Friday, 2 March 2012

2nd March 1812: Town Clerk of Nottingham writes to the Home Office about the Assizes


We beg leave to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 28th February in reply to our enquiries in relation to two Prosecutions in Framebreaking, with the conduct of which at the Assizes we are intrusted, and feel greatly obliged by your polite and immediate attention.

We perceive that we stand very properly corrected not explicitly stating in our former Letter that these Prosecutions were instituted against the Prisoners for breaking Frames, but we had imagined that you would have recollected that the first of them was of that Character because the Informations had been previously sent up for the Inspection of the Officers of the Crown.

We are very sorry to give any additional trouble on this subject to Mr Ryder, but it being now explicitly stated by us that both these Prosecutions come within the description of those which the Crown mean to take under its protection we shall be glad to be directed whether the Secretary of State would wish us to retain or deliver our Briefs to any particular and what Counsel upon this occasion, or whether we should apply for directions on this head to Mr. Litchfield that we may conform ourselves to the wishes of the Officers of the Crown in this respect.

We have the honor to be,
Your obliged, and very obedt Servt

Coldham and Enfield

March 2d, 1812

[Home Office note] 4th Acqt them that in order to save time I have desired Mr. [illegible] for the Treasury to write to the on the Subject by tonight

This letter can be found at HO 42/121.

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