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

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88                               SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
who received them ; that he afterwards heard a strange rustling of people, more than before, and saw seven or eight men come into the kitchen; that he knew Jackson and Carter, and William Steel, Edmund Richards, and two that went by the names of Little Sam and Little Harry; there were two other persons there, whom to his knowledge he had never seen before or since, and could give no account of them, nor did he observe how they were dressed; that soon after he thought he heard a blow, and saw Jackson in a moving posture, as if he had just given a blow, and was drawing up his arm in a proper form, as if he was going to give another; but William Payne stepped up, and called him a fool and a blockhead for so doing; upon which he sunk his arm, and did not behave in a like manner, any more in his sight; that just as they were going out of doors, Jackson turned round with a pistol in his hand, and asked for a belt, or string, but nobody gave him either, and he put his pistol into his pocket, and went away with the rest; that by the trampling of horses he supposed they all went on horseback, but which way he knew not; it was between seven and eight o'clock, as nigh as he could guess, when they went off; he did not hear any conversa­tion about one of the strangers being a King's officer, nor did he see the blow given, nor the person to whom the other blow was going to be given.
The prisoners Jackson and Carter said they had no questions to ask this witness.
Then his Majesty's counsel desired that John Eaise, otherwise Eace, he being an accessary to the fact, should be called, who appearing and being sworn, deposed, that on Sunday, the 14th of February, he was at Eowland's Castle between twelve and one o'clock at noon; that when he came there he found Edmund Eichards, William Steel,
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