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

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90                                   SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
was nothing mentioned, as he remembered then, but the securing them in order to carry them to France."
This witness having gone thus far in his evidence, was set by for the present; the counsel for the crown declaring that they would call him again, to give an account of what passed on the 17th, when Chater was murdered, after they had examined the next witness. Then William Steel, one of the accomplices in both the murders from beginning to end, was sworn, who deposed that he was sent for to the widow Payne's on Sunday, the 14th of February; that Jackson, Little Sam, one Kelly, and two men more, and Jackson's wife, were there when he came, which was about two o'clock in the afternoon, and soon afterwards Little Harry, Carter, Edmund Eichards, John Eace, the last witness, and Carter's wife came thither; he said he did not know how Carter or Jackson came to be there, but the widow Payne's son came and called him out, and said he must go to the Castle, his mother's, for there were two men come to swear against the shepherd; that when he came in he found the two strangers, Galley and Chater, and Jackson, Carter, Eichards, and some others; and that they were in general sober, but they sat drinking together about two hours; that Jackson took Chater out of the. house to examine him about Dimer; and after they had been out some time, Galley went out to them, but soon returned, and said Jackson had knocked him down; the witness saw he was bloody all down the left cheek; that Jackson was not in the room when Galley came in, but came in with Carter a little time afterwards ; that then Galley, addressing himself to Jackson, said he did not know any occasion Jackson had to use him in that
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