James Earl, a footpad

Last tuesday evening one James Earl, a footpad, was committed to our county gaol by the right hon. Lord Viscount Wentworth, charged with stopping Mr. Booth, of Daddleton in the said county, upon his return from Hinkley-Market on monday evening last, and robbing him of a purse containing 2l. 3s. with which he made off across the fields; but two young men coming up almost the instant the robbery was committed, and being informed what had happened, they pursued him; the fellow finding he could not escape, threw himself into a Dyke, where he was discovered and apprehended.