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

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116                            SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
severally asked what they had to say why judgment of death should not pass on them, Old Mills said he had nothing to say, only that he knew nothing of the murder of Chater.
Young Mills said he was not at Scardefield's a quarter of an hour; and that it was by accident he called there, and that he knew nothing of the murder.
Hammond and Cobby said they were compelled to stay by Richards and Jackson, and that they would have made their escape, but could get no opportunity to do so.
Tapner said he did not cut Chater across the face, neither could he tell who did.
Jackson and Carter said that they had nothing more to say than what they had already said,
And none of the prisoners or their counsel having anything to offer in arrest of judgment, Mr. Justice Foster spoke to them as follows :
" Benjamin Tapner, John Cobby, John Hammond, William Jackson, William Carter, Eichard Mills the elder, and Eichard Mills the younger, you have been convicted upon very full and satisfactory evidence of the murder of Daniel Chater; three of you as principals, and the rest as accessaries before the fact.
" And you, William Jackson and William Carter stand further convicted as principals in the murder of William Galley.
"Deliberate murder is most justly ranked amongst the highest crimes human nature is capable of; but those you have respectively been convicted of, have been attended with circumstances of very high and uncommon aggravation.
" The persons who have been the objects of your fury, were travelling on a very laudable design, the advance-
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