Transcription from The Times Newspaper dd 1860
A large and influential meeting was held in the corn exchange on Monday, for the purpose of raising a rifle corps for the hundred of Hoxne, in conjunction with the hundreds of Harleston and Thredling. The Rev. A. Cooper presided.
Sir E.C. Kerrison M.P., in moving a series of resolutions to carry out the object of the meeting, said he perfectly agreed that it was essential to form rifle corps. It was important to look to the great change which had taken place in this country since the late Duke of Wellington warned them to be prepared.
Lord Henniker, M.P. said he wished to do all he could towards providing for the welfare of the country, and if he could not join the corps in person he could assist it with his purse. He did not fear the Emperor of the French, for he thought the Emperor was peacefully inclined; but when they saw so large an army prepared for war they ought also to be prepared. If every person came forward to join the rifle corps, what could France do against us?
The Rev J Bedingfield, the Rev. G Mingaya, and Mr Bloss also addressed the meeting.
About 50% was subscribed, and 15 effective volunteers enrolled themselves."
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