it appeared that he was a person of some respectability from Dublin, of the name of Askew, and that his death was produced by apoplexy - the effect of intoxication.

Carmarthen Journal, 11 July 1828

   Considerable sensation has been excited at Clapham, in consequence of the death of two children (a boy and a girl), one six and the other seven years of age, the son and daughter of WM. DYER, a resident of Clapham, having been produced by poison.  Wednesday an inquest was held on the bodies, at the Cock Inn, Clapham, and from the evidence of the father of the children and other witnesses, it appeared that the children were taken suddenly unwell after they had eaten something which they found lying in the road, and, which, they said, was similar with apples.  After death the bodies were opened, and the medical gentlemen were of opinion that their deaths had been occasioned by some vegetable poison. - The contents of their stomachs had, however, not been analysed, nor was there any further evidence to prove in what manner the children had procured the matter they had eaten; the Inquest was, therefore, adjourned.

Carmarthen Journal, 11 July 1828

EXECUTION. - SUDDEN DEATH OF MONTGOMERY AT THE OLD BAILEY. - Friday morning the usual number of the lower class, and several of a more respectable grade, assembled at the Old Bailey, to witness the last moment s of John Montgomery, for passing forged notes; .  .  .  .     At that time the thunder rumbled though the prison vaults with a fearful vehemence, but he seemed alike unshaken either by the noisy elements or his own feelings.  At twenty minutes past six on Friday morning, the turnkey opened the cell, and saw him stretched dead on his bed.  He immediately alarmed Mr. Know, jun. the surgeon, and Mr. Wontner, the Governor of Newgate.   They hastened to the cell, and found him lying in a sleeping position, with his eyes open, and the muscles of his countenance undisturbed.  No symptom of suicide could be discovered.  His stomach was emptied, and no appearance of his having taken poison presented itself; nor did he appear, by external symptom, to have died of apoplexy.  On the table lay the letter which he had finished, and which must have occupied him for two hours after the turnkey had left him.  It was looked to with anxiety, but nothing appeared in it which could warrant a supposition that he meditated self-destruction when he wrote it.  An inquest was held on the body, on Saturday, and the jury were of opinion "that the deceased committed suicide when in a sane state of mind, by taking a quantity of Prussic acid."

Carmarthen Journal, 18 July 1828

   On Tuesday evening, an elegantly dressed female, about 22 years of age, was seen passing Kensington-Gardens. Shortly afterwards she was seen by a gentleman (who had been in conversation with her) to precipitate herself from the King's bridge, into the Serpentine River.  An alarm was given, and the unfortunate young woman was got out of the river, after being in about 20 minutes.  Every means were used to restore life, but without success.  On searching her pockets, two sovereigns, 14s. 6d. and a few half-pence were found in a net purse.  She was dressed in a light puce-coloured gown, Leghorn bonnet; and a rich Norwich shawl was also found in the river.  Her linen was marked "L.N."

The Cambrian, 12 July 1828

   A fatal affray took place near Harrow on Sunday night, amongst a party of Irish labourers and some labourers of the neighbourhood, between whom a degree of jealousy existed.  An English labourer, named John Hearden, alias "Long John," was killed by the Irishmen; and a coroner's inquest being held on his body, a verdict was returned of Wilful Murder against John Casey and seven other Irishmen, for aiding and abetting in the perpetration of the murder.

   The latter, however alone suffered at the usual place of execution in the old Bailey, Montgomery being found dead in a cell at half-past five.  On Saturday an inquest was held on the body of the deceased, when it was clearly established that the unhappy man destroyed himself by means of some prussic acid, which he had secreted about his person.  On a close search taking place, a small empty phial was found underneath his bed.  The verdict of the jury states that the deceased committed suicide while in a sound state of mind.

The Cambrian, 23 August 1828

MURDER. - Francis Darling, a young man of respectable appearance, was examined on Friday at Marylebone Office, charged with having killed Ann, the wife of Mr. John Parker, upholsterer, East-street, Manchester-square.  It appears that the prisoner and his wife, with some other females, had dined the preceding day with Parker, and had drunk very freely; indeed all the party were forward in liquor, and some of them very far gone; that the prisoner asked his wife for some money, which she refused, and a scuffle ensued between them; that the other women interfered to prevent his striking his wife, and called out "murder," which being heard in the street, Mr. Cooper, a neighbour, rushed into the house, and found a Mrs. Russell with her clothes nearly stripped from her person.  Mr. Cooper went down to the kitchen, where the parry had dined, accompanied by a young man named Dobson, and finding the door fastened, they broke it open.  The prisoner then struck Dobson on the head with a poker; Mrs. Parker ran into a corner of the passage, and said, "Oh, I'm sure here will be murder."  The prisoner followed her, and grasping the poker with both his hands, struck her on the right temple, when  she uttered a deep groan, and sank at his feet.  The prisoner then followed a young man named Casilick into the area, threw him down, and was going to strike him, but when his arm was up for that purpose, with the poker in his hand, it was stayed by Dobson, and he was taken into custody.  Mrs. Parker was carried to the Middlesex Hospital, where she died. - An inquest was held in the evening, and after hearing the evidence, as given before the Magistrates, the Jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter, and Darling was sent to prison on the Coroner's warrant.

The Cambrian, 6 September 1828

SHOCKING OUTRAGE AND MURDER. - A miserable looking Irishwoman, named Margaret Hartigan, was charged on Wednesday at Lambeth-street Office, by a poor woman, named Catherine Crawley, with the following atrocious outrage:-

   The complainant stated that, on that morning, while at breakfast, the prisoner excited her daughter, who has absconded, to pout the tea-kettle full of boiling water over her two infants, which she immediately did, the prisoner calling out, "Don't spare them !" Complainant endeavoured to protect her children, but the wretches were not satisfied till they had poured the whole contents of the kettle over the infants.  Assistance was at length procured, but the daughter escaped.  One of the little sufferers was immediately taken to the Hospital.  The other, a babe in arms, was produced in the office.  It presented a most shocking appearance, the head and body being severely scalded, and it appeared to be in great agony from the injuries it had received.  The prisoner made no defence, and she was committed in default of bail.

   In the afternoon her daughter was apprehended, and brought to the Office.  On being placed at the bar, the Magistrate was informed that the infant in the Hospital had died; and the two prisoners were remanded for further examination, to await the result of the Coroner's Inquest. The other infant is so dreadfully injured that it is not expected to live. - The poor mother's evidence before the jury fully corroborated the above statement, with this addition:- that the daughter, Eleanor Hartigan, had been quarrelling with a woman named Tooney, and on being  separated, attacked the mother of the deceased, when being again interrupted, she proceeded to the bed where the two infants were lying with one of her own.  She removed the latter, and placed it under the window; after which she  went to the fire-place, saying, "If I have not my revenge on the b------ woman, I will have it on the children."  She then took the kettle and poured the boiling water over the infants.

   After a brief charge from the Coroner, in which he expressed his opinion that a verdict of Wilful Murder should be returned, the Jury having taken the subject for a short time into their consideration, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder committed by Eleanor Hartigan on Mary Moore," and she was fully committed to Newgate; her mother was ordered to be detained for the present.

The Cambrian, 20 September 1828

OLD BAILEY. - These Sessions commenced on Thursday, with a calendar of 477 prisoners for burial.

   On Friday the woman, Margaret Hartigan, was put on her trial, for having thrown a kettle of scalding water on a child, five months old, in revenge against the mother of the infant.  The case has been already detailed. Verdict, Manslaughter.

   Joseph Silver was acquitted of having set his wife's clothes on fire, by which her death was the consequence.  Before the unfortunate woman died, she said, she and her husband had been quarrelling; she was cooking beefsteaks, and she had a lot of waste paper in a box, which she had thrown on the fire, and that while she was throwing it on, her husband struck her a blow, and as she turned round to return it, her clothes caught fire.

   John Cosen, a dustman, was charged, on the coroner's inquisition, with the wilful murder of his son William, a lad ten years of age, by striking him on the head with a pewter pot.  Upon the indictment found by the grand jury, the prisoner was charged with the minor offence of manslaughter.  He was found guilty of the latter, it appearing that he threw the pot at the boy, who had irritated him by drinking all his tea, and then laughingly handing him the empty pot.

The Cambrian, 4 October 1828

DREADFUL CALAMITY - By the fall of two old and ruinous houses in Exeter-street, On Wednesday, as briefly noticed in the postscript of our last paper, a man named Neaves, who was packing a load of timber and bricks in a cart in the front of the house, was killed on the spot.  Thomas Worrall, the carter, hearing a terrible scratch, looked up, and seeing the forint all bulging, threw himself under the cart, and this saved his life. An old woman, named Hedgley, residing in the attics, was duj out, and taken to the Middlesex Hospital with her arm broken, and otherwise so seriously injured, that little hopes are entertained of her recovery.

