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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                                   19
been concerned with the smugglers ; and as he
kept a public house, they thought they might take
.any liberties with him. And it seems evident, by
what they did after they had gained admission,
that they only wanted a convenient place to
consult at leisure what course to pursue on this
occasion. They had two prisoners, one of whom they
supposed they had already murdered, whose body they
must dispose of in some manner or other. The other,
though yet living, they resolved should undergo the
same fate, but by what means it does not appear they
had yet agreed. The better to blind Scardefielcl, whom
they did not care to let into the secret of their bloody
scheme, and likewise to give some colourable pretence
for what his own eyes had been witness to (a dead
corpse in his brewhouse, and a man all over blood
standing in his parlour), they tell him a plausible story
of an engagement they had with the king's officers.
Now whether Scardefield gave entire credit to what
they told him, or whether he really suspected what they
were upon, did not appear from the evidence. This,
however, is certain, that he went with them to the
place, and assisted them in burying the body of Galley;
and therefore one would imagine he could not be
entirely ignorant of what they were doing. But as he
was one of the witnesses by which this iniquity was
brought to light, and as he was likewise a person of
fair character, we shall forbear saying any thing that
may seem to throw a slur on his reputation.
But now we must return to the melancholy story of the unfortunate man, unhappy in the hands of the most cruel wretches surely ever breathing.
While they were sitting at Scardefield's, consulting together what they were to do next, Richard Mills
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