Home Site Map Back

Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1802, Sunday, October 10, 1830.

Murder at Spalding

About ten o'clock last Saturday night, two young boatmen of Spalding, one named James Tomlinson, aged 19, and the other named James Munton, aged 15, were passing the Angel public-house, in Double-street, where they made some observation to a man named Richard Cross, who was standing there, and who immediately commenced a volley of abusive language, and attempted to beat the youths. In the scuffle Cross fell to the ground, and while there, it is supposed, he drew from his pocket a clasp-knife, the blade of which was nearly five inches long, with which he stabbed Tomlinson in the left side. The ferocious fellow immediately attacked Munton, and stabbed him in the fleshy part of his arm. Munton immediately gave an alarm, and Tomlinson then discovered his wound. They both ran into the house of a man named Wade, and by the light it was seen that part of the bowels of Tomlinson protruded. The two sufferers were immediately conveyed to a surgeon, and we regret to add that Tomlinson has died of the wounds; the other being merely a flesh wound, is likely to do well. And inquest was held on the body, before S. Edward, Gent., Coroner, and the Jury, after a patient investigation and long deliberation, returned a verdict of "Wilful Murder" against Cross, who will be immediately committed to Lincoln Castle to take his trial for the more serious crime. — Boston Gazette.