Sunday, 30 December 2012

30th December 1812: The Treasury Solicitor sends a Luddite membership card up to the Home Office

The 'Ticket' mentioned in Hobhouse's letter: the motto under the crest is 'Taisez Vous' ('Keep Quiet')

Dear Sir,

The inclosed Ticket has been put into my Hands by Mr. Woodcock of Mansfield, who lately received itfrom a man in his Employ. Mr. W. states it to be a Ticket of Admission into a Society, in which the person alluded to has recently been admitted by the Directions of Mr. W. The Arms are stated to represent an Union of Ireland, Scotland, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, & Yorkshire. The Loom at the Bottom, the Hammer by way of Crest, & the Motto, probably bespeak the Objects of the Society. I desired Mr. Woodcock as soon as he should have acquired any Information fit for Lord Sidmouth’s Attention, to communicate it to you; & am

Dear Sir
Yours faithfully
H. Hobhouse

Linc. Inn
Dec. 30. 1812

[To] J Beckett Esqr

This letter can be found at HO 42/130.

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