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Old 08-21-2009, 03:18 AM
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Hi Caz and Norma,

I walked down Chiswick Mall last week, from the Lamb Tap to Hammersmith Bridge, a very pleasant and enjoyable walk on a warm summer afternoon.

In the course of my walk I noticed a house with a blue plaque commemorating A.P. Herbert, the author and satirist, who had lived there during his life. He was responsible for a series of satirical articles in Punch Magazine entitled Misleading Cases, one of these was "Port ot Port" which argues whether the law of the road or the law of the sea apply to Chiswick Mall when it floods. The answer of course, was the law of the sea, and that motorists should drive on the right and give way to sailing boats when the mall is flooded.

A great story that I still enjoy, but it gave rise to a more serious thought; could it be that on a cold and possibly icy winters night, Monty whilst walking along the Chisick Mall, simply fell into the water and drowned?

I don't suppose this helps us much but it was just a thought.

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Yes ,it can be a very beautiful walk -like many Thames Path walks.
But I must say I find it a bit odd that Monty chose Chiswick to throw himself in the Thames, particularly as the area nearer his place of work at Temple -eg from Blackfriars Bridge to Tower Bridge is known to be popular for suicides .Ofcourse if he was suffering from a serious depression nothing would have cheered him let alone a December walk along that stretch of river!
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Hi Nats,

I don't find it 'odd' as such, because there could be a million and one reasons why he was drawn to that particular stretch of river. Also, don't forget that the Thames water would have been quite foul the nearer one got to central London, and I dare say the more discerning suicidal gent of the day might have stopped short of spending his last moments ingesting anything resembling the kind of muck that the poor Princess Alice victims had no choice but to swallow.

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In an upcoming article for Ripperologist I present my discoveries from the Druitt archives at Chichester. Among these is a letter of July 1887 indicating that Ann Druitt (Montie's mum) is to go to "Linden Gardens." I argue that this is likely the Linden Gardens in Chiswick, a stones throw from Tuke's Manor House Asylum. There seems to be every likelihood that Ann Druitt was already being treated by the Tukes in 1887. If she were there in the Fall of 1888, Montie would certainly had a reason for raveling t o Chiswick to take leave of her before ending his life. Even in mum was not residing in Chiswick at the time, Montie might have gone to Chiswick to consult with her doctors on his own behalf, fearing a breakdown.

As to his getting off at Hammersmith, we cannot possibly know. It seems a bit unlikely that a suicidal individual would care to take a scenic walk on a cold late autumn day but it is possible. He may even has been scouting out a place along the Thames for his intended suicide.
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John,Its possible but then rather odd if it was Monty himself who weighted his pockets with stones before the "slip"!
Look forward to your upcoming article Andy.
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Amongst my scribbled notes.
Obviously based upon something in the West Sussex Records Office archived Druitt Papers, during the date range 1836 - 1883, I see reference to :
'' Dr Robert Druitt.Letter from T.W. Leigh of Hammersmith ".


So, just who was "T.W.Leigh" ?

JOHN RUFFELS.
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Amongst my scribbled notes.
Obviously based upon something in the West Sussex Records Office archived Druitt Papers, during the date range 1836 - 1883, I see reference to :
'' Dr Robert Druitt.Letter from T.W. Leigh of Hammersmith ".


So, just who was "T.W.Leigh" ?

JOHN RUFFELS.
Hi John,

I didn't find that letter as I was searching through the archives. I wasn't paying attention to Robert Druitt letters since he had died by 1888. I doubt that there is any significance but one never knows. I don't know who Leigh was.
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Hi John,

I didn't find that letter as I was searching through the archives. I wasn't paying attention to Robert Druitt letters since he had died by 1888. I doubt that there is any significance but one never knows. I don't know who Leigh was.
I believe Thomas Leigh was a physician born in Chiswick in 1842.
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