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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
of his pocket, and afterwards cut his horse's bridle, and then they all rode off.
Thomas Dixon,* otherwise Shoemaker Tom, deposed that himself, the prisoner and two others, attacked the prosecutor in the road to Bersted, on the 12th of October, pulled him off his horse, and took from him a canvas bag, with upwards of twenty pounds of gold and silver in it. They afterwards rode about fourteen miles farther to a public house, where they shifted, meaning shared, the money among them all four.
Thomas Wickens deposed, that the night the prosecutor, Mr. Walter, was robbed, the last witness Dixon, the prisoner at the bar, and two others, came to his house about ten o'clock at night; that they called for a private room, where they stayed drinking till twelve o'clock at night; that they had often been at his house, sometimes two, and sometimes three of them together, but at this time they were all together.
Sarah Wickens, wife of the last witness, deposed that the night Mr. Walter was robbed, the prisoner at the bar, Thomas Dixon and two others, came to their house at ten o'clock at night; that they called for a pen and ink, and a private room ; that she waited upon them, and saw them telling out money in four parcels : that there was a great deal of silver and some gold, but could not tell what was the quantity.
The prisoner in his defence, said that the witness Dixon was a drunken, idle, good-for-nothing fellow, and deserved no credit to be given to what he should swear. But as he could call no witness to disprove the facts or justify his character, and Dixon's evidence being very
* This Shoemaker Tom had been a notoriouss muggier, hut no murder being charged against him, he was by the court admitted an evidence.
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