News Letter 275: Coach robbed at gunpoint by insolent rogue

News Letter 275

News Letter 275

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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.

MILLSTONES FOR SALE

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.

 

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