16th January 1678
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After this, followed the Tryal of two notorious Highway-men , taken on Christmas day last at Whetstone neer Barnet in Middlesex. There was very plain Evidence of their robbing a Coach, and of a Country-man , &c. and several Goods, as silver Boxes, a Laydies Tower, &c. were taken with them, and produced in Court; which made it a Felony in this County: And the same appearing to be a Robbery on the Highway in Bark-shire, by the Statute the Prisoners were

exempted from the benefit of Clergy, and being found guilty by the Jury, received sentence of Death ; upon which the Court declared, That there were at least seventeen or eighteen Robberies lay upon their heads, and some Murders, particularly the Grasier at Watford gap, kill'd by one in their company, and as 'tis fear'd, by one of their hands.

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