Rev. Stainton's Open Air Lectures at Paradise Square
Sheffield Independent, 4th April 1868
Transcribed by Niv Chhabria
The below letter sent by Rev. Stainton to the Sheffield Independent editor as an open request to attend his lectures to the working people. This requests clearly outlines his intent to aid & work for the working people.
“Open Air Lectures
To the Working People- Dear Friends- Allow me to draw your attention to the lectured delivered in Paradise Square, on Sunday afternoons, the first of which is advertised for tomorrow. Fine weather seems to have set in, and an hour spent in the will be much more pleasant than being shut up in a crammed house, with a dense and foul atmosphere. I have announced the lectures this season for three o’ clock, so that the church bells may have done ringing, and all may be quiet. And as there can be little or no seat accommodation, we will endeavour to confine the whole service to one hour. You will see that all the six lectures are connected with each other, and consecutively arranged; which, together with the vital importance of the subjects, justifies me in asking you to make an effort to hear them all. As Paradise square is large, let me invite you to come in large numbers. Almost the same amount of effort is needed to speak to five thousand as is required for ten; I shall be glad therefore to find not less than ten thousand in the Square on Sunday afternoon, all well, and the weather permitting. Let the married men bring their wives with them, the walk there will do good; and I trust that under the blessing of God the lectures may do good also. – Very truly yours, R. Stainton- April 3, 1868″.