City of Westminster Coroners:
Coroners' Inquests into Suspicious Deaths

14th January 1785 - 26th December 1785

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Image 143 of 69718th March 1785

City & Liberty of
Westmr . in the
County of Midsex }

Informations taken this Eighteenth
day of March 1785 at [..] Tothill
Fields Bridewell in the Parish
of St. Margaret within the Liberty
of Westmr. in the County of Midsex
upon an Inquisition touching
the death of Benjamin Higgs< no role > a
Prisoner lying dead in the said Prison

John Palmer< no role > a Prisoner in Tothill
Fields Bridewell in his Oath saith
that he has been Prisoner there
upwards of five month That Benjamin
< no role > has been Prisoner there about
two months appearing to be in health where to examine
That in about three weeks Deced was
Seized with a Fever and Agne, which
continued with about a Week ago
the Deced being very much reduced
and almost lost the use of his Limbs
Says that the Deced continued ill
and died this Morning about seven
o'Clock, Says that the Deced had his
Allowance every Day from the Governor
who likewise sent some Balm Tea
some Two penny, and some Mutton Broth
to the Deced, who always Eat his Allowance
and Dept. thinks he could have eaten
more, Says that the Deced lay in the
same Ward with this Dept. and was
not ill used by any Person in the Prison
And Dept. thicks that if the Deced had
sufficient Nourishment he might have
lived some time longer.

John Palmer< no role >

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