N I received an intimation from the proprietor of the "Windsor and Eton Express," that, on the following first of August, the newspaper so called would have completed the fiftieth year of its publication. The fact was an interesting one to me. That newspaper was established by my father and myself; my proprietary interest in it lasted for fourteen years; and I continued to be its editor till the end ofas I had been from its commencement.
For a few days prior to this, the family had observed some symptoms of insanity in her, which had so much increased on the Wednesday evening, that her brother, early the next morning, went to Dr. Pitcairnbut that gentleman was not at home.
It seems the young lady had been once before deranged. The Jury of course brought in their verdict, Lunacy. Although Mary's madness caused local embarassment at times, it was not generally known about until the spring ofafter her death, when the following account was published Lamb's parents were very poor.
Lamb himself, at the time we speak of, being a mere clerk, and unable to afford them much assistance, the weight of their maintenance fell upon his sister, the well-known Mary Lamb. By her needle she contrived to support them.
She had taken a young girl into the house as an apprentice, and things went on smoothly enough till the increasing infirmities of the old lady, and the incessant watching thereby rendered necessary, made great inroads upon Mary Lamb's health.
Having in the earlier part of her life suffered temporary insanity from harassment, Mary's present state was alarming, and her brother went to Dr. Pitcairn in the morning to consult about her, but unhappily did not find him at home.
On that very afternoon -- it was the 22nd Sept. Her infirm old mother, with eager and terrified calls upon her to desist, attempted to interfere. With wild shrieks Mary turned upon her mother, and stabbed her to the heart! She then madly hurled the knives and forks about the room, one of which struck her helpless old father on the forehead.
The shrieks of the girl, and her own wild cries, brought up the landlord of the house; but it was too late; he stood aghast at the terrible spectacle of the old woman lifeless on the chair, her daughter fiercely standing over her with the fatal knife still in her hand; her father bleeding at the forehead, and weeping by the side of his murdered wife; the girl cowering in a corner.
An inquest was held the next day, at which the jury, without hesitation, brought in the verdict of lunacy. Here there is a blank in our narrative. We do not know whether Mary Lamb was confined for any period in an asylum, and released on being pronounced sane, or whether Charles from the first undertook that watchful care of her which formed the heroism of his subsequent life.
It is difficult to get at the details of an event which occurred fifty years ago, and which even at the time seems to have been carefully hushed up; for in the account of the inquest reported in the 'Annual Register' of that year, from some inexplicable cause, no name whatever is mentioned, except that of Dr.
It merely says, 'the coroner's jury sat on the body of an old lady, in the neighbourhood of Holborn.
Lamb by her insane daughter. At that time he was in love -- the only time he ever felt the passion -- and it inspired 'a few sonnets of very delicate feeling and exquisite music;' but he felt that his sister demanded all his care, and to her he sacrificed love, marriage, everything.
Like a brave, suffering, unselfish man, he, at twenty-one, renounced the dream of love for the stern austerity of duty. Curiously enough, Mary Lamb was, as a friend of hers once said to us, 'the last woman in the world whom you could have suspected, under any circumstances, of becoming insane, so calm, so judicious, so rational was she;' and Hazlitt used to say, 'Mary Lamb is the only truly sensible woman I ever met with.
David succeeded his uncle as a physician to St Bartholomew's, resigned inwas very ill inand forced to spend 18 months in Portugal. He died in Tall, erect and handsome, his practice included patients from every rank of society: The wound was instantly fatal, Charles being at hand only in time to wrest the knife from his sister and prevent further mischief" DNB: The coroner's jury was to "sit" at the scene of the murder in the house on Little Queen Street the next day.
Lamb was too far into his dementia to provide witness and only Mary and Charles were actually present, the aunt having "fainted away".
Mary Lamb would have been in the ordinary course transferred to a public lunatic asylum, but interest was made with the authorities, and she was given into the custody of her brother, then only just of age, who undertook to be her guardian, an office which he discharged See Blackstone on coroner's inquests Nigel Walker does not mention coroners' courts in his treatment of crime and insanity volume one.
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