Ernest Charles Jones and the Royal Literary Fund

Porter, Thomas W.
December 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter92, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p84
Academic Journal
This article profiles British political figure, Ernest Jones. Between 1852 and 1858 Jones struggled constantly to establish and maintain The People's Paper as a national weekly newspaper of Chartism. In addition to his literary endeavours, Ernest Jones's life was rich and varied in the 1850s. Ernest Jones stood for Parliament in Halifax in 1852, and twice in Nottingham in 1857 and 1859. During his life, Ernest Jones twice applied for grants from the Royal Literary Fund, both applications were approved, the first in November 1854, and again in December 1859. Of particular interest in the documents from 1854 is Ernest Jones's adroitness at playing the social/political game of respectability. The stories of Ernest Jones's bankruptcy, his wife's death and the children's illnesses convey a far more sombre note of desperation.


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