William Cuffay and John Frost

Cuffay moves motion in support of insurrection in South Wales 1 December 1839


–At a numerous meeting of this association, held on Monday evening, at THE CHARTER office, Catherine-street, Mr. Payne in the chair, the following resolutions were unanimously agreed to: moved by Mr. Cuffy, seconded by Mr. Terry :– 'That it is the opinion of this meeting, that the insurrection in South Wales has been brought on by the injustice and cruelty of the government; first, by the insulting and scornful manner in which they rejected the great petition of the people fro the Charter. Secondly, by the cruel, unjust, and vindictive treatment of those nobles of nature, Messrs. Lovett, Coffins, Vincent, Powell, M'Douall, and others, now suffering incarceration in various dunguons throughout the kingdom; thirdly, by the desperate resolution of government to withhold from the people their just and inalienable rights. We therefore do most deeply feel for, and sypathise with, our brethren in Wales, and with Mr. Frost in particular; and further, we pledge ourselves to use every exertion to save them.' Moved by Mr. Morison, seconded by Mr. Jardine, 'that a subscription be commenced for the defence of Mr. Frost, and to co-operate with the London Committee for that purpose.' Mr. Hetherington attended, and delivered a very eloquent address upon the causes and consequences of the insurrection, which was warmly applauded by the meeting.

From the Northern Star 22 May 1841 p. 1.

Mr. Pikethly opened the proceedings in an animated address, contrasting the conduct of the Whigs while in office, with their liberal pretensions when in opposition.

Mr. Wheeler moved the adoption of the first resolution, "That this meeting deeply sympathise with the incarcerated political victims, and pledge themselves to support the Petition Convention in their laudable and humane exertions to procure their immediate liberation."

In moving this resolution, he was confident he should meet with their enthusiastic support. We must be deficient, not only in patriotism, but in the common feelings of humanity, if we did not exert every nerve , to procure their liberation—to restore them to those homes from which they had been so cruelly, so tyrannically torn ; they had fallen victims to their endeavours to abolish trio accursed system of class legislation, a system which had caused the very earth to grow rich-rich with the blood of millions of her sons and her 'daughters who had died—died ere their time, through the wars and oppressions of a mind destroying, a soul-withering privileged aristocracy.

Mr. Cuffey seconded the resolution in a very humorous speech, and called upon the men of Westminster to destroy the two factions, by knocking their heads together.

Morgan Williams, from Wales, in supporting the resolution, entered at some length into the case of the political prisoners, showing the manner in which John Frost and his companions had been victimised, and called upon the men of London to renew their exertions, to trust no longer to men, but place their exertions upon principle ; to practice morality, good government, and sobriety in their own homes, and no government would over be able to keep them in tyrannic subjection, and concluded by calling upon them, if they valued the blessings of the widows and the fatherless, if they possessed the feelings of humanity and justice, to show by their conduct, during the ensuing fortnight, that they were determined to obtain the release of those who had fallen victims in their cause.