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BAMFORD'S PASSAGES

IN THE

LIFE OF A RADICAL

AND

EARLY DAYS

IN TWO VOLUMES


EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION

BY

HENRY DUNCKLEY
("VERAX")


LONDON
T. FISHER UNWIN
PATERNOSTER SQUARE
MDCCCXCIII


VOL. 1

 
CONTENTS OF "EARLY DAYS."

 

CHAP.

 

 

INTRODUCTION

I.

BIRTH, PARENTAGE, AND OTHER MATTERS

II.

OF MY FOREFATHERS

III.

MIDDLETON

IV.

EARLY IMPRESSIONS—MIDDLETON REFORMERS, &c.

V.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF MANCHESTER

VI.

LIVING BESIDE THE DEAD—A NURSE

VII.

A NEW GOVERNESS—PLAYMATES, &c.

VIII.

A TIMELY RETREAT—THE FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL—BOOKS

IX.

ANOTHER GREAT CHANGE

X.

A NEW LIFE

XI.

SUNDAY SCHOOL —CORRECTION—PRAYER

XII.

A HOME—BEARING—A MASTER INDEED

XIII.

PRAYER MEETINGS—A BOGGART—CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION

XIV.

PASTIMES AND OBSERVANCES

XV.

THE WAKES—GAMES

XVI.

BONFIRES—SUPERSTITIONS—APPARITIONS

XVII.

LOVE DAWNINGS—VALENTINES—SINGULAR CHARACTERS

XVIII.

HOPE DEFERRED—NEW EMPLOYMENT—NEW BOOKS

XIX.

THE WOODLANDS—LIMPIN' BILLY—CATHERINE

XX.

OTHER SCENES

XXI.

OLD FEELINGS AWAKENED—A VISIT, AND OTHER MATTERS

XXII.

SELF-DISPOSAL, BUT NOT SELF-CONTROL—FURTHER DEROGATION—TROUBLE

XXIII.

A LONG JOURNEY—A NEW LIFE—AN ABSCONDING—PRESS GANG—TRAVELS

XXIV.

JOURNEY PURSUED—ADVENTUBES—DIFFICULTIES—HOME

XXV.

WAREHOUSE WORK AGAIN—READINGS—CATHERINE

XXVI.

ROBERT BURNS—A WEDDING—A RIOT

XXVII.

A CRITICISM—MIDDLETON FIGHT—A PARTING—CONCLUSION

 
VOL. 2


CONTENTS OF "PASSAGES IN THE
LIFE OF A RADICAL".

I.

RIOTS OF 1815 AND 1816—WILLIAM COBBETT—HAMPDEN CLUBS—DELEGATE MEETINGS—LEADERS OF REFORM—THE FIRST TRAITOR

II.

AUTHOR'S VIEWS ON EDUCATION AND ANNUAL PARLIAMENTS

III.

MEETINGS AT THE CROWN AND ANCHOR TAVERN, LONDON—HENRY HUNT—THOMAS CLEARY—WILLIAM COBBETT—MAJOR CARTWRIGHT—LORD COCHRANE

IV.

SIR FRANCIS BURDETT—VISIT TO KNIGHTSBRIDGE BARRACKS—TRADE CLUBS OF LONDON—PRESTON AND WATSON—SCENE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS—HENRY BROUGHAM

V.

HABEAS CORPUS ACT SUSPENDED—BLANKET MEETING AT MANCHESTER—MARCH AND DISPERSION OF THE BLANKETEERS—TREASONABLE PLOT, &c.

VI.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE SUSPENSION OF THE HABEAS CORPUS—STATE OF THE COUNTRY—STOPPAGE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS—SECRET ONES COMMENCED

VII.

SEARCH FOR A TEMPORARY HOME—DOCTOR HEALEY'S PATERNITY—SOME ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF—A GLANCE AT THE AUTHOR'S ANCESTRY, &c.

VIII.

THE VALLEY OF HOLCOMBE—HEALEY IN FULL PRACTICE—THE WOMAN OF MUSBURY

IX.

BURY—A NIGHT HAG—THE HUSH SHOP

X.

AN INTERIOR—A RECEPTION—A BATTLE—AN OPERATION IN SURGERY—HOME

XI.

A MIDNIGHT VISITANT—A SECRET MEETING—A PLOT—OLIVER THE SPY—HIS FIRST ESSAY IN THE WAY OF BUSINESS

XII.

TREASONABLE MEETING AT ARDWICK BRIDGE—APPREHENSION OF THE DELEGATES—ARREST OF THE AUTHOR—OCCURRENCES AT ROYTON, OLDHAM, AND MANCHESTER

XIII.

THE BRIDGE OF TEARS—THE TRIBULATORY—A GROUP—A DUNGEON—AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE—NEW COMRADES

XIV.

COMPANIONS FOR A JOURNEY—COMFORTABLE EQUIPMENTS—HOW THE DOCTOR HAD BEEN OVERTAKEN AND CAPTURED—STOCKPORT—DISLEY—DERBY—LEICESTER

XV.

A NIGHT JOURNEY: ITS OBJECTS AND REMINISCENCES—MUSIC AND POETRY—REDBURN—CHATTERTON—LONDON—BOW STREET

XVI.

THE PRIVY COUNCIL—LORD SIDMOUTH—SIR SAMUEL SHEPHERD—LORD CASTLEREAGH—ANECDOTE OF THE DOCTOR—COLDBATH FIELDS PRISON—THE UNION HYMN—CONTENT—MENT NOT INCOMPATIBLE WITH PATRIOTISM—MORAL

XVII.

