1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman the Younger

Anonymous, in "The Literary Police Office, Bow-Street, London" Port Folio [Philadelphia] S4 15 (June 1823) 509.



Just as the Bench had got through all these charges, and as the magistrates were rising, GEORGE COLMAN was brought in, charged with having attempted to destroy himself with poison. He talked a great deal of skimble skamble stuff — about the Law of Java — and the Upas-tree — but no one could understand him. It appearing, however, that he had formerly been in his senses, and had lived in repute, he was given over to his friends, with strict injunctions, that pen, ink, and paper, and all such dangerous weapons should strictly be kept out of his reach. This was not the first attempt at suicide made by this unfortunate man.