Monday, 30 April 2012

30th April 1812: Joseph Radcliffe informs the Home Office of nocturnal arms raids & requests more troops


Messrs T. Atkinson, & Allinson who left Hudfd last night will have been with you before this with the inclosed comes to hand, in which I send 2 examinations taken this day relative to the nightly breaking into houses to rob them of arms, many have been so broken into, & could a power, as I in a former letter observed, for a general search for arms be obtained, most undoubtedly it wd at least lead to discovery and detection of the thieves &c.—I also take the liberty of inclosing a letter I this day got from Majr Gordon of the 2d D. Gds now quartered at Hudfd, and most active & attentive officer, by which you will observe his opinions of the urgent necessity we are under for further military support, & which I trust by your applications to the war office will be granted without delay, or we must resign every thing to the power of the disaffected, for depend upon it, the present complaints are only a prelude to further encroachments on the internal peace of the country.

I inclose an acct of Mr. Horsfall's death, shot on Tuesday evening, & also a letter from Mr Stables, one of the committee to obtain a pardon for an accomplice, & a reward of 2000£, & I am Sir

Your most Obt
Hbl Servt
Joseph Radcliffe

Apl 30. 1812

This letter can be found at HO 42/122.

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