Correspondence of Ernest Jones

Scope and Content

The main theme of this series of letters is Jones' money problems.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ernest Jones,poet and Chartist, was the son of Major Charles Jones, the equerry to William, Duke of Cumberland and was born in Berlin on 25th January, 1819. Jones began training as a lawyer in 1838 and six years later he qualified as a Barrister before joining the Chartist movement in 1846, becoming a follower of Fergus O'Connor. Jones wrote a number of Chartist poems and stood at Radical candidate in Halifax, but only polled 208 votes.

On 6th June 1848, Jones was arrested for making a seditious speech where he predicted that the "green flag of Chartism will soon be flying over Downing Street". Jones was found guilty and sentenced to two years in Tothill Fields Prison, Westminster.

Jones died on 26th January, 1869 and an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of Manchester for his funeral procession.

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