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Moss, Mrs (?–1830)

We are much pained to relate the excruciating death by fire of Mrs Moss, of the Mermaid public house. Mrs Moss was standing near a brisk fire on Sunday evening, when her clothes happening to catch the devouring element, she became enveloped in flames. Her clothes were nearly consumed before the fire about her person was extinguished! Prompt assistance was rendered by Doctor Bland but the unfortunate woman was too much injured to render surgical skill availing. She suffered the greatest torment, and expired in about twenty-four hours. Considering the liability of females and children to death by the same means in consequence of high fenders being almost unknown in New South Wales, it is wonderful to think how few are permitted by a merciful Providence to end their days in such dreadful misery. Let parents and children take warning by the distressing end of this unhappy person. We can conceive nothing more distressing to the afflicted relations of the deceased, than the consideration of so painful a death. The bed of sickness, which ends our woes, with our lives, is sufficiently afflicting to our kindred, even when soothed with comforts of every kind. How additionally afflicting then must it be to call to mind the groans and agony of a dear mother or child, expiring under such circumstances. God deliver us all from such evil as this, either in our own persons or in those of our connections!

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'Moss, Mrs (?–1830)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/moss-mrs-13654/text24424, accessed 23 October 2019.

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