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October 1793: A British Convention on manhood suffrage...

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October 1793

A British Convention on manhood suffrage was held in Edinburgh, bringing together delegates from the LondonCorresponding Society and Scottish delegates of the Society for Constitutional Information .

12 May 1794: Thomas Hardy, founder and secretary of the...

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12 May 1794

Thomas Hardy , founder and secretary of the LondonCorresponding Society , and Daniel Adams , secretary of the Society for Constitutional Information , were arrested at their homes.

September 1794: Indictments against Thomas Hardy, John Horne...

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September 1794

Indictments against Thomas Hardy , John Horne Tooke , and John Thelwall argued that proposals radically to limit the power of the king should rank as treason.

6 October 1794: A London grand jury found twelve accused...

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6 October 1794

A London grand jury found twelve accused radicals guilty of high treason. Lord Chief Justice Eyre had delivered them the charge.

26 October 1795: Just before the opening of parliament, the...

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26 October 1795

Just before the opening of parliament , the London Corresponding Society held a large open-air meeting at Copenhagen House in Islington.

29 October 1795: A crowd surrounded George III's coach on...

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29 October 1795

A crowd surrounded George III 's coach on its way to the state opening of parliament ; someone threw a stone.

18 December 1795: The Two Acts or Gagging Acts (the Treasonable...

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18 December 1795

The Two Acts or Gagging Acts (the Treasonable Practices Bill and Seditious Meetings Bill) were passed by parliament , to remain in force for extended periods.

11 March 1796: London Corresponding Society members, travelling...

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11 March 1796

LondonCorresponding Society members, travelling the country to drum up support, were arrested and imprisoned in Birmingham.

April-May 1797: Sailors mutinied at Spithead (off Portsmouth)...

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April-May 1797

Sailors mutinied at Spithead (off Portsmouth) and the Nore in the mouth of the Thames, threatening to paralyse Britain's naval defences.

31 July 1797: The London Corresponding Society's final...

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31 July 1797

The LondonCorresponding Society 's final public meeting was dispersed as illegal by magistrates.


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