Tuesday, 1 May 2012

1st May 1812: Reward notice for William Trentham assassination attempt

Whitehall, May 1, 1812.

Whereas it hath been humbly represented unto His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, that as Mr. William Trentham was knocking at his house-door, in St. Mary's Church-Yard, in the town of Nottingham, on Monday evening last, the 27th of April, about a quarter past ten o’clock, two men (whom he saw standing very near) stepped up to him; and one of them instantly, and without a word being uttered, shot him through the breast with a large horse pistol;

His Royal Highness, for the better apprehending and bringing to justice the persons concerned in the said atrocious act, 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 actually fired off the said pistol) who shall discover his or their accomplice or accomplices therein, so that he or they may be apprehended and convicted thereof.


And as a further encouragement, a reward of ONE HUNDRED GUINEAS is hereby offered to whomsoever will give such information as shall lead to the apprehension of both or either of the two men concerned in the said felony; and a still further reward of FIVE HUNDRED GUINEAS, to any person who shall discover his or their accomplice or accomplices therein (except as before excepted), to be paid on the conviction of any one or more of the offenders.

This notice appeared in the London Gazette.

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