Britons to arms!

One of a collection of handwritten papers found belonging to James Watson, 2 December 1817. This was probably one of many similar letters circulated in London. (TS 11 /202/870/358)

Transcript

Britons to Arms!

Break open all Gun & Sword shops
Pawnbrokers or other likely places
to find Arms. Run all Cunstables
through who touch a Man of us. – No
rise of Bread etc! No Castlereagh
off with his Head! No Nationall
Debt! The whole Country waits
the Signall from London to fly
to Arms. – Stand firm now
or never! N.B. Printed Bills containing
farther Directions will be circulated
as soon as possible

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