Corresponding Society


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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 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 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 radicals guilty of high treason. Lord Chief Justice Eyre had delivered them the charge.
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 its way to the state opening of parliament ; someone threw a stone.
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
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) and the Nore in the mouth of the Thames, threatening to paralyse Britain's naval defences.
31 July 1797
The LondonCorresponding Society 's final public meeting was dispersed as illegal by magistrates.