Note from Henry Hobhouse, Permanent Under-Secretary at Whitehall, to R Fletcher, 2 March 1819 (catalogue reference HO 79/3 f356)
March 2nd 1819
Ralph Fletcher Esq.,
Bolton le Moor
I am directed by Lord Sidmouth to thank you for the important Information contained in Mr Chippendale’s Letter of the [blank] which strongly confirms the opinion long held by his Lordship that your Country will not be tranquillized, until Blood shall have been shed either by the Law or the sword. Lord Sidmouth will not fail to be prepared for either alternative, and is confident that he will be adequately supported by the Magistracy of Lancashire.
Very truly yours,