"A weekly fiction paper primarily
produced for a working class, female readership in Scotland" (Cass, "The Cotton Factory Times, 1885-1937").
"The People's Friend has
been the means of ringing many novelists and poets into public notice. Some of
the earliest novels by Annie S. Swan were published in its pages, and it was to
this magazine that Alexander Anderson ('Surfacement'), the well known Scottish
poet, contributed some of the finest of his nursery poems” (Lamb, in SNQ).
"Unlike the Journal,
the Friend did not draw attention to itself or celebrate its
own success: ten years of publication, the thousandth issue, the half-jubilee
all passed without comment; there was no leader or other significant editorial
statement, so far as I am aware, at any time during the nineteenth century...The Friend introduced a fixed rate of payment, and this
principle was in time extended to the Journal” (Donaldson, Popular Literature in Victorian Scotland).