Melton prior Institut


Linton- Life in the Collections

George Jacob Holyoake:

London 1892 / 1906

6th impression, third edition.

Holyoake’s autobiography, which appeared two years before Linton published his Memories, is much more instructive in terms of the history of the Chartist movement. Holyoake only mentions Linton in the context of a rather embarrassing aspersion affair. Linton struck back in his autobiography with a rather derogative characterisation of his rival. They “were both histrionic men, eager for fame. With comparable journalistic abilities they were locked in ill-concealed rivalry. Holyoake was a smoother, less impetuous being than Linton, readier to ingratiate himself with influential personages.” (Smith)