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The Cambrian, 9 January 1830

   W. Cooper, footboy to Mr. King, of Engelfield-green, was killed on Thursday in attempting to draw a ram-rod, fixed in the barrel of his gun, with his teeth.  His knees touched the trigger, the piece went off, and the ramrod lodged in his mouth.  His death was instantaneous.

   An inquest was held on Friday night upon a poor man, named Mills, who died in Whitecross-street prison, where he had been confined for a debt of fifteen shillings !  The poor man was well attended to in the prison, but poverty had so previously stricken him, that he lingered only a few weeks before he gave up the ghost.  During this inquiry, the Governor, Mr. Barrett, said that for these small debts many wretched people were committed to prison in the last stage of human existence; one was given in that day from the Court of requests, for a debt of 4s. 5d. which he had himself paid sooner than enclose a man in a sick ward.

Carmarthen Journal, 15 January 1830

MELANCHOLY SLUICE. - Monday night considerable sensation was produced in the neighbourhood of the Regent's park, by a report that the Misses Both, had destroyed themselves by poison.  On inquiry, it appeared that the daughter of the landlady of the house where they resided,[157, Albany-street, Regent's-park] heard the unfortunate sisters groaning in a dreadful manner.  She alarmed her mother and the neighbours, who on bursting open the bed room doors, found them lying prostrate on the floor, apparently in the agonies of death.  Messrs. Elkin and Lamb, surgeons, attended, and the stomach pump being applied, a large quantity of laudanum was discharged from their stomachs; but every endeavour to save Miss Anne Both proved ineffectual - she expired at half past three Tuesday morning, and her sister lies in an ill state.  The unfortunate females had taken an equal quantity of poison, and intended to die in each other's arms.  They were entirely destitute of money or food.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 January 1830

   An inquest was held on Wednesday at St. George's Hospital, on the body of W. Whelan, porter to the Royal Hotel, St. James's-street, who, on cleaning a pair of pistols, and being unconscious of one of them being loaded, it snapped, and the contents entered his side and right arm, carrying away the elbow cap.  Amputation was recommended to preserve his life, but he refused to undergo the operation, and mortification took place.

The Cambrian, 16 January 1830


.  .  .   Her sister lies without hope of recovery.  Our readers will recollect the attempt made some months ago by these unhappy ladies to terminate their existence by flinging themselves out of a boat opposite Greenwich Hospital, another sister at that time perished.

The Cambrian, 16 January 1830

MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE. - An inquest was held on Friday at Guy's Hospital on the body of Thomas Cuss, who died there on Tuesday morning under the most melancholy circumstances, of which the following is a brief history.

   About three years since, a young man named Thomas Cuss married a young woman of Norwood, and their wedding was celebrated with much festivity.  Cuss and his wife took a small cottage, where they continued to live in the greatest happiness and comfort.  About five months since they let a room to a young man named Samuel Delany, a letter carrier stationed in that village.  In about two months after the postman took up his abode, Cuss went into the country to visit his friends, was absent about a week, and upon his return home discovered that his wife had absconded a day or two before, taking with her nearly every partable article of furniture.  Of course he suspected the postman, and on Monday last, Cuss, in passing along Blackman-street in the Borough, met Delany, and the moment he saw him, his feelings being aroused to the highest degree if indignation, he struck him a blow, which was returned by the other party, who in doing so took to his heels, pursued by the husband.  The postman took refuge in the Crown and Chequers public-house, whither he was pursued by Cuss, and on turning  round to defend himself from the attack of the deceased, with an umbrella, he thrust the point of it into his right eye; the point completely removed the eye from its socket, and the poor fellow  was almost deprived of his senses.   In the confusion Delany effected his escape, and Cuss was taken  to Guy's Hospital, where the case was immediately attended to by the principal surgeon; but notwithstanding every possible means were adopted that skill could devise, the unhappy man expired about four o'clock the following morning.

   A post mortem examination  of the injured part took place in the presence of a vast number of professional gentlemen, when it was ascertained that the point had penetrated the brain to the  depth of two inches and a half, and had  ruptured several of the blood vessels, which was the immediate cause of his dissolution.

   Witnesses, who were present, entered into a detail of the fatal encounter between the deceased and Delany, and a letter-carrier named Williams, said the latter appeared desirous of avoiding any collision with Cuss, and made no more resistance than was necessary.  W. Mellish, the landlord of the Crown and Chequers,  said that the postman called at his house the same evening, and  complained that he went in danger of his life from the deceased, and that he intended to take out a warrant against him.  The witness told the postman that the deceased's eye was knocked out, upon which he expressed great surprise, and seemed to have been ignorant of the consequences that had arisen from the scuffle he had with the deceased.

   Delany farther said, that the deceased had taken it into his head to be jealous of him about his wife.  The postman then declared that he had not taken away the deceased's wife, as had been reported, adding, that what gave rise to the rumour was the circumstance of her having left Norwood the very day he did.  On being informed the deceased's eye was much injured, the postman expressed great sorrow, saying that he should not take out the warrant.

   A lad named Evans gave his evidence, which merely went to prove that the deceased and the postman had had words together in the street, and he saw the latter run into the public-house followed by the deceased. - Another witness gave evidence to the effect that the deceased had followed the postman into the house and struck him before he attempted to defend himself.

   This being the whole of the evidence, the Jury retired for a short time, and then returned a verdict - "That the deceased's death was accidental, having happened in a scuffle with Samuel Delany."

Carmarthen Journal, 22 January 1830

   On Friday an inquest was held at the Marlborough Head, Great Marlborough-street, on the body of Eliza Harris, aged 20.  From the evidence it appeared that the deceased was brought to London a few months ago by a young man who promised her marriage.  He, however, refused to fulfil his promise, and deserted her; and she was compelled to seek a precarious living in the streets.  She lived at No. 3, Marshall-street, Carnaby-market, where she was attacked with the fever, which caused her death.  It was stated that her friends in the country are persons of respectability.  The Jury returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.

Carmarthen Journal, 22 January 1830

A MOST DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. - A few days ago, three fine boys, aged nine, seven, and four tears, sons of Mr. Fyfield, a master lighterman, residing at the Pageants, Rotherhithe, went upon the ice of the Mast-pond of the Commercial Docks, which is about half a mile distant from their home, and shocking to relate, the whole three were plunged into the water in consequence of the ice giving way.  There was not any one but the children on the pond - but some persons near, who saw the accident, gave an alarm, and immediate assistance was rendered, but the two eldest had sunk beneath the ice.  The youngest exerted himself most heroically to avoid sinking, and was eventually rescued, though much exhausted, and he remains still seriously unwell.  The bodies of the other two were shortly discovered, but life had fled.

The Cambrian, 6 February 1830

   On Tuesday the body of the late Mr. Tierney was opened, when it was found that a quantity of water had accumulated in his heart, and, as is usual in such complaints, he expired suddenly, without the slightest indication of approaching death.  In consequence of his suddenness of the death of the Right Hon. Gent, it was deemed advisable to hold an inquest on the body, and a most respectable jury was accordingly summoned on Thursday, at the White Horse Tavern, Burlington-street. - Dr. Johnson and Dr. Pettigrew gave evidence to prove that the deceased died of an organic affection or enlargement of the heart.  The countenance exhibited a serene and placid appearance, indicating that he died without a struggle.  On their return they delivered a verdict, That he deceased died a natural death by the Visitation of God, that is to say of an enlargement of the heart.  Mr. Tierney was found dead in his chair by his servant, on entering to announce a visitor.  He has left two daughters and a son.  The latter is Charge d'Affaires at Munich.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 February 1830


   On Monday morning an inquisition was taken before. H. Gell, Esq. at the Masons' Arms, Maddox-street, Hanover-square, on view of the body of the Right Hon. Thomas North, Lord Graves, aged 54, who destroyed himself by cutting his throat with a razor in the following dreadful manner, at his lodgings, No. 15, Hanover-street. .  .  .   Sir James Anderson stated, that he had attended his Lordship professionally.  It was his opinion, that his lordship's state of mind was greatly depressed, arising both from bodily disease and mental excitement; and in one of those flights of excitement he had, no doubt, committed the dreadful act.

   By the Jury - It is not uncommon thing for a person to be excited to the extend Lord Graves was to be sufficiently sound in mind one minute, and he next to be entirely lost, so as to  commit suicide, particularly when the instrument was in the room. .  .  . 

   The Coroner briefly addressed the Jury, who returned a verdict that the deceased cut his throat in a fit of delirium. .  .  . 

Monmouthshire Merlin, 27 February 1830

   A Coroner's inquest was held on Friday at islington, on the body of a young lady named Ovenden, who was burnt to death by a spark having fallen on her clothes while she was reading by the fire.  A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 Marc h 1830

   A coroner's inquest was held on Tuesday in Little St. James's-street, on the body of William Cook, a sweep, aged eleven years, who was suffocated whilst sweeping a chimney, which was badly constructed, in the house of Lord Francis Gower, in Cleveland-square.  The verdict was given accordingly.

Carmarthen Journal, 12 March 1830.

Shocking occurrence. - On Thursday evening the only son of Mr. Hunt, the proprietor of a seminary for young gentlemen, at Hammersmith, was missing from the usual evening exercises; and the servant having in vain sought him through the play grounds, Mr. Hunt went up to his bed-room, the door of which was fastened on the inside.  Having called repeatedly without receiving any reply, he burst open the door, and a scene of a dreadful description was presented to the unhappy parent - the corpse of his son lying on the bed, the clothes of which were saturated with blood proceeding from a wound in the left side; and a recently discharged pistol was found on the floor at the opposite end of the room.

   The unfortunate lad, who was only 13 years of age, appeared to have been dead some time.  Friday an inquest was held on the body, when it was stated that the deceased had, on the morning of his death, purchased the pistol for 1 pound of Mr. Owens, in the town; and it would seem that he had loaded it with shot, and was examining the piece, when it accidentally went off, and the contents entered his body. There had been nothing to disturb his state of mind, or induce him to commit suicide.  The jury returned a verdict that he was killed by the accidental discharge of a loaded pistol.

The Cambrian, 12 March 1830

DREADFUL SUICIDE. - On Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at Harrow, on his body of Mr. Goades, aged 53, a respectable flour dealer and overseer of the parish.  The deceased was a married man, with a large family, and in good circumstances, but for some time had laboured under a great depression of spirits, which could not be accounted for.  On Friday morning, after breakfast, he went into a summer-house in his garden, and cut his throat with a razor.  He then ran across a field, the blood gushing from the wound, and threw himself into a pond. He was seen by a lady from a window, who gave an alarm, and he was instantly taken out of the pond, still alive.  Surgical assistance was immediately procured, but in vain; he expired in a very short time. Verdict - Insanity.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 March 1830

   An inquest was held at the Cheshire Cheese, Surrey-street, Strand, on Monday, on the body of Cordelia Sutton, a child seven years of age, the daughter of Mr. Sutton, a solicitor, residing in Surrey-street.  It appeared that the child having struck one of her sisters, was, as a punishment, sent up to the top attic, and desired to remain there till she was called.  She went up accordingly, and having, it is supposed, either got out of the window or over-reached herself in endeavouring to look from it into the street, she fell over the parapet, and stuck on one of the spikes of the area railing below.  She was taken off immediately, and carried to a surgeon's, where the wound was dressed, and she lingered till Saturday last, when she expired.  The Jury returned a verdict, That the deceased was accidentally killed by falling from the parapet.

Carmarthen Journal, 19 March 1830

DEATH BY FRIGHT. - On Saturday a Coroner's inquest was held at the Grapes, Albemarle-street, Johnson-road, on the remains of Mrs. Alice Hill.  It appeared by the evidence that the husband of he deceased keeps a coffee-house.  The deceased told him of some omission of duty on the part of a female servant.  He being a person of most violent temper, immediately seized the servant by her hair in a rage, and endeavored to put her out of the room.  The deceased was so frightened at his conduct that she fell down in a fit, and instantly expired.  Medical assistance was immediately procured, but life was extinct.  Verdict - Died of Apoplexy, brought on by fright.

Carmarthen Journal, 26 March 1830

 HORRID CRUELTY AND MURDER. - On Friday evening an inquest was held in the Vestry Room of St. John's, Horsleydown, for the purpose of inquiring into the circumstances attendant upon the death of John Smith, a mariner, aged 19, who was reported to have died in consequence of ill-treatment, which he had experienced on board the Armenia trading vessel, Daniel Wilson, master, during a voyage from Belfast to St. Michael's, and thence to London.  The inquiry excited great interest, and the Jury Room and vicinity were crowded pending the proceedings.

   The Jury having been sworn, proceeded to view the body, which appeared shockingly disfigured by contusions and lacerations, and the following evidence as hen adduced:-

   John Thomas, a seaman on board the Armenia, deposed that the deceased entered at Belfast, as a foremast man.  Witness joined the vessel at St. Michael's, at which time the eyes of the deceased were blackened, and he was also much bruised about the arms and other parts of the body.  On leaving St. Michael's, the master beat the deceased daily.  About a week after they had left for London, the Captain beat him with the stick of the van-staff, about two inches and a half thick, for taking some oranges. - When they left St. Michael's, the deceased was very ill, and not strong enough to do his duty, but the master frequently called him, and then beat him till he was unable to stand, and when down kicked him.  The Captain once beat him over the face and head with an outail (a think rope), until his face streamed with blood.  At one of these times the deceased's nose was split open.  He was frequently sent up to the foretop cross-trees for fifteen or eighteen hours at a time, without is jacket, and his allowance of food kept from him.  About four days before deceased died, the Master went into the forecastle, and beat the deceased about the head with a tin pot to such a dreadful degree, that about a quart of blood came from him.  The poor fellow was afterwards lashed to the main-shrouds, and the bots were ordered to give him several dozen of stripes, and if the lads did not obey the order they were flagged.  Every man on board was flogged except witness.  The deceased was so far reduced by ill-usage that he became crazy some days before his death, which occurred two days before they arrived at Gravesend. The deceased was never insolent to Capt. Wilson.  He was kept on a biscuit a day, and a very small piece of fish.

   William Jones, a lad about 15 years of age, serving on board the Armenia, deposed that he went on board at Belfast, where the deceased also joined the vessel.   Soon after they were at sea, the Captain chastised the deceased severely with an outail, and beat him repeatedly afterwards, sometimes twice or thrice a day. - Witness and other boys were often compelled to give deceased four or six dozen lashes at the main rigging.  At one time the captain flagged him in the forecastle till he became senseless, on which occasion witness remembered having seen a bucket nearly full of blood, that had come from the deceased.  On the passage from St. Michael's to England, the Captain reputedly flogged him three and four times daily with an outail.  Deceased was often sent aloft to the foretop cross-trees, where he was compelled to remain during the whole night, with scarcely any clothes or sustenance, and frequently in very heavy gales.  About four days before the vessel reached the land of England. The Captain fogged the deceased with the vane staff about the had and face, till he fell, and when down, kicked him most unmercifully.  On repeated occasions the master had called deceased aft, and said, "here let me dress your sore;" and ten would commence flogging him. 

   The deceased as found dead on he or-deck by h cabin=boy.  They were afraid to interfere on behalf of the deceased.  Deceased, when he left Belfast, was in good health, and perfectly free from sores.  The sores were not dressed after the de ceased had been beaten.  The mate often flogged the deceased by command of the Captain.  Witness did not think that any doctor saw the deceased after he was dead.

   John Green, the cabin-boy, stated tat he had joined the Armenia at St. Michael's, and came to England in her.  Deceased was very ill when he first aw him, apparently from exhaustion and ill-usage.  Both his eyes were blackened, and he was bruised and cut over many parts of his body.  At that time witness did not think him in a condition to perform his duty.  From tee time she left St. Michael's until the vessel reached the river, the captain flogged the deceased daily.  On one occasion, the deceased was lashed to the main ratlings, and received several dozen lashes from the crew, who were compelled to obey orders.  When near Dover, witness discovered the deceased lying on the forecastle deck dead, and informed the captain, who went forward, and holding up the deceased's head, said, "he is dead, sure enough."  The body was removed into the Captain's cabin.  Witness was on deck the next day, when he heard the pilot say that the deceased's death would prove a bad job.  When the ship reached Freshwater wharf, knar London-bridge, the Custom-house officers came on board, and when they questioned witness as to the cause of deceased's death, he told them that he had been  murdered by the Captain.  This coming to the Captain's knowledge, he told witness to go on shore and not to shew his face again.

   Mr. Wm. Misken, surgeon, of Braid-street, Bermondsey, deposed hat he had examined the body, which had been disinterred for the purpose.  There was a laceration of the scalp, and the bone on the left side of the head was fractured.  The bone of the nose had received a severe injury; the fracture might have been occasioned by blows from a pewter or tin por.  In the opinion of witness, death was occasioned by fracture of the skull.

   The parish beadle stated, that he had caused the body to be brought on shore, and it was disinterred for the [purpose of the inquest.

   The Coroner recapitulated the evidence, and the Jury consulted for a short time, and then returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Captain Donald Wilson, of his brig Armenia, of Belfast.

   The Captain, who was in attendance during the inquiry, just before the Jury returned their verdict, left the room.  The Crooner issued his warrant for his apprehension, and placed it in the hands of Martin, the officer, to execute.  The inquiry excited great interest, and lasted till nine o'clock.

Carmarthen Journal, 26 March 1830            

SUPPOSED DISCOVERY OF THE MURDERERS OF THE MARS. - Sir R. Burnie received a letter last week from Mr. Marshall, a magistrate of Chesham, Bucks, stating that a pauper, about 40 years of age, who had been changeable on the parish as a casual poor, on being examined as to his settlement, disclosed some facts which impressed those to whom they were made with a belief that the pauper had been concerned in the horrible murders committed about eighteen years ago in Ratcliffe highway, on the families of the Mars and Williamsons, he details of which are too well known to need replication.  On mentioning that he resided about the period of the murders (1811) at the house of a Mrs. Phillips, in Philppoits-rents or court, Ratcliffe highway, he as asked if he recollected to have heard bay thing of those bloody transactions, and the embarrassment which this question produced showed that he knew something of the business that he seemed unwilling to divulge.

   The house in which he had resided he admitted was close to those in which the unfortunate victims lived; and one of the objects of Mr. Marshall's communications was to cause proper enquiries respecting the man to be forthwith set on foot in the neighbourhood.  A man named Williams, who was shortly afterwards charged with having been  perpetrator of these crimes, committed suicide in the House of Correction; but those who were  acquainted with the details of the affirm, never doubted that more than one person must have been concerned in them.

Carmarthen Journal, 26 March 1830

SAVAGE OUTRAGE AND MURDER. - On Saturday morning a great disturbance occurred among the Irish coal-whippers and ballast-heavers, in Ratcliffe, near Shadwell church, and after it had in some degree subsided, an Irish ballast heaver, named Mooney, quarrelled with an unoffending Englishman who was standing by, and having knocked him down by a violent blow his head, trampled upon him and kicked him in a most savage manner.  The unfortunate Englishman was picked up by some persons passing, and conveyed to Limehouse workhouse, where he died soon after.  Mooney was for a short time in the custody of a policeman, but he contrived to escape, and has not since been heard of.

Carmarthen Journal, 2 April 1830

JEALOUSY AND SUICIDE. - Saturday evening an inquest was held at the Vestry public-house, Fryer's Mount, Bethnal-green, on the body of Ann Townsend, 23 years of age, and of respectable connexions, who poisoned herself.  Mrs. Frist, of Nelson-street, said he accused had spent the last two months at her house; her spirits had of late become very depressed.  On Tuesday evening she seemed very unwell, and at two o'clock on the following morning she confessed that she had tank poison.  She died on the following evening.  The witness also stated, that the depression of spirits under which the deceased labored had been caused by the conduct of a gentleman named H., who had paid her some attentions, and afterwards slighted her.  Mr. H. had formerly been in the navy; he had not visited since Wednesday week.  The daughter of the last witness said, that on Tuesday evening she took a letter from the deceased to Mr. H.'s residence.  The deceased told her on that day that she had had a quarrel with Mr. H. Verdict - Insanity.

EXTRAORDINARY SUICIDE. - On Sunday evening, two females, named Elizabeth Francis and Susan Paterson, destroyed themselves at heir lodgings, 43, Brook-street, Ratcliffe, in the following manner:-

   Paterson was the wife of a mate of a West Indiaman, and Francis had cohabited with Paterson's brother.  On Sunday morning some dispute arose between them on the subject of Francis's connexion with Paterson's brother.  Francis shortly after left the house, and returned with a pint measure in her hand, and holding it up, said "I have poisoned myself."  Paterson, imagining that she only spoke in jest, took  the measure, and scraping off a portion of whitish powder which adhered to its sides, put it into her mouth, and said it was nothing more than simple magnesia.  She then poured some water into the measure, and rincing it about, drank off the contents of the dregs.  In a few minutes both females experienced the most excruciating torture.  It was discovered that they had tank arsenic, and they died in a short time.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 April 1830

   Friday evening, as Mr. Payne, a merchant in the city, was diving in his gig through Hyde-park, when close to the residence of the Duke of Wellington, the gig came in contact with a carriage, and was overturned with great violence.  Mr. Payne was precipitated from his seat into the road, and the wheels of the carriage passed over his body.  The carriage which caused the mischief was stopped, and  assistance was immediately rendered, but Mr. Payne died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.  A coroner's inquest will be held on the body, when the cause will be fully investigated.

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   On Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at the Turf Tap, Tattersall's-yard, on the body of Mr. Thomas Payne, aged 55, who died in consequence of the Earl of Chichester's carriage having been driven over him in Hyde-park. - Mr. Alley, the barrister, attended on the part of the friends of the deceased.  A footman of the Earl of Chichester proved that he was on the coach-box with the Earl's coachman, in Hyde-park, on Friday.  The Earl and Countess of Chichester were in the carriage.  The deceased was driving in a gig before the carriage, and in passing it the carriage and gig became entangled; the deceased was thrown out, and a wheel of the carriage passed over his chest.  The coachman was intoxicated at the time, or he might have pulled up and prevented the accident.  The Earl of Chichester corroborated ties evidence.  The coachman had been but two days in his service. If he had been sober and attentive the accident would not have happened.

   Mr. Smith, surgeon, of St. George's Hospital, stated that the deceased was brought there on Friday afternoon, and died hat night; five of his ribs were broken, and his liver greatly lacerated, which caused his death.  Witness told him his danger, and he made his will, which was witnessed by the Earl of Chichester and witness.  The deceased said, "the coachman behaved most rascally." 

   Mr. George Cullen, partner of the deceased, stated that they carried on the business of leech-importers.  He visited the deceased before his death.  The deceased said to him, "the coachman must have been either mad or drunk."  A serjeant in the Guards proved that he saw the accident, and lifted the deceased up; and the deceased said, "what could that coachman be at?  I tried all I could to get out of his way?" - he jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against the coachman, William Marshall, and levied a deodand of 1s. on Lord Chichestr's carriage.  Marshall was committed to Newgate for trial.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 April 1830

OXFORD, March 27. - On Thursday last, as a person was getting from the back seat of the Sovereign  coach, near the turnpike in St. Clement's, the coachman not perceiving him, drove the horses on, which caused the man to fall between the body of the coach and the wheel.  It appears hat the wheel did not pass over him, but some part of the coach perforated the artery at the bend of the arm.  The wound was extremely small, yet the blood gushed out with great violence.  Mr. Cleobury saw him soon after the accident, and instantly conveyed him to the Infirmary in a carriage, having previously stopped the flow of blood by pressure. The unfortunate man, was, however, so much exhausted by the loss of blood, that he died in a few minutes after having entered the Infirmary.

   His name is not yet known; it is connected from a letter found in his pocket that he is a sheriff's officer.  He had some cards in his pocket, with the address on them of Mr. Tooke, solicitor, 40, New North-street, Red Lion Square.  He was respectable dressed, and had only 7s. 6d in his pocket.  We understand he got on the coach at the Fair Mile, Henley, and told some of the passengers that he was going to Oxford to see a sister who lived there, and whom he had not seen for twenty years.  We learn that he never spoke after the accident.  An inquest was held on the body of the above person yesterday afternoon.  Verdict - Accidental death, and a deodand of one shilling on the coach.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 April 1830

   The business of the Kingston assizes commenced on Monday morning, and Mr. Justice Bayley, in his charge to the grand jury, alluded to the charge of willful murder against Mr. Lambrecht, Mr. Cox, and Mr. Byrne, for the murder of Mr. Clayton, last January, in a duel, near the Red House, at Battersea, and explained to them the law relative to dueling.  Mr. Henry Bigley, who officiated as second to the deceased, and who absconded on the announcement of the verdict of the coroner's jury, had signified his intention of surrendering the day prior to the trial.

The Cambrian, 3 April 1830

Captain Donald Wilson, master of the Armenia of Belfast, charged with the death of a lad, one of his crew, by repeated flogging and ill-usage, absconded after the inquest, and is yet at large.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 April 1830

THE LATE DUEL AT BATTERSEA. - The trial of he parties connected with this fatal affair, took place at Kingston on Friday last.  Mr. Justice Bayley took his seat at a quarter to nine o'clock, and the prisons were immediately placed at the bar, and severally arraigned, including Mr. Bigley, who had surrendered himself the preceding evening.  The prisoners serially pleaded Not Guilty.

   The indictment charged that Richard William Lambrecht, age 33, Gentleman, did on the 8th of January, feloniously assault Oliver Clayton, and with a leaden bullet inflict a wound on his right side, of which he died; and the Frederick Cox, aged 25, gentleman, and Henry Bigley, aged 27, Gentleman,  were present, aiding and assisting in he said felonious act, and that chard William Lambrecht, Frederick Cox, and Henry Bigley, ate guilty of murder.  Mr. Gubey stated the case to the Jury, and examined he witnesses for the prosecution.  The prisoners severally read written defences, setting forth the mitigatory circumstances under which the duel was fought.  Mr. Clarkson, on behalf of Mr. Bigley, took a legal objection to the indictment, but which was over-ruled by the Learned Judge.  Several witnesses were then called to the character of the different prisoners, among whom were Mr. Wm. Ously, Captain Baker, of he Royal Artillery, Lieut. R. G. Smith, the Rev. Arthur Onslow, and a Magistrate of the county; all of whom gave their respective prisoners, in whose behalf they appeared, an excellent character for humanity.

   The Judge having summed up the evidence, the Jury, at twenty minutes o five o'clock, returned a verdict of Not Guilty. .  .  .   and were immediately discharged from custody.

Carmarthen Journal, 16 April 1830

   On Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at the Coach and Horses, Royal Hospital Row, Chelsea, on the body of Francis Tunney, a child about four years of age, son of a Chelsea pensioner, whose death was caused in a singular manner.  The parents of the child keep a house in Chelsea, and a woman named Pender ledged with them.  On Tuesday morning she bought half a pin of rum, and, having drank part herself, gave the child a part, unknown to its parents.  The little fellow soon feeling the effects, went up stairs, and lay on the bed; his mother, having missed him, went up to the room to look for him, and found him lying on the lour, having fallen out of bed in a state of insensibility.  She immediately carried him to a surgeon, who used every mean for his recovery, but without effect; he lingered till Thursday night, when he expired in convulsions.  The poor mother, who was examined, declared her conviction that the woman, Pender, who was very fond of the child, gave him the rum as a friendly act.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Carmarthen Journal, 23 April 1830

SHOCKING ACCIDENT. - Thursday morning, between nine and ten o'clock, Scofield, one of the officers belonging to Marlborough-street police

-office, was going along the road through Lisson-grove, in the neighbourhood of his own residence, when he overtook and passed a wagon laden with sacks of flour, and drawn by four horses; he had not gone many yards a head of the wagon when he heard a sudden scream in a female voice, and on turning round to ascertain the cause he saw a woman entangled in one of the wheels of the wagon, and endeavouring to rescue a child that had clearly fallen out of her arms into a like perilous situation.  The officer instantly ran to the assistance of the unhappy woman, and called to the waggoner to stop his horses, which the latter had however promptly done himself on hearing the woman scream, as soon as he could, but as regarded the infant it was too late, for on arriving at the spot the officer found that the wheel had completely passed over the unfortunate child's head, and cashed it to atoms, leaving the brains scattered about the road, and on extricating the poor woman herself, it was found that she too had been seriously injured, for one of her arms was broken, and several fingers torn from the hand of the other.  Scofield, assisted by the waggoner, instantly carried the poor woman and the body of the infant to the house of M. Ward, a neighbouring surgeon, who promptly administered to the relief of the former, and then directed her to be conveyed to the hospital, where she at present lies in a very precarious state. 

   It appears that the unhappy woman was employed as a nurse in the family of Mr. Grier, a licensed victualler, and a landlord of a house called the Globe, at the comer of Steven's-street, Lisson-grove, the very spot where the accident happened; and it would seem that at the very moment the wagon was passing by that corner, she ran out of the house, in some playful mood, with the child in her arms, unaware of the waggon's approach; and by some slip, before she could check herself, she was precipitated with the infant, Mr. Grier's youngest child, under the waggon.  An alarm was immediately given in the neighbourhood that a child had been run over and killed in the road, but Mr. Grier had no idea that it was his child, until, on missing the nurse and infant from the house, he rushed in a state of distraction to the residence of Mr. Ward, the surgeon, where, by the dress, he recognized the infant to be his own, and to describe his agonized feelings on the discovery would be impossible.  The child was a remarkably fine flaxen-headed-boy, between two and three years of age.  No blame whatever seems to the driver of the wagon, as he was on his proper side of the road, and his horses going at an easy pace.

Carmarthen Journal,  23 April 1830

   Thursday an Inquest was held at t Elephant and Castle, Pancras-roasd, on the body of a new-born male infant.  The child was found in the vault of the house No. 7, Suffolk-street, Battle-bridge, and a large wound was discovered on the right side of the head.  A woman, named Morgan, who had lodged in the house, was taken into custody, soon after the body was found, and she acknowledged that she was the mother of the infant, which was born on Saturday fortnight.  In her room a hammer was found, which corresponded with the wound on the head of the infant.

   Morgan, it appeared, had carefully concealed her pregnancy, and had made no provision for the child.  She was a widow, and had been the mother of four children by her husband, two of whom were now living.  About a year ago her husband became insane, and was confined in a lunatic asylum; he died about four months since, and the infant (the subject of the present inquiry) was the fruit of an illicit intercourse.  The surgeon being of opinion that the child's death had been caused by the wound on the head, a verdict of Wilful Murder against Sophia Morgan, the mother, was receded.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 24 April 1830

THE FIRE IN FETTER-LANE. - An inquest was held on Tuesday in Bartholomew's Hospital, before W. Payne, Esq., on view of the remains of the unfortunate sufferers in the late calamitous fire in Fetter-lane - viz. John Howard, aged 55; Charlotte Burgin, 10; Margaret Syret, 78; Mary Carey, 70; Mary Ann Burgin, 50; William Howard, 13; and Mary Howard, 48.


Much excitement has been created at Finches for some days past owing to the following circumstances, so nearly resembling the melancholy case of the late Mrs. Phillips. -

   A Mrs. Geary, the wife of a poor labouring man residing near the church, was attended in her accouchement by the apothecary on Thursday week, and by him safely delivered of a female child.  The nurse was told a draught should be sent, which was to be given to Mrs. G. as soon as it came; and about four o'clock a bottle arrived accordingly, the contents of which were given to her.  Half an hour afterwards the appearances left no doubt that some mistake had been made in the medicine, and they sent off immediately o the doctor, who arrived between six and seven o'clock.  In the meantime the poor woman showed the most distressing symptoms of having been poisoned, and the greatest exertions were used to keep her from sleeping, by pinching her, &c.  She felt she was dying, and took leave pf her other children.  The doctor, having brought a stomach-pump with him, extracted the contents, and continued to inject and extract warm water, &c., for about three quarters of an hour, and remained with her all night and the following day, allowing her only to sleep ten minutes every four hours. 

   On Monday little hopes remained of her recovery, and five doctors continued with her all night.  Although she now remains in a precarious state, it is though she will recover.

   It turned out that the bottle contained two ounces of pure laudanum, and only for the prompt exertions of the nurse death must inevitable ensued, the quantity being about 30 times the usual dose given in such vases.  It should be stated that there was no label or other writing sent with the bottle.  Mr. Parberry, of the Queen's Head, has used every endeavour to mitigate the misery which their poverty would otherwise have aggravated. - London Paper.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 24 April 1830

EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE. - In the month of September last, a man passing through a field at Walworth, observed something near the surface of a bank, close to a hawthorn hedge, which attracted his attention.  After moving some of the mould with his hands, he discovered that it was a human skull, and dug it up.  On examining it, a large nail was found in the socket of the left eye, which seemed as if it had been  driven in to its full extent.  The skull was subsequently placed in the possession of the landlord of the Bell, at Walworth, where it was viewed by the parish officers, who had he place carefully dug up, when the remaining part of a human skeleton was found.

