Sunday, 29 April 2012

29th April 1812: Gravenor Henson writes from London to Nottingham about the framework-knitters petitions

1812. April 29

London . . .


To Day is a Blank Day, Mr Coke kept the altered Copy of the Petition so late that Mr Toplis could not get them engrossed to deliver in time to the Members, the London Committee attended but were obliged to postpone the intended visits till tomorrow, the Irish and Scotch petitions have not come yet, we have wrote but have recd no Answer

We hope to Petition the House to morrow Night, if not Friday at farthest What an unfortunate thing the Petitions do not come

The Numbers signed are thus

Town of Nottingham 2629
County Do. 2078
Borough of Leicester 1100
County of Leicester 2057
Borough of Derby 239
County of Do. 1809
Tewkesbury 281
Godalming 114
London 92

Total 10459 [sic]

Yours in haste
G. Henson

PS, We have some sheets that we know not where they come from, there is not a name in them that we know or that have written to us—

Yours has come to Hand it needs no comment.

This letter can be found in the Records of the Borough of Nottingham, vol.8, 1800-1835 (pp.144-145). Henson's arithmetic is incorrect, the total should be 10399.

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