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from their hiding places, discharged hlunderbuses, and made an attack upon the carriages, in fact, a mock assault of highwaymen, in turn they were apparently over­powered by the coachmen and footmen in attendance, yet contrived to escape from their clutches. The trick suc­ceeded admirably; the servants were complimented and rewarded for their great courage, the ladies feeling they were under the greatest obligations to those who had preserved their lives and property from these ruthless marauders. We need not add that this adventure was the climax to these midnight wanderings.
To this latter incident in connection with "old Brighton " could be added very many of equal interest, in which the fashionable residents were concerned in these " royal days " of our favourite watering place.
PHCEBE HESSEL*
This remarkable woman, and one of the most promi­nent of Brighton characters about half a century ago, as the inscription on her tombstone in the Parish Church yard will indicate, was born at Stepney, in the year 1713. She served for many years as a private soldier in the 5th Regiment of Foot, in different parts of Europe, and in the year 1745 fought under the command of the Duke of Cumberland, at the Battle of Fontenoy, where she received a bayonet wound in her arm. Her long life, which commenced in the reign of Queeu Anne, extended to that of George the Fourth, by whose munificence she received comfort and support in her latter days. She died at Brighton, where she had long resided, December 12th, 1821, aged 108 years.
* Quoted from Erredge'a History of Brighton, with additions by the Author of this Work.
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