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

Coroner's Inquests.

On Tuesday night an inquest was held by Mr. Carttar the coroner for Kent, at the Black Horse Tavern, Lower road, Deptford, on view of the body of Mr. James Phillips late proprietor of that extensive establishment the London Hotel, Exeter, under the following melancholy circumstances :—The unfortunate man had, a few days ago, gone to Greenwich, on a visit to his brother-in-law, and by some accident, he either lost or was robbed of all his money, which caused him much uneasiness of mind, and he became remarkably low-spirited and dejected, from which he could not be roused. On Sunday night be went out without speaking to any of the family, which excited some alarm in their minds, and they immediately went after him, but could not succeed in overtaking him or tracing the place of his destination, although a constant search was kept up. A person answering his description was observed to approach the steps descending to the canal at Black Horse bridge, on the Lower-road, at about 10 o'clock on the same night. Information of this fact was given to his relatives, and at their instance the canal was dragged, when, after some labour, the body of the unfortunate man was found at a short distance from the bridge; and on the bank, some ten yards farther, were found his hat and stick. The body was removed immediately to the Black Horse, for the purpose of holding the present inquiry. The coroner and one or two of the jury said they knew the unfortunate man when in affluence, and he was the proprietor of the head inn at Exeter, and was highly respected. He was naturally of singular habits, and the slightest vexation or loss always operated very powerfully upon his nerves. There being no evidence to show how the deceased came into the water, the jury returned a verdict of Found Drowned.