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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1858, Sunday, November 13, 1831

On Wednesday last an inquest was held at Baylham, Suffolk, on the body of Eleanor, wife of Charles Hammond, a person of very respectable station. It appears that the deceased was passionate, and given to drinking. On the preceding Monday morning she had some words with her husband, and left the house. At night she returned, but refused to enter the house, and went into a bower, which the entreaties of her husband, or her husband's brother, could not induce her to leave. At length her husband carried her in. Soon after she had been in, and had sat down by the window, she took a half-pint mug and went into the dairy. Her husband's brother followed her, and she again returned into the kitchen and sat down by the window. Her husband took his pipe and sat down by the fire, and she came up and struck him several times; after which she took a prayer-book, and read to herself. She then asked for some beer, which was given her, and she, a second time, attacked her husband, and then went up stairs. He followed her, and got into bed, when she ran down stairs, having put out the candles. While her husband and Wm. Hammond (the brother) went down stairs, which was almost immediately, she was sitting by the fire; they insisted on her going up, which she did, and threw herself upon the bed-side carpet, but afterwards got into bed with her clothes on. In less than ten minutes she was taken ill, and began to vomit, but refused to have medical assistance called in. Mr. Pennington, however, was sent for, and arrived between twelve and one. At four o'clock she died. The evidence on the inquest disclosed that she had taken arsenic, which she purchased at Needham. The jury returned a verdict of Felo-de-se; and the Coroner issued his warrant for the internment of the body that night, under the provisions of the Act passed with relation to such unhappy cases.—Essex Herald.