Child Employment Commission, 1841:: John Ingham

 

No. 28.- John Ingham, 30 years old :-

Wages 19s. to 20s., piece-work.
How old were you when you first went into the pits? - A little turned seven.
Did you ever go to school? - Very little; to Sunday-school a little bit.
Can you read and write? - I can read very little, some odd chapters; cannot write.
What do you recollect about first going into the pits? - Can recollect crying after my father to go with him.
Then you wanted to go with him? - Yes, I wanted to go with him, but after I had been a bit I could have liked to have stopped out.
Why? - I found it was working and not laking.
But did your work hurt you? - No.
Was the work hard? - It was hard one part of my time, but when I had hard work I had good wages.
It was your own choice then to take hard work? - Yes.
What age were you? - Fourteen.
Have you had good health? - Very good.
Have you ever been subject to any particular complaint? - Never a complaint in my life o' no sort whatever.
Should you have been better in any way if you had worked shorter hours when you were a boy? -  I cannot say I should have had better health, for no man could have had better health than I have enjoyed.
Do you wish you had been to school when you were a boy? - Yes, I do.
Would you try to send your own children to school? - Yes.
Would you be content they should receive rather less wages and have time to go to school? - I don't know for my own part, children take a deal of keeping.


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