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Journal, December 1st — An anonymous letter come, with a Chartist plan. Poor creatures, their threats of attack are miserable. With half a cartridge, and half a pike, with no money, no discipline, no skilful leaders, they would attack men with leaders money and discipline, well armed, and having sixty rounds a man. Poor men! A republic! What good did a republic ever do? What good will it ever do?
2nd — The streets of this town are horrible. The poor starving people go about by twenties and forties, begging, but without the least insolence; and yet some rich villains, and some foolish women, choose to say they try to extort charity. It is a lie, an infernal lie, neither more nor less: — nothing can exceed the good behaviour of these poor people, except it be their cruel sufferings.
3rd — Spoke to the mayor about a subscription: — the excellent mayor, Mr.
Roworth. He joins me in all my opinions as to the thrice accursed new poor law, its
bastilles, and its guardians. Lying title! They guard nothing, not even their own carcasses, for they so outrage misery that if a civil war comes they will be immediately sacrificed.
FROM the diary of Sir Charles Napier, who was in Nottingham in December 1839.
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