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William Stevens [Stephens]of Pillgwenlly in the Borough of Newport
Blacksmith states - I have known John Gibby about half a year -
He was a Blacksmith working at Mr Evans's at Pill - I keep a Shop
at Pill and Edward Brickley worked for me for nearly two years - The
Friday before the Riots at Newport I went to my Shop 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 have often given persons leave to grind things in my shop I did not think
anything 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 on a stick - I filed it -
I did not know nor did he tell me what it was for - he paid me 1/6d
for it and went away - When he came to me first he asked me to make
him something like what I made Davies the Potter but sharper at the point
Davies is a Potter at Pill and had brought a pattern in 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 ten inches long and -
made to fit upon a stick but that was not sharp. Davies came a 2d.
time and said he had broken the one I first made 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 Davies since
but have heard that he lost his arm in the Riots by being shot through -
Jenkin Morgan I have also heard is in Prison for joining the Riots
(signed) Wm. Stephens

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