Sunday, 7 October 2012

7th October 1812: General Acland updates General Maitland about matters in and around Huddersfield

Huddersfield 7th of Octr 1812.

My dear Sir

The enclosed from Raynes I receiv’d this Evening, when I see him to-morrow, if there is reason to suppose believe his [Ratcliffe's] information has any foundation, that neighbourhood shall be well patroled without giving suspicion of the cause—

A warrant was granted this evening by Mr. Ratcliffe to search house in this Town he knows — a Cavalry Sword (belonging I imagine to some Yeomanry Corps) & Two Canisters of Gunpowder (1 lb each) only were found the man was not at home—

Ten or twelve lads have been taken up for robbing Mr. Horsfall’s house in this Town at different times & it appears there will be proof against several—

Bates has given good information to Mr. Allison as he tells me, but I have not seen the examination—in consequence of which Warrants are issued against Eight men in this place & Holmfirth, which will be executed to-morrow.

Raynes has asked me about his account, it would be convenient to him if the payment was mae as he is not well prepared for such an advance.

Wroth P Acland

Mr. Allison will be at Wakefield to-morrow if you wish to see him you can send for him.


[To] Lt General
The Rt. Honble T. Maitland

This letter can be found at HO 40/2/7. It's not clear if the robbery mentioned took place at the home of either Abraham or John Horsfall, although it is known that Abraham Horsfall suffered subsequent robberies over the years.

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