William Godwin's Diary


Trial of H Hunt, andc, at York, ten days, 1820-03-16

Henry Hunt’s trial at York on charges of conspiracy arising from the mass meeting at St Peter’s field in Manchester on 16 August 1819, which resulted in the yeomanry cavalry being unleashed on the crowd, with a number of deaths ensuing as a result (Peterloo). Hunt, together with Joseph Johnson, Joseph Healy, Samuel Bamford and John Knight were found guilty of assembling an unlawful meeting under inflammatory banners, and of exciting his Majesty’s liege subjects to a hatred and contempt for the government of this realm. Hunt was bound over in £2,000 to keep the peace for six months.