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Volume 2
Issue 9
Life

How the public is reacting

By George Kelly, 12 May 1811

There has been a large public response to the assassination of the Prime Minister. I asked several acquaintances of the late Mr Perceval's about their memories of Mr Perceval.

James Sutton:

"I recall Mr Perceval as rather short, and of a pale complexion. He preferred the services of black clothing, and they perhaps shielded him from inquisitive eyes. He was certainly not the most extravagant Prime Minister I have ever seen, but he led Britain in a rather meticulous, careful fashion, I believe. He was always very strong in his ways."

Joseph Frank:

"Mr Perceval was, in my eye, one of the best figures our great nation has ever seen. This heinous act has caused me much grief, and has greatly unsettled all of Britain. I do declare, Mr Perceval's family may have a rather difficult time maneuvering through this period. I have heard rumors (just rumors, mind you) that his widow was not left well-off, and with quite a bundle of children, I hope that they are able to continue in a decent fashion."

Michael Young:

"I, for one, did not support Mr Perceval's becoming Prime Minister. I first met Spencer Perceval when he was still Attorney General, but did not really begin to know him until his appointment to the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer. I thought he did a fine job managing the war against France, which raged at that time. However, in 1809, I felt that his new ministry would fail quickly as it was rather weak; however, I was later proved incorrect, although I still believe that many early mistakes were made."

The Signpost, 1812 Volume 2, Issue 9 Since 1811 Archives available Printed by Harper & Knight 12 Arthur Lane, London

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