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

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66
SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
and to punish Chater and Galley for daring to give information against him. For that purpose, whilst Chater and Galley were asleep, several consultations were held.
" It was proposed first to put Galley and Chater out of the way, to prevent their giving information against Dimer; and to that end it was talked of murdering them, and flinging them into a well, a quarter of a mile from Eowland's Castle, that was in the horse pasture; but the proposal was overruled, fearing a discovery, as the well was so near Eowland's Castle.
" The next thing proposed was secretly to convey Chater and Galley into France, at that time at war with England.
" The second scheme was, for all present to contribute threepence a week for the maintenance of Chater and Galley, who were to be confined in some private place, and there subsisted until Dimer should be tried ; and as Dimer was done unto, so Chater and Galley were to be dealt with.
" The third and last proposal was to murder both.
" With a view and intention to execute this last, and the most cruel proposal, Jackson went into the room about seven that evening, where Chater and Galley lay asleep, and awaked them. They both came out very bloody, and cut in their faces; but by what means, or what Jackson had done to them, does not appear. They were immediately afterwards forced out of the house by Jackson and Carter; the others present consenting and assisting; Eichards, one of the company, with a cocked pistol in his hand, swore he would shoot any person through the head who should make the least discovery of what had passed there.
" Chater and Galley were put upon one horse; and to
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