Thursday, 26 April 2012

26th April 1812: Manchester magistrates warn the Home Office of a Rising on May 1st

Police Office, Manchester 26 April 1812


We have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr Beckets letter dated the 24th instant. We feel it to be our duty to transmit to Government the accompanying notice which has just fallen into our hands. The Petition is evidently a cover for a meeting for other purposes; but the circumstance of the meeting being to be continued until the first of May strikes us as coinciding with the Information received of the intention to rise as for that day. It may be that the Watchwords, signals, or plans will be withheld till the preceding evening. We have the honour to be,

with Sincere respect
Your faithful & obedient humble servants

W.R. Hay
J. Silvester

The Rt Honble Richard Ryder
One of H. Mj principal Secs of State &c &c

Manchester. Sunday Night 11 oclock. We have informations that it is intended to stop the mail in this neighbourhood on Thursday Night. That will be communicated to the Post Office here—but it is further stated, that the finding by the disaffected that the Mails are stopped is to be a signal in London, by which it is to be notified that the proceedings here are commenced. This we deem it important to communicate.

W.R. Hay

This letter & petition can be found at HO 42/122.

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