Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

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

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wondered why the two men did not go away; upon which he went back again into the house, and his brother was uneasy because he did so ; that the widow Payne advised him to go home, and said the two men would be directed the way: he was uneasy at going without them, because he saw so many men come in, and imagined they had a design to do some harm to them; that when he went away, Jackson and Carter were left with the two men, Galley and Chater, to the best of his knowledge; and Jackson, as well as the widow Payne, persuaded him to go home, saying it would be better for him. He was positive that Jackson and Carter were there, for he knew them very well.
The Court asked Jackson and Carter if they would ask the witness any questions,
To which they both answered they had no questions to ask him.
Thomas Austin was then called, who deposed that he was at the New Inn at Leigh on Valentine's Day last, with his brother George, where he saw two men who enquired the way to Justice Battine's ; he went from thence with them to Bowland's Castle; they went to the widow Payne's at that place, and called for a dram of rum ; the prisoners were not there at first, but in a little time Jackson came, and soon afterwards the prisoner Carter. That the widow Payne spoke to him at the outer door before either of the prisoners came and asked him if he knew the two men, and said she was afraid they were come to do the smugglers some mischief, and that she would send for William Jackson; accordingly her son went for him, and he soon came, and another little man and his servant. This witness further deposed that he saw in the house one Joseph Southern and the prisoner
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