EMPLOYMENT

[ The Original Society of Papermakers, Maidstone. ] 72 printed items

Author: 
The Original Society of Papermakers, Maidstone, Kent [ James Bourke and R. Robertson, Secretaries ]
Publication details: 
Mainly printed by R. W. Burkitt, Maidstone, Kent. Three dating from 1901, the other 69 from between 1920 and 1929.
£450.00

An interesting collection of material relating to trades unions in the paper industry, and a scarce survival. The University of Birmingham, which holds a small collection of pre-twentieth-century material relating to the Original Society of Papermakers, notes that 'Few records have survived, including papers kept by chance and found within later correspondence'.

[ Richard Oastler, factory reformer. ] Autograph Letter Signed to his daughter Maria, wishing her a happy new year from the Fleet Prison, and describing the meal he has eaten there.

Author: 
Richard Oastler (1789-1861), abolitionist, factory reformer ('The Factory King') and Tory radical
Publication details: 
'The Queen's Prison [i.e. the Fleet Prison ] | Jany. 1. 1843.'
£150.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight damage to corners caused by removal from album. For the context of the letter, see Oastler's entry in the Oxford DNB, which explains that he was nearing the end of a three and a half year sentence at the Fleet Prison, for 'debts accumulated during his stewardship at Fixby', the charge being a 'Pretext', his 'campaign against the new poor law' having proved 'incendiary'. The letter begins: 'Maria! | This comes from thy own Papa, to wish thee a Happy new Year.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Socialist Propaganda and The Drink Difficulty.

Author: 
James Whyte [ United Kingdom Alliance, Manchester and London ]
Publication details: 
United Kingdom Alliance. Manchester: 16, Deansgate. London: 15, Gt. George Street. 1894.
£56.00

31pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. On aged and discoloured paper. Begins: 'Certain of the propagandists of Socialism teach their disciples that the economic condition of the industrial classes would be no whit improved by the total abandonment on their part of harmful drinking and other wasteful practices, inasmuch as the money thereby saved would, by the operation of an "iron law," inevitably be deducted from wages or added to rent. Is this sound doctrine? Let us see.' Scarce: no copy in the British Library.

[ Pamphlet. ] Why Men Strike or, Strikes and how to get rid of them. A Lecture by Dr. Edward McGlynn.

Author: 
Dr. Edward McGlynn [ The Anti-Poverty Society, New York ]
Publication details: 
London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. [ Circa 1889. ]
£80.00

14 + [2] pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Delivered under the auspices of the Anti-Poverty Society at the Cooper Institute, New York, on Sunday, March 3, 1889, for the benefit of the Street-Car Drivers and Conductors out of employment through the late strike.' Scarce: the only copy on COPAC in Oxford.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Facts about the Unemployed. An Appeal and a Warning. By One of the Middle Class.

Author: 
'One of the Middle Class' [ 'H. H. C.' ]
Publication details: 
London: The Modern Press, 13, Paternoster Row, E.C. and W. L. Rosenberg, 261, East Tenth Street, New York City. 1886.
£65.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Signed in type at the end 'H. H. C.' At foot of reverse of title: 'The Writer will be glad to hear from anyone who agrees with his conclusions.' Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] Dangerous Trades for Women.

Author: 
Mrs. C. Mallet [ Louisa Tempe Mallet [née Udny] (1837-1904), women's activist ]
Publication details: 
The Humanitarian League's Publications. No. 9. London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. 1893.
£75.00

22 + [2]pp., 12mo. Disbound and without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The last two pages advertise the Humanitarian League, including a page of publications. Scarce. For more on Mallet, see her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] Women's Wages, And the conditions under which they are earned.

Author: 
Isabella O. Ford [ Isabella Ormston Ford (1855-1924), socialist propagandist and suffragist ] [ The Humanitarian League, London ]
Publication details: 
The Humanitarian League's Publications. No. 8. London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street. 1893.
£80.00

17+[3]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The last three pages carry advertisements for the Humanitarian League, with a list of publications on the last page. Scarce. For more on Ford, see her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] Wrongs that require Remedies, Being the first of four Lectures delivered in the West End of London during June, 1887, by H. H. Champion.

Author: 
H. H. Champion [ Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1928), socialist and journalist ] [ The Aberdeen Standard ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: Published at the Aberdeen Standard Office. 1893.
£45.00

15pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The second page (reverse of title) carries a list of 'Pamphlets by the same Writer, on Labour Questions. Now Ready (Sept., 1893.)' and is headed: 'NOTE - This Pamphlet contains the substance of an address to an audience of wealthy people in St. James's Hall, Piccadilly, in the middle of the London Season in the Jubilee year.' Scarce. For more on Champion, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] Mr. Gladstone and the Eight Hours Law.

