By J. Gardner
This ebook offers provocative info on poetry written according to the main innovative set of occasions noticeable in Britain because the 1640s: 'Peterloo', a calm protest that grew to become a bloodbath; 'Cato Street', a central authority scripted uprising; and the 'Queen Caroline Controversy', whilst the estranged spouse of George IV attempted to assert her crown.
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In 1818 Sidmouth prematurely wrote, ‘The combination at Manchester, & c. ’7 However, as E. P. Thompson relates, ‘One by one they were forced to release the reformers. . The released men refused to lie down: they addressed meetings, attended dinners in their honour, and attempted to sue the Government for illegal arrest’ (The Making: 736). Evidence of Bamford’s potential for unreliability occurs in his two accounts of this arrest. In Passages, Bamford claims to have been interviewed by Lord Sidmouth and Viscount Castlereagh no less.
The released men refused to lie down: they addressed meetings, attended dinners in their honour, and attempted to sue the Government for illegal arrest’ (The Making: 736). Evidence of Bamford’s potential for unreliability occurs in his two accounts of this arrest. In Passages, Bamford claims to have been interviewed by Lord Sidmouth and Viscount Castlereagh no less. He describes Castlereagh as ‘a good looking person in a plum-coloured coat, with a gold ring on the small finger of his left hand, on which he sometimes leaned his head as he eyed me over: This was Lord Castlereagh’ (Passages: 83).
Hazlitt’s words were utilised by the Hunt brothers in the post-Peterloo backlash against the state, and specifically against the Regent’s remarks on the event, which were revealed to the public in The Examiner of 29 August 1819, when Leigh Hunt printed a letter from Lord Sidmouth to the Earl of Derby forwarding the Regent’s congratulations to the magistrates who had instructed the Manchester Yeomanry: I have been commanded by His Royal Highness to request that your Lordship will express to the Magistrates of the county palatine of Lancaster, who attended on that day, the great satisfaction derived by His Royal Highness from their prompt, decisive, and efficient measures for the preservation of the public tranquillity.