   The first floor was inhabited by a man named Stokes (who was absent from home at the time of the calamity), his wife, two daughters, and two sons, the youngest an infant in arms.  The mother and baby were both killed; but the others, by the uncommon exertions of labourers who speedily arrived to assist in rescuing the sufferers, were dug out severely bruised; they are, however, likely to recover.  An inquest was held on the bodies on Thursday night, when evidence was given of the accident, and of the dilapidated state of the premises; but as the owner could not be ascertained, the Coroner adjourned the inquest. It appeared that the premises, and fourteen other houses, had been condemned seven years ago, and were occupied by poor people without paying rent.  A board was put up to let the houses on repairing leases. The Times, speaking of this dreadful catastrophe, says : .  .  .  .

Carmarthen Journal, 10 October 1828

EFFECTS OF INTOXICATION. - An inquest was held at the Cape of Good Hope public-house, Limehouse, on the body of Ann King, a married female, aged 30 years.  It appeared, that on Sunday night, about nine o'clock, while the deceased was passing along the banks of the River Lea, in a state of extreme intoxication, she lost her equilibrium, and rolled into the river.  A waterman, who observed her, took her out in about five minutes, and a  surgeon was sent for, who used every means to restore her, but without effect. Verdict - Accidental Death.

Carmarthen Journal, 17 October 1828

LAMENTABLE ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday se'nnight, Mrs. Jane Feron, mother of Miss Feron who was killed at the Brunswick Theatre, was proceeding with her two daughters to Birmingham, at the Theatres of which town they both had engagements.  One of the daughters was inside the coach; Mrs. Feron and the other, Mrs. Letitia Conelly, who, though but 19, was a widow, sat on the roof behind the coachman.  At Notting Hill, Kensington, Mrs. Feron suddenly missed her daughter from behind her, and on turning round, behalf the appalling sight of her daughter lying on the road bleeding, about 100 yards behind the coach.  The unfortunate young lady was instantly lifted up, but was quite dead, the wheel of the coach having fractured her skull and jaw bone, and passed over her neck and chest.  Mrs. Feron stated, on the Coroner's Inquest, that the deceased was subject to fits, which came on very suddenly.  The coachman was driving steadily at the time she fell.  The Jury returned a verdict - Accidental death.

Carmarthen Journal, 7 November 1828

DISAPPOINTED AFFECTION. - Wednesday night an inquest was holden before J. W. Unwin, Esq. at the Globe public-house, Goldsmith-row, Hackney-road, on the remains of Anne Matthews, a fine looking young woman, 17 years of age, who, while labouring under the effects of a blighted affection, destroyed herself by plunging into the Regent's canal.  Two witnesses, George Brind and his wife, spoke to the deceased having thrown herself in, and her having been about three quarters of an hour afterwards recovered with the drags of the Humane Society, & brought on shore.  John Davies, a painter, and the person to whom the deceased was attached, said that for the last two years he had kept company with her, and had at one time held a respectable situation; this he had lately lost, and her father objected to the further continuance of their acquaintance.  The opposition preyed upon her mind, and, in his opinion, was the cause of her committing suicide.  He had seen her on the night before at eight o'clock, and heard of her death at eleven. He thought that she was not for some time past in a sound state of mind.  Other testimony of the disturbed state of mind, in consequence of the objection of her parents to the abject of her choice, was offered, and the jury returned a verdict of Suicide, committed whole in an unsound state of mind.

Carmarthen Journal, 21 November 1828


   About twenty minutes before two o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, an accident of a serious nature occurred at Covent Garden Theatre.  In removing the gasometer, it is supposed that some of the gas had escaped, and collected in an adjoining room, into which the unfortunate men incautiously went with a lighted candle, when an explosion took place which shook the whole building, and spread alarm and terror throughout the neighbourhood. - The fire, that was in that part of the building immediately under the King's Passage, is extinguished. We are sorry to say that a gentleman of the name of Cooke, who with a friend was near the gasometer at the time of the explosion, is very seriously injured, and that great apprehensions are entertained for the safety of a servant of the theatre, named Douglas.

The Cambrian, 6 December 1828

   Mr. Skinner, who was so dreadfully injured by the accident at Covent-Garden Theatre, died yesterday in Middlesex Hospital.  A rather alarming fact was elicited in an examination of a witness before the coroner at the inquest held on the body of Mr. Cooke, one of the unfortunate sufferers in the late accident, that there had been a fire at the theatre during the performance about a month ago, and that it burned for two hours, thus putting in jeopardy the lives of 200 or 3000 persons!

Carmarthen Journal, 12 December 1828

   On Friday afternoon an inquest was held at the sign of the Rose and Crown, Bermondsey, on the body of Miss Helen Partington, daughter of a ship-carpenter.  Thomas Jones stated, that on Wednesday evening, himself and the deceased were returning from Peckham in one-horse chaise; when the horse took fright, and galloped off at high speed.  Deceased was much alarmed, and jumped out of the chaise - she fell on the ground, and the wheel of the chaise went over her body.  Immediately on his stopping the horse, he returned, and found her still lying on the ground - he raised her up, and a hackney-coach happening to come up, he placed her in it, and conveyed her home.  Mr. Archer Simpson deposed, he was sent for to attend the deceased - she had three of her ribs broken, and was otherwise severely injured.  She expired at four o'clock on Thursday afternoon.  Verdict - Accidental Death. - deodand, One Shilling.

The Cambrian, 13 December 1828

EXECUTION OF HUNTON AND THREE OTHERS. - On Monday morning, .  .  .  .   James Abbott, for stabbing his wife in the throat with intent to kill her, .  .  .   were executed in front of Newgate, pursuant to their sentences.

Carmarthen Journal, 19 December 1828

STARVATION JACK. - A few days since a milkman, named Davis, but more commonly known by the cognomens of "the Manchester bull" and "Starvation Jack," who resided at Battersea, put an end to his mitral career by hanging himself with a cord suspended from his bedroom ceiling.

Carmarthen Journal, 9 January 1829

SUICIDE OF THE REV. ROBERT BATHURST. - A few days since the family of the Right Rev. The Lord Bishop of Norwich was thrown into a state of the deepest affliction and alarm, by the unexpected and heart-rending intelligence, that one of its members (the Rev. Robert Bathurst) had put a period to his existence, at his residence in Upper Seymour-street.  The shock was, as may be supposed, dreadful: and, for a time, the information was discredited, but it was soon ascertained to be too true.  An inquest has since been held on the body in the deceased's drawing -room, before Mr. Stirling, the county Coroner, when the only witnesses examined were the family servant, Mr. Derring, butler to the Bishop of Norwich, and Mr. Elsgood, the latter of whom stated that within the last few days he had altered for the worse, and symptoms of derangement occasionally exhibiting themselves. On this evidence, the Jury returned a verdict that the deceased destroyed himself, being at the time deranged.  He was a man of peculiarly regular habits, and has, we believe left several children, but he was a widower.

Carmarthen Journal, 23 January 1829

THE FEMALE HUSBAND. - The following particulars have been collected relative to the female who styled herself James Allen, and upon whose body an inquest was held a few days since: .  .  .  .  [evidence of Mary Allen, the wife.] .  .  .  . 

   Since the publication of the inquest on the body of the deceased, no person has come forward who knew her previously to her having adopted the garb of a man, and the circumstances which caused her to endeavour to conceal her  sex will never be known.

   The deceased appears to have been an interesting looking girl; her limbs were well proportioned; and the only thing of a masculine character that we observed about her was her hands, which were large, and the flesh extremely hard, owing to the work which she performed for so many years. [See The Cambrian, 24 January, below; details of inquest & discovery.]

The Cambrian, 24 January 1829

A FEMALE HUSBAND. - One of the most singular circumstances came out in evidence before a Coroner's inquest on Wednesday that has ever fallen to our lot to record.  The Inquisition was held at St. Thomas's Hospital, and the evidence went to prove that the deceased, who went by the name of James Allen, was killed on Monday in a saw-pit in Mill-street. Dock-head.  The deceased acted as a "bottom-sawyer," and on sawing a large piece of timber, one part fell into the pit, and striking the deceased on the head, he fell senseless.  On the road to the Hospital he died from the effects of injury he sustained.  On a post mortem examination the deceased proved to be a woman ! !. .  .  .  . 