Author: 
H. M. Hyndman [ Henry Mayers Hyndman (1842-1921) [ The Twentieth Century Press, Limitted, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Published by The Twentieth Century Press, Limited, 44, Gray's Inn Road, W.C.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Hyndman is described on the title-page as 'Author of "The Historical Basis of Socialism," "The Bankruptcy of India," "England for All," "Commercial Crises of the Nineteenth Century," "Booth's Book Refuted," &c.' Concludes: 'Thus the growing agitation for an Eight Hours Law may soon develop into a demand for the collective control of the whole industrial sysytem by the workers.' Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] An Eight-Hour Law.

Author: 
H. H. Champion [ Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1928), socialist and journalist ] [ The Aberdeen Standard ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: Published at the Aberdeen Standard Office. 1893. [ 'Printer: JAMES BLAIR, 15 St. Nicholas St., Aberdeen. ]
£45.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Scarce. For more on Champion, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Pamphlet. ] The Position of the Agricultural Labourer in the Past and in the Future. By an Agricultural Labourer.

Author: 
'An Agricultural Labourer' [ also 'A. W.' ]
Publication details: 
London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. Publisher of Works on Land, Labour, Capital, &c
£80.00

63pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In fair condition, on aged paper. Signed in type at end 'A. W.' First page of text headed: 'The state of the Farm Labourers and Labourers generally, and their wants, adn theh neeed there is of an alteration in the present Land System.'

[ Robin Wallace, British artist in the Second World War. ] Ten items including three Typed Letters Signed from Arnold Palmer of the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant, and the War Office and Ministry of Labour.

Author: 
Robin Wallace (1897-1952), English landscape artist [ Arnold Nottage Palmer (1886-1973), artist and arts administrator; the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant ]
Publication details: 
Palmer's three letters on letterheads of the Committee on the Employment of Artists in Wartime, Pilgrim Trust Grant, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London. Also items from the War Office and Ministry of Labour.
£200.00

Wallace, a well-known painter of landscapes and still life subjects in oil and water-colour, was born at Kendal in the Lake District and studied in Kensington at the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1922, and at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, and with the Lake Artists' Society. He was a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists. The present collection casts an interesting light on the efforts of a good English artist to be of use to the war effort. Ten items.

[Female labour in Victorian factories; printed pamphlet.] Lord Brougham on Factory Legislation. Reprinted, by kind permission, from the "Examiner" of May 2nd, 1874.

Author: 
F. H. A. Hardcastle; Lord Brougham [Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868)] [Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights; Anthony John Mundella, Factory Bill, 1874]
Publication details: 
Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights. ['Frederick Bell & Co., Steam Printers, King's Road, Chelsea.'] [1874.]
£50.00

4pp., 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, disbound, with evidence of side stitching and damage at foot of spine.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Nineteenth Annual Report of the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women, in connexion with the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, April, 1878.

Author: 
[Society for Promoting the Employment of Women, London] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[Society for Promoting the Employment of Women, London.] Office: 22, Berners Street, Oxford Street. [1878.]
£200.00

29pp., 8vo. Containing: list of officers (pp.3-4) 'Rules' (p.5), 'Annual Report' (pp.6-18), 'Donations and Subscriptions' (pp.19-22, headed by 'Her Majesty the Queen' with a £50 donation and ten guinea subscription), list of 'Life Members or Donors of £5 and upwards' (pp.23-28), and 'Cash Account, March 25th, 1878' by the auditor Joseph Biggs (p.29). Topics in the report include 'Plan Tracing Office, | 42, Queen Anne's Gate', 'China Painting', 'Engraving on Wood', 'Clerks and Book-Keepers' and 'Commercial School for Girls, | 41, Regent Square'.

[Agatha Mary Harrison, women's rights reformer and friend of Mahatma Gandhi.] Eighteen Signed Letters (sixteen in Autograph) and one card to H. Herbert C. Arthur, regarding her work for the American YWCA on child labour in China. With other matter.

