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David Herring late of Pillgwenlly in the Borough of Newport
Labourer who Saith I know a Man named John Gibby he is a
Blacksmith living at Pillgwenlly he worked at Mr Evans's Foundry
I worked there also - I know a Man named William Stephens, the
Prisoner Stephens is the person I remember the riots at Newport - It
was on Monday morning but don't know the month, or how many
Weeks ago - I saw John Gibby before the riot - It was on Wednesday
to the best of my Opinion, he asked me to go another Blacksmith's
Shop to do a job for him - I did not go that night - I went with
him the Friday night before the Riot - He asked me to go down to
his house to him at half past Seven o'clock - I went - he was
not then at home - he came home whilst I was there when he
told me to come along with him - I went with him to the Shop
of the Prisoner - Stephens - Stephens was there and another person
named Edward Brickley - I did twist (turn) the Grindstone while
John Gibby was grinding a tool - it was longer than a foot - It was
made of Iron and Steel
and to fit on a Stick - the other man Stephens
and Brickley were making these Articles - the Shop door was closed by
the Latch, it was betwixt 8 and 9 at night - I heard all the three men
say these things were made for the row to be on the Monday and it
was to be commenced some part of Sunday night but didn't know what
time - they said they grinded them to have more edge on 'em - there
were about a dozen of them made there - The three men all asked
me to go with them or I should be sure to lose my Life. On the
Sunday night I had to go to John Gibby's I went because I was in
dread of my life between them all and I went from there to Morgan
or Jenkin Morgan's
the Milkman - I don't know which house
at Pill - John Gibby went with me to Jenkin Morgan's - it was in the
Evening or night time I saw Jenkin Morgan there and there was a
dozen of them altogether there
- Stephens was not there I saw all that were
Edward Brickley was there Brickley worked for the Prisoner Stephens
at Jenkin Morgan's - They were getting these Tools ready, they called them
Pikes - They were fastening them on new handles made of ash - they fastened
them with two small hatchets - They stretched these Tools on the ground
and drove a nail throught the iron and handle - the handles were some of
them seven feet and some of them eight feet long, they said they bought the

Ash Handles
7 or 8 feet long
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