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The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Letter from the Home Office on the conduct of the Manchester magistrates, 23 August 1819
(Catalogue ref: HO 41/4 f.496)
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HO 41/4; letter from the Home Office on the conduct of Manchester magistrates, 1819

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What was the opinion of Lord Sidmouth, the Home Secretary, of the actions of the magistrates?
  • How did the Prince Regent react to the events in Manchester?
  • How do these views compare with those of the artist who made source 2?
  • The events at St. Peter's Fields quickly became known as the Peterloo Massacre. Is this a helpful description? Explain your answer.
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