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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS..                               93
"D...n them, lick them, whip them," and they were whipped as before for about a mile further, and then they fell down under the horse's belly, with their heads upon the ground and their legs over the saddle ; upon which Jackson and Carter and some of the others of the gang dismounted and untied Galley and Chater, and immediately set them up again, and their legs were tied together in the same posture, and the company went on whipping them as before till they came to a place called Dean,* which was about half a mile further. They were beat very much, and in the judgment of the witness, it was almost impossible they should sit their horses ; that when they came to Dean somebody of the company pulled out a pistol and said he would shoot them (Galley and Chater) through the head, if they made any noise whilst they went through the village. He could not tell who it was that threatened to shoot them, but apprehends it was done for fear the people in the village should hear them. They went on at a foot pace, and after they got through Dean they were whipped again as before; and when they came near a place called Idsworth, they fell down again under the horse's belly, and then some of the company loosed them, and set up the officer (Galley) behind him (the witness), and Chater behind Little Sam, and in this manner they proceeded towards Lady Holt Park, which is near three miles from Idsworth, whipping Galley and Chater as before. But the lashes of their whips falling upon the witness as he sat before Galley, he (the witness) could not bear the strokes, and therefore he cried out, and then they left off whipping Galley in that manner.
* The name of the place is Goodthrop Dean, a little village.
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