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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
Major Battin ; and soon after advised George Austin to go away about his business, telling him, as she respected him, he had better go and not stay, lest he should come to some harm ; upon which he went away, and left his brother Thomas and brother-in-law Mr. Jenkes there.
During this time, Mrs. Payne's other son came in, and finding there were grounds to suspect that the two strangers were going to make information against the smugglers, he went out and fetched in William Steel (who was one of the King's witnesses upon trial), and Samuel Downer, otherwise Samuel Howard, otherwise Little Sam, Edmund Eichards, Henry Sheerman, other­wise Little Harry, all smugglers, and all belonging to the same gang, and were indicted for the murder of Mr. Galley, but not then taken.
After they had drank a little while, Jackson took Chater into the yard, and asked him how he did, and where Diamond was; Chater said he believed he was in custody, but how he did he did not know ; but that he was going to appear against him, which he was sorry for, but he could not help it. Galley soon after came into the yard to them, to get Chater in again, suspecting that Jackson was persuading Chater not to persist in giving information against the smugglers, and upon Galley's desiring Chater to come in, Jackson said,
"(j...d d......n your b......d, what is that to you?"
strikes him a blow in the face and knocks him down, and set his nose and mouth a-bleeding; after which they all came into the house, Jackson abusing Galley; when Galley said he was the King's officer, and could not put up with such usage ; then Jackson replied, "You a King's officer ! I'll make a King's officer of you ; and for a quartern of gin I'll serve you so again;" and some time after offering to strike him again, one of the
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