The Cambrian, 24 January 1829

PERSONS MISSING IN LONDON. The following letter appeared in the Morning Post of Wednesday, signed by B. Beton, Ward Beadle:- .  .  .  . 

   On the 21st of April, 1827, one of the paupers belonging to the parish of St. Mary Aldermary, Mark Hall, a man aged about 40, but subject to severe nervous head-aches, in going, about six o'clock in the evening, from Holborn to the work-house at Huxton, never reached it, nor has his body ever been found.

   Also, on the 18th, only three days before, a helpless old woman, named Wall, aged about 60, residing at No. 1, Lower royal, Watling-street, disappeared in the same mysterious manner, in going only a little way from her home - her body has never been found. 

   There is little doubt but both have been murdered [Another case, unnamed.]

Carmarthen Journal, 13 February 1829


   No less than three inquests have been held in the King's Bench prison within the space of six days.

   The first was the body of Richard Read, aged fifty-nine.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased laboured under a severe attack of asthma, which eventually brought on fits of apoplexy.  A person in whose room he lodged deposed that he left him in the morning apparently better, and on his return in the evening  found the deceased stretched on the bed quite dead.  A little girl had been in the room several times in the course of the day, and considered the deceased asleep..  The surgeon of the prison and other medical gentlemen were of opinion that the deceased died in a fir of apoplexy; and the jury after a short consultation, returned a verdict to that effect.

   The second was on the body of R. Feron, aged sixty, who died suddenly.  By the evidence of Ann Pritchard it appeared that the deceased had been a prisoner in the rakes of the Bench, and had lodged in her house since the 11th of November last; that he had been afflicted with a severe cold, but took no medical advice.  On Saturday he became worse, and, being exceedingly feeble, witness sent to his friends, and a physician attended, who was of opinion that medicines would be of no avail, deceased being too far gone in a natural decline of life.  Deceased was a man of eccentric habits, which even in death did not desert him, for, when seized with his last agonies, he desired all persons present to leave the room that he might  die in solitude.  The jury immediately returned a verdict that deceased died a natural death.

   The third was held on the body of Thomas Baunjum, aged sixty-three, who died suddenly within the walls of the Bench, on Tuesday last.  It was proved by the evidence of John Barncroft, with whom the deceased lodged, that he was only committed to prison on Thursday, labouring under a severe attack of asthma, increased by the mental agonies at the state of his affairs.  Deceased was attended by the surgeon of the prison, and by another medical gentleman; but he refused all medicines excepting a little aloes, which was not administered.  Deceased continued in the same state till death put a period to his sufferings. 

   In the course of the investigation, the coroner was particularly strict in his enquiries as to the attention of the persons immediately connected with the internal regulations of the prison, when it was stated that Mr. Cole, the deputy marshal, very much to his credit, had personally visited the deceased, and had given directions that every attention should be paid to him.  Mr. Cole wished to remove the deceased to the infirmary of the prison, but his offer was declined.  The jury immediately returned a verdict that the deceased Died by the visitation of God.

Carmarthen Journal, 6 March 1829

DEATH BY STARVATION. - On Wednesday, an inquest was held at Pancras, for the purpose of investigating the circumstances attending the death of Margate Howse, aged 13 years, one of the eight unfortunate children apprenticed from the parishes of St. Giles's Without, Cripple gate, and St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, to a Mrs. Hibner, a tambour-maker, residing at Park-place, Pancras.

   Her death took place on Saturday se'nnight, and on the Saturday following she was buried, but subsequently disinterred, for the present inquiry to be instituted.  The Jury having viewed the body, which was literally a mere skeleton, the following evidence was adduced.

   Susan Whitby, aged 12, extremely emaciated, was examined.  In Nov. 1827, I was apprenticed to Mrs. Hibner by the overseers of Cripplegate.  The deceased, Margaret Howse, came as apprentice from the same parish, a few days after me.  For the last two months deceased had been very ill. Between two and three o'clock in the morning we were all desired to get up, top go to our looms in the work-room; the deceased was unable to move, and Ann Robinson, our mistress's forewoman, dragged her up stairs, without being dressed, to the woke room & made her stand at her loom.  At daylight we were all sent down into the kitchen for breakfast; the deceased was pushed along by Mrs. Hibner; I helped her down to the kitchen, and she went to bed.  She could not eat her breakfast, and soon after became speechless, in which state she continued till her death, which took place about seven o'clock on Saturday evening.

   The apprentices were never in bed before eleven o'clock at night, and generally got up about two or three in the morning, but never later than four o'clock.  Our breakfast was half a slice of bread, and a little water coloured with milk; we had for our dinner potatoes, after which we had nothing till we went to bed; I was always hungry, and the other apprentices complained from the same cause.  Very often when the time of our breakfast came, our mistress told us that we had not earned it, and should not have any; when we had breakfast, we had no dinner, Mrs. Hibner keeping us without, because she said we did not do so much work as the forewoman; when we had dinner it was but little, as only nine pound of potatoes were boiled for eight apprentices.

   Mrs. Hibner, her daughter, Ann Robinson the forewoman, and a child; the whole of the apprentices  slept on the floor with their clothes on, with two blankets over then; we had no additional bed-clothing during the late cold weather; our milk and water consisted of half a pint of milk to two quarts of water, which was never warmed; not a day past but I and the whole apprentices were severely beat by our mistress's daughter and firewoman; the deceased was beat of the morning of the day she died; none of us were ever allowed to go out of the house.

  No doctor came to see the deceased whilst she was ill; Mrs. Hibner, her daughter and the forewoman, always had meat and pudding for their dinner; they all d rank gin at times; on the night of the deceased's death they had a pint of gin, for the purpose of rejoicing, as they expressed it; we were always hungry towards night, and myself, the deceased, and others, often ate the meal out of the wash-tub which was bought for the dogs.

   Several of the unfortunate children were next examined, and gave corroborating evidence.  One of them stated that the deceased became senseless, and died with a portion of her half slice of bread in her mouth; on her telling Mrs. Hibner the deceased could not speak, her reply was - "Oh, let her lay and die; it will be a good riddance."  When she died in the evening, she went to her mistress and daughter, who appeared glad at the intelligence, and desired her to wash the body and lay her out, which she (wiriness) did, assisted by another little girl.

   Mr. Berlin, a surgeon, of Brewer-street, proved that the actual cause of the child's death was want of food.

Carmarthen Journal, 10 April 1829

BURNING A NEW-BORN INFANT. - On Thursday, an inquest was taken at Stepney-green, touching the death of a new born infant, whose body was ascertained to have been burned by the mother, a woman about 40 years of age, named Martha Barnett.  It appeared that the wretched woman had denied having given birth to a child; bur afterwards said she had miscarried.  The head being found, the surgeon perceived from the appearance of the scalp that it had been burned; and a rib, with other bones, were found among the ashes in a corner of the grate.  The wretched woman afterwards told him, that on Tuesday the child fell upon the floor, but she did not hear it cry, and she out it into a box, where it remained till Wednesday, when she took it from the box and placed it on the fire, but not being able to burn the whole of it, she cut off the head. Verdict - Wilful Murder against Martha Barnett.

Carmarthen Journal, 17 April 1829

   A few days since, the son of Mr. Denison, of Newington-Green, a very fine boy, about 13 years of age, came to his death in the following singular manner:-

   He had returned from a visit to his grandfather's, at Tottenham, to spend a few days with his parents, previous to his returning to a boarding-school.  On Wednesday, at noon, he was playing with his two younger brothers, and said to them, "I will show you how they hang men at the gallows;" he then procured a rope for the purpose, one end of which he tied to a hook, and having got on a chair, he fastened the other end round his neck; he then kicked the chair, and it fell from under him.  The children seeing his features distorted, called to him, and asked him if he was only "making believe!"  He not making any reply, they went to their mother, and told her that William was hanging himself to frighten them.  The mother, not suspecting an event of so serious a nature had occurred, and thinking the children were merely at play, took no notice, until the servant went into the room where the accident happened, and  found the boy suspended; he was cut down immediately.  Survival assistance was sent for, and several surgeons attended, but all their efforts to restore him proved unavailing.

The Cambrian, 18 April 1829


   At these Sessions, John Butler, a soldier, was tried for the murder of Mr. Neale, a gentleman residing in Great Castle-street, Regent-street.  The particulars were given in our paper of the 4th inst., but Dr. Brookes, giving it as his opinion that the deceased died of apoplexy, the prisoner was acquitted.

   Death by Starvation. - Esther Hibner the elder, Esther Hibner the younger, and Ann Robinson, were indicted on Friday, for the wilful murder of Frances Colpettes. . .  .  .  .  and a surgeon who examined the deceased, proved that the fete had mortified from want of food and exercise, and several abscesses were found on the lungs, with the abdominal viscera much inflamed.

