Monday, 6 June 2016

6th June 1816: The Treasury Solicitor reports the mood of Ely to the Home Office

[Lincoln's] Inn
6th June 1816

My dr Sir.

Hobhouse has desired me to send you the inclosed Extract from a Letter received this morning from Mr. Evans the Solicitor at Ely employed to assist in the conduct of the Prosecutions—Hobhouse is not very well & must keep quiet for a few days

[Illegible] My dr Sir

Yours very faithfully

H.C. Litchfield

J. Beckett Esqr
&c &c &c

Extract from a letter from Mr. H.R. Evans to Henry Hobhouse Esq dated Ely—5th June 1816.—

"I wish I could say that I'm convinced that the danger is over.—We are quiet, but it is the silence of sullenness—not of a subdued Spirit, and I shall not be surprized if we have some Stacks, and even Houses burnt—Murmers and Whispers, and sulky Countenances, and insidious companions between Rich and Poor &c &c are among the Symptoms of smothered Revenge. We are upon our Guard, and have a nightly patrole; but as the opening of the Commission approaches our danger and fears will increase."

The letter & extract can both be found at HO 42/151.

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