Seditious Meetings Act

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In the autumn of 1795 high bread prices reinforced a demand for parliamentary reform and the London Corresponding Society held a mass open‐air meeting at Copenhagen House (Islington) on 26 October. Three days later, on his way to open Parliament, George III was hooted and the window of his coach shattered. Pitt's government responded with the Seditious Meetings Act (36 Geo. III c. 8), which forbade meetings of more than 50 people without prior permission from a magistrate.

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