WORKING MEN’S READING ROOM.
To the Editor of the Maryport Advertiser.
Sir, - A sort of cock and bull story having been set afloat about Mr.
BRADLAUGH having presented our Working Men’s Reading Room with a copy of Morley’s “
Life of Cobden,” perhaps the true version may not be unacceptable to your
Some time ago the Cobden Club, with the view of disseminating the principles
of free trade, set aside for free gifts a few thousand copies to be
distributed through the hands of some of our most popular men. Thus, several copies
were entrusted to Mr. BRADLAUGH.
Seeing this, I thereupon requested him to send me a copy that I might
present it to our recently established Working Men’s Reading Room. He, being a
bookseller and publisher, had his name and address embossed on the title page. I
was not a little surprised on presenting my gift that it was rejected by the
committee because it had passed through the hands of Mr. BRADLAUGH!
Now, Mr. BRADLAUGH is quite right in saying he had no hand in presenting it
to the institution, as I alone am responsible for that grave offence. Who is
the author of the silly story that has been so industriously circulated I know
not; but I suspect it has been invented for the purpose of damaging Mr.
BRADLAUGH by the Nottingham correspondent.
Maryport, November 1st. R. A.