Richard Oastler letter

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Address: Fixby Hall, Huddersfield, [West Riding of Yorkshire]. To John Foster, Esq, 1 Vincent Square, Westminster. Chiefly relating to the Ten Hours Bill. Lord Althorp had advocated 2 sets of 8 hours as the maximum for children under 14 to work. 'The news came just in time for your Hudd meeting - one hour before we began - & thus before 15,000 to 20,000 people I had the opportunity of blowing the whole scheme to rags' [refers to a speech Oastler made at a meeting on 18 June 1833. Urges the London section not to yield a single point: 'If they yield they disgrace themselves and give us another year's excitement and in my opinion hurry on a bloody revolution'.
Autograph, with signature. With Oastler's black seal, bearing the motto: 'The Altar, the Throne and the Cottage'.


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Related Material

A report on Oastler's speech is included in volume 3 of his 'Collection of Tracts on White Slavery', a copy of which is in the Goldsmiths' Library collection at Senate House Library - classmark: [G.L.] B (S) [Oastler] 3