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Henry Lewis of Tredegar states: That at 3 o'clock I went
up to the Colliers row to a house where I used to resort and when I got there
the door was locked and the people inside asked who was there I told them Henry
upon which they opened the door- the first thing I saw on entering was a stick about
3 yards long and several others of various sizes with an iron ferule on each stick-
I also saw a hammer lying on the floor I asked them what they did with that hammer
Thomas Morgan answered to sharpen the point of this iron - on which he drew the iron
from the fire and began to point it on the paving and when finished put it in the
longest of the sticks- I then asked him what they were going to do with them
he told me they were mops tails I replied they are very comical mops tails-
Oh! he answered they will answer the purpose for which they are intended well
enough- I took three of them to Cefngola last night and if I had met
some one on the road I would have stuck one of them in him and
that is what we intend doing to night- John Morgan was sitting by
the Window the whole time- his brother in law was also in the house
William Evans, this took place in the house of William Evans where they
all resided on Sunday the day the Chartists rose- William Evans was
sitting by the door inside he appeared very low hearted and never spoke
John Morgan said I don't know where we are going - they appeared
to me to be pikes, indeed I have no doubt but they were pikes I saw the
same on men's shoulders as I saw in Evans' house at eight o'Clock by
the Church of Tredegar going towards Sirhowy bridge the night they
went to Newport - the night being dark I could not see who they were
I am quite sure it was on the Sunday night they rose - I was glad to
bundle home to my own house being afraid they would press me and
take me along with them-


Tredegar 20th Dec[embe]r 1839 - Henry Lewis X his mark

Witness
W.H. Homan
Geo.Cripps
Serjt Police

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