THE GROWTH OF RADICALISM
we look at the origins and early development of radicalism. The first section
looks at the emergence of reform societies across
A The Growth of Reform Societies
‘Rules and orders of the Manchester Constitutional Society, instituted October 1790’ and ‘At a meeting of this society, October 5th 1790’ in Christopher Wyvill, ed., Political Papers (London, 1794-1802), II, pp. 570-5
*'Address from the Society for Constitutional Information in Sheffield, to the public', 19 December 1791.
Excerpts from Proceedings of the Revolution Society (1792) in ‘Appendix to the chronicle’, Annual Register for 1792 (London, 1798), II, pp. 130-141.
*Thomas Hardy, 'Account of the origin of the London Corresponding Society' (1799).
'First Address of the LCS', 2 April 1792.
of the Society for Constitutional Information, and other Societies in
Correspondence with that Society', 1792, in 'Appendix to the Chronicle', Annual
Register for 1792 (
*Address of the LCS to the Other Societies of Great Britain, United for Obtaining a Reform in Parliament, 29 November 1792.
the newspapers of an English civic feast at White's hotel in
‘Decree of Fraternity and Assistance to all people, passed by the Convention, Nov 19’, ‘State Papers’, Annual Register for 1792, II, pp. 355-6.
'Account of the fete in Sheffield to celebrate the victories of the French republican armies, 27 Nov 1792', Manchester Herald, 1 Dec 1792
C The British Convention
'Summing Up' and 'Verdict' in the Trial of Thomas Muir for Sedition, State Trials 23, pp. 229-236
Address of the British convention, assembled at
Proceedings of the British Convention, 4, 5, 6 December, State Trials, 23, pp. 464-71.
How extensive was provincial radicalism in the early 1790s?
‘The London Corresponding Society marked a profound departure in aims and methods from earlier reform societies’. Discuss.
Thompson, E. P. The Making of the English Working Class (Harmondsworth, 1968)
A. The Friends of Liberty. The English Democratic
Movement in the Age of the French Revolution (
Alger, J. G.
'The British Colony in
Parsinnen, T.M. "Association, convention and anti-parliament in British radical politics, 1771-1848," English Historical Review, 88 (1973), 504-33
Barrell, J. Imagining
the King's Death: Figurative Treason, Fantasies of Regicide, 1793-1796 (
Brims, J. 'From Reformers to "Jacobins": The Scottish Association of the Friends of the People,' in Devine, ed., Conflict and Stability in Scottish Society 1700-1850 (1990), pp. 31-50.
‘The failure of radical reform in
Emsley, C. "The