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

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18                                   SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
hut he saw a man, he says, stand up very bloody, whom he supposed to be Chater. They told him, Scardefield, that they had an engagement with some officers, and had lost their tea, and were afraid that several of their people were killed ; which they probably said, as well to conceal their murder of Galley, as to account for Chater's being bloody.
All this time poor Mr. Chater was in expectation every moment of being killed, and indeed, when I am speaking of it, my heart bleeds for his sufferings; but they sent him now out of the way, for Jackson and Little Harry carried him down to Old Mills's, which was not far off, and then returned again to the company.
After they had drank pretty plentifully, they all went out, taking Galley, or his corpse, if he was quite dead, with them; when Carter and Richards returned to Scardefield's, and asked him if he could find the place out where they had some time before lodged some goods ; and he said he believed he could, but could not go then. But Richards and Carter insisted he should ; and then Carter took a candle, and lantern, and borrowed a spade, and they went together, and had not gone far when they came to the rest, who were waiting: and then Scardefield saw something lie across a horse, which he thought looked like the dead body of a man ; and then Little Sam having a spade, began to dig a hole, and it being a very cold morning, he helped, but did not know what it was for ; and in this hole they buried poor Mr. Galley.
They then returned to Scardefield's, and sat carousing the best part of Monday, having, as Jackson told them, secured Chater.
This Scardefield was formerly thought to have
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