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John Richards Sworn states - I am Cordwainer - I
live at Caerleon - I have seen the Prisoner before when he lived at
Caerleon is name is James Aust - I know him - I knew him when
he was with Miss Price - I have known him these three years -
[Date] (o) 4th of Novr. I saw him on Monday morning (o) between 9 and 10 o'Clock, he came
down to Clements at Park y Pill where I was working - he was on the
Gate entering the Common near Mr Alfreys - there were a great many
with him - I dare say twenty - he had a Gun in his hands - two came
into the shop to me and pressed us off our seats - I don't know them
I dont think I should know them again - they came in and said "Come
lads come along with us - we asked for what it was - they said come -
along with us and you shall see - two of them were armed with something
like Butchers Cleavers - each of them had one - we three went out - we
thought that if we did not go they would do something to us, we were afraid
John Dallimore and a person of the name of George were two of the
persons at work with me - George is the others Christian name but
his surname I do not know - when we got out into the road the
rest of the persons were waiting for us - the Prisoner was with them
he had a Gun - they asked if our Master had any arms, I said I
did not know - one of them said he did not know and said go and see
go and see - they went upstairs into a bedroom - they took one Gun
there were two Guns, one had no lock which they left behind - the
man who went up stairs came down and went out with the Gun
in his hand - James Aust stood in the Common with the Gun
in his hand - the one that took the Gun told my master that he
would bring it back that night - I dont I should know the
man again who took the Gun - I did not hear James Aust say
anything - the two men that had the Axes told us to come along
we went through the Common and through a field over Mr Clark's
farm - The two men with the Axes took the lead and James Aust
was amongst them - they took us then by Mr Cordes in the Road
leading to Mr Corde's house - we did nothing there - they took us
on the Road leading to Newport and Pontypool - we there saw plenty
of people most all of them were armed with sticks - they took us up

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