Outlaws and Highwaymen

Report in The Gentleman’s Magazine
The Letters of Horace Walpole, ed. Mrs Paget Toynbee [Helen Toynbee], 16 vols, (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1903–1905), II, p. 416, n. 1

November, 1749

The Hon. Horatio Walpole, brother to the Earl of Orford, who was robbed by two men on the 7th in Hyde Park, when a pistol going off shot through the coach, and scorched his face, received a letter from the robbers, intimating their concern for the accident, and their apprehension of the consequences at that time; and that, if he would send to a place named, a person would be there to deliver his watch, sword and coachman’s watch, if he would, on his honour, send 40 guineas in less than an hour to the same place, with threats of destruction if he did not.1 But he did not comply, though he afterwards offered 20, the sum they fell to in a second letter.2

The Gentleman’s Magazine, November, 1749, p. 522


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