who had been employed by one corporation could be employed in any other in the city without a pass from the first.
Thus the lack of this pass meant no work in Lowell.
These laboring people had been gathered here almost wholly from the several States in New England, with the single exception of some English and Scotch workmen skilled in the making of cotton and woollen goods.
Being brought up with them I knew them to be of the best class of citizens — the sons and daughters of farmers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
No better body of citizens, no purer people, ever came together.
To the credit of the owners of the mills, it is but just to say, humane, philanthropic, and far-sighted economic business regulations were made, and provisions were established that education should be furnished for the children, and the advantages of religious instruction given to all. Measures were also taken to provide for the morals of the operatives, and houses were built in