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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1828, Sunday, April 10, 1831

Coroner's Inquests.

An inquisition was taken on Monday before Mr. Baker, on the body of a girl named Amelia Bates, 11 years of age, who had died through eating a poisonous herb, called monk's hood. It appeared that the deceased was in the service of Mr. Smith, the deputy superintendent of the East India Company's alms-houses at Poplar, and that she was in the habit of eating herbs and buds of trees out of the garden, stating "that they made her as merry and as tipsy as beer used to make her father in the country." A surgeon who examined the body stated, that he found in the stomach, with some undigested food, a quantity of the herb known by the name of "monks hood." It was of a poisonous and deadly nature, and was evidently the cause of. the death of the deceased. It produced no pain or sickness, but it produced the appearances of intoxication. The Jury expressed an opinion that the deceased did not use the monk's-hood with the view of destroying her life, but merely to produce those sensations which she had described; and they returned a verdict accordingly.