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 Contributed by Robert "Bob" Shumway

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Ellen Pack

Found in a May 1800 Natchez Newspaper -

copied from a Barbadoes newspaper. ---------------

Thomas Thackwood, Gentleman, propofes on the firft day of the prefent month, to fhoot himfelf, by fubfcription. His life being of no further ufe to himfelf or his friends, he takes this method of turning his death to fome account: and the novelty of the performance, he hopes, will merit the attention and patronage of the public. He will preform with two piftols. The firft fhot to be directed thro' the abdomen; to which will be added, another through the brain; The whole to conclude with ftaggering, convulfions, grinning, &c, in a manner never before publicly attempted. The doors will be opened at eight, and the exhibition to begin precifely at nine. Particular places for that night only referved for the ladies. No money to be returned, nor half price taken. N.B.

Beware of counterfeitf and impoftors. The perfon who advertifes to hang himfelf the fame night in oppofition to Mr. Touchwood is a taylor, who intends only to give the reprefentation of death, by dancing in a collar; an attempt infinitely inferior to Mr. T's original and authentic performance.

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