Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845

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Author: Sarah Gooder  | Date: 1842

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1842 XV-XVII appendix I, pp. 252, 258, 439, 461; appendix II, pp, 107, 122, 205 Dr. Lyon Playfair

Children in the Coal Pits

[1842]

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Sarah Gooder, aged 8 years

I’m a trapper in the Gawber pit. It does not tire me, but I have to trap without a light and I’m scared. I go at four and sometimes half past three in the morning, and come out at five and half past. I never go to sleep. Sometimes I sing when I’ve light, but not in the dark; I dare not sing then. I don’t like being in the pit. I am very sleepy when I go sometimes in the morning. I go to Sunday-school and read "Reading made Easy." [She knows her letters and can read little words.] They teach me to pray. [She repeated the Lord’s Prayer, not very perfectly, and ran on with the following addition: "God bless my father and mother, and sister and brother, uncles and aunts and cousins, and everybody else, and God bless me and make me a good servant. Amen."] I have heard tell of Jesus many a time. I don’t know why he came on earth, I’m sure, and I don’t know why he died, but he had stones for his head to rest on. I would like to be at school far better than in the pit.

1In The New York Times, April 11, 1946.

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Chicago: Sarah Gooder, "Children in the Coal Pits—I," Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845, ed. Dr. Lyon Playfair in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris (Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Co., 1951), Original Sources, accessed July 3, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=FJ5YE5RILS424DL.

MLA: Gooder, Sarah. "Children in the Coal Pits—I." Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845, edited by Dr. Lyon Playfair, Vol. XV-XVII, in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, edited by Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris, Harrisburg, Pa., Stackpole Co., 1951, Original Sources. 3 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=FJ5YE5RILS424DL.

Harvard: Gooder, S, 'Children in the Coal Pits—I' in Health of Towns Commission, I, Report on the State of Large Towns in Lancashire, 1845, ed. . cited in 1951, History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. , Stackpole Co., Harrisburg, Pa.. Original Sources, retrieved 3 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=FJ5YE5RILS424DL.