Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

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

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36                                  SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
Newgate, for being concerned with divers other persons-in running uncustomed goods, and for not surrendering after publication in the London Gazette.
Old Eichard Mills, notwithstanding he knew that all these were taken, and that warrants were out against Henry Sheerman, otherwise Little Harry, of Leigh, near Warblington, labourer; Edmund Eichards, of Long Coppice, in the Parish of Walderton, labourer; Thomas Stringer, of Chichester, cordwainer; Daniel Perryer, otherwise Little Daniel, of Norton, labourer : and John Mills (his other son), of Trotton, labourer; all which places are in the county of Sussex; as also against Thomas Willis, commonly called the Coachman, of Sel-bourne, near Liphook; and Samuel Howard, otherwise Little Sam, of Eowland's Castle, labourer; both in the county of Hants; for being concerned with the others before-mentioned, in the murders of Galley and Chaterr yet he continued at home, never absconding, thinking himself quite safe, as he knew nothing of the murder of Galley, and as to that of Chater, he was seemingly very easy, as he was not murdered in his house, nor he present when the wicked deed was done: but Steel having given an account in his information of the whole affair, which was laid before the Attorney General, that old Major Mills was concerned, as has been before related, by keeping the poor man chained in his shilling or turf-house : and that he was present when they all came down from Scardefield's, and told him they were come to take Chater up to Harris's Well, where they intended to murder him, and fling him into it; as like­wise that he was present in the turf-house when Tapner cut Chater across his eyes, nose and forehead ; and that he did express these words, " Don't murder him here ;. take him somewhere else and do it," it was thought
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