ABSTRACT

In this radical venue (that only lasted a year), the author complains that the labourers produced the wealth of the country and yet still were relegated to starvation by the government. Calling for a system of communism, it urges the Spitalfields weavers to reject the politicians who would dupe them. Outlining the strategy of ‘starvation wages’, in which wages were pushed down through using the desperate Irish as scabs, the address appeals to the working classes to become conscious of the systemic biases that keep them at subsistence levels. This tirade against capitalism and the starvation wages it brought the poor ends up being an advertisement to break out of the systemic injustice of capitalist competition and join the London Co-Operative Society, where, according to this advertisement, labourers could work for each other and invest together to own land instead of having their lives destroyed by the landowners and manufacturers who currently owned the means of living. Only in this way would the worker find the ‘comfort and happiness’ they deserved by becoming their own masters. I have been unable to find further references to this group.