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[William Hazlitt]
The Lion’s Head.
London Magazine  Vol. 3  No. 16  (April 1821)  359.
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No XVI. APRIL, 1821. Vol. III.


The hopes which we allowed ourselves to encourage, on the eve of the publication of our last Number, have been but too fatally frustrated:—Mr. John Scott is no more!—The public are so generally informed of the late painful events, and of their dreadful result, as to render it unnecessary for us to make any further communication or remark at present. Having been urgently requested by many of our readers to give a full statement of all the circumstances which led to the last fatal event,—we have but to make known that a judicial inquiry is immediately about to take place; and we are sure that our determination of remaining silent on the subject will be properly regarded. To those persons who have expressed a wish that a Memoir of the late Mr. Scott should be given, we can at present only say, that it is fully intended to publish such a Memoir, either in the London Magazine, or in a separate and more enlarged form. Nothing will be left undone that can in any way tend to satisfy the strong public and private feeling which this calamity has excited.

We cannot better employ this part of our Magazine, than in promoting the publicity of the following address; and we confidently trust, that this endeavour to render less poignant, to the widow and children, the effects of a loss which is in itself irreparable, will not prove unavailing.

Mr. John Scott, whose death has interested a considerable portion of the Public, has left a Widow and Two Children, for whom he was unable to provide. By distinguished talents, as well as by exemplary prudence and industry, he had only just reached the point where he had a near prospect of securing the comfort of those who were dear to him. Some of his friends have thought themselves authorized, in such circumstances, to appeal to the general benevolence of the Public, on behalf of the helpless family of a man of ability and virtue.

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