Samuel Harrison.
8th July 1719
Reference Numbert17190708-16
VerdictGuilty > manslaughter
SentenceMiscellaneous > branding

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Samuel Harrison , of St. Giles Cripplegate , was indicted for the Murther of Hannah Harrison (his Daughter ,) by giving her one mortal Wound with a Tobacco Pipe on her left Cheek near the left Eye, of the Length of a Quarter of an Inch, and the

Depth of 3 Inches, on the 12th of May last, of which she languished till the 21th and then died , He was also indicted on the Coroners Inquest for the same. Joseph Sureties deposed, that the Prisoner and Deceased were Partners, and sold Milk in the Town, which they took of him; that they owed him Money, for which he was uneasie, but offer'd to take the Deceased's Note for it if the Prisoner would deliver up the Trade to her; to which he agreed, that the Prisoner living in one of his Houses owed him also Money for Rent, for which he distrain'd his Goods; that he met them the 12th of May last, in order to settle matters and go along with them to their Customers; but going first to the Eagle and Tree in Moor Lane to drink and discourse further on the Matter, high Words arose between them; that the Prisoner went out, fill'd his Pipe, and came in again, with it lighted; and while they were warmly discoursing the matter, the Deceased giving him very provoking Language, he pusht the small end of the Pipe under her left Eye, upon which she swoned away, but came a little to her self again. Mr. Calcupp the Surgeon deposed, that he being sent for, found the Wound under the Orb of the Left Eye, a quarter of an Inch long and a quarter and a half deep. and that a little Splinter of the Pipe dropt off under her Eye; that he did not think it mortal, but thought he could have cured her; that a very malignant Fever ensued, which he believed was the Cause of her Death; that she complained to him only of the Accident and her Head-ach, and was pretty well for three Days, that he could not tell how deep the Wound might be when she died, because it imposthumated. The Prisoner in his Defence said that he had no Malice against her, nor Intention to hurt her, neither did he push or dart his Pipe at her, but being much provok'd went to strike at her, which she doppiag down to avoid received the Wound; that she had a Fever on her some time before; he also call'd several to his Reputation. The Jury upon the whole Matter brought him in Guilty of Manslaughter . Burnt in the Hand .


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