The Chartists' Trial


William Cuffey and other Chartists were tried for conspiracy. In this extract from the shorthand record of the trial, Joseph Thompson, a police sergeant, gives details of Cuffey's arrest. He claims that there was a scuffle during which Cuffey tried to pass a loaded pistol to his wife; and, when cross-examined, says 'I did not take Mrs. Cuffey into custody - she was rather active, as most wives are'.

CRIM 10/28, pp. 792, 822, 852 (25 Sept - 2 Oct 1848)

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