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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                                153
Being asked by the court how long after his son-in-law (the deceased) was missing it was before he heard his body was found, said that in the April following he was sent for to Sir Cecil Bishop's; that there he saw the deceased Richard Hawkins mangled in a most terrible manner, having a hole in his skull; that he knew him by the finger next the little finger of his right hand being bent down to his hand.
Matthew Smith deposed that one night in January last was twelvemonth, he was at the prisoner Reynolds's house, the Dog and Partridge, on Slindon Common, and saw Curtis and Mills ride up to the door (Mills with a man behind him), and Curtis called out to Bobb, and said, " We have got a prisoner"; and that then they all went in together into the back parlour.
Richard Seagrave, another witness, deposed that he lived at Sir Cecil Bishop's in Parham Park, and saw the body of a man taken out of a pond there, very much mangled and bruised; and was likewise present when John Cockrel the elder came there and said he knew the body to be that of his son-in-law, Richard Hawkins.
Jacob Pring, another witness, deposed that being at Bristol, he there fell in company with the prisoner Mills; that they came together from thence to his house at Beckenham in Kent ; that on the road he asked him whether he knew of the murder of Richard Hawkins of Yapton; that he told him "Yes," and related to him the particular manner in which it was done, as follows: that in the beginning of January was twelve­month, they had two bags of tea stolen from the place where they had concealed some stuff, and suspecting Hawkins and the Cockrels to have it, he and Jerry Curtis went and fetched Hawkins from a barn where he was at work, and carried him to Keynolds's, on Slindon
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