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William Henry Williams of the parish of Saint
Woollos in the Borough of Newport
Accountant (a Special
Constable) states: About 4 in the afternoon of the 4th
of Nov[embe]r last I received orders from the Magistrates to go
and search for Gunpowder which they had been
informed was secreted in a Hay Rick to the left of
Etheridge's house - I accordingly went accompanied by
William Nicholas Morgan and Edward Hopkins the
Police Superintendent- In the Rick referred to
we found no powder but 2 pike Heads with cross
pieces - of a very dangerous description - Mr Hopkins
took possession of them - I should know the sort again.
After the others had left I went into a field behind
the Turnpike between the Caerleon and the Chepstow
Roads
and looked about for powder but found none
But in a Ditch near a Hay Rick There I found
two pike Handles one of which had a socket for
a pike head and the other had a Bayonet fixed
on it - they were about eight feet long - I took
them to the Westgate - I afterwards took one of the
handles to Monmouth and left it in the Court there
for the last mentioned field I saw a great many
foot prints as if people had been walking about
there-
_________________________ WmHenry Williams

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