Cuffey Found Guilty and Sentenced


Cuffey and his colleagues were found guilty and sentenced to transportation for life. This meant that, like many other convicts, they were shipped to Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) on 8 August 1849. They received a free pardon on 19 May 1856. This trial report gives the words spoken by Cuffey from the dock. Clearly a highly articulate and well-informed man, he describes himself as 'an important character in the Chartist movement'. He declares that the court case has not been fair, and demands trial by his peers 'in accordance with the Magna Carta'.

Reports of State Trials (New Series), vol. 7, cols. 467-8, 478, 480-2 (25 Sept 1848)

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