Facsimile title page
of the first edition
- M a r y B a r t o n:
A T a l e o f
M a n c h e s t e r L i f e.
- 'How knowest thou,' may the distressed Novel-wright exclaim, 'that I, here where I sit, am the Foolishest of existing mortals; that this my Long-ear of a fictitious Biography shall not find one and the other, into whose still longer ears it may be the means, under Providence, of instilling somewhat?' We answer, 'None knows, none can certainly know: therefore, write on, worthy Brother, even as thou canst, even as it is given thee.' - Carlyle. *)
In Two Volumes
Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand.
- C o n t e n t s:
A mysterious disappearance.
A Manchester tea-party.
John Barton's great trouble.
Old Alice's history.
The mill on fire - Jem Wilson to the rescue.
Poverty and death.
Jem Wilson's repulse.
Margaret's debut as a public singer.
Barton's London experiences.
Return of the prodigal.
Mr. Carson's intentions revealed.
Old Alice's bairn.
A traveller's tales.
Jem's interview with poor Esther.
A violent meeting between the rivals.
Meeting between masters and workmen.
Barton's night errand.
Jem Wilson arrested on suspicion.
Mary's dream - and the awakening.
Esther's motive in seeking Mary.
Mary's efforts to prove an alibi.
With the dying.
Mrs. Wilson's determination.
The journey to Liverpool.
In the Liverpool docks.
"John Cropper," ahoy!
A true bill against Jem.
Job Legh's deception.
How Mary passed the night.
The trial and verdict - "Not guilty!"
Requiescat in pace.
The return home.
"Forgive us our trespasses."
Jem's interview with Mr. Duncombe.
Details connected with the murder.
Motto from Carlyle's essay "Biography", first published in Frazers Magazine, XXVII, 1832