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Lieut Septimus Adams
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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 10, 1842, Malta

Lt in the 88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment killed in a duel with Captain John Levick. Levick was a merchant who had served in the 59th regiment and the Royal Malta Fencibles.

He was under the impression that Adams had insulted one of his daughters on the last day of the Carnival and issued a challenge fought on the 9th. Adams and three other officers were tossing comfits at women in windows and the street. Comfits are candies or sweets and this custom is consider a compliment.

Levick stood trial and a not proven verdict was rendered. Adams had spoken to his superior Captain Edward Jeffreys who insisted he had to fight. Adams pistol misfired and Jeffreys said there was no duel until his pistol fired so he told Adams to continue. Meanwhile Levick told his second in Maltese which the British did not understand to reload his pistol with a full charge. The shot was strong wnough to pass through Adam's arm and perforated his liver.

The 88th had been in the West Indies and arrived in 1841. Asst surgeon John Barton St Croix from the 77th was detached to the 88th and after recovering from Yellow Fever he rejoined the 88th. He was at the duel in his capacity as a doctor. He was pardoned by giving evidence in the duel which was illegal.

Captain Edward Jeffreys jumped on a boat immediately and stayed gone on 6 months leave before returning to Malta.

There is a long article in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1844 describing what happened in great detail and the stupidity and lying about what happened. It was written by the American Counsel W.W. Andrews. 
Msida Bastion Cemetery
Northern Harbour, Malta
Created by: Ash Montagu
Record added: Dec 08, 2012
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