   The Learned Judge Garrow summed up, and directed the jury to acquit the younger Hibner and Robinson, as they only acted in the capacity of servants. - The Lord Chief Justice coincided in this view of the law; and the Jury returned a verdict of Murder against Hibner the elder, and acquitted the other prisoners.  The recorder then passed sentence of death upon the prisoner, and ordered her for execution on Monday.  During the summing up of the Learned Judge, the hardened wretch told him not to make such a palaver, as she knew very well what he intended.

   Esther Hibner the younger and Ann Robinson were put to the bar, pro forma, on Saturday, charged on the Coroner's Inquest with the wilful murder of Margaret Howse (the second victim to the inhuman treatment of the senior Hibner, who, on being arraigned on this charge after her conviction, pleaded "Not Guilty," and was removed from the bar); but no evidence was offered, and they were acquitted.  Both, however, were detained to tale their trial for assaulting the deceased.

     On Saturday, Martha Barrett was indicted for the murder of the infant child at Stepney Green, by throwing it on the fire, and afterwards separating the head, splitting it in two, and putting each portion in flower pots.  There was no evidence that the child was born alive, and she was acquitted.  Shew was afterwards tried for concealing the birth of the infant, found guilty, and sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment. - It was the opinion of many in the Court that she would not outlive her sentence.

   Charlotte Inman, the herbalist, and John McFeyden, alias M'Fane, were placed at the bar, charged with the murder of Sarah Evans, by administering noxious drugs to procure abortion; but as there was an informality in the indictment, it was ordered to be quashed, and they were detained to take their trials on another indictment.

Carmarthen Journal, 1 May 1829

   On Sunday morning, about eight o'clock, a young man whose name is said to be Lucas, a printer, was unfortunately drowned near the new London-bridge.  Himself and three other young men, the whole of whom had been out all night, and were partially intoxicated, were in a boat, and foolishly commenced what is termed a lark, bonnetting each other on the head; in the course of which the deceased's hat fell into the water, and in endeavouring to recover it, he overbalanced himself, and fell overboard.  Every exercise was made to rescue him, but in vain; and although the drags were immediately procured, his body was not found till ten o'clock, the tide at the time running very strong.

Carmarthen Journal, 8 May 1829

DEATH FROM STARVATION. - In Wednesday week, an inquest was held in London, on the body of Thomas Smith, who died from want of food.  The unfortunate man had not swallowed any nourishment for two days, and had been reduced from respectability to penury.  On examining his person, his feet were partially mortified;  the stomach was found to be quite empty; a small ulcer had formed near the lugs, but not sufficient to account for death.  The surgeon was decidedly of opinion that the wretched being's dissolution was occasioned by salvation.

Carmarthen Journal, 15 May 1829

   On Saturday an inquest was held at the Turf Tap, Hyde Park Corner, on the body of Frances Embleton, a fine little girl, about five years of age, who was accidentally run over, in Park Lane, by the Duchess of Gloucester's carriage, when her royal Highness was proceeding to the Drawing Room.  The poor child attempted to cross the roads with two of her sisters, but unfortunately fell down, and one of the wheels passed over her body.  The coachman was driving at a very moderate pace at the time.  Her Royal Highness, on hearing of the circumstance, directed every care to be taken of the child, and was so affected at the accident, that she was unable to proceed to the Drawing Room.  A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

The Cambrian, 23 May 1829

   An adjourned inquest was held yesterday on the body of the young woman who was found murdered at Kensington on Thursday morning last (see p. 4), when a verdict of Wilful Murder was returned against Thomas Birmingham, the young man with whom the deceased was seen  walking.

The Cambrian, 23 May 1829

DREADFUL MURDER. - Thursday, an inquest was held at the Holland Arms, Kensington-road, on the body of a young woman named Elizabeth Waite, otherwise Mary Ann Brown, who was found dead in Addison-lane, on the Uxbridge-road, at the back of Lord Holland's house, Kensington, and evidently murdered.  John Davies, a watchman, discovered the body about four o'clock in the morning, on his return home from his nightly duty; mad a surgeon stated, that on examining the body, he found a wound, as if made by a knife, under the left breast, which had penetrated the heart, and must have caused instant death.  It appeared from the evidence produced, that she had kept company with two or three persons, and was seen the previous night by Trevatt, the patrol on the road, walking with a young man at Hammersmith.  Elizabeth Price, with whom deceased lodged at York-street, Sloane-street, deposed to her leaving home to meet a young man named Thomas Birmingham, servant to Lieut. Hives, of the 15th Hussars.  The patrol said Thomas looked like the person he saw walking with the deceased, but he could not swear to him; and he (Thomas) said he was in the Barracks from eleven o'clock on Wednesday night till six o'clock Thursday morning.  The Jury adjourned at two o'clock on Friday till Monday, and the body in the meant time is to be opened.

Carmarthen Journal, 29 May 1829


Another of these calamities .  .  .   The fire broke out shortly after 12 o'clock Wednesday night in the house of a furniture broker, named Pick, near the Roman Catholic Chapel, in the London Road; and such was the amazing rapidity of the flames, that out of about ten inhabitants of the house three only were saved. .  .  .   The renter and his family were burnt to death.  As far as can be ascertained, a man, two women, and four children, have lost their lives; five of the bodies have been dug out in the most disfigured state.

.  .  .   The bodies remain at the public house near the scene of this calamity, to await the coroner's inquest.

The Cambrian, 30 May 1829

DREADFUL CALAMITY. - The fire at Pick's furniture house. -  .  .  .   having fallen victim to the flames - consisting of Mrs. Pick and an infant three years old, Miss Robinet (a beautiful girl of eighteen, daughter to Mrs. Pick by a former marriage), Mrs. Gregory (a lodger) and an infant three months old, and an apprentice boy.  Just as fire ladders were procured the roof of the house fell in and buried the unfortunate inmates in the ruins. The bodies were dug out, and an inquest was held on Saturday, at St. George's Workhouse, when a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.  The origin of this dreadful calamity has not been ascertained.

The Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 June 1829

   A few days ago a vessel called the Jean Baptiste, from the port of Hull, arrived in the Thames.  Soon after her arrival, the master, William Pearson,  was suddenly seized with a fit on deck, and was carried below; he, however, gradually recovered from the effects of the attack, and was supposed to be doing very well, until Wednesday morning about five o'clock, he got out of his berth and proceeded on deck.  A Custom-house officer, who was on duty on board the vessel, seeing the master of it up as so unseasonable an hour, and also perceiving that he looked wildly about him, went up, and after some difficulty prevailed on him to go below.  When in the cabin Mr. Pearson again went to his berth, and when in bed, he covered his head over with the clothes, and being seen to struggle w good deal while under the bed clothes, the Custom-house officer, determined on ascertaining the cause, drew the clothes down, upon which he discovered that the unfortunate man had inflicted a severe wound in his neck with a pen-knife, the blade of which he thrust in to a considerable depth under his left ear.  He endeavoured to increase the size of the wound, and therefore make it mortal, until the knife was at length wrested from his grasp.  Every endeavour was made to save the unfortunate man's life, but to no avail, and he expired on Wednesday last.

The Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 June 1829


SUICIDE. - On the same day [the 5th instant] an inquest was held at the Antelope, Greemwich, on the body of Elizabeth Gawood, aged 22, who cut her throat, in consequence of having been seduced and then deserted by a young man.  Verdict - Insanity.

Carmarthen Journal, 19 June 1829

   A number of persons assembled on Wednesday Last t witness the funeral of a person named Edwards, who died in consequence of a bite from a spaniel.  It appears that the dog was  sent to Edwards to be cured by Mr. Lett, a magistrate of the county of Surrey, and the animal bit the unfortunate man while he was forcing a piece of raw meat down its throat.  The dog had shewn strong symptoms of hydrophobia during the day, and he venom, soon communicated itself to Edwards, who exhibited symptoms of madness, and grew gradually worse until Friday, when he expired.  Several medical gentlemen tendered their professional services to Edwards, who, however, refused to accept them.  The only remedies applied were a slight cupping and one pill, as the sufferer was so obstinate, that during the intervals of the fits he would not take any of the medicines prescribed.  He was taken to St. Bartholomew's Hospital in the first instance, but he refused to stay there, and they were obliged to remove him. Mr. Lett has kindly afforded every assistance to the widow.

