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

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42                               SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
Having thus brought the prisoners to Chichester, and put them in safe confinement, we shall leave them there for the present, till we meet them again on their trials, of which we are enabled to give the most authentic account of any that has been, or may be, published. After that, we shall attend the prisoners while under sentence of condemnation, and truly relate whatever appeared remarkable in their carriage or demeanour; and then bear them company to the place of execution, where we shall take particular notice of their behaviour and dying words.
But, previous to this, it will be necessary to give some account of the journey of the judges from London to Chichester, in order to rectify some mistakes that were made in the accounts published of it in the public prints.
The judges set out from London on Friday, January the 13th, and arrived at the Duke of Eichmond's house at Godalming in Surrey that evening, where they lay that night, and the next day they set out for Chichester, and were met at Midhurst by his Grace the Duke of Richmond, who entertained their lordships with a dinner at his hunting-house near Charlton. After which they proceeded on their journey, and got into Chichester about five o'clock, and went directly to the Bishop's Palace. It was reported, though very erroneously, that they were guarded in their journey by a party of horse, both thither and back again ; but they had none but their own attendants, except a few-servants of his Grace the Duke of Richmond, the judges, counsellors, and principal officers being in six coaches, each drawn by six horses.
On Sunday morning, the loth, they went to the Cathedral, accompanied by the Duke of Richmond, the
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