News Letter 275: Coach robbed at gunpoint by insolent rogue

News Letter 275
News Letter 275

These reports, which have been given modern headlines, are as they appear (including spelling and use of capital letters) in the first surviving News Letter of October 3 1738 (October 14 modern calendar). Paper founded September 1737.

On Thursday last between the Hours of Four and Five in the Morning the Flying Bath Coach was stopped by a single Foot-Pad, about Half a Mile on this Side of Newbury; there were five Passengers in the Coach; the Robber took from a Sardinian Gentleman a Purse of Guineas and a rich Scimitar;

from Capt. Willoughby, of Abchurch-lane, one Pound and Six Shillings together with his Coat and Perriwig; from Mr Rawlinson, [missing]-Constable of Westminster, three Half-Crowns, together with his Perriwig and Silver [missing]-Buckle; and from Mr Pratt the Master and Driver of the Coach, four Guineas and his Silver Watch;

The Rogue behaved in a most insolent Manner to the Passengers, threatening every Minute to blow out their Brains with a Horse Pistol, which he held in his Hand; there was another Villain that stood at a small Distance from Him to cover and protect his Villany; and tho’ he had got so good a Sum from the Company, he cursed them in a terrible Manner, because they produced no better a Booty, and said Gentlemen were not obliged to be at the Expense of Powder and Ball, and likewise a long Attendance on the Road, to loose their Time for so Slender a Profit.


This is to give notice,

THAT WILLIAM WOODROW, at the White House near Belfast, Miller, hath landed there a parcel of exceeding good cowend MILLSTONES, who will sell them at reasonable Rates.