Captain Swing - A Tale of the 1830 Riots -
1907 - Thomas Nelson & Sons, London - First Edition
An adventure story for boys. Illustrated with 6 colour plates by P. Hicklin. In bright boards with picture of the rioters on the front.
The true story of the ‘Captain Swing Riots’ was far more serious, and caused by the introduction of the mechanical threshing machine into Kent & Sussex at a time of rural poverty, and little work. Typically a farmer would receive an anonymous note, often signed by "Captain Swing", telling him that unless he destroyed his threshing machine then his barns, haystacks and house would be burned down, probably while he and his family were asleep.