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Courteous Spanish diplomat commits suicide in Blenheim Park in England

England and Wales, 1857, zoomable map
04/14/1859
Don Antonio Arrom de Ayala, the Spanish consul to Australia, committed suicide in the Duke of Marlborough's Blenheim Park at Woodstock in England. On his person was a long letter addressed to the Duke apologizing for the intrusion.  He wrote, "It may be a childish feeling but one cannot blow one's brains out in a common road... So I have not found another proper place to die decently than your handsome park, and you must bear the inconvenience of a dead man in your grounds. I mean no offense." (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 48-49.

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