The Lancashire Operative.
Title:The Lancashire Operative.
Date:February 6th 1863
This poem by the British Quaker and abolitionist writer, Jane Ashby (real name Anna Gardner 1816-1901) adopts the voice of grateful Lancashire workers receiving aid from the Union states during the Cotton Famine. Such aid (including the famous ship the ‘Griswold’) accompanied attempts by the American government to court British support during the last years of the American Civil War. This did not come in concrete official terms, but the issue of abolition, which had broad but not universal support in Britain, helped to thaw relations between the two countries after the debacle of the Trent Affair in 1861. – SR