Sunday, 3 June 2012

3rd June 1812: Leicester Hosiery firm, Ann Wood & Sons, issue reward for threatening letter

On Wednesday 3rd June 1812, the Leicester Hosiery firm of Ann Wood & Sons issued a Hand Bill, seeking a reward for information regarding a threatening letter that had been sent to Henry Wood of the firm 5 days earlier. The reward notice unsubtly links the threatening letter with a notice received from the Secretary of the Leicester Framework-knitter's Committee, Thomas Allsop, suggesting a connection between Luddite tactics and the more reformist union. This insinuation would bear fruit 2 weeks later.

400 Guineas - or £420 - is the equivalent of £282,000 using average earnings from 2009. The Handbill can be found at HO 42/124.

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