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in the Eighteenth Century

By John Latimer - 1893.

Sample text from period 1740-41. :-

' One of the most audacious and cold-blooded fratricides ever recorded was committed at Kingroad on the 19th January, 1741, on Sir John Dineley, Bart., by his brother, Samuel Goodere, captain of H.M.S. Ruby, then stationed in the port. Sir John, who had dropped his family name on succeeding to a maternal estate in "Worcestershire, married the grand-daughter and heiress of Alderman John Lawford, of Bristol, in whose right he possessed a mansion at Staple-ton and another at Toekir.gton. near Thornbury. For many years the baronet and his brother had been on unfriendly terms, and the former, whose conduct was described as scarcely consistent with sanity, took advantage of circumstances that will be hereafter mentioned to cut off the entail of the family estates, with the intention of leaving them to two nephews named Foote, and thus impoverishing the captain, his heir presumptive. The ill-feeling of the latter was inflamed by this proceeding to deadly hatred, and soon after his appointment to the command of the Ruby (through the suicide of the previous captain at Kingroad, in October, 1740), he resolved on the murder of his brother, and devised a plan for carrying it out. Knowing that Sir John had business relations with Mr. Jarrit Smith, a solicitor, in College Green, the captain urged that gentleman to endeavour to bring about a reconciliation, stating that it might be effected in an interview at Mr. Smith's house. The solicitor assented, and prevailed upon Sir John to promise a meeting on the first day he should visit Bristol. Subsequently, upon Mr. Smith being informed that the baronet would call upon him on the 13th January, he acquainted the captain, who lodged in Prince's Street, of the fact: whereupon the latter, in pursuance of his deadly project, brought up a number of sailors from the Ruby, and hired some ruffians belonging to the Vernon privateer, giving them orders to seize Sir John when he quitted Mr. Smith's. (The site of his house is now occupied by the Royal Hotel.) The baronet, who was then negotiating a mortgage with his lawyer to clear off some of his debts.... '

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