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Diary entry for 11th October 1831 (Ne 2 F 4/1, p. 69)

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Diary entry for 11th October 1831 (Ne 2 F 4/1, p. 69) [...] [Newcastle was attending a debate at the House of Lords] In conversation afterwards [the Home Secretary] Ld Melbourne told me that he had very bad news from Nott’s - that Nottingham was in a shocking state & that the rioters had set fire to Nottm Castle - I have heard nothing about it, & I hope that it is not true, but I much fear that it is - The mob attacked the jails also it was thought but his information came only from the guard of the mail coach - at Derby the people had attacked the jails & liberated the prisoners [-] they also attacked several houses amongst others Mr Mundy’s / Markeaton / - at both places the mobs were outrageous & impelled by the worst spirit - They have vowed the destruction of many large houses - Belvoir Castle they declare that they are determined to destroy - I hope that Clumber is not in their black books - The whole country is in a horrid & fearful state -