W.T. Stead to Mrs. John Morley

(October 15, 1880)

London, England, October 15, 1880

I venture to take the liberty of asking you to accept from me... a copy of the poem which of all those written by women touched me most deeply... I think it reveals the undraped soul of one of the noblest women of our race. If you will be so kind as to accept it and, at least, to try to read it, you will add still another to the very many kindnesses which I have received from you since my arrival in London... I might well be ashamed of asking this further favour at your hands, but I am so deeply indebted to you already, that the addition of one more reason for gratitude on my part, attracts rather than otherwise. To the majority of people, I would not be beholden for a farthing candle, but with friends who have shown themselves so exceedingly friendly as you, I enjoy the sense of being hopelessly in their debt....

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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