Question: At what time did you begin work in a factory?
Answer: About ten years of age.
Question: In whose mill did you work?
Answer: In Mr. Marshall's at Shrewsbury.
Question: What were the hours of work?
Answer: We used to generally to begin at five o'clock in the morning till eight at night.
Question: Have you been subjected to punishment?
Answer: Yes, I was strapped most severely till I could not bear to sit upon a chair without pillows, and I was forced to lie upon my face at night. I was put upon a man's back, and then strapped by the overlooker.
Question: What age were you at the time?
Answer: Between ten and eleven.
Question: What had you done?
Answer: I had never been in a mill where there was machinery, and it was winter time, and we worked by gas-light, and I could not catch the revolutions of the machinery to take the tow out of the hackles; it requires some practice, and I was timid at it.
Question: Was this beating common in the mill?
Answer: He was a very severe man. He was well known for it. I went to a justice of the peace and he said he had frequent complaints of him, and he would make an example of him.
Question: Was he made an example of?
Answer: No; my father desired that we should not go on with it; My father worked at Mr. Marshall's mill, and he was afraid, I suppose.