   As, however, it was the opinion that the body had been buried for a number of years, it was considered unnecessary to hold an inquest, and the skeleton was therefore  consigned again  to the earth.  The circumstances caused a good deal of excitation n in the neighbourhood, but as here was nothing to induce a supposition that a person had been murdered, and the body afterwards buried there, with the exception of the singular fact, of finding a large nail in the socket of the eye, the matter after a little time dropped, and nothing more was heard of it.

   Within the last three days, however, a communication has been received at the Home-office, from the Governor of the house of correction, at Cork, detailing, that a man named John Hawkins, a private in the 73d regiment, had been committed to that gaol some time previously, and had shortly afterwards h attempted to commit suicide, but was prevented from carrying out his intentions into effect by one of the turnkeys.  Hawkins, after this, requested to see the governor of the gaol, adding at the same time that there was something pressing heavy upon his mind which he was anxious o divulge to that officer.  The governor accordingly repainted to the ward in which Hawkins was confined, when the later expressed a desire to make a confession of a murder that he had committed in England; and also, that his statement might be taken down in writing.  This was acceded to, and the substance of the confession h made at the time, was to this effect.

   That previously to his having enlisted in the regiment to which he belonged, he lived with a butcher at Walworth. About the year 1827, while in the service of the butcher, he went out one evening and met a female, and in the course of their conversation she used some vile expressions towards him, and that he, irritated at her conduct, led her to a field in Walworth, where, taking advantage of the solitariness of the place, he struck her.  This led to further violence between them, and having a large nail in his possession at the time, being the only weapon he had, he forced it into her head and effected her death.  After she was dead, he threw the body into a pond no far distant; but fearing it would be is discovered if left in that situation, h got up at three o'clock the next morning, and having proceeded to the pond, he dragged the body out.  He then dug a hole in the field, and having divested the body of the clothes, he placed it in the ground, and covered it over carefully, and afterwards buried the clothes at some little distance from where he coved the body.

   After having made the above statement, Hawkins declared to the governor that since the perpetration of the crime he had suffered the most dreadful agony of mind.

   When questioned on the subject, as o the time he left the service of the butcher that he lived with at Walworth, he stated that it was between seven and eight months ago, and that the cause of has absconding from his master and enlisting in the army was in consequence of hearing a rumour in the neighbourhood that the body of a female had been dug up in the field where he had buried he woman he had murdered.  He was alarmed at that circumstance, and fearing detection, left e place altogether.

   The whole affair is under investigation by the Magistrates at Union Hall.

The Cambrian, 24 April 1830.

[The Skeleton.] .  .  .   A gardener named Murrell, proved having found the skeleton in September last, and that a nail was then in the socket of he eye.  Mrs. Bartram, wife of a butcher at Walworth, said, that when the skeleton was found, a young man named John Hawkins was in her husband's service, but he absconded when the discovery was made. She said that Hawkins was in the habit of gong out occasionally at night, but she was not aware that he was keeping company with any young irk.  Evans, the beadle, said he did not hear of any female having been missed at the time described by Hawkins in his confession.  The magistrate having heard the whole of the evidence, adjourned the further investigation, in order that the bones might be examined by a medical man, to put it beyond all doubt whether they were those of a male or female.

Carmarthen Journal, 7 May 1830

   An inquest was held on Thursday last, at the King and Queen public house, Bethnal-green, on the body of a woman named Sarah Hughes, who died from the effects of "nux vomica," which she had swallowed.  After the examination of witnesses, who deposed that deceased had frequently been obliged to flee from her husband to her daughter's house for protection, and that from his ill-treatment she was greatly depressed in spirits, the jury returned a verdict of suicide committed while insane, at the same time reprobating the conduct of the husband.

   Another inquest was held at the same time and place on the body of a middle aged man, name unknown, which was picked out of the Regan's anal.  From its attenuated state, and there being but a farthing in his pocket, there is every reason to suppose that the wretched man, driven by distress and famine, resorted to the crime of suicide as an alleviation of misery.  There was no proof of the fact, and the jury returned a verdict of Found drowned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 May 1830

   A melancholy and deeply afflicting circumstance took place on Tuesday in the family of the Rev. J. S. Bayne, one of the masters of St. Paul's School, St. Paul's Church-yard.  It appears that Mrs. Bayne, who had for some few days complained of pains on her head, had, after passing a restless night, risen early in the morning; but finding no cessation from the severity of her complaint, she told the servant she would again lie down, and for that purpose proceeded up stairs.  Shortly after a loud knocking at the door alarmed the inmates.  On the servant opening it, the sad spectacle was presented of Mrs. Bayne supported in the arms of two men, bleeding, disfigured, and in the agonies of death.  The unhappy lady, it appears, after speaking to the servant, instead of going to bed, proceeded to the top

Carmarthen Journal, 21 May 1830

HORRID OCCURRENCE. - On Friday evening an inquest was held at the Castle, Shepherd's-court, Upper Brook-street, Grosvenor-square, touching the death of William Knight, aged 35, formerly postillion to her late Majesty Queen Charlotte, who terminated his existence under the following revolting circumstances:-

   It appeared, that the wreathed man lodged at No. 0, in the above Court, and being out of employment, he was engaged by Holmes, Lady Ellenborough's coachman (who was nearly poisoned from eating beef sausages) to dive for him until he got well.  The deceased drove Lady Ellenborough once out in her carriage, and out in her carriage, and put the horses in the stable; when he returned in the evening he had a fight with him.  In a short time after this Mrs. Holmes, who has apartments over the stable, looked through a hole and saw the deceased in the rear of one of the horses in a situation which cannot be described.  She called her husband out of bed to witness it, who instantly turned the deceased off he premises.  He acknowledged his guilt, and said he was a ruined man.  The circumstance reached Lord Ellenborough's ears, who sent the constable to apprehend the deceased, but he was not at home when the constable came.  This coming to the knowledge of the deceased, he swallowed a quantity of oxalic acid, and was found in his chamber on Wednesday morning, dead and stiff.

   The Jury having heard the evidence, eleven of them were for returning a verdict of felo-de-se;' but the twelfth man resolutely held out, insisting upon a verdict of insanity; and, under these circumstances, the inquiry was adjourned.  At five o'clock on Saturday evening, he Jury again assembled, but Mr. Pollard, the inflexible Juryman above alluded to remaining film, a fresh Jury consisting of fifteen, was impaneled when, after hearing the evidence, as above detailed, they came to a unanimous verdict of felo-de-se; and the Coroner issued his warrant foot the burial of the body in the manner prescribed by the New Act.

Carmarthen Journal, 18 June 1830

MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF A SAILOR. - On Saturday morning, a sea-faring man, named Thomas Brown, aged 34 years, was found dead in an apartment, at a house of ill-fame in Little Spring street, Shadwell.  It appeared that he entered the house on the previous night in company with a girl of the own, whom he met in the streets.  The female left the house at an early hour in the morning, and has not since been heard of.  Some time afterwards a report was circulated that the sailor had died suddenly while sitting in a chair, in which situation he was found by the beadle of Shadwell, who soon afterwards entered the room.  Various reports have been promulgated; and a strong suspicion is entertained that the deceased had not come fairly by his death.  The suspicious rumours have gained strength from the notoriously bad character of the keeper of the brothel; and the fact of no money being found on the person of the deceased, whereas it appears, from the statements of his shipmates, that on the previous day he received a large sum for wages. In the pockets of the deceased a letter was found written by his wife, who resides at Bowness, in Scotland, requesting him to leave London, and up braiding him with his unkind treatment and neglect of her.  The deceased was formerly Captain of a ship; but, during the last voyage, he worked before the mast.  A Jury has been summoned to sit upon the body this evening; and the Parish Surgeon has received orders to open the body. - London Paper.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 26 June 1830

SUICIDE OF AN OLD LADY. - A coroner's inquest was held at Greenwich on Saturday, on view of the body of Mrs. Mary Ann Knowles, aged 69 years, who had lately been married to a youth aged 21.  The extraordinary circumstances of the case excited a corresponding interest amongst the inhabitants of Greenwich of all ranks.  It appeared that the unfortunate old lady had been the wife of Major Thoits, of the North York Greys, who, at his death, left her his fortune, which was considerable.  She soon after went to the continent, where she met with a fashionable young man named Knowles, for whom she formed an extraordinary attachment, and invited him to travel with her in the character of her nephew, to which he acceded.  The young man represented himself, perhaps truly, as the son of the Governor of the fort at Guernsey, and in the possession of some property left him by an uncle.  The old lady's attachment for her youthful friend increasing, she proposed marriage to him, to which he also acceded, and they returned together to Greenwich, where they lived for a short time under the assumed character of aunt and nephew; but in December last they were married by licence in Milton church, near Gravesend.  After their marriage, they took up their residence in a beautiful cottage at Greenwich.  The husband, however began to treat her, at first with great neglect, which was followed by violence; her person frequently exhibiting the marks of his bestiality.  He would also pass her window with a young woman on his arm, apparently anxious to insult her.

   On Tuesday week he beat her so dreadfully, that for her preservation she thought it necessary to apply to a town magistrate, and she exhibited articles of the peace against him.  He was taken on a warrant and held to bail, and since then nothing has been heard of him.  On Saturday morning, when her servant entered her mistress's bed-room, she saw her sitting on the ground at the foot of the bed, with her head inclined forward.  On raising it she discovered a small green worsted cord twisted round her neck, and that she was quite dead. It appeared that a carpet traveling bag (the mouth of which was drawn together by the worsted cord) was hanging to a brass knob of the closet door, between three and four feet from the floor; and the unfortunate deceased must have put her head through the loop of the cord, twisted it round her neck, and then placed herself in a sitting posture till she was strangled.  Verdict - that the deceased "strangled herself, being at the time in a state of temporary insanity."

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 July 1830

   On Monday morning the youngest daughter of Mr. Carter, pawnbroker, at Greenwich, was united to a Mr. Robinson, who keeps a seminary in town, and Mr. Carter gave his daughter away in marriage.  After the ceremony, the new-married pair and their friends proceeded in carriages to Richmond, where they intended to celebrate the wedding.  Dinner was ordered at the Roebuck, on Richmond-hill, and Mr. Carter took the head of the table.  Mr. Carter said grace, and took up the knife and fork, intending to carver, when he suddenly fell backwards in his chair insensible.  It being thought he was in a fainting fit, water and other restoratives were resorted to,  but finding all were of no avail, medical assistance was procured, and a vein in the arm opened, but no blood could be obtained, and the medical gentlemen pronounced the un happy man to be a corpse.   The scene that ensued baffles description.  The bride and bridegroom instantly proceeded in a post-chaise and pair to town to acquaint the family of their unfortunate father of the melancholy event. An inquest sat upon the body on Tuesday, and the jury returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.  The deceased was about 40 years of age, and was much respected.

Carmarthen Journal, 13 August 1830

   On Friday an inquest was held at the sign of the Duke's Head, in Fore-street, Lambeth, on the body of Mary White, between 30 and 40 years of age.  From the evidence, it appeared that the deceased, while living in service at a public house in Lambeth walk, formed an illicit connexion with a male servant residing in the same house, by which she had a child.  The deceased went down to Bristol to see her mother, and while traveling in the wagon, she was ill-treated by the waggoner.  On her return to town, a few days ago, she mentioned the occurrence to the man by whom she had the child, and he desired her to quit his sight, expressing his determination never to see her more.  This determination on the part of the man had such an effect on the deceased, that from the moment she was banished from his sight she became low and desponding, which increased; and on Wednesday, she was found hanging to the tester of her bed, quite dead.  A verdict of Temporary derangement was returned.

The Cambrian, 14 August 1830

HYDROPHOBIA. -  On Wednesday evening an inquest was held at the Westminster Hospital, on the body of William South, aged 26, a poor man, who was bitten about three months ago by a dog in a rabid state.  The Jury returned a verdict that the man died from hydrophobia, and attached to it the following communication: - 'The Jury respectfully and fervently hope that the Right Hon. Secretary of State for Home Department will not be insensible to the numerous attacks which are continually being made upon his Majesty's subjects by dogs which are suffered to prowl about the streets without any restriction, and which attack always produces the most dreadful anxiety, and often the most horrible death."

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 August 1830


   On Monday night, between twelve and one o'clock, police constable Long, No. 43 of the Division G, was most barbarously murdered while on duty in the Gray's Inn-road.  The unfortunate man, it appears, had for a considerable time previously been watching three men whom he had seen lurking about his beat.  He suspected them of an intention to break into some house, and he communicated his suspicions to some constables of Division G, whose boundary is on the opposite side of the road, desiring them also to keep a look out; but about the time stated, while he was passing a very extensive dead wall which encloses the St. James's burial ground, the villains followed him, and one of them plunged a knife into his body.  The victim of his atrocious deed staggered a few paces, then fell into the road, and died almost instantly.

   The instrument with which it was committed is a sharp-pointed shoe-maker's knife, which had been driven in with such force that the murderer in withdrawing his hand pulled away the handle only, and the blade was afterwards found buried in the body of the murdered man.   The only person near the spot at the moment was a female, who had seen the three men approach the deceased, and seeing the latter fall she seized one of the men, who was coming away from the body, and cried our "murder.:  He broke away from her, however, but a man, who is said to be the same, was stopped presently afterwards, and secured, and the handle of the knife was picked up near the spot.  Another man was also taken.  The suspicions which the deceased had entertained of the purpose for which the men had been lurking about were confirmed by the fact of several house-breaking tools being picked up on the spot from which the villains fled after the murder.

   The poor man has left a wife and vie children. To lament his loss.  He was a watchman in St. Luke's parish previously to the establishment of the police force, and is stated to have been a man of very good character.

Carmarthen Journal, 27 August 1830


[see above.]

Two men, named John Smith and Lawrence Summers, were examined on Tuesday morning at Hatton Gardens Police Office, charged with the above murder; and the former was positively sworn to by several witnesses as the actual murderer ! The prisoners were remanded.  The general belief is that the unfortunate man had been marked by the gang, whom he had previously disturbed, and who were bent on taking his life at all hazards. - The Coroner's inquest have since returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Smith and others unknown.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 August 1830


It is our painful duty to record another atrocious murder.  The vivify of the sanguinary deed was Mrs. Whinnett, a widow, near 60 years of age, residing at No. 36, Princes-street, Lambeth, who kept s small marine store shop.  Besides the mother and one of her sons named Samuel, there resided, in the house a man named Norris, married to none of her daughters, their child, and a young man named Witham, the latter of whom the unfortunate deceased had reared, and treated as her own.  On Thursday the whole of the parties above enumerated dined with Mrs. Whinnett, and about four o'clock left the house for Camberwell fair, with the exception of her son and Witham, who went to their work, laving Mrs. Whinnett at home.

   Soon after seven in the evening, Witham returned from work and finding the shop-door closed, he knocked several times, and, not being admitted, he concluded that Mrs. W. had gone for walk, and locked the door.  He consequently adjourned to a public-house, where he remained until a quarter past nine o'clock, when he returned home, and found the door still closed, and her son William sitting on the sill.

   Surprised at the long absence of Mrs. Whinnett, they at length agreed to enter the house, which they accomplished, by obtaining leave to scale the palings of the next house, when, having gained admission into the house, and obtained a light, they found the lifeless body of Mrs. Whinnett extended on the kitchen floor, presenting a dreadful spectacle, the floor being deluged with blood, which had flowed from several dreadful wounds on the head and face of the unfortunate deceased, supposed to have been inflicted by a piece of wood, used as a bar to the kitchen window, the surgeon who examined the body giving it as his opinion, on a comparison, that this was the weapon with which the murder was effected. The young men immediately alarmed the neighbours, when Mr. Jones and Mr. Farey and several others repaired to the spot, some commencing a rigid but fruitless search for the murderer; while others examined the deceased's bed-room, where they found considerable property; but the pockets of the unfortunate woman were turned inside out.

   The deceased was generally understood to possess property, and the circumstance induces the belief that she was murdered by some person for the sake of obtaining possession of it; it is evident, however, that the wretch did but partially succeed in his object, from the considerable property, in money, watches, &c. found in the bed-room.  It is an extraordinary fact, that although the deceased kept two ferocious dogs, who generally barked on the least alarm, they we4re not heard on this occasion to make the slightest noise.  The body was covered over with an old coat of one of her sons, which had been hanging behind the kitchen door for some months past.

   A Coroner's inquest was held on Saturday, which, after a long and patient investigation, was adjourned to Wednesday last.

 A reward of 50 Pounds for the apprehension of the guilty has been offered by the Lambeth Association.  Placards to that effect have been posted on the walls in the parish.  Gough, a young man of loose character, is now in custody, but nothing to criminate him has yet transpired; and Witham, the lodger, who, it now turns out, was actually husband of the deceased, is likewise detained, until the inquiry is concluded.

   His account is, that when he came home to his tea at four o'clock in the afternoon, he found the deceased at home alone.  She had made a good fire, and the tea was ready.  He knew that Norris and his wife were going to Camberwell fair, and when he came home he inquired of the deceased if they had gone? She replied they had.  What further passed, Witham, although most strongly pressed, declined stating, merely replying that nothing further passed, although he admits that he arrived home half an hour.  Some of the neighbours state that they are confident the outer door was not open at half-past four (the time Witham left homer), and that they did not see the deceased about after that period.  Witham denies most positively that he had in any way formed any connection with any other female.  His marriage with the deceased was, he said, performed in the most private manner, and both, for what reason does not appear, pledged themselves to keep it secret. 

   The son of the deceased was in the habit of sleeping with her.  This was not resisted by Withem; but he says that occasionally, when the boy was absent, he had slept in the same bed with her. Th deceased, he said, had shown him a  will she had mad.  She made no mention in it of the amount of property she possessed.  She read it to him, and said at the time that she wished her property to be divided among her relations..  He knew, he says, that the will was of no effect, on account of her marriage; but it was not his intention, as the husband, to resist the wish of the deceased, and demand all she was possessed of.  He protests, in the most positive manner, that he is innocent; but it is singular that he seems greatly alarmed at the fear that he may be sentenced to die, and says, "Well, if I am put to death, it will be unjustly, for I am perfectly innocent."

   Since the above murder was perpetrated, some extraordinary facts have been brought to light, which will probably lead to the discovery of the murderer.  Chief constable  Hall having been informed that it was the invariable practice of the deceased to clean the cups and saucers immediately after she and her husband (Witham) had taken tea, and it appearing that on the afternoon he deceased was murdered they had drank together, the chief constable immediately proceeded to examine in what state these things were left on that occasion.  He found the tea things had been removed from the table on which they were previously used, and deposited on the mantle-piece precisely in the condition they were after the deceased and Witham had left them - a singular fact, which indicates that the murderer, in all probability, was the person who had removed them from the table to the place in which they were found; the deceased never having been known to put them away without first washing them out.  It has been generally believed that the weapon used by the murderer was a wooden bar, on which some marks of blood were discovered; his, however, has not been ascertained with any degree of certainty, for since the finding of the wooden bar, a poker has been also found in the house, an instrument with which it was more than probable the dreadful wounds were inflicted; and at a subsequent examination of the deceased's face and head, that supposition was strengthened.


Notwithstanding the long and patient investigations which have taken place before the jury, with a view of bringing to justice tee perpetrator of this dreadful murder, the case still remains involved in as much obscurity as  ever.  The inquisition was adjourned from Saturday last to yesterday, and the jury, after examining many witnesses, being occupied from t en in the morning until nearly six, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.  Witham was consequently discharged from custody.

Carmarthen Journal, 3 September 1830

   Thursday evening, as the servant of Mr. Smith, carpenter of Whitechapel-road, was walking along the highway, with a child in her arms, with whom she was playing, it fell from her, when a cart went over it, and broke its thighs; the child was conveyed home, where it expired in the presence of its distracted mother.

Carmarthen Journal, 10 September 1830   On Wednesday afternoon, Major Mallory, of No. 24, South Molton-street, put a period to his existence, by cutting his throat with a razor.  It appears that the unfortunate gentleman had for some time past laboured under a considerable depression of spirits; in the afternoon he gave orders for his horse to be saddled and brought to the door, and in the mean time he went up stairs to his bed-room, as it was suppose, for the purpose of arranging his dress previous to the ride.  Finding that he remained a long time in his room, the servant went up stairs to inform him that his horse was brought to the door, but receiving no answer when she knocked, she became alarmed and opened the door, when a most appalling sight presented itself.

   The unhappy gentleman lay extended on the floor, with his threat cut, and a razor lying by his side.  The floor was completely saturated with blood, which was still streaming  rom the wound in the throat.  The servant immediately alarmed the family, and a surgeon was sent for; but all medical skill was useless, so effectually had the dreadful deed been perpetrated.  The unfortunate gentleman was highly respected by a numerous circle of friends, and his loss will be deeply lamented.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 25 September 1830


   On Friday a young man, named Wm. Harris, aged 19 years, very respectably connected, died in Lazarus Ward, Guy's Hospital, under the following lamentable circumstances:- About a fortnight ago the deceased, who lived with his parents at Deptford, was invited out by some of his acquaintances to spend the evening.  They repainted to a tavern in the neighbourhood, and the waiter was deserted to being in pipes of tobacco for the party.  The deceased took one, and placed it in his mouth.  One of his companions who sat next him, knowing he was unused to a pipe, jocosely aid, "You can't smoke," and at the same time knocking his elbow. - The consequence was that the end of the pipe perforated the roof of the mouth.  The poor fellow in great agony screamed out, and the blood flowed from his mouth; in a few minutes after he was unable to open his mouth, the parts had become so swollen and inflamed.  He was removed to Guy's Hospital, where every thing was done for him, but without effect.  The unfortunate sufferer was unable to swallow any nourishment, and inflammation of the parts was so rapid that his case became hopeless and death ensued on Friday.  Upon a post mortem examination of the mouth, a piece of pipe, about an inch long, was discovered sticking perpendicularly at the back or root of the tongue, almost hidden was the swollen parts.

Carmarthen Journal, 1 October 1830

EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF SUICIDE. - On Saturday afternoon a lengthened inquiry took place at the Rising Sun, Hackney, touching the death of Lawrence Johnson, of 15, Retreat-place, Hackney, late clerk to Messrs. Elyan and Co., who committed suicide under these singular circumstance:-

   Mr. T. Greenwood, of Aldgate, surgeon, deposed that for the last twelve months he had known the deceased, who was in the habit of calling on his assistant, Mr. Watkins.  On Wednesday evening he called at winesse's shop, and he gave witness's servant a handsome silver snuff-box and a sovereign, desiring him to take care of them till the following morning.  Witness did not then know that he deceased was a married man, but he has since learned that such was the fact, and that he was paying his addresses to another female.  On Thursday morning witness went out, and upon returning, about 10 o'clock, he found his assistant greatly distressed, in consequence of a letter he had received from the deceased, dated  from No. 15, Retreat-place, Hackney,  though his residence with his wife was at Shadwell.  The witness then begged leave to read the letter, but hoped that, as a young lady's name was mentioned in it, who was highly respectable, and whose family were in the most poignant grief, owing to the misconduct of the deceased, it would be sufficient to call her only by her Christian name - Eliza.

   The letter was then read; it breathed sentiments of the most ardent attachment to "Eliza," whom alone the deceased said he could love; that he had been unfortunately united to a woman with whom he was miserable; but that his previous marriage having become known to Eliza's friends, they had accused him of villainy, & heartened to kill him; that he was now miserable, & intended to destroy himself.

   The witness then stated hat, upon reading this letter, he set off for No. 15, Retreat-place, Hackney, where he found the deceased in a state of lethargy.  He succeeded in rousing him, and asked him if he had taken laudanum? He replied that he had not, and fell immediately into the same state of stupor.  Witness afterwards procured a stomach-pump, and the stomach was relieved of its contents, but the patient expired at half-past four o'clock.

   Coroner: "You see, gentlemen, that the house is furnished with new furniture, and there can be no doubt that he had prepared it for the reception of his young wife; but he was detected to have been already married, and then, in a if of despair, he destroyed himself."

   The Jury returned a verdict, That he deceased poisoned himself while in a sound state of mind.  The Coroner then issued his warrant to bury the deceased, according to the Statute, without reading the funeral service, and declared that all the deceased's property was forfeited to the King, whose collector would immediately take possession of it.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 23 October 1830-
ST. JOHN LONG.  Editorial.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 23 October 1830

DREADFUL ACCIDENTS BY FIRE-ARMS. - On Tuesday morning the family of Mr. Geer, of Portugal-street, Lincoln's-inn-fields, was alarmed in consequence of hearing a loud report of fire-arms from one of the rooms up stairs, and, to add to the consternation, the servant maid came running down screaming "Oh, master, he has shot himself, he has shot himself."  Mr. Geer ran up stairs immediately, where he discovered his brother lying upon the floor in the most excruciating agonies, with his hand upon his heart, and a blunderbuss lying by his side.  The wounded youth was quite sensible, and in broken sentences called for surgical assistance, saying that he had accidentally shot himself; that he went up stairs for the purpose of drawing the charge of his blunderbuss, which he had some days before loaded with swan-shot for the protection of the house, and the ram-rod not being in its proper place behind the barrel of the piece, but in one corner of the room, he stretched his arm to reach it, when something touched the trigger and the piece went off. 

   Mr. Green, and Mr. Dalton, were instantly sent for, when upon examination a gun-shot wound was discovered immediately below the left breast, the charge having passed just above the heart into the chest, and was beyond all surgical skill to extract. The unfortunate youth was placed I n bed, and every necessary treatment was afforded him by his professional attend ants, who declared him past all recovery. 

   Mr. Greer is about 19 years of age, and was clerk to Mr. Dalzell, the barrister, of Old-square, Lincoln's-inn.  His afflicted mother is in a state better conceived than described.

The Cambrian, 23 October 1830

FATAL OCCURRENCE AT WOOLWICH BARRAC KS. - Considerable excitement has for the last few days prevailed at Woolwich, owing to a very general rumour that Lieut. Edw. John Jones, of the Royal Horse Artillery, had been killed in a duel by an brother officer, on Woolwich Common, and that the body had been privately removed, in the dead of night, to his apartments in the barracks; and that it was the intention of his friends to conceal the affair from the public, and to bury the copse without an investigation of the circumstances leading to his death. This report was so current that every person believed it, and the affair became the general topic of conversation.  The beadle of the parish lost no time in making the necessary inquiries, and succeeded in ascertaining that the report of the unfortunate gentleman having fallen in  a duel was without foundation; although he had died from the effect of a pistol shot, under circum stances of the most singular and affecting nature.

   An inquest was held upon the body, when Wm. Sinclair, groom to Lieut. Jones, stated that he (witness) occupied the room immediately under that of his master.  On Tuesday night, the 6th inst., at eight o'clock, he saw him going to his apartment for the purpose of dressing to attend a party of his brother officers.  Witness heard him go out in about an hour after, and he (witness) went to bed.  In a short time his master returned, and again went into his room.  Witness went to sleep, and heard no mire of him during the night. 

   At about seven o'clock next morning he went into his room, as was his usual custom, to call the deceased, when upon entering the room, he was astonished at finding two candles burning in the sockets of the candlesticks, and his master not in bed.  Upon looking behind the screen which divided the room he discovered the deceased sitting on the sofa, with his head reclining over the side, weltering in blood, which appeared to have come from his mouth, although the lips were closed, and he was quite dead.  The deceased was undressed, with the exception of his drawers and stockings.

   Captain Brydges, another witness, said that he felt confident that the death of the unfortunate deceased was accidental, and he was strengthened in that opinion from the examination he had made of the pistol.  Upon looking at the ramrod he found that it was very difficult to remove, and he verily believe that the deceased was about to draw the charge of the pistol, and fin ding he could not shift the ramrod with his hand, he had applied the teeth of the lower jaw to as small ridge near the top of it, and in doing so the jerk must have caused the pistol to go off and produced the dreadful event.  After much deliberation, the Jury returned a verdict, That "deceased was accidentally shot."

 Carmarthen Journal, 29 October 1830

   On Wednesday evening an inquest was held in Guy's Hospital, before Mr. Payne, on the body of William Morgan, a youth of 19.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased had belonged to the schooner William from Carmarthen, which having just discharged her cargo of corn, was on the previous afternoon preparing for her return voyage.  The deceased having gone aloft to unloose the sails, missed his hold, and falling head foremost, lighted on a playing-pin of an inch and a half diameter, which, to its full extent (eight inches) entered just blow his left shoulder.

   The unfortunate young man was instantly converted from Cumberland wharf, where the accident occurred, to the Spread Eagle Tavern, where Dr. Randall, of Rotherhithe, immediately attended him, and after extracting the wood, advised his instant removal to the hospital.  Mr. Calloway deposed, that instantly on the deceased's being brought to the hospital, he had given not only his own processional exertions and unremitting attentions, but that the combined efforts of all the surgeons of the establishment had been devoted to his aid.  The injuries, however, which the deceased had sustained were beyond the power of man to remedy, and all that science could effect was an alleviation of his agonies. The deceased, who retain e his senses to the last, expired at five o\clock that afternoon.  The jury then returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Carmarthen Journal, 29 October 1830
  On Wednesday evening an inquest was held in Guy's Hospital, before Mr. Payne,, on the body of William Morgan, a youth of 19.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased had belonged to the schooner William from Carmarthen, which having just discharged her cargo of corn, was on the previous afternoon preparing for her return voyage.  The deceased having gone aloft to unloose the sails, missed his hold, and falling head foremost, lighted on a belaying-pin of an inch and a half diameter, which, to its full extent (eight inches) entered just below his left shoulder.
  The unfortunate young man was instantly conveyed from Cumberland wharf, where the accident occurred, to the Spread Eagle Tavern, where Dr. Randall, of Rotherhithe, immediately attended him, and after extracting the wood, advised his instant removal to the hospital.  Mr. Calloway deposed, that instantly on the deceased's being brought to the hospital, he had given not only his own professional exertions and unremitting attentions, but that the combined efforts of all the surgeons of the establishment had been devoted to his aid.  The injuries, however, which the deceased had sustained were beyond he power of man to remedy, and all that science could effect was an alleviation of his agonies. The deceased, who retain e his senses to the last, expired at five o'clock that afternoon.  The jury then returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Carmarthen Journal, 19 November 1830

MR. ST. JOHN LONG. - ANOTHER INQUEST. - Wednesday, an inquest was taken in Kinnerton-street, Knightsbridge, before J. H. Gell, Esq. Coroner, to enquire into the death of Mrs. Collin Campbell Lloyd, aged 48, the wife of Capt. Edw. Lloyd, of the Royal Navy, (resident at Cheltenham,) whose death was alleged to have been occasioned by the treatment experienced under the hand s of Mr. St. John Long, of Harley-street.  It appeared in evidence, that the deceased was subject to an attack in the throat, known by the name of globulus hystericus, but which the witness, Mr. Vance, an eminent surgeon, had never known to terminate fatally.

   During an occasional visit to her sister in London, Mrs. Lloyd had been prevailed upon to consult Mr. Long, who told her that the affection of the throat arose from extensive disease of the lungs, they being full of small ulcers, and recommended her to inhale, which she did for a few days previously to her being rubbed at his house on the neck and breast, on the 10th and 11th October last. Beyond the constitutional complaint in her throat, her surgical attendant considered Mrs. Lloyd in perfect health at that time.

   The wound on the chest, produced by rubbing, extended 20 inches in length, independent of he inflammation, which spread over the abdominal muscles, all down the sides, over the hip, and over the shoulder.

   Mr. B. C. Brodie, surgeon, said, it would not have been prudent or propel to make any application that would produce such effects on persons suffering under globules hystericus ! these effects were sufficient to have caused death.  He would not intuitionally have produced such effects for any complaint with which h he was acquainted; and he did not remember having seen the same mischief produced by any local application used as a remedy, excepting in the case of the late Miss  Cashin.

   The inquest was adjoined to allow time for opening the body.

   Thursday morning the inquest was resumed an fresh evidence was examined, from which it transpired, that Mrs. Lloyd, from the extremity of the sufferings, had become dissatisfied and quite impatient with Mr. Long, to whom she said, that all she wanted was, "to be healed and relieved;" and, upon his last visit, when his name was announced, she entreated that he might not be allowed to see her.  She had lately entertained a great dread of Mr. Long, and, in the delirium of pain, always fancied that he was concealed I b a large box in the room, which she desired the servant to lock up, and hide the key.

