Outlaws and Highwaymen

A News Item about Claude Du Vall
From a Restoration news letter, quoted in Charles G. Harper, Half-hours with the Highwaymen, 2 vols, (London, 1908), I, p. 175)


Last Monday week in Holborn Fields, while several gentlemen were travelling to Newmarkett, to the Races there, a Highway Man very politely begg’d their Purses, for he said he was advis’d that he should win a great Sum if he adventur’d some guineas with the Competers at New-Market on a certain horse call’d ‘Boopeepe,’ which my Lord Excetter was to run a match. He was so pressing that they resign’d their Money to his keeping (not without sight of his pistols); he telling them that, if they would give him their names and the names of the places where they might be found, he would return to them that had Lent, at usury. It is thought that his Venture was not favourable, for the Gentlemen have not receiv’d neither Principle nor Interest. It is thought that it was Monsieur Claud Du Vall, or one of his knot, that Ventur’d the Gentlemen’s money for them.

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