William Davidson; 1820
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

William Davidson; 1820

George Theodore Wilkinson

© Museum of London

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An authentic history of the Cato-Street conspiracy; with the trials at large of the conspirators, for high treason and murder; a description of their weapons and combustible machines; and every particular connected with the rise, progress, discovery, and termination of the horrid plot. With an appendix, containing sketches of the lives of the conspirators, etc, a full account of George Edwards, the spy, and the endeavours used to bring this infamous character to justice by Mr. Alerman Wood, M.P.'
The Cato Street conspiracy was an attempt by a group of Radicals to assassinate the members of the Cabinet in 1820. This page shows a print of William Davidson, one of five ringleaders. Davidson was the illegitimate son of the White Jamaican Attorney General and a Black Jamaican woman. Radicals like him wanted political reform and improved living conditions for the working class people who made up the majority of the population. However, the Cato Street conspiracy was infiltrated by a government spy. The conspirators were arrested and hanged before they could carry out their plot.




1820 AD - 1820 AD

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