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64                               BYGONE SUSSEX.
in liveries, and kept hunters. They lived at Winchelsea until January, 1782, when they took a house at Brompton for the girls. The Westons visited Margate, and played there with a young lawyer who could not pay. The result was a fierce dispute. George took off his glove, and a bystander noticed that he had a peculiar thumb nail, resembling a parrot's beak. This was the mark of a man wanted for the Bristol robbery. The bystander set off for London, and the police-runners came down—a few hours after the brothers had sailed for Ostend. They returned to their fine house at Winchelsea to find that, as they had not paid for the furniture and plate, the creditors had taken out a writ. The officers who had to serve it met the brothers at Rye and tried to dismount Joseph, but the Westons showed their pistols and rode off safely to London. They were, however, followed to Clement's Hotel, at the corner of Holies and Wardour Street. They actually passed the officer stationed at the door to apprehend them, but a hue and cry was raised and they turned up Richmond's Buildings, which proved to be a cul-de-sac, and so returning were arrested in Broad Street. George was knocked down by a
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