West Briton, 19 February 1847
Before GILBERT HAMLEY, Esq., deputy-coroner.
On Monday last, at Calstock, on view of the body of JOHN HONEYCOMBE. It
appeared that deceased, for some time past, had been addicted to
drinking. [When he came home on the Saturday previous, he seemed well to
his neighbours. Hearing noise of a man groaning in the night, the
neighbour knocked on the wall, thinking him to be tipsy. Next morning
his door was locked. Neighbours broke in, and found him dying. Sent for
a surgeon, Mr. JONES, but he died just after surgeon arrived. He had
been very miserly in his habits since youth, and accumulated some money,
and possessed property,
including the house in which he lived and several adjoining houses. On
the coroner and jury entering the house, they found him lying on three
narrow boards with no bedding on them, and merely an old counterpane to
cover him. The jury waited for the surgeonís report, which stated
deceased had died from apoplexy.] Verdict accordingly.