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St. James Chronicle, 1 July 1762
  Oxford, July 2.
  On Tuesday the Body of a Man was found in Bullstock-Pool, near this city, who had lain in the Water for some Days, and was so much disfigured thereby as only to be owned by his Cloaths.  However he was known to be Thomas Salisbury, a Farmer of Bullington Green, in this Neighbour-hood, who has been missing ever since Friday last, and who is said to have let his Home under some Uneasiness of mind, on account of a Refusal he had met with in a Love Affair.
  Yesterday Susannah Harris (mentioned in our last) was brought to our Castle, to take her Trial at the ensuing Assizes, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.


The Times, 27 August 1795
  On Wednesday last an inquisition was taken by  Mr. PRINCE TUBB, His Majesty's Coroner for his City, on view of the body of Richard Hawkins, a poor labouring man, who, the preceding morning, in endeavouring to stop a horse in St. Giles's Field, which had broken from one of the Rutlandshire Dragoon Fencibles, quartered here, received a violent kick on the head, which fractured his skull; he was immediately taken to the Infirmary, and notwithstanding every possible assistance was rendered him, he died about three o'clock in the afternoon.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Saturday last an inquisition was taken by R. GARRERD, one of the Coroners for this County, at Northfield End, in the parish of Henley, on view of the body of Elizabeth Allaway, a young woman, who the preceding day was found drowned in the River Thames.  The Jurors, after a very minute investigation, returned a verdict of Lunacy.
  It appeared that the deceased was pregnant by a drummer in the Dorsetshire Militia, and who had kept her company for some time; but leaving Henley, and sending the deceased word to do the best she could for herself, as he had given over all thoughts of matrimony, it so much distressed her mind, that it is supposed to have Caused the sad catastrophe.


Carmarthen Journal, 11 January 1828          

   We have just seen the account of a murder committed on Sarah Green, in the year 1748.  This girl was killed in the same way as Ann Crichley was.  The murder took place in Newington church-yard, and an innocent person was tried, condemned, and executed for the crime.  The real murderers were discovered by the confession of an accomplice two years afterwards, and upon the clearest evidence were both found guilty and hanged. The innocent sufferer had been seen with her the evening of the murder, at the place where she received the hurt, and the evidence against him was chiefly circumstantial. - Oxford Herald.


The Observer, 24 February 1799

   A woman has been committed to Oxford gaol, on a similar charge. [Murder of child.]


The Observer, 22 February 1801

   A lad about 17 years of age was last week found hanging in a wood near Wheateley - a disappointment in love so preyed upon his spirits as to render him lunatic. The coroner's inquest was lunacy.


Cambrian, 27 July 1816

   Melancholy Event. - Alexander Nicholl, Esq. of Baliol College, Oxford, who had been married to a most amiable young lady the preceding week having taken lodgings in that city, the happy pair retired as usual, on Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday morning, about two o'clock, Mr. N. awoke, jumped out of bed, and, in the most distracted state, alarmed the people of the house, who having entered the room, found the lady, we lament to say, quite dead.  Mr. Nicholl's state of mind, on this sudden and melancholy event, it is impossible to describe.


The Observer, 8 January 1821

On Thursday, an inquest was commenced at Culham, in Oxfordshire, on view of the body if Richard Pusey, who, on the Tuesday preceding, in a fight with a young man of the name of John Owen, received so severe a blow on the neck, under the left ear, as to render him insensible: in which state he continued a few hours and then expired.  The inquest was adjourned until Friday, when bit recommenced, and the jury returnee a verdict of manslaughter against the said John Owen.  As the case is likely to come before a Jury, we will refrain from further particulars.  Pusey and Owen were each about 21 years of age.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 March 1830              

   Three men have been fully committed at Aylesbury for the murder of Mr. William Eden, of Thame.  The murder was committed in October, 1828.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 15 January 1831

   A melancholy accident occurred to the guard of the Champion Hereford coach, at Burford, on Monday night; whilst in the act of fastening some luggage on the roof the strap broke and precipitated him to the ground, when a large trunk fell upon him; he was so seriously injured that little hopes ate entertained of his recovery.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 26 February 1831

MLAN CHOLY DEATH OF LORD OSBORNE. - On Wednesday night last died at Christ Church, Oxford, in the 19th year of his age, Lord Conyers Osborne, second son of  his Grace the Duke of Leeds.  On the night of the accident which terminated in his death he had been dining out and spending the evening with some students of the University, at one of the neighbouring colleges, and returned to Christ Church at a rather late hour, near 11 - but not, as has been erroneously stated, in a state of intoxication.  His lordship went into the rooms of one or two of his intimates, and practiced  some "larking,:" as it is termed.  In the quadrangle of  the court he had a slight rencomtre with Lord H-----, the elder son of an Irish marquis, the consequence of which led to the death of the unfortunate young nobleman in a few moments after.  Lord H. is about the same age as the deceased; and it will be perch[s remembered that not many months since he had a pugilistic affray with two of the Oxford boatmen, whom, from his superior "science," he easily disposed of.

