[Frederick Gorringe's Department Store.] Manuscript subscription list of donations by staff to the Daily Telegraph fund for 'the Sufferers' by the Edgware Road Fire, giving more than 200 names and sums. With two press cuttings.

[Frederick Gorringe (1831-1909), draper; Frederick Gorringe's Department Store, 75 Buckingham Palace Road, London; the Daily Telegraph; the Edgware Road Fire, 30 May 1888]
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[London. May and June 1888.]
SKU: 13915

4pp., foolscap 8vo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper. First page headed: 'The Edgware Road Fire | The proprietor of "The Daily Telegraph" have as hitherto on similar occasions opened a Subscription list for the Sufferers and it is estimated that £3,000 will be required to meeet the urgent claims for relief which are already too well known | I shall be glad to receive any donations you may be pleased to give on their behalf | (JNER.)'. Arranged in eight columns, two to a page, with running totals and a grand total of £16 1s 0d. The first donation is for 10s 6d from 'Mr. Kynock', and the last for 1s from Mr Catliffe'. Accompanying the list are two newspaper cuttings, laid down on one side of a piece of 12mo paper, with manuscript heading The Edgware Rd. Fire Fund'. The first cutting records the donation of £20 by 'Fredk. Gorring, Buckingham Palace-road' and of £16 1s 0d by 'Employés of Fredk. Gorringe'; the second cutting reproduces a letter from Gorringe reading: 'TO THE EDITOR OF "THE DAILY TELEGRAPH." | SIR - I have pleasure in sending a cheque for £20 towards the fund being raised for the assistants who are sufferers by the Edgware-road fire; also one for £16 1s from my employés. - Yours faithfully, | FREDK. GORRINGE. | Buckingham Palace-road, June 5.' The fire had occurred on 30 May 1888, with The Times devoting the following day's editorial to it, beginning: 'London has been visited by many greater and more destructive fires, but by few more tragic and pathetic in their circumstances than that which occurred in the Edgware-road shortly after six o'clock yesterday morning. The large drapery establishment of Messrs. GARROULD, occupying the angle formed by the Edgware-road and Queen-street, was suddenly attacked by fire, and five of the young assistants who slept in the upper floors were burnt to death or suffocated, while five more were seriously scorched or injured by jumping from the windows.' The Times drew parallels with another fire eight months before at the Exeter Theatre, and concluded that it had 'once more taught Londoners the lesson that they cannot have efficient protection from fire without paying for it'.