Carmarthen Journal, 19 June 1829

SHOCKING SUICIDE. - On Thursday a shocking act of suicide took place in Cobham-row, Clerkenwell.  A young man, about 24 years of age, named John East, a compositor, whilst sitting at breakfast, infused a quantity of arsenic in his tea and drank it off.  His wife, who is as young as himself, observed him introduce the drug, but was unconscious of its being poison.  She, however, attempted to seize the cup, but before she could do so he had swallowed the contents.  The dreadful effects soon presented themselves, and the poor woman in a state of distraction, ran into the street and gave the alarm.  The unhappy man was placed in a coach and carried to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, where the stomach pump and every other means were resorted to in vain, and he died shortly after his arrival. - Distress from want of employment is said to have been the cause of the dreadful act.

The Cambrian, 20 June 1829

EXPLOSION. - On Wednesday morning, the inhabitants of Hounslow, Hampton, Twickenham, were thrown into the utmost alarm by the blowing up of the corning -house of the powder-mill on Hounslow Heath, with the destruction of two of the workmen employer on the works.  The mills are the property of Messrs. Curtis, Harvey, and Co., and within the last three years no less than three explosions have taken place on the site where the present catastrophe occurred.  So great was the shock, that the whole of the premises, which are situate above a thousand yards from the corning-house, are more or less injured.  One of the men was discovered about fifty or sixty feet from the site of the corning-house, across some water; his body was mutilated in a shocking degree, and both his legs were blown off.  The other was found a short distance from him, but in a much more horrid condition; both his legs and thighs are laid open to the bones, the muscles protruding; every other bone in the body was broken.  An inquest was held on the bodies on Thursday; and a verdict returned, That the deceased men were killed by the accidental explosion of the corning-house.  Both have left widows and children.

Carmarthen Journal, 26 June 1829

   On Thursday afternoon, an inquest was held at the Green Man, in Covent-Garden market, on the body of a young lady, named Mary Ann Hughes, who came by her death by her dress accidentally taking fire.  It appeared that the deceased was twenty-two years of age, and was the only daughter of a widow lady of independent property, residing at No. 5, Henrietta-street.  On Monday last she went into the kitchen to procure a light to seal a letter, when it is suppose a part of the brimstone of the match which she used dropped upon her clothes, and set them on fire.  She was thinly attired in white muslin, and in a moment was enveloped in flames.  The fire was soon extinguished, but she had sustained injuries too extensive to admit of a hope of her recovery.  On Wednesday she died.  During her short illness the only anxiety she manifested was on her mother's account, and the affliction which her loss would occasion her, as they were most tenderly attached to each other.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

The Cambrian, 27 June 1829

   The remains of Miss Hermandine Both, whose extraordinary suicide is noticed in our fourth page, were discovered on Sunday off Deptford, and in the evening the sisters visited the corpse, and identified it as that of their sister; they were so much affected as to require the assistance of the spectators in removing them from the room.  On Monday and Tuesday an inquest was held on the body, when, after a patient investigation, a verdict of Suicide committed while under the influence of temporary derangement, was returned.

The Cambrian, 4 July 1829

MURDER. - An inquest was held on Monday, at Blackheath, on the body of Maria Lambourn, who was murdered that morning by her husband, who afterwards cut his own throat, but not effectually.  The unfortunate woman had been separated from her husband owing to his brutal treatment, and lived as servant at a public-house in Blackheath.  On Monday morning, before the landlord was up, he entered the house and perpetrated the murder, by cutting her throat so deeply as almost to cut off her head.  A verdict of willful murder was returned against him.

Carmarthen Journal, 17 July 1829

   A Coroner's inquest was held at Westminster hospital on Wednesday, on the body of Arabella Lucas, an aged woman, who was thrown down by a hackney coach, and dreadfully injured.  Lord Dynevor and the Earl of Abingdon having witnessed the accident, hastened to render the woman assistance, and had her conveyed to the Hospital in the carriage in which they were riding.  Their Lordships attended the inquest, and gave their opinion that the driver was blameless, and that the deceased came by her death from intoxication.  The jury returned a verdict accordingly.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 July 1829

    On Friday, the Defiance, Oxford coach, came in contact with the carriage of Sir Augustus Frazer, who, with his family, were on their way to Cheltenham, on the Hounslow road, close to the Magpies.  A male and female servant were outside, the latter of whom, we regret to say, was killed.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 July 1829

   Three young men were drowned on Sunday on the Thames, near Putney bridge; in consequence of the cutter in which they were, coming violently in contact with one of the piers of the bridge, and precipitating them into the water.  The accident was occasioned by their racing with another boat.

The Cambrian, 18 July 1829

MYSTERIOUS DISCOVERY IN SHOOTER'S HILL WOOD. - On Thursday an inquest was held at Eltham, on the remains of a man who was found dead, tied to a tree, in Shooter's Hill Wood. It appeared from the evidence, that a labouring man named Dell, residing in Old Slaughter's-buildings, Greenwich, having occasion to pass through a retired part of Shooter's Hill Wood, about 100 feet from the side of the broad, on Wednesday, his attention was excited by a very unusual appearance against one of the oak trees.  He proceeded towards the tree, and was shocked on beholding the body of a man in an erect position against the stump of a tree, with a small cord, something similar to a window-sash line, tied round the neck and round the trunk of the oak; the body was covered with vermin, and decomposition was horribly apparent over every part of the deceased, whose remains emitted a most overpowering effluvium.

   Dell, as soon as he recovered from the shock the object had produced upon him, ran to Eltham, about a mile from the wood, and gave information to Mr. Howe, the constable, whose assistance he procured, also the parochial overseers, and some labourers.  They returned to the wood, and having scared some birds away, they approached the body; but such was its melancholy and frightful appearance, that it became for a moment a matter of hesitation which should touch it.  At length, by direction of the overseers, the constable unfastened the cord, and the body fell to the earth.

   The cord which kept this unfortunate unknown person in its erect position was fastened as follows: it was wound round the sapling and the neck of the deceased four times with great tightness, and death must have been occasioned by strangulation.  The head dropped upon the chest, and the arms literally dropped from the body.  All identity of the features was out of the question; the eyes were nearly out, and, what with the attacks of the birds, the inclemency of the weather, and the rapid progress of decomposition, scarcely any thing was left beyond the shape to show it was the remains of a human being.  None of the witnesses were able to recognize the deceased, nor was any thing found on his person to lead to the conclusion who or what he was. - The Jury returned a verdict of Found Dead, and the body was buried in Eltham churchyard.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 August 1829

SUICIDE OF MR. SLATFORD., THE STOCKBROKER. - On Sunday evening an inquest was held at the Red Lion, Stoke Newington, on view of the body of Mr. Job Slatford, who had put a period to his existence on the day preceding.  The deceased, who was about 35 years of age, was known to have been some years ago in possession of a fortune of 20,000 pounds, which, however, had been dissipated by unfortunate speculations in the public funds; and he destroyed himself in a state of mental distress, supposed to have been occasioned by his inability to meet his engagements at th Stock Exchange on settling day.

   The deceased effected his purpose by firing a pistol at his head.  The bullet passed through the head, and was found in the night-cap.  The only evidence which was produced went to prove the finding of the deceased in his bed-room, quite dead.  He had been in a low desponding state for some months.  A verdict of insanity was returned.

Carmarthen Journal, 7 August 1829

   A young gentleman, named Henry Mason, residing at the house of Mr. Deane, chymist and druggist, at the corner of High-street, Deptford, was found dead under the bridge of the Surrey Canal, near the Post Boys' Inn, New Cross, on Wednesday evening, and at present it is altogether unknown whether his death was produced by his own act, or accidentally occasioned. .  .  .   An inquest was held on Thursday before Mr. Carttar at the Post Boys' Inn.  Mr. Deane stated that he knew the deceased some years. .  .  .   It was explained to the jury that the deceased to get upon the banks of the canal had to climb over a stile and descend a declivity of sand which led directly to the water's edge, and might perhaps, have missed his footing and slipped into the canal and thus was drowned.  The jury returned a verdict of - Found drowned, but how the deceased came into the water was unknown.

The Cambrian, 8 August 1829

FATAL PUGILISM. - A prize fight took place on Monday last, near Hampstead, between Wm. Davies, alias he Slashing Painter, and Winkworth, a shoe-maker.  After fighting a considerable time, Davies proved the victor, and Winkworth was conveyed to a public-house at Hampstead in a state of insensibility, and died about six o'clock that evening.  Davies and two other men were taken into custody, the former as principal, and the two latter as aiding and abetting in the fight.  They were all committed to prison to await the verdict of the Coroner's Jury.

