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voice inside - I said " Partridge open the door"he said "I am gone to
bed - I think his voice came from the first room I entered - When he said
" I am gone to bed" I said "get up and open the door for if you don't I shall force
open the door" I was attended by Mr Stephen Rogers a Grocer of this Town-
I put my shoulder against the door and forced it open - I heard the iron which appeared to fasten the door fall down inside - As soon as the door was
opened I saw a person standing within 2 yards of me inside the house whom
I found to be Mr John Frost - Mr Stephen Rogers laid hold of him by
the Collar of his coat on one side and I on the other - We both said "Mr
Frost
you are our Prisoner" he said " very well I will go with you directly"
I said " no we are not prepared to take you now - you must wait a little "
Mr Frost retreated to the Fire place - I saw Partridge in the same room
with Frost when I opened the door - he was not undressed and could not have been in bed when he was answered that he was in bed - There was
not time for him to have dressed - I told the Prisoner that we were come
to search for Manuscripts - He took a Candle and shewed me into an
adjoining room and gave me two files of manuscript papers which
were brought into the room where Frost was - Whilst I was examining
the papers Mr Frost came unto me and asked me by what authority I
took the papers - I told him I did not think it necessary to tell him
by what authority I acted - He told me "If you expect to find any
of my manuscripts here you will be disappointed - I told him I did
not not expect to find them there as I had found them elsewhere and secured
them already - Charles Walters was also in the same room in the corner
with Frost and the Prisoner - We also took Walters into Custody -
Frost and Walters were brought down to the Westgate Inn and searched
3 Pistols with Powder flask and bullets were found upon Frost and
4 Pistols powder flask bullets and Lucifer matches were found upon
Walters - The pistols had caps on - some were primed and appeared
to be loaded - Frost was very wet and appeared to have been out
He asked to be allowed to dry himself - He told me that he had
taken his Trousers off and had borrowed a pair of the Prisoner - He
asked to be allowed to go into his House which I refused but offered
to send for anything - He appeared much harassed and fatigued -
I apprehended the Prisoner thinking he was harbouring Frost and
Walters who were there for the purpose of concealment - His hesitation

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