Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

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

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Fairall, and Pen-in were ordered for execution at Tyburn, on Wednesday, the 26th of the same month ; and his Majesty was pleased to grant his most gracious pardon to Glover, several favourable circumstances appearing in his favour; and the court and jury having, after his trial, recommended him to his Majesty for mercy.
After the death warrant came down, Kingsmill and Fairall began to consider their unhappy circumstances more than they had done before, and always attending divine service at chapel, and prayed very devoutly, but retained their former behaviour of boldness and intrepidity, shewing no fear, and frequently saying they did not think they had been guilty of any crime in smuggling, or in breaking open Poole custom-house, as the property of the goods they went for was not Captain Johnson's or anybody else's, but of the persons who sent their money over to Guernsey for them.
Perrin, who was ordered only to be hanged and after­wards buried, and Kingsmill and Fairall being ordered to be hung in chains, Perrin was saying to them that he lamented their case: when Fairall replied smilingly, in the presence of many people, " We shall be hanging in the sweet air, when you are rotting in your grave."
The evening before their execution, after they came down from chapel, their friends came to take leave of them: and Fairall smoked his pipe very heartily, and drank freely; but being ordered to go into his cell to be locked up, said, " Why in such a hurry, cannot you let me stay a little longer and drink with my friends; I shall not be able to drink with them to-morrow night."
I shall next proceed to give the little account of these
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