The Lancashire Operatives’ Appeal. By William Eaton.
Title:The Lancashire Operatives' Appeal
Publication:The Blackburn Standard
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 1862
The repeated refrain “Pray help us, we are starving” adds a note of pathos for this appeal for charity by William Eaton. It draws on similar themes to many other Cotton Famine poems – the unwillingness to rely on charity or poor relief, and the pawning or selling of belongings to avoid it, and the imagery of home and family detailing the emotional wrench of poverty. – RM.