Tories of Birmingham

Birmingham, England, had an impressive track record for progressive civic behaviour, mostly by non Conformists such as the Congregationalists & Unitarians. Anglicans tended to concentrate on missionary work rather than town improvements education etc.
In 1858 the Liberals celebrated the premature death of the Tories by circulating a card:
“A man that is born a Tory hath but a short time to live, and is full of Humbug: he springeth up like a fungus, and withereth like a cauliflower; and is seen no more; in the midst of life and hope he meets his death.”
If only!

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