Jeanette Hill | The Letters of Josiah Godber

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The Letters of Josiah Godber

by Jeanette Hill

This is a true story: Josiah took part in The Pentrich Revolution in Derbyshire England, 1817. Part of the long Chartist campaign to win the vote for working people, this uprising was sabotaged by a Government spy. Godber was transported to Australia.
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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Hugh wrote this song when he lived in Derbyshire; a Northern county of England. The words are adapted from Godber's letters back home to his wife Rebecca. Transportation was used by the Government of the day as a way of ridding the country of undesirables; doubtless the Tories thought this a mercyful remedy in comparison to death by hanging: the fate of 3 of the revolutionaries.
Godber believed that a new King (George 4th) was going to pardon the transportees, but this never happened. He never saw his wife again and died in Sydney in 1823.
On our recording, the lyrics are sung by Jeanette, who lived for some time in Manchester, England. She puts herself in the position of Rebecca, perhaps she would read out Josiah's letters to her neighbours in Derbyshire.

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