IN the following
pages an attempt has been made to pourtray the various phases of
Lancashire life amongst the humbler classes, and in so doing, the
Author has made no effort to conceal their failings, or to
exaggerate the better qualities of their nature.
Having spent his life amongst them, and still feeling proud
to class himself as one of their number, he has had an excellent
opportunity of studying them in the varied circumstances of life;
and he has endeavoured, as far as his knowledge permits, to present
the contents of this volume to the public as true pictures.
The Author cordially thanks the many friends who have
responded to his call, by whose encouragement and assistance he has
been enabled him to gather together the scattered fragments of his
Doric Muse; and to produce them in their present collected form.
[Ed.― see also George Hull on