I was offered instead a work in two volumes on the notorious highwaymen of history, and for a moment my plot swerved in that direction.
At Bristol, in 1772, he was told that highwaymen were on the road, and had robbed all the coaches that passed, some just previously.
But Wesley felt no uneasiness, "knowing," as he writes, "that God would take care of us; and He did so, for before we came to the spot all the highwaymen were taken, and so we went on unmolested, and came safe to Bristol".
" "They were the 'Knights of St. Nicholas,' which, in the slang of the middle ages, meant what they call in the West road agents; indeed, plain highwaymen they were called in England in Bacon's day."
The highwaymen the .
It was a miscellaneous collection of sentimental songs, the worn-out rags of the stage and the parlor, or ditties of highwaymen, or ballad narratives of young women who ran away from a rich "parient" with "silvier and gold" to follow the sea.
The Watling Street takes Shooters' Hill, so called, I suppose, from the highwaymen that infested the woods thereabouts, in true Roman fashion, and it is from its summit that we get the first really great
Also they stopped frequently, King making an excuse of showing her points of interest; the tiny valley where one could be sure of a glimpse of a brown bear, the grazing-lands of mountain deer, the pass into the cliff-bound hiding-place of the picturesque highwaymen of an earlier day whence they drove stolen horses into Nevada, where they secreted other horses stolen in Nevada and to be disposed of down in the Sacramento Valley.
I shall expect, my lords, that villains of all denominations, who are now skulking in private retreats, who are eluding the officers of justice, or flying before the publick pursuit of the country, will secure themselves by this easy expedient; and that housebreakers, highwaymen, and pickpockets, will come up in crowds to the bar, charge the earl of ORFORD as their accomplice, and plead this bill as a security against all inquiry.
It has, indeed, been a method of detection, frequently employed against housebreakers and highwaymen, to proclaim a pardon for him that shall convict his accomplices; but surely, my lords, this practice will not, in the present question, be mentioned as a precedent.
Roger had moved in the best English society; this man amongst slaughtermen, bushrangers, thieves, and highwaymen.
She told us she had listened to the defendant when he solemnly swore that he had seduced her former pupil, that he had stood in the dock for horse-stealing, and had been the associate of highwaymen and bushrangers, and had made a will for the purpose of fraud; and yet this woman took him by the hand, and was not ashamed of his companionship.
Only slaves and highwaymen are crucified.
It was he, you know, who persuaded me to save Maternus the highwayman's life; it was he who told me Maternus is really Sextus, son of Maximus.
Sextus now calls himself Maternus and is notorious as a highwayman.
Naturally you would not receive a highwayman in Cornificia's house, and at the same time accuse me of treason!
Nor is he Maternus the highwayman.
That falling star last night portended, did it, that a highwayman should dare to try to enter Caesar's palace!
Charity shown by the publication of an inferior article would be like the generosity of Claude Duval and the other gentlemen highwaymen, who pitied the poor so much they robbed the rich to have the means of relieving them.
Don't be a common garden highwayman or pirate; be a Napoleon or a Willy Hohenzollern."
 See ante, iii. 239, where he discusses the question of shooting a highwayman.
Face to face with a highwayman who has every temptation and opportunity for violence and plunder, can you bring yourself off safe by your wit, exercised through speech?a problem easy enough to Caesar, or Napoleon.
So much money had been spent at the tolls of the rivers and in inns, to satisfy the rights of princes and the demands of highwaymen, that now their purse was quite empty and they were obliged to beg.
When she speaks of her own being disinterested, I am apt to believe she really thinks herself so, as many highwaymen, after having no possibility of retrieving the character of honesty, please themselves with that of being generous, because, whatever they get on the road, they always spend at the next ale-house, and are still as beggarly as ever.
Accordingly I and my second lay the night before at Knightsbridge privately, to avoid being secured at London on any suspicion, which we found ourselves more in danger of there, because we had all the appearance of highwaymen, that had a mind to lye skulking in an odd inn for one night.
To these was added a collection of highwaymen and free-booters, from Syria, and the province of Cilicia, and the adjacent countries.
In 1650, an act was passed[a] offering to the discoverers of priests and Jesuits, or of their receivers and abettors, the same reward as had been granted to the apprehenders of highwaymen.
" "I didn't think there were highwaymen about here.
The two survivors were subsequently identified as Ramon Gomez, and Pietro Vaga, better known as "the Hunchback," two of the most notorious highwaymen and burglars, for whose apprehension a large reward had been offered.
These pillagers are in fact highwaymen or privateershaving no laws, and acting from the impulses of their own fierce hearts.
The Highwaymen Tom o' the Roads had ridden his last ride, and was now alone in the night.
Again the Morning Post, 23rd August, reports: "Monday night, as Mr. John Reynold Forster was returning from Chelsea in a post chaise, he was attacked by three highwaymen, near Bloody Bridge, who robbed him of three guineas and a watch set with diamonds."
and might not their value satisfy the greed of the highwaymen?
