The “Western Vindicator” was a weekly newspaper with a news content aimed at Chartists in South Wales and the West of England. Articles written by John Frost, Henry Vincent and other local Chartists were sometimes read out at Chartist lodge meetings and the newspaper was distributed widely. The arrest of Henry Vincent, the popular 25-year-old Chartist missionary to the region, in May 1839 on a charge of sedition greatly angered the majority of Chartists in South Wales, and efforts to have Vincent set free from Monmouth Gaol may have contributed in part to the Newport Rising later in the year. The articles in the Western Vindicator newspaper give a good indication of the thinking of the Chartist leaders from the start of the year through to the Newport Rising in November 1839.
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WV No.37 –