[ Thomas Keyworth, Congregational minister and author. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Keyworth') to George Offor, describing a circumstance relating to the use of tablets by children in 'our school'.

Thomas Keyworth (1782-1852), author, Congregational minister, and philanthropist [ George Offor (1787-1864), literary editor and book collector
Publication details: 
[ Sleaford, Lincolnshire. ] No date [ 1840s? ].
SKU: 18583

3pp., 4to. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr Offor | NB Please to pay the Twopenny Postage of the Letter to 169 Fleet St & charge it in my account.' Docketted 'Mr Keyworth. | Sleaford'. The letter begins: 'In teaching the children of our school to write last night a circumstance occured which fully proves the importance of your suggestion "that children may take the Tablets home & improve themselves &c" - It so happens that before I received your letter I had been induced by the request of one Boy to let him take a Tablet home - He could not join two letters together when I gave him the Tablet - Having no suitable copy at hand I hastily slipped in one of the Scripture copies lately printed by the SS Union not expecting that he would make much use of it, last night he came with the Tablet in his hand & to my astonishment wrote two blank lines full very decently'. He believes that this 'circumstance' will 'give the Tablets a decided advantage' over books, and describes an alteration to the tablet's design that he has ordered. He ends with reference to a publication titled 'Food for Lambs'.