This Day in History: 1713-12-26

The men of Wills’ Marines, marching on London to demand their back-pay before allowing themselves to be disbanded, reach Greenwich. Troops had been ordered to block their passage at the Medway, but their sympathies were so clearly with the mutineers that they were sent away by their officers before they could make common cause. The men deposit their arms in the Royal Hospital and send a respectfully-written petition to Whitehall. Panic ensues. The Guards are ordered out to bar the Canterbury road, but when they reach Blackheath on Boxing Day evening and find that Wills’ men are no longer under arms, they too turn about and return to London.