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

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114
SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
and it being a very cold night, he (the witness) took the spitter and dug to keep himself warm ; there seemed to him to be a man upon the horse, and it fell into the pit like a dead man, and they covered it up ; and he verily believed it to be the body of a man, but he did not help to put it in, and was about three or four yards from it; he never went nigh the ground afterwards, and did not see the body of a man upon the horse afterwards, or anywhere else ; that the earth was thrown over the pit, and the short man did most of the work; and he did not enquire, or choose to ask any questions about it.
Edward Sones proved the finding the body of a dead man, in a fox earth, within three-quarters of a mile of Eake; there were boots upon the legs, and a glove upon one hand; that the body was much perished, and had a waistcoat and breeches on.
John Greentree produced a coat which he took up beyond Harting Pond in the public road, on the 15th of February last, and swore that there were some writings and a letter-case in the pocket, which he said he should know if he was to see them again.
Upon this a parchment was delivered into court by Justice Battine, and shewn to the witness, who said it was the same that he found in the coat pocket.
It was then read, and appeared to be a deputation under the commissioners of the customs, dated April, 1731, appointing Galley to be a tidesman in the port of Southampton.
William Galley, son of the deceased, looked at the coat which the witness produced, and proved it to be a coat his father had on the 14th of February, 1747-8, when he set out with- Chater for Major Battine's to carry a letter to the Major.
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