Monuments and Dust

Monuments and Dust

London Times: 17 July 1851



Sir, -- Allow me to draw your attention to a highway robbery perpetrated on myself last night. On my going home, between 12 and 1 o'clock, two or three villains rushed suddenly, I imagine, from a doorway, one of whom pressed some hard substance against my throat, whilst the others pushed me down a gateway. I became almost instantly immobile from the pressure producing suffocation, and no doubt I should have died if I had not become insensible so soon, as it enabled them to rob me and release my throat. After lying, I imagine, about half an hour, I recovered my senses and found I had been robbed of a gold watch and chain, and also of my money, about 4l. I am at present suffering great pain, but hope I have not sustained a great injury. Now, sir, this atrocious attack was not committed in a byplace, but in a public thoroughfare, a public-house being open and within half a minute's walk; and I would observe that these diabolical robberies are not of rare occurrence, but I believe they are concealed by the police. I do hope you will take some notions of this matter, which concerns the public at large; for my part, I shall be afraid to pass a doorway, or any place capable of concealing these scoundrels. I send you my address.

I remain, Sir, yours very respectfully,


July 16.