London: Reports of State Trials, New Series, HMSO, 1891. 1st Edition. Disbound. Very Good. Item #258169
An interesting account of one of the most famous nights in the history of Bristol. The riots took place in the afermath of the failure of the Second Reform Bill, and involved around 500 rioters, four of whom were killed by cavalry and dozens injured, in addition to those who perished in the arsons committed by the rioters. At the request of the magistrates, who feared a disturbance, soldiers were sent to Bristol, and about 300 special constables were sworn in. A riot took place when the Recorder entered the city on the 29th October 1831, and he was compelled to leave it. The Riot Act was read more than once, and the soldiers were called in, but they did not fire. By midnight quiet was restored. The Mayor remained at the Mansion House all night. Early on Sunday morning the riot was renewed with more violence; the Mansion House was attacked; and the Mayor left it, and went to Guildhall. About mid-day of Sunday a mob attacked Bridewell and set free the prisoners. It afterwards released the prisoners in the city gaol, destroyed the governor’s house, a toll house, a prison at Lawford’s Gate, outside the city, the Bishop’s Palace, the Custom House, and many houses on two sides of Queen’s Square. None of these buildings were defended. The Mayor called a meeting at the Guildhall for the protection of the city, but no measures were taken. He did not call out the Chelsea pensioners, of whom there were many in the city, nor did he cause precepts to be issued summoning the posse comitatus. But he gave orders that public notices should be sent on Sunday morning to all the places of worship requesting the inhabitants to form themselves into bodies and to come to the Guildhall. On the following morning (the 31st) reinforcements of troops arrived. The commanding officer requested that one of the magistrates should accompany him on horseback. They all refused. But the commander received from the Mayor a letter authorising him to disperse the mob; which was done. Information against the Mayor for neglect of duty, and trial at bar. 272 pages, printed in double columns, along with 5 coloured lithograph maps. An original article from the Reports of State Trials, New Series, 1891. 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: 258169.
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