Author: 
Agatha Mary Harrison (1885-1954), English Quaker women's rights reformer and close friend of Mahatma Gandhi [World YWCA; women's rights; industrial welfare; child labour; China; H. Herbert C. Arthur]
Publication details: 
London, Prague, Asbury Park, Bristol, Manchester. Between 1924 and 1928.
£950.00

16 ALsS, 2 TLsS, 1 ACS. Also included are a draft of Arthur's first letter to Harrison (see Item Twenty below), a photograph of Harrison and Mary S. Sims (Item Twenty-three), and two papers on workers' rights in China (Items Twenty-one and Twenty-two). The collection is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Ten of the nineteen items are in their envelopes, addressed to Arthur at 59 Howard Rd, New Malden, Surrey, with three sent from on board ship (SS Aquitania, SS Mauretania and SS Berengaria). The letters total 43pp. (see each letter for format).

[Printed pamphlet.] Association of Technical Institutions. Paper read at the Annual General Meeting, Friday, 26th February, and Saturday, 27th February, 1937, on "Some Aspects of Education for the Printing Trades".

Author: 
J. Cameron Smail, O.B.E., F.R.S.E. (Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh) [H. Schofield, Principal, Loughborough College, and Hon. Sec., Association of Technical Institutions]
Publication details: 
Copies may be obtained from the Honorary Secretary, Principal H. Schofield, M.B.E., Ph.D., B.Sc., A.R.C.Sc., Assoc.M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., Loughborough College, Loughborough. [Echo Press, Ltd., Loughborough.] [1937.]
£30.00

21pp., 8vo. In beige printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, with slightly rusted staples, in worn and chipped wraps. With shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.

[Printed parliamentary paper.] Employment of School Children Committee. Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Employment of School Children, appointed by H.M. Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department [Chas. T. Ritchie].

Author: 
[Employment of School Children Committee; British parliamentary report, 1901; Houses of Parliament; child labour]
Publication details: 
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, Fetter Lane, E.C. 1901.
£50.00

25pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched. On worn and aged paper. With shelfmark, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Title-page headed in manuscript: 'OUT OF PRINT'.

[Printed parliamentary paper.] Employment of Children Act Committee. Report of the Departmental Committee on the Employment of Children Act, 1903, appointed by His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department [H. J. Gladstone].

Author: 
[Employment of Children Act; British parliamentary report, 1903; House of Commons; child labour; street trading]
Publication details: 
Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of His Majesty. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd., Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty. [10 September 1910.]
£50.00

23pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched. On aged and worn paper, with short closed tear to first leaf at foot of spine. Shelfmarks, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Purple stamp on reverse of first leaf: '10 SEP 1910'. Divided into three sections: Warrants of Appointment; Majority Report; Minority Report. The 'Majority Report' section under the following main headings: Origin and Course of Inquiry; General Results of the Investigation; Remedies and Recommendations; Summary of Recommendations and Conclusions. A large part of the document discusses 'Street Trading'.

Run of six printed reports of the British and Foreign Blind Association for Promoting the Education and Employment of the Blind, London.

Author: 
[The British and Foreign Blind Association for Promoting the Education and Employment of the Blind, London]
Publication details: 
London: Bowles & Sons, Printers, 18 & 19, Sherborne Lane, E.C. 1907 to 1912.
£250.00

The six issues, loose. Each with its printed wraps (the first two years light brown, the other four green). Ranging in size from 40pp., 12mo (1908) to 76pp., 12mo (1912). Last three issues with frontispiece drawing of the Association's building in Great Portland Street. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Each issue with stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. All with material relating to the Braille Alphabet (and in some cases the Braille Musical Alphabet) at rear. Scarce: no copies of any of the Association's reports on COPAC.

[Medical Research Council and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, London.] Run of 9 issues of the 'Annual Report', with two reports from the General Series ('Vocational Guidance' by B. Muscio; 'Three Studies in Vocational Selection').

Author: 
Industrial Fatigue Research Board ([Medical Research Council and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research; Industrial Fatigue Research Board), London] [B. Muscio]
Publication details: 
All eleven items published in London by His Majesty's Stationery Office. The run consisting of issues from between 1920 and 1936. Muscio's report from 1921, and the 'Three Studies' from 1922.
£450.00

The eleven items in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with rusting staples. With labels, stamps and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Reference Library. All items 8vo, and all stapled, ranging in length from 28pp to 128pp. The run consists of the first four Annual Reports (1920 to 1923), the fifth (1924) lacking, then the sixth to ninth reports (1926-1929), and the sixteenth report (1936, with the organisation renamed the Industrial Health Research Board). The full title of Muscio's publication is 'Reports of the Industrial Fatigue Research Board. No. 12.

[Printed item.] A Classification of Vocational Tests of Dexterity.

