Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845

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Author: Mary Barrett  | Date: 1842

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1842 XV-XVII appendix I, pp. 252, 258, 439, 461; appendix II, pp, 107, 122, 205 Dr. Lyon Playfair

Children in the Coal Pits

[1842]

III

Mary Barrett, aged 14

I have worked down in pit five years. Father is working next pit. I have 12 brothers and sisters—all of them but one live at home. They weave, and wind, and hurry, and one is a counter, one of them can read, none of the rest can, or write. They never went to day-school, but three of them go to Sunday-school. I hurry for my brother John, and come down at seven o’clock about. I go up at six, sometimes seven. I do not like working in pit, but I am obliged to get a living. I work always without stockings, or shoes, or trousers. I wear nothing but my chemise. I have to go up to the headings with the men. They are all naked there; I am got well used to that, and don’t care now much about it. I was afraid at first, and did not like it. They never behave rudely to me. I cannot read or write.

1In The New York Times, April 11, 1946.

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Chicago: Mary Barrett, "Children in the Coal Pits—III," Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845, ed. Dr. Lyon Playfair in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris (Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Co., 1951), Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=XE32HPZK5JNZTMD.

MLA: Barrett, Mary. "Children in the Coal Pits—III." Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845, edited by Dr. Lyon Playfair, Vol. XV-XVII, in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, edited by Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris, Harrisburg, Pa., Stackpole Co., 1951, Original Sources. 25 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=XE32HPZK5JNZTMD.

Harvard: Barrett, M, 'Children in the Coal Pits—III' in Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845, ed. . cited in 1951, History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. , Stackpole Co., Harrisburg, Pa.. Original Sources, retrieved 25 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=XE32HPZK5JNZTMD.