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UNFETTERED THINKER AND PLAIN SPEAKER FOR
TRUTH, FREEDOM, AND PROGRESS.

3850.

"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 strpngth. Let her and
Falsehood grapple! Whoever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open
encounter 1"Milton's Areopagitica.

L O NJD O K:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY

JAMES WATSON, 3, QUEEN'S HEAD PASSAGE
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W. MOY THOMAS.

Sonnet to Spenser.—120. Song from Burger —168. Lucifer: a fragment—460.

THOMAS COOPER.

1 Truth is growing'—40. 'The Time shall come'—40. Spring—280.

F. TURNBDIX.

Sonnet to Spenser—7. A Winter Dream (Hereward;—184.

FRANK GRANT.

Hints—89. A Night Thought—136.

GEO. HOOPER (EUGENE).

The Hopes of '48—24. To little Lelia E.—56.

WM. WHITMORE. To Mazzini and Kossuth—56. Shakspere's Birth-day in the Future—328.

s. M. KYDIl.

Boat Song—25.

EDWARD SMITH.

The Red Indian—57.

WM. WILIS. A Moorland Carol—104.

ALEXANDER BELL.

The Mountain Glen—440.

TII0S. BELL.

Blue Bell and Primrose—120.

s. WILKS. The True Sabbath—408.

EDRIC.

To Kenilworth Castle—312.

HOMO.

A Lay of Free Thought—344.

A POWER-LOOM WEAVER.

Toil, Brothers, toil!—152.

SHELDON CHADWICH. Eternal Beauty—456.

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TOOMAS COOPER.

Letters :—To the Young Men of the Working Classes—1, 81,129,209. To the Lord Harry of Exeter—5, 66, 177. To Lord Nugent—17. To Lord Dudley Stuart-33. To Earl Talbot—65.

Critical Exegesis Of Gospel History :—

1. The Birth and Childhood of Jesus—8, 25, 41.

2. The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus—57,

37, 89.

3. The Miracles (First Discourse)—105, 121,

137.153, 169.

4. The Miracles (Second Discourse)—185, 201,

219, 237, 253, 269, 284.

5. The Transfiguration of Jesus—300, 316, 333.

6. The Passion, Crucifixion, &c—345, 363, 381.

7. The Resurrection and Ascension—397, 413, — 425,441,457.476.

Orations:—The Life and Genius of Sir Isaac Newton—271, 233, 249. The Age of Chivalry —265, 281. Moral and Political Lessons of Gulliver's Travels'—267, 313, 329.

THOMAS COOFER (CONTINUED).

The 'Times' putting on its Spectacles—18. Probable Whig Tactics for 1850—49. Resolution^ Whiggery to take its ease—97. Good News: The Organisation of Labour commenced in London—98. Education and Sabbath Observance—145. "Doing Nothing the Season for Mis chief—101. What the Poor think in France— 243. Arguments and Purposes of the Sunday Sabbatarians—257. Of what Use is St. Paul's Cathedral ?—275. The only Help for Working Men—305. The Type of the Principle of ' Order'—321. The Working Man's Question—4)7. Testimony to the Value of Mesmerism—60. Philosophy of Mesmerism—225. A Reminiscence of Wordsworth—291, 324. Notes which they who run may Read—117, 133, 196, 307. Notes of Travel and Talk—387, 438, 454, 467. Parewell Words—471. Matters which are noteworthy at the Present Time—472.

FRANK GRANT.

- A Political Lesson from the "Vasty Deep—83. An Argumentfor Universal Suffrage—115. Unity of Sentiment in Authors—132. The Church really in danger — 193. The Church and her Grievances—213. Friends of' Order' in France: Who are They ?—241. The ' Quarterly,' M. Guizot, and Democracy—244. The Educationists and the Religionists — 289. Episcopal hostility to Secular Education—337. The Lords, and their New House—369, The Value of Leisure—372. Lamartine on Socialism—385. A Word about Sunday Observance—401. The Golden Prize— 406. What's the Use of a House of Lords ?—433.

SAMUEL M. K.YDD.

Letter on Mental Culture—3. Pen and Ink Sketches of Life—67, 99. The Ten Hours' Act —178. State of the Nation—419. Louis Napoleon—449. Mercantile Philosophy—466.

THOMAS SHORTER.

The People's Duty regarding National Education—104. The Crisis at hand, in France—■ 322. Reflections on the 79th Birth-day of Robert Owen—370. Power of the Working Classes, and their Duty in reference to Association—418.

RICHARD OTLET.

Reminiscences of Ebenezer Elliott—339, 354. The Demon of Despotism—356, 377, 393, 408. The Philosopy of Death—427.

GEORGE HOOPER.

France; The Chaos of 'Order'—50. The Duty of the Hour—353.

JOHN TEATS.

Thoughts Suggested by the Birth of a Child— 361. WhatcanweDo?—403. A Country Walk —444.

GEO. TWEDDELL.

Marriage Sketches—84.

GERALD MASSEY.

Signs of Progress—113.

ALEXANDER BELL.

Labour and Capital: Association—273.

LEGO.

Principle and Expediency—148.

c. F. NICHOLLS. Thoughts on Progress—435.

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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,

Ho. I.—Vol L] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 1850. [Price One Penny.

TO THE YOUNG MEN OE THE WORKING CLASSES.
Letteb I. New Sebies.

"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 Oe The Future,—If any new proof had been wanting, in addition to the many recorded by history, that the freedom which the intellectual Pew 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 Prance 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 prospect 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 demand 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 Pbogbess 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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