W.T. Stead to John Hyslop Bell (July, 1871)

Quoted in Frederick Whyte, The Life of W.T. Stead, (1925) vol I, p. 32

I thank you for your frank declaration that you would think a request to write anything contrary to conviction as "dishonourable as an attempt to pick a pocket," but you must be aware that many newspaper proprietors have very different ideas upon the subject. With regard to my "inexperienced suggestions," I am perfectly willing to admit that they were inexperienced, but being entirely ignorant of the established customs of the Press I must be forgiven for thinking that matters of business arrangement could never be too clearly defined between gentlemen in any profession.

I am aware that you risk much in engaging me. I risk myself which I must confess is of considerable importance to me. But, however we may have stumbled over the preliminaries, I trust that it may be the only misunderstanding between us, and that by twelve months' loyal and hearty service I may prove to you that you were justified in accepting the risk of installing me in such a responsible position.


About this website

I founded this website in 2001 to assist me in my own research on W.T. Stead, little knowing then that it would become the largest online resource on Stead's life and career. Today this site is used by students, scholars and institutions around the world and has significantly contributed to the Study of W.T. Stead and the evils which he campaigned against. I hope you find it useful.

If you have a question that explicitly concerns any of the content on this website, feel free to Contact me and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience. However, please note that I no longer work in academia. With a very "busy" business to run, the time I can spare responding to enquiries through this website is finite, to say the least. So, please do not ask me to do research for you or assist in matters of family history.

Finally, though this website includes a section on Stead's obsession with spiritualism, I myself am not remotely interested in the subject. So, if you think you have seen Stead's ghost in your kitchen or believe you are the reincarnation of the great editor himself (or anyone else who died on the Titanic), I beg you not to tell me about it..

Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) MPhil