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

[Scotch Girl]

A young Scotch girl, was brought before the magistrates at Lambeth-street on Tuesday, for having attempted to drown herself in the River Lea. A woman named Allen, discovered the poor girl struggling in the water about eight o'clock on the previous evening. When asked by the magistrate to state the cause of her attempting to commit the rash act, she said, that some time since her stepfather, with whom she then resided in Aberdeen, received a letter from an uncle of hers in London, requesting that she might be sent to him, and he undertook to provide for her. She accordingly came to London; and, on inquiring for Mr. Thomas Young in Haydon-square, and at the India House, where she understood he was employed, she could not find any such person. Having spent all her money, she determined to drown herself. The magistrate directed her to be taken care of in the workhouse, until arrangements could be made for sending her back to her stepfather.