Outlaws and Highwaymen

Account by Horace Walpole of his robbery by Plunket and Maclaine
Short Notes of My Life in The Letters of Horace Walpole, ed. Mrs Paget Toynbee [Helen Toynbee], 16 vols, (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1903–1905), I, p. xl


One night in the beginning of November, 1749, as I was returning from Holland House by moonlight, about ten at night, I was attacked by two highwaymen in Hyde Park, and the pistol of one of them going off accidentally, razed the skin under my eye, left some marks of shot on my face, and stunned me. The ball went through the top of the chariot, and if I had sat an inch nearer to the left side, must have gone through my head.

Horace Walpole

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