Although critical of the troops’ and magistrates’ actions, Tyas was not without words of blame for the reformers though. In the same article, he reminds readers:
‘In The Times on Monday we concluded an article which severely blamed Hunt as a moral agent, by expressing an anxious hope that no persons (thereby meaning the magistracy) would so conduct themselves as to share with that brawler the reproach of any evil consequences which might follow the assemblage of so large a body of discontented labourers’.
Performed by Nigel Thomas.
Archives Alive: Peterloo
The Archives Alive: Peterloo project is a collaboration between Royal Holloway, University of London, and The National Archives, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This series of short films forms part of a wide programme of activity marking the 200th anniversary of the massacre – an important milestone in the history of the struggle for rights and representation – and its aftermath. Find out more on The National Archives’ blog.