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44 [Top right corner]
James Hodge states: That my house
is on the Road 12 miles from Pye Corner - but
the way I returned from Pye Corner on the
morning of Monday 4th Novr was much less
perhaps a mile - When I got home I went in
through the window from the window Garden
My wife was in bed - there was a Clock in
the Kitchen, I went to it and it was then near
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
I desired her to go into my neighbours (Mary Jones)
and call her in. My wife went out and came
back back with Mary Jones and they both
came through the Kitchen into my Bedroom - I
was covered over and my eyes shut and I did
not open them - - I heard my wife say Here
is my old man in Bed. The person said she
thanked God he was come back - I did not
hear anything else said. I took the woman
to be Mary Jones. When I told my wife to go
for 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 be
Murder all over the Country and I want to shew
I am at house and in Bed - I do not know whether
Mary Jones looked at the Clock I do not know whether my
wife said anything to her about the Clock - nor I did I tell
my wife I had put back the clock - I got up about 1 or 2 & 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 & killed
for running away from them and my wife went out & locked the
Door. I tried to screen myself from the mob and the Law too.
[on centre-right of page:-](Signed) James Hodge -

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