[ Samuel Baldwin Rogers, Welsh metallurgist and pamphleteer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S B Rogers') regarding 'Six Petitions to the Queen', with printed pamphlet titled 'Addenda to the Samaritan Papers', and cutting of Times obituary letter by 'Y.'

Author: 
Samuel Baldwin Rogers (1778-1863), Welsh inventor, chemist, metallurgist, bookseller and pamphleteer
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter from Nant-y-glo; 24 October 1843. Pamphlet published by W. Strange, 21 Paternoster Row, London, and printed by 'J. Riley Morgan, Printer, High Street, Abergavenny.' [ 1843 ] Cutting of letter dated 14 September [1863 ].
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Rogers has been unduly neglected. He was a figure far ahead of his time. Charles Wilkins, in his 'History of the Iron, Steel, Tinplate and Other Trades of Wales', deals with one of his interests: 'He may be said to have fully realised as early as 1815 the great proportions to which the railway system of England would expand, and, had his ideas been practically adopted, the earlier and more methodic development of the mineral district would unquestionably have been brought about.' The three items present here are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with the cutting laid down on the blank second leaf of the autograph letter, and the pamphlet tipped-in onto the reverse of the same. ONE: ALS. 1p., 12mo. To an unnamed recipient. Reads: 'Sir | Herewith I enclose you the substance of Six Petitions to the Queen and Parliament, for a Charter to establish and carry on a new and exceedingly beneficial System of Commerce and Banking. Your favourable notice of the same will oblige Sir | Yours most respectfully | S B Rogers | Nantygle | 24 Octr 1843'. TWO: Printed pamphlet titled 'Addenda to the Samaritan Papers'. 8pp., 12mo. The margins appear to have been cut away, and the item is unpaginated. The first page is headed: 'The substance of Six Petitions to the “Queen, Lords, and Commons” of Great Britain & Ireland, for a Royal Charter for protecting and duly carrying out a certain new discovery that, with a moderate degree of patronage, would produce adequate means for removing all rational cause and excuse for pauperism, poor-rates, vagabondry, vice, and crime, and for the cries of “want of work” and “want of employment” throughout the land.' In the first of the six petitions, to the Queen, Rogers describes himself as 'Mineral and Metallurgical Chemist, of Nantygle, in the County of Monmouth'. He is proposing 'a newly discovered mode of Banking, and of transacting commercial affairs, of every description, and to any conceivable amount, whereby the ready-money or short-credit traffick of merchants, traders, and others may be greatly facilitated'. He explains that the 'whole of the proceedings proposed to be carried into effect […] are fully set forth in certain publications entitled “Samaritan Papers,” and “Samarias or Working Benefit Societies” (similar societies or institutions to what the present “London Companies of Freemen” were some a thousand [sic] years ago'. THREE: Newspaper cutting from The Times, of a letter to the editor by 'Y.', dated 14 September, and headed 'The Fate of an Inventor'. The author of the letter gives an outline of Rogers' career, stating that he 'largely contributed to the wealth of others, yet he died in the deepest poverty himself'. No other copies of this pamphlet ("Addenda to the Samaritan Papers") have been traced, and only one copy of "Samarias or Working Benefit Societies" (university College Dublin).