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A letter about the destruction of threshing machines in Kent, 22 September 1830
(Catalogue ref: HO 52/8)

Canterbury 22d Septr 1830

Sir,

I am directed by the magistrates of the County of Kent residing near Canterbury to state to you that the destruction of thrashing machines has been carried on to a most alarming extent in this part of the county.

These offences appear to have been committed at midnight by a desperate gang amounting to upwards of 200 persons.

The magistrates are using every exertion to discover the offenders, but owing to intimidation they find great difficulty in procuring any evidence on which they can proceed against the parties.

A general meeting of county magistrates acting in East Kent will be held at Canterbury on Saturday next, when they will be happy to receive any communication or advice which you may think proper to offer them.

I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most humble servant
Charles Sandys
Clerk to the Magistrates

The Right Honorable
The Secretary of State
Home Department.

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thrashing machine

a machine invented to separate grain from the stalks and husks; threshing machine in modern spelling

exertion use of physical or mental energy; effort
procuring getting
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