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Fancy Dress. All Magisterial business prior to the establishment of the Petty Sessions was transacted at Lewes, to the serious inconvenience of those persons who required such aid and assistance. And at a Vestry Meeting, held in 1796, it was resolved that all vagrants and beggars were to be apprehended by the Town Crier, who was to receive Is. per head for their capture, and whose duty was to carry the same to Lewes for incarceration, and many were the jovial outings in consequence by the "Marmaduke Magog" of the period and his friends (at the parish expense) in carrying out the raid made upon the delinquents who were included in the category of this imperious decree. Mr Serjeant Eunnington, before spoken of, acquired some notoriety on the celebration of the 5th of November in 1817, having, in conjunction with the High Constable (Mr Williams, of the Baths), and Mr White, of Castle Square, taken the unwise step of calling out the Military to stay the usual annual demonstration on the Steine. A portion of a Foot Regiment that had arrived in the town from a long march, en route from the disturbed manufacturing districts, the same evening,ómany of whom had retired to rest, were called out and ordered to charge the mob, after the Eiot Act had been read, which they accordingly did, and Thomas Rowles, one of the Headboroughs, was run through by a bayonet and unfortunately killed. An inquest on the deceased commenced, at the King and Queen Inn, on the following day, and was continued for a fortnight, the jury eventually returning a verdict of "Wilful Murder" against the parties implicated, but they were acquitted at the Assizes following. Serjeant Eunnington died a few years afterwards and was interred in Preston Churchyard in the presence of a large concourse of persons.
This occurrence was the subject of some cleverly-written verses, by Thomas Herbert, entitled " The Battle
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