A LANCASHIRE DOXOLOGY.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN.”
Title:A Lancashire Doxology
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:July 2nd 1864
Keywords:cotton, gender, poverty, religion
Though not named here, this poem was by a ‘Miss Muloch’, as noted when the piece was republished in the pages of the Confederate newspaper the Charleston Mercury on October 9th of the same year. The poem relates celebrations as some cotton arrives in the small Lancashire village of Far[r]ington in order to feed the mill and provide work for the local population, and its transatlantic republication gives an indication of how closely the situation in Britain’s industrial heartland was being observed by Americans with a stake in the export of cotton product. It may even be that the cotton that arrived in that particular part of central Lancashire had gotten through the blockade; in any case, the Confederate republication seems to hint at this. A ‘doxology is a liturgical praise to God. – SR