Saturday, 5 May 2012

5th May 1812: Letter to Mr. G. Platt. Holywell, Flintshire


We can not live with the wages we have. unless all hands are advanced the mills shall be burned to the ground immediately. the miners & colliers are all ready to join. 3000 men may be called to join us in a very short time. We can also send for Bolton & Middleton mob to come. We have proper direction to some of the leaders. letters have been received there from leatly. We are all read for blood or bread. anything is better than starving by inches as we do, rely upon it.

The poor cry aloud for bread
Prince Regent shall lose his head
And all the rich who oppress the poor
In a little time shall be no more
With deep regret, I write these things,
They’ll come to pass in spite of kings.

A transcript of this letter is contained in a letter from William Hay to the Home Office of 6th May 1812, an can be found at HO 40/1/1.

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