DEATH BEFORE THE WORKHOUSE
On the 11th inst., Mr. S. F. Langham, the Westminster deputy coroner, held an inquest at St. George's Hospital on the body of Harriet Greville, the wife of a silversmith. Her husband had been separated from her for some time, and allowed her 12s. a week, but some three months since ceased the maintenance, and left England, necessitating her going into Newington workhouse. She came out some days ago in a most desponding state of mind, and threw herself off a raft at Thames bank into 10 feet of water, but, though rescued, was persistent in her endeavours to drag herself down into the water again by seizing the chains of the raft and thrusting her head under the water. She was conveyed to the hospital, but even there, some days after her rash attempt, she repeatedly said to her niece, "Better that," referring to the river, "than the workhouse." Death resulted, according to the post-mortem, from inflammation of the lungs, produced by immersion in the water, the unhappy woman being at the time in a state of unsound mind, and the jury found their verdict accordingly.
Source: The Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian - 16th January 1869