This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III DOING HIS BEST 1881-1848 ." . . Hard at work for all I was worth."--R. C. in "Some Memories," page 37- For eight years the even flow of this austere but happy period of childhood was uninterrupted. Day after day, young Robert raced and romped over the wide-stretching moors; listened to the birds, to the ripple of the Washburn, or the far music of the Haworth church-bells; ate his simple fare of skim-milk, oatcake, potatoes and salt, with a sip of cambric tea and perhaps a touch of marmalade on the Sunday; read and reread the few precious books within the home; went to day school and Sunday school; lent a hand in the work of the busy mother; had his sound sleep in the loft overhead through the silences of the long, long winter nights. Gladly would his parents have left the boy to the full enjoyment and profit of this healthy way of life. The memory of their own early years of bondage to the spinning frames was too fresh and too vivid, we may well believe, to permit them to surrender lightly their little ones to the fell clutch of the factory. It was the desire to escape the possibility of this fate, undoubtedly, which had persuaded Samuel and Harriett, at the time of their marriage, to emigrate to the United States. But the panic of 1823-24 blasted their hopes for the time being. Then the babies began to arrive one after another in the home. And now, says the eldest, "I was eight years old . . . and must go to the factory and help to earn my own living." The next six years mark the one wholly sad and painful period of Robert Collyer's life. During all of this time he worked in the linen mills at Blubberhouses, under those dreadful conditions of child-labour in industry which constitute one of the darkest pages in the history of modern England. He was ...
|Book:||The Life and Letters of Robert Collyer, 1823-1912 (Volume 1)|
|Author:||John Haynes Holmes|
|Number of Pages:||00070|
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