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Regina v Thomas Davis

George HItchings I am a Roll Turner and live at Ebbw
Vale
- I am a housekeeper - On Sunday night the 3[[r]d November last some men
armed with pikes came to my house and took me out against my will - I do
not know any of them - I went with them down the road towards Newport - I
tried to make my escape at Pont Aberbeeg - I went into a public house at Pont
Aberbeeg
called the Hanbury Inn kept by ... Leonard - I saw Thomas
Davis
there - he had a pike in his hand - there were a great many more there -
whom I do not know - we were ordered out of the house and I heard some of
the men say that they were all bound to be in Newport by 2 o'Clock in the
morning - I went from this place down lower with a body of people until I
came down to Newbridge - Before we reached Newbridge we stopped at the
Union Foundry Public House kept by Edwards about a mile below Pont Aberbeeg
I saw Thomas Davis in this house - he had the same pike in his hand -
from there we went down the road to Newbridge - Thomas Davis was there
he stopped a little while at Newbridge Inn - there were a great many people
there nearly all armed - Davis still his pike - I heard Thomas Davis order
the men out of the house and to go to Newport - we went out of this house down
the Tram Road to Abercarne - I then with others ran away from the Tram
Road
to the Turnpike Road - we met another gang coming down the Turnpike
Road
Thomas Davis was with them - I heard him say to us "Roll up" I
said to him "I will not roll up no more I have rolled up enough" I went
up to a man named Arthur Davis Surveyor (who was with Thomas Davis's
party) living with John Daniel Greyhound Abercarne and asked him if he -
could tell me where I could get a little beer and dry myself - He said there
was a house - John Daniels open a little above, which they had newly
broke open - I understood from Arthur Davis that it was Thomas Davis
and his Gang had broken open John Daniel's House - I heard Thomas
Davis
say to Arthur Davis "I didn't do it" and then rushed at me with his
pike to stab me - I turned one side and Thomas Davis passed by me - I did
not see him afterwards - I went up to John Daniel's House with Arthur Davis
and stopped there until day light when I returned home - Arthur Davis and
John Daniel's Wife can speak a great deal more than I can respecting Thomas Davis - ____________________________________________________George Hitchings

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