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Christopher Kidner sworn states - I live at Cross y Cylog
about halfway between Pontypool and Newport near the Turnpike
road side - I was taken from home on Monday morning last by
a number of persons - four of them were armed - one had a sort of
Butchers Axe with a knife in the handle, another had a Stick about
three yards long, and a spear at the end, another had a Gun, another
with a stick with something like a Dagger at the end but I did not
know any of them - they came and took me by force - I asked
where they were going to take me, they said to Newport - they did not
say, what I was to do at Newport - I went with them to Malpas Gate
Before I came to Malpas Gate I saw the prisoner - he joined me out
of his own house - three or four went in and he came out with them
he brought out his Gun under his Coat - he did not appear to wish
to conceal it - there was a person named Jones a Watchmaker of
Pontypool with them I first saw him at Aust's house - he came on
with us to Malpas Gate - we did not pass through the Marshes Gate
we were directed at Marshes Gate to go up the Lane at Peny land
it was Jones who gave the directions - Jones and Aust walked in
front up the Lane as the Leaders of the party - A collier came across
the field and met us - Jones and Aust talked together - The collier
said it was no use to go to Newport as there were three or four of them
killed - Jones and Aust and ourselves (nearly a hundred) were
together - some of the party proposed to go back to Newport Aust was
with the party - The collier said if they had seen what he (the collier)
had seen they will not go to Newport - Some of them said "then
we are done" - Aust was in the front with Jones when this was
said I then left the party and came to Newport - there were a great
many of the party had arms
The mark of
Christopher Kidner

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