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To prove that from 7 to 10 men came to the witness' house
on Sunday evening the 3rd Nov[embe]'r armed they had a gun
or two, and a pike or two, they told witness, he must
go to Blackwood to meet Mr. Frost at the Coach and
Horses
(it is kept by Richard Pugh) witness was
compelled to go thither - Witness saw Frost there and
another man with him a stranger Frost had a light
drab coat, cased Hat and red cravat there were a
considerable number present - Frost advanced about 30
yards up Blackwood
and said he would scour that first
some of them said they would rather it should not be
and it was not. Frost desired them to follow him to
the Cefn - When they got to the road which turns to
Abercarne s some twined thither others continued along
the Tram. Frost said Zephaniah Williams with about
men would meet them at the Cefn that Jones
of Pontypool would meet him with about 2000 -
Witness next said saw Frost at Pie Corner on their way thither
they met a man on horseback with a Candle and
lanthorn near Cross House who told them to proceed on that
Frost was there with a body of men waiting for them -
some said there was no good going thither without arms
answ[ere]d that there were plenty of Guns Bayonets and A(m)munition
there at Pie Corner Witness heard Frost ordered the Guns to the front
the pikes next -Wit[nes]s said to him "In the name of God what
are you going to do, are you going to attack any person or
place" he answ[ere]d Yes, that they would attack Newport & take it
that he would blow the Bridge to stop the Welsh Mail
for an hour & a half after time & if it didn't arrive there
after that time it wo[ul]d
be the signal for them to attack Birmingham
& it wo[ul]d go thro' (through) the north of England Scotland & all the Nation.
Wit[nes]s replied that he might as well lead them to the Slaughter
house, it imitated a Butcher leading a flock of lambs to the Slaughter house
& s[ai]d for God's sake desire the Men to go to the Hills Frost asked if I tho[ugh]t so
& turned away scornfully Wit[nes]s effected his escape __________ CALL
[in right hand margin against the above paragraph:- Ja[me]s Hodge of Woodfield Blackwood Collier 116]

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