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At ten o'Clock on the morning of Sunday Mr ThosJones Phillips the Clerk
to the Magistrates for the Borough of Newport and the division of Bedwellty brought
me a letter which he had received from Mr Samuel Homfray describing conduct &
proceedings on the part of the men on the previous evening which led him to
apprehend an immediate rising & to believe that attacks were meditated upon the
troops who were stationed in different parts of the County and upon the Gaol of Monmouth .
Mr Phillips left me to proceed to Tredegar and had not left my house many minutes
when Mr John Llewelyn of Abercarne called on me to state that when at Llanover
on the previous day he had been told by a person of the name of Wilks that three
persons had that morning had left Nantyglo and came to Lanover in order to escape
from the Chartists who had been out the previous night in considerable numbers
with the
view as was believed to compel persons to join them and as one of those three persons was
a pensioner it was supposed they were particularly anxious to secure him -

Mr Llewellin added that on his return to Abercarne the previous night a
person who worked for Mr Powell at the Bryn Colliery had come to his house and
informed him that the Chartists at the Collieries and Ironworks were to rise on the
night of Sunday and march to Newport in order to surprise and disarm the Soldiers
and afterwards to attack the Town
after which they were to proceed to Monmouth to
attack the Gaol and release the prisoners - That they had been meeting in their lodges
for some nights - That they were involved in companies of 10 with a leader to each
Company - That a person working at Mr Powell's Colliery who had been chosen
a leader of a Company had run away that day in order to avoid joining the party
having first communicated to Mr Llewellin's informant his reason for doing so

this informant chanced to be either a relation or friend of one Edmund George
a Sub Agent of Sir Benjamin Halls on whom he called to communicate what he
knew and was by him sent to Mr Llewellin - On receiving this information
I wrote to the Home Secretary the Lord Lieutenant of the County to the Mayor of
Monmouth
, The Vicar of Abergavenny and to Mr Richards the Town Clerk of
Cardiff
and Agent to the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Glamorgan -

The letters to the Home Office the Vicar of Abergavenny and to Mr Richards
were sent by post that to the Mayor of Monmouth was forwarded by an express
and that to the Lord Lieutenant was sent by my servant - Shortly afterwards
the Lord Lieutenant arrived at Newport having met my servant on the road & having
himself been informed att 11 o'Clock that morning that a rising was intended at the
Irons works in the neighbourhood of Pontypool
- Having conferred with him on the proceed-gs
necessary to be taken I waited on Captn Stack whom I found at the Barracks & having

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should not the evidence
of this person be obtained
if possible.

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