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  SP 36/19, Part I, f.54-57. An account from 1730 by one of the King's messengers, Nathan Carrington, of being robbed at night on the highway.
(There was no postal service, so the government used special King's Messengers, like Nathan Carrington. His "escutcheon" is his royal badge.)
  As you read this source, what can you infer about this highwayman, from Carrington's account? Does the highwayman's attitude change as the incident progresses? Why do you think Carrington wrote such a careful account?
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  SP 36/19, Part I, f.54-57 account from 1730
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