The highwaymen waited awhile and then assailed the door with heavy blows.
The history of regular robbers and highwaymen during this long period is more difficult to describe; it contains only disconnected anecdotes of a more or less interesting character.
Convince highwaymen and house-breakers that it will be for their interest to reform, and they will reform and lead honest lives; according to Mr. Bentham.
Here they encountered several fugitives from the great city, and, as they approached Hounslow, learned from other wayfarers that a band of highwaymen, by whom the heath was infested, had become more than usually daring since the outbreak of the pestilence, and claimed a heavy tax from all travellers.
This was bad news to Leonard, who became apprehensive for the safety of the bag of gold given to Nizza by the enthusiast, and he would have taken another road if it had been practicable; but as there was no alternative except to proceed, he put all the money he had about him into a leathern purse, trusting that the highwaymen, if they attacked them, would be content with this booty.
By this time the highwaymen had come up.
His track lay along the old Fossway, a road infested in those days by murderous highwaymen; yet, unarmed and unattended, unknown and unappreciated, did that mighty man of genius set cheerfully out on his long and solitary way.
They are just as well organized and as thoroughly devoted to their business as the gangs of highwaymen that used to make travel dangerous through Europe in the middle ages.
Anyhow, there is one of these highwaymen, who has retained his independence and liberty of action, a certain Ki-Tsang."
and I may have hardship enough to undergo, among strangers, and being obliged to hide ourselves like housebreakers or highwaymen.
They had raised a subjectno other than the question whether highwaymen are necessarily or generally possessed of true courage.
"But though you say all highwaymen are cowards, you won't try that trick with your foot," said Sk, boiling up a little under the fire of the toddy.
I, are gipsies, smugglers, players, galley-slaves, drovers, Dutch sailors, and highwaymen.
At a time when every main road in England was beset by highwaymen, travellers by sea were not likely to escape unmolested.
Thaxted Highwaymen, 391.
Archer hands the deeds and property taken from the highwaymen to sir Charles Freeman, who takes his sister, Mrs. Sullen, under his charge again.
Boni'face, landlord of the inn at Lichfield, in league with the highwaymen.
DIAN'A'S FORESTERS, "minions of the moon," "Diana's knights," etc., highwaymen. Marry, then, sweet wag, when thou art king, let not us that are "squires of the night's body" be called thieves ... let us be "Diana's foresters," "Gentlemen of the shade," "minions of the moon.
The purses of highwaymen would be empty, in case robberies were totally abolished; but have men a right to acquire money by going out to the highway?
And with him for prosecuting attorney, it was warranted that sirrahs the highwaymen would not continue to hold Georgia judge-and-jury justice in quite such contemptible estimation, and that the gallows would not be left so long bereft of their legitimate swingings.
The money was duly collected, but, as young José Antonio journeyed home with it, a rumor of his precious charge was spread, and he was beset in a lonely by-path by four highwaymen.
It was no light thing in Venezuela to commit a homicide without testimony of innocence, and young José hastened homewards with his treasure, in a state of trepidation far greater than any the living highwaymen could have inspired.
He was not afraid of highwaymen, and he had fought more than his share of duels, being a foul-mouthed advocate while he held briefs at the bar.
"A very extraordinary Affair happen'd at the County Gaol in Hertford, where four Highwaymen, very stout lusty Fellows, viz.
I found amusement in alternately exciting and lulling to sleep the causeless fears of my timorous companion, who tried in vain to induce a Scotchman with whom we dined in Darlington to ride with him, because the landlord informed us "that for as peaceable a gentleman as Mr. Campbell was, he was, moreover, as bold as a lionseven highwaymen had he defeated with his single arm, as he came from Whitson tryste."
Stories of highwaymen are excellent Links with the Past, and here is one.
People still living have seen the skeletons of pirates and highwaymen hanging in chains.
Highwaymen infested the suburban roads, and not seldom plied their calling in the capital itself.
First, that less than two hundred years ago, England had its highwaymen on all roads, and its smuggler dens and caravans, Scotland its caterans, and Ireland its moonlighters.
The roads were dangerous, and highwaymen lurked in the neighbourhood, but the actress put her faith in Providenceand a brace of pistols which she always carried.
CLIVE, Mrs., Johnson describes her acting, iv. 243; v. 126; and Walpole, H., iv. 243, n. 6; robbed by highwaymen, iii. 239, n. 1; 'understands what you say,' iv. 7.
95; morality, its, ii. 367; 'labefactation,' ib.; 'practical philosophers,' ii. 442; Rich made gay and Gay rich, iii. 321, n. 3; run of 63 nights, iii. 116, n. 1; children, writing for, ii. 408, n. 3; Letters, iv. 36, n. 4; Life by Johnson, ii. 367; Orpheus of highwaymen, ii. 367, n. 1; Queensberry, Duke of, ii.
