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

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SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.                             251
Knight, and Mr. Baron Edward Clive—January 16, 1749. The sermon, which has been printed * being preached by Sir William Ashburnham, then Dean, but afterwards Bishop of Chichester, from Job xxix., 14-16. The first three were convicted as principals, and the others as accessories before the fact to the murder of (hater; and Jackson and Carter for the murder of Galley. Jackson died in prison the night he was condemned. The others were hung on January 18— the two Mills's not in chains ; but Carter was hung in chains, near Rackley; Tapner, on Book's Hill, near Chichester; and Cobby and Hammond, on Selsey Isle, on the heath where they sometimes landed their smuggled goods, and where they could be seen a great distance east and west.
John Mills, another son of Richard Mills and one of the gang, who, with some of his associates saw the judges travelling over Hind Heath, on their way to the special assize at Chichester, and proposed to rob them;f but his companions refused to concur with him. Soon
* " A Full and Genuine History of the inhuman and unparalleled Murders of Mr. William Galley, a Custom-house Officer, and Mr. Daniel Chater, a shoemaker, by Fourteen Notorious Smugglers ; with the Trials and Execution of Seven of the Bloody Criminals, at Chichester." Written by a Gentleman of Chichester. Fifth Edition, 8vo. London : W. Clowes, 20 Villiers Street, Strand. N.D.
t Ibid., p. 32. The judges set out from London on Friday, Jan. 13th, and arrived at the Duke of Richmond's house, at Godalming, that evening. The next day they set out for Chichester, and were met by the Duke at Midhurst; and he entertained them with a dinner at his "hunting house," near Charlton. They reached the Bishop's Palace at Chichester, at live that evening. The report that they were guarded there and back by a party of horse is erroneous ; the judges, counsellors and principal officers were in six coaches, each drawn by six horses.
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