This notice was issued by Berkshire magistrates in November 1830.
THE Gentlemen, Yeomanry, Farmers, and others, having made known to you their intention of increasing your Wages to a satisfactory extent; and it having been resolved that Threshing Machines shall not be again used; it is referred to your good sense that it will be most beneficial to your own permanent Interests to return to your usual honest occupations, and to withdraw yourselves from practices which tend to destroy the property from whence the very means of your additional Wages are to be supplied.
Hungerford, 22nd November 1830
What were the farmers, yeomanry and gentlemen going to do about:
(a) wages and (b) threshing machines?
What do they expect the farm labourers to do in return?
Why do you think the farmers agreed to having this notice put up?
How do you think the farm labourers would have reacted to the notice?
This is a typical ‘Swing’ letter. The original is in the Public Record Office.