[Samuel Tuke, Quaker minister, asylum reformer and philanthropist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Tuke'), regarding the editorship of the 'Annual Monitor', to an unnamed 'Friend' (the magazine's printer?).

Samuel Tuke (1784-1857), Quaker minister, asylum reformer and philanthropist [The York Retreat, asylum where 'moral treatment' was employed; William Alexander (1768-1841), editor, The Annual Monitor]
Publication details: 
York; 5 April 1860.

The present letter concerns the editorship of the Annual Monitor, a Quaker magazine subtitled 'Obituary of the members of the Society of Friends in Great Britain and Ireland', published between 1812 and 1919. The founding editor was William Alexander (1768-1841), and following Alexander's death 'the Editors' referred to in the letter included Sarah Backhouse and the letter's author Samuel Tuke. The recipient would appear to be the magazine's printer. 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to blank second leaf of bifolium. Folded twice.

[Moral Education League of London (John Stuart Mackenzie, President).] Seventeen pieces of ephemera relating to the MEL, including pamphlets, leaflets, subscription forms, circular letters. With three related documents.

Moral Education League of London, founded 1897 [John Stuart Mackenzie (1860-1935), Scottish philosopher; Alexander Farquharson (1864-1951); W. R. Macpherson]
Publication details: 
The Moral Education League, 6, York Buildings, Adelphi, London, W.C. Circa 1914.

An interesting archive of material relating to a movement whose influence extended beyond the British Empire. In 1906 the MEL had induced the Board of Education to make provision for moral instruction in the education code for England and Wales, and two years later the first in a series of International Moral Education Congresses was held at the University of London, with Michael Sadler in the chair (the sixth and last would take place in Krakow, Poland, in 1934). The twenty items present here are in good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Limited earliest edition ] Elementary Sketches of Moral Philosophy, delivered at the Royal Institution in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806

Rev. Sydney Smith
Publication details: 
Printed by Spottiswoodes and Shaw, London, 1849. 'One hundred Copies printed for Private Distribution. No. [94]'

Pp.[viii].424, "NOT PUBLISHED" at base of spine, brown buckram in blind. top and bottom of spine sl. damaged, corners bumped, one corner (front right) bleached and worn, contents good. Inscribed on half-title "Mrs Somerville No.94" presumably the scientific writer, Mary Somerville). One MS. correction on p.264, "passed" to "past", possibly in Somerville's hand but more likely the person who wrote the inscription "Mrs Somerville". Three copies of this edition listed on COPAC.

[Two printed pamphlets.] 'Children's Ethical Classes.' and 'Syllabus of Moral and Civic Instruction For the Elementary School. Arranged in Seven Stages. Also Suitable for Use in Preparatory Schools and the Lower Forms of Secondary Schools.'

F. J. Gould, Lecturer and Demonstrator for the Moral Education League
Publication details: 
Both published by The Moral Education League. The first from Surrey House, Victoria Embankment, W.C., London, in 1901; the second from 6, York Buildings, Adelphi, London, W.C. in 1914.

ONE: 'Children's Ethical Classes', 1901. 16pp., 12mo. Stitched. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamp, label and shelfmark of the Board of Education Library, London. Two copies on COPAC. TWO: 'Syllabus of Moral and Civic Instruction For the Elementary School.' 31pp., 12mo. In red printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. With stamp, label and shelfmark of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Three copies on OCLC WorldCat and none on COPAC.

[Offprint.] An Experiment in Practical Civics. (Revised and Reprinted, with kind permission, from "The Journal of Education" of February, 1917).

E. M. White [Ebe Minerva White (b.1875); Civic and Moral Education League]
Publication details: 
London: Watts & Co., 17 Johnson's Court, Fleet Street, EC. 1917.

8pp., 8vo. Stitched pamphlet. With stamp, label and shelfmark of the Board of Education Reference Library. Uncommon: copies found at the British Library and LSE, the latter under the imprint of the Civic and Moral Education League.

Folio broadside ballad, illustrated with woodcut, entitled 'Patient Joe, or the Newcastle Collier.'

Z.' [Hannah More] [the Cheap Repository for Religious and Moral Tracts]
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Undated [circa 1795]. 'Sold by S. HAZARD, (PRINTER to the CHEAP REPOSITORY for Religious and Moral Tracts) at BATH; By J. MARSHALL, PRINTER to the CHEAP REPOSITORY, [...] and R. WHITE, Piccadilly, LONDON [...]'

On one side of a piece of laid paper, 45 x 27 cm. Dimensions of printing, including decorative border, 37 x 21.5 cm. Woodcut at head (between two vignettes) roughly 6 x 7.5 cm, showing two men with packs, one smoking a pipe, trudging across a field, with a dog in the foreground and what looks like a merry-go-round in the background. Clear and entire. With light water staining, but in good condition overall. The poem, attributed at the end to 'Z.' and announced as 'Entered at STATIONERS HALL', consists of seventy-two lines arranged in eighteen four-line stanzas over two columns.

The Dangers and Safeguards of Ethical Science. An Inaugural Lecture delivered in the Clarendon, May 25th, 1836.

The Rev. W. Sewell [William Sewell (1804-1874)], M.A. Sub-Rector of Exeter College, and Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Oxford
Publication details: 
Oxford: D. A. Talboys. 1837.

8vo: 66 pp. Stitched pamphlet. In original grey printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Tight copy on lightly-aged and foxed paper, with light staining at foot of wraps and first and last few leaves. List of 'Publications by the same Author' on the reverse. Worn inscription at head of title, to 'The Revd Vaughan Thomas | With the Authors best comptss & regards'. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copies on COPAC at Bristol, Lambeth Palace and Oxford.

Corrected proof of 'A Graduated Syllabus of Moral Instruction for Elementary Schools. Revised.'

The Moral Instruction League ('Chairman of Committee: Stanton Coit, Ph.D., 30, Hyde Park Gate, London, S.W.') [Edwardian secular education; Victorian schools; Ethical Culture Movement]
Publication details: 
No date [circa 1905]. The Moral Instruction League, 19, Buckingham Street, Strand, London, W.C.

4to (leaf dimensions 30 x 22.5 cm): 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with slight wear to extremities and rust staining from paper clips at head and tail. The League's object is given as 'To introduce systematic non-theological Moral Instruction into all schools, and to make the formation of character the chief aim of school life.' The first page contains a brief discussion of 'one or two important matters' relating to the subject. '[...] There is no single moral instruction method. [...] The aim of moral instruction is to form the character of the child.

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