Author: 
Amalie E. Weiss Long and T. H. Pear [Medical Research Council, Industrial Health Research Board (Formerly The Industrial Fatigue Research Board)]
Publication details: 
Report No. 64. London: Printed and Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1932.
£80.00

iii + 71pp., 8vo. Stapled. In pink printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Numerous sections under three main headings: Discussion of Skill; Vocational Psychology; Psychological Tests of Skill and Manual Dexterity. Five copies on COPAC, but uncommon nevertheless.

[Industrial Fatigue Research Board, Medical Research Council and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, London.] Printed item: 'Reports of the Industrial Fatigue Research Board. No. 10. - Preliminary Notes on the Boot and Shoe Industry.'

Author: 
[J. Loveday, 'Investigator to the Board', Industrial Fatigue Research Board, Medical Research Council and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, London] [S. Munro]
Publication details: 
'(Boot and Shoe Series No. 1.)' London: Printed and Published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1920.1
£80.00

32pp., 8vo. Stitched. In pink printed wraps. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. With label, stamps and shelfmarks of the Board of Education Reference Library. Divided into four sections: 'Historical Sketch, by J. Loveday, B.A.', 'Description of Processes, by J. Loveday and S. H. Munro', 'Daily Records of Output, by J. Loveday and S. H. Munro' and 'An Experiment with Best Pauses, by J. Loveday'. Five copies on COPAC, but uncommon nevertheless.

[Printed pamphlet.] Report on the Census of Young Employees, between 14 and 18 years of age, in the County of London, on June 30th, 1920.

Author: 
R. Blair, Education Officer, London County Council, Education Committee
Publication details: 
[London County Council, Education Committee; I.C.C. Education Offices, Victoria Embankment, W.C. 19 November 1920.] Printed on '18-3-21 [i.e. 18 March 1921]'.
£85.00

16pp., foolscap 8vo. With four plates, each carrying a map of the County of London (two of them preceding the title) and 2pp of tables on a fold-out leaf. In poor condition, on aged and worn paper, with closed tears, and lacking orange wraps (which presumably carry the full title-page), traces of which are still present. Stamp and shelfmark of the Board of Education Library, London. No copy traced on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.

[Printed item.] The Negro Artisan. Report of a Social Study made under the direction of Atlanta University; together with the Proceedings of the Seventh Conference for the study of the Negro Problems, held at Atlanta University, on May 27th, 1902.

Author: 
W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, Corresponding Secretary of the Conference [Seventh Atlanta Conference, Atlanta University, Georgia; Dr J. G. Merrill, Fisk University; Henry N. Lee, LeMoyne Institute]
Publication details: 
Atlanta University Publications, No. 7. Atlanta University Press, Atlanta, Ga. [Georgia] 1902.
£200.00

viii + 192pp., 8vo. In brown printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn wraps. Stamps and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library. A scholarly work, with contributions by Dr J. G. Merrill, President of Fisk University, Henry N. Lee, of LeMoyne Institute, E. H. Holmes, of the Prairie View Normal School, Alexander Hamilton, Jr, of the firm of Hamilton & Son, Building Contractors, and W. T. B. Williams. Indexed and with three-page 'Bibliography of the Negro Artisan and the Industrial Training of Negroes' Uncommon: six copies on COPAC.

[The Factory and Workshop Act, 1901.] Large printed Government 'abstract', headed 'WORKSHOPS. | FACTORY AND WORKSHOP ACT, 1901.' and mainly consisting of an 'Abstract | As prescribed by the Secretary of State, of the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901.'

Author: 
[The Factory and Workshop Act, 1901.]
Publication details: 
'Form 4. | (January 1902.)' 'may be obtained, either directly or through any Bookseller, of Eyre & Spottiswoode, East Harding Street, Fleet Street, E.C.; or Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh; or E. Ponsonby, 116, Grafton Street, Dublin'.
£180.00

Printed on one side of a piece of 76 x 55 cm paper. In good condition, lightly-aged. At head of document the words 'Official Notice' and the royal crest. Folded into a 22 x 9.5 cm packet, docketted on reverse 'Statutory Notice | and | Workshop and Factory Acts'. The document begins with 'Notices. | To be filled up and signed by the Occupier.', followed by the 'Abstract', in two columns of small type, under the sub-headings 'Sanitation", 'Accidents', 'Employment and Meal Hours', 'Holidays', 'Outworkers', 'Piece Work.

[E. P. Leigh-Bennett, journalist.] Typescript of promotional article titled 'The Sun Engraving Company Limited. (An impression of an Organisation and its Ideals.)' With 2 photographs of the factory exterior, and 12 more of drawings of employees.

