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

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130                            SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
said that Jackson had drawn him away from his honest employment to go a-smuggling, which was the cause of his ruin ; and indeed his general character was very good except in that particular. He declared that these murders would never have happened, had not Mrs. Payne, at Eowland's Castle, sent for him and Jackson, and in some measure exasperated them against Galley and Chater, as being informers. This Mrs. Payne and her two sons are in custody in Winchester Gaol, in order to take their trials at the ensuing assizes, when it is hoped they will meet their just reward.
6.  John Hammond was a hardened, obdurate fellow, and very resolute, and always had great antipathy against the King's officers and others concerned in suppressing smuggling ; and often would let drop words out of his mouth, and that he did not think it any crime in killing an informer; but when he came to receive sentence he began to cry very much. He frequently lamented the case of his wife and four children, and said that was all that touched him; as for dying he did not mind it.
7.  William Jackson died in his room about 7 o'clock the same night he received sentence of death. He had been one of the most notorious smugglers living in his time; and most of them, as well as Carter, gave him the worst of characters, and that he was even a thief among themselves; for when he knew that any of them had got any run goods, he would contrive to steal them away from them. He reflected on himself, after receiving sentence, for what he had said on his defence, that Tapner only was guilty; for he declared they were all concerned; and that when he had been concerned in the murder of Galley, he contrived to bring Cobby, Hammond, the three Mills's, Stringer, Tapner, and the
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