The Bristol Riots. Their Causes, Progress, and Consequences

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Gutch and Martin, 1832 - 403 sivua
 

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Sivu 160 - But now they break down all the carved work thereof: with axes and hammers. 8 They have set fire upon Thy holy places : and have defiled the dwelling-place of Thy Name, even unto the ground. 9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether: thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
Sivu 226 - Our sovereign lord the king chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of king George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God save the king.
Sivu 223 - Magistrate will be more effectual to attain the object proposed, than any efforts, however well intended, of separated and disunited individuals. But if the occasion demands immediate action, and no opportunity is given for procuring the advice or sanction of the Magistrate, it is the duty of every subject to act for himself, and upon his own responsibility, in suppressing a riotous and tumultuous assembly ; and he may be assured, that whatever is honestly done by him in the execution of that oltject,...
Sivu 227 - And be it enacted, that if any persons, riotously and tumultuously assembled together to the disturbance of the public peace, shall unlawfully and with force demolish, pull down, or destroy...
Sivu 227 - Branch thereof, whether the same or any of them respectively shall then be in the Possession of the Offender, or in the Possession of any other Person, with Intent thereby to injure or defraud any Person, every such Offender shall be guilty of Felony, and, being convicted thereof, shall suffer Death as a Felon.
Sivu 229 - Lewis was a rash act, uncalled for by the occasion, or if it was discharged negligently and carelessly, the offence would amount to manslaughter. But if it was discharged in the fair and honest execution of his duty, in endeavouring to disperse the mob, by reason of their resisting, the act of the firing of the pistol was then an act justified by the occasion, under the Riot Act before referred to, and the killing of the boy would then amount to accidental death only, and not to the offence of manslaughter.
Sivu 46 - We read that in old times, when the villeins were driven to revolt by oppression, when the castles of the nobility were burned to the ground, when the warehouses of London were pillaged, when a hundred thousand insurgents appeared in arms on Blackheath, when a foul murder perpetrated in their presence had raised their passions to madness, when they were looking round for some captain to succeed and avenge him whom they had lost...
Sivu 225 - Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that if any persons, to the number of twelve or more, being unlawfully, riotously, and tumultuously assembled together...
Sivu 104 - The prisoners being liberated, the next step taken was that of setting the prison on fire ; and a black handkerchief having been tied to the weathercock on the top of the porter's lodge over the gateway, it seemed to be the signal for commencing operations; for immediately after, dense clouds of smoke were seen to issue from every part of the building. The flames began to break out from the tread-mill, where the rioters had collected the straw of the wards and set fire to it — this burnt with fury...
Sivu 123 - The Mayor of Bristol desires Colonel Brereton to consider himself fully authorised to take whatever steps, and give whatever orders, he, as the military commander of the troops in this city, may think fit, to restore and preserve, as far as possible, the public peace. The Riot Act has been read three times to-day•.

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