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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1804, Sunday October 24, 1830.

On Tuesday an inquest was held at Harefield, Middlesex, before Mr. Stirling, the Coroner, on view of the body of Thomas Flowers, Esq., aged 22, the son of Mr. Flowers, a Magistrate of the county. It appeared that the deceased, after a day's sporting, had placed his loaded gun upon a laurel-bush in a garden, which he inspected for a short time. On his going home, he took the piece by the muzzle, and was drawing it out from the laurel, when a twig caught the trigger, and the whole contents were lodged in his side. Medical attendance was immediately procured, but he expired in about eight hours. Verdict—Accidental Death.