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IN DENIS DUVAL'S COUNTRY.                57
Haddock some years since. Being lately over­taken by Captain Bray in one of the King's cutters, he made a desperate resistance, and even when boarded, fought still, and drew a cutlass at Captain Bray; who then hewed him in pieces with his cutlass." This is one of the many grim legends of Sussex smuggling. His last visit was on 6th October, 1790, when he went to "that poor skeleton of ancient Winchelsea." He stayed at the house of an eminently pious woman, Miss Jones, who gave him an account of a desperate illness which had kept her in bed two months. One day the thought came into her mind, " Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me whole ! Be it according to thy will," and immediately she felt well again, and arose and dressed herself. Standing under the large tree by the side of the Church, he called to " most of the inhabitants " of the town, " The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand ; repent and believe the gospel." He preached again in the meeting house at Rye, but the sermon preached under the tree by Winchelsea Church was the last delivered in the open air by the founder of Methodism, who died 2nd March, 1791, at the age of 88.
When Denis is at school at Rye, a plot is
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