Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - June 11, 1730, London, Middlesex
Grub- Cjmriefoap, June 11. 1730. For [ave or J!ay> this privilege we claim, Tho3 cfeHit fuffers, the reward's the fame. \^ Difpenfary, Cant. IV. The following Letter was written by a reverend Di>ine to a Lad/, giving an account of the imaginary, legal murder of her husband in a medicinal and chirurgi-cal way. Dear-� |FTER having ib long both heard, and thought, and faid fb much good of you, it is with vaft concern that I find the world, fince I came hither, fo bufy, both in private difcourfe, and in the public Papers, with your reputation, as tho'you were married, or defigned to marry a Perfon, whofe name I am afha-med fhould blot this Paper; and much more the memory of my dear deceafed Friend, and the noble family you are defcended from. For my part, as I am perfectly acquainted with the gondnefs of your heart, as well as ot your understanding, I neither haver^or ever will believe fuch improbable accounts of your conduct, fo different from that of your whole life, which has been one continued fcene of virtue and prudence. But however, as the wifeft and beft of Women may, through paflion, or inadvertency, be led into fatal miftakes, I think it is my duty, with the utmoft deference and regard, to lay fome things before you, which will prevent your taking fo terrible a ftep, if your own good fenfe and virtue have not, contrary to the malicious reports of the world, fuf-ficiently fecured y�u already. I (hall not touch upon thofe common topicks of every ta!ker on the fubject, the birth, education, the under-ihnding, the character, or perfon of ib.it Creature. Your Ladyfhip is a perfect judge of them all; and I hope (as I ever will) hold them in that utter contempt the world (I mean the fenlible world) has placed them in. What I have to urge to you, Dear--is of a higher nature, which is, that I have the mod violent fufpicious cir-cumftences end arguments to prove him guilty of murdering my dear deceafed Friend. As I attended my poor unfortunate Relation in all his ficknefs, I obferved and took notice how he was managed by him, tho' I thought not fir, nor indeed was able properly to make it manireft tojou, or to the world, till now. From thofe notes and observations, I can, and will prove on my oath before God and Man, belides fevera! other material particulars, not fit to mention as yet, that the ^Murderer gave him feveral plaifters for his left foot, which by their colour and confidence, I do believe, contained a mercurial preparation. Whence in all humane probability, his firft complaint and Jamenefi proceeded. That thefe Pla-fters probably occaficned his ftrangury, which gave the mifcreant an opportunity of fending him that fatal mixture, which he told your � was only the cold feeds; which, in all likelihood, haftened on him thatdiz-zinefs and bleeding at the nofe in the Houfe of Commons, which fucccedcd. his lamencf?. Upon which he bled him largely, having perfuaded his Phyficians bis diforder was apoplectical. And that night having anointed fcim with fome ointment of his own j he gave him pills, which, upon my oath, from feveral circumftances in his diforder, I believe were opium. That he put into your--hands another dofe (under pretence the Doctor had ordered them for him,) which you unfortunately gave bim the next morning; and which you af-fured me your filf, you could hardly wake him fo far (he was fo ftupidly and fo fenfclefly aflcep) as to get them taken, to your great furprize. That farther} when I faw my dear Friend at 9 of the clock, I faw him with his eyes fixed in his head, andjuft in fuchaftupid drunken way, as one largely dozed with opium would be. That when he came to himfelf, he and your <--- gave me thefc accounts. That farther, notwithstanding it was evident, that vomits were the neceffarieft and fit-teft expedients; and if proper vomits were faithfully given, they muft have worked; yet could he get nothing off his ftomac, to" the increafe of my furprize and jealoufy. That at laft Phyfic being ordered, fuch was adminifter'd, or in fuch quantities that it ftirred him very little. And when my poor Friend complained, he had a great heat and drought on him, which is the certain confequence of Opium, 1 faw the Murderer give him a draught of cold water, which he drank off. And when I cried, Good God! will you flop his Phyfic's working, and deftroy him ? he made light of it, and notwith-ftanding what I faid, gave him two glaffes more, only mixed with a littte claret; which is the very way the Turks and the Perfians ufe, when they take Opium to kill themfelves, always talcing water with it, to end themfelves the eafier and fooner. That along with all this to fecure fcvery thing taking effect, he was bled moft. feverely at different times, enough to have killed fuch a man ; tho' he earneftly begged againft it, and tho I affured his Phyfkians ("whom this mifcreant alarmed with the fears of an apoplex) that bleeding was what he never could bear without finking under it, and that now it would deftroy him, without any other diforder. That between thefe operations my poor dear Friend walked frequently about the room, leaning on my hand, and telling me, and fometimes all the company, that it amazed him what ailed him. That his head, his reafon, his mind, and body were as undifturbed as ever in all his life; except that ftrange drowfinefs which he could not accounr for, to the aftonifhment of all that heard him. Thst farther, when the Phyficians confulted on him, and I would fain have been by (which was but reafonabe) the Murderer exprefly bid me go away, and turned mc out of the room j tho' he had told me from the firft moment of his illnefs, that he would certainly dye. . That notwithftandingall his management, glifters being ordered by the Doctors, who faw them given, my dear Friend began to purge downwards, and grow better, to that degrer that I ran with joy to your-�-with the good news, that he purged between his dozings. That no fooner was the Doctor gone but the AfTaflin put a glifler on the fire, where he held it fo long, that, upon my oa'.h, I believe it was almoft fcalding; which all the world knows, flops all Phyfic from working. The reafon 0; my believing it was fcalding is, that weak and /pent as he was with