   The four surgeons employed to open the body, no gave in a  written report, which was to the following effect::-

On examining the structures contained within his chest, the lungs were ascertained to be perfectly sound, free from adhesion to the pleura, and not even a spot that could admit of the suspicion o disease, either on his surface or internally.  The heart and he great vessels were also quite healthy.

   The liver, spleen, stomach, and intestines, as well as the other structures within the abdomen and pelvis, were in a state of perfect health.  The oesophgus, which became the subject of out particular attention, on account of he globulus hystericus, was quote healthy.

   We have further to add, that, in our professional researches, few had lived 40 years with natural structures so generally healthy and fine on their proportions.

   Mr. Wooler, for the accused, said he had some witnesses to produce relative to the cause of Mrs. Lloyd's death; and Mr. Wheatley said, if he Coroner received evidence as to Mr. Long's practice, he should call witnesses o prove, hat by his practice death had been before occasioned.

   At six o'clock in the evening, the Jury bought in their verdict of manslaughter, on the ground of gross ignorance, against John St. John Long.  A recommendation was handed in from the Jury, to the effect of their calling upon the Legislature to put a stop to the danger and death resulting from suffering ignorant persons to practise as surgeons. - The Coroner's warrant was issued for apprehending Mr. Long.

   Capt. Lloyd now entered the room, and said that h should become the prosecutor, bu he bore not the least antipathy, nor had he any feeling of resentment agsi nst Mr. St. John Long; he onl object h had in view was for the sake of public justice.


   Thursday evening, after the corona's jury had returned a verdict of manslaughter against Mr. St. John Long, the warrant was given to Sargent, the onbstable, who proceeded to Mr. Lon's house in Harley-street.  On knocking at the door it as opened by a servant in livery, who, on being questioned, replied hat Mr. Long had gone out of town.  Sargent was instructed by the magistrates of Queens-square office to prosecute his inquiries, but had not succeeded in taking the accused into custody Friday afternoon.  - We have heard that h is goner to America., - Globe.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 November 1830

Editorial se St. John Long.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 November 1830


The Cambrian, 20 November 1830

   Mrs. Newbolt, a married lady, residing in Drummond-street, Camden own, died on Wednesday, suddenly from joy at a visit from some relatives she had not seen for years.  An inquest was held on Saturday, and a verdict of Died bevy the visitation of God recorded.

The Cambrian, 20 November 1830


Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 December 1830

SUIICDE BY A BOY. - An inquest was held on Tuesday at the Duke of York, Upper York-street, Marylebone, upon the body of William Ageat, aged 14, who hung himself in his uncle's stable on Saturday evening last.  The character [paper creased] that h dreaded censure for having thrown down his uncle's favourite horse and broken both his knees.  Verdict, That he deceased destroyed himself while in a state of temporary derangement.

Carmarthen Journal, 10 December 1830

DEATH OF A GOVERNMEN SPY. - An inquest was held on Monday afternoon, at the sign of the Cock, New-street, Carnaby-market, on view of the body of Nicholas Jermyan, a Swiss, aged 68, who expired suddenly at his residence, No. 12, in the above street.

   The deceased, it appeared, was formerly a spy in the service of the British and Foreign Governments.  He commenced his career with the campaign in Holland, under the late Duke of York, where he frequently entered the French lines in disguise, and communicated their intended movements to the British.  He became such an adept in deception, that he was afterwards upon several occasions employed by the Allied Sovereigns as an emissary, and supplied them with much information upon the subject of popular discontent; in consequence, many persons were arrested, whom he accused of harboruing hostile intentions towards their several Governments.  Soon after the battle of Waterloo he came to England, having obtained a pension for his services from the then French Government, and was employed by Lords Sidmouth and Castlereagh in the honourable capacity of a spy upon the people, in which character he traveled the country, and generally introduced himself to the unsuspecting under the guise of a hawker and pedlar, making use of the most inflammatory language, and pretending to sympathise in the sufferings of the distressed.

   For some time past he had been afflicted with an asthma, which rendered him incapable of pursuing his calling, when he took up his abode at the above place, and for the last few days complained of illness, which seemed to have been much increased by the recent stoppage of his pension by the present French Government, in consequence of the late revolution.

   He went to bed as usual on Friday night, and on Saturday morning was found dead in his bed.  Among his wardrobe, which consisted of 20 suits of clothes, was found a traveller's cloak, lined throughout with seal skin, hitch was presented to him by the Marquis of Hertford.  H had a gold watch, chain, and seals, and is supposed to have amassed considerable property.

   The Jury having heard the evidence, returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.

Carmarthen Journal, 10 December 1830

DEPLORABLE CASE OF STARVATION. - On Saturday evening, an Inquest was held at the Pitt's Head, Paddington-street, on the body of Elizabeth Collins, aged forty-six, whose death was occasioned by a want of the common necessaries of life.  The deceased was a broker and undertaker, once of great respectability in the Parish of Mary-la-bone; she carried on the business after his deathly but a man whom she employed as an assistant robbed her to a great extent, and she failed.  About seven weeks ago, the deceased and her four children went to lodge at No. 16, Devonshire-place, Lisson-Grove.  They had no bed, but two mattresses and one blanket; one of the mattresses was placed against he window, which was broken, to keep the cold out.  The deceased had three shillings per week allowed her from the parish; and at one time, when it was stated to the officers that that sum was not sufficient, an extra allowance of two shilling s was made for one week.

   The eldest daughter, who was examined as a witness, said that she represented the state of her mother to Mr. Stocker, on of the parish-officers; but he spoke so harshly to her, that she was afraid to mention it again.  Often for two or three days together, she and her mother had gone without food; & they had gone all without food or firing for a whole day.  The deceased, it appeared, would not make her distress known to her friends, and they were quite ignorant of her place of residence.  She at last died for want of food.  A verdict to that effect was recorded.

The Cambrian, 18 December 1830

   The Rev. M. Kennett, brother to Lord Sheffield, committed suicide on Friday, in the presence of his mother and sister, by lunging a pair of scissors into his neck, and wounding the carotid artery.  Death ensued in a few mints.  Verdict, at the inquest, Lunacy.

   Mr. W. Chambers, an eminent engraver, of Grafton-street, Soho, destroyed himself on Wednesday night, in one of his own houses in Drmmond Crescent, Somers-town, in the absence of a female with whom he cohabited, and by whom he had two  children.  He had a wife and nine children.  His father said he had amassed considerable property, but the woman had been his ruin: he had no doubt of his son's derangement.  Verdict, Temporary Insanity.


   Monday an inquest was held in the board room of St. Thomas's Hospital on the body of Alfred Lugdon, eight years old, who died in consequence of neglect and alleged ill treatment by his own father.  The poor  child, when discovered in the miserable lodgings of his parent, was literally one mass of sores, and lying on a piece of rug without any covering, and on lifting him up the rug stuck to the wounds.  Much evidence was produced, which horrified the Jury so much that they adjourned till yesterday, hat they might come to a dispassionate decision on all the circumstances of the case.  After a considerable deliberation they returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Jeremiah Charles Lugden, the father; and the Coroner issued his warrant for his apprehension.

Carmarthen Journal, 24 December 1830

AWFUL VISITATION. - On Sunday se'nnight, about noon, a young woman of very genteel appearance was observed walking by herself in King-street, Oxford-street, to all appearance in the bloom of health, when suddenly her steps became paralysed, and she was in the act of falling, when a gentleman ran up and caught her in his arms.  She was found totally insensible, and in this state she was removed into the nearest house, when medical assistance promptly arrived' but life was found to be totally extinct.  The body, which has not been owned, was then taken to the poor-house in Poland-street, where an inquest was held, and a verdict of Died by the visitation of God recorded. She was respectable attired in a blue cloth plisse, trimmed with fut.

Carmarthen Journal, 24 December 1830

ST. JOHN LONG. - The constable to whom the coroner's warrant against this offender is entrusted, has, since the Old Bailey Sessions terminated, at which it was supposed he would have surrendered, been very active in endeavouring to apprehend him, .  .  .  In Mr. Long's endeavour to treat with Mr. Wontner, the governor of Newgate, he not only required numerous apartments, but liberty to deceive patients daily. The proposal was at once rejected. - Observer.

Carmarthen Journal, 24 December 1830

MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF A GENTLEMAN.  On Tuesday morning, Mr. S. Solomons, a professor of languages, residing in Vauxhall bridge-road, left home to visit his pupils in Burton Crescent, and in Finsbury square, since which time he has not been heard of. .  .  . 

Monmouthshire Merlin, 25 December 1830

SHOCKING MURDER AND SUICIDE. - The neighbourhood of Queen's-street, St. Gilles's, was thrown into great consternation on Friday, by he following dreadful circumstance:-

    A young man, wall dressed, and of respectable appearance, had been residing with his wife, a young woman of personal attractions, at a shoemaker's; they were perfect strangers to the neighbourhood -  the y appeared on the best terms, in easy circumstances, and conducted themselves with propriety.  At one o'clock in the morning, the door of their room being open, some of the lodgers looked in and saw the young woman stretched on the floor, with her head nearly severed from her body - a razor was near her.  On the bed the young man was lying, with his throat cut, and scarcely breathing.  Medical assistance being procured, the wound was sewed up, and he as removed to the workhouse.

   An inquest was held on the body of the female on Saturday, and the young man was interrogated; he denied having inflicted the wounds of which she died, and promised when he was sufficiently recovered to give the particulars of the transaction.  While the inquest was proceeding, intelligence of the death of the young man was conveyed to the coroner.  A verdict was returned, that John Jeffries murdered Caroline Burroughs, and that he committed felo-de-se.

The Cambrian, 25 December 1830

SHOCKING OCCURRENCE. - Saturday last, about half-pat eleven o'clock, a poor woman named Becks, the wife of a sawyer residing at Deptford-green, in a state of pregnancy, and two of her children, one aged about three and the other nine years, were taken out of the canal near the Victualling-office, Deptford, where they were all drowned.  A policeman having heard a noise in the water, and the screaming of a child, and supposing that some person had fallen into the Canal, gave an alarm, and drags having been prepared, the body of the unfortunate woman was taken out in about twelve minutes after; but though means were used to produce resuscitation hey unfortunately failed.   The children of the unfortunate woman were afterwards found, and were also dead.  In the pocket of the woman were eighteen duplicates, but she had evidently been in a great state of destitution.  The bodies were all taken to the King's Head, Deptford, for a Coroner's Inquest, when the Jury brought in a verdict Found drowned in the canal, but no evidence proved how the bodies came there.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 25 December 1830

   On Saturday morning Mr. Francis Burdett took his seat on the Hornsey coach to proceed to town, and while passing through the village, an inhabitant, who was standing at his door, observed that he was without a hat, and supposing that he was ill, called out to the coachman to stop.  The horses were instantly pulled up, and the coachman, Henry Oddy, finding his passenger insensible, removed him, with assistance off the coach, and conveyed him to the King's Head public house, where he expired in the course of a few seconds.  He appeared to be in perfect health when he mounted the coach.

The Carmarthen Journal, 31 December 1830

  An awful instance of the evil efforts of excessive drinking occurred on Sunday night, on board a ship off No. 3 quay in the London Docks.  Mr. Cosgrove, a tide-waiter of the Customs, joined a party in a vessel, and, during the evening, drank upwards o a quart of strong Scheidam gin, and became much intoxicated.  He was about to fill a glass of liquor, when the goblet fell from his hand.  He uttered a heavy groan, suddenly fell backwards in his chair, and almost immediately expired. The deceased was in his 35th year, and previously in the enjoyment of excellent health.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 January 1831


   Friday afternoon an inquest was held at the sign of the Castle. Jermyn-street, Haymarket, to enquire into the circumstances connected with the death of Mr. Thomas Howard, aged 26, a young man well known in the sporting world, and proprietor of the extensive livery-stables, 119, Jermyn-street.

   Thomas Wiltshire, ostler, in the employ of the deceased, stated that on Tuesday afternoon his master went to Gould's Hotel, where he dined and spent the evening with a party of gentlemen connected with the turf, and a little before twelve o'clock, he was sent by Mrs. Howard, the wife of the de cased, to fetch him home.  On arriving at the hotel he found the de cased labouring under the influence of wine, and he called a hackney-coach, in which they proceeded home together.  He then conducted him up stairs, through a long gallery, to his bed room, where he left him alone, whilst he went down to pay the coachman.  Soon afterwards he was alarmed by a loud knocking in the gallery, and almost immediately afterwards heard a heavy fall, accompanied by a dreadful groan.  Her proceeded into the yard under the gallery, which is about 28 feet high, and guarded by one slight rail, and there found his u unfortunate master stretched on the stones, the blood running in a stream from his ear.

   J. W. Faxon, a surgeon, deposed that he attended the de cased, and, on examination, found that he had received a severe fracture of the base of the skull.  Several of his ribs on the left side were fractured; and, from the distressing symptoms which the patient evinced, some of the fractured bones must have penetrated he lungs. He expired on Thursday night.  Verdict, accidental death.  The deceased was a fine young man, and had only been married twelve months.

Carmarthen Journal, 28 January 1831

CLIMBING BOYS. - On Monday, he 17th inst. Joseph Pasey, 10 years of age, apprentice to Briant, the sweep, was sent up a flue at the Omnibus Coffee-house, 60, Minories, the top of which  flue was from 12 to 16 feet above the roof of he house.  It appears that the brick-work was decayed, and that when the sweep had reached the top, the whole chimney gave way, and the poor boy was found on the parapet dead, with his skull neaten in.  The following day an inquest was held at the golden lion, Goodman's-yard, and a verdict of accidental death brought in, which verdict could not be otherwise, so long as the law permits the barbarous custom of using  children instead of bushes in the as weeping of chimneys.

Carmarthen Journal, 4 February 1831

DEATH OF LORD RIVERS. - An inquest was held on Wednesday at the Fox and Bull Inn, Kensington, on the body of this Nobleman, which was found in the Serpentine River, Hyde Park, on Tuesday.  His Lordship had been missing for a week, and fears being entertained of some accident having occurred, the reservoirs in the two parks were drawn, and the body found.  His Lordship was very short-sighted, and it was supposed that he had fallen in the river when walking on the bank.  The path was admitted to be very dangerous, and the Jury returned their verdict, that the deceased was found drowned in a part of the Serpentine River considered dangerous, and where several persons had accidentally fallen in, there being no fence or railway betwixt that part of the river and pathway.

The Cambrian, 19 February 1831

DREADFUL CATASTROPHE. - The own f Woolwich has been thrown into the most indescribable consternation in con sequence of the loss of the lives of five boys, none of whom exceeded 12 years of age, belonging to the soldiers of the Royal Artillery.  It appears that on Sunday last a number of children were amusing themselves sliding on a pond called "Mouldgrave pond," at the back of the artillery barracks, which is 12 feet deep and used for the arsenal, and while thus engaged, two youths, named Bell and Manby, in order to as certain if the ice was of sufficient strength to bear them in skating, caused the boys to congregate, and threw half-pence among them to scramble, when the ice gave way, and seventeen were precipitated into the water.  All were with difficulty got out alive, except five.

DREADFUL ACCIDENT. - An inquest was held on Friday at Guy's Hospital, before T. Payne,. Esq. on the body of John Jones, who met his death by the following dreadful accident. It appeared that the deceased was employed at Messrs. Barclay and Co.'s brewery, Park-street, Bankside, and that one of the plugs in the side of an immense vat, which at the time was nearly full of scalding liquid, having by some accident been forced out, the deceased by the steps inside the vat, as soon as the liquid

Had flowed out sufficiently to allow his so doing, for the purpose of refixing the plug.  While in the act of stooping to do so, with his face near the surface of the liquid, the fumes overpowered him, and he dropped down senseless into the scalding liquid.  An alarm was instantly given and the body got out, but life was extinct before he could be conveyed to the hospital.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 26 February 1831

TRIAL OF MR. ST. JOHN LONG FO MANSLAUGHTER. - This trial, relating to the death of Mrs. Colin Campbell Lloyd, took place on Saturday. .  .  .   The Jury retired at half-past eight o'clock, and returned in an hour's time with a verdict of - Not Guilty. .  .  . 

Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 March 1831

   Mr. St. John Long has brought an action for a label in the Court of King's Bench against Chubb, a bookseller in Holywell-street, for a publication purporting to be "The Life of Mr. St. John Long," ,  ,  , 

Carmarthen Journal, 18 March 1831

MURDER AT BETHNAL-GREEN. - On Wednesday se'nnight, between eleven and twelve o'clock, a most inhuman murder was discovered in Elizabeth-street, Dog-row, Bethnal-green.  The unfortunate victim is an aged female, named Elizabeth Malcomb, who, for several years past, kept a small broker's shop at the corner of Elizabeth-street and North-street, and who, though she had five children living, resided there alone.   .  .  .  This circumstance induced him to knock at the door; and receiving no answer, he forced the door; and, on looking about, was horror-struck at perceiving, on different parts of the floor, quantities of clotted blood.  His feeling s were so overcome by the sight that he could not proceed further, but Moxey did, and on his entering a s mall kitchen apart from the shop, he there found the unfortunate woman, with her skull beaten in many places; her person, and the floor about her covered with blood; her person partly suspended by a piece of jack0line from the latch of the door which led to the kitchen from a small yard attached to the house. .  .  .   Information of the circumstance was sent to the parish authorities of Bethnal-green, who communicated it to Mr. Baker, the coroner; but no time is yet named for holding the inquest.

Carmarthen Journal, 25 Marc h 1831


.  .  .   The Jut expressed themselves perfectly satisfied, and after a deliberation of three hours, they returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 April 1831



   His trial excited the greatest interest throughout the county of Surrey. .  .  .   After some general observations, he called Mr. Shillito, a surgeon, who stated that he had examined he body of the deceased two days fret her death.  It was opened in the presence of two other persons, under his direction; they found the membranes of the stomach I  a high state of inflammation, with erosion in one or two places, a chain of ark gangrenous spots, and considerable vivid redness generally in the stomach.  The bowels and viscera were inflamed, from having, in his opinion, been acted upon by some strong poison - arsenic would produce such appearances.  He did not, however, discover any arsenic in the body.  There was a pint and a half of fluid in the stomach, which was carefully analysed, but no arsenic found in it.  The state of the stomach was such as could not be caused except by poison having acted upon it.

   Mr. Theophilus Clarke, the father of the prisoner, stated that the deceased was his wife.  At the time of her death, he resided with her and his two daughters at Putney.  He did not keep any servant.  His family were al in perfect health on the morning of the 21st of February; on that day he assisted his daughter in preparing a batter-pudding for dinner.  His daughter Elizabeth began to make it; witness emptied the flour out of a tub into a basin; both his daughters were present.  He then put the milk and eggs together, and mixed them; this was about an hour before dinner time.  Elizabeth put the pudding into the saucepan, in the presence of the prisoner.  Witness frequently assisted his daughter in making puddings.  After the pudding was made, here was a surplus of batter left, which prisoner took into the lower kitchen, and made a dumpling.  There was not flour enough, and the prisoner fetched some from an adjoining rom.  The dumpling and the batter pudding were both made from the same flour, as far as he knew.  The prisoner did not take the pudding with her at the time she went into the kitchen to make the dumpling.

   They dined at two o'clock. - The dumpling was taken out before the pudding.  The prisoner and her sister both ate of the dumpling; the deceased ate her share.  It was divided into four equal parts, and she ate her share.  Witness observed, that the appearance and colour of the pudding was very unlike the usual appearance of batter-pudding.  Deceased said, it was only the basin that had coloured the outside of the pudding.  Witness observed that it did not smell very well, and desired his daughter to be careful of it.  Deceased said, "You are always finding fault with the pudding, and setting the girls against me."  Deceased took her share and ate it; she did not eat any of the pudding till after this conversation. .  .  . 

   Mr. Baron Garrow then summed up the evidence, and the jury after an absence of an hour and a half, returned a verdict of Not Guilty generally; not, as was expected, acquitting her on the ground of insanity. . . 

The Cambrian, 9 April 1831

SUICIDE - On Saturday an inquest was held at the Bird-in-Hand, Northampton-street, Clerkenwell, on the body of William Griffith, late of Swansea.  It appeared that the deceased, who was about thirty-two years of age, carried on business in a large way at Swansea as a genial merchant, but had failed some time ago.  He came to London about three weeks since, and took up his residence at the house of his brother-in-law, Wm. Butler, a butcher, 19, St. John-street, and up to the morning of his death appeared agitated and dejected.  On Thursday morning he came down stairs and said he had taken oxalic acid.  Medical assistance was instantly procured, but he died in a few minus.  Verdict, Insanity. [Quote from The Observer.]

The  Carmarthen Journal, 6 May 1831

DEATH FOM TIGH-LACING. -  An inquest was held on Tuesday evening at Stepney, on the body of Miss Betsey Hughes, a fine young woman, aged 22, who died on Sunday evening suddenly.  It appeared that the deceased throughout the day was in excellent health and spirits, and ate a hearty dinner.  She made no complaint of illness during the veining, but merely once or twice said that she felt rather sleepy.  About eight o'clock, whilst talking with her mother, she fell back in the hall, exclaiming, "Oh, mamma!" and never spoke more. Medical assistance was immediately procured, and a vein opened, but only a few drops followed the incision - she was quite dead.

   Mr. Paler, surgeon, on Monday morning opened the body and head of the deceased, and found the brain in a state of congestion.  This he imagined was produced by compression of the descending aorta from a very hearty meal, and great pressure from the stays of the deceased, which at the death was really incredible.  The effect of the pressure as, that the blood was prevented from passing I n its ordinary course to the lower extremities, and consequently caused a greater flow of it to the lungs and brain which produced apoplexy, which was the cause of the death of the deceased.  Verdict accordingly.


   At half past 10 o'clock on Wednesday morning flames suddenly burst from the front second floor windows of the mansion of Lord Walsingham, in Harley-=street, Cavendish-square.  The police on duty immediately alarmed the inmates, and others were dispatched to the station-house in Marylebone-lane for assistance, which was promptly given by Inspectors Stride and Adamson. The flames, in less than five minutes, raged in the most violent manner, and the whole of the back and front second floor attics were in on blaze, it being with the utmost difficulty that the servants, who slept up stairs, could escape. One of the domestics ran to his Lordship's dressing-room, where he used frequently to sit up to read. - The unfortunate Nobleman's Lady leaped out of the bed-room window on the leads over the kitchen, a very considerable height.  We are sorry to state that her Ladyship, in her fall, broke both her thighs, both legs, and fractured her skull in a most dreadful manner.

   Large pools of blood remained on the leads. From the wounds of the unfortunate sufferer; she was by the assistance of some of her domestics, removed into a room over the stables in Harley-mews.  Surgical assistance was with all possible speed procured; but not the slightest hopes were possibly entrained of her recover, and she expired at six o'clock.

   His Lordship had been for some time in a state of ill-health.  He had received a visit from is medical attendant, Sir Matthew Tierney, in the afternoon, and had retired to bed (as was usual with him) at about eight o'clock in the evening, apparently better than he had previously been. Medicine was brought to him at ten o'clock, which it is supposed he had risen to use, but had fallen  back from weakness, in which state he was observed on the first breaking out of the flames by a servant from a window in the opposite house.

Carmarthen Journal, 20 May 1831

   Wednesday morning, the interior of the King's Bench prison was thrown into a state f strong excitation by the melancholy death of two of its inmates, one of whom fell a sacrifice to slow disease, and the other to an act of self-destruction, which was produced by  circumstances of the most appalling nature.

   The former gentleman had been long a patient in the Infirmary, whose dissolution had been gradually approaching; but the latter had gone up recently to the Insolvent Court, by whose Commissioners her was remanded for the payment of 150 Pounds, with which his friends called upon him, in order that the liberation of the defunct might be effected immediately.  On hearing of their benevolent intentions he hastened to his room, where, for the purpose of defeating a design, which, though humane in an abstract point of view, was nevertheless, in his mind, a base concession to an act of injustice, he rashly  committed the suicidal deed.  The name of the unfortunate man was Bell, on whose remains an inquest will be held with all convenient speed.  .  .  .   Morning Herald.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 June 1831

   An inquest was held on Saturday, at the Thee Compasses, Cowcross-lane, on the body of T. W. Lockyer, a dentist, who died on Thursday, from having taken a glass of Hall's Nonpareil Tincture for the Gout, instead of ale.  It appeared tat Mr. Hall, residing in John-street, Fitzroy-square, was a preparer of this medicine, and also a purveyor of bottled ale, and both being negligently kept in the same cupboard, Miss Hall gave the deceased the one for the other.  Every medical assistance was afforded, but in vain, and his death was attributed to colchicum, the chief ingredient in the nostrum.

   Mr. John St. John Long has obtained a verdict of 100 Pounds damages against Chubb, a primer and bookseller in Holywell-street, for a libel.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 July 1831

   An inquest was held at the London Hospital, on Saturday, on the body of Watson Carr, a journeyman cork-cutter.  It appeared that the deceased, who was much addicted to ardent spirits, used to boast he could drink a pint and a half of rum.  One of his shipmates offered to pay for the liquor if he did so, and n Friday the deceased, having been drinking beer and spirits throughout the day, challenged his shipmate to the performance of his promise; he did so, and in four minutes he drank off the pint and a half of rum.  He then returned to his work, and in about a quarter of an hour he fell into a sate of stupor, and was removed to the hospital, where he died in a few hours.  The jury returned a verdict of Died from excessive drinking.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 July 1831

   An inquest was held at the Rose and French Horn, Cheapside, on the body of Mr. H. Harland, of the Rose public-house, Fell-street, Cripplegate.  It appeared that the deceased, with a friend, was returning on the evening of Thursday week from a party in Richmond in a chaise, when the horse, at an accidental smacking of the whip, started off, and he gig coming in contact with a sharp turning in the road, both were upset.  The deceased was thrown with his head against a wall.  He died on Saturday.  Verdict - Accidental death.

   As the Endeavour and Diana, Richmond steam-boats, were returning to London on Monday evening, at a very rapid rate, about seven, off Barnes Elm Reach, a wherry containing eight persons was between the two steamers, and the swell of the water was so great, from the velocity of the boats, that it was upset.  A number of boats put off from the shore, and every assistance was rendered by the steam-boats; the whole of the party were saved, with the exception of Miss Nash, a member of the Society of Friends, a highly valued young lady, daughter of the late Mr. Edward Nash, of Bristol.  An inquest was held on the body on Wednesday last, when the following verdict was returned - "That the deceased accidentally came by her death; but that there was great negligence on the part of the captains of the Endeavour and Diana steam-vessels."  Deodand of 30 Pounds upon each of he packets.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 23 July 1831


   Friday afternoon a gentleman was passing the New river, with a Newfoundland dog, when the dig suddenly plunged to the bottom of the river and brought up the body of a female.  The body was conveyed to Islington vaults, and an inquest held on it on Saturday, when it appeared that the deceased was the wife of a shoemaker, near Shoreditch, who, on Wednesday, left home in a state of despondence.  The jury returned a verdict of Found drowned.  This was the sixth inquest held last week in persons drowning themselves at Islington.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 30 July 1831

FATAL LAUGHTER. - On Monday evening, Mr. J. White, a tradesman residing in Porter-street, Newport Market, was choked by a piece of meat, while laughing at a remark made by one of the persons with whom he was supping.  Surgical assistance was procured, and he as removed to Middlesex Hospital; but every attempt to relieve him proved ineffectual, and death terminated his sufferings about three o'clock on Tuesday morning.

SUICIDE. - Yesterday afternoon, about five o'clock, a girl was observed walking by the side of the Regent's canal, Battle-bridge.  On arriving at the bridge, near the Fortune of War public-house, she stopped, and giving a boy a few halfpence, pulled off her bonnet, and desired him to take it to the Castle public house, at Kentish Town; the boy had proceeded about twenty yards when, turning round, h saw the girl plunge into the water.  He returned, and placing the bonnet on the ground whence she threw herself, ran for assistance.  A coal porter and two police constables promptly arrived 2ith the drags belonging to the Humane Society, but two hours elapsed before the body was found.  It was removed to St. Pancras workhouse, where it now remains awaiting a coroner's inquest.  Mr. Gough, a brush maker, of Somer's Town, repaired to the parish workhouse, when, to his astonishment and anguish, he beheld his daughter.  It appears that about a fortnight ago, an aunt, to whom she was much attached, died, and she had given way to the most poignant grief, bordering on phrenzy.  She was only 14 years of Age.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 August 1831


   On Monday se'nnight an inquest was held by Mr. Cartar, the coroner for Kent, at the Leather Bottle, at Northfleet, on the body of a fine lad, aged 15.  It appeared that the unfortunate kid was in the service of Mr. Law, of Northfleet, and up to a short period he always conducted himself in the most exemplary manner; but latterly he had become the associate of a party of lads, about his own age, who were much addicted to gambling, &c.  On Saturday afternoon his master and his family happened to go out, and during their absence he joined his old companions, with whom he lost about 17s.  His ill luck acted so powerfully upon his mind, that he went home and hung himself by his neckcloth to a beam in is master's stable.  The jury returned the following verdict - Deranged and distracted.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 August 1831


SUDDEN DEATH. - On Saturday evening last a most awful occurrence took place at the banking-house of Sir T. Farquhar, Halliday, and Co., in St. James's-street, which threw the whole establishment into the utmost confusion.  Just before the close of business Colville Bolton, Esq., a gentleman who kept ash there, presented a check for payment and appeared in perfect health, when just at the moment the cashier was about to give him the cash, the unfortunate gentleman suddenly fell backwards and expired without a groan, notwithstanding medical aid as called in immediately, and copious bleeding resorted to.

   A dreadful accident occurred on Wednesday night, about six o'clock, at the ruins of Messrs. Stuart and Co.'s sugar-house, destroyed by fire in Dock-street, East.  A strong scaffolding having been ejected outside the walls, a number of labourers had commenced pulling down the bricks, and lowering them in baskets; at the above period a considerable portion of the gable end nearest the docks gave way, and fell into the interior, with two men named Sims and Leary, who were precipitated to the bottom, a distance of six stories, and buried in the rubbish; they were soon taken out, but life was quite extinct.  Their bodies were conveyed to the Hampshire House in Rosemary-lane, where they will remain till after the inquest.  Sims has left a wife and four children, who were dependent on him for support.


   Wednesday evening, between seven and weight o'clock, as Capt. Dancefield, a gentleman between fifty and sixty years f age, residing in Baker-street, York-terrace, Portman-square, was driving his wife in his gig along York-terrace, Regent's Park, he was suddenly seized with an apoplectic fit, and instantly fell out, apparently in a lifeless state. He was immediately assisted into the house of ---- Jenkins, Esq. in York-terrace, a surgeon was procured, and after bleeding him copiously, signs of re-animation appeared, and he was so far recovered as to be enabled to be removed to his residence in Baker-street, in a coach.  The sufferer is at present entirely deprived of the use of his left side.  There are but slight hopes of his recovery.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 September 1831


   A hocking event occurred on Saturday last, about one o'clock, at the house of Mr. Worseldine, carpenter and builder, Norwich-court, Castle-street, Holborn.  It appears that early in the morning, the wife of Mr. G. Worseldine, the youngest son of Mr. Worseldine, was cleaning the stairs, when some cause of offence was given to her by her brother-in-law, Mr. Wm. Worseldine, which she took no notice of at the time; but when the two brothers came in at one o'clock, the hour of dinner, she related the circumstance to her husband.  High words ensued between the brothers, and blows quickly followed.  George, we are informed, first struck his brother a heavy blow upon the forehead, which was quickly returned by the other; and the former, when in the act of falling, received three or four blows in the stomach, and he fell senseless on the floor.

   Upon Mr. Dale, surgeon, of Holborn, being sent for, he immediately attempted t bleed the poor man, but life was entirely extinct.  William was immediately taken into custody, and conveyed to the Compter, to await the result of a coroner's inquest, which is to be held today.  The deceased (who had not been married more ten four months) was about 27 years of age - his brother is 30. The feelings of the survivor (who has been described to us as by far the least passionate of the two brothers) are in a state of the most poignant and grievous excitement.  The poor widow is likewise in a state bordering on phrenzy.

