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Thomas Waters of the Beaufort Iron Works Miner
states - On Sunday evening the 3rd November at 6 o'clock I want to Carmel
Chapel
at the Beaufort Works - I had been there about 2 hours I should
think when some men came into the Chapel and disturbed the congregation
The preacher said in his discourse "we were all born to die" when one of the
persons who had come in cried out "yes some of you sooner than you think
for" or words to that effect - There were about half a Dozen men in the Chapel
and I should think about 50 or 60 men outside - I and some others went to
the door and asked them to keep silence and leave us alone - They said
"we were bound to come along with them" and continued their interruption
I went back into the Chapel with several others and told the rest I thought it
was no use to attempt continuing the service, and the congregation being
very much frightened began to disperse very quickly many ran away
some hid themselves - I left my wife in the Chapel and went out to see
if there was a possibility of escaping and thinking there was I went back
for my wife - I met Mrs Ridge the minister's wife who asked me to
put out the Candles in the Gallery and I went to do so - a man whom
I don't know followed me up the stairs and called me and another
man who was hiding under a bench there to come down - the other
man went down - I said I was putting out the Candles and when I
had finished I would come down - as I was coming down I saw George
George
standing on the Gallery stairs he said to me "what did I go to
hide myself for I said I didn't think of such a thing - I also said
Georgy is that you my boy - impossible that you are going to make a -
blackguard of yourself he replied "did you ever see me a blackguard Tom"
"No" said I and I hope you are not going to begin to night - he said "No" -
he also said I could not excuse myself as I was active enough to go - he did not
say where and I did not ask him - I left him standing on the stairs and went out
of the Chapel to my home with my wife & putting some money into my pocket
I started off about 9 o'clock into Brecknockshire to be out of the way of the Chartists
and did not return until Thursday night - I did not see George George in the
Chapel until I saw him on the Gallery stairs (signed) "Thomas Waters"

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