"A Testimonial of Their Firmness and Integrity" [Broadside]. [Coldbath Fields Riot]. An Authentic Account of the Proceedings of the Coroner's Inquest on the Body of Robert Cully, A Policeman; With the Very Important Verdict of the Jury; To Which is Added (By Permission) An Authentic Copy of that Affecting Letter, From One of the Sufferers in the Conflict, As Presented to the Inquest. And a Correct List of the Names, Residences and Trades of the Inflexible Jurymen. London: Smeeton, Printer, . 14-3/4" x 10" broadside, double-column text below headline. Light toning, moderate edgewear, a few creases to corners, left-hand margin backed with strip of paper, possibly part of a hinge from an album. A well-preserved copy. $2,000. * Held on May 16, 1833, the Coldbath Fields Riot began as a public meeting of the National Union of the Working Classes at Coldbath Fields in Clerkenwell, an area of central London. Batons drawn, the police marched on the 1,000 attendees at the meeting. In the violence that followed three policemen were stabbed. One of them, Robert Culley (or Cully), died from his wounds. The subsequent inquest showed that the protestors were overwhelmed in number by the police. More important, no officer issued a call to disperse. Based on those facts, the jury returned a verdict of lawful homicide. This broadside advertises a subscription for a series of medals to be minted for the men of the jury "as a testimonial of their firmness and integrity." This appears to be an unrecorded imprint. No copies listed on OCLC or Library Hub.
Book number 71973