   An inquest was held before the city coroner, and a verdict of "Chance medley" returned.   [Mentions other "larks,:]


Carmarthen Journal, 4 March 1841

MELANCHOL DEATH PF LORD OSBORNE. -  .  .  .   In the quadrangle he had s slight rencontre with Lord H-----. Soon after which he fell from his chair, \n when taken up life was extinct.  On opening the body, it was found that the immediate cause of his death was an extravasation of blood in the canal of the spinal marrow, so as to am lint to an effusion of blood upon the brain, caused, probably, by the rencontre with Lord H.  An inquest was held on tee body, and a verdict of chance medley returned. .  .  . 


Carmarthen Journal, 24 September 1831

   We have just received the melancholy intelligence of the death of the Rev. Arthur Drake, curate of Bucknell, in this county.  He was married yesterday, and brought his lady home.  He died immediately after they retired for the night. - Oxford herald.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 7 January 1832
  On Tuesday se'nnight,  died, by his own hand, at Chipping Warden, near Banbury, the Rev. John Lamb, D.D.,  formerly fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, and rector of Chipping Warden and if Charwellton, in the county of Northampton.  The doctor died at an advanced age, having been for a long period curate and rector of Banbury, which vicarage he resigned, on is institution to the rectory of Chipping Warden, the 4th of November, 1815, on the presentation of Francis, Earl of Guilford.  He used to remark, in an affectionate manner, among his old parishioners of Banbury, that he thought he had baptized about half of them; and he always noticed in a particular manner the poor old people whom he remembered. Latterly he appeared to be in a very strange and somewhat desponding way.  On Tuesday morning last he was called by (we believe) a young relative, who deceived no answer.  Shortly afterwards he was called again by the same individual, who found his door fastened.  The doctor replied, desiring him to go down stairs, adding, "and God bless you." The report of a pistol was almost immediately heard; this was about nine.  On forcing the door, about which there was some little delay, he was found upon the bed and expiring.  The pistol bore the appearance of having been overcharged.
  The ball entered below his breast, on the left side, and passed out near his shoulder, perforating many times a blanket which was folded on the bed.  An inquest was held on Wednesday.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 October 1832
SINGULAR ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday se'nnight an inquest was held at Woodstock, on the body of Harriet Hitchman, a child about 28 months old, who met with her death in a most singular manner.  The child had climbed on some iron railings in the front of a house, and in getting down, the top of one of the rails pierced the front of her nankeen bonnet, which was tied under her chin; in this manner the child was suspended until she was strangled.  An elder sister was with her at the time, who seeing her perilous situation, ran to call her mother, but before she arrived the child was quite dead.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 April 1833
DEATH FROM CUTTING A TOE-NAIL. - Peter Ramsey, Esq., of Whetstone, Middlesex, a few days ago, in cutting away the part of a tore-nail that had grown into the toe, broke the skin, and the wound became rather troublesome, yet no serious consequence was expected to result from it.  Under this impression he commenced a journey to visit his friends at Steventon-hill, in this county, which he reached on Saturday se'nnight, but found, on his arrival, considerably inflammation by walking.  From this time the toe gradually became worse; on Friday a mortification took place, and on Sunday morning last Mr. Ramsey expired, before Mrs. Ramsey reached Steventon. - Oxford Journal

Glamorgan Gazette, 23 November 1833
 FATAL FOX-HUNTING ACCIDENT. - Last Friday week, Mr. Hammond, a member of Merton College, Oxford, went out with Lord Radnor's fox hounds, and, we are extremely sorry to say, in taking a leap over a low fence, in company with Mr. M. Goodluke, near "The Sands" farm, was thrown from his horse, when he pitched on his head and injured the brain as to render him totally insensible.  He was taken to Mr. Mattingley's house, near Shillingford, where he died the same evening.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 May 1840

SUDDEN DEATH OF THE REV. G. GRANTHAM. - Oxford, May 12. - This morning, about six o'clock, the body of the Rev. George Grantham, one of the Senior Fellows and Bursar of Magdalen College, was discovered lying on the ground at the back of the new buildings of that college.  It is supposed that the deceased fell out of the window on the second story, as he was in the habit of throwing up the sash before going to rest; to do which he was obliged to stand on a chair, in order to reach it.  The wood-work having been lately varnished it requited considerable force to move the sash, and, probably, it went up suddenly, and, consequently, he lost his balance, and fell out, and was killed on the spot.  The deceased has resided long in College, and his loss will be much lamented.

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