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Monday, 3 September 2012

A Washerwoman’s Lament by Catherine Allsop

The Daily Graphic in August, 1905, stated that Catherine Allsop, a Sheffield
washerwoman, hanged herself on a piece of clothes line on July 31st, and that
at the inquest the following lines, copied by her on a piece of sugar-paper,
were read to the jury, whose verdict was suicide during temporary insanity : —

Here lies a poor woman who always was tired,
She lived in a house where help was not hired,
Her last words on earth were ” Dear friends, I am going
Where washing ain’t done nor sweeping nor sewing,
But everything there is exact to my wishes.
For where they don’t eat there’s no washing of dishes.
I’ll be where loud anthems will always be ringing,
But, having no voice, I’ll be clear of the singing.
Don’t mourn for me now, don’t mourn for me never
I’m going to do nothing for ever and ever.”


Date: 1905

By: Catherine Allsop (?-1905)