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Copy Deposition of William Edmunds Smith
Reg[ina] v[ersu]s Aaron Smallcombe
William Edmunds is a Blacksmith and
preacher living at Argoed - saith, I never
joined the Chartists in this neighbourhood -
On the Saturday Evening previous to the
riots at Newport, a Man named
Aaron Smallcombe, a Collier at the Argoed
called upon me and said "Well I have
pity for you William, that you are so
blind to our proceedings, and that
you have not joined us as the time is
just up To morrow night I expect
a good many peoples blood will be
shed and yours and those that have
not joined us and stop behind, will
be the first to have their blood spilt"
I said "possible if things have got to
such a state as that" he said "It is so
It is sure to be" I then begged
of him that I might be left quiet
as I was a professor of religion and
wished to End my Day's in Peace "
He said "That won't Do" I said "if
they would promise to let me alone
and not join the Concern I would
give them ten shillings" He then said
Come to the Lodge at William Williams's
to night and hand it to the Lodge
and then You shall have quiet -"
I went up there and went into

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