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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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A letter sent to Manchester on behalf of Lord Sidmouth, the Home Secretary, 4 August 1819
(Catalogue ref: HO 41/4 f.434)
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HO 41/4; letter sent to Manchester from the Home Secretary, 1819

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • According to this letter, what steps should be taken to prevent the meeting in Manchester taking place?
  • On what grounds would Lord Sidmouth be prepared to use force to break up the meeting?
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