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43 [Top right corner]
James Hodge states - That my house is by the
road 12 miles from Pye Corner but the way I returned from Pye
Corner
on the Morning of Monday 4th November was much less, perhaps
a mile - When I got home I went in through the window from the
Garden my wife was in bed- there was a clock in the Kitchen - I went
to it and it was then near to 10 o'clock - I put back the Clock one -
hour and half and went to bed - I desired my wife to get up and
she did so and thinking I should be got into a scrape through -
going with Frost - I desired her to go into my neighbours Mary Jones
and call her in - my wife went out and came back with Mary Jones
and they both went through the Kitchen into my bed room I was -
covered over and my eyes shut and I did not open them - I heard
some one speak and I heard my wife say "here is my old man in
bed" The person said she thanked god he was returned home but I
did not hear anything else said - I took the woman to be Mary Jones
When I told my wife to go to Mary Jones, the words I said were
For God's sake go and call Mary Jones to witness that I am in the
house for I am sure there will be murder all over the Country
and I want to shew that I am home and in bed - I do not
know whether Mary Jones looked at the clock - I do not know whether
my wife said any thing to her about the clock nor did I tell my wife
I had put back the Clock - I got up about one or two and then put
on the Clock again, but it struck for several days one more than was
right - I was afraid I might be searched after by the men and
killed for running away from them and my wife went out and
locked the door I tried to screen myself from the mob and the Law
too.

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