   The inquest was held this morning at the Magpie and Stump, Fetter-lane.  It appeared from the testimony of the surgeon that death was occasioned by his excessive passion producing apoplexy.  The jury returned a verdict of Died of apoplexy, caused by excessive passion, and the brother, who was in custody, was immediately liberated.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 September 1831

FATAL PUGILISM. - On Wednesday se'nnight, an inquest was held at the King's Head, Church-street, Deptford, before Mr. Carttar, on the body of Richard Dodd, aged 27.  Dodd was a shoemaker, living in Cleman-street, about a month since, a match was made between him and James Cox, also a shoemaker, at the Crispen public-house, in Grub-street, to fight for a stake of two sovereigns, and Monday last, was fixed for the fight to come off. .  .  .   The men then commenced fighting.  After about fourteen rounds, both men fell insensible to the ground, and were unable to come to time, and they lay on the grass to all appearance dead.  The deceased was carried in a boat to the Grampus petal-ship, where he was attended by Dr. Lawson; and every thing that was possible was done to restore animation; but all to no purpose, he expired in about an hour after.  The other man, Cox, was conveyed home in a coach, and expired on Wednesday night.

   The inquest was adjourned until Monday, when the coroner and jury again assembled at the King's Had.  The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against John Jordan, as the stake-holder, Michael Kelly, second to Cox, and against Richard Hargrave.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 September 1841

SHOCKING ACCIDENT. - On Thursday, last week, a man named Hill, I a state of intoxication, fell into the excavation at Balham Hill.  A borer being at the time fixed in the ground, with seven feet of it standing out, the poor fellow tumbled sideways upon the point, and it passed through his body just above the hips, and he fell to the bottom, literally spitted.  A workmate immediately took him off, but with much difficulty; and while he as doing this, so stupidly drunk was the sufferer, that he said, "Never mind, Bill, it's only run through my clothes."  He lingered in a state of insensibility two days, when he died.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 September 1831

   On Sunday last a melancholy occurrence took place at the residence of Lady Mary Lake, No. 21, Earl's-terrace, Kensington.  It appears that a female domestic to her ladyship, named Martha Williams, about 25 years of age, was seduced, a short time since, by a tradesman, who is father of a family, living in the same neighbourhood.  The young woman was pregnant, and, a few days before Sunday, proceeded to town, and returned with a phial full of tincture of colchicum, for the purpose, as it is supposed, of causing abortion.  On Sunday morning the family was much alarmed by the sudden manner in which the young woman was  seized with a violent fit of retching, and a corresponding relaxation of the bowels, which was mistaken for an attack of the cholera.  Her Ladyship's medical attendant, Mr. Garrick, was called in, when, on searching the bed-room, an empty phial was found, in which were discovered the dregs of the tincture.  The young woman died in the course of the day.  On a post mortem examination, it was ascertained that the unfortunate creature was six weeks enceinte, and that her death had been occasioned by a large dose of the tincture.  An inquest was held at the Kensington Arms, when the above facts were elicited, and a verdict in accordance with them was returned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 17 September 1831

  On Sunday afternoon, about two o'clock, Mr. Calcraft, member for the county o Dorset, put an end to his existence, at is house in London, by cutting his throat.  It is stated that his triumph in the contest for Dorsetshire had too powerful an effect on his nervous system, and superinduced decided symptoms of insanity for the last two months.  He is succeeded I is estate by is eldest son, Captain Granby Calcraft, member for Wareham, now his own borough.  At eight o'clock in the evening an inquest was held on the body, when it appeared, that on the return of the unfortunate gentleman's daughter, fro m church, on Sunday afternoon last, she immediately went up to his bed-room, to seek her father; but not finding him, she went to his dressing-room, accompanied by the deceased's footman.  On entering the room, they discovered Mr. Calcraft lying on the floor, with his face downward, in a complete pool of blood.  Medical assistance being obtained, Mr. Freeman examined the body, but the deceased was quite dead, and consequently he could do nothing for him. 

   There was a wound across his throat, dividing the principal arteries, and laying bare the vertebrae of the neck.  In his right hand was a bloody razor, which he still grasped firmly. 

   The footman deposed to his having seen Mr. C. quit his sitting-room, and proceeded up stairs about three o'clock, without saying anything, after which he did not see him till he accompanied his daughter to his bed-room.  The deceased had been unwell for the last three months, during the two latter of which he had not quitted is residence, but appeared extremely low and dejected.  Mr. Freeman, surgeon, of Spring-gardens, and Dr. Wilson Philip, had both attuned the family for the last tree months, and, observing the deceased to be labouring under great depression of spirits, which at length settled into deep melancholy, they had prescribed for him, and had thought it their duty to caution Capt. Calcraft, who did not reside in the house, but who called occasionally, that the deceased ought to be watched.  Dr. Philip was asked by one of the jury, if Mr. Calcraft had ever expressed disappointment at not being elevated to the peerage? Who answered that he did not believe he ever entertained any expectation of such an event.  He had latterly fancies that he was continually watched by a man sitting on the top of the house; the deceased was certainly a firm believer in the Christian religion.  The jury returned a verdict of temporary mental derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 17 September 1831


DEATH FROM STARVATION. - Monday an inquest was held at the House of Correction, Coldbath-fields, before Mr. Baker, and a jury on the remains of John Somers, who died in that prison on Saturday morning, from extreme debility, brought on by a want of the common necessaries of life.  Mr. Henry Webster, clerk of the orison, produced the warrant of commitment of Mr. walker, one of the Magistrates at Lambeth-street, in which deceased was committed on the 5th inst, for 14 days; imprisonment and hard labour, as a rogue and vagabond, been found  wandering abroad, and sleeping in the open air.  Mr. Wakefield, the surgeon, stated that the deceased was taken to the convalescent Infirmary.  He was in the most emaciated state, and very weak.  He had no particular disease, but seemed in a state of starvation.  He administered restoratives and nourishing food; but he was too far gone, and died on Saturday morning about five.  He attributed is death to want and starvation.  The jury returned a verdict = That the dreads died a natural death by the visitation of God, brought on by extreme want, in consequence of having been refused relief by the parish of St. George in the East, in the County of Middlesex.

Carmarthen Journal, 23 September 1831

MELANCHOLY SUICIDE. - On Monday evening, a respectable Jury assembled at the Thirteen Cantons, Clare-court, Drury-lane.  The appearance of the place, which was destitute of every comfort, excited the deepest commiseration; and the widow of the unfortunate deceased was found in tears over the remains of her departed husband.  The deceased was by trade a harness-maker and saddler, and some years ago, carried on business in an excessive way, in High-street, Portsmouth, and employed a great number of men; but owing to the deceit of a person in whom h confided, and many other unforeseen circumstances, he became a bankrupt, and was completely ruined and brought to the greatest distress.  In London he procured work at his trade as a journeyman, but being a nervous man, the least thing would excite him, and he imagine that those who worked with him jeered at him, and wished to insult him, and he would frequently return home in tears, and tell his wife he as sick of life and the world, and it was only for her sake he lived. Latterly he became low spirited and dejected, and was quite incompetent to attend to his business as a saddler, but, being an ingenious man, he invented a new mode of box-making, which he incautiously made known to some persons who entered into competition with him, which annoyed him exceedingly.   Witness often urged him to have medical advice, to which he would reply with evident grief, "Can'st though administer to a mind deceased, or pluck from memory a rooted sorrow?"  On Saturday he returned home, and sent witness on an errand, and on her returning she was terrified at finding the deceased suspended by a rope.  She instantly cut him down, and called in a medical gentleman, but he was quite dead.  During the late winter they were literally starving.  The distress of the widow was quite apparent from her general appearance.  She was much affected while giving her evidence.  Some temporary relief was afforded her.  The Jury returned a verdict, That the deceased committed the act while in a state of temporary derangement.

Carmarthen Journal, 24 September 1831

BRUTAL AND FATAL ASSAULT. - On the night of Thursday week the 23d ult. A lamplighter named William Johnson, was attacked most wantonly by a party of seven or eight soldiers, while passing through Grosvenor Square.  One of the party, a corporal, struck him a violent blow on the face, which knocked him down, and he was beat and kicked in a most brutal manner by the rest, until he lay insensible on the ground.  The poor man, after lingering in great agony until Monday night following, expired.

Carmarthen Journal, 7 October 1831



Mr. Hunt wished to ask the hon., Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he had made any inquiries as to the case of George Summers, who had been sent to the House of Correction, and had died there for want of food?  The Coroner's inquest had found a verdict of "Died by the visitation of God."

   Mr. Lamb said it was possible that the man had died for want of food, but he had never made any application for relief, and had accordingly never been refused relief.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 October 1831

   A melancholy event has taken place in the family of Mr. Bott an extensive cabinet-maker, in Great Portland-street.  On Friday week, Mrs. Bott having occasion to go to the wine cellar, put the candle inadvertently on the ground, and so near her clothes, that the hem of her gown caught the lame, and presently enveloped the whole of her dress in a blaze.  She ran screaming up stairs, where assistance was promptly rendered, the fire extinguished, and Mrs. Mayo, a skilful surgeon of Middlesex Hospital, dressed her wounds.  But, unfortunately, all these endeavours proved unavailing, as she expired within an hour after the accident, leaving her husband and family plunged in grief.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 October 1831

   About two o'clock on Thursday week, Mr. Barber and Mr. Ellis, of Smalley, Derbyshire, left home for Derby, a distance of seven miles, for the purpose of attending a public dinner to celebrate the return of Lord Cavendish as member for the county.  They left Derby together about seven o'clock, and had reached within two miles of home, when Mr. Barber fell from his horse, but remounted again himself.  Shortly after, however, Mr. Ellis perceived him to lean forward, apparently helpless, and he obtained the assistance of two persons to walk by his side home; but, awful to relate, when they took him from his horse, he was a corpse. - Nottingham Journal.

Carmarthen Journal, 11 November 1831

NOVEL CASE OF POISONING. - An inquest was held at the Red Lion, Aldersgate-street, on the body of Miss Eleanor White, aged 34.  It appears that the deceased resided in Aldersgate-buildings, and being violently attacked by worms, referred t a book called "Mrs. Lass's Complete Housewife," where she found a recipe, called an excellent prescription for the cure of worms in children and adults.

   It consisted of tops of a herb called carduus, tops of centaury, Roman wormwood, and flowers of chamomile.  These were ordered to be rinsed and simmered in water over the fire, and with the liquor there from and a quantity of the oil of beech nut was to be intermixed, and a certain portion of the decoction was to be taken every morning by the patient, fasting.

   He deceased procured the herbs, &c., and on Sunday morning she prepared the mixture and swallowed the potion perceived in Mrs. Glass's book.  The unfortunate lady had no sooner taken the stuff than she paced the room in the greatest agony and violent expectoration followed.  Hysterical fits came on, and the deceased died in half an our, before medical assistance could possibly be rendered.

   Upon a post mortem emanation of the body, a quantity of essential oil of almonds was found in the stomach, which is known by the name of "peach nut oil," in the preparation of which a portion of prussic acid is introduced, and although a strong poison, is used frequently for culinary purposes, and by pastry cooks in flavouring custards, &c., &c.  A portion of the stuff was found in a phial   not in the tumbler, near the deceased .  Dr. Kitchener, a surgeon in he neighbourhood, was of opinion that the oil of almonds was the cause of death.  The jury returned a verdict, "that the deceased had taken the poison in mistake, believing it would prove beneficial to her health."

The Cambrian, 19 November 1831

HORRIBLE CATASTROPHE. - An inquest was held on Wednesday afternoon at the Jacob's Well, Barbican, on the bodies of Miss Ann O'Brien and her infant child, whose deaths occurred under extraordinary circumstances.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 26 November 1831

   Saturday last an inquest was held at St. James's workhouse, Poland-street, on view of the body of William Wilson, aged 64, whose death was supposed to arise from not having the necessaries of life.  Edward Barnes, in the service of Mr. Brealey, builder, Dufour's-place, stated that he had known the deceased about three weeks, when he asked witness for work.  Deponent employed him occasionally, in return for which, at times, the deceased obtained some food.  He always appeared weak and low, and seemed greatly emaciated.  He had no home; nut for his lodging, slept in a van, in the coach-house, which witness allowed him to do. He usually slept upon straw.  On Monday last, the owner came for the van near six o'clock in the morning, when the deceased was taken out, as he was notable to leave himself, but he was in so exhausted a state that in a short time he was conveyed to the workhouse, where he died on the following evening. Verdict - Died by the visitation of God, from the want of common necessaries.

   On Sunday, between three and four, the inhabitants in the neighbourhood of Brighton-terrace, Brixton, were thrown into a state of alarm, in consequence of a report that the wife of a gardener had destroyed her infant child by nearly severing its head from its body, and afterwards put a period to her own existence by cutting her throat.  Between the hours above mentioned the unfortunate woman, during the temporary absence of her husband, had laid violent hands on herself and infant; on his return he found them both weltering in their blood.  The ill-fated woman, was removed with all possible speed to Guy's Hospital, but with little hopes of recovery.

   Previous to her marriage she as a member of a most respectable family belonging to the Society of Quakers, but having married a person inferior to herself in rank, she was discarded and neglected by her friends.  This circumstance preyed most sensitively on her mind, and for several months past she has been in a desponding state.  A note I n her handwriting was found on the table of the room, the ink scarcely dry, in which she stated that her husband had always treated her most kindly, and that she had not the slightest fault to find with him.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 December 1831

   A few days since Mr. Ward, a young man who held the situation of clerk in the Bank of England, committed a most determined act of self-destruction, at the house of Mr. Lloyd, an Ordnance messenger, near the horse-armoury in the Tower.  It appears that the unfortunate youth, who was only 19 years of age, was the son of Mr. Ward, a surgeon in the army on half pay, and had lately lived beyond his means, and contracted various debts which he was unable to discharge.  About a month ago, he was served with a copy of  a writ on account of a debt of 20 Pounds, which he had confected unknown to his friends, and on the day the writ became returnable, in the present term, he remained at home. About two o'clock in the afternoon, h looked out of a window and called to a friend named Hope, saying he wanted to speak to him.  Mr. Hope entered the house, and was proceeding up stairs, when he heard the report of a pistol, succeed by the noise of something heavy falling n the floor. On entering the bed room of the young man, he was found stretched on the floor weltering in his blood, and a pistol, recently discharged, by his side, while a razor was lying opened on the table.

   The deceased had discharged the contents of the pistol through his left ear, and the ball, after passing through the head, came out at the other side.

   An inquest has since been held on the body, at the Gold Chain in the Tower, when evidence was adduced that the embarrassments of the ill-fated youth had disordered hs mind, and that he had laboured under great apprehension that the Bank Directors would become acquainted with the fact that a writ had been served upon him, and that he would consequently be dismissed from his situation.  After an investigation which lasted six hours, the jury returned a verdict That the deceased committed suicide while in a state of mental derangement.

The Cambrian, 3 December 1831

   An inquest was el on Wednesday at t Gold Chain in the Tower on the body of a young man, named Ward, a clerk in the Bank, who shot himself with a pistol, the ball passing into his left ear, through the head, and out at the other side.  It appears that he had been living beyond his means, and having contracted some debts, was served with a copy of a writ for 20 Pounds.  This preyed on is mind; and under the fear, if the Directors became acquainted with his imprudence, that he should be dismissed from his satiation, he committed the rash act.  After an investigation which lasted six hours the Jury returned a verdict, That the deceased committed suicide while in a state of mental derangement.  The deceased was only 19 years of age.

The Cambrian, 10 December 1831

Mary Ann Merritt, the unfortunate woman who destroyed her infant, and afterwards cut her own throat at Brixton, died on Saturday, in Guy's Hospital, where an inquest was held, and a verdict returned, that she had committed the deed while labouring under insanity.

The Cambrian, 17 December 1831

TH CHILD MARGARET DUFFEY. - On Wednesday an inquest was held at the Golden Boot, Milton-street, on the body of the above child, when witnesses were examined who bore out the case as stated in our last. - It was adjourned to Friday; when it was resumed, and Mr. W. Broakes, a surgeon, expressed his conviction that the death of the deceased had been produced by violence. Two other surgeons coincided in this opinion.  Several witnesses proved that the deceased was seen in company of the prisoner, Bridget Calkin.  The prisoner declined appearing this day, saying she had no witnesses, and nothing to add t her former statement; that on Saturday evening after she had given the deceased a penny she left her and had not seen her afterwards.  The Jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against her, and she was committed to Newgate.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 31 December 1831

   On Thursday afternoon, a human skeleton, he flesh of which had been devoured by birds and other animals, was found in an obscure part of Lord Mansfield's park, at Highgate, by a gentleman who was shooting.  The remnants of the clothes were upon the limbs, and in the pockets were found a silver watch and some other articles, which on enquiry turned out to be the property of Mr. Evans, aged 32, of he firm of Berridge and Evans, oil-merchants, in Great Tower-street, who had a residence in High-street, Hampstead.  In the month of July last he disappeared, and was not heard of till the above day.  A reward of 50 Pounds had been offered for information respecting him.  The park of Lord Mansfield was searched at the time, but without success.  A rusty razor was found near the body, which leaves no doubt of the deceased having committed suicide.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 January 1832
  On Sunday morning Josiah Shutt, a little boy aged five years, whose parents live at No. 2, Hyde-place, Westminster, got out of bed, and, in his night clothes, went to the fire to cry "sweep," up the chimney, to frighten his sister, when his clothes caught the flames.  His mother jumped out of bed and extinguished the fire, but not before he was so dreadfully burned, that he only survived a few hours.
  On Monday evening an inquest was held on the body of T. Strother, aged 24, who was found on Sunday morning, at the floor of the steps at Westminster-bridge, with is throat cut in the most dreadful manner.  The deceased had been a clerk in the employ of Mr. Barron, the builder, St. Martin's-lane.  He had fallen into the company of gamblers, and on Wednesday last he told an acquaintance that he had been nearly ruined at a gambling house in the Quadrant, Regent-street.  The following letter was sent to Mr. Duer, a fellow clerk, on Wednesday evening.  He went away the Saturday before from his employer, and never returned:-
I have at length decided at which bridge it should be done; London; for then the stream will carry me down, and I hope I shall never be found.  Shall I relent? Never.  I will pay the great debt of nature.  A coroner's inquest - how dreadful - and then a stake.  My head turns dizzy.
  The York-road rent is quite correct.  I am not anything deficient to Mr. Baron.  I have paid Blinds, Gulston, &c. 4 Pounds.  I am square with them.  
  I do not fear death; and yet how human nature clings to life.  I would solicit assistance from my family - but no.  It must not be.  I have disgraced them, and on me let the odium rest.  Should you ever see my father, tell him not of my good qualities, but only of my bad ones; let him rather be pleased that I am dead than that I have so disgraced them.
The jury returned a verdict that the deceased cut his throat being at the time in a state of mental derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 14 Janary 1832
PARISH NEGLECT. - On Tusday an inquest was held on the body of Honora Gayinghan, aged 60.  The deceased was a pauper in the parish of Mary-le-bone, and has lately laboured under an affection of the chest; she got an order to get into the infirmary, but the doctor would not sign it, and she was told it was the overseer's busness; to him she went, and he said she mst go to the workhouse, where she was told she must go again to the doctor.  A friend went to the magistrates at Mary-le-bone, who caused the order to be stamped.  The deceased was too ill to walk to the infirmary, and a chair was requested from the workhouse.  This, however, was refused, and the deceased was then obliged to set out from her house, assisted by a female friend; but she had not gone more thsn fifty yards when she staggered against the wall and expired.  The Jury returned the following verdict:  "We find that the deceased died by the visitation of God; but consider that her life might have been prolonged had proper attention beren paid her by the parsh authorities; and, therefore, the Jury highly censure the neglect of those authorties."
  An inquest was held on Wednesday at the George the Fourth, Copenhagen-street, White-Conduit Fields, on the body of Miss Parker, aged 37, who resided at 42, Paine-street, Islington.  The deceased, on being disappointed in not receiving some interest due to her, flew into a violent passion; as she shortly afterwards complained of a pain at the back part of the head, and was unable to walk home.  On being placed in bed, she expired in less than an hour.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.
  Thursday morning, about nine o'clock, a young woman, about 21 years of age, a servant in the family of Mr. Green,baker, No. 103, Fetter-lane, destroyed herseld under the following circumstances:-
  It appeared that for some time past Mr. Green had missed various sms of money from the shop.  This morning he charged the unfortunate girl with the robbery, and threatened to punish her; she became dreadfully affected, and w ept bitterly, and admitted having stolen three packets of copper, containing five shillings each, within a fortnight, and begged hard for mercy.  Mr. Green sent for an officer, into whose ustody he gave her.  She was allowed to go up stairs to fetch her bonnet, to accompany the officer to the Compter; some few minutes elapsed, and she not returning, the constable went up for her; when, on passing Mr. Green's bed-room, he was horror stricken at beholding the unfortunate girl lying on the floor, weltering in her blood, she having cut her troat wuth a razor from one ear to the other, and was quite dead.  So determined was the act, that her head was nearly severed from her body.  Her name was Sarah Sykes; she had lately come from Yorkshire, and bore an irreproachable character.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 January 1832
A BOY KILLED BY A TOBACCO PIPE. -On Saturday evening an inquest was held on the body of a lad named Michael Walsh.  The deceased was a hod-boy, or plasterer's assistant.  On the evening of the 31st ult. he was in the tap-room of the Robin Hood, in Church-street, St. Giles's, and commenced with several others, "chaffing" or joking a tinker, named Barney Kay, who was standing by the fire smoking a pipe.  Bering incensed ta last, Kay went up to the deceased, and said, "if you don't leave off, I'll put the pipe in your eye." He then struck at him with the pipe, part of which struck into the eye of the deceased, and broke off.  The poor fellow called out, and pulled the pipe out of is ete.  He was then taken to a surgeon's.  It there appeared that a part of the pipe had been left in the most sensitive part of the eye.  On Thursday he died of the injuries he had received.
  A boy named Doherty, who was present in the tap-room, said, that after the deceased went to the surgeon's, Kay remained in the tap-room, and said he was sorry that he had not shoved his eye out.  On the Monday following he met Kay, and told him that he would catch it for what he had done; when Kay replied, "I am sorry I had not Walsh's life for aggravating me so."  When Kay struck at the deceased the third time, he said, "I will have the eye out."  The jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter against Barney Kay, who has absconded.  The coroner issued his warrant for his apprehension.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 January 1832
BREAKING A DRINKING OATH. - A fine young man, named James Prime, a seaman, lately arrived from America, on Monday precipitated himself into the street from the window of a garret in the Ship Tavern, near the Thames Police Office.  He had frequently drunk to excess on the voyage, owing to a depression of spirits.  When he arrived on shore he made a solemn and voluntary oath to refrain from the practice.  His passions, however, led him again to drink, and he was conveyed home one night in a state of intoxication to his lodgings.  Soon after, he was noticed in a very despondent condition, and fervently praying, at the same time muttering that he had broken his oath.  In one of these fits he committed the above act.  He was picked up in a dreadful condition, and conveyed to the London Hospital, where it was found that both his legs and one of his arms were broken.  There are no hopes of his recovery.
  Wednesday se'nnight, between eleven and twelve, an accident of a most distressing nature occurred in the family of Mr. Kinely, George-street, Edgeware-road.  His eldest son, between 18 and 19, had retired to bed. And in about an hour afterwards the inmates of the house were alarmed by his calling for assistance.  On his father and one of the servants running to his apartment, they discovered him endeavouring to tear off his night shirt, which was on fire, and the bedding and part of the bed curtains were also in flames.  Assistance was instantly rendered to the unfortunate young gentleman, and by great exertion the farther progress of the fire was prevented.  Medical assistance was immediately procured for Mr. Kinely, jun., who, in a few mines, became in a state of delirium from the intense agony he was enduring; and on examining the injuries he had received, they were found to be of a most serious nature.  It appears that he had been in the habit of reading in bed, and had done so on the night of the accident.
  Saturday evening last, William Harrison, a glass-cutter, residing in Goldsmiths'court, New-street, put a period to his existence by cutting his throat.  The deceased had been drinking at a public-house in New-street square, and having arrived at home quite intoxicated, he told his wife that he had some words in the public-house with an acquaintance who made a practice of annoying him whenever they met, and that he should in consequence cut his throat.  He then very deliberately took up his razor, and before his wife could prevent him, he cut his throat from ear to ear.
  Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at St. Andrew's workhouse, Shoe-lane, on the body of Sarah Chapman, an interesting looking young woman, aged 23, in the service of Mr. Buckmaster, of the Red Lion, Shoe-lane.  The deceased was for several years a servant at White conduit-house, where she formed an attachment to three of the waiters, and such was the depth and equality of this regard that she had been frequently heard to sigh and express her solicitude that she might love one in preference to the other two waiters.  In consequence of being unable to accomplish her object, he mind became disordered and desponding, and she manifested considerable absence of mind.  At length Mr. Monkhouse was compelled to discharge her from the White Conduit-house.  
  Owing to the servant of Mr. Green, in Fetter-lane, having committed suicide, the deceased made the occurrence the subject of frequent conversation, and even made several attempts upon her life.  Mr. Buckmaster was compelled in consequence of her extraordinary conduct, to give her notice to quit.  On Friday night the deceased was found suspended by the neck with a thin cord to the bracket of the towel roller.  She was found dead.  Verdict - Temporary Insanity.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 January 1832
LONDON AND COUNTRY NEWS. - An inquest was held on Monday evening at the Hero of Waterloo, Waterloo-road, on the body of James Reid, who died in the station-house of the above district, while in a state of intoxication.  A witness, who was in the watch-house when the deceased was brought in proved to the police having pushed him in, and he fell on his head, and the witness never heard him speak ater.  The jury returned a verdict, that the deceased died from excessive drinking, and reprimanded the policemen for their inhuman conduct
  On Tuesday an inquest was held on the body of James Harding, a carman, aged 54, at the Thistle and Crown, High-street, Wapping.  Last Saturday night deceased, in company with his son, aged 14, was going home to their house in Wapping.  When they arrived at the narrow bridge or platform over the flood gates of the Hermitage-lock, or entrance to the London Docks, the son wanted his father to go another way, but he would not, as 20 Yards distance home was saved by going over the platform.  The son went first, and the father (who was a little intoxicated), on getting on the platform, made a false step, and fell into the water.  He cried, "Jemmy, Jemmy," which were the last words he uttered.
  His son then made an alarm, and a young man, named Wm. Hore, of the Scotch Wharf, at once dashed into the lock, a height of 10 feet.  He dived, and brought the man up by the shoulder, and supported him with one hand while with the other he swam to the wooden gate, where a boat hook was lowered to him, but the hand which he had at liberty was so benumbed with cold that he could not hold it, and it tore off his trowsers, and emptied his pockets of 12 Pounds 11s. 8d. After ten minutes' time he managed to put a rope round the body of the deceased, and they were both dragged ashore.  The deceased was then attended to by a medical man, but life was extinct.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

The Cambrian, 28 January 1832
ALLEGED CASES OF CHOLERA. - Much alarm was excited in Wapping and Shadwell on Thursday, in consequence of a rumour that a sailor belonging to North Shields had died of cholera in Shadwell work-house on Wednesday night.  A post mortem examination of the body having taken place, the intestines were produced, prepared in a large glass vessel.  They were quite black, and the medical men pronounced them to have been in a state of mortification before death.  Three out of four medical men in attendance gave it as their opinion that the man died of cholera morbus; whilst the fourth, Mr. Samuel Mason, a pupil to one of them, was decidedly of opinion that it was simply a case of rapid inflammation, and consequent mortification.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the Jury, anxious to ascertain whether the man died of cholera or not, laid the case before the Board of Health, and transmitted the preparation of the intestines for their inspection.  On Friday the Board of Health returned the following answer:-
Central Board of Health, Council-office, Whitehall,
January 20, 1832
Sir, - I am directed by the Board of Health to acknowledge the receipt of your letter on the 19th inst. And to inform you that the medical Members of this Board, as also the medical Inspectors attached thereto, are unanimously of opinion that the disease of the seaman alluded to, who died in Shadwell Workhouse on the 18th inst. was not that of cholera.
I am, Sir, &c.  (Signed) W. M'LEAN.
The Jury re-assembled on Saturday, when Mr. Key, the eminent Surgeon of Guy's Hospital, and Mr. Maling, Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals, coinciding with Dr. M'Lean that the case was not
cholera, they returned a verdict of Natural Death.

The Cambrian, 28 January 1832
DEATH OF MAY, THE ALLEGED BURKITE. - James May, the convict, who was tried with Bishop and Williams, and pronounced guilty of having been concerned with them in the murder f Carlo Ferrier, the Italian boy, but reprieved, and sentenced to be transported for life, has been so alarmingly indisposed ever since the respite was communicated to him, that not the slightest hopes were entertained of his ultimate recovery.  The shock produced on is mind by the sudden and unexpected message of mercy is supposed to be the cause of his illness, which, together with the intolerably annoyances he experienced from his fellow-convicts on board the several convict ships top which he was removed to prevent their molestations, threw him into a decline.  He was ultimately removed to the Grampus hull at Woolwich; but such was the sanguine expectation of his seedy dissolution, that the authorities on board did not feel justified in setting him to work for more than two days.  On Friday morning, about half-past ten o'clock, death terminated his bodily and mental sufferings.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 February 18932
  On Saturday evening the establishment of Mr. John Harvey & Co., extensive drapers, Ludgate -hill, were thrown into great consternation by an awful dispensation of Providence.  Alfred Terry, a young man aged twenty-two, of sober and attentive habits, who had for several years filled the situation of principal packer for the firm, Was apparently in his usual good health and cheerful spirits, and about seven o'clock carried out a load of 3 ½ cwt. on his head.  At nine o'clock he assisted in putting up the shutters and the other arrangements of shop-closing with accustomed alacrity, and about a quarter to eleven o'clock, business being finished, was seated with the house-servants, at the kitchen fire, smoking his pipe and taking part in jocular conversation; he was in the act of telling them that he had two relatives who had arrived in the river on board off a West Indiaman, whom he intended to visit next day.  He had scarcely uttered these words when he slipped from his seat, and instantly became senseless; the alarm was given, and Mr. Bullock, one of the partners, in a few minutes procured medical assistance.  The young man had a vein opened in the arm and in the neck, but he was past the means of human aid - the vital spark had in a moment passed away for ever.
  Saturday morning, at three o'clock, as a market gardener, named Finch, was coming to town from Lewisham, he discovered the body of a man lying close to the pathway, nearly opposite the Green Man Tavern, Old Kent-road, the head being jammed into the small arch of a water-course, with the face in the water.  The police were immediately made acquainted with the circumstance, and they conveyed the body to the station-house of the P division, where it was discovered to be that of Mr. A. Anderson, a respectable baker in the Kent-road.  There were no marks of violence, with the exception of two slight bruises across the forehead.  The deceased had been at the Green Man on the previous evening, but he only partook of two glasses of gin and water, and left perfectly sober.  Nothing but a few letters, directed to himself, were found about him.

Monmouhshire Merlin, 18 February 1832
  On Saturday last, an inquest was held on the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Franklin, a widow lady, aged 61, who cut her throat.  The deceased received an income of 30 Pounds per annum from the Whittington Charity, and lived in Edmund-street, Somers Town.  Saturday week, about two o'clock, a noise was heard by one of the lodgers in an adjoining apartment to the deceased's, on entering which she found her with her throat cut, and two desert knives lying on her pillow.  On being asked what induced her to commit the act, she replied, the Devil had been empting her.  Medical assistance was procured, and the wound was dressed, but she died on Monday night. - The deceased, it appeared, was always very melancholy, and had lately had a quarrel with a friend about some pecuniary matters, which preyed upon her mind very much. Verdict - Insanity.
  An inquest as held at the Castle public-house, Shouldham-street. Edgeware-road, on the body of Martha Maria Hamilton, a poor woman, in her 53d year, who was found dead in her room on Thursday evening.  The deceased lodged at 27, Molyneux-street, and the last time she was seen alive was Tuesday evening.  The history of the unfortunate woman was unknown, but from her manners there was n doubt but that she had once moved in a better sphere of life, and notwithstanding the deplorable state of distress to which she was reduced, always exhibited the remnant of former respectability.  She avoided all intercourse with strangers, never complained of poverty, not applied to the parish for relief.  She lodged in the house where she died about five months, but for the last 14 weeks had paid no rent, yet, from her quiet habits, and her repeated assurances that she was to receive a remittance shortly, her landlady indulged her.  The beadle ascertained that she had a daughter about 16, but who had not lived with her mother for the last year and a half.  He found this poor girl, who was endeavouring to support herself by brush-making, in nearly as deplorable a state as her mother, and he immediately relieved her.  The daughter was sent for by the jury, and stated that she barely recollected seeing her father; who her mother's connections were she was wholly ignorant of; she had frequently heard her mother say that she had once been in independent circumstances.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God, the deceased being at the time in great distress.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 February 1832
  On Monday afternoon, a duel, which was attended with the most distressing consequences, took place in a field near Battersea; the parties were General More, a Knight Companion of the Bath, and Miles Stapleton, Esq.  Upon the parties firing, the ball of the General's pistol entered the body of his opponent immediately under the heart.  Mr. Stapleton instantly fell, and was conveyed to his residence; since then Mr. Guthrie has been called on, and has declared the wound to be fatal.   .  .  .  
  The following distressing event took place on Tuesday se'nnight, at the house of Mr. Richardson, the Griffin's Head, Half-Moon-street, Piccadilly:- A woman named Taylor, residing at 11, Shepherd's-market, the mother of six or seven children, but of a most violent and drunken disposition, proceeded to Mr. Richardson's house on Tuesday nigh, and requested to be served with some liquor.  Mrs. Richardson, seeing the woman in a state of intoxication, refused to serve her, remarking that she had had enough already.  Taylor became exasperated at the refusal, and seizing the landlady by the hand, dragged her down a flight of stairs, and Mrs. Richardson fell on her right side.  She was taken up and conveyed into the house by some individual who happened to be entering at the time, and saw Taylor run off.  Mrs. Richardson, it was ascertained, was severely injured and speechless, and, notwithstanding every assistance was rendered that the medical men could devise, she continued in that deplorable state until Saturday afternoon, when death terminated her sufferings.  Taylor was taken into custody by Avis, an officer, who experienced considerable difficulty in conveying her before a magistrate, so violent was her conduct.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body on Tuesday last, and a verdict of Manslaughter was returned against Jane Taylor.

