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Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1829, Sunday, April 17, 1831.

Wednesday an inquest was held at the Half-way House, Knightsbridge, on the body of Edward Fox, a respectable-looking man, who was found hanging from a tree in Knightsbridge Gardens on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Merriman, a surgeon, was sent for, but his services were of no avail. On searching the body, a silver watch and guard chain, and a silk purse containing 14s. 6d. were found in his pockets, and several gold studs were in his shirt. Near where the body was first discovered his hat was found, in which were his neckcloth, collar, gloves, and pocket-handkerchief; and a card was found stuck into the hatband, with "E. Fox, 33, Park street" written on it. That turned out to be the deceased's residence, who was butler to Sir Rufane Donkin. He was a very steady sober man, and about 33 years of age; he had a wife and child, his wife being housekeeper to Sir Rufane. He and his wife had always lived on the best terms, and they seemed very comfortable; but for the last two or three days the deceased had exhibited a very wild and strange appearance. The deceased had been with Sir R. Donkin to the Cape of Good Hope, and contracted a disorder in his head, which about two years ago operated so violently as to cause him to he put under restraint for some time. The jury returned a verdict,—That the deceased hung himself while labouring under temporary mental derangement.