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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1815, Sunday, January 9, 1831

[Woolwich, Jury]

On Wednesday last, a coroner's inquest was held at the Earl of Chatham's Arms, Woolwich, on the bodies of three convicts. Verdict, Died by the visitation of God. This inquest was held in the morning, and it was agreed by the jury to dine together, for which purpose beef-steaks were provided for them; but some miscreant contrived to mix a quantity of tartar emetic in the gravy, as well as in the beer they drank with the dinner, the consequence of which was that most of the party were seized with sudden illness, although not so much as to endanger their lives. The case will undergo an investigation before the Magistrates.—Kentish Gazette.