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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                                     9
asking the nearest way, they saw Mr. George Austin, and Mr. Thomas Austin, two brothers, and their brother-in-law, Mr. Jenkes ; when the elder brother, G. Austin, said they were going the same way, and would shew them ; and they all set out together (Galley, Chater, and the rest being all on horseback) ; and about 12 at noon came to the AVhite Hart at Rowland's Castle, a house kept by one Elizabeth Payne, widow, who had two sons, both men grown, and black­smiths, and reputed smugglers, in the same village. After calling for some rum, Mrs. Payne took Mr. George Austin aside, and told him she was afraid these two strangers were come with intent to do some injury to the smugglers. He replied he believed she need be under no such apprehension on that account, for they were only carrying a letter to Major Battin ; and as he did not know the purport of it, he imagined it was only about some common business. The circumstance, how­ever, of their having a letter for the Major, increased her suspicion; upon which she sent one of her sons who was then in the house, for William Jackson and William Carter, two of the murderers (as will appear hereafter), who lived within a small distance of her house. While her son was gone, Chater and Galley wanted to be going, and asked for their horses ; but Mrs. Tayne told them, that the man was gone out with the key of the stables, and would be at home presently, which words she said in order to keep them till Jackson and Carter came, who lived very near. As soon as Jackson came, who was there first, he ordered a pot of hot to be made, and while that was getting ready Carter came in ; Mrs. Payne immediately took them aside, and told them her suspicions concerning Chater and Galley, and likewise the circumstance of a letter which they were carrying to
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