An inquest held at the White Bear Hotel in Knutsford found that he had died of "Apoplexy, probably accelerated by laudanum
, taken while in an unsound state of mind".
In today's terms this was about pounds 60 and it inevitably went to a dealer who supplied the poet with enough laudanum
for three or four weeks.
He wrote to John Edwards: 'Such has been my situation for the last fortnight, I have been obliged to take laudanum
almost every night.'
Obscurity long since claimed musicians Johann Peter Salomon, Muzio Clementi, John Cramer, Charles Neate, George Bridgetower; harp-maker Johann Stumpff; curator and publisher George Thomson; Berlin scholar Samuel Spicker; 'celebrated harper' and antiquary Edward Jones, and ex-stonemason, poet and laudanum
addict Iolo Morgannwg (Edward Williams).
Other mixtures contained laudanum
or morphine instead.
No wonder so many became addicted to everything from gin to laudanum
Elizabeth was given a large dose of laudanum
and was placed on the operating table, with her sister holding a candle for a light, and two servants to hold her on the table, allowing Dr Bennett to open the abdomen of his wife and remove the baby girl.
There was obviously no anaesthetic in those days apart from a pint of wine and a dollop of laudanum
or a blow on the head with a club.
Not to forget copious lashings of laudanum
Like many others in the early 19th century - and the poet Coleridge springs to mind - George lV was heavily dependent upon laudanum
and alcohol and the fact that an assassination attempt had been made earlier upon his life did little to encourage his peace of mind.
But by the time of its 'rampant Byronic finale' Coryate's travels 'had somehow descended into every gondolier's worst nightmare - millionaire InterRailers on laudanum
; Lambrusco louts; the Club 18-30 of the 1830s'.
The Blue Bower was painted only three years after the death of Rossetti's wife Elizabeth Siddal from a probably deliberate overdose of laudanum
. The sitter, Rossetti's mistress and housekeeper Fanny Cornforth, could hardly present a greater contrast to the wraith-like Lizzie, confounding the notion that the Pre-Raphaelite 'stunner' is a particular physical type.