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

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102                             SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
Ann Pescod deposed, that two men came to her father's on the 15th of February, about one o'clock in the morning, and called for her father ; that she asked one of them his name, and he said it was William Jackson. Her father who was then very ill, said they might come if they would; that Jackson did come in, and asked if they could not bring a couple of men there for a little while, to which she answered " No," because her father was ill; and thereupon Jackson turned to the other man, and said, " We cannot think of abiding here, as the man is so ill," and so they went away. She saw that Jackson's hand was bloody.
She was ordered to look at the prisoners Jackson and Carter, and see if they were the two men that came, and she said Jackson was one, for that she took particular notice of him, his hand being bloody, and that she verily believed Carter was the other.
Then the King's Counsel called William Scardefield, who deposed that he kept the Eed Lion, at Bake, in the parish of Eogate, and that in the night, between the 14th and 15th of February, Jackson and Carter, with Steel and Eichards, came to his house and called out to him, " For God's sake get up and let us in "; then he let them in, and saw they were bloody. He asked them how they came to be so ; and they said they had an engagement and lost their goods, and some of their men they feared were dead and some wounded. That they said they would go and call them that were at the other public-house ; and while he was gone into the cellar, he heard horses come to the door ; and some of the men went into the kitchen, some into the brew-house, and some into the parlours. That he saw two or three men in the brewhouse, and there lay something like a man before them in the brewhouse, by the brew-
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