HC Deb 26 July 1866 vol 184 c1534

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, in the present disturbed state of the Metropolis, and a possibility of a recurrence of the disturbances that occurred last Monday and Tuesday, it would not be advisable to enlist special constables to assist the police to protect the Parks, and also the private property of individuals, against the conduct of what are called the "roughs" of the Metropolis?


was understood to say that a few days ago it was deemed advisable that a letter should be addressed to the different vestries of parishes and magistrates in the neighbourhood of the Parks recommending them to call upon all well ordered subjects of Her Majesty to assist the authorities in the quelling of disturbances. He hoped from what had occurred, and from what he had heard, that there would be no necessity of putting such measures in operation. At any rate, they would not be resorted to until they were imperatively called for. He was willing to hope that future disturbances would be avoided.