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London is in a ferment: Strikes are the order of the day, the New Trade Unionism with its magnificant conquest of the Docks is striding along with an arrogance rousing employers to a keen sense of danger and to a determination to strike against strikes. She was intensely moved by the excitement around her: The Socialists, led by a small set of able young men (the Fabian Society) are manipulating London radicals ... I, from the peculiarity of my social position, should be in the midst of all parties- sympathetic with all- allied with none ...

Mrs Moses 78, Oxford Street, Stepney. Four rooms and a kitchen, one-room let for 3/os. House 12/-. Deserted street during the daytime. Public House at each comer. Small backyard. Three rooms on ground floortwo used as workshop. Large room with two machinists,Jew and Polish -and master who acts as presser. Back room, mistress, first hand who was a Scotch woman- two girls learning the trade. Coats turned out at I/2d each, trimmings and thread supplied by the sweater. d a dozen by woman outside ...

The plan was for them to travel towards the end of 1885. However, returning from voting in the November election of that year, Richard Potter had a stroke and was immediately paralysed. There was now no question ofBeatrice being able to get away. The prospect ahead of her -long days spent looking after a semiparalysed parent terrified her. She saw herself, as the oldest unmarried daughter, chained to his bedside for ever, unable to devote herself either to her studies or even her minor career in the East End.

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