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Joseph Stockdale of Aberystruth in the County of Monmouth
saith - On Sunday evening last when it was getting dark on passing
Zephaniah Williams' House I heard a great noise in it - I turned into
Williams' House and went into the Long Room - Williams asked me
if I wanted to sign my name to the Chartists - I said "no, my
name is here already I think - Williams said "If it is here already
you have no need to put it again - I asked him if there was any
money wanted - he said no - there is no money wanted from any
one - my reason for asking this question was because I understood
that Chartist tickets were paid for - Williams said they, the Chartists,
were to march up the Hill as soon as it was dark - and he
cautioned and directed me to meet them and take some sort of
weapon with me, and if I could not find one he would try to
furnish me with one - When I left Williams' House, I left George
Lloyd
there - Williams directed the persons there present to meet at
a certain place on the Hill as there were to be Fourteen thousand
people to be there - He also directed them to be prepared with
weapons of some sort - Williams stood on a chair in the Long
Room - and his hands placed on another man's Shoulders - and
was addressing, the persons present saying that those who had no
weapons should if possible be furnished with weapons by him
Zephaniah

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