Author: 
E. P. Leigh-Bennett [Ernest Pendarves Leigh-Bennett] (c.1882-1937), journalist and author [The Sun Engraving Company Limited, Watford and London]
Publication details: 
[The Sun Engraving Company Limited, Watford and Milford House, London.] Undated.
£180.00

Of the fifteen items in this collection thirteen are in very good condition, lightly-aged, the two others, both photographs, are in fair condition, creased and aged. The typescript is 12pp., foolscap 8vo, on eleven leaves, pinned together in one corner.

Printed handbill headed 'Tradesmen wanted. Join the Royal Engineers of the Territorial Army Field Force and make use of your technical knowledge.' With 'Rates of Pay during Training or on Service' for twenty-one trades.

Author: 
[The Royal Engineers of the Territorial Army Field Force; London Divisional Engineers, Duke of York's Headquarters, King's Road, Chelsea, London; British Army]
Publication details: 
The Headquarters, London Divisional Engineers, Duke of York's Headquarters, King's Road, Chelsea. [1940s.] Printed by 'W. W. S. & CO., LTD.'
£95.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight wear and few short closed tears. An interesting artefact, reflecting the postwar British manpower shortage. The heading is all in block capitals, with 'TRADESMEN WANTED' across the top.

18 items relating to the National Union of Agricultural Workers, from the papers of Labour MP Tom Driberg, including speeches, reports, newspaper cuttings, a letter from the NUAW Secretary, on such subjects as tied cottages, German workers, Bradwell.

Author: 
[National Union of Agricultural Workers, Alfred C. Dann (1893-1953), General Secretary] [Tom Driberg [Thomas Edward Neil Driberg] (1905-1976), Baron Bradwell]
Publication details: 
Most items dating from the period of the National Union of Agricultural Workers conference, 1948.
£225.00

Having been expelled from the Communist Party in 1941, Driberg joined the Labour Party in 1945; he would be elected to the National Executive throughout 1949-72 and was chairman of the party in 1957-8. The collection is in fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with occasional minor rust staining from paperclips. ONE: Autograph Notes by Driberg of 'Bradwell local information'. 12pp., 12mo, on a total of eight leaves of House of Commons notepaper.

[Printed pamphlet.] Abstract of the Coal Mines Regulation Acts, 1887 to 1896; General Rles and Special Rules [...] Messrs. John Brown & Co.'s (Limited) Aldwarke Main Collieries, Swallowwood Seam, Rotherham. [With 'Bye-Laws'.]

Author: 
[Messrs. John Brown & Co.'s (Limited) Aldwarke Main Collieries, Swallowwood Seam, Rotherham; Committee for Yorkshire; coal mining; Victorian coal industry]
Publication details: 
No. 046. Jenkinson, Marshall & Co., Stationers, Printers, Paper & Twine Merchants, &c., Surrey Street and Tudor Street, Sheffield. Dated 9 August 1888, and amended in manuscript to 7 February 1902.
£165.00

The 'Abstract' and 'Bye-Laws' total 45pp., 12mo, attached in one unbound pamphlet. Complete, but aged and dusty: an item that certainly saw duty in its colliery. The 'Abstract' is 41pp., 12mo, paginated 1-40; with a single page headed 'Timbering in Mines. | Special Rules' on a leaf tipped in after p.38. The title-page is headed 'Published under the direction of the Committee for Yorkshire.', and the full title includes: '[...] General Rules and Special Rules to be observed by the Owners, Agents, Managers, Under-Managers, Under-Viewers, Enginewrights, Deputies, and Work-people of Messrs.

Printed satirical circular 'To the Ratepayers of this Borough', from 'Wm. Buster, Junr.', concerning his supposed election as a Poor Law Guardian.

Author: 
'Wm. Buster, Junr.', pseudonym [English Poor Law Guardians]
Publication details: 
'Dated, May 1, 1851, Castle Villian.'
£95.00

1p., 12mo. In small type. On aged and creased paper. Signed in type: 'Beggar and Flames! | Gentlemen, | If I am not your Bum Bailiffe, [sic] | For any dirty work, | WM. BUSTER, JUNR.' The circumstances surrounding this spoof are unclear. It begins: 'In fact, I feel it a duty devolving upon me, to return you my sincere thanks for the honour you have done me, in electing me one of your Guardians.' The next paragraph concerns 'the slanderous assertion, which certain persons have industriously circulated, detractive of this honour, in fact, that I am the nominee of my own workman'.

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