The diggers held a series of meetings and formed the Ballarat Reform league. Throughout November the diggers were provoked by the ferocity of the license hunts. On November 11, a meeting of roughly 10,000 diggers occurred. The diggers demanded the release of the 3 diggers, the abolition of the License and Gold commission and the vote for all males. A deputation was made to see Hotham but was met by an uncompromising governor. This was reported back to the diggers at a meeting on November 29th at Bakery Hill. Another meeting with 12,000 diggers occurred at the Southern Cross where diggers burned their licenses. The next day Gold Commissioner Rede ordered a license hunt for the next day. This was the spark that led to diggers taking up arms.