Contributed by Robert "Bob" Shumway
The following article
may not be reproduced for profit or commercial purposes.
Found in a May 1800
Natchez Newspaper -
copied from a Barbadoes
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.