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

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190                            SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
Brooke, before we came to this place, we got two pair of steelyards and weighed the tea, and it came to five bags a piece.
Q. Did you carry the tea to your horses, or did you bring the horses to the tea ?
Steel. We carried the tea to a plain place convenient for loading. Then we brought the horses forward to be loaded.
Here Bace was called again—he had said they carried the tea to the horses.
Q. to Eace. Did you carry the tea to the horses ?
Eace. I had been employed at the custom-house to tie up the tea; and when I came, the horses were with the tea.
Cross-examined by Lilliwhite's counsel.
Q. Did you ever know Lilliwhite before ?
Steel. I have known him, and been acquainted with him four or five years.
Q. Who came there first, he or you ?
Steel. He was there first.
Q. Was Lilliwhite ever a-smuggling with you before this time ?
Steel. Not as I know of.
Q. Was he ever reputed a smuggler before this affair happened ?
Steel. Not as I know of.
Q. Do you think when Lilliwhite went with you, that he knew what you were going about ?
Steel. I think he did ; we talked openly of it; but I cannot swear he did.
Q. Do not you know that Lilliwhite was asked only to take a ride with you, and that he did not know what you were going upon till you came to the Forest of Bere ?
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