Wednesday, 24 October 2012

24th October 1812: General Acland informs General Maitland there is more evidence against Mellor, Thorpe & Smith

Huddersfield 24th October 1812.

My dear Sir,

More strong Evidence has come out against Mellor, Thorpe & Smith, & I may venture to say without appearing too sanguine, that this case is now complete.

Lloyd had made out a commitment to the House of correction at Wakefield for Walker (the Kings Evidence for this case) & asked if I approved it, to which I replied it was impossible for me to give an opinion about it—& I declin’d doing so—on this he spoke to Mr. Ratcliffe, & said he should wave it, & now write to the Secretary of State for instructions as to disposing of Walker.

I hope you will think that I have [done] right.

I knowing your opinion respecting Barrowclough's commitment I concluded of course you would not approve Walkers, & in fact from Lloyds giving up the point, it shews he only wanted my sanction to hear him out—

Three men are this day committed to York — William Thornton, Mark Hills, and Rigge for being present at Cartwright’s Mill & the breaking of Vickerman's shearing frames.

Wroth: P: Acland

[To] Lt General
The Rt Honble
T. Maitland

This letter can be found at HO 40/2/8.

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