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ALS to Jos[eph] Soul, from 103 Westbourne Terrace, 12 May 1851. ?Your book & letter were forwarded to Prince Albert.?
1851/1867 1851 - 29 lines on 3 sides of folded 8vo sheet; laid down on to card alongside a 7pp unopened pamphlet in Arabic, with 2 engraved images laid down on verso. WITH: ALEXANDRA ORPHANAGE FOR INFANTS. Programme of the Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Buildings at Hornsey Rise. [1867] 3pp. Tipped on to card with an accomplished pencil & wash drawing on verso of the Orphan Working School, Haverstock Hill. Joseph Soul, 1805-1881, dedicated his life to bettering the plight of orphaned children in London and to the ongoing fight for the abolition of slavery. In 1851, Soul was secretary at the Orphan Working School. Established in 1758 with a building in Hoxton, the School moved to a newly constructed building on Haverstock Hill, Hampstead, in 1847. The new school, illustrated here in a skillfully executed drawing, housed 160 children. In 1850, Queen Victoria became the charity's patron and donor, giving two hundred and fifty guineas to the School allowing her to nominate, for the duration of her lifetime, one inmate for the School. Cobden?s letter is in response to a request from Soul that orphans from his school be allowed to visit the Great Exhibition. Cobden, an M.P. and Commissioner for the Great Exhibition replies with the affection of a friend and hope for a positive outcome. ?Speaking only as an individual, & not as a Royal Commissioner, I am of opinion that there is a chance for charity children, orphans &c. to be admitted to the Exhibition towards its close - But there is no chance of any such plan being authorised? until after the public has had access to it? In 1864 Joseph Soul helped to establish The Alexandra Orphanage for Infants which was to carry out ?the benevolent designs of the Infant Working School. In 1876 the two orphanages formally amalgamated with the joint establishment now able to house up to 549 children from infancy up to the age of eleven at their time of admission. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
      [Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers]
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