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Colton's Lacon

This remarkable book was written upon covers of letters and scraps

of paper of such description as was nearest at hand; the greater

part at a house in Princes-street, Soho. Colton's lodging was a

penuriously-furnished second-floor, and upon a rough deal table,

with a stumpy pen, our author wrote.

Though a beneficed clergyman, holding the vicarage of Kew, with

Petersham, in Surrey, Colton was a well-known
requenter of the

gaming-table; and, suddenly disappearing from his usual haunts in

London about the time of the murder of Weare, in 1823, it was strongly

suspected he had been assassinated. It was, however, afterwards

ascertained that he had absconded to avoid his creditors; and in 1828

a successor was appointed to his living. He then went to reside in

America, but subsequently lived in Paris, a professed gamester; and it

is said that he thus gained, in two years only, the sum of 25,000l. He

blew out his brains while on a visit to a friend at Fontainebleau, in

1832; bankrupt in health, spirits, and fortune.

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