|During the Gordon Riots, George III issued an order, shown here,
to all officers to exert 'their utmost force' to repress the rebellion.
This was an extremely sensitive period, not long after the American Revolution in 1776 and in the run up to the French Revolution. The British government was careful to suppress riotous behaviour and maintain order. The proclamation provides a graphic description of the rioting.
WO 34/103, f. 100 (7 June 1780)