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CLOTHING FOR THE DISTRESSED LAN- CASHIRE OPERATIVES. The Lord Mayor, upon taking his seat on the bench at the Mansion-house, on Thursday, said he should like to say a few words upon a subject which had lately excited a great deal of interest in the public mind—namely, the distress in the cotton dis- tricts in Lancashire. It was well known that a com- mittee, consisting of Messrs. Cottcn, Morley, Armi- tage, Howes, Lycett, and Dilberoglue, had devoted a good deal of their time in investigating the cases of distress, and apportioning the sums of money which the liberality of the public had placed at their disposal. For some weeks the question of clothing had been before the committee and on last Friday it was again taken into consideration, and after some discussion the committee resolved that it would be very desirable if large quantities of clothing could be collected and sent to the suffering districts, as the winter was fast coming on, when the want of clothing would only be second in consideration to the want of food. The committee, however, did not feel it in their power so to apply the fund which had been sent to them for the purpose of preventing star- vation, and they decided that it could only enter into such an undertaking, which would involve a great outlay, with the assent and support of the public. That was set forth in the papers of Saturday last, and letters from several people, and among them was one from a gentleman named Miiller, of 62, High Holborn, who offered his cellar for the purpose of storirg clothing and from other letters had been received offering clothing. Sir Walter B. Riddel, Bart., had sent £.20 j and a lady, who did not wish her name to be known, had sent Y,200 for the purpose. The committee and he felt, therefore, that as regarded the pecuniary aspect of the question they would be iustified in commencing, and they had that day determined to open an account at Messrs. Smith and Payne's bank, which will be called the Cotton Distress Clothing Fund. The committee had been searching for a fit place as the receptacle for the clothing, and they had found a place in close proxi- mity to the Guildhall, and they were then in treaty, and hoped shortly to be able to announce to the public that contributions of clothing could be sent there. A proper person would be appointed to superintend it, and a matron must also be appointed, because it was desirable that clothing should be had not only for the men, but for the female aex and persons of all ages. There would be proper persons there who would carefully examine all the articles, which would be put according to their different descriptions, and when applications were made to the committee, bales would be sent from time to time to the different districts in the same manner in which the money was sent, after the committee had considered what was requisite to relieve the wants of the sufferers. He hoped that in about a fortnight the organisation would be com- plete. The time of year was fast approaching when people would naturally be thinking of providing for the cold weather, and he, with the committee, hoped that a vast response would be made from the great metropolis. From three millions of inhabitants there could hardly be a doubt but a large quantity of clothing would come in, as the want of clothing at such a season of the year was only secondary to the want of food. His lordship said lie would add that a .gentleman named Phillipps had already commenced a similar movement, and was about to appropriate his warehouse for the receipt of clothing. What that gentleman was about to do would, he had no doubt, harmonise with what he and the committee were doing. The committee would send nothing but to the districts that applied, and probably that gentle- man would do the same, and if there were twenty such places, so much the better.






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