These letters were sent by police in Birmingham to the authorities
in Newport. They detail the activities of a Chartist agitator called
Waldo. In 1839 Birmingham was a centre for Chartist activity. In
May the National Convention met in the town, and in July riots erupted
in the Bull Ring. At the time Birmingham had no police force of
its own, so officers had to be brought from London to keep order.
Catalogue reference: HO 65/10, ff. 23-4 (13, 14 and 19 November
By kind permission of the West Midlands Police Authority