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John Windeatt, Defendant, 1834

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We have no further clues as to which John this is, but it is probably either John of the Horrabridge tree (1778-1851) or his son, also John, (1805-1885) .  Both were living in Exeter at this date and were in the building trade and it is recorded in the article below that the London delegates were bricklayers.  I favour an identification with the younger John who would have been about 29 at this time and also showed an interest in political matters later in life.

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In our last we stated that a number of workmen had been arrested at the Sun public-house, where they had assembled for the purpose of forming an illegal secret society; that 15 of them including two delegates, had been committed to gaol, and that on Friday, after another examination, they had been remanded till Tuesday.  Before the hour appointed for their final examination on that day, a large number of workmen had collected about the Guildhall and the city prison, in consequence of which, it being market-day, the mayor and magistrates examined the prisoners in the gaol, from which the public were necessarily excluded, it being considered, as the two former examinations had been conducted in the open hall, that the accused could not be possibly prejudiced by this mode of proceeding, particularly as they were attended by their legal adviser.  Previous to the examination a solicitor of this city and a gentleman of the firm of Harmer and Co. London made application to the magistrates for admission to attend on behalf of the accused, but they individually and collectively expressed their entire satisfaction with Mr.  FURLONG, all positively stating that they require no other legal assistance.  The 15 prisoners were committed for trial at the next sessions charged with an illegal combinations and confederacy.  The delegates are Daniel GILL and James STODDART, of London, bricklayers; the names of the Exeter men are Thomas BRICE, Samuel SKOINS, Richard CORNELIUS, John STURRIDGE, James HUGHES, W. CRUSE, W. GAY, George BLACHFORD, John WINDEATT, John JENKINS, William STOCKER,  Thomas LEE, and John MAJOR.  They were then informed that they would be admitted to bail on providing good and sufficient sureties - namely, GILL and STODDART, the two delegates, themselves in the sum of 100l. each, and two sureties, each in the sum of 50l.  For the remaining 13, themselves in 50l, each, and two sureties for each in 25l, with 24 hours' notice of such bail being ready to be tendered.  On Wednesday morning the mayor and magistrates again assembled at the prison, and the whole of the persons charged, and before enumerated, with the exception of the two strangers, STODDART and GILL, were admitted to bail.  James SERCOMBE was at the same time remanded for further examination, on a charge of wilful and corrupt perjury. - Exeter paper.

- The Examiner (London, England), Sunday, February 2, 1834; Issue 1357


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