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[Note 070.1] "We ask pardon for the liberty taken in calling upon you":- Seemingly the spinners went from door to door selling reels of cotton

[Note 070.2] Machinery has so overstocked the market that it is impossible to obtain employment" Spinners were the first textile workers to be displaced by steam-powered machines. A spinner wrote in the satirical and politcaly radical journal, Black Dwarf on 30th September 1818 that when the spinning of cotton was in its infancy and before those terrible machines for superseding the necessity of human labour, called steam engines, came into use, there were a great number of what were then called little master; men who with a small capital could procure a few machines and employ a few hands......But none are thus employed now; for all the cotton is broke up by a machine, turned by the steam engine, called a devil:  [Quoted in Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class]

[Note 070.3] "the parish is so overburthened that we could get but little relief": - the repeal of the the wage fixing clauses of the Elizabethan statute of artificers in 1813 and the Poor Law Reform of 1834 dramatically reduced the relief given to the poor. 

[Note 070.4] "we therefore trust that the lady or gentleman will purchase some of the best reels of cotton of two unfortunate cotton spinners":-  W Dodd, wrote in The Factory System Illustrated, published 1842 that unemployed spinners resorted to "going errands, waiting upon the market people, selling pins and needles, ballads, tapes and laces, oranges and gingerbread.." [quoted in Thomson].

[Note 070.5] There follows this picture of a beehive - a traditional symbol of honest toil and collective enterprise.

[Note 070.6] "For he that giveth to the poor, But lendeth to the Lord":- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Bible, Proverbs 19:17

[Note 070.7] "The person who will call for this bill will bring a sample of the very best reels of cotton for sale" :- Apparently the spinners distributed copies of the broadside and returned later with cotton for sale and retrieved the broadside for re-use. The broadside was printed in London. This raises two possibilities  
a) The more likely scenario is that the spinners went to London in search of work and used the sale of cotton reels as a stop-gap until they could find better employment. Perhaps they had money to fund the printing of the broadside or perhaps a printer was prepared to give them some copies on spec. 
b) the broadside was printed in London and sent to Manchester for distribution. From 1838 it was possible to send goods from London to Manchester by railway but there were perfectly good printers in the Manchester area.

 

[Note 070.8]It seems that destitute weavers travelled considerable distances in their search for alms. William Cobbett encountered a party of them in Wiltshire in 1826 "here are…throughout this country, weavers from the North, singing about the towns ballads of Distress! …The landlord at Heytesbury told me that people that could afford it generally gave them something"

William Cobbett, Rural Rides 31st August 1826 .P363

 

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