Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

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

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While under sentence of death, they all four, viz.r Kingsmill, Fairall, Perrin, and Glover, behaved much better than they had done before; and particularly Glover and Perrin were composed and resigned, and constantly prayed and sung psalms most of the night time; but Kingsmill and Fairall were not so penitent as Glover and Perrin.
As for Kingsmill and Fairhall, they were reckoned two of the most audacious wicked fellows amongst the smugglers; and indeed their behaviour while under condemnation, plainly shewed it.
The day they were brought to Newgate by Habeas Corpus, from the county gaol for Surrey, Fairall behaved very bold after declaring he did not value being hanged; and said, " Let's have a pipe and some tobacco, and a bottle of wine, for as I am not to live long, I am determined to live well the short time I have to be in this world." He also behaved very insolently at his trial; or more properly ignorantly, laughing all the time at the witnesses while they were giving their evidence; and when taken notice of by the court, and reprimanded for his bad behaviour, it had no effect on him, for he continued his idle impudent smiles, even when the jury brought him in Guilty.
At the time when he received sentence of death, when Mr. Eecorder, who passed the same on him, and the rest of the criminals, said these words, " and the Lord have mercy on your souls," he boldly replied, " If the Lord has not more mercy on our souls than the jury had on our bodies, I do not know what will become of them."
On Thursday, the 20th of April, 1749, the report of these four criminals was made to his Majesty by Eichard Adams, Esq., Eecorder, when Kingsmill,
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