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Witness Statement: In the case against Wright Beatty, who is charged with conspiracy and riot, this is the beginning of John Lewis' account of their encounter at his home early on 4th November

Borough of Newport Monmouthshire to wit The Informations & Depositions of the Witnesses whose names are hereunder mentioned taken upon oath before me Thomas Hawkins Esquire one of Her Majesty's Justices of the peace acting within and for the said Borough this 8 th day of September 1840 in the presence and hearing of Wright Beatty brought before me charged with having on the 4th day of November in the year 1839 at the Borough of Newport aforesaid committed conspiracy and Riot against the peace of our Sovereign Lady the Queen her Crown and Dignity

John Lewis sworn states - I am a Tin Plate manufacturer at Ty du in the parish of Bassaleg in this county, about 3 1 /2 miles from Newport . My residence is nearly - adjoining the Tram Road leading to Blackwood -and Tredegar Iron works - It also leads from my - House to a place well known by the name of the Welsh Oak. I remember the 4 th November - last - Between 6 & 7 o'clock in the morning of that
day on my coming down stairs I saw a large - number of people on the Tram road by my- House - I went up to them and f conversed with some of them - whilst doing so I saw - some men entering my House. I immediately

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