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 SIXTY YEARS

OF AN

AGITATOR'S LIFE


BY
GEORGE JACOB HOLYOAKE

AUTHOR OF "HISTORY OF CO-OPERATION IN ENGLAND"; "SELF HELP 100 YEARS AGO";
"TRIAL OF THISM," ETC.


"In order to become acquainted with an age or a people we must also
know something of its second-rate and obscure men.   It is in
the beliefs, sentiments, and lot of unimportant individuals
and unknown families, that the lot, the senti-
ments, and the beliefs of the country
are to be found."—GUIZOT


IN TWO VOLUMES.


London

T.  FISHER UNWIN
PATERNOSTER SQUARE
1892.
_______________________

 

CONTENTS

VOLUME I.

_______________

CHAP.

 

Pref

 

I.

THE OLD REASON FOR WRITING A NEW BOOK

II.

OUTLINE OF THE STORY

III.

ANCESTORS (1817)

IV.

PARENTAGE (1817)

V.

EARLY DAYS (1812-25)

VI.

ARTIZAN LIFE SIXTY YEARS AGO (1830)

VII.

LEADERS OF THE FIRST BIRMINGHAM POLITICAL UNION (1830-3)

VIII.

CHARACTERISTICS OF BIRMINGHAM MEN (1830-6)

IX.

ORATORS WHO CAME OUR WAY (1837)

X.

NATURE OF THE MIDLAND MIND (1830-6)

XI.

WIDER VIEWS (1837)

XII.

BYWAY TRAGEDIES (1837)

XIII.

FOURTEEN NIGHTS WITH GEORGE COMBE (1838)

XIV.

IN SEARCH OF MONSIEUR BALLY (1838)

XV.

A TOUR ON FOOT (1838)

XVI.

PARTNERSHIP IN PROPAGANDISM (1839)

XVII.

THE INSURGENT AFFAIR IN THE BULL RING, BIRMINGHAM (1839)

XVIII.

A KNAVE WHO WANTED LESSONS IN MATHEMATICS (1840)

XIX.

A ROLL-CALL OF IMPRISONED FRIENDS (1840-1890)

XX.

ENGLISH AND IRISH AGITATORS WHO GAVE TROUBLE TO JURIES AND JUDGES (1840-1890)

XXI.

A FURTHER CALENDAR OF FRIENDS WHOSE FATE NEEDS EXPLANATION (1840-1890)

XXII.

THE FOUNDER OF SOCIAL IDEAS IN ENGLAND (1841-1858)

XXIII.

FURTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PHILOSOPHER OF NEW LANARK (1841-1858)

XXIV.

THE OWEN FAMILY

XXV.

THE MYSTERIOUS PARCEL LEFT AT THE "MANCHESTER GUARDIAN" OFFICE

XXVI.

FIRST LECTURESHIP (1841)

XXVII.

TROUBLE BY THE WAY (1841)

XXVIII.

ARREST IN CHELTENHAM (1841)

XXIX.

THREE WEEKS IN PRISON FOR NOT TAKING THE OATH (1841-2)

XXX.

THE TRIAL (1842)

XXXI.

SIX MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT FOR ANSWERING A QUESTION IN DEBATE (1842)

XXXII.

OTHER TROUBLES IN PRISON (1842-3)

XXXIII.

WHAT HAPPENED AFTER IMPRISONMENT (1843-80)

XXXIV.

A REMARKABLE COUNSELLOR OF PROPAGANDISTS (1843-55)

XXXV.

RICHARD CARLILE THE PUBLISHER (1843)

XXXVI.

THOMAS CARLYLE THE THINKER (1843)

XXXVII.

A VISIT TO THE LAST COMMUNITY (1843)

XXXVIII.

STORY OF THE ODDFELLOWS' PRIZE LECTURES (1845-6).

XXXIX.

A SINGULAR COINCIDENCE (1846)

XL.

FRANCIS PLACE AND THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON (1846-60)

XLI.

FIRST PLAN OF THE WOMAN'S RIGHTS AGITATION (1847-69)

XLII.

THE SON OF A POET WHO BECAME A NOTABLE JOURNALIST (1850-70)

XLIII.

CONCERNING LEIGH HUNT (1851)

XLIV.

THE "LEADER" NEWSPAPER—ITS PRINCIPLES AND ITS WRITERS (1851-56)

XLV.

CHARACTERISTICS OF GEORGE HENRY LEWES (1851)

XLVI.

PERTURBATION IN WHITEHAVEN (1851)

XLVII.

THE VICAR OF FLEET STREET (1852)

XLVIII.

THE COWPER STREET DEBATE—FIGURES ON THE PLATFORM (1853)

XLIX.

THE DISSENTING CHAMPION WHO DESERTED HIS SUPPORTERS (1854-1869)

L.

ADVENTURES WHERE ADVENTURES ARE NOT COUNTED POSSIBLE (1854-1884)

LI.

