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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, (No.1779, Sunday, May 2, 1830.)

An inquest was holden on Thursday, at the Carpenters' Arms, Allen-street, Clerkenwell, on the body of Francis Monk. William Keith stated, that he was a workman in the same shop with deceased, at Mr Haynes's, silversmith, Red Lion-street, Clerkenwell; deceased was employed to work the stamping machine. Witness met him on Tuesday in Hatton-garden; deceased said that his head was distracted, and his heart broken, in consequence of the rascally conduct of Robson, who was foreman in the shop, having violated his daughter. He said he wished he had a pistol to blow Robson's brains out, or a sledge hammer to cleave his head. He was crying very much, and raving like a madman. Deceased procured a warrant, and Robson, after being examined at Hatton-garden, was admitted to bail on his own recognizance; but when he came out he protested his innocence, and asked deceased to go with him to the Rose public house, and to endeavour to make it up; but at the time that witness left them deceased had refused to drink with Robson. Witness had never seen the least symptoms of insanity in deceased previous to that day. William Fountain and Thomas Howard proved their having, on Wednesday morning, about seven o'clock, being alarmed with screams of murder proceeding from No. 21, Allen-street, where deceased lodged; a girl opened the street door, and begged, for God's sake, that they would come up stairs, for her father was murdering himself. They found a knife lying on the stairs, and met Mrs Monk in her shift[sic]. Deceased was lying with his throat cut from ear to ear, grasping a razor in his hand, and bleeding tremendously. He was struggling, but his head was all but severed from his body. A doctor was sent for, but deceased expired immediately. Elizabeth Monks,[sic] daughter of deceased, 12 years of age, stated that she believed her father had taken away his own life, in consequence of Robson having taken liberties with her in her father's room, when there was to one in the house. Her father did not know of it for a fortnight after, and the same day he began to act silly and foolish. He said, on the Tuesday night, that the candle glittered. He was not a drunkard, and he was sober at the time. On Wednesday morning he got up about six o'clock, and taking a knife, asked her if she would have any bread and butter, and she declined, and at her desire he laid down the knife, but some time after he again took it up, and began to saw at his throat; he had cut the skin, but not done much harm, when witness and her mother succeeded in wresting the knife out of his hand, and witness threw it downstairs. Deceased then became quite frantic and unmanageable; he broke open a desk, and took out a razor; witness and her mother fought with him as long as they could, but he was too strong for them, and when they went to open the door for assistance he cut his throat, and fell on his back. The Jury returned a verdict, "That deceased had cut his throat, being in a state of temporary derangement, occasioned by the misconduct of a person named Robson towards a daughter of deceased." Robson has since absconded, and the officers are in search of him.