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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                               91
milliner, and that he should remember it, and took down his name in Jackson's presence. Galley likewise said lie was an officer, and shewed his deputation to the people that were in the room.
This witness, continuing his deposition, said Galley and Chater began to be very uneasy, and wanted to be going, but that the prisoners Jackson and Carter, and the rest of them that were smugglers, persuaded them to stay, and be pacified, and all things should be set right; and the company continued drinking till Galley and Chater were quite fuddled, and were carried into a little inner room to sleep; this was about four or five o'clock, and they continued in the little room two or three hours; the rest of the company sat drinking all the while, consulting what to do with Galley and Chater. The prisoners Jackson and Carter, and Little Sam, Little Harry, Eichards, and the witness were at the consultation. It was proposed to put them (Galley and Chater) out of the way, because they should not appear against the shepherd, meaning Dimer ; after which it was proposed to throw them into the well in the horse pasture, about a quarter of a mile from Rowland's Castle, but that it was thought not convenient to put them into a well so near, for fear of discovery.
Here the question was particularly asked Steel, the witness, which of them it was that proposed the murdering them directly and flinging them afterwards down the well ; to which he replied, he believed he might.
After this it was next proposed to join and each man to allow them threepence a week, and to keep them in some secret place till they saw what became of Dimer, and as Dimer was served, so these two people (Chater and (Jalley) were to be served. This was talked of
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