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Arthur Little (c. 1786–1862)

The demise of old Arthur Little can scarcely be regarded in this light, though that, too, was very sudden. He had survived his son John—the author, when an alderman, of that famous speech about running pools of stagnant water; his son Archibald, a fine fellow in his day, and promising ; and the son of the latter, who was lately drowned by the upsetting of a boat in Sydney. I am told that a day or two ago Mr. Arthur Little, sustained a slight shock by some carriage striking against his chaise, and he was dead within a few hours. Some time last week he was seen in a shop, cheapening a shovel—trying to knock off sixpence, I hear. To-day he is in his gravel with two hundred thousand pounds in hard cash in the banks, and a most enormous rent-roll, to all of which, I am told, his two daughters succeed.

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c. 1786
Armagh, Ireland


28 March, 1862 (aged ~ 76)
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life