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William Stephens of Pillgwenlly in the Borough
of Newport Blacksmith States.
I know John Gibby about half a year - He was a Blacksmith
working at Mr Evans' at Pill - I keep a Shop at Pill and
and Edward Brickley worked for me for nearly two years. The
Friday before the Riots at Newport I went to my shop about
about 7 o'clock in the evening and there found John Gibby
and another man grinding something at the Grindstone in
my shop I did not see what he was grinding and as
I had often given persons leave to grind things in my
shop I did not think any thing of it. I went out leaving
Brickley at work making hinges for Ashfield
the Butcher
When I came back Gibby and the man were gone -A
few days before Jenkin Morgan whom I knew as a Milkman
at Pill came and asked me to make him something the
shape of a pike it was sharp at the point and thin at the
edges to fit upon a stick
- I filed it, I did not know nor
did he tell me what it was for.. he paid me 1/6 for it
and went away - When he came to me first he asked me to
make him something like what I made Davis the potter but
Sharper at the point - Davies is a potter at Pill and had
bought a pattern of wood of something he wanted made to fit
upon a Stick which he said was to cut clay with - it was about
one or one and a half inch wide about 10 inches long and made
to fit upon a Stick. but that was not sharp - Davis came
a second time and said he had broken the one I first made
for him and I made him a second - I do not think he
could have broken the first by fair play - Jenkins did not
say what he wanted his for - I never attended any meetings
I never attended any in my life - I did not approve of it
and never went near it - I have not seen Davis since
but have heard that he lost his arm in the Riots by
being shot thro' - Jenkin Morgan I have also heard is
in Prison for joining the riots - (signed) Wm Stephens

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The following annotations are in the left margin
Saw Jno Gibby
& anr man
grinding something
in my Shop.

Jenkin Morgan

Davies the potter



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