Alton Locke, Tailor And Poet

(An Autobiography)

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Co-author: Thomas Hughes
Published: 1849
Language: English
Wordcount: 187,635 / 528 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.9
LoC Category: CT
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were no exceptions to the rule. The work of teaching and visiting was not indeed neglected, but the larger questions which were being so strenuously mooted--the points of the people's charter, the right of public meeting, the attitude of the labouring-class to the other classes--absorbed more and more of their attention. Kingsley was very deeply impressed with the gravity and danger of the crisis--more so, I think, than almost any of his friends; probably because, as a country parson, he was more directly in contact with one class of the poor than any of them. How deeply he felt for the agricultural poor, how faithfully he reflected the passionate and restless sadness of the time, may be read in the pages of "Yeast," which was then coming out in "Fraser." As the winter months went on this sadness increased, and seriously affected his health.

"I have a longing," he wrote to Mr. Ludlow, "to do something--what, God only knows. You say, 'he that believeth will not make haste,' but I think he that

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