Saturday, 17 March 2012

17th March 1812: Joseph Radcliffe reports the attack on Vickerman to the Home Office


I received the favor of yours of the fourteenth yesterday, & the 2 Troop of Dragoons are at Hudfd as mentioned in mine of Saturday last, but not adequate to our wants, for had my repeated request been attended to, I am confident the mischief of which I now enclose an information, might have been prevented. Infantry, might have been quartered at Vickerman's, where the Mob commited their destruction before the Cavalry guard, having their horses at Hudfd (near two miles off) could get to their sleeping quarters, & I do hope Mr S. Ryder will see before it is too late, the necessity of giving us Infantry, as well as cavalry.

To convince the Commander of the District the more of the necessity of our having the 100 Infantry applied for, I wrote to him yesterday, the Letter, as see copy inclosed. The dirty piece of paper herewith also sent had been thrown into Vickerman's premises.—& from the Threatening Letters I have before transmited, & the offer wrote on doors, & walls, of 100 Gs for the Prince Regent's Head, it may be apprehended the present spirit may not end in the destruction of new inventions to expedite Manufactory.—On the 29th Inst I am obliged to go to Lancaster Assizes, & shall not return until Wednesday the first of Apl. Joseph Scott Esq of Woodsome will then be the next resident Magistrate to Huddersfield, should Mr. S. Ryder have any occasion to write, & from Mr. Scott what further Mischief is done will be communicated to your office.—

I also enclose a paper I last night received from the Committee desiring Mr. S. Ryder would send down one or two Bow Street officers. Their expenses will be defrayed by the Committee, & on their arrival at Huddersfield they will please to wait upon Mr. John Horsfall of Thornton Lodge, a short distance from Huddersfield, the Chairman of the Committee to consult upon what measures may be most advisable to be taken.—

& am Sir

Your most Obt
Hbe Servt
Joseph Radcliffe

Milnsbridge house
Marh 17th 1812

This letter can be found at HO 42/121.

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