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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
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conduct them the best they could; that they went no further together than to a place called Rowland's Castle, to a public house which was kept by the widow Payne ; the two strangers, Galley and Chater, called for rum at the widow Payne's. This was about the middle of the day, or something after. That the widow Payne asked him if he knew these men, or whether they belonged to his company ; he told her they were going to Justice Battine's, and that he was going to shew them the way ; she then said she thought they were going to do harm to the smugglers, and desired him to set them out of the way; which he refused. She then seemed uneasy, and she and her son consulted together ; that her son went out, and the prisoner Jackson came in a little time ; that the prisoner Carter and several more came thither soon afterwards. He knew none but Jackson and Carter*. That Jackson enquired where the two men were bound for, and the man in the light coat answered they were going to Justice Battine's, and from thence to Chichester: but Carter was not by at that time; that Galley and Chater had some rum, and Jackson called for a mug of hot—which was gin and beer mixed, or something of that kind—to the best of his knowledge they all drank together; he did not see any ill-treatment, nor either of the men bloody whilst he was there ; that he went away between two and three, and left the two men there; the widow Payne called him out of doors, and told him his brother Jenkes wanted to speak to him; when he came out his horse was at the hedge by the back door, and his brother said he
* The other five prisoners were not at Rowland's Castle, so that Mr. Austin could have no knowledge of them. 6
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