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"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession
of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."
"Dr. Birt Davies held an inquest on Thursday afternoon at the Grand Turk, Ludgate Hill, touching the death of Henry Smith, a shoemaker, who
lived in St. Mark's Street. On the 25th of November last, the deceased, who had been an inmate of the Borough Lunatic Asylum, was passing along New John Street, when he
entered a broker's shop at the corner of Great Hampton Row, and asked to look at a saw. Several were shown to him, and he ultimately purchased a small one, with which he
inflicted a wound in his throat. He was taken in a cab to the General Hospital, where be died on Sunday last, from the effects of the injuries he inflicted upon himself.
It appeared from the evidence of Caroline Smith, the sister of the deceased, that her brother had been confined in the Borough Lunatic Asylum for about four years. He
however became much better, and was discharged from the asylum. On the 25th of November last, and for some days previous, he had seemed in a state of madness, and upon
that day he expressed his wish to go to his workshop in Icknield Street East. During the day he said he was a "shoemaker in heaven, and must go there," and
although his sister was opposed to it, he left the house. The next time she saw him was in the General Hospital, when he had a severe wound in his throat. He said that
he had gone into a shop in Great Hampton Row, and purchasing a saw, had inflicted a wound in his throat. A man, named Thomas Lovett, who keeps a shop in Great Hampton
Row, stated that on the 25th of November last, the deceased came into his shop and purchased a saw. As soon as he got the saw into his hand he put it to his throat and
began sawing away. He inflicted a severe wound in his throat, and a cab being sent for, he was sent to the General Hospital. Mr. C. J. Bracey, the house surgeon, found
him suffering from a severe wound in his throat. He was then in an insane state of mind. The injury to his throat was so severe that food had to be administered to him
by means of the stomach pump. A few weeks after his admission to the hospital, the deceased was attacked with pneumonia, from which he gradually sank and died on Sunday
last. The jury returned a verdict that "the deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of insanity."
"The Extraordinary Suicide in Great Hampton Row"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : January 23rd 1864 Page 7.