Friday, 13 April 2012

13th April 1812: The Mayor of Bristol requests cavalry following disturbances in the city

Council House
Bristol 13 Apl 1812


Although this City is at present in a state of tranquillity, yet we have lately had slight disturbances on account of the high price of Provisions and the Peace Officers have had some difficulty in suppressing the Mob. There are several Regiments of Infantry but no Cavalry within my jurisdiction. In case of any public disturbance it has always been found that a few Horse have had more effect than a large body of Infantry. I therefore feel it my duty to suggest to you the propriety of a Troop being stationed in this City, and in order that the Public may not be unnecessarily alarmed I should beg to recommend that they should not be sent here by forced marches, but in the ordinary course— This measure I think would very much tend to preserve the Peace of the Town and I therefore trust that early attention will be given to the subject—

I have the honor to be
Your ms. ob. hble Sev. &c

Jno. H. Wilcox

To the Rt. Hon. Richd Ryder
One of his Majesty's Principal
Secretaries of State &c &c

This letter can be found at HO 42122.

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