"Sept. 30. Near Brentford, Sir William Yorke, late Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. His death was owing to a mistake by his servant. Sir William was grievously afflicted with the stone; and having usually gotten relief by taking a certain number of drops of laudanum, his servant was dispatched to the apothecary at Brentford; who gave the laudanum, but with a special charge not to give Sir William more than twenty-four drops. The servant, forgetting the caution, gave the bottle into his master's hand; who, in his agony, drank up the whole contents, and expired in less than an hour after."
There is no mention made of what became of the servant, or his career.
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David Stones I always exercise caution around my servants, particularly in their delivery of the various potions that serve the dark mysteries of my ailments. "Mistakes can kill," I remind them. "Yes, they can," they say. At once rueful. At once with a quiet but discerning glee.
Like · Reply · 2 · 25 December 2016 at 21:39
Stan Burfield Ha ha. Very funny, David. You definitely have a few good novels in you.
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