Lawrence, MA? Amalgamated Short Time Committee, n.d., ca. 1866. First Edition. Broadside handbill (13x11.5cm.). Faint previous folds, some toning and faint dampstain to left-hand edge, else Very Good overall.
Small petition addressed to the factory workers of Lawrence: "We, The Amalgamated Short Time Committee, most respectfully call upon you to take up a Collection on the forthcoming Pay Day, to defray the expenses of a Public Meetingm and send the same to the committee room..." The Committee, based on the English organization of the same name, was lead by the English-born woolen mill hand-turned-labor leader Robert Bower, who would appear on the 1869 Labor Reform Party ticket for the Massachusetts legislation, together with Lawrence native T.C. Constantine, in a bid for a 10-hour workday. A similar petition was first introduced in the mill factories of Fall River by immigrant workers from England, but employers refused to lower their hours unless factories in neighboring Lawrence and Lowell did the same. The present item is quite possibly unrecorded: we find none in auction records or commerce; and none separately catalogued in OCLC as of May, 2019. (See "Labor Laws and Their Inforcement With Special Reference to Massachusetts" (1911), p. 108; and David Montgomery's "Beyond Equality" (1981), pp. 216 and 277.).