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About document 36

Correspondence concerning Dick Turpin, dated 24 February 1738/9.

(Catalogue reference: SP 36/47 folios 87 and 89)

John Palmer is committed to York Castle on suspicion of stealing sheep and horses. It is revealed that John Palmer confessed to his subsequent identification of Richard (Dick) Turpin, the infamous highwayman.

Turpin was born at Hempstead in Essex. Having made a career of stealing livestock and robbing farmhouses he left Essex in 1737 to avoid arrest and settled in Yorkshire under the name John Palmer, a horse dealer. Turpin was actually stealing the horses on frequent excursions into Lincolnshire, and supplementing his income by highway robbery.

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  • The document is written in a cursive mixed hand.


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