"[A] circumstance of barbarity, which had made such an impression upon his mind, as disordered his brain, and drove him to despair in a fit of which he had made away with himself, leaving his wife then big with child, to all the horrors of indigence and grief"
— Smollett, Tobias (1721-1777)
Smollett, Tobias. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. In which are included, Memoirs of a Lady of Quality., 4 vols. (London: Printed for the author, 1751). <Link to ESTC>