Monmouthshire Melin, 25 February 1832
CHARGE OF MATRICIDE. - The neighbouhod of Whitecross-street, St. Luke's, was in a stongly excited state during Friday and Saturday last, in conseuqnece of a report that a woman, named Dinah Harman, 78 years of age, had been murdered by her son, at their residence in Warwick-court, Whitecross-street.  The son, it appears, works as a porter, and the unfortunate deceased, who had an income of about 20 Pounds a year, lived with him and his wife.  On Thursday they obtained an order from the churchwarden of St. Luke's.  for the burial of the poor old woman, who had then been dead a week, and was alleged to have died in the usual course of nature.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body on Monday last, and evidence was adduced to prove that on the night of Wednesday week, a disturbance was heard in the house, and upon some of the neighbours knocking at the door, they were refused admittance.  The inmates appeared to be drunk.  On the examination of Harman, the son, he stated that having quarrelled with his "drunken wife," he struck at her, and in mistake knocked his mother down. - The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against him, and he was committed to prison.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 March 1832
  Mrs. Treherne, the wife of a gentleman residing at Belcourt-place, St. John's Wood, shot herself through the breast with a pistol on Saturday morning, and, it is feared, is too much hurt to survive.  She had been in depressed spirits for about a fortnight, in consequence of the death of her eldest daughter, which is supposed to have induced the act.
  On Saturday last, Daniel Lynch was fully committed to Newgate to take his trial for the wlful murder of William Harrington, a young man aged 18, by stabbing him with a knife in the abdomen about one o'clock on the morning of the previous Tuesday.  The parties had been drinking together till about twelve o'clock, when Harrington left to go home.  Lynch followed him.  They had some words, and Lynch stabbed the unfortunate man with a knife.  He was conveyed to Middlesex Hospital, where he died after lingering two days.  Previous to his death, he stated that Lynch had committed the assault, in consequence of his refusal to give him a penny to buy tobacco.
  An inquest was held on Tuesday at Guy's Hospital, on the body of Elizabeth Batt.  She was housemaid to Mr. Cutbush, cheesemonger, London-road, Southwark, and had for some time past complained of a pain in her head.  On Wednesday she was so distracted with it that she took up a bottle of oil of vitriol, used for the cleaning of the kitchen utensils, and pouring a quantity into a mug, drank it off.  Her shrieks brought assistance, and she was taken to the hospital, where she refused to assign any reason for her suicide.  She died in a few hours. - Verdict - Temporary insanity.
   On Tuesday morning, Mary Anne Whitmore, servant to Mr. Ed. Fellows, No. 2, Beaumont-street, was found in the kitchen, lying on her hands and face.  She had not been to bed all night, and had been dead for some hours.  A cup and spoon were found on the table, but the surgeon who was called in could not tell whether it had contained poison, the contents having been rinsed out.  About one o'clock the same day a letter was brought for the deceased, in which the writer entreated her to come to him and assuage the agony she was in.  It appeared that it had been left by a young married man named Cracksford, who had been fellow-servant to the deceased a year and a half, but had recently gone into another family.  Between them an illicit intimacy had taken place, the consequence of which was, that the deceased found herself likely to become a mother.  She was much affected at the probable loss of her character, and she sent a letter, intimating her intention to destroy herself, to the young man, who did not receive the letter for some time, through a mistake, and then he sent the one which reached the house after her death.  An inquest has been held on the body, and the following verdict returned - That the deceased had destroyed herself by taking oxalic acid, being at the time in a state of temporary derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 March 1832
AWFUL DEATH OF MR. DELME RADCLIFFE. - On Sunday afternoon, E. D. Radcliffe, Esq., while in conversation with the Earl of Albemarle and other friends, at his residence, 69, Conduit-street, suddenly exclaimed "Oh!" and fell back insensible.  Dr. Chambers, of Brook-street, was shortly in attendance, but he found that life was extinct. The deceased was about sixty years of age,  .  .  .     He had been ill for some time past, though not seriously.  His death is attributed to the rupture of a blood vessel in the heart.
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  The Rev. E. Williams, aged 61, minister of Hanover chapel, committed suicide, on Tuesday last, by cutting his throat with a razor.  At an inquest held on the body, at the Masons' Arms, Maddox-street, Hanover-square, the following verdict was returned - That the deceased cut his throat whilst in a state of mental derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 17 March 1832
FATAL ACCIDENT. - About nine o'clock on the night of Monday, during the temporary absence of the driver, a horse attached to a cabriolet on the stand in Holborn road took fight, dashed out of the rank, and galloped down Holborn at his highest speed, and on arriving at the corner of Southampton-street, he turned upon the foot pavement, and running against John Geary, a poor pieman, the near shaft struck the back part of his head, and was literally driven through it, scattering the brains and portions of the man's skull on the pavement.  The unfortunate man was placed on a shutter, and conveyed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, but he died on the road.  The animal continued its course, and soon ater knocked down two compositors, named Charles Davies and John Daniel, both of whom were seriously injured.  The horse again galloped on to Holborn-hill, in descending which he came with tremendous force with his head against a heavily laden cart, and fell dead, having smashed in the fore part of the skull.
  On Monday morning, as the traveling chariot of Sir Hughes Line was standing at the door of his house, in Berkeley-street, Portman-square, in readiness to convey a portion of the family to his country seat, near Alresford, Hants. The horses suddenly started off, on the lady's maid, Alice Scott, taking her seat on the coach-box, and, being without controul, proceeded at a most furious rate up Great Cumberland-street, and turned down the Uxbridge-road, along which they continued their impetuous career for upwards of half a mile, when the fore wheel of the chariot on the off side came in contact with a post at the edge of the  foot-path, and overturned the vehicle flat on its side. .  .  .  Alice Scott is considered in great danger.
  On Monday morning, as a fine boy, nine years of age, who resided in the Colonnade, Brunswick-square, was passing down Skinner-street, Somers-town, under the scaffolding of a house under repair, one of the stone sills of the window, about three feet long, fell from the second floor, and dashed him to the ground.  He was taken up apparently in a lifeless state, and carried to Mr. Wakefield, the surgeon, where the wounds on his head were dressed; and he was immediately afterwards taken to Middlesex Hospital, with very little hopes of recovery.
  An inquest was held on Tuesday last, at the George the Fourth, Vauxhall-road, on the body of Mr. J. Scott, of Stamford-street, Vauxhall-road, aged 20-.  He procured an ounce of arsenic at a shop in Brewer's-green, and swallowed it on Thursday, at a public house in Titchfield-street.  He was attended by Mr. Hastings, of Vauxhall, to whom he said that he poisoned himself in consequence of a disappointment in life, and had no inclination to live.  He lingered till Sunday night.  Verdict - Insanity.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 24 March 1832
DISAPPOINTMENT AND SUICIDE. - On Saturday an inquest was held at the Mitre, Islington, on the body of D. Sayer, aged 22, who was found suspended to a tree on Monday night.  He was a whitesmith, and two years ago was on the point of marriage with a young woman, who died. Since then he has been at times deranged.  Verdict - Temporary derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 24 March 1832
  On Sunday afternoon, about half-past  four o'clock, as the groom of the Right Hon. W. Sturgis Bourne was  riding on a horse, leading another, along Spanish-[lace, Manchester-square, the lead horse suddenly kicked out with his hind feet and struck Mr. Spencer, a respectable tradesman, in the small of the back, and knocked him down on to the curb-stone.  Thomas Yoxall, the beadle of the chapel, ran and lifted Mr. Spencer up, when he found him bleeding at the mouth, and apparently lifeless.  He was directly carried to the shop of Mr. Howlett, chemist, in Charles-street, where every assistance the nature of the case admitted of was promptly afforded him, and he was afterwards placed in a hackney-coach, and accompanied by Yocall to Middlesex Hospital, where he expired in great agony a few mintes after his arrival.  The deceased has left a wife and several children,
  A shocking accident occurred on Monday morning, at eight 'clock, in Pitfield-street, Hoxton, to a man who was exercising a spirited horse belonging to the proprietor of some livery-stables in the neighbourhood.  The animal, having suddenly taken fright, dashed forward, and threw the unfortunate man with such force against the opposite wall as to leave him senseless on the ground.  A constable, being on duty at the spot at the moment, conveyed him t the station-house, where in half an hour he expired.
  A woman was murdered by her own son on Tuesday night last, under the following circumstances.  It appears that a man and his wife, named Connell, with their family, occupy apartments on the first floor, at No. 20, in Francis-street.  About ten o'clock, the son, a man between 24 and 25 years of age, came home and requested to have some bacon for supper, but his mother, who, it appears, was the worse for liquor, made use of some bad language towards him, and refused to allow him to cook his supper by the fire.  A quarrel ensued, and the young man, who was blowing the fire at the time, threw the bellows at his mother in a paroxysm of passion in so violent a manner  that the nozzle entered the temple close to the left eye and penetrated to the brain.  The son, observing the horrible act he had committed, ran to his unfortunate parent's assistance, and pulled out the instrument of death, but it had penetrated so deep, that the father, who was sitting near him at the time, was obliged to assist in the withdrawal of it.  The woman died almost immediately, and the man was taken into custody, when he attempted to terminate his own existence by stabbing himself with a desert knife.  The knife, however, was prevented entering deeply by coming in contact with a rib, and before he could make a second attempt, a policeman wrenched the knife from his grasp.  He was conveyed to the Waterloo station.
  On Wednesday afternoon, soon after high water, Captain Ashton, Deputy Dock Master of St. Katharine's Dock, was returning to Gravesend in a large boat with a sail, in company with a waterman named Williams and his son, another waterman, and a lad named Peat; when near North-fleet Hope a sudden squall arose, and before they could ease the sail the boat was turned over on its side, and the whole party were immersed in the water. The captain of a schooner lying near immediately launched the ship's boat, but before it reached the parties Captain Ashton and the lad Peat had sunk to rise no more.  The bodies have not been found.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 April 1832
  On Sunday afternoon, a young man of the name of Wm. Torrens, a printer, residing in Wardour-street, accompanied by two friends, proceeded up the river in a skiff.  Torrens sat at the head of the boat while his two companions rowed, consequently their backs were towards him.  Upon arriving near Battersea bridge the two young man were astonished at seeing a hat floating along, and called on Torrens to pick it up.  Not receiving any answer they turned round, when, to their horror and amazement, they found the spot where Torrens had been sitting empty.  It appeared that the unfortunate young man had fallen into the water, but when or in what manner the accident happened is unknown, as neither of the survivors had the least knowledge of the occurrence.  An alarm was instantly given, and in the course of half an hour the dead body of Torrens was found.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 April 1832
DETERMINED SUICIDE. - An inquest was hd n Saturday at the Cock, Litchfield-street, Soho, on the body of Mr. Robert Wain, aged 45, coal-merchant.  It appeared that the wife of the deceased had refused to live with him for the last two years, in consequence of his ill-usage.  She had been married to him twenty-six years, and had had twelve children.  On Thursday last he met her and went home to her lodgings, where he asked her to live with him again, but she refused.  He then said he should cut his throat.  About five o'clock on Friday morning one of the sons of the deceased was awakened by a noise, and on going into his father's room he found him with his throat cut, leaning against a window; he was quite dead, and he had cut his throat over a bason, which he had placed on the table. He had been a very extravagant man, and had made away with a good deal of his wife's property. - Verdict, Temporary insanity.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 April 1832
  On Friday morning, about one o'clock, an accident, which terminated in the loss of eight lives, occurred on the river Thames, at Limehouse-hole.  A party of ballast-heavers, seven in number, athletic Irishmen, together with a boy and the mate of a ship where they had been at work, were about to return ashore in an old skiff, and had not got many yards from the vessel, when a plank of the boat was forced out by the weight of the passengers; it immediately filled with water, and went down, immersing hw whole party in the stream .  .  .   The mate swam ashore, which he reached in a very exhausted state, .  .  .  

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 April 1832
 An inquest was held on Tuesday last at the Masons' Arms, Maddox-street, Bond-street, before Mr. Gell, on the body of Mr. Anthony Shreck, aged 46, a German of independent property, who expired in the following awfully sudden manner.  The deceased had been sending the preceding day with Mr. Orange Boroscossi, a relative, residing at No. 16, Princes-street, Hanover-square.  He appeared in his usual good health and spirits till towards the evening, when he suddenly became depressed, and complained of a slight pain across the hest, which, however, did not at that time assume an alarming character.  He took leave of his friend shortly after supper, for the purpose of returning to his residence in Queen-street, Golden-square.  He had not, however, gone many minutes before Mr. Boroscossi, who was undressing himself in his bed-chamber, was alarmed by a succession of loud knocks at the door, and hastened down stairs to ascertain the cause; when upon his opening the door the deceased rushed into the passage, exclaiming, "Oh, my dear Boroscossi, I'm dying!" and immediately sank senseless in his arms.  He called for help as loud as the sate of his feelings would permit, which having arrived, medical assistance was called in, but the deceased was a copse before it arrived.  The jury having heard the above statement, returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.
DREADFUL ACCIDENT. An inquest was held o Monday evening, at Middlesex Hospital, on the body of Margaret Coleson, aged thirty-nine.  The deceased was the mother of seven children, and resided in St. Anne's-court, Dean-street, Soho-square.  On Sunday last she was at dinner, and she put a piece of meat in her mouth, at the same time speaking to one of the children.  The meat slipped part of the way down her throat and remained there.  She immediately suffered great agony, and her husband patted her on the back, but without relieving her.  So dreadful was her agony that she took up a knife and forced the handle of it down her throat, for the purpose of pushing the meat down, but without success.  Mr. Patterson, a surgeon, was then called in, but he was unable to dislodge the meat.  She was next taken to Middlesex Hospital in a state of suffocation. The meat could not there be extracted, as the deceased had pushed it out of all reach by the handle of the knife.  She lingered in horrible pain until two o'clock on Monday morning. Verdict, Accidental death.
DREADFUL ACCIDENT BY FIRE. - O n Friday evening last, between eight and nine o'clock, the following distressing occurrence took place in the family of Mr. Theodore Edgnorth, of Evelyn-place, Vauxhall-road.  Mrs. Edgnorth was sitting with her daughter, who is between 19 and 20 years of age, in the drawing room, when the flatter got up to each down a portrait that was hanging over the mantel-piece, and which was the subject of heir discourse at the time.  In doing so the front part of her dress came in contact with the grate, and caught fire; the flame communicated itself to the other parts of her clothes, and in a few seconds she was entirely enveloped in the blaze.  Mrs. Edgnorth rushed to her assistance, and her own dress became ignited.  Their screams brought them two of the female servants, who, on entering the room, found Mrs. Edgenorth and her daughter clasped in each other's arms, and their clothes burning fiercely around them.  One of the servants, with great presence of mind, seized a large riding cloak, which was at hand, and with that succeeded in extinguishing the flames.  Every means possible that tended to alleviate the sufferings of the unfortunate ladies were promptly afforded them, but the injuries they have sustained are so extensive, that no hope is entertained of their surviving.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 5 May 1832
  Friday afternoon, a little before one o'clock, a most determined act of self-destruction took place on the Surrey side of Waterloo-bridge, near the Feathers public-house.  During the morning an elderly gentleman of very respect able appearance, was observed to be parading about facing the Feathers, apparently in much dejection, and several times he stopped to look at the collection of cats, mice, and birds, that are exhibiting in a cage at the foot of the bridge.  Just before one o'clock, he gave Weston, the man who exhibits the animals, the price of a pint of porter, and desired him to fetch it immediately,  Scarcely had he turned his back when the gentleman took the stool on which the man had sat, and placing it on the landing of the stairs leading down to the Commercial-road, stood upon it, and deliberately strode over the iron railings and dropped, feet first, into the timber-yard of Mr. Browning, a height of about seventy feet.  The niece of Mr. Druce, who was in the bar below serving a customer, saw the whole affair, and witnessed the fall of the unhappy man.  She instantly gave an alarm, and many persons ran to the spot, when they found him writhing in the agonies of death.  On Monday an inquest was held upon the body.  It appeared that the deceased was John Pond, Esq. about 60 years of age, and enjoying a handsome pension from the East India-house, in whose service he formerly was.  He had lodged for the last two years at the house of Mrs. Cox, 12, Park-street, Camden Town, and has lately been in a bad state of health.  He has suffered much disturbance of mind in consequence of a favourite nephew's departure for India, on which account he frequently said he should go mad.  The jury returned a verdict of temporary derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 5 May 1832
  Tuesday morning an inquest was held at the George, Middle-row, Holborn, on the body of Hannah Warren.  It appeared that the deceased, a modest young woman, while in the service of Mrs. Hoskinson, of Bedford-row, as lady's maid,  where she was 18 months, became acquainted with a man name Goulding, clerk to a solicitor in Gray's Inn-square, who promised to marry her, and borrowed several pounds from her.  In consequence of their correspondence she was discharged from her situation, and while out of service discovered her pretended lover was a married man, which preyed on her mind.  She summoned him to the Court of Requests in Kingsgate-street, for 1 Pound 10s 11d.  She afterwards became desponding, and continued so until Thursday, when she destroyed herself by taking two phials of laudanum.  She lived in Liverpool-street.  The jury, after commenting in severe terms upon Goulding's conduct, gave a verdict of Temporary derangement.
  A most distressing case of suicide occurred on Monday.  Mr. Wheeler, a tailor, of Portugal-street, Lincoln's-inn, a tradesman of most amiable disposition, honest and honourable principles, and highly esteemed by his neighbours, quitted his family on Friday evening last, about seven o'clock, on pretence of calling on an urgent landlord to pay him part of the quarter's rent, and from that time until Monday was not heard of, when his afflicted family learned that he had, on Sunday night, committed suicide by hanging himself at the Rose and Crown, Lower Thames-street.  Mr. Wheeler had formerly  been in a very respectable station of society, and food business, but in consequence of decline in trade had been for some time in such embarrassed circumstances that his numerous family have frequently been in want of the means of procuring their daily sustenance. About three months since, being strongly pressed for rent, he made an attempt to poison himself, and since that time has frequently been in the most distracted state of mind, from the painful imagination of what might eventually be the situation of his family. At length he has sunk in the struggle. It is awful to conceive the anguish of spirit he must have endured during the dreadful interval of quitting his home,, and the instant when, in his distraction,  he committed the dreadful act.  He had left a widow far advanced in pregnancy, and seven young children (six of whom are unable to get their living).
  Tuesday afternoon, as some workmen were employed in fitting up a steam engine in the pottery of Mr. Whisker, at Vauxhall, the brick wall on which the boiler was placed gave way, and an engineer, named East, who was engaged jammed to pieces.  He was removed as soon as possible, but he was quite dead.  Much credit is due to several watchmen at Vauxhall-bridge, who promptly assisted in clearing away the ruins from the unfortunate man.  It is a fortunate circumstance that, from the number of persons engaged in the work, many others did not share the fate of their companion.  The deceased has left a wife and seven children.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 2 June 1832
SHOCKING OCCURRENCE. - An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon, at the Bird cage, Silver-street, Falcon-square, on he body of Thomas Judd, a fine infant, six months old, son of Mr. Judd, egg-merchant, of Silver-street, who was killed in the following shocking manner:- It appeared that the grad mother of the child, who resides at No. 3, Vincent-court, was standing at her own door with the infant in her arms, when a Mrs. Jones, who lives on the second floor of the house, threw a heavy bullion-box out of the window, which she intended to chop up for fire-wood.  It unfortunately alighted on the head of the poor infant, and knocked he child out of the old lady's arms to the distance of several yards.  The infant was taken to the nearest surgeon's, when the head was found to be so dreadfully crushed, that it expired in a few hours.  The Jury were of opinion that Margaret Jones had been guilty of the most culpable carelessness, and brought in a verdict of Manslaughter against her, and she was committed to Newgate to take her trial under the Coroner's warrant.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 2 June 1832
CALAMITOUS FIRE. - On Monday morning about six o'clock, a fire broke out in the lower part of the house of Mr. Smithers, tobacconist, 398, Oxford-street, London, which was attended with loss of life, and has otherwise been  of a most calamitous nature.
  It appears that the police discovered smoke and flame issuing from the lower part of the premises, and observed Mr. Smithers endeavouring to make his escape by the front area, at the same time calling out fire.  He in vain endeavoured to reach the street, and all the efforts of the persons on the spot to force the railing up proving fruitless, Mr. Smithers ran up the kitchen stairs, which were at the time in flames, through the shop into the street.  He was very much burned in the face and hands, and was ultimately conveyed to the Middlesex Hospital.
  At almost every window were to be seen some individuals bewailing their dreadful situation, and imploring aid where it was impossible the slightest assistance could be afforded them.  The servant girl was about to throw herself out of the third floor window, but was implored not to do so from so great a height, but to endeavour to reach the second floor.  The poor girl, after making the best of her way through the smoke, reached the window on the second floor.  Several men underneath ranged themselves to cacth her in her descent. It was a few minutes before she had the courage to throw herself out, but finding the flames approaching her, she did so, and alighted on the shoulders of a man; the force of her fall knocked him down, and seriously injured him, but the young woman escaped comparatively unhurt.
  The second floor was occupied by an elderly lady named Twamley, her two daughters, Eliza and Caroline, and a niece, and an orphan boy about eleven years of age, nephew to the Misses Twamley.  Miss E. Twamley held the boy in her arms, and appeared more alarmed for his safety than her own. Not knowing what course to pursue, she lingered at the window until the flames reached them.  The poor little fellow caught hold of the window, and appeared determined to throw himself out, in which he succeeded; but before Mss E. Wammley, his aunt, could do so, the smoke appeared to have suffocated her, and she sunk immediatety under the window a prey to the flames.  The boy fell on his head, and was carried to the hospital in a bleeding and apparently lifeless condition.
  Miss Twamley, her daughter Caroline, the niece, and Mrs. Smithers, after they had left the windows, found their way to the back of he premises, and from thence to the leads of the house in Dean-street.  Previous, however, to their reaching the latter place, it became necessary to make a descent of upwards of twenty feet, in accomplishing which Mrs. Twamley, it is said broke her back, and the niece dislocated her shoulder.  Mrs. Smithers and Miss Caroline Twamley were more fortunate, they receiving only a few bruises.  The old lady was ultimately conveyed to a friend's in Pulteney-street, without any hopes of her recovery. After the fire had been extinguished, and the ruins somewhat cooled, the firemen went over the premises.  They found the remains of Miss Twamley immediately under the window where she was seen to sink down.  The spectacle was frightful, the arms and feet were burnt entirely off.
  Mr. Smithers had been employed for a day or two in cleaning the cellar and dustbins out, as he expected to let his shop.  Monday morning he got up about five o'clock, for the purpose of concluding his work; finding himself unwell, he made a fire in the front kitchen, in order to boil some water to dissolve some salts which he was about to take.  The place was nearly filled with shavings and wood, which he was in the habit of bringing there for lighting the fires from his workshop, he being a cabinet-maker by trade.  Shortly after he had made a fire and put the kettle on, the shavings on the floor became ignited, while he was in another part of the kitchen, and the flames spread rapidly; he endeavoured to stop their progress, but without effect, and he then tried to escape by the area.  Finding that impossible, he made his way through the fire to the stairs, and reached the street.  During the time he was stating this at the hospital, the poor little fellow who threw himself out of the window was lying near him.  He appeared in great pain, and but little hopes were entertained of his recovery.  Mr. Smithers had about four weeks since insured in the British Fire-office to the amount of 700 Pounds, but we believe has not received his policy of insurance.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 June 1832
ACIDENT BY FIRE. - Mrs. Palmer, the benevolent lady who subscribed four thousand Pounds for the poor Irish last year, the mother-in-law of Mr. Mackinnon, M.P. for Lymington, lost her life on Thursday evening week, at her residence on Ham Common, by her clothes catching fire.  Every article of furniture in the room was burnt to a cinder, and with difficulty was the house preserved.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 June 1832
SUICIDE. - Thursday morning, Mr. J. Harding, aged 35, a working jeweler in James-street, Lower-road, Islington, cut his throat with a razor, until he nearly severed his head from his body.  The unfortunate man had been very desponding some time, in consequence of not being able to procure employment, by which he, his wife, and six children were reduced to extreme poverty.
HYDROPHOBIA. - Three weeks since, Peter Burgess, a policeman of the R Division, was bit in the left Hand, when driving away a small terrier dog which attacked him in the Kent-road, Burgess put a plaster on the wound and it soon healed up.  On Thursday, having resigned his situation, he was going on board a ship bound to India, when he was attacked with symptoms of hydrophobia.  He was taken to the Marine Society's hospital ship, where the symptoms increased, and after twelve hours' suffering he expired.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 June 1832
THE LATE FIRE IN OXFORD-STREET, LONDON.  - The search made among the ruins  leaves no doubt that the premises were willfully set fire to; and so strong is he suspicion against Mr. Smithers, that an application was made at Marlborough-street for a warrant against him,  .  .  .  
  She immediately returned, and took her nephew, Charles Richard Napoleon Fearing, out of bed,  .  .  .
  At the coroner's inquest, held on Tuesday week, on the body of Mrs. Ann TownleyTwamley, aged 70, who was killed by falling from the second story window upon the heads of a neighbouring house, the following facts were elicited upon the exam nation of Mr. Abrams, a surveyor:-
  After the examination of dives witnesses, the jury returned the following verdict- That the deceased, being aged and infirm, in a weak state of body, and in the last stage of asthma, her death was caused by fright, and a fall, at the late fire in Oxford-street.
  On Friday evening, an inquest was held on t body of Miss Eliza Twamley, another of the sufferers. The deceased was a dancer at Covent Garden Theatre.  Satisfactory evidence was adduced that, from appearances, no fire had been ignited in the grate of the kitchen, but that it originated in a heap of combustibles placed in a vault beside the kitchen, which had been ignited by means of gunpowder, &c.  .  .  .  
  The jury returned a verdict against Mr. Smithers  of Murder, by willfully setting his house on fire. [Smithers and nephew still in hospital,]

The Cambrian, 8 June 1832
DREADFUL FIRE.  Update on the Smithers and Twamley case.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 June 1832
WANTON CASE OF MANSLAUGHTER. - On Friday an inquest was held at St. George's Hospital, on the body of Mr. Thos. Walker, aged 48, a farmer.  On Thursday evening last, the deceased, who had been drinking, was going down South Audley-street, when he was pushed by two men, smoking cigars, and having the appearance of foreigners.  He made some reply, and walked on.  The young men followed him, and one, without saying a word, took from his pocket a "self protecter," one end of which was filled with lead, and struck the deceased a violent blow on his leg.  He fell down powerless, and said, "you have broken my leg."  The men made off, and were never more heard of.  A policeman coming up, took the deceased to the hospital.  His leg was dressed, and he went on very well till Saturday, when a friend called on him and gave him some liquor.  This, combined with is former drunken habits, threw him into a delirium, and he expired on Monday morning.  His delirium, was so strong that he required eight men to keep him down.  He has left a wife and eight children.  Verdict - Manslaughter against some person unknown.

The Cambrian, 30 June 1832
THE OXFORD-STREET FIRE.   More details of Smithers.

The Cambrian, 7 July 1832
  A Juryman named M'Gregor was fined 20s. on Friday by the Coroner for being drunk whilst attending an inquest at St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 14 July 1832
Execution of Smithers, the Oxford-street fire.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 14 July 1732
FOUR DEATHS FROM UNWHOLESOME FOOD. - An unfortunate man named Archibald, his wife, and two children, residing in Whitecross-street, London, died within 24 hours, under all the characters of cholera.  From an investigation by he medical men and officers of the Board of Health, as also the declaration of the dying man, it appears beyond a question that this melancholy circumstance was caused by the unwholesome food, such as unsound fish, &c, which their poverty compelled the poor creatures to purchase.
  On Saturday, between the hours of ten and eleven, the vicinity of Heddon-street, near the Quadrant, London, was roused by cries of "fire" from the house adjoining Mr. Playster, the under-taker.  It appeared that the coachman of Mr. Western, of Bond-street, tailor, had been making some compost for cleaning the harness, and that upon his putting in the turpentine it blazed up, when his wife attempted to extinguish he same, which, however, caught her dress, until she became one mass of moving fire.  Hurrying to the back parlour, from he front one, where she lodged, and finding the door shut against her, she stood blazing for some moments at the foot of the staircase, and then rushed at once into the street shrieking.  Here she was met by a man of the name of David Evans, who stripped off his coat and threw it round her, hoping to extinguish the flames, but in vain.  So shockingly was poor Mrs. Eve burnt, that she was taken to St. George's Hospital, where she died in great agony.  She had been in remarkably high spirits the whole of Saturday, and had just supped with her husband, who happened not to be dangerously burnt, when the accident happened.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 July 1832
  On Tuesday evening, about ten o'clock, a number of persons sitting at the Spread Eagle, on Millbank, heard a violent scuffling on the river, accompanied by loud cries of "Help! Murder!"  Two boats were observed nearly close to each other; a man on board one of the boats was seen aiming blows at some one on board the other with a scull, and the blows were distinctly heard.  Two or three watermen hastened to their boats, but whilst shoving off a loud splash announced that one of the parties had gone over board, and one of the boats was observed to row off with great rapidity towards Battersea-fields.  The watermen found in the other boat a young gentleman standing, wringing his hands, in a state of almost distraction, exclaiming that his friend had been murdered.  Efforts were made with lanterns to find he unfortunate person who had gone over board, but in vain.  The survivor was then brought ashore to the Spread Eagle, and he here stated that he and his friend had been rowing up the river, and that on r return a dark-coloured wherry, in which were two young men, wearing fur caps, came along-side, and got into conversation.  They afterwards attempted a robbery, and a scuffle ensuing, one of the ruffians struck his friend several heavy blows on the head with the butt end of a scull, with the last of which he went over-board, and was, no doubt, instantly drowned. The villains then rowed off.  Information was immediately sent off to the different police stations, and the police were on the alert all night, but without being able to obtain any trace of the murderers.  The next morning, at day-light, a dark wherry, without any name painted on her, was found a shore by Battersea Fields.  The young gentleman who was drowned is the son of a highly respectable merchant at Blackfiars.

