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not have come out with them - I went out and some one
informed me that they pressed every one as they came along
some one said that it was a farmer they had pressed who
had offered them a Sovereign to get away but he should not
go - they likewise told me that they pressed the Son of some
Widow Woman who had offered any money to let him go but
that they would not let him go - I came off down the Road and saw
them pressing every one as they came along and I saw a party of men
up towards the Horse Shoes and some of them made off towards
them & then I made off along with them, thinking it was the best place
for me to make my escape, and I saw them running after some
Irishmen as was digging Potatoes 3 fields off - I tried to hide - I saw it
was of no use, they was all round me so thick - there was plenty left
to see that I could not get away from them - then they saw some masons
as was working at St Nicholas - they went into the yard to them
to get them away, I had it in my idea to get away all the time, I
bide out entirely all the while - I went down nearly as far as the
there with them & then I came up to Mr Cordes' Lodge and
there I made my escape from them - I Slipped into the Lodge - I told them
that I had been pressed & tried to get away - I hid my Gun behind the
door and stood back out of the way myself not to be perceived by any one
going by - then it was I heard it was all over - in about 2 hours after I
took a walk down to Newport to see if I could see any friends as could
tell me - Before I went down there was other Neighbours as had
been down - I was not alarmed then because they said as all the mob
had been dispersed & I went into my Landlord's Mr Waters at the Groom
& Horse
& bide there - I should say an hour before I came out into the
Town - I saw the Serjeant there and several of a recruiting party
the house was full of people almost - I knew that he was billetted
there was and wanting to know all the news I could, I proceeded
into the Town and come round here by the Westgate and I went
back straight to Walter Walters and from thence into Mr Simpson
and home - I had taken the Gun back with me
from Mr Simpson & instead of hanging him up over the fire place I took him up stairs
fearing any one else would take him, it was not my Gun, it was Mr. Lodges
Gun at the Ship at Caerleon - I have had it in my house ever since last February
that is all I have to say at present
signed James Aust



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