a genteel fellow well dressed

On Thursday morning early the Derby-Fly was stopt on Finchley-common by a single highwayman, who robbed the passengers of about 4l. He was a genteel fellow well dressed, with a gold laced hat, and mounted upon a roan horse; he seemed young at the business, was a good deal confused, said necessity obliged him to have recourse to that means, but behaved very civilly, never offering to present his pistol, for fear of frightening the ladies with whom he shaked hands when he had committed the robbery, wished them a good morning, and they him good success; — he likewise robbed a single gentleman in a post chaise in the same morning.