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Details Oct 29, 1795  George III on the way to parliament; a mob pummels the King's carriage, shouting "Bread! Peace! No Pitt!"; this becomes the pretext for introducing the "Two Bills." A journeyman named Kyd Wake is arrested for yelling "No George, no War" and sentenced to the pillory, five years imprisonment at hard labor, 1000 pounds sureties and imprisonment until he can come up with the money. *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 4, 1795  Royal Proclamation vs. public meetings. (Occurs about the same time as the "Two Bills"--and has a similar purpose.) *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 6, 1795 - Nov 10, 1795  William Pitt and Lord Grenville introduce "The Gagging Acts" or "Two Bills" (the Seditious Meetings and Treasonable Practices Bills) outlawing the mass meeting and the political lecture; if passed, they would redefine virtually all pro-reform activism as sedition and treason *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 12, 1795  London Corresponding Society holds monster meeting in a field near Copenhagen House, defying the Royal proclamation of 4 November. *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 17, 1795  Norwich Patriotic and Sheffield Constitutional Society, rural radical societies, hold a meeting. *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 17, 1795  History of the Two Bills (see 1-10 Nov.): 94 petitions signed by 130,000 people were presented to parliament protesting these acts. *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 21, 1795  William Godwin's Considerations on Lord Grenville's and Mr Pitt's Bills: "These bills are an unwilling homage that the too eager advocates of authority pay to the rising genius of liberty." *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 23, 1795  Fox moves for a week's delay in voting on the Two Bills (see 6-10 Nov.) on the grounds that they repeal the Bill of Rights of 1689; Fox predicts the people will revolt; London Corresponding Society defends itself to Parliament and the People in An Explicit Declaration of the Principles and Views of the London Corresponding Society (while it had always advocated social equality, the Society says, it had never advocated equalization of property). *The Two Bills  
Details Nov 26, 1795  Coleridge, "Lecture on the Two Bills." *The Two Bills  
Details Dec 7, 1795  London Corresponding Society holds huge meeting at Regent's Park: M.C. Brown calls it "the last free meeting of the people under the existing constitutution." *The Two Bills  
Details Dec 18, 1795  The Two Bills (see 6-10 Nov.) become law, receiving royal assent. *The Two Bills  
Details Dec 20, 1795  In a speech to the Whig Club, Thomas Erskine says they must do everything possible to repeal the Two Bills: every friend of freedom, he said, is "a species of watchman on the outworks of the British Constitution." *The Two Bills
*Whig Party  
Details Dec 29, 1795  Society for Constitutional Information publishes a lengthy analysis of the Two Bills on how to evade them; the London Corresponding Society reorganizes into small divisions so that no more than 50 people will meet together at a time. *The Two Bills  
Details 1796  More treason trials; leading radicals emigrate. *The Two Bills  
Details Feb 6, 1796  John Binns and John Gale Jones, missionary delegates from the London Corresponding Society, are sent to rural reform societies to explain how to evade and not challenge the "Gagging Acts" or "Two Bills." *Radicalism
*The Two Bills  
Details Mar 11, 1796  John Binns and John Gale Jones are arrested and imprisoned in Birmingham; Francis Place is sent to defend them; they will be tried for violating the "Two Bills" (for the government and the radicals, a test case). Binns is acquitted in Aug. 1800, but Jones is convicted of sedition in April 1799, although never sentenced. The cost of defending them, bail, and the missions themselves contribute to downfall of the London Corresponding Society. *Radicalism
*The Two Bills  



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