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HANNAH SNELL, The Female Soldier &c. ]

THE Female Soldier; Or, The Surprising LIFE and ADVENTURES OF HANNAH SNELL , Born in the CITY of Worcester ,

Who took upon herself the Name of James Gray ; and, being deserted by her Husband, put on Mens Apparel, and travelled to Coventry in quest of him, where she enlisted in Col. Guise 's Regiment of Foot, and marched with that Regiment to Carlisle , in the Time of the Rebellion in Scotland ; shewing what happened to her in that City, and her Desertion from that Regiment.


A Full and True ACCOUNT of her enlisting afterwards into Fraser 's Regiment of Marines, then at Portsmouth ; and her being draughted out of that Regiment, and sent on board the Swallow Sloop of War, one of Admiral Boscawen 's Squadron, then bound for the East Indies . With the many Vicissitudes of Fortune she met with during that Expedition, particularly at the Siege of Pondicherry , where she received Twelve Wounds. Likewise, the surprising Accident by which she came to hear of the Death of her faithless Husband, who she went in quest of.


With an ACCOUNT of what happened to her in the Voyage to England , in the Eltham Man of War. The whole containing the most surprizing Incidents that have happened in any preceeding Age; wherein is laid open all her Adventures, in Mens Cloaths, for near five Years, without her Sex being ever discovered.

LONDON : Printed for, and Sold by R. WALKER, the Corner of Elliot's Court , in the Little Old Bailey . 1750. Price One Shilling.


Notwithstanding the surprizing Adventures of this our British Heroine, of whom the following Pages fully and impartially treat; yet the Oddity of her Conduct for preserving her Virtue was such, that it demands not only Respect, but Admiration; and as there is nothing to be found in the following Sheets, but what is Matter of Fact, it merits the Countenance and Approbation of every Inhabitant of this great Isle, especially the Fair Sex, for whom this Treatise is chiefly intended; and the Truth of which being confirmed by our Heroines Affidavit, made before the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, the said Affidavit is hereunto annexed, in order to prevent the Publick from being imposed upon by fictitious Accounts.

Hannah Snell, born in the City of Worcester, in the Year of our Lord 1723, and who took upon her the Name of James Gray, maketh Oath, and saith, That she this Deponent served his present Majesty King George, as a Soldier and Sailor, from the 27th of November, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty five, to the 9th of this Instant June, and entered herself as a Marine in Capt. Graham 's Company in Col. Fraser 's Regiment, and went on board the Swallow, his Majesty's Sloop of War, to the East Indies, belonging to Admiral Boscawen 's Squadron, where this Deponent was present at the Siege of Pondicherry, and all the other Sieges during that Expedition, in which she received Twelve Wounds, some of which were dangerous, and was put into the Hospital for Cure of the same, and returned into England in the Eltham Man of War, Capt. Lloyd Commander, without the least Discovery of her Sex.

And this Deponent further maketh Oath, and saith, That she has delivered to Robert Walker, Printer, in the Little Old Bailey, London, a full and true Account of the many surprizing Incidents, and wonderful Hardships she underwent during the Time she was in his Majesty's Service as aforesaid, to be by him printed and published.

And this Deponent lastly saith, That she has not given the least Hint of her surprising Adventures to any other Person, nor will she, this Deponent, give any the Least Account thereof, to any Person whatsoever, to be printed or published, save and except the above mentioned Robert Walker.

Sworn before me this 27th Day of June , 1750, at Goldsmith's Hall, London ,



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