London: Reports of State Trials, New Series, HMSO, 1892. 1st Edition. Disbound. Good. Item #258168
An interesting account of one of the most famous nights in the history of Chartism. On the night of Sunday, November 3, 1839, some ten thousand men, armed with guns, spears, swords, scythes, &c., marched down from the neighbouring hill country upon Newport in three divisions, headed by John Frost, Zephaniah Williams, and William Jones. They were to unite about five miles from Newport, and to take possession of the town by night, preliminary to a general rising throughout the kingdom. The night was wet and stormy; the proposed junction did not take place; and the first division, under Frost, did not reach Newport until nine o’clock on the following morning. The mayor was awaiting their arrival at the Westgate Inn with a body of special constables and thirty soldiers under Lieutenant Gray were stationed in one of the rooms on the ground floor. The mob demanded the surrender of some Chartist prisoners who had been taken during the night and were confined in the inn, and being refused, attacked the inn. The mayor was wounded whilst opening the window to allow the soldiers to fire. The soldiers fired several volleys, killing some twenty men and wounding others, and the mob at once dispersed. Frost, Williams, Jones, and eleven others were indicted for high treason. Verdict, Guilty. Paper rather brittle. 198 pages, printed in double columns, along with a folding plan of the Westgate Hotel (8 x 12 inches) and a colour outline map of the Roads, Canals, etc of Newport (12 x 16 inches). An original article from the Reports of State Trials, New Series, 1892. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Large octavo (15 x 23 cms). Quantity Available: 1. Category: State Trials::New Series; Featured; New Arrivals; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 258168.
Keywords: BZDB395 Chartism. Newport. State Trials::New Series; Featured; New Arrivals; Antiquarian & Rare. Chartist Interest Newport Riots The Queen against Frost Opening of the Special Commission at Monmouth December 10 1839 for the Trial of Persons Charg