Huddersfield Chronicle (14/Feb/1852) - Correspondence

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The edition carried a large number of articles relating to the flood, which occurred in the early hours of 5 February 1852. The other sections from this edition are:

The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.




It is exceedingly gratifying to observe the cordiality and earnestness with which all parties are uniting to relieve the distress occasioned by the late lamentable catastrophe at Holmfirth, and to no agency are the “United Committees” more indebted than to the powerful advocacy of the Press.

In this department the journal over which you preside has taken a conspicuous part, and has been largely instrumental in arousing that general feeling of interest which is so necessary to the ultimate success of our efforts.

In unison with former indulgences, and in harmony with the general efforts which are being made, I have now to request that you will give insertion and prominence to the enclosed letter, which I have received from Richard Cobden, Esq., our large-hearted West-Riding representative.

1 hope I shall be understood by yourself and numerous readers as attaching no kind of importance to the very kind, though undeserved, mention which is made of myself in this letter, but solely as an example for its valuable enclosure, and the still more valuable suggestions which it contains.

Commending its attentive perusal to a philanthropic public,

I remain, Sir, yours most respectfully,
Buxton-road, Feb. 13, 1852.
House of Commons, 11th February, 1852.

My Dear Sir,

I beg to enclose £25 towards the subscription tor the Holmfirth sufferers. Will you permit me to suggest that instant steps be taken to organise a canvassing committee, whose operations shall extend to all parts of the kingdom. Huddersfield has done its duty so nobly, and you as chief magistrate have placed yourself so honourably at the head of your fellow-townsmen, that it is from yourself that the appeal should go forth. But you know the world too well not to be aware that however deep and wide-spread may be the feeling of sympathy throughout all classes of the community, and however willing and anxious thousands of benevolent persons may be to contribute to the relief of the unhappy sufferers, yet the result will be comparatively unproductive in a pecuniary sense, unless steps be taken by personal canvass and solicitation to receive the donations of the charitable, and enlist the energetic co-operation of all those who are able to give their time and labour to the good work. You will find many men, who, although they cannot afford to give large sums of money, would yet be willing to go forth as missionaries to other parts of the kingdom to organise committees. Let a brief narrative — the more brief the better — of the awful calamity be drawn up ; let it be signed by yourself, and addressed to the chief magistrates of the large towns, accompanied with an earnest request that they will, either by public meeting, or by calling together their more influential fellow-townsmen in a committee, organise instantly a body for collecting subscriptions. But do not depend upon the mere transmission by post of these appeals. Send some of your own neighbours, or let persons be written to with whom you are personally acquainted in each locality, in order to throw upon some known persons the responsibility of setting the subscription in motion. And, above all, let not a moment be lost, for time dulls the sympathies, and fresh incidents arise every day to efface even the most harrowing impressions.

I do not write as your representative in parliament, for I have always abstained, on principle, from contributing, in my capacity as member for the West Riding, to its local subscriptions. I write as a countryman of those unhappy beings who have lost house, clothing, family, and friends, by the most terrible inland disaster of our time — a calamity which like an earthquake or an avalanche appeals to the sympathies and the aid of all.

And believe me, my dear Sir, faithfully yours,

Thomas Mallinson, Esq., Chief Constable, Huddersfield.




The courtesy which you extended to me a week ago, when I ventured to make an appeal on behalf of those who had been rendered destitute of clothing by the late disaster at Holmfirth, induces me to hope that I may be again allowed to trespass on your columns, while I make my most grateful acknowledgments for the very ready, continuous, and abundant stream of liberality with which that appeal has been met. The very generous outburst of feeling which this has evinced is so grateful to those who have witnessed it, that to be obliged to say “It is enough,” would seem to partake of doing violence to the best feelings of our nature.

However, what such a course may lack of pleasure is fully compensated by a sense of duty ; and to those who have so confidingly supplied the want (and who have laid me under personal obligations which I can better feel than describe), I have now to announce that such want no longer exists. The naked have been clothed, and their hearts turned with gratitude to their generous benefactors.

In closing this portion of duty, arising out of the painful catastrophe, it would be a very pleasing task to select some instances (out of the many which have presented themselves) of praiseworthy interest and enlarged benevolence ; but where all would seem to require or deserve special mention, any selection might appear invidious.

In many instances parcels have been sent in without name, and others have come, when those appointed to receive them were not in attendance, so that, in many instances, no acknowledgement whatever can be made of their receipt ; but, as nearly as I am able, I have great satisfaction in subjoining a list of the contributors, and would again renew, to each and all, my grateful sense of obligation for the favours thus conferred.

I remain, Sir, yours very respectfully,
Buxton-road, Feb. 13, 1852.

Mrs Laycock, Mrs John Stancliffe, Mirfield, Mrs Ellis, Mirfield, Mrs Dyson, Mrs Liddiard, Mrs Mallinson, Mrs J. H. Kilner, Mrs James Sheard, Spring Bank, Miss Manley, Honley, Mrs Pesel, Mrs John Wilkinson, Mrs John Dyson, Servant Maids at Bradford, Rev C. Wardroper, Woodsome, Mr Roebuck, Mr T. Firth, jun., Mr Hornblower, Mr Blenkhorn, Mr Joseph Bentley, Dr Taylor, Mr Squire Scholefield, Mr Dawson (bank), Mr Roebuck, cabinet maker, Mr Roebuck, plumber, Mr W. P. England, Mr John Haigh, solicitor, Mr William Haigh, hosier, Messrs Senior and Liddel, Mr E. B. Wheatley, Hopton, Mr J. H. Ramsbotham, Mr Luke Gledhill, Mr and Mrs Fisher, Spring Vale, W. R. R. Battye, Esq., Mr Burman, Chapel-hill, Mrs Wallen, Mr T. H. Battye, Mr Wallen, Mr James Hartley, Mr Hogson, Mr John Brooke, from Thornton Lodge, Mr Beverley, Messrs Huth and Fischer, Mr E. L. Hesp, Frank Wormald, Esq.. Mirfield, Thomas Cook, Esq., Dewsbury, Mr Charles Anderson, Mr Thomas Kilner, Henry Ledgard, Esq,, London, Mr Hathorn, Longley-hall, Mr North, King’s Mill. Mr William Crowther, Gomersal, Mr Lees, East-parade, Mr J. H. Ryland, Bradford, Rev Thomas Nunns, Trinity Church, Leeds, Rev J. Hillier, Spilsby, Messrs J. and J. Marsh, St. Helen’s, Mr David Midgley, Members of Wesleyan Ladies’ Dorcas Society, Halifax, &c., &c.