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

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He lamented the unhappy case of Chater during the time of his being chained in Old Mills's turf-house, but said, self-preservation obliged him to take care he did not get away, though he was all the time very uneasy, and said he declared his abhorrence to Tapner's cutting Chater across the face and eyes, and of Cobby's kicking him while he was saying the Lord's Prayer, and that he came out of the turf-house into the dwelling-house upon that account, not being able to bear hearing the poor man's expressions in begging for a few hours or minutes to make his peace with his Creator, at the same time the blood running all down his face. He said it was not Cobby alone that kicked Chater while he was at prayers, but also Eichards and Stringer, who are both not yet taken.
Being asked why he did not give poor Galley and Chater a dram, as well as the smugglers, when they all got off their horses ; he said he was going to do it, but Eichards, Carter and Jackson, all swore they would blow his brains out if he did. He acknowledged going away with them from Old Mills's in order to hang Chater according to agreement; but seeing Tapner whip the poor man so cruelly, Chater at the same time being all over blood and wounds, his heart relented, and that was the only reason why he did not go with them, and be present at his murder.
At his trial he behaved with reservedness, but no way audacious, as some of the others were; and after he had received his sentence, he began to bemoan his unhappy circumstances, and prayed very devoutly; and confessed that he had been a very wicked liver ever since he turned smuggler.
He said he never was concerned in many robberies, as numbers of the smugglers had been ; and what gave 10
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