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Petition to appoint a commissioner to enforce labor laws, 1863 March 4 (JPEG Image, 1.11 MB)
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A petition to appoint a commissioner to enforce labor laws submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly on March 4, 1863.
To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island The undersigned citizens of Woonsocket, respectfully represent that the Laws of this State in relation to the hours of labor in the manufacturing establishment are in many cases not lived up to, that many of the corporations holding their charters under, the act of the General Assembly as well as individuals, employ minors under the age of fifteen years more than eleven hours per day - to wit - thirteen hours and over per day, for a considerable portion of the year. Your petitioners would represent that there is no adequate way to enforce said laws, therefore they pray that your honorable body will appoint a Commissioner with full powers, and whose duty it shall be to see that the laws are dutifully enforced. Woonsocket March 4 1863