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The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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A letter about the destruction of threshing machines in Kent, 22 September 1830
(Catalogue ref: HO 52/8)
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HO 52/8; letter about destruction of threshing machines, 1830

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Why is the Clerk to the Magistrates writing to the Secretary of State?
  • How does the writer describe the disturbances?
  • Why was it difficult to find out who was involved in the midnight activities?
  • What impression does this letter give you about the situation in East Kent?
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