November 5, 1862
FR reported in a letter of this date about her efforts to relieve those affected by famine: "We have sent 56l this week for the cotton distress and more will go each week, we hope, for three months." She was helping collect money for relief of those starving due to the cotton shortage. The American Civil War was on and the North had blockaded Southern ports. Without southern cotton, the mills in Lancashire couldn't operate, and the workers were laid off. People all over England rose to the need, averting over the four years of the famine the most feared consequences (death and disease).
FR was not rich, but her writing and painting brought in some small income, which almost always was given to some cause or needy individual. In this letter she referred to income from her book. It was not yet complete, however, several parts had been printed and she was able to sell them.
"I sent the price of three 'Mazzaroths,' I cannot help giving away what I get for it, so far."
The New York Times November 26, 1862 article about England's cotton famine.
Story and photos of two towns affected by the cotton distress.