   Eales, one of them, was very determined to be admitted to bail, stating that he could procure security to any amount, but the magistrates would not listen to his request.  Winkworth's brother stated that the bight would never have taken place had it not been for some of the party, who call themselves gentlemen, who urged these poor fellows on with a promise that the champion should receive a few pounds for a day's sport to gratify their fancy; and so little attention was paid to his brother that, in all probability, had he not been there, he could have expired on the ground, as no assistance was rendered, even to wipe his face or put on his trowsers, until he did it in the coach.  He never showed the least sign of sensibility from the time he was taken off the ground till his death.

   Tuesday a Coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter against William Davies, the principal, and Flynn and Driscol, the seconds of the deceased; and Raines and Murphy, the seconds of the survivor.  Davies and Flynn, who are in Clekenwell prison, will stand committed upon the Coroner's warrant to Newgate for burial; and his warrant will also be issued for the apprehension of Driscol, Raines, and Murphy. - Eales has been discharged.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 15 August 1829

MURDER AND SUICIDE. - On Saturday morning, about eight o'clock, the family of Mr. Bradley, of the Bull Tap, Holborn, were thrown into the greatest consternation, under the following distressing circumstances:-

   About six o'clock on Saturday morning, Mrs. Bradley arose, and served in the bar till a quitter before eight o'clock, when she said she would go up stairs and fetch the child down; being longer absent than was necessary a female servant went up, who, on reaching the bed-room door, was much surprised to find it fastened in the inside.  She immediately acquainted her master, who instantly burst it open, when, to his horror and astonishment, he discovered both his wife and child (an infant about three months old) lying on the floor weltering in their blood, and both quite dead, and a table knife, with which the fatal deed was committed, on the floor by their side.  The child's head was nearly severed from the body, and the unfortunate woman's throat was dreadfully cut. - The deceased left a letter on the table, in which she stated that no one but herself was to blame for the rash act.  Mr. and |Mrs. Bradley had only taken the Bull Tap a week yesterday.  An inquest will be held this afternoon.

The Cambrian, 15 August 1829

SPIRITED ATTEMPT TO SAVE A BOY FROM DROWNING. - a Coroner's Inquest was held on Monday at the Southampton Arms, Camden Town, on the body of John Robins, a boy of nine years old, who, whilst playing by the side of the Regent's Canal, on Friday, fell in, and was drowned.  A lad, aged 13, was bathing near the spot, and swam to his assistance.  He succeeded in laying hold of him, but had not strength to keep him up, and the deceased sank to the bottom.  The Duke of Leinster, who was riding over the bridge, on witnessing the vain efforts of Bryan, immediately plunged into the Canal, and succeeded in bringing the boy on shore; but though not dead when taken out of the water, he expired in two minutes afterwards.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, and highly praised the exertions of Bryan for his attempt to save the deceased, and eulogized the humane and spirited conduct of the Noble Duke.

The Cambrian, 6 September 1829

POWER OF CORONERS TO COMPEL NSURGEONS TO ATTEND. - An inquest was held Thursday before Mr. Higg, Deputy Coroner for Westminster, on the body of John Evans, aged 78 years, who dropped down with a sudden attack of illness, and expired five minutes after.  No sufficient evidence being given as to the cause of his death, the Jury requested Mr. Walker, the surgeon's assistant, who had seen the deceased at the time he died, might be sent for.  Mr. Walker refused either to attend or allow his assistant to do so unless his fee was paid.  It appeared, however, that the Coroner had power to enforce medical men to give evidence in such cases, and the assistant ultimately complied, apologizing for his delaying to do so on the plea that it was not his fault.  His evidence merely went to show the man was dead when he was called in, and a verdict of Died by the visitation of God was returned.

The Cambrian, 6 September 1829

FUNERAL OF LAMBOURN. - An inquest was held on Tuesday on this victim to his passions, at Guy's Hospital.  Since his death, the body had been conveyed into the dissecting room of the Hospital, and the viscera partially removed, to prevent too rapid decomposition.  The dreadful gash, the cause of his death, which this unhappy wretch inflected upon his own throat, after he had murdered his wife, had not in the slightest degree closed, but presented a most appalling spectacle. The Jury then returned the following verdict: That the deceased Richard Lambourn came to his death in consequence of a wound inflicted by himself on his throat, the said Richard Lambourn being at the time of committing the act of unsound mind. .  .  . 

Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 September 1829

MELANCHOLY DEATH. - On Friday evening, between six and seven o'clock, a young lady, aged 17 years, daughter of Mr. Stileman, of King's-square, St. Luke's, came to her death in the following manner:- While sitting at the parlor window, reading a book, a person unobserved touched her arm suddenly, and caused her to start.  The involuntary effort was so great as to cause the bursting of a blood vessel, which before midnight terminated her life.

The Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 September 1829


   On Friday last Mrs. Charlotte Phillips, a respectable lady residing at Finchley, died very suddenly.  From the fact of the lady being of good constitution, and from the symptoms produced by a medicine prescribed for her, Mr. Phillips had great doubts as to her having died from natural causes.  Information was accordingly forwarded to Mr. Stirling, the coroner, for the holding of an inquest, which was fixed for four o'clock on Monday afternoon, at the Torrington Arms, on Finchley Common.

   Mr. Henry Phillips, the husband of the deceased, was first sworn - I am a surveyor, and reside at Finchley.  I had been married to the deceased only five months.  On Sunday last she complained of slight indisposition, and proposed sending for Mr. Snow, surgeon, at Highgate.  In my absence from home in the course of the day she sent a young female, who was in the house making dresses for her, for Mr. Snow to attend.  That gentleman being in Hertfordshire a Dr. Tweedie attended for him, and called to see my wife; the result of his visit was, that two pills, a draught, and a box of ointment, were sent to her.  The accompanying direction was "The pills to be taken at bed-time, and the draught in the morning."  The orders were strictly adhered to.  On Wednesday morning a mixture was sent, directing that three table spoonfuls were to be taken three times a day.  On Thursday Dr. Tweedie called again, and in the evening another mixture came, with the same direction. 

   On Friday I left home early, having business to transact at Barnet.  At that time my wife appeared quite well.  On my return about eleven o'clock at night I was informed by my sister and brother-in-law, who were in the house, that Mrs. Phillips had been very unwell, and had retired.  I understood at this time that Mr. Hammond, a surgeon, residing at Wetstone, had been sent for; but, being from home, his assistant came, who, on seeing Mrs. Phillips, said, "That the drowsiness was produced by the mixture she had taken, and that she would be better in the morning."  I went to bed, and at that time my wife appeared to be in a sound sleep, and I did not disturb her.  On awakening in the morning I laid hold of her hand, and said, "Charlotte, how do you feel yourself?" No  reply was made.  On looking in her face I was shocked at discovering her a corpse.  I instantly got up, and dispatched messengers to Dr. Tweedie and Mr. Hammond.  This was about eight o'clock.  Mr. Hammond arrived before nine.  Mr. Bisset, another surgeon, also came promptly.  Mr. Hammond examined the last mixture that came, and said, "That it was chiefly composed of laudanum, and no doubt Mrs. Phillips's death was caused by her taking an overdose of the mixture."

   By the jury - I am convinced my wife had no intention of laying violent hands upon herself.  She was particularly careful of her health.

   Alexander Tweedie, M.D., of No. 40, Ely-place, Holborn - I wrote a prescription for Mrs. Phillips, which I believe was made up by Mr. Hill, the assistant.  I saw Mrs. Phillips on the Thursday, and from such was induced to make out a second prescription. (The mixture went on the Thursday was produced and examined by Dr. Tweedie, who said that it contained a large proportion of laudanum, and was not prepared from his last prescription. - There was no laudanum in the composition of either of the prescriptions.) I have opened the body of the deceased.  I am of opinion that the deceased's death was occasioned by her having taken an overdose of laudanum.  Three table spoonfuls of the mixture now produced taken three times a day would account for the deceased's dissolution.

   Mr. Swan Hill, assistant to Mr. Snow - I prepared Dr. Tweedie's two prescriptions for Mrs. Phillips.  There was no laudanum in either of them.  I entered them in the day book.  I enclosed a label with the bottle, which was wrapped in paper. - Proper directions were annexed with the medicine.  The first medicine I  sent by the postman.  The last bottle of mixture was fetched by Mrs. Phillips's servant boy.

   By Mr. Phillips - The ingredient composing the medicines made from Dr. Tweedie's prescription for Mrs. Phillips consisted of leaves.  There are no bottles of laudanum on the shelves in the shop.  I did not make up any other prescription on the Thursday besides Dr. Tweedie's.

