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9 Soldiers, members of Peel's new London police, or the coast guard could bring any one situation under control; the difficult question facing the government was how to deploy limited forces without risking being caught seriously out of position by the next outbreaks. Magistrates carried a heavy responsibility for law and order in rural England in 1830. The methods of both rural mobs and their rulers had roots in the traditions of a society where very few controlled the many. 12 Although the radical town of Horsham, northeast of Petworth on the London road, caused him and his son-inlaw Sir Charles Burrell prolonged concern,13 the disturbances Egremont confronted in his district were not serious enough to cause him to question methods of social 28 THE PETWORTH E M I G R A T I O N S , 1 8 3 2 - 1 8 3 7 control that had served him well in the past and seemed to him to be a sufficient response in 1830.
Man and wife and 1 child Is. 8d. Man and wife Is. 6d. Single man over 18 years of age Is. Youths aged 15 to 18 8d. SOURCE: WSRO, PHA 8558, Petworth parish vestry, 17 November 1830. a The wage scale stops at two children because in Petworth a child allowance was paid to families with three or more young children. 27 What was "right" constrained the earl as well as the farmers. In practice, Egremont continued — after 1830 as before — to treat his labourers rather better than the community norm, but he always respected the expectations of local farmers that he would not pay wages and benefits too far out of line with theirs.
He backed Sockett s emigration scheme as a humanitarian way of encouraging workers who could not earn a living to move away from his district permanently. After his patron's death in November 1837, Sockett was unable to charter another ship for emigrants from Sussex. With each year that passed without major disturbances in the countryside, government support for the measure weakened, and the lobby for government-sponsored assisted emigration to British North America lost out to a stronger lobby demanding poor law reform.