Manuscript, with marked proofs, of Caroline Norton's "A Voice from the Factories", 1836

'A Voice from the Factories' highlighted in realistic and harrowing detail the plight of working-class children who worked under the bleak and harsh conditions of the factories during the industrial revolution.

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A voice from the Factories.


In serious verse
Dedicated to the Right Honble Lord Ashley
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The abuses even, of such a business must be cautiously dealt with, lest,
in eradicating them, we shake or disorder the whole fabric.
We admit however that the case of children employed in the cotton Factories
is one of those that call fairly for legislative regulation.

Mc Culloch.