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_____________Sir
Statement of ^ Thomas Phillips Junior late Mayor of Newport
On Thursday the 31st Octr it was communicated to me that Mr.
Samuel Homfray
Managing Partner of the Tredegar Iron Works and an
acting Magistrate for the division of Bedwellty in the County of Monmouth felt
apprehensive the Chartists who held frequent meetings in that Neighbourhood
meditated violence of some kind-

In the course of the Evening of that day I sent for a Master Carpenter
living in Newport who I was led to believe could give me some information respecting
the proceedings of the Chartists and was informed by him that the Newport
Chartists assembled twice a week near his house that they appeared to him to have
become recently more active that he understood they had become more violent in their
language that he had recently observed that persons from the Hills were frequently
come down to Newport & that they appeared to confer with persons in the town who
were known to be Chartists and that a feeling existed that some desperate proceeding
would soon take place he promised me to obtain further & more definite information
which he said he might possibly obtain that Evening & he promised should he do
so to call on me again but I heard nothing further from him on the subject-

The following day I was occupied in attending the election of Municipal
Councillors for the Borough but on Saturday I called upon Captn
Stack
the Officer in command of the Detachment of the 45th stationed here & having
informed him of the suspicions which were entertained that the Chartists meditated
some violent movement requesting him to take such steps as might be necessary to
secure his Detachment from surprise in case any attack should be made upon the
quarters in which they were stationed- I then called upon the Secretary of the Club
of Odd Fellows established in the Town who I was informed could be give me
information with respect to the intentions of the Chartists but altho' although his suspicions
had been roused and he had been told that in the Neighbourhood of the Collieries
arms were sought after he could give me no definite information- At this time I did
not anticipate any organized outbreak but as the Night of the 5th of November
is always the scene of much riot and confusion in Newport I though it was
possible that mischievous men either living in the Town or introduced into the
Town from a distance might take advantage of that riot & confusion by setting fire
to property or doing other mischief & I accordingly directed the Superintendent of
Police
to summon 150 Special Constables to be on duty that Evening & I suggested
to Captn Stack the propriety of having the Troops at their quarters at an earlier hour
than usual & to have them in readiness to act if called upon during the night.

In the course of the Evening I wrote a letter to the Lord Lieutenant of the
County communicating to him the reports which had reached me-

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