The Cambrian, 28 July 1832
MURDER. - Catherine Bainbridge, an ill-favoured woman, was examined at the Thames Police Office on Friday, charged with the murder of William Francis, a man of colour. It appeared from a number of witnesses, lodgers in the same house, in March-walk, Shadwell, that the deceased cohabited with the prisoner; that he returned home between eleven and twelve on Thursday night, and that the prisoner came in afterwards, and in a minute or two a great noise was heard in the room and the smashing of crockery, with an exclamation "I'll stab you with a knife;" that the quarrel originated in his having left his money for safety at a public-house, that on several occasions persons entering the room, the deceased appeared to have  a red shirt on, and  said, "See what she has done," which were the last words he spoke, as he died almost immediately.  
  On examination of the body by a surgeon, it appeared that there was a deep wound on he left breast as if inflicted with a knife, and another over the left eye, either of which was sufficient to cause death.
  The prisoner, in her defence, said they had been quarreling, and she threw a bason at him, but did not stab him, as there was no knife in the room.  One woman swore there were three knives in the room, and when the prisoner was taken into custody picked up a bloody knife, saying, "you did it with this;" to which the prisoner replied, "that is not the knife, it was little Ann's knife."- In the evening the prisoner was again brought up and committed

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 July 1832
  On Tuesday evening, about ten o'clock, a number of persons sitting at the Spread Eagle, on Millbank, heard a violent scuffling on the river, accompanied by loud cries of "Help! Murder!"  Two boats were observed nearly close to each other; a man on board one of the boats was seen aiming blows at some one on board the other with a scull, and the blows were distinctly heard.  Two or three watermen hastened to their boats, but whilst shoving off a loud splash announced that one of the parties had gone over board, and one of the boats was observed to row off with great rapidity towards Battersea-fields.  The watermen found in the other boat a young gentleman standing, wringing his hands, in a state of almost distraction, exclaiming that his friend had been murdered.  Efforts were made with lanterns to find he unfortunate person who had gone over board, but in vain.  The survivor was then brought ashore to the Spread Eagle, and he here stated that he and his friend had been rowing up the river, and that on r return a dark-coloured wherry, in which were two young men, wearing fur caps, came along-side, and got into conversation.  They afterwards attempted a robbery, and a scuffle ensuing, one of the ruffians struck his friend several heavy blows on the head with the butt end of a scull, with the last of which he went over-board, and was, no doubt, instantly drowned. The villains then rowed off.  Information was immediately sent off to the different police stations, and the police were on the alert all night, but without being able to obtain any trace of the murderers.  The next morning, at day-light, a dark wherry, without any name painted on her, was found a shore by Battersea Fields.  The young gentleman who was drowned is the son of a highly respectable merchant at Blackfiars.

The Cambrian, 28 July 1832
MURDER. - Catherine Bainbridge, an ill-favoured woman, was examined at the Thames Police Office on Friday, charged with the murder of William Francis, a man of colour. It appeared from a number of witnesses, lodgers in the same house, in March-walk, Shadwell, that the deceased cohabited with the prisoner; that he returned home between eleven and twelve on Thursday night, and that the prisoner came in afterwards, and in a minute or two a great noise was heard in the room and the smashing of crockery, with an exclamation "I'll stab you with a knife;" that the quarrel originated in his having left his money for safety at a public-house, that on several occasions persons entering the room, the deceased appeared to have  a red shirt on, and  said, "See what she has done," which were the last words he spoke, as he died almost immediately.  
  On examination of the body by a surgeon, it appeared that there was a deep wound on he left breast as if inflicted with a knife, and another over the left eye, either of which was sufficient to cause death.
  The prisoner, in her defence, said they had been quarreling, and she threw a bason at him, but did not stab him, as there was no knife in the room.  One woman swore there were three knives in the room, and when the prisoner was taken into custody picked up a bloody knife, saying, "you did it with this;" to which the prisoner replied, "that is not the knife, it was little Ann's knife."- In the evening the prisoner was again brought up and committed

The Cambrian, 8 September 1832
EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF SUICIDE. - Thursday am Inquest was held at the Royal Oak, Battle-street, St. Luke's, on the body of Mrs. Sophia Collis, who hung herself on Sunday, in white trousers and top boots, in which she desired, according to a written statement, that she might be buried. A young man, named William Watts, said he had lately returned from America.  He knew the deceased, who promised to make over all her property to him, if he would marry her.  She had a husband in Van Diemen's Land, and as she was given to drinking, he refused.  He went with her, on Monday week, to Camberwell fair, and returned with her.  He refused to say whether he slept with her; but he stated he never saw her after Monday night, and he could not account for the cause of her conduct.  A female acquaintance of the deceased said she was very desponding for the last week.  The rope with which the deceased had hung herself had been well soaped by her; and the following letters were found pinned to her dress:-
Mr. Watts is the cause of it; and I hope he will pray to God to forgive me.
Sophia Collins.
To Mrs. Strawbridge:
Pray let me be buried in the dress you may find my body enclosed in after death, as I have them on for the purpose; that is, cap, gown, trousers, and stockings.
Mary Sophia Collis:
Pray keep this t show Mr. John Collis, my husband, and let him know that my heart is broken.  Please to give my love to all my friends, and tell them I am out of a troublesome world; and when you see this, thanks to the Lord, I shall be happy. Sophia Collis.
The Jury brought in a verdict of Temporary Derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 October 1832
Extraordinary and melancholy suicide. - On Tuesday night an inquest was held before Mr. Higgs, at Wright's Hotel, in Adam-street, Adelphi, upon view of the body of Charles Morton, Esq. a barrister, and magistrate of Cavan in Ireland, for which county he served the office of high sheriff last year, who committed suicide on Monday morning.  One Fee, a porter at the hotel, deposed that the deceased came there with another gentleman on Monday, and slept there that night.  Tuesday, about one o'clock, the gentleman who first came there with the deceased was waiting for him, and showed great alarm when he did not get up. Wines knocked at the bed-room door several times, and receiving no answer, he at length got into the apartment from the window of another room.
  He found the deceased stretched upon his back on the floor, is night-shirt and he carpet saturated with blood, and a great quantity of blood also in a foot pan by his side.  He was quite dead. Witness had observed nothing particular in his manner during the time he was at the hotel.
  Mr. Edward Morton, of Blackwall, brother to the deceased, deposed that the later was 30 years of age.  Witness saw him on Sunday last, when he appeared to be in excellent health and spirits.  He remained with witness at Blackwall untl Monday morning, when he took breakfast and left to go to the Custom-house to transact business, he being just returned from the Continent.  Witness did not see him again until after the melancholy catastrophe.  He was never of unsound mind that witness knew of.  He was a barrister, but never practiced in his profession.
 Pierce Morton, Esq. of he Middle temple, said he also was a brother of he deceased, in whose conduct he had never observed any thing that could induce him to think that his mind was affected, although he certainly was always of reserved habits and occasionally melancholy.
  The foreman: Can you attempt to account at all for this extraordinary act?
  Mr. P. Morton: Only in one way.  He has been for the last year most passionately and devotedly attached to a foreign lady, and it is not at all unlikely that his extreme passion for her, which might really be termed romantic, and the compulsory separation from her for a time, for so it was, his presence being required in Ireland on most urgent business, preyed upon his feelings and produced extreme melancholy, or, perhaps, great excitement.
  A juror: Was it an unhappy attachment that he had formed?
  Witness: Certainly not; but yet so strong that absence always preyed upon his mind, although unavoidable.  I believe her rank to be superior to his.  I know that she is of the nobility of he country in which she resides. In 1831, he served the office of high sheriff of he county Cavan, and I spent the year with him upon his property there, which is very considerable.  During the rime I was with him, the constant theme of conversation when we were alone, was his absence from the lady alluded to.  I saw letters which he had received from her, and they were couched in terms of strong affection.
  In answer to a question from the coroner, as to whether any papers were found, the witness said he had only found a letter addressed to the lady alluded to, in which a monumental inscription, which he had seen at Rotterdam, was transcribed for her amusement. - The jury, upon this evidence, returned a verdict of Temporary Insanity.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 October 1832
SUDDEN DEATH. - On Sunday morning, about seven o'clock, George Gregorie, Esq., the brother of Mr. Gregorie, one of the magistrates of the Queen-square Police-office, was found dead in his drawing-room by one of his servants, reclining in the same position on the sofa as the valet left him on the previous evening, and to their great astonishment he was quite dead and cold.  The newspaper was still on his breast, and appeared as if it had dropped out of his hand; by his side was a volume of sermons, and it seemed as if he had been reading a funeral sermon, as the leaf was turned down at a part of the sermon preached on the death of a lady of distinction.  The medical men were of opinion that he died of some organic disease of the heart.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 October 1842
  On Sunday afternoon, a gentleman named Gilchrist, residing in Canterbury-place, was riding over Westminster Bridge on a fine spirited horse when some boys playing in the road caused the horse to shy, and become totally unmanageable, eventually running off at a frightful speed along the road.  Mr. Gilchrist kept his seat firmly until the horse came in contact with a cab passing in an opposite direction, when M. Gilchrist was thrown, and pitched on his head with great violence.  The unfortunate gentleman was taken up quite insensible, and conveyed to a neighbouring surgeon's in a very dangerous state.  R. Gilchrist is about forty-five years o age, and had but lately returned from India with a splendid fortune.  The horse was stopped before it reached the turnpike.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 November 1832
LADY CAROLINE BARHAM - The coroner's jury summoned on the body of this unfortunate lady who was killed last week by a cabriolet furiously driven by a boy 14 years of age ! have returned a verdict of manslaughter against the diver, with a deodand of 50 Pounds on the horse and vehicle. - Scarcely a day passes without the occurrence of some fatal event from the misconduct of cab-men.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 December 1832
  Captain Thomas Pelham Hollis, whose capture, by Mr. Beardsworth, and examination at Bow-street, are detailed above, was removed to the House of Correction, on Thursday, for further examination.  On Saturday morning he was found suspended by his neckerchief from a hook in the wall quite dead, having, to prevent struggling, fastened both his thighs, by means of a slip knot.   .  .  .   An inquest was held upon the body on Monday evening, and a verdict returned, Felo de se. .  .  .  [Suicide letter to wife.]

Glamorgan Gazette, 1 December 1832
DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. - On Thursday last, Messrs. Fortescue and Surtees, of Exeter, and Graham of Trinity Colleges, were in a sailing boat, on the Isis, when a sudden gust f wind struck the sails.  Mr. Fortescue instantly let go the main sheet, and at the same instant that she righted she filled and went down.  Fortescue supported Graham, who could not swim, for a considerable distance, but the weight of the clothes and the benumbing coldness of the air and water, in addition to his other burthen, compelled him to loose Graham and save himself.  In the mean while Surtees struck off, and appeared to Fortescue to be safe, when he gave a shriek and sunk, most probably seized by cramp.  Fortescue shouted to another boat, which was coming up, and the man employed by the Humane Society arrived at the same time, when they procured drags, and began to seek for the bodies.  After a lapse of half an hour, Surtees was found, and in ten minutes more, Graham. Each was conveyed to the boat-house, and medical assistance was used, though perhaps for too short a time, and life was pronounced extinct.  This is the second gentleman of Exeter who has met with a premature death this term.  Surtees was nephew of Lady Eldon.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 December 1832
  On Thursday morning  all the witnesses against Francis Jossens, against whom two coroners' juries returned a verdict of manslaughter for carelessness and neglect in altering his house, No. 25, York-street, were in attendance at the Old Bailey Sessions to give evidence. The circumstances attending the fall of the houses, by which six lives were lost, are still in the recollection of our readers, and it may be also remembered that he was apprehended and given into custody by Mr. Hendre, a respectable inhabitant of York-street, who cautioned him at the time when he was making the alterations that if he persevered he would have the house down as well as his neighbour's.  This gentleman was, however, treated in the most uncourteous manner by Mr. White when he attended at Queen-square police office to prefer the charge, before the coroner's inquest was held; and Jossens was strongly recommended by Mr. White to prefer a bill of incitement against Mr. Hendre at the sessions for his conduct, at the same time ordering him to be discharged forthwith.  The consequence was that Jossens made his escape from justice, and does not, as it was at first supposed, intend to surrender at the sessions.  He had disposed of his property and gone to the continent, where his father, we understand, keeps a large hotel.  Jossens is German, and by trade a tailor.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 December 1832
  On Thursday morning  all the witnesses against Francis Jossens, against whom two coroners' juries returned a verdict of manslaughter for carelessness and neglect in altering his house, No. 25, York-street, were in attendance at the Old Bailey Sessions to give evidence. The circumstances attending the fall of the houses, by which six lives were lost, are still in the recollection of our readers, and it may be also remembered that he was apprehended and given into custody by Mr. Hendre, a respectable inhabitant of York-street, who cautioned him at the time when he was making the alterations that if he persevered he would have the house down as well as his neighbour's.  This gentleman was, however, treated in the most uncourteous manner by Mr. White when he attended at Queen-square police office to prefer the charge, before the coroner's inquest was held; and Jossens was strongly recommended by Mr. White to prefer a bill of incitement against Mr. Hendre at the sessions for his conduct, at the same time ordering him to be discharged forthwith.  The consequence was that Jossens made his escape from justice, and does not, as it was at first supposed, intend to surrender at the sessions.  He had disposed of his property and gone to the continent, where his father, we understand, keeps a large hotel.  Jossens is German, and by trade a tailor.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 29 December 1832
.  .  .   The face s cut and slashed in a most dreadful manner; the flesh was scored off, as it were, in five places, the right whisker cut away, and in the throat there was a deep stab, right through.  The body was instantly recognized as that of a young man named Benjamin Danby, about twenty-five years of age, the son of the late Mr. Danby, the well-known forensic whig-maker, of the Temple. .  .  .  

The Cambrian, 29 December 1832
MURDER IN CLERKERNWELL. - Last week a most horrible murder was discovered on the premises of Messrs. Williams and Son, soap-boilers, Compton-street, Goswell-street.  It appears that when the carters called about 8 o'clock that morning to feed the horses, they rang the bell of the yard for the clerk, who resides on the premises, to admit them; but after repeatedly ringing and receiving no answer, they effected an entrance through an adjoining house, and finding the counting-house door open, they entered and discovered the body of the clerk lying on his back, his skull most frightfully fractured, and his blood and brains strewed about in all directions. He seems to have struggled hard with his murderer or murderers.  The poker was found under the fire-place, bent nearly to a right angle, and covered with human hair and blood. .  .  .   The name of the unfortunate man is J. C. Shepherd,  .  .  .  He was 63 years old.
     An inquest was held on the body of Mr. Shepherd, on Monday at the Blue Lady, Compton-street, Clerkenwell. - Mr. Smith, surgeon, stated that he was called to Messrs. Williams's soon after eight o'clock in the morning, and found an extensive fracture of the right side of the skull; the deceased was then dead and cold.  He had no doubt he was murdered.  . .  .   The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased was murdered by a person or persons unknown.

The Cambrian, 29 December 1832
MURDER ON ENFIELD CHASE. - An Inquest was held on Thursday evening at six o'clock, at the Three Horse Shoes, situated by the side of the New River, and in the neighbourhood of Chase side, on the body of Benj. Danby who was found barbarously murdered that morning in Holt-White-lane.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 February 1832
TIGHT LACING. - A lamentable instance of the dangerous consequences of tight lacing took place on Sunday morning at Pentonville.  A young woman of the name of King, the daughter of a respectable tradesman in the neighbourhood, attended Claremont Chapel, where she had been in the habit of officiating as a teacher in the Sunday school.  Shortly afterwards she complained of indisposition, and, on being led into the yard for the benefit of the fresh air, she fell down in a state of insensibility.  An attempt was made to give her relief by cutting open her stays, which were found to be very tightly laced, and medical aid was also procured, but she expired almost immediately.  An inquest was held on Wednesday, before Mr. Stirling, the Coroner, when the surgeon who opened the body stated that the heart was considerably enlarged; and that the liver was twice the usual size; he at the same time gave it as his opinion, that death was hastened by the extraordinary compression to which the vital functions had been subjected by tight lacing.  The Jury expressed themselves of the same opinion, and returned a verdict of - Died by the visitation of God.

Cambrian, 5 January 1833
THE ENFIELD MURDER. - We gave the substance of the confession of Cooper respecting this murder in our last; the proceedings before the Coroner were resumed on Wednesday, and Johnson and Fare, two of the partners, were brought into the jury room.  They are both strong healthy young men, the former twenty-eight and the latter twenty-five.  The appeared to be perfectly unmoved when brought before the Coroner and Jury, but after a short time they became greatly agitated and trembled.  The Coroner read over the evidence, but not the confession of the prisoner Cooper.  On being called upon, both prisoners stated that they had nothing to say.  The Coroner then summed up the evidence, and the Jury, after consulting together a short time, returned a verdict, that Benjamin Couch Danby, was willfully murdered by William Johnson and John Cooper, on Wednesday the 19th inst. and that Samuel Fare aided and abetted in the commission of the crime.  The witnesses were then bound over to appear at the Old Bailey Sessions against the prisoners, and the executors of the deceased's father undertook to prosecute.  Johnson has for a long time been considered one of the most abandoned and ferocious characters in the neighbourhood of Enfield, and it is reported that he has been concerned in other transactions of an equally atrocious nature.  In the evening they were conveyed to the new prison at Clerkenwell.

Cambrian, 12 January 1833
EFFECTS OF DRINKING. - The horrors and depravity of Hogarth's picture of "Gin-alley" is surpassed by an incident which happened in London a few days ago, and which led to a Coroner's inquest at a public-house in Moorfields.  It appears that the landlord of the house in question opened his door to let a party out, between one and two o'clock in the morning, when a man and his wife rushed in for liquor, which the landlord refused, and, pushing the man out, close the door, till the woman, who had a child of about three weeks old in her arms, wrapped in a shawl, consented to leave the house; but, while she was in the act of quitting it, a number of persons who were on the outside, ravening also for more drink, pressed so savagely against her, in their eagerness to force an entrance, that, in spite of her cries to forbear, they would not desist until they crushed the child to death.  Horrid scene of a civilized and Christian land! Among mere savages no such atrocity could occur.  The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.  The Magistrates of Worship-street, however, felt it their duty, without reference to the inquest, to send the case before another Jury, in order to its being thoroughly investigated; and they therefore held the defendant to bail, himself in 200 l., and two sureties in 100 l. each to take his trial for manslaughter.

Cambrian, 19 January 1833
INTREPIDITY OF A LADY. - A few days ago, while some children were playing on the banks of the Thames at Hampstead-court, one, a fine boy, about five or six years of age, fell into the river.  As it was considerably swollen by the late rains he was rapidly carried down the stream; the little fellow's clothes, however, kept him floating on the surface, and he occasionally uttered a piercing cry.  The attracted the notice of the Hon. Miss Eden, one of her Majesty's Maids of Honour, who was walking in the Palace-gardens, and seeing the struggles of the child she immediately leaped over the high wall, and without a moment's consideration, dashed into the river.  She had reached within a few feet of the child, when having got beyond her depth, she was carried in a contrary direction.  Luckily she again recovered her footing, but the child was now far beyond her reach.  She then retraced her steps to the bank of the river, calling at the same timer to the little sufferer to keep his head up and she would save it.  Her cries at last aroused the ferry-man at Thames Ditton, for by this time the child and Miss E. had reached nearly opposite to that village, and she had the inexplicable delight to see the child's body rescued from the raging flood.  It was brought ashore, but was insensible. She had it, however, carried up to the Palace, and though wet to the crown of her head, gave every necessary direction for the medical gentlemen to be sent for. Notwithstanding every effort was persecuted in for more than an hour, life was found to be extinct.  We are happy to find that Miss Eden has not suffered in the least from the exertion she made to save the child, and which she did even at the risk of her own life; for, had she not been carried into shallower water, she too would have been swept away by the current.  The child belonged to one Adams, a labourer in the King's gardens.  On Wednesday an inquest was held upon the body, at the Toy, Hampton Court, before Mr. Stirling.  It was stated that Miss Eden was unable to attend, in consequence of a cold under which she laboured.  The Jury brought in a verdict of Accidental Death, and expressed their highest admiration at the conduct of Miss Eden, than which no person was more worthy of the Humane Society's medal.

Glamorgan Gazette, 26 January 1833
  Tuesday morning a Jury assembled at the sign of the Bull and George Inn, Dartford, for the purpose of holding an inquest on the bodies of William Williams, Thomas Hawkins, Edward Bennings, Sarah Venus, Sarah Prescott, Maria Harding, Sarah White, and John Powell, all of whom were killed in consequence of repeated explosions of the powder mills belonging to Messrs. Pigou, Wilks, and Co., situated within a mile and a half of the above town.  The Jury having been sworn, proceeded to view the scene of devastation produced by the explosion.  The bodies were frightfully mutilated and scorched, so as to render them difficult of identity.  The whole of the premises were injured so much that scarcely any parts were left whole, with the exception of the magazine; and this, in all probability, would have been destroyed had the wind blown from another direction than what it was at the time.  To give some idea of the terrible nature of the explosion that took place on the lamentable occasion, suffice it to say that the clothes worn by Hawkins, one of the unfortunate sufferers, were found at the distance of between 20 and 300 yards from the spot where he was killed.
  The Jury having returned from the performance of their painful duty, the following evidence was adduced.
  Thomas Pearce - I am foreman to Messrs. Pigou, Wilks, and Co., proprietors of the Dartford powder mills.  When the first explosion took place I was at the dusting house, situated about a quarter of a mile from the mills.  I hastened to the mills, and on entering the premises discovered that scarcely a vestige was left either of the charge house or the packing house.  There are nine mills altogether on the premises, six out of which number exploded.  Williams was foreman of the packing house; Hawkins was boatman; Bennings was generally employed in the packing house; Powell was also employed there.  Sarah Venus, Sarah Prescott, Maria Harding, and Sarah White were what is called the packers of the powder.  When I got down to the premises there were four mills blown.  The explosion of the lower charge house was the heaviest of the whole.  I should think there were 20 barrels of powder in the charge room alone. In the upper charge house there were from eight to ten hundred pounds weight of powder.  In the packing house, the explosion from which was a terrific one, there were about 10 barrels of powder in a finished state, which were to have been sent to London the next morning.  In the mills there were about 500lbs. of powder.  The granary, which was situated near the packing house, was blown away altogether.
  James Halding examined - I am tin man in the employ of the above firm.  I knew all the deceased persons.  At the time of the explosion I happened to be in the privy near the charge room, at the door of which a horse and cart stood, attended by the deceased boy Benning.  When the first explosion took place I was knocked down; when I attempted to rise I was again knocked down, and felt something fall on my head, and also heard several explosions.  I then crawled under a work bench near the place, and managed to crawl out of the place, the tiles and brick work falling upon me.  I saw some persons in the act of quitting the premises, like myself; but we were all so alarmed, that we did not speak to each other.
  Thomas Arthur, whose head and body were severely cut from the explosions, examined - I was employed at the packing house when the explosion took place.  Previously to the loud explosion, I heard several reports, as if cartridges were going off, and was soon struck down myself, and upon trying to recover myself was again thrown down with violence to the earth.  I then became insensible in the midst of fire and smoke, and when I recovered a little, I found myself at some distance from the place where I received the first shock.  I am confident that the first explosion took place in the charge house, and after that exploded, the sparks from thence communicated with the packing house.
 Francis Exeter examined - I am brother-in-law to Powell, who suffered amputation of the thigh yesterday; and has since died.  I was in a boat, near the magazine, when the first explosion took place, and was blown completely in the water; wile in the water, I received a blow on the head from some portion of the fragments of the buildings, upon which I immediately dived underneath, and kept under the surface as long as I possibly could.  When I attempted to rise to fetch breath, I was struck again on the shoulder, and struck out myself for life and death until I got opposite the meadow, where I got on shore after a most miraculous escaper from fire and water.
  The Jury unanimously expressed their opinion, that the deceased persons were accidentally killed by the explosion at Dartford Mills, and a verdict to that effect was accordingly returned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 2 February 1833
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.  .  .  morning about half-past seven o'clock, a fire broke out in the bed-room of Mrs. Manley, hair merchant, No. 103, Hatton Garden, and spread with such fearful rapidity, that bin a few moments the greatest fears were entertained for the whole street.  The engines were prompt in their arrival, but the firemen were unable, for want of water, to play upon the flames for upwards of a quarter of an hour.  About eight o'clock the roof fell in with a tremendous crash, burying Mrs. Manley, an infirm crippled lady, with three of her daughters, one five years old, and the others twins, three years old, in the ruins.  The first notice the inmates had of their danger was from a violent knocking at the door, which awoke Sudan Smith, the servant girl, and the only one kept, who slept in the back parlour with one of the children, Emma, aged ten years.  On going to the door she found two men, who informed her of her danger, and she instantly, with them, ran up into the back room on the first floor, where her mistress slept.  The flames were then distinctly visible in the room, but her mistress was in bed asleep, and unconscious of her danger.  While she was endeavouring to arouse her, a large part of the floor fell in, when, becoming alarmed for her own safety, she hastily ran into the street.  She says, that had not her fears deprived her of presence of mind, she thinks she might securely, after rushing out of the back first-floor room, in which her mistress slept, have returned into the garret, and saved some, if not all, of the three young children, who unhappily have perished, with their mother.  The named of these children ate Kitty and Susan, twins, and Emma, 10, Elin seven, and Samuel one-and-a-half years old.  But the most melancholy circumstance remains to be told, and that is, the cause of the fire, which there appears little doubt is to be attributed to the circumstance of Mrs. Manley being in a  delirious state of mind, and to her having been left by herself all night, with a candle burning on the table.  From the statement of the servant, we learn, that her mistress had been for some months in a bad state of health, and was attended by Dr.  Skinner, of Hatton Garden.  On Sunday last, she says her mistress first displayed symptoms of delirium, which by Wednesday had increased to what the girl called raving insanity.  On that day she threw knives and other things at the girl, and appeared impatient of her presence whenever she had occasion to enter her room to wait upon her.  The girl saw but little of her after that day till half-past nine o'clock on Friday night, and then she observed nothing remarkable.  She saw her again at half-past one o'clock on Saturday morning, when she went into her room to carry some lemonade, and she then seemed in a great passion, and threatened to murder her if she entered the room again.  Mr. Manley died in March last, and is understood to have left a good property; his business was one of the first in its line.

Glamorgan Gazette, 9 February 1833
DREADFUL OCCURRENCE. - At Northleet, on Monday last, a report was spread that W. Farmer, a servant of Mr. T. Harman, Esq. had shot a fellow-servant through the heart, and afterwards endeavoured to cut his own throat.  In appears Farmer had a gun, and was thus accosted by the deceased female, "What! Are you going to shoot me?"  To this he replied, "Yes, really;" and immediately the report of a gun was heard.  Farmer ran directly into the coal hole shed, and, in a few minutes, the female was found lying on the kitchen floor, wounded, and Farmer near her, with his throat cut.  One of the servants was in the kitchen when he entered, and heard him say, "I did not know the gun was loaded!"  From the evidence given by several of the servants, it appears that Farmer was attached to the deceased, and (being a married man) was often remonstrated with on the subject, to which he would reply that he could not help it. The inquest was adjourned, Farmer being in too dangerous a state to be examined.  The female died from internal hemorrhage.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 February 1833
  Farmer, the coachman of T. Harman, Esq., who was charged with having murdered a young woman, his fellow-servant, as detailed in a former paper, died on Monday morning, at his master's house, of the wounds he inflicted upon himself immediately after having committed the alleged murder.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 March 1833
DEATH FROM EATING A PIECE OF ORANGE. - Yesterday an inquest was held at the Union Coffee-house, Union-street, Blackfriars, on the body of Mrs. Sarah Longman, aged 40, a lady of independent property, residing at No. 11, Printing-house-lane.  On Wednesday she was seized with a strong convulsion, after eating the half of an orange, and she appeared to be choking.  All she could articulate was, "Orange, orange -Oh, Lord!" and retched violently, but nothing came from her stomach.  She remained in this distressing state for about half an hour, when she expired, medical assistance, during the period of her sufferings, having been sought in vain, and did not arrive until after she had been dead some minutes.  Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 March 1833
HORRIBLE MURDER. - The body of a boy named Robert Paviour, aged 13, was  found in the Regent's canal;, Regent's Park, on Monday last.  An inquest was held on the body on Wednesday, and the result of the inquiry gave reason to believe that the unfortunate boy had been forcible dragged away from his home, conveyed to some infamous receptacle for the basest of purposes, and subsequently murdered to prevent a disclosure of the facts.  The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Frederick Marshall, George Evans, and William Taylor, who have been committed to prison. [Cambrian, 23 March, for a more detailed account.]

Glamorgan Gazette, 30 March 1833
EXTRAORDINARY CASE. - Tuesday afternoon a Coroner's inquest was held at the London Hospital, before Mr. Baker, on view of the remains of Sarah Byrne, aged 73 years, who died in that institution under the following extraordinary circumstances: - It appeared that the deceased, who was an inmate of the parochial workhouse of All Saints, Poplar, had been for some time past bedridden, and in a feeble state.  About a fortnight since, while crossing her room with a small quantity of water in a pail, she fell on one side and fractured the left thigh.  She was at once removed to the Hospital, where it was found on examination that her case was a complete one of fragilis ostium, and that her bones were so severely brittle, from the absorption of the animal matter, and consequently too great a proportion of earthy substance, that they snapped with the slightest exertion.  As a proof of this, On Thursday last, while bring turned in bed, although great gentleness was used, the bone of her right arm snapped in two.  The medical gentlemen who attended deceased described her case as one of the most rare occurrence, and gave it as their opinion that the injuries were the primary cause of her death.  The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death.  The case of the deceased has excited a great deal of interest among the professors of medicine and surgery.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 April 1833
FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE CITY THEATRE. - On Saturday, an inquest was held on the body of Emma Teulon, aged 15, who sustained an injury on her head at the City Theatre, about three weeks since, by a bottle which fell accidentally or was thrown from the gallery.  Her head was found to have been fractured, and she was ultimately conveyed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital.  The surgeon proved that erysipelas ensued from the wound, which caused death.  The inquest was adjourned for the production of further evidence, and the appearance of the boy who had the bottle.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 April 1833
DEATH FROM STARVATION! - On Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at the Middlesex Hospital, on the body of an Irishman, about thirty years of age, name unknown.  Powell, a police constable, proved having found the deceased in the street, in the neighbourhood of Rathbone-place, early on Tuesday morning.  He was in a state of extreme exhaustion, wholly unable to walk.  He said he had not tasted food for several days, but was sure he would soon be rid of all his earthly troubles.  Witness procured a truck, in which he placed him, and took him to the hospital, on reaching which it was found he was dead.  The body presented a shocking spectacle, being reduced to a mere skeleton.  The surgeon of the hospital gave his opinion that the deceased had died of exhaustion from want of food.  The jury returned a verdict to that effect.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 April 1833
  On Thursday evening, an inquest was held at Guy's Hospital, on the body of Richard York, aged 45.  On Monday last, the deceased went for a load of grains to Messrs. Barclay and Perkins's brewery, in Stony-lane, Tooley-street.  He was standing in the cart, when a large iron barrow, weighing 3 cwts., which a man was wheeling full of grains at the top of the building - whence the grains are shot into the cart - slipped out of the groove, and fell upon the deceased, who was knocked out of the cart with great violence. The deceased died of the injuries.  Verdict - Accidental Death. It appeared that the groove was worn out, and that the barrow fell again on the following day, but luckily no one was standing underneath.  The coroner said he would write to Messrs. Barclay on the subject.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 April 1833
  On Saturday last, at the Old Bailey, Marshal, Evans, and Taylor, charged with the atrocious murder of the boy Paviour, were acquitted.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 27 April 1833
  On Saturday, an inquest was held at the Anchor and Hope, Stepney, before Mr. Baker, the coroner, on the body of Richard Herring, a cow-keeper.
  William Herring, aged fifteen years, the son of the deceased, deposed that his father had been unwell for a week past, and complained of a giddiness in the head.  On Thursday morning last, his father milked his cows as usual, but remarked to witness that his head was very bad.  He sent witness to get his brother, saying he would follow, but having waited a considerable time, and finding he did not come, he went to look for him, followed by his mother, when they found him in the well, with his feet upwards; and with the assistance of another person they took him out and sent for Mr. Hislop, a surgeon, who for two hours endeavoured to restore animation, but without effect.  Witness had previously given water to all the cows, and had covered the well over with a board, leaving an opening of not more than eighteen inches across at the widest part, and the board was not removed when the deceased, who was not in the habit of drawing water, was found.
  The jury examined the well, and expressed great surprise at the smallness of the aperture, and the size of the well, which, in diameter and depth, did not exceed a common wine pipe.  The boy was re-examined, and said he supposed his father had fallen in accidentally.  There was no pail or other vessel, however, to be found near him.
  A witness was proceeding to state that he heard a call for assistance and ran into the yard, where he saw the mother and son endeavouring to pull the deceased out of the well, when a man suddenly rushed into the inquest room, and called out, "Bill, come to your work; we can't get any milk."  The constable immediately removed the intruder, and on his return informed the Coroner that the wife of the deceased, who was outside, had sent the man in.  The jury had just made up their minds not to call the wife forward, from a feeling of delicacy, but they now insisted on examining her.  The constable went to fetch her, but came back and said she had refused to come.  The Coroner desired him to enforce her attendance, which he did, with some difficulty.  Upon her entrance, the Coroner inquired why she had sent in that man for the boy? -  Witness - Because I wanted him to do his work, and you have no business to make him come to a common public house. I can't have my work neglected for you.
  The Coroner - Do you not perceive that you are addressing gentleman: - Witness - No, I see no gentlemen; I am speaking to you.
  The Coroner explained to her the nature and object of the present inquiry, and asked her in what condition she found her husband? - Witness - Why, I went down and saw my poor dear creature's feet up the top of the water.
  Coroner -Poor dear creature, indeed; did you pull him out directly? - Witness - No, I could not get him out; l I got him all out but his head.
  Coroner - What, did you not get his head out? - Witness - b No, I had not enough strength.
  Coroner - Do you swear that? -Witness - Yes, I do indeed.
  Coroner - Do you suppose he fell in by accident? - Witness - Lord knows, I am sure I do not (with a kind of laugh).
  Coroner - You never heard him threaten to destroy himself? - Witness-   Lord, no (with the utmost carelessness).
  A Juror - Your conduct is disgraceful and offensive to decency.
  Witness - Oh, don't bother me; you keep me so long. - Here she ran out of the room but was brought back again by the Coroner's order.  The boy was again examined, and stated, at first, that his mother and father never quarrelled; but being closely questioned, he afterwards admitted that they used to have words about him, she being his stepmother.  He also stated, that she was in the cowshed with the deceased the same morning before his death, but her was in the kitchen at the time, and could not tell what passed between them. -The woman denied that she had quarrelled with the deceased. She stated also that he had left no property, but afterwards acknowledged that he had eight cows and a horse and cart, which she thought now belonged to the boy. - The coroner remarked that the improper conduct of the wife seemed to throw a shade of suspicion about her character, but, as there was no evidence to implicate her, the jury might, if they chose, return a verdict which would not militate against any ulterior proceedings. - "That the deceased was found drowned, but by what means he came to his death, there is no evidence before the jury." - The jury coincided in this view of the case, and agreed that they could not conscientiously return a verdict of accidental death.  At the same time, they conjointly expressed their abhorrence of the woman's behaviour. - The coroner reprimanded her in severe terms, and observed that had there been a jot of evidence against her, he should have felt it his duty to have sent her before another court.  She treated the business with perfect nonchalance, and defied the power of the coroner altogether.

