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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                             195
was about two months with him. Richards is a notorious wicked, swearing man, and reputed a great smuggler; I cannot help thinking he was the occasion of Glover's acting in this.
Henry Hounsel. I have known Glover a child; he was a sober young lad; I never knew him otherwise, nor did I ever hear him swear an oath in my life.
Q. Did you never hear he was a smuggler ?
Hounsel. Never before this. He lived with his father till the year 1744. His father dying, he followed his business till August, 1747. He went in the beginning of June to that wicked brother's house, and was there about two months. He went after that to live servant with the Rev. Mr. Blagden. After that he got into Deptford yard, and there he continued ever since, till taken up, articled to a shipwright. This affair was at the time he was at his brother-in-law's house.
John Grass well. I have known Glover these twelve years and upwards ; I believe he never was guilty of smuggling before this; his character is exceedingly good. I never knew him frequent bad company, or guilty of drinking or swearing an oath.
Woodruff' Drinkwater. I have known Glover ever since he was born ; I never heard he was reputed a smuggler either before or since, exclusive of this time ; his temper is not formed for it at all, far from it ; after his father died he was left joint executor with his mother (left in narrow circumstances); he often came to me on any little occasion for five or ten guineas ; he always kept his word : after his mother married again, there was some difference in his family; he went into the country, and I was very sorry for him at his going to Richards's house, and I cannot think he was voluntary in this rash action.
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