AMY FAWSITT
by
Jennifer Carnell

A photograph of Amy Fawsitt taken in about 1874.

On the reverse of my photograph of Amy Fawsitt are two newspaper clippings:

1. Monday 26 July 1875. 'Miss Amy Fawsitt, the actress, charged her husband at the Hammersmith police court, on Saturday, with having assaulted her, and the accused, named Ashurst Menzies, was bound over in his own recognizances to keep the peace for six months.'

2. 26 December 1876. 'Miss Amy Fawsitt, the actress, died of consumption, on the night of the 26th ult., in New York. The Herald states that she "breathed her last without a friend to comfort her in her dying hours, or to close her eyes in death."

Amy's unpleasant husband, Ashurst James Menzies, was born in Lambeth, London in 1849 and I believe he was a sub lieutenant in the navy on the Duke of Wellington ship

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