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TRIAL OF HENRY ROBSON.                   29
his debts, and he conceived a strong but concealed dislike for her. If she were out of the way Robson thought he could turn what remained of his goods and estate into money, and by fleeing into the Netherlands escape the persecu­tion of his obdurate creditors. One day, in conversation with a fellow prisoner, he expressed his regret that his wife's continuance in life hindered his escape. The other scoundrel there­upon offered to procure ratsbane, and to teach Robson how it might be used without fear of detection.
Glasier, such was the worthy's name, was soon after released from durance. By Robson's request he bought some ratsbane at the shop of Fisher, a mercer in Rye. This he conveyed to Robson, and told him to mix it with glass beaten small, and wrap it in the skin of a shoulder of mutton, making the packet of poison about the size of a hazelnut. The poison was to be administered to Robson's wife per vaginain when next she would come to stay with her husband. This we are told was done on her next visit. Soon after her return home she began to be seriously ill, and as her pains continued and increased, medical aid was called in, The
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