Draper, William

Submitted by edpope on Tue, 24/05/2022 - 16:16

TS 11/963 examination 22.5.1794 of Frederick Polydore Nodder, for whose spy reports on LCS in April & May 1794 see Thale. Mentioned William Draper who lived somewhere in Clerkenwell and was preacher at London Wall, Draper also mentioned in Hayward's examination 27.5.1794. No other evidence that Draper was sympathetic to reform or the LCS.

Evans, Thomas

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 23:49

Thomas Evans and his wife Janet are well covered by Ian McCalman in his excellent book Radical Underworld. Evans first appeared in LCS records in 1795, first as a delegate from Div 40 and elected to the Exec Cttee 10.9.1795. Alexander Galloway was described as his brother in law (probably by Francis Place but I haven't searched for the exact source yet). Galloway had a sister Janet born 24.10.1777 but I could find no record of her marriage.

Davis, shoemaker

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 18:02

From meeting of Div 23 on 11.12.1793 in Brown Bear, Moorfields the spy George Lynam reported that Davis went to a Serjt at the Tower and made a convert of him & several Soldiers. On 20.12.1793 Home Secretary Evan Nepean wrote to Major General Leake that a shoemaker named Davis of 15 Cannon Street had been spreading sedition to soldiers at the Tower. (Thale p.34). He may have been the same as Peter Davey or Davie who testified at the LCS trial of Lynam 13.6.1793 that he had enquired about Lynam's character from a Mr Crab and then proposed him as a member.

Bayley, printer

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 23/05/2022 - 16:53

Nat Arch TS 11/963 examination of Thomas Hardy, who mentioned Bayley a printer with 5 or 6 journeymen. Hardy answered questions freely but perhaps not honestly, to protect comrades. This could have been Thomas Bayley printer of Petticoat Lane, but no evidence he was sympathetic to LCS, and he was dead 3 years before Hardy's exam.


Submitted by edpope on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 01:34

29.12.1810 seek Towgood
Probably one of the brothers William, John and Matthew Towgood see my entries for them in the Society for Constitutional Information dataset on this website


Submitted by edpope on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 01:23

29.12.1810 write to Malone / 1.1.1811 call on Malone / 17.1.1811 write to Malone
Quite possibly Edmond Malone DNB 1741-1812 Shakespearian scholar


Submitted by edpope on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 23:56

24.12.1810 write to Fairly on Morison
Fairly called the day before, on this day, and on the next day to say goodbye. His base was in Edinburgh. So this write to is a bit mysterious. The Morison may have been the recently deceased James Morison DNB 1762-1809, who was a bookseller and a Glasite, like Godwin's friend David Booth DNB 1766-1846 and his father-in-law William Thomas Baxter

Waithman, Robert

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 18:03

6.4.1809 call on Waithman / 21.12.1810 Wardmote St Brides; adv. (Waithman) / 6.3.1813 call on Waithman / 23.12.1819 Vestry; adv. Waithman / 22.12.1820 again
Robert Waithman DNB 1764-1833


Submitted by edpope on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 15:26

21.12.1810 Wardmote, St Brides; adv. (Murrel)
Wm Murrell auctioneer 20 Skinner-st (Holdens directory 1811). St James Chronicle 25.12.1810 Murrell was one of the 16 re-elected to Common Council in the ward of Farringdon Without, which was a radical ward at that time (e.g. its common councilmen voted unanimously to protest Burdett's arrest June 1810). William Murrell was baptised 5.4.1778 St James Clerkenwell son of Stephen & Elizabeth and apprenticed in the Barbers Company to his father Stephen of Ray-st Clerkenwell auctioneer in 1792. Stephen's will PCC 1802

Yeo, James

Submitted by edpope on Mon, 12/04/2021 - 13:35

17.12.1810 T(homas) T(urner) sups. (adv. Sir James Yeo)
James Lucas Yeo DNB 1782-1818 naval officer (knighted 21.6.1810, set sail again Feb 1811). What Godwin meant by an adv in brackets after a full stop at the end of a day's entry is anybody's guess. Maybe Sir James came up in conversation, paraded past the window or knocked on the wrong door by accident?