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<interp inst="t17210301-57-victim328" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> on the High-Way, putting him in Fear, and taking from 8s. in Money </rs>. Thomas Morris deposed, that he was robb'd by 4 Foot Pads about 7 or 8 a Clock the Evening aforesaid, that they came up and past him and bid him good Night; but they seizing on his Friend Smith who was behind him, he turn'd back to his Assistance, and they clapt two Pistols to his Breast. Stephen Smith deposed, that 4 Men set upon him, and one of them held a Pistol to his Head; that they took 8 s. from him, and beat him sadly.
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