the lofs of fuch quantities of blood, and fo many blifters on every part almoft about him, ("which yet could never raife his blood, it being drained off) yet I faw the very inftant he received it, he flew out of the bed, and ran naked about the room, to every one's furprize, crying out with that torment thefe terrible words, 'Good God! Good God ! C3n'c you let a mifer-' able wretch dye in peace ? At which words I faw, upon my oath, the villain turn away his head, andburft out into laughter. Nay, to crown all, as if enough had not been done, as if it were to fee if any blood was left in his body; this mercilefs Afljftin bled him, firft in one of the jugular veins; and when he could get no more, he bled him in the other, till that flopped too, and put an end to his life and mif-ry. I have omitted many important things befides, which tho' probably the law will not confider, when it comes to be tried, as proofs fufficicnt to reach the Murderer's life, yet, I am confident, will prevent you, dear Madam, from entering into any of the lead correspondence with him, much lefs into one for life. To th's good end I lay all this before you, and befeech your affiftance, with Lord. � , and your joining in petition to the King, to have this difmal villany fearched into, and tried with the utmoft feverity. And farther, that innocent blood may not be unpuniflied, or, at leaf!, if blood cannot atone for blood, that infamy and difgrace, and the curfes and deteflation of Mankind, may purfue this Aflaffin through^ the earth. lV'y only concern is, dear Madam, leaft the malice of the world fhould, tho' ever fo caufelefly and unjuftly, fall on you, a* joining in a connivance at his crime. This gives me vaft uneafinefs indeed. And above all, if through his flatterry or artifices, he fhould have fo far deluded your goodnefs, and blinded your judgment, as to have had you confented, or actually entered into unavoidable engagements of marrying him. I therefore earneftly befeech your-- to lay the truth of the matter nakedly and truly before me. For rather than I would contribute to afperfe and defame that goodnefs, virtue, and obliging kindnejs, which I have fo long acmircd, and been fo much obliged to, I would rather fuffer the greateft trouble the concealing what 1 have to fay can give. I moft folemnly aver to you, I never have, nor by God's bleffing will, communicate this matter to any, for two or three days, till I have your deliberate anfwer and advice in it; having the moft inviolable tendernefs and regard for you. At the fime time I muft beg, dear Madam, the fame opennefs cf mind, in what you have to fay to me on this; and ror my future conduct in it, your happinefs and fafety fhail be my firft great care j and that fecured, I will leave the reft to God and you. I impatiently wait your anfwer accordingly j and am, with all refpect and honour, and a heart deeply grieved for all your troubles, ai well as my own vaft lofs, dear Moft affectionate obliged humble fervank This Letter being read, a debate aroft, whether it fhould be printed. The Gentlemen of the faculty in general oppofed it, as giving an odious reprcfentation of their profedion, without any juft foundation. They faid it was impoffible to judge of medicines, &c. by their colour; and of the heat of a glifter by the pain a Patient might feel upon the application. That it was impertinent for a Divine to prie into the myfterics of Phy-, iic, fince they feldom or never concerned rhemfeues with thofe of Divinity. And that they know no bufi-nefs a Clergyman had with a fick perfon, but oniy to prepare him for another world, when the Phyiician had conducted him to the laft ftage of this. Dr. T objected againft the ire perfect manner in which this cafe was represented, and faid that abundance of material circumftances had been omitted, as particularly, the Gentleman's name and age, the time and place of his marriage, the borough which he reprefenred, the day of the month and week when firft taken, the Itreet in which he lived, and forty more particulars of , .ike nature, as necerfary to form a true judgment in cafes of Phyfic, as in thofe of Law. To all this it war anfwered, that the malice, imperii* nence, or weakneis which might appear in this Letter, was rather an argument for the publication of it. That weak objections againft Perfons or things fended to tbe advantage of that which they oppofed. That as this piece had been handed about in a private manner, which, had raifed an opinion in thofe who had not fcen if,1 that it contained fomething extraordinary ? the baft way would be to give them an opportunity of feeing it, and judging impartially: and that probably this tragical hifto-ry might h-ve the fame fortune which other Tragedies have often had; to have been much talked of before they were publifhed, but to have been found upon reading to have nothing at all in them. Upon this, a confide-able majority appeared for the publication. The following Ballad was fent from Dublin, with a furprifing article of News. There is one wiiful miftake runs through the whole, in calling the Dean Tbe true English Dean: for tho1 he may be a true-born Engliflj-man, he is certainly a true Irijb Dean, who has thus emulated the fame of a Scotch Colonel. And in all probability he will rife above him j being celebrated by a much better Poet than any of the Epiftolary Bards who fung the other. An excellent new Ballad: Or, The true En--fh D-n to be hang'd for a R-pe. I. OUR Brethren of'E-nd who love us fo dear, And in all they do for us fo kindly do mean, (A bleffing upon them) ha7e fent us this year, For the good of our Church, a true E- "fh D-'Hi A holier Pricft ne'er was wrapt up Up Crape: The worft you can fav, he committed a R.-pe� If. In his Journey to D-bl-n he lighted at Ch-ft-r,' And there he grew fond of another man's Wife: Burft into her chamber, and would have carefs'd her j But fhe valued her honour much more than her lira. She buftfed, and ftruggled, and made her efcape To a room full of Guefts, for fear ot a R-pe. III. The D-n he purfued. to recover his Game, And now to attack her again he prepares : But the Company flood in defence of the Dame; They cudgell'd, and cuft him, and kick'd him down flairs: His D-nfhip was now in a damnable fcrapej And this was no time for committing a R-pe.