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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
ten minutes or near to 10 oClock - 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 speak say "Here is my old Man in bed" The person said she thanked God he was returned home
but I did not hear what she said or what the woman
any thing else
said, but I took the woman to be Mary Jones - When I told my wife
to go for Mary Jones the words I said were for Gods 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 at 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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