The Cato Street Conspiracy

The Cato Street Conspiracy

The Cato Street Conspiracy

The Cato Street Conspiracy


AS London market men and risers before dawn went about their business on Thursday, February 24th, 1820, they saw the bill-posters pasting a notice on the sites used for important official documents. Little crowds gathered around, and favourably-placed individuals read them out to the rest.


Thursday, February 24 th, 1820

Whereas Arthur Thistlewood stands charged with high treason, and also with the wilful murder of Richard Smithers, a reward of One Thousand Pounds is hereby offered to any person or persons who shall discover and apprehend, or cause to be discovered or apprehended, the said Arthur Thistlewood, to be paid by the lords commissioners of His Majesty's treasury; upon his being apprehended and lodged in any of His Majesty's gaols. And all persons are hereby cautioned on their allegiance not to receive or harbour the said Arthur Thistlewood, as any person offending herein will be thereby guilty of high treason.


Whitehall, February 23 rd, 1820

The above-named Arthur Thistlewood is about forty- eight years of age, five feet ten inches high, has a sallow complexion, long visage, dark hair, (a little grey) dark hazel eyes and arched eyebrows, a wide mouth and a good . . .

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