9 L. Q. Rev. 197 (1893)

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o. XXXV. July, 1893.
THE HIGHWAYMAN'S CASE (EVerel v. William).
T   RUTH is stranger than fiction. The story of a highwayman
filing a Bill in Equity for an account against his partner, which
we had always doubted (ante, p. 105), is correct after all.
A learned correspondent has sent us an extract from the European
Magazine for May, 1787, vol. i. 36o, which sets out the Bill and the
orders made. As the orders are dated, we have been able to pro-
cure a collation of the originals, which we owe to the kindness of
Mr. Hubert Hall, of the Record Office.
The Bill was in the Equity side of the Exchequer. John Everet,
of the Parish of St. James's, Clerkenwell, and Joseph Williams
were the parties. Apparently it was filed before 1725, and it has
not been identified; but, as the orders are there, we have no reason
to mistrust the copy of the Bill in the European Magazine.
It recites an oral partnership between the defendant and the
plaintiff, who was 'skilled in dealing in several sorts of commodi-
ties;' and that the parties had 'proceeded jointly in the said deal-
ings with good success on Hounslow Heath, where they dealt -with
a gentleman for a gold watch;' and that defendant had informed
plaintiff that Finebley 'was a good and convenient place to deal
in, aid that the said commodities were very plenty at Finchley
aforesaid,' and that if they were to deal there 'it woiild be almost
all gain to them.' Further recitals show how the parties accord-,
ingly 'dealt with several gentlemen for divers watches,rings,
swords, canes, hats, cloaks, horses, bridles, saddle, and other
things to the value of X2oo and upwards;' and how there was
a gentleman at Blackheath who had several things of this sort to
dispose of, which defendant represented 'might be had for little
or no money, in ease they could prevail on the said gentleman
to part with the said things;' and how,' after some small discourse
with the said gentleman,' the said things were dealt for ' at a very

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