Brighton News Story – 16 November, 1789: Villain cuts straps of Prince’s trunk

Last Tuesday evening, as the Prince of Wales’s carriage was passing along St. James Street, to Carleton House, the straps of the portmanteau-trunk that was behind were cut by two fellows who took advantage of the footman’s absence; who left his port (on some occasion) only a few minutes.  They were however, by his return, prevented from effecting their design.  The footman was near enough to the villains to hear them say, it would not do, but before he knew they had made such an attempt; which favoured their escape.

From The Sussex Weekly Advertiser, 1789

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