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“A melancholy instance of the fatal effects of inordinate passion took place on Wednesday night at a house in Leicester-fields. A young lady, seventeen years of age, a native of Paris, but who had received her education in England, and is described to us as a most beautiful, elegant, and accomplished creature, put an end to her existence by poison in the frenzy of unrequited love. She had resided for about two months at the house of a lady in St Martin’s-street, and had become so deeply enamoured of a British Officer, that the idea of being slighted distracted her understanding, and she took an immense overdose of opium. The desperate act was discovered too late for remedy. She died on Thursday morning.”

Morning Post, Saturday 6th January 1810

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