DESCRIPTION OF OUR PRISON-OUR FARE—OUR NEXT NEIGHBOURS—OTHER MATTERS

XVIII.

THE AUTHOR'S ADVICE—ADOPTED AND ACTED UPON—SECOND EXAMINATION BEFORE THE PRIVY COUNCIL—VISITATION OF THE MAGISTRATES' COMMITTEE

XIX.

THE BOTANIST—THE BIRD CATCHER AND THE LOVER—THEIR AGREEMENT

XX.

BOGGART OR FEYRIN-HO—FEYRIN-HO KLOOF—ST. JOHN'S FERN

XXI.

AUTHOR'S FOURTH APPEARANCE BEFORE THE PRIVY COUNCIL—A MOTHER'S LAMENTATION FOR HER CHILD—A PAIR OF COCKNEYS—FIFTH ATTENDANCE BEFORE THE PRIVY COUNCIL AND AUTHOR'S DISCHARGE

XXII.

FURTHER KINDNESS FROM THE KING'S MESSENGERS—A GLIMPSE AT THE "INFERNALS"—DEPARTURE FROM PRISON—ARRIVAL AT HOME

XXIII.

PRIVATE MEETINGS AND PLOTS IN YORKSHIRE—THOMAS BACON—AUTHOR'S CAUTION OF HIM—ITS REJECTION—BACON'S BETRAYAL AND FATE—BRANDRETH, TURNER, AND LUDLAM EXECUTED—OLIVER THE SPY

XXIV.

RENEWED AGITATION FOR REFORM—FEMALES VOTE AT MEETINGS—ORIGIN OF FEMALE UNIONS

XXV.

MORNING OF THE 16TH OF AUGUST—ARRANGEMENTS AT MIDDLETON—ADDRESS BY THE AUTHOR—ARRIVAL OF THE ROCHDALE PEOPLE—PROCESSION TOWARDS MANCHESTER—EVENTS OF THE DAY [Ed.—The "Peterloo Massacre."]

XXVI.

AUTHOR'S OBSERVATIONS AT MANCHESTER —REDFORD AND HIS MOTHER—LUNCH AT THE "TEMPLE"—ARMING AT MIDDLETON

XXVII.

AUTHOR'S SECOND ARREST ON A CHARGE OF HIGH TREASON

XXVIII.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ON ENTERING LANCASTER CASTLE—DEBTORS' YARD—THE ROUND TOWER AND ITS INMATES—ANOTHER PRISON WARD—COMFORTABLE ANTICIPATION—A SLEEPING CELL—AUTHOR'S HORRIBLE SENSATIONS ON BEING LOCKED IN—HENRY HUNT AND JOHN KNIGHT BAILED

XXIX.

OLDHAM INQUEST—REPORTERS EXCLUDED—PETER FINNERTY—CONDY, ROSS, AND OTHERS—AUTHOR CORRESPONDS WITH THE PRESS

XXX.

MR. HUNT—SIR RICHARD PHILLIPS—AUTHOR'S PETITIONS TO PARLIAMENT—EARL GROSVENOR, AND HIS HOUSE AT GROSVENOR PLACE

XXXI.

THE MORNING OF OUR TRIAL—PREPARATIONS IN THE COURT—ITS INTERIOR APPEARANCE—WITNESSES—HUNT'S HAT—THE JURY—COUNSEL FOR THE PROSECUTION—ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DEFENDANTS

XXXII.

HOW THE AUTHOR WAS ASSISTED WHEN HE WANTED IT—THE EMPTINESS OF POPULAR APPLAUSE—AUTHOR'S DEPARTURE FROM MIDDLETON—HIS CHILD—FAREWELL TO HIS WIFE

XXXIIII.

ADVENTURES ON THE AUTHOR'S WAY TO LONDON—STOKE GOLDINGTON—AN IMPORTANT FUNCTIONARY—A BETRAYED ONE—A COUNTRY ALEHOUSE—AN ALARM—A SUDDEN DEPARTURE — A MAGISTRATE AND HIS CLERK—AS ACQUITTAL—A WEDDING

XXXIV.

A CRUISE AMONGST THE BOOKSELLERS—VISIT TO MR, HUNT—LONDON POLITICIANS AND JURY REFORM, &c.

XXXV.

A CHANGE IN MY SITUATION-PROCEEDINGS IN THE COURT OF KING'S BENCH

XXXVI.

HEALEY'S OUTFIT FOR LONDON—GENEROUS AID OF THE RELIEF COMMITTEE—ARTHUR THISTLEWOOD AND HIS COMPANIONS—HUNT'S ENVY AND DETRACTION—HIS BASE SLANDER—EXECUTION OF THISTLEWOOD AND HIS PARTY—TRAIT OF DISINTERESTED FRIENDSHIP—OTHER ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

XXXVII.

OUR GOVERNOR—OUR APARTMENTS—INTERVIEW WITH THE MAGISTRATES—SKETCH OF THE PRISON, &c.

XXXVIII.

THE PATRIOTS OF OLDHAM—A COMFORTER IN PRISON—A MELANCHOLY SPECTACLE

XXXIX.

OBJECTS AT LINCOLN—TOM OTTER—BARTON FERRY—GREAT MARKHAM—A SCRUPULOUS LANDLADY

XL.

OF THE AUTHOR AND HIS BOOK


 
Samuel Bamford:

REMINISCENCES.
(1864)


A summary of Bamford's "Early Days" and "Passages in the Life of a Radical", together with a postscript covering his time in government service in London and his return to Lancashire.

 



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