Jeremiah Yates


6. 17 APRIL 1842 Miles Bank, Shelton

My dear Cooper

I write to inform you of the conduct of the Newcastle Agent I told you I had no objection to there being an agent there he has started an Agent four Doors from My House I think this is two bad and owing to my Parcel Not arriving until Sunday it Gave Him an Opportunity of Selling what little he had on Hand You will Perceive that it will not increase the Sale of the Beverage in the Potteries You will oblige me by Standing my Friend and acquainting Messrs Crow and Tirrell ---
My Parcel should be sent from Leicester on Monday at the Latest to be in Hanley by Saturday ---  send me 160lb until further orders the Commonwealthsman as usual

Yours truly

Jeremiah Yates

P.S. He is sending for some this week on Purpose to supply my Neighbour I am glad you have so far interfered in my Behalf I thank you kindly Sir
I remain yours truly
Jeremiah Yates


7. 12 JUNE 1842 Crown Bank, Hanley

Dear Cooper,
You will please send in my next Parcel

100 What is a Chartist
50 Hints to the army
50 Calumnies Refuted
Second Part of Thos Paines Rights of man
2 Red Books
2 Poor mans Companion
6 F O'Connor on the land
Commonwealthsman as Usual
1 Copies Each of Dr Channings Pamphlets 

I Remain
Yours Truly
Jeremiah Yates


These letters from Jeremiah Yates to Thomas Cooper  were found in Cooper's house when he was arrested in August 1842
(hence their place in the Record Office). 

Cooper visited Hanley on 10 April 1842 and met Jeremiah for the first time

(Jeremiah wrote "Sir" on April 13 but "My dear Cooper" on April 17th)

Later on Cooper wrote (English Chartist Circular No. 145 and Temperance Advocate) about his visit on 10 April 1842 to the

"Chartists of Hanley, having been invited to pay them a visit by my friend Mr. Jeremiah Yates who is a weekly purchaser of a small democratic periodical which I then published and from whom consequently I had frequent letters. The plain hearty, affectionate manners of the people, together with their zeal and the manifest attachment of the leading Chartists to the principles and practice of Teetotalism led me to form a high opinion of them. In the course of the Summer, I promised my correspondent, Mr. Jeremiah Yates, that I would certainly revisit the Potteries."