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Reg[in]a. v[ersus] William Jones (the Watchmaker)
James Emery of Pontypool Cabinet Maker states
About a week previous to the 3rd November last I became a member
of the Chartist Club held at the Beer house of the Prisoner (the Bristol
House) at Pontypool
- (I had attended meetings at that House before
but not as a member) I had paid 6d for a card.
I remember attending a meeting on the 29th October last at John
Llewellin
's House, it was the Tuesday before the Riots at Newport - there
were many members there - the room was full - John Llewellin was
present at that meeting - there was a chairman appointed - I believe
his name was Phillips - I heard something said about a meeting at
Duke's Town - Llewellin was there - I heard the chairman speak to
the effect that he had been sent as Deputy from that association around
the Hills to ascertain how the organisation of the association was going
on - He (the Chairman) spoke of a body of men about half a
dozen from the associations around Merthyr - that they stated that
upwards of 2000 men were already organised and armed - he said
the Deputies were to meet at Duke's Town - he made a proposition
to the meeting - he put the question Were they all armed and prepared
for the worst - them that were, were requested to hold up their han
right hands - most of those present did so - Llewellin was present - I
did not see him hold up his hand - I did not hear him say anything
he might have held up his hand without my seeing him - I heard
the Chairman address a boy that was standing by his side "Do you
know for what you held up your hand" I don't distinctly know what the
Boy's reply was - but the question was repeated to the Boy and he said
are you prepared - the Boy answered and said "yes" as well as some others -
The Chairman spoke to the members and said "If there are any
here who expect to get the Charter without a struggle I would advise them
to leave the association discreetly" - Llewellin was in the room at the
time and must have heard what was said - he did not leave the room -
he was standing by the Door - there were Classed Leaders called to go to a private

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