Child Employment Commission, 1841:: Christopher Hird Dawson


No. 35. - February 16, 1841. Christopher Hird Dawson, Esq. Royds Hall, near Bradford :-

You are a partner in the Low Moor Iron Works? - Yes.
Your firm has for many years paid a schoolmaster for the instruction of the children of the workpeople in your establishment? - Yes.
You have at various times contemplated making it a rule in your establishment not to receive any young person into your employment who has not received some degree of education? - Yes, for five and thirty years; at the same time placing within their reach the means of education gratis.
You have been very desirous of having such a regulation? - Yes.
Will you state the difficulties which have prevented you? - Merely the want of sufficient decision amongst ourselves to enforce a rule in which there certainly was some difficulty.
You would cordially enter into any measures for this purpose? - O yes, in a moment.
Will you state any opinion you have about the better education of females in household economy? - It is of the greatest importance that they should be so far instructed as to be able to mend and repair the garments of the family.
That is not generally the case at present? - No; a vast number of these females cannot wash or mend, or repair a single tear.
I believe the ladies of your family have taken considerable pains for many years to teach better domestic habits to such a portion of the population as they have been able to influence and superintend? - Yes.
Can you state what obstacles they have met with? - That the parents of the children will not spare them from some occupation which would produce wages.
The children are therefore removed to work by their parents when their education is very incomplete? - Yes, when it is not begun.
In those cases where you have been able to communicate good domestic education to females, what results have you observed from it? - The best results; the good effect is far more visible amongst the females than amongst the men.