Source 1

The London Gazette – Saturday 18 July to Tuesday 21 July (ZJ 1/85)


A general Consternation prevailed throughout the Town.  All the Shops were shut; all public and private Employments at a Stand, and scarcely a Person to be seen in the Streets, except the armed Burghers, who acted as a temporary Police for the Protection of private Property, to replace the established one, which had no longer any influence.


Burghers : an inhabitant of a town, esp. a member of the middle class; citizen.

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1. Look at Source 1. This is an extract from the London Gazette from Saturday 18 July to Tuesday  July 21, 1789.

  • What evidence is there that the population of Paris were worried?
  • What was wrong with the official police force?