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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                                   43
Mayor and Aldermen of the Corporation, where an excellent senium was preached suitable to the occasion, by the Reverend Mr. Ashburnham, Dean of Chichester. We shall now proceed to give an account of what passed at Chichester during their trials; only observe first, that William Combleach, the gardener (whom we have before observed to have been committed only on# suspicion, by his own idle talk, which, no doubt, gave a just foundation for his said commitment) was not ordered to be indicted, nor from the mouths of the witnesses on the trials was his name more than barely mentioned.
Chichester, January 16th, 1748.
This morning between eleven and twelve o'clock, the judges assigned to hold the assize by special com­mission, viz., the Hon. Sir Michael Foster, Knt., one of the judges of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench; the Hon. Edward Clive, one of the Barons of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer ; and the Hon. Sir Thomas Birch, Knt., one of the Judges of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas ; went from the Bishop's Palace, preceded by the High Sheriff of the County, with the usual ceremonies, to the Guildhall, where they were met by his Grace the Duke of Bichmond, Sir Richard Mill, Sir Cecil Bishop, Sir Hutchins Williams, Barts., John Butler, Esq., Robert Bull, Esq., and others of the commissioners named in the commission for that purpose ; and after having opened the said commission, and the same having been read, the gentlemen who were summoned to be of the grand jury, were called over, and the following twenty-seven, who were present, sworn., viz.:
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