Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 May 2021), May 1698, trial of Elizabeth Flower (t16980504-11).

Elizabeth Flower, Killing > petty treason, 4th May 1698.

Elizabeth Flower of Stepney , was Indicted for the Murder of Anthony Flower her Husband, on the 3d of April , by giving him one mortal Bruise with a Poker, value 2 d. on the Head near the right Eye, of which he languished to the 9th and died . It appeared, the deceased being arrested for the Prisoner's Brothers Debt, occasioned some Difference between the deceased and the Prisoner, and so enraged the deceased, that he threw a Fire-shovel at her, upon which she retired out of the House for some time, till his Passion might be over; and returning, the deceased threw the Poker at her, which she taking up, threw back at him, by which he received the Wound. But no premeditated Malice appearing, but on the contrary great Love betwixt them; and she being greatly provok'd, she was found guilty of Manslaughter only .

[Branding. See summary.]