Library policies Library hours Library catalogue More than 10,000 books in the database!
Three Accounts of Peterloo
By Eyewitnesses Bishop Stanley, Lord Hylton, John Benjamin
Smith with Bishop Stanley's Evidence at the Trial

written by "Smith, John Benjamin"
...f Special Constables injured at Peterloo and their families. The subscriptions recorded in this book range from £1 to £10 10s., and amount in all to about £400.    [Pg 81] APPENDIX B. 1.—NOTE ON THE CASUALTIES AT PETERLOO. On few points do the accounts of Peterloo vary more than on the question of the casualties. There is sufficient historical material available to enable us to investigate this matter in detail, but the task would be a gruesome one, and no useful object would be attained if it were accomplished. On the other hand, a few words may serve to show whereabouts the truth lies. In the Cambridge Modern History (Vol. X., pp. 580, 581) it is stated that “a man was killed and forty were injured.” In the Political History of England (1906, Vol. XI., pp. 178, 179) we read that “happily the actual loss of life did not exceed five or six, but a much larger number were more or less wounded.” A number of the most important school histories in use at the present time reproduce one or the other of these statements verbatim. If we turn to the contemporary records, they are somewhat conflicting. The hurried estimates given by the local papers immediately after the catastrophe (e.g., one newspaper reported twelve killed) had to be corrected later. The most general estimate seems to be “eleven killed and between 500 and 600 wounded.” When we come to examine these figures in detail, however, these points emerge: (1) “Killed”[Pg 82] is evidently taken to include the cases of those who died after lingering (possibly) for some weeks. (2) The summary includes the casualties due to the firing of the infantry in the neighbourhood of New Cross, some hours after the great event; included in the list, also will be the child (Fildes) knocked from its mother’s arms by one of the yeomanry as they were riding to the meeting. Archibald Prentice, in hi...

This book you can borrow for use directly by visiting our library!