Abraham Lincoln and the Lancashire cotton workers

 The civil war in the USA caused a ‘cotton famine’ in Lancashire and mill workers suffered great hardship. Nevertheless, representatives of the Lancashire Cotton Industry resolved to support the North in its fight against slavery and sent a message to Abraham Lincoln.

 In his reply Lincoln said ‘I cannot but regard your decisive utterances on the [slavery] question as an instance of sublime Christian heroism, which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country.’

 See Sublime Heroism for a full account of this inspiring story.