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In northern England, up to 200,000 working people peacefully demonstrate for franchise reform.

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10/06/1866

A massive peaceful demonstration of working men and their families from across the woolen manufacturing districts took place in northern England on a moor outside Leeds in Yorkshire. In support of the Manhood Suffrage Association and the franchise reform now being considered in the Parliament, around 70,000 men marched to the site with their banners. The weather cooperated and the reported total crowd of 200,000 listened to speeches and passed a series of resolutions. The organization was efficient and the day passed with incident.  (By John Osborne)

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"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 141-144.

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