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Samuel Etheridge's Case
County of Monmouth to wit
The Information and Complaint of Charles Rogers
of the Town of Newport in the County of Monmouth
Chemist and Druggist made on his Oath before me the under
signed one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace acting in and for
the said County this nineteenth day of November in the year 1839
who saith about half past ten o'clock in the morning of Monday the
fourth day of November instant - I was at the house of Samuel
Etheridge
known by the name of the Fair Oak Cottage in Company
with Thomas Gunter of Caerleon and also Walter Williams also of
Caerleon - Etheridge was also present - That Etheridge observed, addressing
myself and the others just named that they meaning the Chartists of
whom we have been previously speaking were going on very comfortably
and the Town would be in their possession in the course of half an
hour - I have previously to my going to Etheridge heard that the
Chartists had left the Town and asked Etheridge where they were gone
to - he said they were gone to a certain place, and afterwards said they
were gone to pull Lewis Edwards House down - He also observed that
the Town would be down before the following morning - I asked him
the objects of the Chartists in attacking the Westgate he replied as
nearly as I can recollect to the effect that they intended to retain Mr
Phillips
as a Hostage until the liberation of Vincent and the
other
parties now confined in Gaol he pointed to a body of men on the
opposite side of the River who were in a Quarry and said they were
waiting for another body of men to come down before they entered the
Town Etheridge was come out of his House and standing upon his
door when he said this.
______________________________Chas. Rogers

Joseph Adye Sworn States I am a Special Constable for the Borough
of Newport
- I live at Pillgwennly on Friday last the 15th instant
I searched the Prisoner Samuel Etheridge's House I found various
Manuscripts Vindicators and other papers - I kept them in my own


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