A Sermon, delivered at the Cathedral of Ely, on Monday the 17th June, 1816, before Mr. Justice Abbott, Mr. Justice Burrough, and Chief Justice Christian, on the opening of their special commission for the trial of the rioters. Reverend Sir Henry Bate DUDLEY.

A Sermon, delivered at the Cathedral of Ely...
A Sermon, delivered at the Cathedral of Ely, on Monday the 17th June, 1816, before Mr. Justice Abbott, Mr. Justice Burrough, and Chief Justice Christian, on the opening of their special commission for the trial of the rioters.

London: James Hodson, 1816.

Quarto, disbound.

Sermon delivered in the aftermath of the Littleport riots of 1816 on the Isle of Ely. The riots arose from inflation following the Napoleonic Wars that drove the price of bread and other necessities beyond the reach of the labouring poor.

Sermon delivered in the aftermath of the Littleport riots of 1816 on the Isle of Ely. The riots arose from inflation following the Napoleonic Wars that drove the price of bread and other necessities beyond the reach of the labouring poor.

During the subsequent trial, the position of Chief Justice of the Isle of Ely was Edward Christian, brother of the Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian. Edward Christian's competence as a magistrate was repeatedly challenged in the course of his career yet his wide knowledge of legal history earned him a Cambridge professorship. The sermon here printed was delivered to a congregation of prominent Ely residents by the parson Sir Henry Bate Dudley, who earlier instigated the suppression of the rioters.

The trial resulted in the execution of five rioters, a spectacle that elicited great sympathy from the gathered crowd in a charged political atmosphere. A further nine men were sentenced to transportation, of which seven were finally sent to New South Wales.

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