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Three Accounts of Peterloo By Eyewitnesses Bishop Stanley, Lord Hylton, John Benjamin Smith with Bishop Stanley's Evidence at the Trial   By:

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PUBLICATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

HISTORICAL SERIES No. XXXIX.

THREE ACCOUNTS OF PETERLOO.

Published by the University of Manchester at THE UNIVERSITY PRESS (H. M. MCKECHNIE, M.A., Secretary) 12 LIME GROVE, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER

LONGMANS, GREEN & CO.

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[Illustration: BISHOP STANLEY 1779 1849

From a Print lent by Lord Sheffield

Photo by R. H. Fletcher

Frontispiece ]

Three Accounts OF Peterloo

BY EYEWITNESSES

BISHOP STANLEY LORD HYLTON JOHN BENJAMIN SMITH

with

Bishop Stanley's Evidence at the Trial

Edited by F. A. BRUTON, M.A., Litt.D of the Manchester Grammar School

MANCHESTER: AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

LONGMANS, GREEN & CO. LONDON, NEW YORK, BOMBAY, etc. 1921

PUBLICATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

No. CXL.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

Introduction vii

Bishop Stanley 1

Stanley's Account of Peterloo 10

Stanley's Evidence at the Trial in 1822 24

Sir William Jolliffe, afterwards Lord Hylton 45

Lieutenant Jolliffe's Account of Peterloo 48

John Benjamin Smith 59

Mr. J. B. Smith's Account of Peterloo 62

APPENDIX A 75 Some Relics of Peterloo: 1. A Banner carried at Peterloo. 2. Bamford's Cottage at Middleton. 3. Constables' Staves. 4. Head of Flagstaff. 5. Hussar's Plume. 6. Account Book of the Relief Committee. 7. Account Book recording amounts raised for the relief of Special Constables and their families.

APPENDIX B 81 1. Note on the Casualties at Peterloo. 2. Presence of women and children at Peterloo. 3. Some gleanings from the Scrap Books. 4. Explanation of the Contemporary Plan and Picture of Peterloo.

ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE

Portrait of Bishop Stanley Frontispiece

Stanley's Plan of Peterloo 8

Nadin, the Deputy Constable Facing 21

"Orator Hunt" " 27

Plan of Peterloo, compiled from the contemporary Plans and modern Street Maps 44

Portrait of Mr. John Benjamin Smith Facing 59

The Hunt Memorial at the Manchester Reform Club " 69

The Peterloo Medal " 71

The Banner carried at Peterloo by the Middleton Contingent " 75

Samuel Bamford's Cottage at Middleton " 76

Three Relics picked up on the Field of Peterloo " 77

A Page of the Relief Committee's Account Book 79

Plan of Peterloo published with the Report of the Trial in 1822 89

Wroe's Picture of Peterloo, showing the Manchester Yeomanry riding for the Hustings Facing 90

INTRODUCTION.

Of the three accounts of the Tragedy of Peterloo given here, two (the first and third) have never been published before. The second appeared in the "Life of Lord Sidmouth" in 1847. All three, written with care and judgment, by men who afterwards rose to eminence, form a valuable contribution to the understanding of an event, the accounts of which have been for the most part distorted and misleading... Continue reading book >>




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