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

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As Jackson died so soon after condemnation, no other account can be given of him, than he was of Aldsworth, near Rowland's Castle, in Hampshire, labourer, aged about 50 years ; and that being very ill all the time of his trial, as he had been for a considerable time before, was shocked at the sentence of death, and the apprehensions of being hung in chains, to such a degree as hastened and brought on his death before he could pay the forfeit of his life in that ignominy to which he was most deservedly doomed, and more particularly due to him as a ringleader in the most cruel and horrid barbarities and murders.
He professed the Romish religion some years before his death, and that he died a Roman Catholic may very reasonably be presumed from a printed paper that was found carefully sewed upon a linen purse in his waist­coat pocket immediately after his death, supposed to be a popish relique, and containing the following words, viz.:—
" Sancti tres Reges
Gaspar, Melchior, Balthasar,
Orate pro Nobis nunc et in Hora Mortis Nostra?.
Ces Billets ont touche aux trois Testes de S. S. Roys
a Cologne, lis sont pour Des Voyageurs, contre Les Malheurs de Chemins, Maux de Teste, Mal-cadaque, Fievres, Sorcellerie, toute sorte de Malefice, Morte subite." In English thus:
" Ye three Holy Kings,
Gaspar, Melchior, Balthasar,
Pray for us now, and in the hour of death.
These papers have touched the three heads of the Holy
Kings at Cologne.
They are to preserve travellers from accidents on
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