THE TROUBLE WITH QUEEN ANNE (1854-5)

LII.

THE TWELVE YEARS' AGITATION AGAINST THE 10TH OF QUEEN ANNE (1854-5)

LIII.

THE "HOLY WAR" OF THE UNSTAMPED PRESS (1854)

LIV.

END OF THE FREE PRESS TERROR (1855)

LV.

DYNAMITE ADVOCACY (1855)

LVI.

SAWDUST CONTROVERSIALISTS (1855)

LVII.

STRANGE PROCEEDINGS OF A MAN WHO WAS AFTERWARDS BEHEADED (1855)

 


CONTENTS

VOLUME II.

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CHAP.

                                                     TITLE

LVIII.

UNSUSPECTED SPIES (1855)

LIX.

UNPUBLISHED LETTERS OF WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR (1856-7)

LX.

IN CHARGE OF BOMBSHELLS (1856)

LXI.

ORSINI THE CONSPIRATOR (1856)

LXII.

A FRENCH JACOBIN IN LONDON (1856)

LXIII.

THE STORY OF CARLO DE RUDIO (1857-62)

LXIV.

STABBING SPIES IN LONDON (1857)

LXV.

PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATURE IN THE TOWER HAMLETS (1857)

LXVI.

A LONDON REVOLUTION (1858)

LXVII.

MURDER AS A MODE OF PROGRESS (1859)

LXVIII.

DEFENDING A POLE (1858)

LXIX.

A LOST WILL (1858)

LXX.

MR. SECRETARY WALPOLE AND THE JACOBIN'S FRIEND (1858)

LXXI.

LORD PALMERSTON AND FEARGUS O'CONNOR'S SISTER (1858-64)

LXXII.

THOMAS SCOTT—THE FRIEND OF BISHOP COLENSO (1858)

LXXIII.

HOW BISHOP COLENSO BECAME CONVERTED (1860)

LXXIV.

LORD COLERIDGE AND THOMAS HENRY BUCKLE (1859)

LXXV.

BEQUEST OF A SUICIDE (1860)

LXXVI.

VISIT TO A STRANGE TREASURER OF GARIBALDI (1861)

LXXVII.

FAMOUS FIGHTS (1863)

LXXVIII.

THE LAST LESSONS OF THE HANGMAN (1864)

LXXIX.

AN ADVENTURE WITH GARIBALDI (1864)

LXXX.

UNPUBLISHED INCIDENTS IN THE CAREER OF W. E. FORSTER (1864)

LXXXI.

NAPOLEON III. IN LONDON (1865)

LXXXII.

VISITS FROM A MURDERER (1865)

LXXXIII.

AMONG THE FISHERMEN OF CROMER (1867)

LXXXIV.

STORY OF THE LIMELIGHT ON THE CLOCK TOWER (1868)

LXXXV.

PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATURE IN BIRMINGHAM (1868)

LXXXVI.

A DANGEROUS VISITOR (1868)

LXXXVII.

REPORTING SPEECHES WHICH NEVER WERE MADE

LXXXVIII.

AN UNTOLD STORY OF THE FLEET STREET HOUSE (1868)

LXXXIX.

LORD CLARENDON'S CONCESSION (1869-72)

XC.

ASSASSINATION BY A JOURNALIST (1870)

XCI.

THE STORY OF THE BALLOT (1868-71)

XCII.

ADVENTURES AT THE HOME OFFICE (1870)

XCIII.

STORY OF A LOST LETTER (1870)

XCIV.

THE SCOTT-RUSSELL PLOT (1871)

XCV.

RETICENCE OF THE BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH (1872)

XCVI.

GENEROSITY OF THE BISHOP OF OXFORD (1872)

XCVII.

FLIGHT OF THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON FROM BRIGHTON (1872)

XCVIII.

ORIGIN OF THE JINGOES (1873)

XCIX.

STORY OF THE ANTI-CORN LAW LEAGUE (1874)

C.

THE ORATORS OF THE ANTI-CORN LAW LEAGUE (1874)

CI.

CAREER OF A BOHEMIAN ARTIST

CII.

THE PICTURE RESTORER FURTHER DELINEATED (1877)

CIII.

ERNEST JONES, THE CHARTIST ADVOCATE

CIV.

PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATURE IN LEICESTER (1884)

CV.

THREE REMARKABLE EXILES (1884)

CVI.

REMARKABLE WORKING-CLASS POLITICIANS (1884)

CVII.

QUITE A NEW VIEW OF JOHN BRIGHT (1887)

CVIII.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MR. BRIGHT

CIX.

MR. BRIGHT'S ORATORICAL METHOD AND MANNER OF MIND

CX.

ORIGIN OF SECULARISM (1850-1890)

CXI.

THE KNIGHT WHO UPLIFTED THE DEAD HAND

CXII.

APOLOGY TO THE READER

 


 

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