Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

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

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his house; and the prisoners Eichard Mills the younger, and his brother John, were sent for, and came to them.
Edward Sones proved that on the 16th or 17th of September last he found the body of a dead man in a well in Harris's Wood, within 200 yards of Lady Holt House, and that there were two pieces of timber over the body. That he went immediately to get the coroner's inquest, and when he came back he saw the man had boots on, and there was a rope about his neck ; that the well is by Lady Holt Park, in the county of Sussex.
Mr. Erackstone produced the boots and a belt that were taken off the body, and given him by the Coroner.
Mrs. Chater, the widow of Daniel Chater, deposed that she remembered her late husband set out from Southampton on the 14th February last, and that she had never seen him since that time; she looked upon the belt produced by Mr. Brackstone, and said she knew it was the same belt her husband had on when he set out from home, by a particular mark in it; and she believed the boots produced were likewise her husband's.
Mr. Sones proved also, that the horse which Chater set out upon was found about a month afterwards and delivered to the owner.
The King's Counsel submitted it here.
Mr. Justice Foster acquainted the prisoners that the King's Counsel, having gone through their evidence, it was now time to offer what they could in their own defence.
He repeated to each of the prisoners the particular facts the evidence had charged him with, and asked them severally what they had to say to clear themselves of that charge.
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