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

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152                        SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
fetch them. That they rode all together to the prisoner Eeynolds's house, when Eeynolds said to Curtis, " You have ruined me," and Curtis replied he would make him amends. That then they consulted what to do with the body, when it was proposed to throw him into the well in Mr. Kemp's park, and give out that they had carried him to France; that the prisoner Eeynolds objected to it, as that was too near, and would soon be found. That they laid him on a horse and carried him to Parham Park, about twelve miles from Slindon Common, where they tied large stones to him in order to sink the body, and threw him into a pond belonging to Sir Cecil Bishop.
John Cockrel the younger deposed that the 28th day of January last was twelvemonth, about ten o'clock at night the prisoner Mills came to his house, called for some ale, ordered his horse into the stable; that while he was in the stable Curtis came in, and demanded two bags of tea, which he said his brother-in-law had confessed he had got ; that this deponent denied his having them, upon which Curtis beat him with an oak stick till he was tired; that after this they took him with them to his father's at Walberton, where they took his father and him with them, to carry them to Slindon, on Mills's and Curtis's horses, one behind each, and about a mile before they came to Slindon, they met two men on horseback, who called to them, and said they wanted to talk with them; that then they were ordered to get off from behind Curtis and and Mills; that after the two men had talked with Curtis and Mills some time, Curtis bid them go home, and when they wanted them they would fetch them.
John Cockrel the elder, being sworn, confirmed the evidence as to being carried away, and afterwards let go.
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