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

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124                            SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
the road, headaches, falling sickness, fevers, witchcraft, all kinds of mischief and sudden death."
The body of William Carter was hung in chains in the Portsmouth road, near Eake, in Sussex; the body of Benjamin Tapner on Book's Hill, near Chichester; and the bodies of John Cobby and John Hammond upon the sea coast, near a place called Selsea Bill, in Sussex, where they were seen at a great distance, both east and west.
The bodies of the Mills's, father and son, having neither friend or relation to take them away, were thrown into a hole, dug for that purpose, very near the gallows, into which was likewise thrown the body of Jackson. Just by is erected a stone having the follow­ing inscription, viz.:—
" Near this place was buried the body of William Jackson, a proscribed smuggler, who upon a special commission of Oyer and Terminer, held at Chichester, on the 16th day of January, 1748-9, was with William Carter, attainted for the murder of William Galley, a custom-house officer ; and who likewise was, together with Benjamin Tapner, John Cobby, John Hammond, Richard Mills the elder, and Bichard Mills, the younger, his son, attainted for the murder of Daniel Chater ; but dying in a few hours after sentence of death was pronounced upon him, he thereby escaped the punishment which the heinousness of his com­plicated crimes deserved, and which was the next day most justly inflicted upon his accomplices. " As a memorial to posterity, and a warning to this and succeeding generations,
" This stone is erected "A.D. 1749."
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