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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                             151
they saw his private parts ; then they took aim thereat, and whipped him so that he roared out most grievously; that then they kicked him over the private parts and belly ; they in the intervals asking after the tea; the deceased mentioned his father and brother, meaning the two Cockrels ; that upon this Curtis and Mills took their horses, and said they would go and fetch them, and rode away, leaving the deceased with Kobb and this deponent. That after they were gone, he and Eobb placed the deceased in a chair by the fire, where he died.
Being asked by the court if the deceased was in good health when he came to the prisoner Eeynolds's house, and if he believed he died of the ill usage he there met with, his answer was," He was in good health when he came there, and was a stout man, and I am sure he died of the kicks and bruises he received from Mills and Eobb."
He further deposed that when they found he was dead Eobb locked the door, put the Jsey in his pocket, then they took their horses and rode towards Walberton to meet Curtis and Mills ; that in the lane leading to Walberton he met them, with each a man behind him ; that he desiring to speak with them, the men behind them got off and stood at a distance. That this deponent asked Curtis what they were going to do with these two men, who answered, " To confront them with Hawkins." Then the deponent told him he was dead, and desired that no more mischief might be done, when Curtis replied, " By God, we will go through with it now." That this deponent begged that the two men might be sent home, for there had been mischief enough done already; that then Curtis bid the two men go home, and said when they wanted them they would
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