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SMILES, Samuel (1812-1904). Writer and social reformer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Albert Megson, 3½ pages 8vo on black-edged paper (spike hole, traces of former mounting on the last page), 4 Pembroke Gardens, 4 July 1876. Discussing he possibility of his writing a life of Thomas Wright.

'... I will employ some person to do the preliminary work - to examine & read the papers, and put them in their proper dates; but this will be entirely free of expense so far as Mr Wright's friends are concerned. ...'

The Thomas Wright referred to is undoubtedly the philanthropist and prison visitor who had died the previous year. Though not a wealthy man, Wright devoted his meagre resources to helping convicted criminals to return to society as useful citizens.

Smiles did not, in the end, write his biography, but included a chapter on Wright's work in his Self-Help published in 1890.
[No: 26567]

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