  Mr. Phillips here observed that the medicines that were sent on the Tuesday were all in separate packages.  The postman did not deliver them.  They were brought by some women.

   Both the Coroner and jury observed, that it was evident the medicines were sent in a carless, slovenly manner.

   The Coroner observed, that it was a most mysterious affair.  How such a deadly mixture as hat contained in the last bottle sent to Mrs. Phillips could have left the shop of Mr. Snow he was at a loss to know.  There was only one thing beyond all doubt, that was, that the unfortunate lady had been deprived of existence by taking the contents of the bottle which was sent from the shop of Mr. Snow on the Thursday.

   The jury consulted a short time, and then returned a verdict, - That the deceased's death was occasioned by an over-dose of laudanum taken medicinally.

   The deceased was a very accomplished woman, was thirty-one years of age, and had only been married five months.

Carmarthen Journal, 23 October 1829


Poplar, death in childbirth of Alice Hope, aged 23 years.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 24 October 1829

   Another melancholy instance of self-destruction by poison was committed on Saturday afternoon, by a lady named Jacques, sister to Mr. Henry Adams, the proprietor of the Ship Tavern, in Leadenhall-street, opposite the India-house.  It appears that some time back the unfortunate lady, who was about 40 years o age, purchased a quantity of oil of turpentine and arsenic, for the purpose of destroying bugs; and, to prevent any mischief arising from its being in the house, she placed a label upon the bottle, upon which she wrote "Poison."  For several days past Miss Jacques had evinced great alteration in her manner, and always appeared in a state of melancholy; but no suspicion for a moment arose in the minds of her family that it was at all indicative of insanity, therefore no particular notice was taken of her, and she continued as usual to superintend the business of the tavern.

   On Saturday afternoon, about three o'clock, the unhappy lady went up stairs, and meeting with one of the chambermaids she said "My dear Ann, you will see me no more; I shall not be here tomorrow."  From the dejected and pallid countenance, the girl became much alarmed, and replied, "For God's sake, Miss, what is the matter with you?"  The unhappy woman exclaimed, "My dear girl, I cannot live, adding one sin to another.  I have swallowed the big poison, and my end is fast approaching." 

   The servant alarmed the family immediately, and Mr. Pugh, of Gracechurch-street5 was instantly procured, to whom the  unfortunate woman confessed that she had drunk a tableful of the bug poison, and expressed her conviction that all he could do to save her would be of no avail.  The stomach pump and every remedy was used to preserve her existence, but all failed, and she very shortly after expired.  She was a maiden lady, and beloved by all who knew her.

Carmarthen Journal, 27 November 1829

   On Monday, as Mrs. White, a respectable female, who kept a milliner's shop in Piccadilly, was passing by the Golden Cross, Charing Cross, an infuriated bull (which had escaped from a drover) attached her and gored her in a most dreadful manner; it was some time before she could be rescued from the merciless animal.  She was immediately taken to St. George's Hospital, but died in a few minutes after her arrival.  An inquest was held on the body on Tuesday, and a verdict of Accidental Death was recorded.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 November 1829

CORONER'S INQUEST. - LONDON. - A Jury was empanelled by the city Coroner, at the Green Dragon, Fore-street, Cripplegate, to inquire into the death of Thomas Baildon, a commercial traveler, who committed suicide by poisoning himself with prussic acid, under the circumstances detailed in the following evidence:-

   Wm. Henry White, No. 19, Great Bell-alley, Coleman-street, sworn - I am an assistant sheriff's officer; about two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon I called on the deceased, at his lodgings in New Basinghall-street6, and saw him in the room in which he now lies; Mr. Philpot was in the room with me, and he had a writ for 200 Pounds against the deceased, and we went for the purposed of arresting him; Mr. Philpot stated to deceased the object of his visit, hat he had come to arrest him; Mr. Philpot told me to wait in the room until the deceased got up, (he being then in bed,) and afterwards to conduct him to Bell-alley.  M. Philpot then left, and I remained in the room.  The deceased continued in bed, on which I asked him if he would rise?  He said "Yes," at the same time complaining of head-ache. He sat up in bed and asked me to give him a glass of water, which I filled for him from the water stand in the bed-room.

   The Coroner - Did you observe whether he put anything in the water before he drank it?

   Witness - No; I did not at first.  At his request I threw away a part of he glass of water and gave him the rest.  When I did so I saw something in his hand, the top of which resembled a phial.  He said he was going to take some medicine, and poured the contents of the phial into the water, which became a little colored. The deceased then leaned his head on his arm, and I observed o him, "I think you seem easier, sir."  A few moments after he fell on his side with his head over the side of the bed, and was seized with a violent retching.  I then called for assistance, and Mr. Gilbert came and placed him in a proper position in bed.  The deceased did not speak or attempt to do so.  In a few minutes a gentleman from Mr. Langstaff's, the surgeon, attended, and applied the stomach-pump.

   M. Francis Langstaff and Mr. W. Dickinson, of Aldermanbury, surgeons, stated that the deceased's death was caused by taking prussic acid.

   Mr. William Sharp, a clerk to Messrs. Longman, Rees, and Co., booksellers, deposed to seeing the deceased on Sunday last, when he appeared suffering from extreme depression of spirits, because of which witness could not get him to state.  Witness advised him to have medical advice, when he placed his hand on his forehead, and replied, "Ah, no medicine will reach my complaint."  He wandered a great deal in his conversation, and asked questions which had been over and over again answered.  Witness was of opinion hat his mind was seriously affected.  Has known him about 15 years, and he was of a happy cheerful disposition when in health.

   The Coroner briefly summoned up the evidence, and the Jury returned a verdict, That the deceased poisoned himself by s allowing prussic acid, while in a state of temporary menial derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 November 1829


   On Saturday an inquest was held at the Orange Tree public-house, Isle worth, near London, on Mrs. Charlotte Collins, aged 70. The deceased was a woman of most peculiar habits, but of a cheerful disposition until within the last fortnight, when a general change in her behaviour took place, the cause of which she did not attempt to conceal.  Although bon and residing at Isleworth, she had never, up to that time, visited London, to which place she bore an unaccountable antipathy.  She had never been in a court of justice, civil or criminal, or before a magistrate, and considered making an affidavit highly improper, founding her position on the text "Sweat not at all."

   Some considerable time ago, under peculiar circumstances, she became, as a matter of form, witness to the signing of a will, by which considerable property had been appropriated to charitable purposes.  This instrument, it appears, became disputed, and subsequent litigation commenced.  The week before last, dreads received a citation to attend Doctors Commons, and give evidence on the subject.  This greatly distressed her, and it was with considerable difficulty she was sufficiently calmed to perform what was required of her.  She returned as speedily as possible, but very much depressed in spirits at having been obliged o undergo a long examination on oath, but was partially quieted by an assurance that she would no again be wanted.  Her usual composure as returning gradually, when, on Thursday, a second notice arrived, announcing the necessity of her again attending on a stated day.  This appears to have completely overcome her, and during the remainder of the day she was gloomy and restless, and repeatedly said she could not go again.  At night she retired to bed as usual, but not being seen the next morning by her neighbours, search was made, and the unfortunate old lady was found suspended by the neck from the tester of her bed, and quite dead.  She had effected her purpose with a child's skipping rope fastened with several knots. - The coroner and jury concurred in opinion that case was most extraordinary; and under all the circumstances, a verdict of Temporary Derangement was returned.

The Cambrian, 28 November 1829

EXTRAORDINARY DEATH OF A FEMALE. - A considerable degree of excitement has been created in the neighbourhood of Union-row, Newington, in consequence of the singular death of a woman named Skillman, residing at 20, Union-row.  It appeared that the deceased and a man named Skillman, who was supposed to be her husband, went to reside at the above house about eleven weeks ago.  Skillman generally went home at night, but he was in the habit of going out early in the morning, and remaining out till the evening.  Skillman had for some time past prevented all ingress into his apartment, bur when he left home on Friday he requested the landlady would visit the deceased, and afford her any assistance that she required.

   On entering the apartment the landlady found he unfortunate woman, whose body was wasted ay to a skeleton, lying on the floor, on a straw mattress, with nothing to cover her but a few small pieces of carpet, which were not of sufficient length to extend over her feet.  The room was without a vestige of furniture, and here as not a particle of fire in the grate, neither did there appear to have been any for some days previously.

   When the parish officers had examined this abode of misery, in which no kind of victuals o medicines of any description were to be found for the unhappy occupier, with the exception of a small portion of a stale half-quartern loaf, which was in a cupboard completely out of reach, they turned their attention to the unfortunate invalid.   She was asked some questions by the officers, none of which she could answer, her whole body being apparently paralyzed from extreme cold. She was immediately attended by the parish doctor, but died on Sunday.

