The Observer (03/May/1812) – Disturbances in the Country

Mill owner William Horsfall was shot by Luddites on 28 April 1812.


Letters from the country state that, though the great tumults have subsided, shocking outrages are committed by small parties of depredators and assassins.

Mr. Horsfall, a principal manufacturer, was shot in the neighbourhood of Huddersfield, by four men, who fired at him on Tuesday evening last, from behind a wall, as he was retiring from Manchester market.

Mr. Cartwright, who so bravely defended his property, in Yorkshire, has been fired at on three distinct occasions, but without doing him the slightest injury.

Every thing was tranquil at Manchester on the 29th.