HIGHWAYMEN, evidence of H. Walpole, Wesley, and Baretti as to their frequency, iii. 239, n. 1; Gay their Orpheus, ii.
361-4; Cambridge's, Mr., villa, ii. 361; highwaymen, iii. 239, n. 1; society, ii. 120.
On their part the men talked fast and loud, at one time laughed, and at another dropped a cursetheir form of pity; quoted the route and the inns, and weighed the chances of Devizes or Bath, Bristol or Salisbury; vaguely suggested highwaymen, an old lover, Mrs. Cornelys' ballet; and finally trooped out to stand in the road and listen, question the passers-by, and hear what the parish constable had to say of it.
Highwaymen & } Grand-tobymen.
This is no new thing, though the struggle against it, the combination of the forces of reform and blackmail, of dreamers and highwaymen, is offering some new phases.
Where the bad element was large, gangs of horse thieves, highwaymen, and other criminals often united with the uncontrollable young men of vicious tastes who were given to gambling, fighting, and the like.
[Footnote 1: Highwaymen.] "It is true, the Spanish people must necessarily be so.
On this day numerous highwaymen were met, but they dared not molest the travellers on account of the large number in the party.
Well, this god of love became the god of politics, and contrived meetings between Bute, Grenville, and Bedford; but, what happens to highwaymen after a robbery, happened to them before; they quarrelled about the division of the plunder, before they had made the captureand thus, when the last letters came away, the repeal was likely to pass in both houses, and tyranny once more despairs.
Our roads are so infested by highwaymen, that it is dangerous stirring out almost by day.
It was well for him that he wrote before the discoveries of Dr. Schliemann.] HIGHWAYMEN AND FOOTPADS.
I mean, from the enormous profusion of housebreakers, highwaymen, and footpads; and, what is worse, from the savage barbarities of the two latter, who commit the most wanton cruelties.
Some of these highwaymen demanded money and arms from the priest of Angadanan, but Father Marciano informed them 'that it could not be, as Leyba already knew what he had and would be angry.'
They disintegrate by passing through the stages of guerrilla warfare, of armed bands of highwaymen, of prowling groups of thieves, of sturdy beggars who at opportune moments resort to petty larceny."
Among its people are toilers and idlers, laws and lawbreakers, thieves and highwaymen, grand folk and plain folk.
I wondered whether or not the business of outlawry was not specialized, so that some stole horses, others robbed banks, others were highwaymen, and the like.
Excellent and moral men had been selected upon every occasion of vacancy, but it unfortunately happened, that as these worthy divines crossed Hounslow Heath, on their way to Ireland, to take possession of their bishoprics, they have been regularly robbed and murdered by the highwaymen frequenting that common, who seize upon their robes and patents, come over to Ireland, and are consecrated bishops in their stead."
We took this for a good omen of our successful journey, having escaped a danger which might have been greater to us than it was to our servants; for the highwaymen in France do not always give a traveller the civility of bidding him stand and deliver his money, but frequently fire on him first, and then take his money.
People who boast of being harami (highwaymen), and who respect the jallah (slave-driver)!
BLACKHEATH, a common 7 m. SE. of London, once a favourite haunt of highwaymen, now a place of holiday resort for Londoners; for long provided the only golfing-course in England.
Dick Turpin and Jonathan Wild never were fonder of having the daring hold-ups that other highwaymen perpetrated laid to their doors, than are these modern bandits of being credited with ruthless deeds that they did not commit.
Visions of highwaymen, maniacs, garroters and the like flashed through his brain.
"There would be small harm in letting a poor man get a drink of spirits cheap to warm his heart," said one of the other men; "but they say as how 'tis a very nest of 'em out there, and that's how no one can ever pitch on the highwaymen, such as robbed Farmer Vine t'other day a coming home from market."
The notion of the deed being attributed to lawless sailors and smugglers or highwaymen, who were known to swarm in the neighbourhood, seemed to remove all danger of suspicion.
the highwaymen, the pirates!
"Down there." Attacks by highwaymen were not uncommon experiences, though scarcely at eight o'clock in the morning, or so near a garrison, but the horsemen, having already heard the shots, galloped forward.
They finally agreed to carry the body back to Worms and to say that they had found Siegfried dead in the forest, where he had presumably been slain by highwaymen.
You even waited until you had gorged yourselves on food you've never earned, before you started your highwaymen performance.
Ascot has always been the western portion of Sunninghill parish (now called Sunninghill and Ascot) and, for most of its history, largely consisted of dangerous heathland frequented by highwaymen.
On the way there, they defeat a group of highwaymen and continue their journey unscathed.
But the four were not credited as "The Highwaymen" in this work.
Highwaymen along the Hennepin canal are now operating in the garb of women.
It is unclear whether this game will allow players to act as highwaymen or robbers, but we can certainly dream!
The most haunting segment for readers involves Molly Grue, an older woman working for a seedily charming highwaymen.