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[Inquest into the Murder of John Scott].
The Examiner  No. 687  (4 March 1821)  143.
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No. 687. SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 1821.


Inquest on Mr. Scott.—On Thursday and Friday, an Inquest was held at Chalk Farm House, on the body of John Scott, Esq. aged 30, who was mortally wounded in the late duel near that farm. The circumstances of this lamentable case are already before the public. The ostler belonging to Chalk Farm Tavern saw most of what took place. Two Gentlemen called at the Tavern on the night of the duel, a short time before it took place, and called for a bottle of wine and two glasses of negus, of which they drank and paid for, leaving the two last partly unfinished, observing that they would return in a few moments. Soon after he heard the report of a pistol, and then another.  Another Gentleman came for assistance, saying his friend had met with an accident. They took a shutter, and found the deceased laying on his back, covered with a coat and a military cloak. The parties were 40 yards distant from him, conversing together. On arriving at the farm-house, Mr. Scott displayed symptoms of the most acute agony. The feelings of Mr. Christie were not less acutely painful; he repeatedly expressed a wish that he was in that situation instead of Mr. Scott.—Dr. G. Darling’s testimony was important. He attended the deceased frequently, and attributes his death to the wound which he received. Mr. Scott, referring to his wound on Saturday morning, between nine and ten o’clock, said “This ought not to have taken place; I suspect some great mismanagement—there was no occasion for a second fire.” After a short pause, he proceeded—“All I required from Mr. Christie was, a declaration that he meant no reflection on my character. This he refused, and the meeting became inevitable. On the field, Mr. Christie behaved well; and when all was ready for the first fire, he called out,—‘Scott, you must not stand there; I see your head above the horizon; you give me an advantage.’ I believe he could have hit me then if he liked. After the pistols were reloaded, and everything ready for a second fire, Mr. Trail called out,—‘Now, Mr. Christie, take your aim, and do not throw away your advantage, as you did last time.’  I called out immediately, ‘What! did not Mr. Christie aim at me?’ I was answered by Mr. Pattmore—‘You must not speak; ’tis now of no use to talk; you have nothing now for it but firing.’ The signal was immediately given, we fired, and I fell.” Deceased expressed himself satisfied with Mr. Christie’s conduct, whom he described as very kind to him after he was wounded.—Mr. T. J. Pettigrew, a surgeon, attended the duel professionally. It was a moonlight night, but foggy; he heard no conversation between the gentlemen prior to the discharge of the pistols; heard an exclamation after the discharge, and got over the hedge; found Mr. Scott on his knees. Mr. Christie asked him what he thought of the wound. He replied that he feared the wound was mortal. Mr. Scott then said, “whatever may be the issue of this case, I beg you all to bear in remembrance that every thing has been fair and honourable.” Mr. Christie said, “Why was I permitted to fire a second time? I discharged my pistol down the field before, I could do no more.” These expressions were made in consequence of some altercation between the seconds. Mr. Christie took Mr. Scott by the hand after he was wounded. The Jury returned a verdict of—Wilful Murder against Mr. Christie, Mr. Trail, and Mr. Pattmore.  The Coroner issued his warrant for their apprehension.