Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

An Account of a notorious Smuggling gang in the early 18th Century

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6                                            PREFACE.
them, as their own natural good sense and experience might point out; and more especially they should put them in mind that God, by the mouth of His servant Moses, expressly declares, " He who sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed."
" I have drawn it up in the way of a Narrative, as the best method of giving a full view of the whole aftair. "When that is over, I proceed to give an account of their Trials; after wdiich I conclude with their lives, confessions, behaviour, and last dying words at the place of execution.
" I cannot omit to mention here, that Mr. Banks made a speech, exceedingly eloquent and judicious, which drew the attention of the whole court; and which he concluded with that wise saying of the wisest of men, ' That the mercies of the wicked are cruelties'; the truth of which will evidently appear in the follow­ing pages.
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