Cambrian, 27 April 1833
  THE DEAD ALIVE- On Tuesday afternoon, an adjourned inquest was held at the Christchurch work-house, on the body of Eliza Baker, aged 27, who was found dead at the steps of Blackfriar's bridge, on Saturday morning by a police constable.  Mr. Peter Wood, an eating-house-keeper, in the Bermondsey New-road, having seen a paragraph in one of the Sunday newspapers, that the body of a female had been taken out of the Thames on the previous day, and carried to the work-house to be owned; and from the description given, suspecting that it was the body of a young female who had lived in his service, but who had been discharged by his wife on account of jealousy, he went to the work-house, and recognised the body of the unfortunate girl.  He was very much agitated, and he cut off a lock of her hair, and kissed the corpse. He immediately went to an undertaker, and gave orders for the funeral.  He went to the deceased's parents, who reside in Adelaide-place, Whitecross-street, Cripplegate, and informed them of the melancholy fate of their daughter.  They also went to the workhouse, and, on being shown the body, we loud in their lamentation.  
  The jury having assembled on Monday evening, they proceeded to view the body of the deceased, and, on their return, as number of witnesses were examined, mostly relations, who swore positively to the body.  From the evidence it appeared that the deceased had lived with Mr. Wood as servant for four months, but, his wife being jealous, she was discharged about a month ago, since which time Mr. Wood had secretly supplied her with money, and kept her from want.  Mrs. Baker, the mother of the deceased, spoke in severe terms of the conduct of Mr. Wood, and said that they had no doubt but that he had seduced the unfortunate girl, which had caused her to comity suicide.  The jury appeared to be very indignant, and, after five hours' deliberation, it was agreed to adjourn the case until Tuesday afternoon, when they re-assembled.  Mr. Wood, the alleged seducer, was now present, but he was so overcome by his feelings at the melancholy occurrence, that nothing could be made of him; in fact, he was like a man in a state of stupefaction.  Mrs. Wood, the wife, was called in; she is 28 years older than her husband, and shook her head at him, but nothing was elicited from her, her passion completely overcoming her reason.
  A Juryman - The more we delve into this affair, the more mysterious it appears against Mr. Wood.  This remark was occasioned on account of some marks of violence on the body; there had been a violent blow on the nose, a black mark on the forehead, and a severe wound on the thigh.  
  The Jury were commencing to deliberate on their verdict, when a drayman in the employ of Messrs. Whitbread and Co., brewers, walked into the jury room, and said that he wished to speak to the coroner and jury.
  Mr. Carter - What is it you want?
  Drayman - I come to say, gentlemen, that Mrs. Baker's daughter, you are holding an inquest on, is now alive and in good health.
  The Coroner and Jury (in astonishment) - What do you say?
  Drayman - I'll swear that I met her to-day in the streets, and spoke to her.
  The coroner, witnesses, and jury were all struck with amazement, and asked the drayman if he could bring Eliza Baker forward, which he undertook to do in a short time.  In the meantime the jury and witnesses went again to view the body of the deceased.  Mr. Wood shed tears over the corpse, and was greatly affected, as well as all her relations; the drayman's story was treated as nonsense, but the Jury, although of the same opinion, were determined to await his return.  In about a quarter of an hour the drayman returned, and introduced the real Eliza Baker, a fine looking young woman, and in full health.  To depict the astonishment of the relations and of Mr. Wood is totally impossible, and at first they were afraid to touch her. She at last went forward, and took Mr. Wood by the hand (who stood motionless), and exclaimed, "How could you make such a mistake as to take another body for mine?  Do you think I would commit such an act?"
  Mr. Wood could not reply, but fell senseless in a fit, and it was with great difficulty that seven men could hold him.  After some time he recovered, and walked away, to the astonishment of every one, with Eliza Baker, leaving his wife in the jury-room.  
  Several of the jurors remarked that they never saw such a strong likeness as there was between Eliza Baker and the deceased, which only accounted for the mistake that the witnesses had made.  The whole scene was most extraordinary, and the countenance of witnesses and jury it is impossible to describe.  There was no evidence to prove who the deceased was; and the jury, after about seven hours; investigation, returned a verdict of Found drowned, but by what means the deceased came in to the water there is no evidence to prove,

Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 May 1833
DEATH FROM EXCESSIVE GRIEF. - Tuesday last an inquest was taken at Stepney, on the body of Mr. Wm. Brigmore, aged 66 years.  It appears that the wife of the deceased, to whom he was sincerely attached, died on Tuesday se'nnight, and he had ever since been in a very desponding state.  The funeral was appointed to take place on Sunday afternoon, and the mournful procession had not proceeded more than 50 yards when Mr. Brigmore, who appeared overwhelmed with grief, suddenly staggered and fell into the arms of his eldest son, who was behind him.  The deceased never spoke gain, and died in less than two minutes afterwards.  The mourners were so much alarmed at this unexpected event, hat they were unable to follow the corpse of their mother to the grave, and the funeral was postponed.  Mr. Newman, surgeon, of Beaumont-square, said that death was caused by apoplexy, brought on by excessive grief.  A verdict of Died by the visitation of God was returned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 4 May 1833
DEATH FROM A PAIR OF SCISSORS.-   An inquest was held on Monday, in St. Thomas's Hospital, before Mr. Payne, on the body of Thomas Bradstock, aged 45, who met his death in the following singular manner: - It appeared from the evidence that the deceased was a shopman in the service of Messrs. Maynard and Burket, tin-plate workers, of Wellington-street, Borough. On Monday, the 15th of April, he was engaged in the shop, and while moving hastily along he struck his right leg against the point of a large pair of scissors used in the business, and which hung suspended by a chain from the counter.  The poor fellow's cries brought several of the workmen to his assistance, when it was discovered that the scissors had passed completely through the calf of the leg and were so firmly fixed that it required considerable force to extract them.  He was immediately conveyed to the hospital, where he expired on Wednesday last from mortification of the injured limn. Verdict - Accidental Death.
  A fatal consequence of furious driving occurred on Saturday night as an omnibus driver, who, when racing against a rival omnibus, was thrown from the vehicle, and, the wheel passing over his body, he was killed on the spot.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 11 May 1833
DEATH FROM GRIEF. - An inquest was held on Monday evening at the Vernon's Head, North Audley-street, touching the death of Mrs. Mary Taylor, aged 60, who expired suddenly, under the following circumstances: - It appeared, from the evidence, that the deceased was related to Mr. Morse, of 259, Oxford-street, where she was staying on a visit.  She had a sister residing at Lambeth, in independent circumstances, to whom she was warmly attached; and on Friday last, about noon, she received intelligence of the somewhat sudden deceased of her beloved relative.  The shock was more than she could sustain, and she fell back in her chair in a paroxysm of grief, to which she was unable to give utterance.  Having partially recovered, she requested to be allowed to retire to her chamber unattended, observing that if she could give vent to her feelings in tears, she thought she should be relieved. She was accordingly permitted to retire, but soon afterwards the family were alarmed by hearing a heavy fall, and on Mrs. Morse repairing instantly to the chamber, she was shocked at beholding the old lady lying a corpse before her on the floor.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 11 May 1833
 A barbarous murder was discovered on Saturday last to have been committed on an aged female, named Catherine Elms, residing at 17, Wellesey-street, near the new church, at Chelsea.  The occurrence is, in many respects, similar to the murder of Mrs. Donaty, which took place some years ago.
  The deceased, who is about 70 years of age, formerly kept a school in Smith-street, Chelsea, on quitting which she went to reside in the above-mentioned house; the rent was paid by a near relation, and her principal subsistence was derived from lodgers, to whom she let part of the house; her poverty was so great that she had been compelled to apply to the parish authorities to be relieved from the payment of taxes, a request which appears to have been complied with.  She is described as related to a venerable and distinguished Earl, but of that we have no certain information. At the time of the murder, the only persons occupying a part of the house were a woman named Mortimer, and her three children, who rented the room on the second floor, immediately over the apartment in which the deceased slept; but that person and her children have been staying at the house of another person since Wednesday.
  On Thursday night the deceased went to the Wellesley Arms, at the corner of Wellesley-street, for half a pint of ale, with which she returned. The next day the house was not opened, but the circumstance did not at that time excite much interest.  On Saturday, however, as the house remained closed, the neighbours became alarmed, and commenced instituting an inquiry. Mr. Exley, who resides at 166, Wellesley-street, waited upon Mr. Dorking, of Blacklands-lane, at which house the deceased was in the habit of visiting, but he was unable to account for her absence; he proceeded to Wellesley-street, where he was met by Mr. Cole, the landlord of the premises, and it was then determined that the house should be entered.  Hughes, a very active constable of Chelsea, was sent for, who obtained a ladder, and entered the deceased's bed-room.  He did not observe the body, as the window shutters were closed, but perceiving that the room was in very great confusion, he instantly proceeded down stairs and admitted Mr. Cole,. Mr. Dorking, and some other persons.  They proceeded to the apartment, and on Hughes opening the shutters, a horrid sight presented itself.  The deceased was lying on the floor, on her stomach, surrounded by a pool of blood; her feet were on the hearth-rug, and her head behind the door.  Hughes raised her from the ground, and it was then discovered that some inhuman monster had inflicted a most dreadful gash over her left eye; a second stroke, evidently with the same weapon, divided the upper part of the nose, cut in two the ball of the left eye, and severely wounded the other.  Determined to sacrifice his victim the murderer then plunged a knife into the poor creature's throat, and drawing it from side to side, divided the windpipe, and completely extinguished life.  It would appear that the deceased was in the act of stepping into bed when the attack was made upon her.  Her lamp stood by the fender, and it is supposed that the deceased had just placed it there and was in the act of rising from the ground when she received the blow on the forehead. Two of her teeth were found on the rug; her clothes were turned up as high as her knees, and her pocket, which was emptied of its contents, appeared to have been drawn through the pocket hole, and pushed back in a clumsy manner.  Her cap and tippet appeared also to have been taken off, and were found in the blood on the floor.  The room was carefully searched, but no knife or other instrument was found.
     It seems that, after the commission of the horrid murder, a most careful examination was made of the premises.  The bed clothes were taken off - some were strewed about the floor, and some on the bedstead.  Several boxes which were in the room, the cupboards, and in fact every place which could contain property, appeared to have been searched, except a wine-cooler, in which was a flannel bag, containing four old-fashioned silver salts, a pepper castor, a pair of sugar tongs and four tea spoons.  In the cupboard were three cruets, with silver tops; in one of the boxes was a table spoon; in the table drawer was a pair of silver spectacles; three other silver spoons laid in other parts of the room; in a writing desk were six duplicates for articles of plate.  It is impossible to suppose that these things escaped the notice of the person who made the search, and it is therefore evident that plunder was not the object of the murder.  Mrs. Mortimer's apartment was in the same confused state.  Trunks, boxes, and cupboards were opened, and the contents strewed about the room, but nothing appeared to have been carried off.  Several small valuable articles were found in the apartment, among which was a gold mourning ring, of a young person named Elms, who died in the year 1780.  Nothing appeared to have been disturbed in the parlour, except a work box and a tea caddy, which had also undergone a minute examination.  The back door was locked and bolted.  The kitchen door, in the front area, was also locked and bolted; the window shutters were fastened; and every thing indicated that the house had been closed by the deceased before she retired to her bed-room on Thursday night.  The street door was fastened on the single spring lock, and the key was found lying in the passage.
 While the police were examining the house, Mrs. Mortimer arrived, and insisted on being allowed to enter her apartment; her request was refused; but as she appeared extremely anxious respecting "some property" which she said was in the room, she was allowed to go up stairs.  Her property, which was very trifling, was found in the room.  Several of the neighbours put a variety of questions to her respecting her family connections, which she was reluctant to answer.  The consequence was that the inspector of police took her into custody.  At the suggestion of some of the neighbours, she was taken into the room where the body lay, which she looked upon without exhibiting the slightest emotion; she also placed her hand upon the mangled corpse, And in a firm voice said, "So help me God, I am innocent of any participation in this murder."
 A gentleman named Champneys, who, it appears, is related to the deceased, took charge of the deceased's house on Saturday evening.
  A copy of a letter which the deceased had sent to the parochial committee, requesting to be relieved from the payment of taxes, was found in her apartment.  In the letter she pleaded poverty, stated that the rent was paid by her brother, who is a clergyman, and that she was compelled to live upon the few shillings she obtained by letting lodgings.
  That plunder was not the object of the murderer is evident from the circumstance that the few articles of value which the deceased had in the house were not carried off.  Her letters and papers appear to have undergone a minute inquiry, but for what purpose we cannot understand.
  On Thursday evening, four men, who were known to be bad characters, went into a public-house in the neighbourhood, and, while there, they entered into conversation with a man whom they took to be one of their profession.  In the course of the observation the four men told him that they had come down purposely to rob an old lady's house close by, and suggested that as there was plenty of swag he might come in for his regulars if he liked to join them.  The man made some excuse, and left them.  Since the murder the man has communicated this extraordinary circumstance to the police, and there is little doubt but that this gang were the actual murderers of the unfortunate lady.  He is well acquainted with the persons of these fellows and their haunts, and there is reason to believe that before long they will be apprehended.
  Mrs. Mortimer, the female who lodged with the deceased, was examined at the station-house, but she brought forward ample proof of her entire ignorance of the crime, and she was allowed to depart.
  It is stated that a jemmy was used in committing the injuries on the head and face, and that the throat was cut with a notched knife, as the integuments present the appearance of having been torn instead of cut.
  On Monday evening an inquest was held on view of the body of the unfortunate woman.  The facts elicited differed very little from what we have already related.  The only new fact of importance being that two men of suspicious appearance were seen several times between eight and nine o'clock on Thursday night in the neighbourhood of the frightful occurrence, and are supposed to be the guilty parties.  Mrs. Mortimer and her husband (who is a clergyman's clerk) underwent a long examination, but nothing transpired to criminate them.  The inquest was adjourned till Friday.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 May 1833
EXAMINATIONS AT BOW-STREET. - At seven o'clock on Monday evening the prisoners taken in the riot were brought to Bow-street for examination.  Robert Tilley was charged with being concerned in the wilful murder of Robert Cully.  The prisoner was captured during the riot and conveyed with others to the White Horse livery stable, where he lay down on some straw by the side of his brother and another man. After he got up, a policeman found in the straw a loaded pistol, a three-edged dagger, and a powder-flask, containing about a quarter of a pound of powder.  The prisoner acknowledged the pistol and flask to be his property but denied all knowledge of the dagger.  He was remanded till Thursday.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 May 1733
  NATIONAL CONVENTION, - The inquest on the murdered policeman, Cully, has not yet brought its inquiries to a close. .  .  .  
MURDER OF MISS ELMS. - One of the murderers of this unfortunate woman, has voluntarily given himself into the hands of justice, and underwent an examination at Queen Square, on Wednesday evening.  His name is Sharpe, and he has for a long time borne a very bad character.  He stated that his reason for acknowledging his guilt was, that he had been miserable since the commission of the murder, and that he had had a quarrelled with one of his companions.  The description he gave of the horrid business was as follows:-
We had agreed to rob the house, and we entered it about eight o'clock in the evening, but without any intention of committing murder; we remained in the kitchen about three hours,  When we  went up stairs from the kitchen, we found her at the table at work, and we demanded the key of her drawers, which she refused to give up quietly, and one of my companions struck her a blow on the head with a crow-bar, or jemmy, and knocked her down; the woman's throat was cut with a carving knife which we found in the room, but it was not me that did the deed.  The house was ransacked after the murder; we were disturbed by some person in the street, and then we made our escape out of the house; when we got out we found that a drunken man had fallen against the street door; we did not go back again.
  The prisoner, on being asked who were his companions, said he would not tell that at present.  He was remanded.  Shortly after his examination, his wife appeared at the office; and without knowing what had occurred, complained of her husband's brutal conduct towards her.  On the previous evening he came home much intoxicated, and beat her cruelly.

Cambrian, 18 May 1833
  .  .  .    Several of the prisoners have been examined by the Magistrates at Bow-street, and committed for further examination, and to await the inquest on Cully.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 June 1833
  MELANCHOLY SUICIDE. - On Tuesday morning last, Duncan Browne, Esq., a respectable West India merchant, committed suicide, by inflicting a deep wound upon his arm, from which he bled to death.  He has left a wife and four children.  The apprehension of ruin from the settlement of the West India question, produced a state of despondency which led to the fatal act. Verdict - Temporary Derangement.

Cambrian, 1 June 1833
  FATAL RECONTRE, - BOTH COMBATANTS DROWNED. - On Tuesday night an inquest was held at the Black Horse, High-street, Poplar, on the body of Edward Chapman, a fisherman, aged 28.  The deceased belonged to the Eclipse fishing-smack, of Barking, and on Wednesday he and a young man, named White, returned to the vessel from shore intoxicated.  They had a trial of strength in the boat on their way to the vessel, and on getting on board they quarrelled and began fighting, but in consequence of their intoxication they did not do each other much harm.  At length they closed, and falling together against the side of the vessel, they were precipitated into the water, locked in each other's arms.  An apprentice was present, and he gave an alarm, when every exertion was made to save them, but nothing could be seen of their bodies.  The deceased's body was picked up on Tuesday.  Verdict, The deceased while fighting fell overboard and was drowned.
THE CHELSEA MURDER. -In our last we hinted that there was some suspicion that Sharpe was an impostor.  On Wednesday he was brought before Mr. Gregorie, at  Queen-square Office, when he denied knowing any thing of the murder but what he had read in the newspapers; .  .  .

Glamorgan Gazette, 1 June 1833
  The Standard of Thursday contains some melancholy and horrible details of the suicide of Mr. Duncan Browne, an eminent West India proprietor, just arrived in England with his family. .  .  .  
  The Court, after a long discussion, granted a rule to quash this inquisition, on the ground that the verdict of the Coroner's Jury stated premises as the foundation of it which were insufficient in law to support a verdict of justifiable homicide. .  .  .  

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 June 1833
 DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. - MELANCHOLY LOSS OF LIFE AT WOOD'S HOTEL, PANTON-SQUARE. - About half-past four o'clock on Saturday morning, a most destructive fire, attended with the melancholy loss of two gentlemen's lives, with injury to others, broke out in the lodging-house attached to Wood's Hotel, Arundel-street, Panton-square, Haymarket.  Mr. Nagler, a native of the county of Cork, and of Mr. Caper, a Glasgow merchant, both of whom, in consequence, lost their lives. Mr. Nagle was a young gentleman in the Royal Navy, greatly esteemed, and had married, within the last nine months, a very interesting lady, who was expected to arrive in town on Monday, fondly anticipating to join her husband.  Mr. Cape had left a wife and three young children.  He was quite a young man, not more than twenty-nine years of age, and arrived in London a few days back from Glasgow.  .  .  .  

Cambrian, 8 June 1833
SUICIDE IN NEWGATE. - Friday an inquest was held in Newgate on Edward Foley, aged 13, a convict, and an old offender.  At the last Sessions he was convicted of a highway robbery and sentenced to seven years'; transportation.  On quitting the dock he exclaimed, "he'd be cursed if he did not do for himself the first opportunity that occurred." He was placed under the care of Mr. Lloyd, the schoolmaster, but he became very refractory, and on Wednesday Mr. Lloyd discovered that he was at the head of a conspiracy among the other boys, who intended to seize him and give him a tremendous beating.  The deceased was ordered into solitary confinement, and on Thursday morning was found hanging by his neckerchief to a candlestick fixed in the wall, about three feet from the floor.  He was in a kneeling position, and quite dead. - Verdict, Felo de se.
Further background of Duncan Browne, Esq.
THE MURDER AT CHELSEA. - Examination of John Sharpe. Remanded.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 15 June 1833
  SUICIDE. - On Friday se'nnight an inquest was held at No. 6, Alfred-place, Bedford-square, to inquire touching the death of Mrs. Sarah Rowland, about 25 years of age, who destroyed herself under the following circumstances: - The deceased was a married woman, and lodged at the house where the inquest was held.  Her husband is a veterinary surgeon, at present in Leicester. On the preceding Monday she received a letter from him, accusing her of infidelity towards him, and expressing his determination never to return to live with her again.  The contents of the letter threw her immediately into a frantic state.  The several inmates of the house endeavoured to pacify her mind, when she (assuming to be more calm in her mind) said she would take one of her powders, for she thought it would do her great benefit.  She then coolly walked to a cupboard, and took out a bottle of oxalic acid, which she used for the removal of iron-moulds and ink stains, and pouring out a glass, drank it off with as much indifference as taking her breakfast.  The effect of the poison became speedily visible, and she died shortly after.  Verdict - Temporary Insanity.
  On Sunday afternoon as Mr. Arnold, baker, at Hove, was on the beach amusing himself by sending his dog into the water, the animal suddenly dived to the bottom and brought up the body of a female, very decently dressed.  She was quite dead, and had evidently not been in the water more than a day; but was much bruised and injured.  Nineteen shillings and fourpence halfpenny were found in her pocket.  A shutter was procured and the body removed to the Blockade House.  An inquest was held next morning at the Ship public house, and a verdict of Found drowned returned. The body has not yet been recognised. - Brighton Guardian.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 July 1833
  TRAGICAL EVENT. - On Sunday morning considerable excitement was produced at Greenwich by the following dreadful discovery, which was made in Greenwiclh Park, by Eggleston, the park-keeper, and a person named Crocker, a German, a resident in the town. - About eleven o'clock, these individuals were taking a walk in the Park to hook after the deer, when, near the wilderness, they beheld the lifeless body of a gentleman, lying on its right side, and the head and face covered with blood, which was scarcely cold.  They examined the head of the deceased person, when a gun or pistol wound was discovered on the right eye, the contents of which had passed through that organ into the head.  The body was carried to the Rose and Crown public-house, on Croom's-hill, where a surgeon examined it, and the pockets of the deceased were searched, as he was a total stranger in the town, when a card was found, bearing the name "Corfield, Grosvenor-square," and nearly twenty shillings in silver, but no letters or papers.  Search was made for the pistol with which the wound was inflicted, and it was at length found, at a distance of 20 or 30 yards from where the body was lying.  From this circumstance, various surmises were made as to how and by whom the wound was inflicted; it is, however, generally supposed that the unfortunate gentleman committed suicide.  Upon inquiry it transpired that the deceased, who was a respectable architect and surveyor, had been in a desponding state for some time, owing to the failure of a person who owed him upwards of 900 Pounds.
  An accident, attended with the loss of the life of a married female, and the wonderful preservation of her young child, occurred on the river, just above Blackfriars-bridge, about five o'clock on Sunday afternoon.  The party in the boat consisted, besides the deceased, of her husband, a grown girl, and the child before mentioned.  They were proceeding towards London-bridge, the husband rowing, and had reached what is called Lyon's-road, on the Surrey side of the river, when the boat came athwart the moorings of a barge, and instantly capsized.  It is supposed, in rising she struck against the bottom of one of the tier of barges.  The girl was carried under a barge, and rising at the stern, was there picked up.  The man saved himself by clinging to the keel of the boat till a boat was put off from the shore, and rescued him from his perilous situation. The boat floated onward, keel uppermost, as far as Queenhithe, before it was stopped, and it was of course supposed that the child had met the same melancholy fate as the mother, but to the astonishment of every one, on righting the boat, the child was found clinging to the bottom, and alive. Those acquainted with the construction  of the diving bell will readily perceive how this could be, and that the quantity of air which would remain within the boat and resist the upward pressure of the water, would be more than sufficient to afford the means of respiration to a young child for some period of time.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 July 1833
HORRIBLE DEATH OF AN INFANT. - On Friday evening as Frederick Parrett, a fine child about two years old, the son of a cheese-monger in Tonbridge-street, New-road, adjoining Mr. Lord's soap-boilery, was playing in Mr. Lord's warehouse, he fell through a small trap in to the vat underneath, containing boiling tallow.  Mrs.  Lord ran to the poor child, who was up to his chin in the boiling fat, and rescued the poor sufferer, whose screams were agonizing.  On removing the fat the skin of the poor child peeled off, and he died after six hours agony.  Mrs. Lord was severely burnt in rescuing the child.
  ACCIDENT ON THE RIVER. - On Saturday evening, about half-past two, as Mr. Andrews, accompanied by another gentleman and two ladies, was returning home by water, the boat suddenly swamped when opposite Chelsea College, and the whole party were precipitated into the river.  Mr. Andrews and the two ladies sank immediately, but their companion was fortunately rescued from his perilous situation by a waterman who was passing at the time of the accident.  The bodies of the unfortunate individuals have not yet been found.
  EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF JUVENILE SUICIDE. -       On Saturday an inquest was held before Mr. Baker, at the Cumberland Arms, City-road, on the body of Edward Broom, aged 16. The deceased was in the employ of Mr. Reynolds, oilman, No. 131, Whitecross-street.  Mrs. Reynolds stated that the lad was of a very stern and morose disposition, but of late he had been much better; he was subject to fits, and a surgeon who attended him, said his head was badly formed, and ordered him to live abstemiously, or something fatal would happen.  On Wednesday he was sent to feed the horse in his master's stable, but he did not return, and he was found suspended by the reins in the loft quite dead.  The father of the deceased, a respectable tradesman, said all his sons were subject to fits. - Verdict, temporary derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 July 1833
  On Saturday, the neighbourhood of Shadwell and Wapping was in a state of great excitement, owing to a report that a waterman, named John Wood, residing in Lower Shadwell, had been murdered by the new police.  Mr. Ballantine, of the Thames Police, having heard of the occurrence, directed Evans, the principal surveyor, to make the necessary enquiries, and order the attendance of witnesses.  Mary Ford, an unfortunate female, said that on Thursday she and the deceased waterman had one quarter of gin and two pints of half-and-half together, at the White Hart public-house in Shadwell High-street.  About twelve o'clock two policemen, John Douglas, No. 279K, and Patterson, No. 9K, the latter a sergeant, came in for the purpose of clearing the house, and told them to go.  Douglas seized Wood by the shoulders, and dragged him towards the door, and as soon as it was opened, pushed him into the street, and e fell on the kirb stone. The police-sergeant Patterson said while he was clearing the parlour the deceased was taken out of the White Hart.  On his return he saw the deceased lying on the pavement, apparently insensible.  He laid hold of him by the legs, and two other policemen, Alpine and Douglas, had hold of him by the body.  They carried him as far as West Gardens, where e (witness) left him with Douglas, Clapton and Freeman, and directed them to convey him to the station-house as carefully as possible. It appeared from other evidence, that one hour and three quarters elapsed before the deceased reached the station-house, which is only 500 yards distant from the White Hart. Mr. Ballantine, after some further evidence, ordered five policemen of the K division, named Robert Edwards, No. 43 - Peter Costello, No. 90 - John Douglas, No. 279 - Alpin Freeman, and another, to be detained in custody until the result of the coroner's inquest is known.
  On Saturday night an inquest was held before Mr. Baker, the coroner, and a jury, at the Wheatsheaf public-house, when a very full investigation of the circumstances attending the death of the deceased was gone into.  Mr. Millard, the surgeon, deposed that the injuries on the skull were the cause of his death.  On examining the bones of the skull, a circular portion of bone an inch in diameter, at the very top of the head was fractured and depressed to the extent of the eighth of an inch, and a fissure extended from the fore part of this broken piece of bone to within an inch of the root of the nose, and another small fissure extended towards about an inch.  About an ounce of bloody serum escaped from the cavities of the brain.  A considerable quantity of blood was effused into the anterior part of the substance of the brain, full an ounce.  From an ounce and a-half to two ounces of coagulated blood was found under the external membrane of the brain on the right side.  The arteries of the brain were healthy.  About half an ounce of bloody serum was found at the base of the brain; but there was no fracture of the skull in that direction.  There was nothing to account for death in the cavities of the chest and body.  The viscera was sound.  He had no hesitation in saying the injuries on the head were the cause of death.  As the person who saw the blows struck and the presumed injuries inflicted was not present, the coroner, at the request of the solicitor for the police, adjourned the inquest till Tuesday morning, when the investigation was proceeded with, and continued until three o'clock on Wednesday morning. It was then adjourned until the following day.
  Several witnesses deposed to the brutality of the police in thrusting the deceased out of the house with such force as to occasion his fall with great violence upon his head against the pavement, and that while three of the policemen were carrying the deceased to the station-house, two of thermo having hold of his legs, and the third supporting the head, the one at the head hearing a noise in a public-house which they were passing loosed his hold, and went to see what was the matter, in consequence of which the head of the unfortunate man again fell violently to the ground. Some person who remonstrated with the police was ordered by them to "move on," or they would take him into custody.  On the contrary, the policemen on duty and the landlady of the White Hart stated that no more violence than was necessary was used in ejecting the deceased, and the policemen stated that after his arrival at the station-house, to which he was conveyed with great care, every attention was paid to him, but he never recovered from his stupor and died in a few hours.  The jury appeared highly excited during the examination of the different witnesses, and complained of the conduct of the coroner, who, they supposed, acted partially in favour of the police.
  On Wednesday evening the inquest was resumed.  Mr. Geo. Betson, surgeon, stated that he was present at a post mortem examination of the deceased.  His opinion was that the injuries upon the head caused death; they must have been inflicted by a truncheon.  They could not have been inflicted by falls, unless deceased had fallen perpendicularly.  A witness named Bennett stated that he saw a man thrust out of the White Hart public-house, that he fell on the ground, and shortly afterwards arose, and ran about forty yards, a policeman followed and knocked him down by a blow on the head.  The inquest was further adjourned till Thursday.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 27 July 1833
INQUEST ON THE DECEASED WATERMAN. - On    Monday evening last (the sixth day) the jury assembled to inquire into the circumstances of the death of John Peacock Wood, supposed to have received violent usage from the police while being conveyed to a station house, as detailed in our last, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against a policeman unknown. A strong prejudice is entertained against Douglas, police sergeant, K. 27.
  On Monday morning, Mr. Baker, the coroner, had an interview with the Under-Secretary at the Home Office, and communicated the unanimous wish of the jury, that a proclamation, offering a reward for the discovery of the policeman who committed the murder, and a free pardon to any one concerned in the affair, (except the person that actually struck the fatal blow) who shall discover the murderer, should be issued.  .  .  .  

