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A Public Holiday

The day had been declared a local Bank Holiday because the City's bankers had sent a letter to T. Thornhill Shann, Lord Mayor of Manchester, raising their concerns over the number of people wishing to attend the event.

He then sent a copy of the original correspondence, with a covering letter, to Thomas Johnstone for his information.

After receiving the letter from the bankers, the Lord Mayor wrote to the Privy Council Office in London. On the 3rd July the Clerk of the Privy Council, A.L. Fitzroy sent a reply, after which the King declared the 13th July a Local Bank Holiday for the people of Manchester and the surrounding areas.

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A Letter requesting the declaration of a Bank Holiday

A Letter requesting the declaration of a Bank Holiday
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Letter detailing plan to declare the Day a public holiday

Letter detailing plan to declare the Day a public holiday
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Letter from Mr Fitzroy to Mr Abrahams

Letter from Mr Fitzroy to Mr Abrahams
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