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UNFETTERED THINKER AND PLAIN SPEAKER FOR

TRUTH, FREEDOM, AND PROGRESS.

“And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth,
so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously to misdoubt her strength. Let her and
Falsehood grapple! Whoever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open

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Original Poetry.

GERALD MASSEY.

W. MOY THOMAS. 'Twas Christmas Eve'-24. A Call to the

Sonnet to Spenser-120. Song from Burger People—56. The Three Voices—72. The Cry

-168. Lucifer: a fragment-469. of the Unemployed-104. The Kingliest Crown

THOMAS COOPER. -120. A Lay of Love-136. This World is • Truth is growing'—40. • The Time shall full of Beauty—216. •No jewelled Beauty is come’–40. Spring—280. my Love'-248. · Press on, press on !'-.264.

F. TURNBULL. • There's no dearth of Kindness' - 296. The

Sonnet to Spenser—7. A Winter Dream Famine-smitten-344. • Sweet Smile on the

(Hereward)—184. cheek of thy Home-358. Song of the Red

FRANK GRANT.
Republican-376. A Night Musing-892.

Hints-89. A Night Thought-136.
J. A. LANGFORD.

GEO. HOOPER (EUGENE). • Oh, give us Rest!'- 88.

The Wish re

The Hopes of ’48—24. To little Lelia E.-56. paired — 137. “Oh, never doubt of Man !152. Sonnet to Kossuth-198. Sonnet to

WM. WHITMORE. Mazzini-198. Helen-232. The Poet's Heri

To Mazzini and Kossuth---56. Shakspere's tage-264. Stanzas for the Times—296. The Birth-day in the Future-328, Tale of Love, 312, Ode of Horace translated

S. M. KYDD.
-408. An Autumn Reverie-424. Sonnet to Boat Song—25.
Shelley–328. Human Nature-469.

EDWARD SMITH.
WM. JONES.

The Red Indian-57.
The Peasant's Epitaph—41. February—88.

WM. WYLIE.
Sonnet-168. The March Wind-200. The
Lowlands sweet - 246.

A Moorland Carol--104.
The Hawthorn Bush
in bloom-360.

ALEXANDER BELL.
J. W. KING.

The Mountain Glen–440.
Martial Glory—248. Lookup, ye toiling mil-

THOS. BELL. licns'-345. A Summer invitation-424. Song Blue Bell and Primrose-120. -468.

S. WILKS.
H, R. NICHOLLS.

The True Sabbath-408.
Thoughts—326. The Worker's Vision–422.

EDRIC.
Country Musings-456.

To Kenilworth Castle-312.
JOHN ACKROYD.

HOMO. Sonnet to Spring—280. Sonnet on Beauty A Lay of Free Thought-344. -296. To Poverty—312.

A POWER-LOOM WEAVER.
GEO, TWEDDELL.

Toil, Brothers, toil !—152.
The Primrose—232Sonnet, written in York

SHELDON CHADWICK, Castle-263. Rienzi—264.

Eternal Beauty–456.

Original Prose.

THOMAS COOPER.

LETTERS :—To the Young Men of the Work- 1 4. The Miracles (Second Discourse)—185, 20), ing Classes—1, 81, 129, 209. To the Lord Harry 219, 237, 253, 269, 284. of Exeter–5, 66, 177. To Lord Nugent-17. 5. The Transfiguration of Jesus—300, 316, 333. To Lord Dudley Stuart--33. To Earl Talbot-65. 6, The Passion, Crucifixion, &c.-345, 363, 38).

CRITICAL EXEGESIS OF GOSPEL HISTORY:-7. The Resurrection and Ascension-397, 413, 1. The Birth and Childhood of Jesus-8, , 41. 425, 441, 457, 476. 2. The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus-57, ORATIONS:- The Life and Genius of Sir Isaac 37, 89.

Newton- 271, 233, 249. The Age of Chivalry 3. The Miracles (First Discourse)-105, 121, —265, 281. Moral and Political Lessons of 137, 153, 169.

Gulliver's Travels --297, 313, 329.

RICHARD OTLEY.

THOMAS COOPER (CONTINUED).

SAMUEL M. KYDD. The Times' putting on its Spectacles-18. Letter on Mental Culture-3. Pen and Ink Probable Whig Tactics for 1850—49. Resolu- Skctches of Life-67, 99. The Ten Hours' Act tion of Whiggery to take its ease-97. Good -178. State of the Nation—419. Louis NapoNews: The Organisation of Labour commenced leon—449. Mercantile Philosophy_466. in London-98. Education and Sabbath Obser

THOMAS SHORTER. vance-145. Doing Nothing the Season for Mischief–161. What the Poor think in France - cation--194. The Crisis at hand, in France

The People's Duty regarding National Edu243. Arguments and Purposes of the Sunday 322. Reflections on the 79th Birth-day of Robert Sabbatarians—257._Of what Use is St. Paul's Owen-370. Power of the Working Classes, and Cathedral ?—275. The only Help for Working their Duty in reference to Association—418. Men-305. The Type of the Principle of • Order-321. The Working Man's Question-417. Testimony to the Value of Mesmerism–60. Phi- The Demon of Despotism—356, 377, 393, 409.

Reminiscences of Ebenezer Elliott--339, 354, losophy of Mesmerism-225. A Reminiscence of Wordsworth-291, 324. Notes which they

The Philosopy of Death-427. who run may Read--117, 133, 196, 307. Notes

GEORGE HOOPER. of Travel and Talk-387, 438, 454, 467. Fare

France; The Chaos of Order'-50.

The well Words-471. Matters which are note Duty of the Hour-353. worthy at the Present Time-472. FRANK GRANT.

