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To the Female Reformers of Blackburn

July 5, 1819 — Presenting a Cap of Liberty to John Knight, outdoor meeting, Blackburn, England


Will you Sir, accept this token of our respect to these brave men who are nobly struggling for liberty and life: by placing it at the head of your banner, you will confer a lasting obligation on the Female Reformers of Blackburn. We shall esteem it as an additional favour, if the address which I deliver into your hands, be read to the Meeting: it embraces a faint description of our woes and may apologise for our interference in the politics of our country.


. . . we the Female Reformers of Blackburn, therefore earnest entreat you and every man in England, in the most solemn manner, to come forward and join the general union, that by a determined and constitutional resistance to our oppressors, the people may obtain annual parliaments, universal suffrage and election by ballot, which alone can save us from lingering misery and premature death. We look forward with horror to an approaching winter, when the necessity of food, clothing, and every requisite will increase double fold . . .


Source: Leeds Mercury


Also: Black Dwarf, 14 July 1819