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Edward Spencer (1799-1849) was, with Charles Green, a well-known aeronaut of the day. The pair came to national fame (or notoriety) when they ascended in a balloon in Vauxhall Gardens with Robert Cocking suspended in a parachute beneath. Unfortunately, when released from the balloon, the parachute collapsed and Cocking plunged to his death.