ID: 25115
A full and genuine history of the inhuman and unparallel'd murders of Mr. William Galley, a Custom-House Officer at the port of Southampton:

GENTLEMAN AT CHICHESTER, A full and genuine history of the inhuman and unparallel'd murders of Mr. William Galley, a Custom-House Officer at the port of Southampton: and Mr. Daniel Chater, a shoemaker, at Fordingbridge in Hampshire: by fourteen notorious smugglers. With the trials of the seven bloody criminals at Chichester, by virtue of a special commission, on the 16th, 17th, and 18th of January, 1748-9, before Mr. Justice Foster, Mr. Baron Clive, and Mr. Justice Birch. Also the trials of John Mills, alias Smoaker, and Henry Sheerman, alias Little Harry: with an account of the wicked lives of the said Henry Sheerman, Lawrence and Thomas Kemp, two brothers, Robert Fuller, and Jockey Brown, condemned at the said Assizes at East Grinstead. With the trials at large of Thomas Kingsmill, alias stay-maker, and other smugglers, for breaking open the King's Custom-House, at Poole, in Dorsetshire. To the whole is added, a sermon preached in the Cathedral Church of Chichester, at a special assize held there January 16, 1748-9, before the Honorable Mr. Justice Foster, &c. Written by a gentleman at Chichester. The third edition. London: printed for and sold by G. Robinson; J. Russell, at Guildford; T. Ford, at Southampton; J. Wilkes, at Winchester;

J. Breadhower, at Portsmouth; J. Grist, at Portsmouth Common; W. Stapley, at Havant; W. Lee, at Lewes; T. White, at Arundel; and P. Humphry and W. Andrews, in Chichester. 1779. 12mo., viii + 269 + (3) + iv + 26pp., with seven engraved plates, with generally pretty minor dust-marking or soiling, contemporary calf, neatly and sympathetically rebacked, with gilt lines and raised bands and original lettering piece. A good, perhaps very good, copy.

A very scarce early edition (ESTC showing copies at only 5 libraries: BL + Brighton Central + Harvard Law + Huntington + Un. of Memphis. OCLC adding Michigan Un.). The main text (without the sermon) had been printed in 1749 but is known in a tiny number of surviving institutional copies. (It went on to be reprinted several times in the 19th century). The criminal exploits of the so-called Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers, ruffians and thugs was a colourful chapter in the mid-18th century story of the seemingly relentless battle along the Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset coasts between the smugglers and the Customs Officers. It has been often written about and many an inn or public house along the coast has gained financially from a genuine or pretended connection with the smuggling industry. It is said that the trials and subsequent executions of so many of the ringleaders in early 1749 dramatically reduced the activities of smugglers along the south coast. The seven engraved plates, comprising nine actual engravings vividly illustrate some of the atrocious crimes of which the men were convicted.