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Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) Mphil

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A treasure trove of contemporary documentation..
Richard Webster - The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The Making of a Modern Witch Hunt

W.T. Stead to his Father, the Rev. William Stead (1884)

Quoted in J. W. Robertson Scott, The Life and Death of a Newspaper (1952), p. 97

I have been very busy of late setting the world and its affairs in order, as you used to say in your tender, loving way when you would ask me not to forget that God had still left to Himself some share in the government of the Universe.

The interview with General Gordon and the subsequent appointment of that brave and pious man were great achievements for your harum-scarum son to be instrumental in bringing about. I always knew that with God's help I was destined to make some stir in the world, but I never ventured to hope that the time would come so soon. Here am I not yet thirty-five, and already almost the most influential man in England! Dear father, when good souls like Mrs. Butler write saying how it does their heart good to see at last a great London newspaper edited in Christian fashion, I think of the dear old home, where at your feet and on your knee and in the dear old chapel where I heard so many excellent discourses, I imbibed those principles of religion and of duty which thank God I can now repeat in the hearing of the whole world. God bless you, dearest father, for all you have been to me!


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