This Day in History: 1714-01-06

The Commissioners ordered to deal with the men of Wills’ marines who had marched to London report that they had “made a review of the Mutineers who had returned almost to a man … and begun to pay them.” The Secretary of State, however, orders that the 3 veteran sergeants who had led the outbreak should be arrested and brought before a civil magistrate for riot and misdemeanour. At this, the other sergeants form up and beg that, as they were all equally guilty, they might all be sent to prison together. We do not know what happened next, but in the following October, the 3 sergeants were quietly paid their arrears and bounty as if nothing had happened.