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William Henry Williams of the parish of
Saint Woollos in the Borough of Newport
Accountant (a
Special Constable) States : About 4 in the afternoon
of the 4th November last I received orders from the Magistrates
to go and search for Gunpowder which they had been
informed was secreted in a Hay Rick to he left of
Etheridge's House - I accordingly went accompanied by
William Nicholas Morgan and Edward Hopkins the Police
Superintendent of Police - In the Rick referred to we
found no gunpowder but 2 pike heads with cross pieces
of a very dangerous description - Mr Hopkins took
possession of them - I should know the sort again -
After the others had left I went into a field behind
the Turnpike between the Caerleon and the Chepstow
Roads
and looked about for powder but found none-
But in a Ditch near a Hay Rick there I found two
pike handles one of which had a Socket for a pike
head and the other had a Bayonet fixed to it -
they were about 8 feet long - I took them to the
Westgate
- I afterwards took one of the handles to
Monmouth and left it in the Court there - In the
last mentioned field I saw a great many foot prints
as if people had been walking about there-
_______________________________ Wm H. Williams

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