London Gazette index entry detail

Publication details:

Publication date: 01 Jan 1748.

Issue: 8811.

Page: 2.



Person details:

Name: Richard Hawkins.

Marital Status: Not given.

Occupation: Labourer.


Whitehall, December 24, 1748. Whereas it bas been represented to the King That Richard Hawkins, late of Yapton in the County of Sussex, Labourer, being, some Time in the Month of January last, at Work in a Barn near the said Parish, was forcibly taken from thence by Jeremiah Curtis, alias Butler, late of Hawkhurst in the County of Kent, and John Mills, alias Smoaker, of Trotton in the County of Sussex, Labourer, and was by them carried into a Back Room in the Dog and Partridge Alehouse on Slinden Common; where Thomas Winter alias Coachman, alias Kentish Coachman, of Posling near Hythe, in the County of Kent, Farmer ; and a Person called Rob, otherwise Little Fat Back, Servant to Jere. Curtits which said Rob lives at or near East Grinstead, and is Brother to a Person living there, known by the Name of the Cackler, were waiting for them ; In which Room they detained the said Richard Hawkins till about Twelve o’Clock, at night, when the said Jeremiah Curtis, John Mills, Rob, and Thomas Winter went away, and took with them the said Richard Hawkins ; who was not afterwards seen or heard of till his Body was found in a Pond in Parham Park, in the said County of Sussex. That the Coroner’s Inquest having sat upon the said Body, found it to be the Body of the said Richard Hawkins, and brought in their verdict, Wilful Murder by Persons Unknown. And where it has been further represented to the King, That several Murders, Burglaries and Robberies have been lately committed in the County of Sussex ; and that there is the strongest reason to believe, that the said Jeremiah Curtis, John Mills, Rob and Thomas Winter, were the Authors of the said Murder. His Majesty, for the better apprehending and bringing to Justice the abovesaid Persons, as well as for discouraging such horrid and barbarous Outrages, is pleased to promise his most gracious Pardon to any Person who shall apprehend, or, by giving Information, shall cause to be apprehended, so as he or they be convicted thereof, any one or more of the said Offenders ; notwithstanding the Persons making such discovery shall now stand outlawed for not having surrendred himself to Justice, pursuant to Notice given in the London Gazette ; provided that such Person shall not appear to have been concerned in the abovesaid Murder, or any other Murder ; or to have been concerned in the breaking open his Majesty’s Warehouse at Pool. HOLLES NEWCASTLE. Custom-House, London, Jan. 10, 1748. And as a hurther Encouragement for bringing the Offenders to Justice, the Commissioners of the Customs do hereby promise a Reward of Fifty Pounds for the discovering and apprehending each of the Persons concerned in the said Murder ; to be paid by the Receiver General of the Customs upon Conviction of each Offender respectively. By Order of the Commissioners, William Wood, Secr.



Transcribed by:

Michael Metcalfe.

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