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	         The Inquest.
  From the �Times� of Sunday, 19th. 

[newspaper clipping: first column]
	Death of Mr. Charles Welden.
  The very sudden death of Mr. CHARLES WEL-
DEN, an attach� of the NEW-YORK TIMES, briefly
alluded to in this paper yesterday will excite the
profound regrets of numerous friends.  Engaged in
his usual duties in this office until a late hour at
night, he had retired to his lodgings, when he was sud-
denly prostrated by death while in the act of ascend-
ing the stairs.  A post mortem examination ascribed
the event to disease of the heart.
  Mr. WELDEN was a native of this City.  His
father was Dr. J. T. WELDEN of London;
his mother a daughter of the celebrated
mathematician and author, BONNYCASTLE.  Mr. WEL-
DEN�S parents removed to Boston, and subsequently to
England, while the subject of this notice was still in
childhood.  Completing his education there, the
young scholar connected himself with the Press,�
originally with a journal at Nottingham, and after-
ward with the London Daily News, where he acquired
much newspaper experience.  In this country he was
associated originally with the Tribune in a subordi-
nate capacity.  Some poems contributed to that paper
over a fictitious signature, attracted much admiration
for their rare originality and delicacy; and they were
generally ascribed to the pen of Mr. EMERSON.  An
advert sement addressed by the editors to the un-
known poet led eventually to the discovery that a
gentleman upon the proof-reading staff of the paper
was the author.  Mr. WELDEN soon disclosed the fine
constitution of his intellect in prose as well as in
verse.  Attaching himself to the TIMES at the com-
mencement of this paper, his contributions to the
early volumes were extremely popular, rendering his
[nom de p] lume as much of a household word through
[the country] as that of �Dick Tinto� or �Malakoff�
[Of late year] s he has filled various positions in the es-
[tablishment] with excellent capacity and acceptance.
[His loss will] be deeply felt.

[newspaper clipping: second column]
  Mr. WELDEN leaves a widow but no children.  The
funeral services will take place this afternoon at 2�
o�clock at St. Paul�s Church, when the remains will
be removed to Greenwood.

[Gunn�s handwriting]
From the 
�Tribune.�

[newspaper clipping]
  THE DEATH OF MR. WELDEN.�Mr. Charles Wel-
den, of The Daily Times, expired suddenly at the
Tammany Hotel at about midnight on Friday.  He had
been in The Times establishment during the evening,
and near 12 o�clock left for his rooms at the hotel.
Shortly after he had gone up to his room, William Fry,
a waiter in the employ of MR. BROWN, went up to the
third floor and there found Mr. Welden lying dead at
the foot of the stairs.  He immediately called aid, and
Coroner Jackman was notified.
  Mr. Welden had been connected with The Times
from the initial number of that journal.  He had suc-
cessively the position of proof-reader, correspondent,
reporter, critic, and assistant-editor, which latter posi-
tion he occupied at the time of his death.  He had been
an invalid for more than ten years, and complained fre-
quently of pains in the region of the heart.  Latterly
these pains became more frequent, and of such a nature
as to warn him and fully impress upon his mind the
belief that the approach of Death would be without a
herald.  This belief he had frequently expressed to his
co-workers, one of whom, Mr. Armstrong, testified be-
fore the Coroner�s Jury that he had often heard Mr.
Welden say he expected to die suddenly.  On exam-
ination, Dr. John Beach gave the opinion that death
resulted from disease of the heart, and the verdict was 
made accordingly.

[Gunn�s diary continued]
  Down town, looking in at Tammany Hall, in-
tending to be present at the inquest, but all was over
when I got there.        Cahill, who attended as a witness,
was impressed as a juryman, one of six.             He des-
cribed the proceedings as a wretched farce, saying
that he was on the point of laughing once, at the
manner in which the oath was administered.    The
waiter would have blurted out something relative
to the dead man�s condition previous to his tumble               
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