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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
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and being of an easy temper, it is supposed he was the more easily influenced to take on with the smugglers, though he declared he had not long been with them. He acknowledged that he was at the well when Chater was hung, and flung into it, and that he, as well as the rest, were all guilty of the crime for which they were condemned. He was very serious, and seemed very penitent ; owned he was a great sinner; begged pardon of God for his offences, and hoped the world would forgive him the injuries he had done* to anybody.
4.  Benjamin Tapner was born of very honest parents, who gave him good schooling; and he always lived in good repute, till being persuaded by Jackson and some others to follow their wicked courses: which he had done for something more than two years. He behaved all the time under his confinement more decently than some of the others, and frequently prayed very devoutly. He was always very reserved if mention was made of the cruelties he exercised on Chater. A gentleman, who desires his name may not be mentioned, went to see him on Tuesday evening, just after his conviction, who, taking him to one corner of the room, asked him if there was anything in the report of his picking Chater's eyes out, when he declared, as a dying man, he never made use of any weapon but his knife and whip ; and that he might in the hurry pick one of his eyes out with the point of his knife, for he did not know what he did, the devil had got so strong hold of him. He said he had been in many engagements with the King's-officers, and been wounded three times ; and hoped all young people would take warning by his untimely fate, and keep good compauy, for it was bad company had been his ruin.
5.  William Carter behaved himself very serious, and
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