(Peter). This son of a steady fisherman was a drunkard and a
thief. He had a boy whom he killed by illusage. Two others he made away
with, but was not convicted for want of evidence. As no one would live
with him, he dwelt alone, became mad, and was lodged in the parish
poor-house, confessed his crime in his delirium, and died. (Crabbe: Borough, letter xxii.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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