|The following contemporary account
of the tragedy may be interesting:
"On Thursday evening, [27th September, 1798] one Bembridge, a young man residing at Dartmouth, who had for some time past, discovered an attachment to Miss Russell, daughter of Mr. Russell of that place, went to Mr. R's house about nine o’clock, entered the room where the family was sitting, and expressed a wish to speak to Miss R. This Mrs. Russell refused, and expressed her displeasure at his attention to her daughter. This the villian probably expected, for, having provided himself with a long butcher’s knife, he took an opportunity immediately after, and buried it with the most savage violence in the bosom of the unfortunate girl, who almost immediately expired. The wretch then stapped [sic] himself in two places, but we believe not mortally; assistance was called, he was immediately taken into custody, and will doubtless suffer the proper vengeance of the law for his diabolical attrocity."—(The Royal Gazette, Tuesday, 2nd October, 1798).—Ed.