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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                             149
not get it, lie would come sword in hand, and find it out and take it away.
Being asked by the court if the prisoner Mills was one of them that were with Curtis, said he could not tell.
Henry Titcomb deposed that one day in January last was twelvemonth, Curtis and Mills came to Mr. Boniface's barn, where he, the prisoner, and Richard Hawkins (the deceased) were at work ; that Curtis called Hawkins out to speak with him; that he did not hear what passed between them, but that Hawkins went away with them ; that a little while after, the same afternoon, lie saw Hawkins riding behind Mills from Walberton towards Slindon, and never saw Hawkins the deceased afterwards.
John Sax by deposed that he was a servant to Cockrel the elder, of Walberton; that the day Hawkins (the deceased) was missing, Curtis, Mills, and Hawkins came to his master's house and drank together ; that at going away, Mills bid Hawkins get up behind him, which he at first refused, saying he would not, without making a sure bargain; that they bid him get up for they would satisfy him, which Hawkins did; and this deponent never saw the deceased afterwards.
Thomas Winter, alias the Coachman, an accomplice, deposed that one day the latter end of January was twelvemonth, he, with Jerry Curtis, alias Pollard, were at the prisoner Reynolds's house, who kept the Dog and Partridge on Slindon Common; that Curtis presently went away from him, and promised to come to him again very soon, for he was to pay this witness some money he owed him ; that this deponent stayed at the Dog and Partridge the rest of the day; that towards evening Richard Rowland, alias Robb, came to the
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