Notes of a Tour in the Manufacturing Districts of Lancashire

Notes of a Tour in the Manufacturing Districts of Lancashire

Notes of a Tour in the Manufacturing Districts of Lancashire

Notes of a Tour in the Manufacturing Districts of Lancashire

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It has long been my purpose to write a description of the Factory System, as I had good reason to believe that its moral worth and social importance were generally misunderstood, and, therefore, not appreciated. A life spent in retirement, and devoted to literature, so far qualified me for the task as to leave me free from prejudices of party: I set out with a determination to see and judge for myself; I repeated my visits to the manufacturing districts for the purpose of testing the accuracy of my former observations. It was my custom on these little tours to send brief accounts of what I saw to the venerated Prelate to whom these printed Letters are addressed. In my recent tour I saw too much to allow of my adherence to my old plan, and I am induced to believe that what I saw must at this crisis possess general interest.

In preparing my notes for the press I have followed the plan which I would have adopted had I designed these Letters to be private. I

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