Thoughts Suggested by the Birth of a ChildA Political Lesson from the Vasty Deep-83. 361. What can we Do?–403. A Country Walk An Argument for Universal Suffrage-115. Unity

-444. of Sentiment in Authors—132. The Church

GE0. TWEDDELL. really in danger - 193. The Church and her Marriage Sketches-84. Grievances—213. Friends of Order' in France:

GERALD MASSEY Who are They ?—241. The Quarterly,' M. Gui

Signs of Progress-113. zot, and Democracy–244. The Educationists and

ALEXANDER BELL. the Religionists -- 289. Episcopal hostility to Secular Education-337. The Lords, and their

Labour and Capital: Association-273. New House-369, The Value of Leisure-372.

LEGO. Lamartine on Socialism-385. A Word about Principle and Expediency-148, Sunday Observance-401. The Golden Prize

C. F. NICHOLLS. 406. What's the Use of a House of Lords ?-433. Thoughts on Progress-435.

JOHN YEATS.

Correspondence. From Walter Cooper-21. Samuel M. Kydd , T.T. Campbell --101. W. Peplow-149. E.Med-22. Thomas Shorter-36, 69. John Vickers ley-163. T. E. B.-181. J. H. Nodall—230. -35. Friend of the People - 37. C.F. Nicholls Times'--230. Alpha Beta-292. D. C. (on the -52. James Benny_52. An Operative–58. word Proletarian --294. Omicron-310. One of E. Wilson-53. W. Middleton-53. W. Whit- the People in the Potteries-342. E.J. Turnermore-53. James M‘Donald-69. J.Black-69. 374. J. Clark-374. J. Holmes-451. Dr.Smiles

-470.

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Reviews. Lælius : Mons. Guizot; or Democracy, Oli- | Mazzini's Letter on French Intervention at garchy, and Monarchy'-45. Langford, Harris, Rome'--140. Uxbridge Spirit of Freedom'and Latham: «Thoughts from the Inner Circle' | 140. Lott's One Hundred Sonnets'-140,

-63. Jones's “Spirit; or a Dream in the Wood Parker's Discourse of Matters pertaining to lands'-63. Lamartine’s ‘French Revolution of Religion'-171, 188, 206. King's 'Lays of a 1848'—76. Leicester Working Men's Essays on Struggling Heart’-205. Lees' Poems'—237. Labour, &c—91. Emery's Essays on Education Spencer Hall's • Life and Death in Ireland' and the Causes of Crime-108. Staffordshire ---303, 287. Adam's • Peace Lyrics'— 319. Potteries' Working Man's Journal'—109. Lei- Cheltenham Artizan's Social Reform'-436. cester, Nottingham, and Leeds Periodicals-]26. Macansh's · Social Curse; or Intemperance' Martineau's Eastern Life'--109, 126, 142, 158. -437.

Thinkings. Isaac Barrow-23. W. Savage Landor—39. –215. Dr. Parr-247. John Locke--231, 279, Dr. Johnson-55. Lawrence Sterne-71. James D. Hume-295. Paley-311. Lord con--327. Burgh-87. Thomas Carlyle-103, 119. Ralph Thos, Paine-343. Edm. Burke-359. Jeremy W. Emerson-135, 151. Owen Felltham-167. Bentham-375. Milton-391. Zimmerman Wm. Godwin-183. Ben Jonson-199. Shelley | 423. Thos, Cogan-439. Joseph Addison—455.

OR, UNFETTERED THINKER AND PLAIN SPEAKER FOR

TRUTH, FREEDOM, AND PROGRESS.

And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple! Who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"--Milton's Areopagitica.

No. 1.—Vol. I.]

FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1850. [Price One Penny.

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TO THE YOUNG MEN OF THE WORKING CLASSES.

LETTER I. NEW SERIES.
They say your purpose might be gained at once
By some rare method, could you find it out;
But, men, in their impatience, often scorn
The surer path, and essay many roads-
Only to be chagrined : then turn to take
The way which first did promise them success;

And sorrow o'er their time and labour lost.?:-Old Play.
MEN OF THE FUTURE, -If any new proof had been wanting, in addition
to the many recorded by history, that the freedom which the intellectual
Few can win, the unintellectual Many may easily lose,—this proof has been
given us in the events of the year just closed. The unintellectual Many
elevated Louis Napoleon to the Presidency, and France became a Republic
only in name; hence followed the overthrow of Italian liberty ; noble
Hungary was left helpless, while her despotic and barbarous foe took fresh
courage-deriving also his fatal advantage from treachery ; and the pros-
pect of European freedom which opened so brilliantly upon us in 1848,
was blighted. Should not this sad catastrophe of struggles so hopefully
begun, teach us, more than ever, to labour earnestly for the increase of
intelligence in our own fatherland—in order, first, that the demand for the
franchise may be more speedily successful, by its being the universal de-
mand of an intelligent people-and, then, that the franchise when won,
may be preserved unimpaired, by its being wisely exercised ? I know
that many a young and earnest mind will give an affirmative response to
this question.

What, then, can we do, in this year 1850, towards laying a sure and enduring foundation for our great enterprize—the enlightenment and enfranchisement of ALL? The old Mechanics' Institutes, it is confessed by their best and worthiest supporters, have failed to accomplish their purpose: the political associations

of the Working Classes have become almost lifeless. Is it the time to attempt the formation of a PROGRESS UNION, that shall combine efforts for the spread of intelligence with an united struggle for the franchise, and for the general amelioration of our political and social condition ? Such a union, it seems to me, (but, by many of you reflecting upon it, the thought may be improved) might be created by these means :

1. Societies should be formed, having Mutual Instruction and Discussion Classes, Libraries, and weekly lectures: their rules should be free of all restriction as to the subjects of discourse or debate, or the character of the books or papers purchased; above all, their quarterly, monthly, or weekly

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