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out of his pocket, and he heard him tell the people he was the King's officer; his wig was then off, and there was blood upon his cheek ; that he saw a letter, which he understood to be going to Mr. Battine ; and Kelly and the prisoner Carter had it in their hands, but he did not know how they came by it; that he did not see the direction of the letter; but he observed it was broken open when he saw it in the hands of Carter and Kelly, and he understood, by the discourse of the company, that it was a letter which the two strangers were to carry to Mr. Battine, but he never heard it read.
The prisoners Carter and Jackson would not ask him any questions.
Richard Kent deposed, that he was at the widow Payne's on the 14th of February ; that he saw Jackson and Carter, and many others, particularly two strangers, who he supposed were Galley and Chater; that they took the strangers out with them, and that Edmund Richards told him that if he spoke a word of what he had heard or seen he would shoot him; but Jackson and Carter were not in the room when Richards said this.
George Poate deposed that he was at Rowland's Castle on Sunday, the 14th of February last, about seven o'clock in the evening, and saw nine men there; Jackson and Carter were two of them; he stayed there about half an hour, and as soon as he came in he saw four or five men with great coats and boots on, most of them upon their legs, as if they were just going; he went and warmed himself by the kitchen fire, and soon after he heard the stroke of a whip, repeated three or four times, in a little room that was at the corner of the kitchen, but did not see who gave the blowrs, nor