Illustrated London News (24/Feb/1844) - Country News: Huddersfield
Mr. Richard Oastler, who from his strenuous advocacy of the right of the factory employés, is styled the Factory King, and whose release from the Queen's Prison we recorded last week, made his public entry into the manufacturing districts on Tuesday last. Brighouse was the place which had been appointed for the reception of Mr. Oastler by the central committee under whose auspices the fund for his liberation has been raised, and he arrived there accompanied by Mrs. Oastler on Monday evening. Next morning an appropriate address was presented to him, to which he briefly replied, and afterwards departed for Huddersfield, accompanied by about 10,000 persons. Bands of music played in front of the hotel, and banners in every variety of emblematical device, in honour of the Factory King, were seen waving amidst the crowd. Hustings had been erected in front of the Druids Hotel, at which the carriage drew up, and Mr. Oastler and his friends alighted. Here he was greeted with renewed bursts of cheering, and another complimentary address was read to him from the Rev. Mr. Howarth, to which Mr. Oastler replied at considerable length, and thanks were then voted to Lord Feversham, Mr. Fielden, M.P., and Mr. Ferrandj for their exertions in effecting the liberation of Mr. Oastler. The meeting then gradually dispersed.