Chapter Two

AuthorRichard D. Schneider
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   conscious, Edward Drummond requested of the
crowd which had quickly gathered that he be conveyed to his broth-
er’s bank a short distance away in Charing Cross Road. Drummond’s
brother Harvey sent immediately for an apothecary by the name of
Richard Jackson who was known to Drummond’s family and whose
shop was located nearby. Upon examining the wound, Jackson found
that the bullet had penetrated the skin of Drummond’s back, through
the coat and undergarments, but, not having the necessary instruments,
he could not trace it further. As Drummond did not seem too debili-
tated by loss of blood, Jackson advised Harvey that his brother should
immediately be moved to his own residence in Grosvenor Street.
By ve o’clock, less than an hour after the shooting, Drummond
was being tended to by George Guthrie and Bransby Blake Cooper,
two of England’s most eminent surgeons. ough unable to nd the
bullet at rst, they turned Drummond on his back and discovered it
about a half inch below the skin in the lower portion of his chest.
Having no operating instruments at hand, Guthrie (a former war sur-
geon whose specialty was gunshot wounds) used a lancet to make an
incision; Bransby Cooper extracted the bullet which, although it had
ripped through Drummond’s diaphragm, was thought by both doc-
tors not to be life-threatening. Indeed, they notied the press soon
after that the bullet had been removed, that none of Drummond’s vital
parts had been injured, and that they had every reason to believe their
patient was “doing very well.”
   attempted assassination sent shock waves throughout
England, many believing that M’Naughten’s intended target was the

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