Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK Publicola, ‘The Valley Mill Nuisance’, Bradford Observer, 31 Jan. 1861, 5 I can find no evidence that this passage ridicules anything. This is another partial quote from Ekirch This passage talks about a particular type of working men and not ‘working men’ per se “many working men- masons and other handicraftmen-have no occasion to rise at half-past five of a winter’s morning” and does not discuss their willingness or otherwise to forgo any of their “well earned sleep.” the passage then goes on to talk of “poor delicate woman and children and nervous invalids of every class” for whom “morning sleep is health, perhaps even life itself” Your correspondents pretend that they write in the interest of the poor, any yet they know perfectly well that many working men- masons and other handicraftmen-have no occasion to rise at half-past five of a winter’s morning, and ought not to be disturbed in the enjoyment of their well earned sleep by the shriek of mammon calling together the slaves of the lamp that he may get more gold. They ought to remember, also, that there are many poor delicate woman and children and nervous invalids of every class, who spend the night in sleepless tossing to and fro, and to whom the early morning brings some slight relief. To such their morning sleep is health, perhaps even life itself, and the discordant whistle may do more mischief in a single minute that the kind offices of anxious friends can remedy in many days. BACK
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