Six months have passed and Daniel learns that the Chartist petition to parliament has been rejected and no changes made. Several Chartists want to march on London but John Docherty and Daniel see no point. To make things worse an economic down-town leads to redundancies at the mill, the apprentice boys being sent to the workhouse though Miriam gets a job at Lancaster mill whilst Daniel and Susannah take in her brother George. Esther's baby is born and Will agrees to support her, offering marriage but is angry when she turns him down. The Howletts receive bad news when a letter arrives to inform their eldest son Job, a soldier, has been killed. Peter confronts Hannah with his belief that his grandfather was killed on the plantation by her nephew Vernon Greg but she denies it, telling him that she has no nephew Vernon and the old man died of alcoholism.
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