"The Very Important Verdict of the Honest Jury" [Broadside]. [Coldbath Fields Riot]. An Authentic Account of the Proceedings of the Coroner's Inquest on the Body of Robert Culley, A Policeman, With the Very Important Verdict of the Honest Jury. London: Smeeton, Printer, Tuesday, May 21, 1833. 14-3/4" x 10" broadside, double-column text below headline. Light toning, moderate edgewear, folds to corners, left-hand margin backed with strip of paper, possibly part of a hinge from an album. A well-preserved copy. $2,000. * Fourth edition. 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. OCLC locates 1 copy (at Harvard Law School); no copies listed on Library Hub.
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