LINES Suggested by the Cartoon in Fun for December 9th, 1865.
Author:W. J. Grimshaw
This poem, published six months after the end of the American Civil War, rails against inequalities in Britain and has its particular focus on the issue of the homeless at Christmas. Homelessness was hugely exacerbated by the unemployment caused by the Lancashire Cotton Famine and though cotton had begun to return to the mills in the region, many people had not yet recovered anything like their former prosperity. – SR