John St. John Long and The Newgate Calendar

John St. John Long’s monument in Kensal Green:

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IT IS THE FATE OF MOST MEN
TO HAVE MANY ENEMIES, AND FEW FRIENDS.
THIS MONUMENTAL PILE
IS NOT INTENDED TO MARK THE CAREER,
BUT TO SHEW
HOW MUCH ITS INHABITANT WAS RESPECTED
BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIS WORTH,
AND THE BENEFITS
DERIVED FROM HIS REMEDIAL DISCOVERY.
HE IS NOW AT REST
AND FAR BEYOND THE PRAISES, OR CENSURES
OF THIS WORLD.
STRANGER, AS YOU RESPECT THE RECEPTACLE FOR THE DEAD
AS ONE OF THE MANY THAT WILL REST HERE,
READ THE NAME OF
JOHN SAINT JOHN LONG
WITHOUT COMMENT.

 

From The New Newgate Calendar:

“THE extraordinary investigation touching the offence of which Mr Long was guilty attracted to him more than ordinary public attention. The manslaughter of which he was convicted was the effect of a system of treatment which he adopted towards a young lady named Cashin, who had been placed under his medical care by her mother. … The general nature of his treatment was simply this: in cases of internal disease he proposed, by creating an external wound and a discharge, to carry off the malady. In a few days the external wound was produced in the case of Miss Cashin — by what means did not appear, as the general mode of treatment was kept secret by the quack — and the effect was of the most dreadful description. The wound daily increased, and appearances soon presented themselves which so alarmed Mrs Roddis, the landlady, that she felt herself called upon to adopt measures on behalf of the young lady.”

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