An Authentic History of the Cato-Street Conspiracy
An Authentic History of the Cato-Street Conspiracy


An Authentic History of the Cato-Street Conspiracy

WILKINSON, George Theodore

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Title continues: "With The Trials At Large of the Conspirators, for High Treason and Murder; A Description of Their Weapons and Combustible Machines, and Every Particular Connected With the Rise, Progress, Discovery, and Termination of the Horrid Plot. With Portraits of all the Conspirators, taken during their Trials, by Permission, and other Engravings." Led by Arthur Thistlewood, whose portrait is opposite the title page, the Cato Street Conspiracy was an attempt to murder all Britain's government ministers, including Prime Minister Lord Liverpool, in 1820. Motivated in part by the economic depression of the time, the conspirators wished to avenge the Peterloo Massacre and ensuing Six Acts. Ultimately, they wished to initiate a revolution similar to that of France. The plot failed and most of those involved were hanged; the final chapters of this book describe their last moments and sad letters to their families. Other men were sent to the penal colony of Australia. The Preface and Address go a little overboard in describing the "wild, wicked, and visionary schemes" of the conspirators.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Thomas Kelly
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1820
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    viii, 5-434 + 2 p. of ads. 22 cm. 8 b&w engraved plates including one portrait frontispiece. Full leather. Rebacked with original spine reapplied. Mild wear to edges of covers, corners bumped. Tiny bookseller's label on front pastedown. Moderate foxing. Spot on plate opposite p. 10. Address is misplaced between pp. vi and vii of the preface.

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