This extract, taken from the introduction, describes the mood of the early 19th century, in which 'men were disposed to make haste to be rich'. As a result, 'there were strange doings by night in the creeks and hollow ways and caves of the southern coast'. Smuggled goods lined the beaches: there you would find fishermen's boots stuffed with French lace or jewellery; ladies petticoats 'quilted' with silk stockings; and loaves of bread hollowed out to hold pairs of gloves.
About Reminiscences of Smugglers and Smuggling
This collection of smuggling stories from early 19th century