Wednesday 29 January 2014

29th January 1814: The informer, Benjamin Walker, writes to the Prince Regent to secure a reward

May it please your Royal Highness

To bear with one of the most Unworthy of all your Subjects who has already shared in your mercyfull Clemency for which I whish wish forever to be profoundly greatfull tho at the present I am A distrest object of Universal contempt and Disgrace – from April 28th to May 2nd 1812 the London Gazette Announced his Royal Highness the Prince Regent in behalf of His Majesty Promised to the person that would give information that would lead to the conviction of those fellons who in open day Malishously put an End to the life of Mr Wm Horsfall of Marsdin Near Huddersfield in the County of York cloth Merchant — The Kings most Gratious Pardon and A reward of Two Thousand pounds – I Benjamin Walker who to My Shame was one of the four fellons Voluntarily came forwards to divulge the awfull [evil] which did more than Convicted my fellows and Equals it was the first [illegible] leading to disclose the terable conspiricy which directed its forse against you and the tolerant Government under which we live but as yet I have not Got any reward I have apply’d to Mr Peace the Treasurer of the committee of Huddersfield and he has allways Evaded the demand I am at a loss now where to apply Except where the promise was made and the want of an Education and Qualified maners allmost confounds me and I umbly request your attention to my Case and sincearly pray you will overlook the Audatious offencis which may be seen in these times I have represented my Case in the Best way I can and would Umbly subscribe myself

Your most obedient
Benjn Walker

Newsom Near Huddersfield
Jany 29—1814 —

This letter can be found at HO 42/137.

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