Document ReferencePl C 52/10
TitleLetter from [F. Basset] 1st Baron de Dunstanville, London to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 16 Apr. 1801
Date16 April 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionSince the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall has left here by the duke's desire, gives the duke some picture of the state of the county; explains that mobs have overrun almost every market in the county apart from Helston which was protected by a body of horse; these mobs have forced butchers, farmers etc. to sell their foodstuffs for half price; mentions what happened to butchers and farmers that did not comply in Redruth and St Columb; believes that much of this trouble can be attributed to events in Plymouth; suggests that town inhabitants did not repress the mob firmly enough.

Cannot say how good the militia is in controlling the crowds, but does believe that they need an additional military force; fears they may have to make some examples to prevent future disturbance; feels that there should be uniformity in the system of magistrates; is glad that politics has no part in the present disturbances.
Termcivil disorder, Cornwall 1801

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA11398Basset; Francis (1757-1835); Baron Basset; M.P. Penryn 1780-17961757-1835
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
PL38555/St Columb/Cornwall/England
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