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 August 1833
Distressing circumstance. - On Saturday evening, as two young boys, natives of India (placed by their parents under the care of Captain Peever, of Church-street, Chelsea), were bathing in the river, near the Red Louse, they unfortunately got out of their depth, and notwithstanding that every exertion was made by several watermen to rescue them, when taken out life was extinct.  We understand that they had obtained permission to go to Battersea-fields to catch butterflies, their object being, as it would seem, to bathe; hence the melancholy result.   .  .  .
APPREHENSION AND COMMITTAL OF THOMAS  READY, FOR THE MANSLAUGHTER OF EDWARD THOMPSON, IN A PRIZE-FIGHT. - On Thursday se'nnight, Tom Ready, the prize-fighter, who is included in the coroner's warrant, as the principal in a prize-fight, at Whetstone, when Edward Thompson was killed, was apprehended for the manslaughter, and conveyed before Mr. Rawlinson, the magistrate, and arraigned on the charge. He said nothing, and after the usual forms, he was committed to Newgate to take his trial.  Information of the capture was immediately forwarded to Thomas Stirling, Esq., the coroner, preparatory to furnishing the indictment.
MURDER OF A WOMAN BY HER HUSBAND. - The circumstances attending the death of Mary Nichols, whose body was disinterred from the burial-ground of the Ebenezer Methodist Chapel on Wednesday se'nnight, by order of the official authorities. In consequence of certain reports as to the cause of her death, have been fully investigated before a coroner's jury, and proved the case to be one of equal atrocity to any before the public.  The miserable man (Nichols), who is nearly seventy years of age, married the deceased about six years since, and they lived together happily until within the last twelve months, when it appears that the wife became jealous that too much attention was paid by him to her sister (Honor Rundle), to whom he made a weekly allowance of 6s. and to do which he not infrequently depicted his wife of those comforts to which she considered she was entitled.  These circumstances led to frequent quarrels.  On one occasion it appears that this woman remained with them six or seven days, sleeping in the same room with Nichols and his wife, and Nichols threatened to cut his throat or hang himself when she was absent.  The deceased was not ill until Monday, the ninth instant, when she was seized with violent vomitings, after eating some bread and cream given her by her husband.  She continued ill during the whole night, and, about six o'clock on Tuesday, the 10th, she expired, and was very decently interred, but in consequence of strong suspicion as to the cause of her death the body was disinterred.  The jury returned a verdict of Wifely murder against William Nichols, who was taken into custody on the coroner's warrant, and committed to Exeter to take his trial at the present assizes. - Devonport Telegraph.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 17 August 1833
A notice offering a reward of 100 Pounds for the apprehension of the murderer of the unfortunate waterman, Wood, appeared in Tuesday's Gazette.  Thus Government has acquiesced in the recommendation of the coroner's jury.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 September 1833
DISTRESSING CASE. - An inquest was held on Monday evening, at the Anchor in Upper Thames-street, before Mr. Payne, the city coroner, touching the death of a laundress, named Lucy Turner, formerly living in Poppin's-court, Fleet-street, aged 40.  It appeared that the unfortunate women went on Saturday evening to the house of Mr. Devine, No. 233, Upper Thames-srreet, where she fell with a heavy basked over two steep steps in the passage of the house, and where she was shortly afterwards found in a dying  state. Mr. Houghton, of Earl-street, a surgeon, deposed that death took place almost instantly, in consequence of her having completely dislocated her neck.  Eli   a Long said she lodged in the house, and, in running to the deceased's assistance, she found her head against the wall, with her neck nearly doubled.
  Coroner - Can you account for the falling in any way
  Witness - My opinion is that she fell from weakness.  I know that on that day she had only 3 12 lbs of potatoes amongst herself and her six children! She formerly lived in the house, and must have known the two steps.  She told me that on that day she had eaten only one potatoe.  Probably (said witness) she might have been attacked with a fit.  She had not eaten any meat, neither had her children for some days before.
  By a juror - She was a widow.
  Verdict - Accidental death.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 September 1833
  An inquest was held on Saturday at the White Lion public-house, Leather-lane, before Mr. Stirling, on the body of the late Mr. John Bowley Wood, of No. 25, Leather-lane, stationer and book-binder, who had put an end to his existence on Wednesday morning last by hanging himself.  It appeared from the evidence of several respectable witnesses that the deceased, who in all his transactions, maintained the character of a well principled man, had latterly fallen into a very desponding state of feeling respecting his circumstances and business, which were by no means bad, but which he imagined were in a very depressed state, a feeling that unfortunately impressed his mind with the notion that his family would come to want.  Having returned to his house on Wednesday morning last, after a walk on business, he descended to his workshop,) an underground kitchen), as his daughters believed for the purpose of going on with his employment, which was customary with him on returning from out-door business, and his daughter, Miss Sarah Wood, having had occasion to look for him, discovered him there suspended by a cord from a hook, in the ceiling. The poor girl, with great presence of mind, dashed up stairs for a knife, and with her sister, whom she alarmed, hastened back, and cut him down, having done which, she lost not a moment in calling in Mr. Holloway of Hatton-garden, a surgeon, but that gentleman discovered that the deceased was quite dead, and that he had been some time so. Her attempted to bled him, but without effect,
  The deceased's daughter, Miss Sarah Wood, was called into the inquest room, but seemed so oppressed that the jury spared her the pain of detailing the circumstances, and took the account of them from other witnesses.  The cord with which the unfortunate man suspended himself was a piece of common packing twine, which he doubled, in order to render it strong enough to support his weight, and which was so sharp that it cut quite into his neck.  The jury having viewed the body, returned a verdict "That the deceased had destroyed himself while labouring under temporary insanity."

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 September 1833
  On Tuesday last, an inquest was held on the body of Henry Humpheldt, butler of the Duke of Cumberland, whose suicide is announced in another page, when it appeared from the evidence of members of the household, that the unfortunate man, who was of an extremely sensitive disposition, and addicted to drinking, became melancholy in consequence of his not having been entrusted with the care of the household plate to town.  The Duke, and his chaplain, Mr. Jelf, attended the investigation and assisted the inquiry; he was 19 years in the Duke's service. - The jury returned a verdict - That the deceased drowned himself, being at the time in a state of temporary derangement.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 28 September 1833
  On Sunday morning, a melancholy act of self-destruction occurred at No. 30, Basing-place, Waterloo-road.  Mrs. Amy Wray, a fine young woman, only 24 years of age, had a few words with her husband, and a slight quarrel ensued.  She took up a couple of books, went to her own bedchamber, and locked herself in; she refused to open the door, although repeatedly requested.  Towards evening no answer was returned to any application for admittance, and Mr. Wray fancied she had gone to sleep.  About 8 o'clock in the evening Mr. Wray went out, desiring the servant to pay every attention to her mistress if she could.  About one o'clock in the morning he returned, but still could gain no admittance.  Assistance was procured, and the door was broken open, when the unhappy lady was discovered suspended by a silk handkerchief to the bedpost, and quite cold.  Mr. Thurtell, the inspector of the L division, seised a knife, and cut her down, and a surgeon was sent for; but all attempts to restore animation were in vain, as it was evident that she had been dead some hours.

Cambrian, 5 October 1833
SUICIDE OF THE DUKE OF CUMBERLAND'S BUTLER- Last week the greatest consternation and alarm prevailed among the domestics in the establishment of the Duke of Cumberland, occasioned by the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Mr. Humphfield (a German) head butler of the silver pantry, whose body was taken out of the river near Kew bridge, on Monday. .  .  .   After the evidence had closed, the Duke and his suit left, and the Jury having shortly deliberated together, returned a verdict - that the deceased drowned himself, being at the time in a state of temporary derangement, .  .  .  
[See also Glamorgan Gazette, 5 October.]

Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 October 1833
  Robert Emmett, a sweep, aged 16, was examined on Saturday night, at Lambeth-street office, on the charge of murdering George Ashton, aged 18, a paper stainer; they had been quarrelling, when the prisoner stabbed the deceased with a knife, and on the latter being taken to the London hospital, he instantly expired.  The prisoner was remanded till Wednesday, to await the coroner's inquest.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 October 1833
 FATAL ACCIDENT AT MR. MILLER'S PREMISES, MILL-BANK, POPLAR. - On Thursday night, an inquest was held at the Royal Sovereign, Park-street, Poplar, on the body of John Skinner, a journeyman shipwright.  The deceased was employed at the dock of Mr. Mellish, the great ship-owner, and late contractor to the Navy Board.  He was groping his way in the dark in the warehouse, when he fell through a skuttle-hole into a tank, containing forty tons of whale oil, and seven feet in depth.  Several workmen proceeded to his assistance, but for want of grappling irons they could not reach him until a quarter of an hour had elapsed.  When taken out he was quite dead, having swallowed a gallon of the oil, which produced suffocation.  The jury found a verdict of Accidental Death, and forbore levying any deodand, in the hope that Mr. Mellish would provide for the family of the deceased.  About seven years ago, a man lost his life in the same tank.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 19 October 1833
 REVERSE OF FORTUNE.  On Friday an inquest was held at the Horse and groom, White-horse-lane, Ratcliff, on the body of Horatio Phipps, an attorney, aged 65, who died in the above neighbourhood from want of the necessaries of life.  Mrs. Milner said, that on Saturday week the deceased took an empty room in her house at 2s. a-week.  He said he was a solicitor, in partnership with his eldest son, in the Temple.  He brought some trifling articles of furniture but no bed, and he slept on an old pallet placed on the floor.  He told her that he had kept his carriage, and had brought up a family of eight children, to whom he had given an excellent education.  He did not go out on Sunday and Monday, and she, on going to him on Monday, found him very ill and desirous of having a doctor, provided that it was not at the expense of the parish.  He admitted he had no money, but said his children were well off.  Witness went to his daughter in the City-road, but although she appeared to be respectable, she declared she had no money to assist her father, and referred witness to her brother.  Witness found him at the office of a merchant in Copthall-buildings. He said he could render no assistance, and referred her to a brother at Hempstead, who had 200 Pounds a-year.  Witness then returned home, and found the deceased so much worse that she went to the authorities of Ratcliff Hamlet.  The Overseer took down the names of the relatives of the deceased, but refused to send any immediate assistance.  Witness said the poor man was dying, and the answer was, "I can't help it, I can't keep the man alive."  The deceased died the same evening.  The jury adjourned to Monday, that the Overseer who had refused to send immediate assistance might be found.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 November 1833
MURDER AT PLUMSTEAD. - It is our painful duty to record a diabolical murder in Plumstead, which has thrown the neighbourhood into a state of great excitement.  The unfortunate victim of the fiend-like deed was a respectable farmer, named Bodell, and the person suspected as the perpetrator of the horrid crime is his own grand-son, John Bodell. It appears that on Sunday morning se'nnight the supposed murderer went to the residence of his grandfather long before the servant had arisen, and proffered his services to light the fire and boil the coffee.  He placed the coffee pot upon the fire and quitted the house.  The deceased and his family consisting of six persons, partook of the coffee, and shortly afterwards they became very ill, and retched violently.  Mr. Butler, as surgeon, of Woolwich, was speedily called in, who concluded that poison had been mixed with the coffee.  On an analysation of the grounds of the coffee pot, he discovered them impregnated with arsenic.  The grandfather died the following morning, and the remaining portion of the family continue in a very precarious state.  His father, in speaking of the lamentable occurrence, has been heard to declare his opinion that it was the intention of the prisoner to make him the next victim.  The deceased was in the habit of giving his tea and coffee grounds to a rat catcher named Daniel  Bing, and but for the timely recovery of the admixture of the deadly poison with the coffee grounds, himself and the whole of his family (four in number) would have fallen a sacrifice.  John Bodell was followed to London, where he was taken into custody to await the decision of the coroner's inquest, which was held at Plumstead on Wednesday se'nnight, and the investigation was protracted till the following Wednesday, and was then adjourned till the next day.

Glamorgan Gazette, 16 November 1833
DEATH OF ONE OF CAPTAIN ROSS'S CREW.  An Inquest was held last week, in London, on the body of J. Ayres, one of the expedition (the cook) just returned from the Arctic regions.  He was taken ill on Sunday, and died on Tuesday in a state of delirium.  He complained frequently of heat; but the surgeon who attended him was of opinion that change of diet, and not of climate, had caused his death; and the Jury returned a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God. The poor man was a great favourite among his shipmates.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 23 November 1833
DREADFUL SUICIDE IN THE FLEET PRISON OF THE REV. J. B. BINGLEY. - On Saturday evening an inquest was held in the Fleet Prison on the body of the Rev. John Borthwicke Bingley, aged 50.  The body of the deceased was prostrate on the floor of one of the upper wards of the prison.  The head was nearly severed from the body, and the place covered with blood.  The deceased, it appeared, formerly held a living in Yorkshire, where his family, who possess considerable estates, reside.   Prior to his arrest he was well known in the sporting world, in which he betted largely, and was unsuccessful.  His misfortunes reduced him,, and brought him within the walls of the prison about seven years ago.  He was subject to fits of epilepsy, and frequently labored under a delusion of vision.  He imagined that he saw visions before him, and would often seize the poker and strike at everything before him, called out "Murder, murder!" as if someone was attacking him.  He had lately been excited in consequence of a Captain Foster threatening him with a prosecution for slander.  A prisoner, called Captain Roberts, had taken his pen-knife and other dangerous weapons from him, but on Friday morning he borrowed a razor from a person named Moffington, and shortly after was found in the water-closet with his throat cut.  He was heir to the Borthwicke estates.  Verdict - Temporary insanity.

Cambrian, 23 November 1833
  The proceedings of the inquest upon the body of George Bodle, of Plumstead, who was suspected to have been wilfully poisoned, terminated yesterday in a verdict of wilful murder against his grandson John Bodle.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 30 November 1833
HORRORS OF CONNUBIAL INFIDELITY. - The parochial authorities of St. George's, Hanover-square, have been engaged in investigating a case of a very extraordinary and mysterious character, involving the death of a *gentleman of fortune, holding a very high rank in the army, the husband of as most amiable and accomplished lady, and the father of a numerous family.  They have succeeded in eliciting the following facts:- Several days ago, the gentleman in question entered a notorious brothel in the neighbourhood of Bond-street, near to Oxford-street, accompanied by a female respectably dressed, and apparently between 23 and 24 years of age.  They were shown into one of the apartments, and, after remaining there some timer, the female left the house alone.  In about twenty minutes from that time, it was discovered that the gentleman was lying on the floor in a state of insensibility, and evidently dying.  A servant belonging to the house was sent to procure professional assistance.  She made application to that effect at the shop of a respectable chemist and druggist in the neighbourhood, and was referred to an eminent surgeon residing near Regent-street, who, we are informed, immediately attended, and rendered every possible assistance - but all efforts were unavailing, as in the lapse of a short period the unfortunate gentleman ceased to exist.   .  .  .   have traced out such facts as to warrant the applying to the coroner for the usual legal inquisition.

Glamorgan Gazette, 21 December 1833
DREADFUL SUICIDE AT THE DANISH MINISTER'S RESIDENCE. - On Friday, an inquest was held at the Feather's Tavern, Grosvenor-place, Pimlico, on the body of Dorris Jessin, aged 29, a nursery-maid, in the establishment of Baron Blome, the Danish Minister, at No. 39, Grosvenor-place.  About nine o'clock on Wednesday night, one of the footmen, named May, was passing by the dining-room door, when he discovered a red stream issuing from underneath the door.  The lady's maid, who was standing by, said the port wine had been spilt, by. On opening the door, the deceased was found with her throat cut frightfully, lying in the middle of a pool of blood, and a razor near her.  She was quite dead.  The deceased, who was evidently enceinte, had latterly been observed to be very despondent, but the cause was not known, and it did not now transpire who was the father of the child.  She has two illegitimate children in her own country.  It appeared that she supped with the governess, and on leaving her she said, "I'll go and do something more."  Shortly after she was found as corpse.  She had frequently been discovered alone, and crying bitterly. Verdict - Insanity.

The Cambrian, 18 January 1840


   On Thursday, in St. James's Park, an accident of a most melancholy nature, in which four lives have been lost, occurred shortly before dusk. About four o'clock, at a time when the ice was much crowded with skaters and youths sliding, a loud outcry was heard proceeding from that part nearly facing the Horse Guards, whither the icemen belonging to the Royal Humane Society instantly proceeded, and on their reaching it found that two youths had, by a breakage in the ice, become immersed, and that two other youths, seeing their perilous situation, had rushed in to their assistance, and that the whole had sunk.  There is no doubt that if not the whole, some of the unfortunate sufferers might have been saved, had the gate of the bridge leading to the island not been locked; but some minutes elapsed before Whitlock, the iceman nearest the spot, could get the key, and the attempt to run the iceboat to the spot was found to be fruitless, the ice being too fragile in many parts to bear its weight. In the interim Bishop, No. 17, of the Society's men, plunged through the ice, having his life-preserver on, as did also Harris No. 4, both of whom, assisted by the other icemen, police, &c., succeeded in a few minutes in getting up two of the bodies, which were instantly conveyed to a marquee belonging to the Royal Humane Society, which had been fixed nearly opposite the Stable-yard gate, where they were received by Deputy-Superintendant Winnott, and placed in blankets, until the arrival of surgeons, for whom messengers had been despatched.  The first that arrived came from Lower Grosvenor-place, who used the stomach-pump, and adopted the other usual means of resuscitation, but unhappily without effect. In the meantime Bishop succeeded in getting up another of the bodies, and the fourth was about the same time got out by the police of the A division, on duty in the park, who rendered most efficient aid.  The former was conveyed to the marquee, and the latter to the Westminster Hospital.  Both were dead.

   On the body of one of the youths who so courageously rushed in to the rescue of the two lads under whom the ice broke, was found a letter, dated from No. 45, St. James's place, and signed "Crawford Patterson," to which address a messenger was sent, who shortly returned with Mr. Patterson, who, on seeing the body, recognised it as that of his son, aged about 16 years. The body of the other lad, who also jumped in to the rescue, has been identified as the son of respectable persons, residing near St. Marin's lane.  The third body has been identified by Mrs. Knott, of No. 61, Marsham-street, Westminster, as that of her nephew, named Braithwaite, and the body at the Westminster Hospital as that of her son.  An inquest was held on the bodies on Friday, when a verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

   About four o'clock, on Sunday evening, another lad fell through the ice in St. James's Park, and notwithstanding the exertions of the Society's men, twenty minutes had elapsed before the body were got out, and he was quite dead.

The Cambrian, 1 February 1840


   On Friday evening an inquest, was held at St. Thomas's Hospital on the body of Wm. Parker, aged 27. - It appeared in evidence that on Tuesday evening last, about six, deceased and some other workman on the line, who were going home to Farnborough, instead of waiting for the proper train, got into two empty waggons, which by their own strength and aided by the high wind they propelled forward at the rate of six miles an hour.  On arriving at Farnborough deceased jumped from one of the waggons, and in so doing his hat fell off, and in trying to receiver it, the waggon struck him and knocked him down, and one of the wheels passed longitudinally up his leg and thigh, breaking the former and severely lacerating the other.  On Monday he was brought to the above Hospital, and amputation was shortly afterwards performed, which he survived only an hour and a half.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 February 1840


SUICIDE OF A JEWISH MERCHANT. - Monday, the 27th ult., an inquest was held before Mr. Payne, at the Woolsack, Minories, on the body of Mr. Elliott Lewis Aarons, aged 26, an oil-merchant, of Dock-street, London Docks.  It appeared from the evidence of deceased's housemaid, that at nine o'clock yesterday morning a report of fire-arms was heard proceeding from his bedroom.  His sister ran up stairs, and returning immediate4y, a surgeon was sent for, who found deceased quite dead in bed, grasping in his right hand a pistol, which had evidently been recently discharged into his mouth.  The ball, having traversed the lower part of the head, lodged in the base of the skull.  It was stated that, in consequence of severe losses in business experienced two years ago, deceased was no longer able to move in his accustomed sphere, and in consequence had become extremely dejected.  Verdict - Temporary Insanity

Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 May 1840

SUDDEN DEATH OF H. D. STEPHENS, ESQ. - On Saturday morning an inquest was held on the body of Henry Durrell Stephens, Esq., a special pleader, of No. 5, Pump-court, Temple, who dropped  down in Chancery-lane on Friday evening, 8th inst., at half-past seven, and died in five minutes.  He had left his chambers just before to go into the country, and on feeling unwell had gone into the first open passage (that belonging to the house of Mr. Winter, law-stationer, Chancery-lane), when he fell.  Mr. Dyson, the clerk of Mr. Winter, hearing the noise of his fall, came to him, and went for a surgeon immediately, who attended, as well as a physician who was passing at the time, but in less than five minutes he was dead.

Glamorgan Gazette, 6 June 1840

   An inquest was held on Thursday evening, the 28th ult., on the body of Capt. Otway, who was so much hurt by falling from his horse in Hyde Park about a week before, when the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


   On Tuesday night, a man named Gingell, residing in Compton Street, Clerkenwell, in a fit of passion, cut his wife's throat with a razor and then cut his own throat with the same instrument.  The cries of the woman were heard for assistance, but before it arrived, he had succeeded in his horrid design, and the persons who came at the cries of Mrs. Gingell only came to see them die.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 June 1840

HORRIBLE MURDER OF A WIFE BY HER HUSBAND AND SUICIDE OF THE MURDERER. -  Tuesday forenoon, about a quarter before 12 o'clock, the neighbourhood of St. John-street road and parts adjacent were thrown into the utmost state of consternation and alarm by the circulation of a  report that a man named Gingell, who about ten months since carried on business as a greengrocer in Goswell-street, had, while passing  down Compton-street, in company with his wife, taken a razor from his pocket, and, having succeeded in cutting her throat, had also, in a similar manner, and with the same instrument, put a period to his own existence.  The rumour turned out to be too true.  It appeared that Gingell, who had previously been a widower, and kept with two children, is about 40 years of age.  He married his late wife, who was the daughter of a respectable tradesman, named Shol, residing in Islington-terrace, Islington.  They had lived most in happily, and during twelve months, she had been separated from him, and returned to her father's three times.  Tuesday they were seen passing down Compton-street, and, on arriving at No. 57, the residence of Mrs. Gingell's brother, she was in the act of raising her hand for the purpose of ringing the bell b y the side of the door, when her husband seized her b y the back of the neck with one hand, and with the other, which grasped a razor, he cut her throat from one sides to the other, dividing the windpipe and arteries completely to the vertebrae.  Death was instantaneous, and the body of the unfortunate woman reeled lifeless on to the pavement.  There persons who saw the occurrence were transfixed with horror an d astonishment, and, before their presence of mind returned sufficiently to enable them to raise an alarm, the husband of the murdered woman had himself inflicted an equally frightful wound on his own throat, and fell on the pavement beside her, completely  deluging the place with their blood.

   A vast body of persons immediately collected round the appalling spectacle, and information having been conveyed to the police, constable Redman, 224G, was first on the spot.  He fund the wife with her head leaving against the scraper of the door, No. 57, and the husband within a foot of her, both in a pool of blood, which was still flowing  from the dreadful wounds in their throats.  A surgeon was present, who pronounced the wife quote dead, but the husband still alive, and advised their immediate removal to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, which was done. On their arrival at the hospital, Mr. Knight, the house surgeon, pronounced in both cases life to be quote extinct.  On searching their bodies three letters were found addressed to the wife, upon the subject of the separation, from the husband; two in the possession of the former, and one in Gingell's pocket, bearing date last Saturday, and requesting her to return to him, adding that he had taken respectable lodgings at King's-cross, and he had no doubt but that they would be more comfortable than they had been.

   The unfortunate young woman's father being aware Gingell had importuned her again to return to him, strenuously urged her not to comply, being cognizant of his violent disposition, and the fact that he had made previously three attempts upon his own life, twice by cutting his throat and once by endeavouring to bleed himself to death.  On searching for the razor with which he succeeded in committing the last horrible and two-fold c rim e, it was found in the midst of the blood in which the bodies lay, and is now in charge of the police, together with the letters, a bunch of keys, and other documents found in his possession.  Both husband and wife were attired in a respectable manner.  At the inquest, after a full inquiry, Mr. Payne summed up, and the jury returned a verdict of temporary Insanity, brought on through jealousy. - London paper.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 June 1840

FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE RIVER THAMES. - On Tuesday morning g, between six and seven o'clock, a fatal accident occurred off Wandsworth meadows, to the Rev. C. Morley, a gentleman thirty years of age, nephew to Henry Campbell Morley, Esq., who, with some friends, was bathing, when he was suddenly seized with cramps and before assistance could be rendered, he was unfortunately drowned.  The deceased had only arrived from Cambridge on a visit to his uncle, on Saturday last.

The Cambrian, 13 June 1840

[The Gingell Inquest.] It appeared, further, that the woman was his second wife, and that, from dreadful ill-usage, he had left him, and gone to reside with her parents' that he had written to her to return home, and he would make her life comfortable, but that she refused to trust him, and persisted in living with her father and mother; that on the day in question he met her in Compton-street, and, as she still persisted in her refusal,. He committed the act.  It was shewn that a fortnight after their marriage, he had attempted to commit suicide by opening a vein, and other witnesses proving that he was much distressed at the separation, and very jealous, the jury, after a lengthened investigation, returned a verdict of Temporary Insanity.

Glamorgan Gazette, 13 June 1840

   On Saturday afternoon a coroner's inquest was held at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, on view of the body of Mr. William Williams, a veterinary surgeon, residing at Malpas, near Newport, Monmouthshire, aged 35.  It appeared from the evidence that on Tuesday previous deceased came by coach to town from Bristol, and that about two o'clock in the morning he fell from the seat at the back of the coach (the Regulator), where there was no one at the time but himself.  He was brought to town, and was afterwards taken to the above hospital, where everything proper was done for him, but without effect, and he died in five hours after.  Delirium tremens was brought on by the accident.  Verdict - Accidental death.

The Cambrian, 24 October 1840

THE FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY. - The particulars of this accident, by which a young woman, named Elizabeth Andrews, was killed, are given in our fourth page.  An inquest was held on the body on Monday and yesterday; when the jury, after deliberating a short time, returned the following verdict:- The deceased was accidentally killed, and we place a deodand of 300 l. on the Eclipse locomotive steam,-engine, the property of the London and South Western Railway Company, and we attribute the accident to the want of proper caution not having been taken by hoisting a signal light to warn the driver of the Eclipse of the obstruction on the line, and cannot but deprecate the rate of speed the trains are brought up to the terminus.

[At Vauxhall;  luggage train ran into the back of the fast train; One female was quite insensible, but without apparent injury: when, however, one of the surgeons attempted to bleed her, he found she was dead, no doubt caused by internal injury. Sarah Conolley, a young woman who escaped with a cut lip, recognised the deceased as her fellow servant, named Elizabeth Andrews: they lived with Mrs. Donoghue, of Connaught-terrace, Edgeware-road, who had given them a holiday to see Hampton Court palace, and they were returning in the last carriage of the train alone from Walton.]

Monmouthshire Merlin, 31 October 1840


   On Saturday evening last, a highly respectable jury, among whom were several of the board of directors of St. George, Hanover-square, were empannelled before Mr. Higgs, deputy coroner for Westminster, at the residence of Henry Rowles, Esq., gentleman, who committed suicide by blowing his brains out on the evening of the previous day.

   After the jury were sworn, they proceeded with the coroner to view the body, which was in the water-closet, in the same state as when discovered, and a more frightful spectacle both the coroner and the jury declared they had never beheld. .  .  .  . 

   Mr. Henry Holland deposed that he accompanied Mr. Blackall, at whose house he was on a visit, on Friday evening, to the deceased's, in consequence of the information brought by the housemaid.  Having searched several of the rooms, and called loudly for the deceased by name, they went to the water-closet, when, on opening the door, they were horror-struck at finding the deceased on the seat in a reclining position, quite dead, his head being literally shattered to atoms.  In the deceased's left hand was grasped a double barrelled gun, the muzzle pointed upwards.  On the ground was a boot-hook, with which it is supposed deceased had discharged both barrels.  Over deceased's head, on a shelf, was a wax taper still burning. .  .  .  . 

   Deceased was 63 years of age, and in early life had been a very active man, and his inability to maintain his usual activity now appeared to have depressed his spirits. .  .  .  .

   The jury declared themselves satisfied with the evidence that had been brought before them, and, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of Temporary Insanity. [Also The Cambrian, 31 October.]

The Cambrian, 31 October 1840

RAILWAY ACCIDENT. - A dreadful accident occurred on Sunday morning at the Faringdon-road station on the Great Western Railway. A luggage train, consisting of engine and tender, a passenger's truck, with four passengers, and several trucks with goods, &c., left London at half-past 11 on Saturday, and reached Farringdon on Sunday morning about five.  Owing as is supposed, to the engine-driver omitting to turn off the steam, the train dashed with great velocity through the engine-house, shivering to pieces a coke waggon which stood there, overturning the first two waggons of the train, and shattering down a great portion of the engine-house, and not being arrested in its progress till became buried deeply in the earth.  On examination it was found that James Marlow, the guard, and John Ross, the engine-driver, were both dead, with their bodies frightfully smashed and disfigured, and four other persons received injuries of an appalling character.  A coroner's jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death, and declared that no blame attached to the company.

The Cambrian, 21 November 1840


   At Lambeth-street Office on Wednesday, Margaret Knight was placed at the bar on the charge of having caused the death of her child by burning. .  .  .  .

   Both the nurse and surgeon informed him that the case was a very suspicious one; for, in addition  to the burning, the flesh on the legs of the infant seemed to have been cut and lacerated a great deal, and they were of the opinion that the mother should be taken into custody. .  .  .  .  She was remanded, to await the result of a Coroner's Inquest.

Glamorgan Gazette, 28 November 1840

SINGULAR DELUSION AND SUDDEN DEATH. - On Wednesday morning week, about seven, a young man, fashionably dressed, ran into the Plough public house in Carey Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and claimed the landlord's protection against three men, who, he said, were pursuing him.  The landlord seeing the excited state of the young man's mind, told him to go up stairs, when he (the landlord) went out into the street, and found no one there but the brewers letting down the beer.  The young man still persisted in maintaining that he was pursued by three men.  After some persuasion on the part of the landlord, the man was put to bed, and Mr. Dunn, a surgeon, was  sent for, who advised him to be kept quiet.  In a few minutes after he had been undressed he called for some brandy and water, and told the landlord to send for his father, who was Mr. Burke, a solicitor, in New Inn.  The father immediately attended, but only a few seconds before his unfortunate son expired. - An inquest was held on Thursday on the body, when it shown, that young as he was, being only 23 years of age, he was in the habit of drinking quantities of raw brandy, from two to three pints per day, and was frequently excited in a similar manner.  Mr. Dunn had no doubt that the deceased  died from delirium tremens, produced by nervous excitement, and the Jury returned a verdict accordingly.

Glamorgan Gazette, 5 December 1840

SUPPOSED INFANTICIDE. - Last evening an inquest was held before Mr. Higgs, at the Crown, Green Street, Leicester Square, on the body of a fine female child, aged about a fortnight, name unknown.  It appeared that on Wednesday evening last a policeman found a bundle lying near the kitchen door of Sir John Guest's residence, in Spring Gardens.  The bundle contained the body of the deceased child, which was wrapped in a piece of dark striped cotton, evidently part of an apron.  He suspected no one, and had passed the spot a few minutes before he found the bundle, but it was not then lying there.  The parish surgeon of St. Martin's had examined the body externally, and from finger marls on the throat he thought that the child had been strangled.  It had been born alive, and had lived twelve or fourteen days, but to be able to state positively the cause of death, it would be necessary to examine the body internally.  The inquest was adjourned to Tuesday, that the parish surgeon might do so. - Morning Post, Nov. 28

Glamorgan Gazette, 5 December 1840

   Tuesday week an inquest was held at the St. George's Hospital, on the body of Thomas Wadeson, aged 35, chief engineer to Sir George Cayley, Bart., who came by his death in consequence of an accident met with in Sloane Street, on the 21st ult., whilst conducting a steam carriage destined for gravelling on the common highway.  Verdict, Accidental Death, with a deodand of £10 on the steam carriage, ;aid on to show that the jury disproved of the use of such carriages on the common roads, as being  dangerous.

The Cambrian, 19 December 1840

   A Coroner's Inquest was lately held on the body of Mary Gramer, a widow, who committed suicide by drowning in a water-butt, on the Sunday before.  She had been for twenty years pew-opener of Spitalfields church.  Having pawned some of the books, which she was unable to redeem on Saturday night, she drowned herself to escape the consequences of detection.  The Jury returned a verdict of temporary Insanity.

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