Home Office Papers are indispensable for the study of government control and popular protest. HO 64 forms a collection of the utmost importance both for research and teaching.
Central to the class are the secret service and police reports which provide an in-depth view of the attitudes and methods of those responsible for public law and order.
This collection contains an abundance of important material relating to the offer of pardons and rewards in exchange for information leading to the arrest of criminals and troublemakers. In addition, there is a large file of "Seditious Publications," confiscated and collected by local authorities throughout the country.
The material provides illuminating insights into the reactions of the governing elite towards urban and working-class discontent and into the methods employed to stamp out any hint of sedition.