Sunday, 19 February 2012

19th February 1812: Nottingham MP Daniel Parker-Coke writes to the United Committee of Framework-knitters

1812. February 19 Derby . . .


I recd your Letter only last night from the circumstance of its having been directed to me in London & therefore take the earliest opportunity of answering it. I should have been in London long ago had I not had a fall by which I hurt my Leg & have not since been able to put on a Boot. However I shall be in London the beginning of next week & shall be happy at any time to receive any communications from your Committee which may be useful towards restoring the peace & good order of Nottingham & it's Neighborhood—By your letter I see it is the wish of the Committee that the proceedings in Par[liamen]t should be postponed for ten or twelve Days in the expectation of receiving important information. If I had been in town I am afraid I could not have made such an application with any prospect of success because it is the Duty of Govt, to find a remedy if they can for an evil of such magnitude as soon as possible & you would observe from the Debates in the Newspapers that they were blamed for not bringing in Bills sooner. I mention this merely to shew that no advantage has been lost by such a proposal not being made in Par[liamen]t.

I shall be glad at all times to receive information from the Committee to whom I beg my best respects And I am Sir

Your very obedient Servant
Danl Parker Coke.

To the Secretary of the Committee
at Sir Isaac Newton's Head
Glass House Lane

This letter can be found in the Records of the Borough of Nottingham, vol.8, 1800-1835 (p.137).

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