Saturday, 28 April 2012

28th April 1812: Reward notice for George Whitehead assassination attempt

Whitehall, April 28, 1812.

Whereas it hath been humbly represented unto His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, that about twelve o'clock in the evening of Wednesday the 15th instant, as George Whitehead, one of the Deputy Constables at Huddersfield, in the West Riding of the County of York, was going up stairs to bed, having a candle in his hand, a gun, or some other kind of fire arms, was fired off at him, the contents with which the same was loaded entered in at a window which lights the staircase, and passed near his body, and broke three squares of glass in the window; and the next morning was picked up in the said staircase, to lead pistol-balls, a piece of lead or solder, and a piece of bone, supposed to be the contents of such fire-arms.

His Royal Highness, for the better apprehending and bringing to justice the persons concerned in the said felony, is hereby pleased, in the name and on the behalf of His Majesty, to promise His Majesty's most gracious pardon to any one of them (except the person who naturally fired off the said fire-arms) who shall discover his or their accomplice or accomplices therein, so that he, she, or they may be apprehended and convicted thereof.


And, as a further encouragement, a reward of ONE HUNDRED GUINEAS is hereby offered by the Committee at Huddersfield, to any person making such discovery as aforesaid (except as is before excepted), to be paid on the conviction of any one or more of the offenders, by Mr John Pearce, Treasurer.

This notice appeared in the London Gazette.

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