[ Hesba Stretton; NSPCC ] Autograph Letter Signed Hesba Stretton to an unnamed lady about the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, organising its foundation on 11 July 1884.

Hesba Stretton [ Pen name of Sarah Smith (1832–1911), writer of children's books.]
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7 Lansdowne Road, W. [London], 1 July 1884.

One page, 12mo, neat hand, laid down on slightly larger paper, good condition. The ladies of the Children's Safety Committee gave me permission last Thursday to send to each member of the society ten invitation cards for the meeting of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, in the hope that they would kindly give them to such of their friends as take a real interest in the welfare of Children. May I suggest that you will either write your name on each card or enclose your own card, to secure the invitation from being passed over unheeded.

Autograph Letter Signed Herschell, Lord Chancellor, to unnamed woman, concerning the Children's Aid Society of which, as he says, he was President .

Farrer Herschell, first Baron Herschell (DNB)(1837–1899), lord chancellor.
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[Printed heading] 46 Grosvenor Gardens, SW [London] 31 January 1896.

Three pages, 12mo, some staining, but text clear and complete. In asking your consideration of the claims of the Childrens' Aid Society a Branch of the Reformatory & Refuge Union of which I am the President, I am not seeking your help for a mere experiment but for work which has been in progress now for nearly forty years with marked success. By means of this Society large numbers of children have been rescued from criminal & vicious surroundings, from the almost certain fate of a future of dishonesty & vice, & have become honest & honourable men & women and useful members of society.

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