'The London Gazette' - Monday 13 July 1789 (ZJ 1/85)
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A general Consternation prevailed throughout the Town. All the Shops were shut; all public and private Employments at a Stand, and scarcely a Person to be seen in the Streets, except the armed Burghers, who acted as a temporary Police for the Protection of private Property, to replace the established one, which had no longer any influence.
Burghers : an inhabitant of a town, esp. a member of the middle class; citizen.