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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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An account of the arrest of Thomas Hardy, 12 May 1794
(Catalogue ref: TS 24/3/33)
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TS 24/3/33; account of arrest of Thomas Hardy, 1794

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • According to this document, how did the government limit political rights in the 1790s?
  • Hardy was arrested for treason because he tried to organise a convention on Parliamentary reform. Why was the government so frightened of radicals like Thomas Hardy?
  • Hardy was found not guilty of treason because of lack of evidence. Are you surprised, after reading this source?
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