Wednesday, 22 February 2012

22nd February 1812: Huge distress in Lancashire

On 22nd February, the Leeds Mercury quoted the Liverpool Advertiser about the distress being suffered in Liverpool and other parts of Lancashire:
"It appears that nearly one sixth part of the whole inhabitants of Liverpool, and nearly one fifth of most of the other large towns in Lancashire, are now in a condition to require the aid of charitable relief.―Had it not been for the uncommon mildness of the season, it is believed the number would have been much greater. This is a state of affairs which we believe is without example, except at the time of severe scarcity in 1801."

As reported in the Leeds Mercury of 22nd February 1812.

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