Monday, 13 February 2012

13th February 1812: Robert Baker to Home Office

Feby. 13 1812
11 p.m.


We have received yours of yesterday’s date with the inclosures. One or two of the persons in your list we have before understood to be favourers of the present framebreakers, particularly Thomas Heath of Sutton, tho’ not perhaps personally assisting the outrages. Should it happen that similar discontent break out at Leicester, Hinkley or any of the places at which the persons who prosecuted the Action in the Common Pleas reside this memorandum of their former association may be a clue perhaps for future detection.

We have not seen the Town Clauses for the Watch & Ward bill, but certainly it would be highly expedient that the Mayor should be empowered to act upon any sudden emergency in the parts immediately adjoining the Town altho’ locally a little beyond the Town jurisdiction; and the Town would probably expect that the expenses should be paid by the Co-Rate of the County at large. But as the County Justices would not like to let their Rate be at the command of the Town Magistrates -- it is perhaps worth consideration whether the order for payment should not be expressed to be made on application to the County Sessions.

The total cessation of framebreaking for some days past still happily continues.

We are Sir

Your most obedient Servants

Bob Baker

This letter can be found at HO 42/120.

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