Friday, April 16, 2010

11Sep1872, The Times are Grim

HOLKER, Wednesday, September 11th, 1872.
—Terrible weather for the harvest abt. here ; the times are grim altogether ; meat and coals frightfully dear and bread threatening to be ; potato rot very general, and the agricultural labourers a good deal out on strike. I am glad the labourers have learnt to combine ; but what wisdom, judgment, and temper is wanted for both employers and employed ! There has been some savage grumbling at the clergy for not siding with the men ; but I think this accusation is very often unfair.

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