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The Fleet Papers; being letters to Thomas Thornhill, Esq; of Riddlesworth, in the county of Norfolk*: from Richard Oastler, his prisoner in the Fleet. With occasional communications from friends.
London: W.J. Cleaver … and John Pavey. [Jan.2] 1841 - [Sept.7], 1844. 4 vols., 8vo, (2) + 416; (2) + 424; 478 and 504pp, four engraved plates (portrait of Oastler; portrait of Thornhill; view of Fixby Hall near Huddersfield; view of the Fleet Prison), wanting the volume title-pages in III & IV, otherwise complete, some fraying to plate margins (but not affecting printed surface), bound into four volumes, including a duplicate of vol.III, in non-uniform half roan, gilt lettered, with general wear, foot of spine of vol.I defective. A good, textually complete, set with all four plates. First collected edition. *From vol.II no.48 to vol.IV no.7 the title reads: The Fleet Papers; being letters to the right Hon. Sir James Graham Bart., M.P., Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department; from Richard Oastler, His victim in the Queen's prison, with occasional communications from friends>. From vol.IV no.8 the title reads simply: The Fleet Papers>. A remarkable but egocentric weekly journal, edited and largely written by Richard Oastler while in prison for debt because of opposition to the new poor law and in which he continued his efforts on behalf of better factory laws. Richard Oastler (1789-1861), the so-called 'Factory king', was appointed steward of the Fixby Hall estates of Thomas Thornhill near Huddersfield in Yorkshire in 1820. He advocated the abolition of slavery, opposed catholic emancipation, became exercised by the evils of children's employment in factories, agitated and lobbied on behalf of humane factory legislation, objected to the new poor l … [Click Below for Full Description]
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