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Q. Before the Captain came up, did you ask them where they were going to

4. They said they were going to Nottingham ; that they were coming all roads ; that it was a general rising ; that twenty five or thirty thousand were coming from Sheffield; that there would be several hundred thousand assembled that day; that liberty would be gained, and an end to tyranny.

Q. Do you remember the persons by whom ali this was said :

A. They stood all of a body, I cannot say who it was.
'Q. Was William Turner one of that body?
A. Yes.
Q. Was he armed ?
A. Yes, he had a gun.
Q. Do you remember any other in that body?
A. Yes, there was Isaac Ludlam and William Barker,
Q. Isaac Ludlam the elder or the younger ?
A. The elder.
Q. Was it stated where the Captain then was?

A. They said he was at the Lane-end, and would soon come up:

Q. That is Pentridge-lane-end.
A. Yes.
Q. Did he come up ?
A. Yes, he came up with the other body of men,
Q. What size do you think that other body was?

A. When they were all together, I thought about one hundred.

Q. Were they all armed ?
A. The greatest part.
Q. With what?
A. Guns and pikes,
Q. By pikes do you mean such as those ?
A. Yes.

Q. What was done with the men when they were all assembled ?

A. The Captain ordered them to fall in three deep, the guns in front.

Q. Who was that Captain ?
A. Jeremiah Brandreth,

Q. What more did Brandreth say besides ordering the men to fall in ?

A. He ordered them to fall in, and he held a consultation with the principal men, and said he would appoint the principal officers? Q. Who were the principal men?

A. A man whom they called Lieutenant Turner, I heard afterwards his name was Manchester Turner--they called him Lieutenant.

Q. Whoin else did he consult with?
A. Isaac Ludlam the elder and William Turner.
Q. After consulting with them, what did he say?

Å. He said it would be best to appoint non-commissioned Officers; he then asked if there were any men that could do the duty, or had been in the Local Militia. : Q. Did

any turn out upon that? A. There were some turned out; there was an order given to them that could do it to turn out, and they should be appointed, and have the care of a number of men.

Q. Did any turn out?

A. I have no doubt some did; some appeared to turn out, I stood still.

Q. Were the men then formed in rank?
A. They were formed three deep.
Q. What did you then do?
A. We were then ordered to march.
Q. By whom?

A. By the Captain ; there was first an advance and a rear guard appointed, and Isaac Ludlam the elder commanded the rear guard.

Q. Who marched at the head ?
A. I do not know.';

Q. How did William Turner march, did he march in the ranks or out of the ranks? i A. He was out of the ranks.

Q. To what place did you march?
A. Up the lane towards Pentridge ?

Q. What was done at Pentridge, wete any houses attacked 1

4. Yes, a great many
Q. What was taken from them :
A. Guns.
Q. Any men taken also ? ,
A. Yes.

Q. While you were at Pentridge did any thing occur respecting yourself?

A. Yes; I feigned myself ill when I got to the bottom of Pentridge, and told them I could not go any further.

Q Upon that what was done?
A. The Captain came up?
Q. That is Brandreth

4. Yes, and said I must gom-that they would all do in that way; some said “ damn him, shoot him;" some said “run a pike through him;" they then appointed two men to take hold of each arm, and they led me up Pentridge in that way, in the midst of the body of men.

Q. Did you still pretend to be ill?
A. Yes.
Q. Upon that what did they do for

you? A. They held me up, those two men did. Q. What did they do for you next?

A. I went with them all the way up. Pentridge a considerable time.

Q. Was a poney got for you ?,
A. Mr. Booth's poney was fetched out,
Q. Were you put upon it!
A. Yes ; I did not stop on any time..
Q. You continued your pretence of illness:3. -
A. Yes, and slipped off.
Q. What passed then? :

A. They ihen brought the Captain, he says, "damn him, put a pike through him; and I said, "it is no use taking me in this way, you had better shoot me, and then you will be safe of me;" he said, "damn him, leave him we can do without one."

Q. Then you were allowed to depart? : 1

A. He ordered the men to face about to the right and march, and they left me. Q. How far was it in all that

you

went? A. Not quite a mile ; I think more than three quarters.

Q. Was William Turner with them throughout the whole of that distance ?

A. I saw him frequently.
Q. How long were you with them?

A. More than two hours; I saw him actually employed in Pentridge, going with different parties to different housedoors, and threatening to break them open.

Q. After you had quitted the party, did you go to the house of William Weightman.

A. I went to the house of William Booth.
Q. Did you go to the house of William Weightman?
A. Yes; we did.
Q. Did you see Weightman there?

A. While we were in Mr. Booth's house, William Weightman came in.

Q. How near was the party you had got away from at that time?

A. They were just gone,
Q. Had you seen Weightman in the party?
A. No; I had not.

Q. I do not ask you any thing which Williami Weightman said to you at Mr. Booth's, but did you see him at his own house ?

A. Yes.
Q. Did you see any thing there :
A. I saw a bag of bullets.

Q. Did you afterwards give information to any person respecting those bullets ?

A. I went with Mr. Booth down to the constables, and wished him to go with us.

Q. Did you go back to William Weightman's house to lay hold of the bullets ?

A. Yes; to stop them.

Q. When you came back to Weightman's house, was Weightman gone, and were the bullets gone ?

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A. His wife held the door in her hand.

Q Do not tell me what she said, - did you find the bullets ?

A, No.

Q. You did not go into the house in consequence of information you had received ?

A. No; we did not.
Q. Did you see Thomas Weightman of the party?
A. Yes.
Q. How was he armed?
A. He had a pike.
Q. Did you see Joseph Weightman, Jun. ?
A. Yes ; he had a pike.
Q. Manchester Turner ?
A. He had a sword.
Q. Did you see William Ludlam?
A. Yes.
Q. What had he?
A. A pike.
Q. Did you see Samuel Hunt among them ?
A. Yes.
Q. What had he?
4. A pike.
Q. Joseph Topham?
A. Yes; he had a pike.
Q. Alexander Johnson ?
4. Yes; he was there; he had a pike.
Q. Did you see James Taylor ?
A. Yes ; he had a pike.
Q. Joseph Taylor.
A. He had a gun, I think.
Q. William Barker.
A. He had a pike.

Q. What number did they consist of when they marched away from you?

A. I think about a hundred, they got some men out of Pentridge, but during the time I was with them a great many ran away.

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