Historic Sketches, Remarkable Duels, Notorious Highwaymen, Rogueries, Crimes, and Punishments, and Love and Marriage

Historic Sketches, Remarkable Duels, Notorious Highwaymen, Rogueries, Crimes, and Punishments, and Love and Marriage

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... Its closeness to the high road rendered it a very desirable reconnoitring spot for Turpin, as well as for highwaymen generally, who a century and a quarter ago were continually robbing the mails, as well as commercial travellers (bagmen) proceeding to and fro between London and the north of England. From time to time were taken out of the bark of this oak pistol-balls which had been discharged at the trunk to deter highwaymen, should any have been at hand, from attacking the parties travelling. Mr Nuthall, the solicitor, was upon one occasion stopped in his carriage by two highwaymen, who came from behind this oak, as he was proceeding to his country-house at Monken-Hadley; when Mr N., being armed with pistols, wounded one of the thieves so severely, that he died of the effects. Many years after the above encounter, as Mr Nuthall was returning from Bath to the metropolis, he was attacked by a highwayman on Hounslow Heath; who, on his demands not being complied with, fired into the carriage. Mr Nuthall returned the fire, and, it was thought, wounded the man, as he rode off precipitately. On arriving at the inn, Mr N. wrote a description of the J. C. Hotten, in Notes and Queries, 2d S. ix. fellow to Sir John Fielding, but had scarcely finished the letter when he expired. Turpin was a gay gallant; Mrs Fountain, a celebrated beauty of her day, and nearly related to Dean Fountain, was once saluted by Turpin in Marylebone Gardens. "Be not alarmed, madame," said the highwayman; "you can now boast of having been kissed by Turpin;" and the hero of the road walked off unmolested. Turpin was hanged at York in 1739. M'Lean, the Fashionable Highwayman, FIGURED in the first half of the last century, and is portrayed by Horace Walpole with...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580273
  • 9781236580276