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William Stephens of Pillgwenlly in the Borough of Newport Blacksmith
I have know John Gibby about half a Year - He was a Blacksmith working
at Mr. Evans' at Pillgwenlly 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 oclock 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 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 & 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 and 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'/6d for it and went away - When he came to me first he
asked me to make 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 10 inches long and made to
fit upon a Stick but that was not sharp Davies 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 Jenkin 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 thro'. Jenkin Morgan I have also heard is in prison for
joining the Riots
Wm. Stephens



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