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William Williams of Newport in the County of
Monmouth
Post Boy to Mr
John Church
of the King's Head Inn in Newport States
That on Sunday the 3rd day of November last he was
sent by Mr Church with a Chaise and pair to the
Tredegar Iron Works - Mr Thomas Jones Phillips of
Newport Solicitor was in the Chaise - I started from
Newport about 12 at noon and reached Tredegar before
dark - I stopped at the Rock Inn Bedwellty and
fed my Horses - I was there about an hour - I
took Mr Phillips to the house of Samuel Homfray
Esqr
- On my way back I again stopped at
the Rock and fed my horses - I was there about
an hour - Nothing particular occurred at this
house - I saw several men in the house and
perhaps a dozen outside the house - I knew none
of them - it was then about 8 o'clock - I left
the Rock and proceeded towards Newport - I drew
my horses up at the Newbridge Inn and some
woman said to me through the window "There's no
man in the house and that they had locked the
door and gone to Bed - you can't put your horses
in, the Ostler is not here - I proceeded to the
Turnpike where I was informed that an armed mob
was gone on towards Newport and I would not be
in your place on any account - I proceeded on
about two miles when I saw about 40 men on the
Road- they had lighted candles with them - some
of the candles were naked some had paper round
them - these men were armed - some had pikes
some sticks - they asked me where I was going
I said to Newport - they then asked me if there
was any one inside - I said no - one of them

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