   On Thursday an inquest was held on the body, when the above facts were stated, and it was also stated that Skillman had another wife living, with whom he slept on Friday night, although the deceased was then at the point of death.  The same female visited the deceased on Saturday, and said to her, "Poor creature, I freely forgive you, and I hope God will forgive you, for the injuries you have inflicted on me." She remained with the deceased till she died.

   Skillman, when examined, said that his poverty prevented his obtaining proper attendance for the deceased.  H used o make her a little tea, and sometimes a little gruel, when he came home.  The only medicine he gave her was a powder, which she wished to have, and he purchased it in the Walworth-road.

   The Jury expressed the strongest indignation at the total absence of the feelings of humanity exhibited by Skilman towards the deceased, and adjourned the inquest till the body should be opened. - On Friday the Jury again assembled, when Mr. Boddy, the parish surgeon, stated that he had opened the body of the deceased, and on examining the stomach and bowels found them in a state of inflammation, but he could not them undertake to state from what cause those appearances were produced. Mr. Copely, one of the overseers, here stated, hat on the evening he first saw the deceased, a person who represented that he was an acquaintance of Skillman's,  said hat that individual received 3s. a day, and continued o do so.  Several of the Jury exclaimed, "The whole evidence tends to shew that Skillman had acted with the most gross neglect towards the unfortunate deceased."  This closed the evidence, and the Jury having ascertained from Mr. Boddy that he was of opinion that the deceased died in consequence of ant and neglect, a verdict was returned to the following effect:-

   That the deceased died in consequence of cold and want of the necessaries of life, and the Jury are unanimously of opinion that the said Benjamin Skillman has been grossly negligent and inattentive to her.

Carmarthen Journal, 11 December 1829

   On Monday morning an inquisition was taken at the sign of her Sugar Loaf, at the back of Church-street, Greenwich, by Mr. Carter, coroner, and a respectable jury, upon view of the body of a very interesting girl, aged 16, named Jane Mary M'Ginnis, who in a fit of jealousy committed suicide.  It appeared from the evidence of the witnesses, that the deceased was a straw bonnet-maker, and lived in the house of a Mrs. Rooks, in Roan-street, Greenwich.  On Easter Monday last, she went to the fair, and there met a young man of respectable connexions, named Thomas Cook, employed Mr. Harris's pottery in the neighbourhood, to whom she at once became ardently attached, which increased the longer she knew him, and at length, such was her unbounded love for the youth, that she watched him about the town to every place his business led him; in fact, she always expressed herself unhappy when he was out of her sight.  The unhappy girl had frequently talked of marriage, but Cook distinctly told her that h never intended to alter his situation till the death of his mother, an advised her o divest herself of any hopes of hat description, as his sentiments had long been fixed.

   Notwithstanding these assurances, her love continued unabated, and allowed her passion to obtain such a command over her feelings, and to such an extent did she carry her suspicious conduct, that she became the greatest annoyance to him.  Having observed him paying some attention to another young woman at a dance, she left the room in a fit of passion, and a few days after poisoned herself with oxalic acid.

   After taking the poison, she proceed towards the place where Cook worked, but not being able to walk so far, she entered a house on the way, fell down on the floor, and died in great agony. Thos. Cook, the young man, was called before the jury, and interrogated very closely, and from his answers there was no reason to suspect that the hapless girl had been at all ill-treated by him, or that his misconduct had at all induced her to commit the deplorable act.  He spoke of her as being a strictly virtuous girl, but she was of a remarkably passionate and jealous disposition.  The jury, after some consultation, returned their verdict, hat the deceased poisoned herself in a fit of temporary derangement.

The Cambrian, 12 December 1829

   Yesterday an inquest was held at the Plough, Notting-hill, on the body of Wm. Moore, aged 36, farrier to the 1st Regiment of Royal Horse Guards,  A labouring man, who was passing through some fields at the back of Notting-hill, discovered the deceased suspended to a bough of a tree; his feet were nearly 7 feet from the ground, from which circumstance it would appear that the unfortunate man had climbed the tree, and having fastened the cord to the branch, threw himself off.  It was proved that he had for some time exhibited symptoms of insanity, and a verdict to that effect was returned.

The Cambrian, 19 December 1829

DYING DRUNK. - On Tuesday night an inquest was held at the Archer's public-house, Brick-lane, Spitalfields, on the body of Mary Ann  Carland, who, it appeared by the evidence of her husband, had for some time been addicted to dinking ardent spirits to excess.  She was put to bed drunk on Sunday night, and was found a corpse by the side of her husband the next morning.  Verdict, Died from excessive drinking. - There have been many similar instances of late.

DEATH OF A MISER, - On Monday night last, a man was taken to Clerkenwell watch-house, found lying on the step of a door.  A surgeon attended, and blistered and bled him.  Having a most wretched appearance, he was sent to Clerkenwell work-house, where he died the following day.  Upon being searched, several letters were found upon him, directed to Mr. Saxton, Newsvendor, No. 7, Evanmgelist-court, Ludgate-hill."  Information was given at his residence of his decease, and it was ascertained that he was a bachelor.  The parish officers took charge of his property, till the arrival of his brother from Chatham.  Upon examining his room, several Bank of England notes were discovered in a pill-box; deeds and leases of houses were also found, together with a book, containing a summary of his property in the Bank, Savings Bank, &c. .  .  .   He was the ridicule of his fellow newsvendors; yet this man was in possession of about 1000l. per annum, besides an extensive news-walk.

Carmarthen Journal, 25 December 1829

   Wednesday afternoon an inquest was held at Guy's Hospital, before W. Payne, Esq. Coroner, on the body o a fine little girl, aged 10 years, named Harriet Hanks, who se death was occasioned by he following dreadful calamity:-

   The parents of the deceased lived at a house in Blaii's Buildings, Bermondsey-street; and, on Monday evening, the mother went out, leaving the deceased and two other children in the room by themselves.  During her absence the unfortunate child placed some water in the fire in a tea-cup, to warm, and, whilst in the act of taking it off, her pinafore caught the flame, and in one moment she was enveloped in fire, her dreadful shrieks brought several persons to her aid, and the flames were put out; but the poor child was burnt about the stomach and chest so frightfully that the ribs were nearly perceptible.  In this dreadful state she was carried to the hospital, where she lingered till Wednesday afternoon, when death relieved her from her sufferings. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

   Another inquest was held before the same coroner, at the same hospital, upon the body of another child, about eight years of age, named Caroline Kendick, who met with her death under similar circumstances; and the joy returned a verdict as in the former case.

   The above makes the 17th child that has been burned to death during the last five weeks.

Carmarthen Journal, 25 December 1829

REVERSE OF FORTUNE. - On Monday afternoon an Inquisition was taken before J. H. Gell, Esq. at Hicks's Coffee-House, Frith-street, Soho, to inquire into the death of Mr. Wm. Smith, aged 94, formerly a highly respectable solicitor, of extensive practice. .  .  .  On Sunday evening he was taken ill, after he had gone to bed, and called for assistance, which was promptly afforded him, but in a few moments he expired in a fit of apoplexy, and a verdict to that effect was recorded.

Carmarthen Journal, 25 December 1829

HYDROPHOBIA. - An inquest was taken at Roherhithe, on Tuesday, on view of the body of Edward Lovesey, a sawyer, who died of hydrophobia, in consequence, as it is believed, of the bite of a rabid animal so long back as 12th July, 1828.  On Thursday, the deceased returned home as usual, in the forenoon, to his luncheon, but complained of being unwell, and was unable to eat any thing.  The beer which his wife had procured he could not touch, and shrank from it.  He then went again to his wok, and, at dinner time, on returning, could not touch a mouthful of food.  In the evening he grew worse, and went early to bed.  Mr. Jackson, a surgeon residing in the neighbourhood, was then called in, an, as soon as hat gentleman examined him, he thought that the deceased was labouring under symptoms of hydrophobia.  Thereupon he directed a cup of tea to be brought, which the deceased no sooner beheld than he as seized with convulsive shuddering.

   Mr. Jackson bled him, and continued to visit him every six hours until his death, which happened at eleven o'clock on Friday night.  It was stated in evidence, that in July, 1818, he deceased was bitten on the thumb by a bitch belonging to himself from which he as taking some pups, and that he took no notice, the wound being so slight, no suspicion existing hat the animal; was rabid.  In consequence, however, of the bitch snapping at some children in the neighbourhood, he thought it right to destroy her, which he accordingly did. Verdict, Died of Hydrophobia.

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