[Caution to Pitmen Broadside]. Caution to Pitmen & Others – The Magistrates for the County of Northumberland, in Order That the Pitmen, and Others, May Not Plead Ignorance of the Existing Law, Think it Their Duty to Publish, for Public Information, an Extract from the Act Etc. Etc. Newcastle: Edward Walker, 1831. First Edition. 4to. Unbound. Broadside. Good+. Single sided broadside, approximately 220mm x 280mm in size.
Full length crease about an inch from fore edge, lightly browned, several tiny nicks to edges, remnant of paper to reverse of gutter edge where once tipped into an album, otherwise fairly bright and clean.
Dated April 20, 1831, and by this time the miners had been locked out in Northumberland over a dispute over working hours and conditions. The lockout lasted two months before some concessions were gained. The Act of the 7th and 8th George IV., Cap. 30 was ‘An Act for Consolidating and Amending the Laws in England Relative to Malicious Injuries to Property’ (1827), and part of section eight is reproduced on this broadside. Other sections dealt with setting fire to churches (section two); the breaking of looms and frames manufacturing silk, wool, linen or cotton (section three) and section eleven prohibits anyone exhibiting false lights and signals for the purpose of wrecking ships.
The printer was Edward Walker, of 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. He came to Newcastle in 1795 and was “probably the most productive commercial printer in Newcastle”, (Hunt, The Book Trade in Northumberland and Durham to 1860, page 92), he died in June 1831.
Uncommon, one location (Birmingham) in COPAC