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

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186                             SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
horses with it ; the horses were two or three hundred yards off the custom-house. We sacked it in what we call horse-sacks to load.
Court. Were all the prisoners at the bar, or which of them, present at loading the horses ?
Race. All the five prisoners were there, I am sure; and after we loaded all the horses, we went to a place called Fordingbridge; there we breakfasted and fed our horses. There were thirty-one horses, and thirty men of us ; the odd horse was that for the East-countrymen to carry their arms upon.
The counsel for the King having done with this witness, those of the counsel for the prisoners got up; and as Mr. Crowle was for Perrin, Mr. Carew for Glover, and Mr. Spilltimber for Lilliwhite, the court advised them to ask such questions only as related to the prisoners they were retained for.
Cross-examined by Lilliwhite's counsel.
Q. Did you see either of the prisoners assist in breaking the custom house ?
Race. I saw Fairall and Kingsmill carry tea from the custom-house to the horses. When we came back to a place called Brooke, there we got a pair of steel­yards and weighed the tea. and equally divided to each man his share : it made five bags a man, about twenty-seven pounds in a bag; the two men that held the horses, which were Lilliwhite and Perrin, had the same quantity.
Q. Were you all armed—are you sure ?
Race. There were twenty of us all armed at Row­land's Castle. Richard Perrin had a pair of pistols tied round his middle.
Q. Had Lilliwhite arms ?
Race. Lilliwhite lay at my house on Sunday night,
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