Desborough Study : Transcriptions

 

ATTEMPT TO POISON A FAMILY

We regret to have to lay before our readers the following particulars of a most diabolical attempt to poison a whole family:—The wife of a person named Robinson, a weaver, who keeps a beer house at Desborough, purchased some flour from a respectable baker at Desborough in the course of last week. A pudding was made of the flour, of which the whole family partook without experiencing any ill effects from it. On Thursday week Mrs. Robinson again made a pudding and a pie. The family (six in number), and a female named Bugby, who was washing there, partook of it, and shortly afterwards they were all seized with vomiting. A medical gentleman was sent for, and it was ascertained that they must have taken poison. The remainder of the pie was taken possession of by the medical attendant, for the purpose of being analysed. Considerable mystery at present envelopes the transaction.—Northampton Herald.

 Morning Post, Tuesday 11 August 1840


The Robinson family, based on the number of people, appears to have been that of Jonathan and Lucy.