Throughout 1841 and 1842, anyone reading the Northern Star would have come across the name of its proprietor, Feargus O’Connor, an average of 40 times in each weekly issue.
the course of the 15 years from 1838 to 1852 during which O’Connor
owned and ran the paper, his name appeared nearly 15,000 times – on a
par with the number of times the Charter itself appeared in print, and
twice as often as the Chartist petitions.
used the search engine on the newly digitised run of the Northern Star
to look at the issues and the people which preoccupied the paper, I have
now added a page to Chartist Ancestors revealing The Northern Star in numbers.
charts and tables on the page make it possible to track the rise and
fall of interest in the Chartist land campaign, in the petitions
themselves, and in the cause of temperance.
also show graphically how O’Connor’s comrades and potential rivals
inside the Chartist camp struggled to get their own names into print.
1841, after both O’Connor and William Lovett emerged from prison,
O’Connor’s name appeared 1,967 times in the Northern Star, while Lovett,
who wrote the Charter and had been secretary to the first Convention,
was named just 312 times.
Read more about the Northern Star in numbers.