A Regency Valentine Tragedy

Wedged among the death notices of the Princesse de Montmorency and Mathew G. “Monk” Lewis, is the following announcement of a newly-wed husband’s demise:

“He had left his residence, early in the morning, to bathe in one of the machines, and got out of his depth. Every effort was made by his servant and some gentlemen present, but without effect.”

La Belle Assemblee, Vol. 18, September 1818

No word on the fate of his widow.

bathing-machine

Death by bathing machine.

 

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