Smuggling & Smugglers in Sussex - online book

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

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was a father to the poor, and the cause which I knew not I searched out." Every man, according to his place and power, is both in justice and charity obliged to use his best endeavours, and to lay hold on all opportunities, by all lawful means, of helping them to right that suffer wrong: of protecting the innocent from injuries, and securing them from the oppressions of " bloodthirsty and deceitful men." It is our duty every one to exert the utmost of his strength to deliver the oppressed, and it is extremely criminal to be " weary or faint in our minds" for fear of the oppressors, or "forbear to deliver those who are ready to be slain." That we may see more clearly then the necessity of this duty, and be animated to a cheerful and conscientious performance of it, there are various reasons that deserve our atten­tion, but those which more especially demand it, and which, if we have any sense of religion left, will have their influence upon us, are the command and example of God Himself.
And first, we have God's positive and express com­mand for this purpose. It is the general and fundamental law of our religion, the ground and basis of all moral virtues, that " thou shalt love thy neigh­bour as thyself." And how can we more effectually fulfil this second great commandment of the law, than by employing the power God has put into our hands, of whatever kind it be, for our neighbour's good; for securing his person from violence, and his property from fraud and rapine ?
But, besides the command of God, we have His example also for the performance of this duty. This the Holy Psalmist has clearly set before us, to the end that we may be followers of Him herein, as dear children. " Now for the comfortless trouble's sake of the needy,
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