RELIGIOUS AND MORAL EDUCATION OF MINERS -
In the Newcastle Journal of last week we find the following appeal "to
colliery owners, &c.": - "The peculiar features of the present crisis
embolden one who has not the right, to ask for permission to speak a few
words of kind exhortation to you.  Your men are returned to work : a
prospect of quiet, perhaps, and profit is before you : while, therefore, you
have, with good reason, congratulated yourselves on this happy termination,
you have doubtless looked round to see what was the cause of the late united
resistance among your workmen, and where is the remedy.  The cause, or one
cause, I take to be this : you have provided, I fully believe, for the
bodily and temporal condition of you men; but, for their better interests -
their moral or social welfare - you have had no regard.  They have not,
therefore, personally respected or loved you; they have felt that you have
looked on them merely as machines or beasts of burden.  The remedy is this.  
Retrace your steps; show them at once by your efforts for their moral
welfare - for their children and families, that you are their real friends;
and that, as your riches accrue to you through their labour, you are ready
to pay them well and treat them as immortal beings.  Excuse me, if I add the
way in which, I think, the remedy can be fully applied - and the only way -
give your men the full blessings and privileges of the Church.  This is no
theoretic advice.  It is an acknowledged fact that those men in your
collieries who were most inclined to remain at work, and the first to
return, were Churchmen.
The same fact was found in the disturbances in Lancashire and Yorkshire two
years ago, and can be fully proved.  The Church, and the Church alone, I
believe, fully educates her children in submission to authorities, and
patient endeavours to do their duty to their masters.  Her quiet and sober
teaching is the true defence against the lawless outbreaks of a disordered
state of society.  Give this "bond of union," : this source of peacefulness,
to your people, and you will take the best method to secure a remedy for
future disasters.  Build for them churches and schools, and supply them with
clergymen and schoolmasters.  Plant on your collieries the full machinery of
our Church, and it will work well; in time you shall have servants attached
to your intersts, and ready to serve you with faithfulness.  Excuse me, if I
suggest a simple, but efficient plan of working out my remedy.  Let every
"company" devote one-tenth, or even one-twentieth, of their income to such a
holy good purpose, if not (as some wise men would call it) a bounden duty,
and you will have your reward.  I beg, gentlemen, sincerely to subscribe
myself - "TRY". - September 3rd. 1844