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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                             167
Mr. Rackster deposed that he was in the room the first time the prosecutor saw the prisoners; that there were indeed three prisoners in the room, but that the prosecutor saw but two, which stood before him, for the prisoner at the bar stood behind him, which was the reason that he did not see him then.
The prisoner being asked if he had any witnesses to his innocence or character, answered that he had none ; upon which the jury found him Guilty. Death.
Eichard Savage was indicted for stealing out of the Lewes waggon twenty-two yards three-quarters of scarlet cloth, twenty-six yards of blue cloth, the property of Thomas Friend, of Lewes, and a box, in which were contained two silk gowns and two guineas, the property of a person unknown, on April 5th, 1748.
Mr. Friend deposed that he knew his servant put up the cloth, and ordered it to be carried to the waggon.
William Brown, servant to Mr. Friend, deposed that he delivered the cloth to the carrier's man.
Matthew Comber, the carrier's man, said he received the cloth from the last witness. That on the 5th of April last he was set to watch the waggon all night at Chailey; that two men came up to him about ten o'clock at night, enquiring what waggon it was; on his telling them, they took him away about two hundred yards from the waggon, where one of them kept him prisoner with a pistol at his breast; that then came up seven more men, who got off their horses, and left them at some distance from the waggon, with one man to take care of them. That the rest of the men went up to the waggon, and cut the cords, threw off some wool-packs, and then threw some boxes and other goods out of the waggon; that they broke open the boxes, took out the goods, loaded their horses, and went away.
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