[ C. R. Enock, sociologist, economist and traveller in South America. ] 22 Autograph Letters Signed to Sir Henry Trueman Wood and G. K. Menzies of Royal Society of Arts, with printed handbill on 'The Necessity for a Constructive Social Science'.

C. R. Enock [ Charles Reginald Enock ] (1868-1970), sociologist and economist [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts; Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner ]
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Fourteen letters on letterhead of Valley Croft, Northwood, Middlesex; four on letterhead of Valley Croft, Northwood, Middlesex. 1913 (6), 1914 (10), 1916 (2), 1918 (1), 1925 (2) and 1926 (1).
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The letters total 26pp., 12mo. The collection in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. One letter from 1914 on letterhead of the Royal Geographical Society, London. The first signed 'C. Reginald Enock | (CE : F.R.G.S)', the others signed 'C. R. Enock'. The present correspondence attests to the breadth of vision of a powerful and imaginative thinker, whose futuristic schemes for the 'scientific “re-colonisation of England”' melding imperialism and modernity drew in the involvement of Lord Milner. Considering his achievements and publications, it is puzzling that Enock has been for so long overlooked. (For more biographical details see the Who Was Who entry quoted at the end of this description.) The early correspondence relates to the preparation of a lecture given by Enock to the Society, and to its publication in the Society's journal. In the first letter, 22 June 1913, Enock proposes the lecture to Wood, explaining that he is 'endeavouring to arouse public interest in a more intense economic science', and that he is going to 'lecture before the British Association in Birmingham in September, under the title of “Industry-Planning and Human Geography”. It involves the subject of the scientific “re-colonisation of England”, as necessary against difficult social conditions; congestion in cities, high price of food, and so forth.' He also intends to publish a book on the subject. He asks whether an expanded version of the lecture could be given to the Society. On 2 December 1913 he informs Wood that Lord Milner has agreed to take the chair for the evening. On 7 November 1913 he encloses a handbill notice of the British Association lecture in Birmingham, commenting: 'It seems to me that the subject is one which might interest the Society. Social Reform is much in the air at present, and I think we could shew that it will have to be founded scientifically; not on Charity; but as the development of Arts and Industries.' The handbill notice is present, printed by 'John King, Printer, Uxbridge.' 1p., 8vo. It is headed: 'The Necessity for a Constructive Social Science. | C. R. ENOCK, C.E., F.R.G.S. | Author of various works of travel, economics, and sociology; and of lectures and papers given before the British Association, Royal Geographical Society, Royal Society of Arts (Medallist), Society of Engineers, etc.' Following 'an address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science (September, 1913)', in which 'the author submitted that the economic and industrial problems before the world call for the establishment of a constructive science, whose purpose would be to develop and teach the princples under which economic stability in the life of the community may be attained', he calls for the establishment of 'an Institution […] to give effect to the principles advanced'. No other copy of this handbill notice has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. There is some deliberation in the correspondence over the title of the lecture, with the final choice being 'The Need for a Better Organisation of Economic and Industrial Resources'. During the preparation of the printed version of the lecture for the Society's journal Enock writes (5 May 1914): 'I note that Lord Milner's statement that he supported “State Socialism” in principle and that he was a “Socialist” was left out of his discussion. Was not this statement rather interesting? I note the Radical Press took hold of it. I generally get a much better Press than the papers gave me. No doubt Ulster took up a good deal of room.' On 7 July 1914 he asks Wood whether the Society might be willing to 'co-operate in the work I am undertaking, of studying the development of Local Industry, (as set forth in my paper recently to the Society)? The purpose is to secure a more intensive development of industry, and to equalise conditions, against unemployment, congestion, and so forth.' He is 'in hopes some of the Railway Companies will co-operate: as it will be in their interests too.' He will 'expect to visit a number of towns and see what industries are lacking and could be established and perhaps lecture locally', and the study will 'require funds', and he enquires regarding the 'Development Board'. The rest of the correspondence demonstrates Enock's energy and breadth of interest. On 5 September 1914 he informs Wood that he is 'giving some lectures on “The Geography of the War”, introducing matter connected with international trade and British food supply.' He is being assisted by the Royal Geographical Society, and hopes to 'arouse popular interest in these subjects […] Curiously some of the conditions obtaining in the localities at home at present were anticipated in my recent paper before the society'. On 11 February 1916 he informs Wood that he is 'doing some War Work for the War Office'. The following month he asks Wood to review his book 'The Tropics' in the Society's journal: 'As you will see, I am interested to bring forward the development of native Arts and Industries'. Following a gap of nine years he asks Wood's successor, 9 May 1925, if the Society 'would be desirous of discussing the matter of “A New Type of Railway”, a matter to whose study I have given many years. […] The subject of improved Railway transport is, it is scarcely necessary to say, of great importance, not only at home but in undeveloped lands, including our Dominions and Dependancies.' Three days later he stresses: 'I bring this important subject forward from scientific and economic interest – and not from any personal advantage'. Also present is an Autograph Card Signed from Enock to Menzies, 19 April 1914. Enock gives the following account of his career in Who Was Who: 'Engineer, traveller; sociologist; spent many years abroad in professional work, and in the investigation of natural resources, especially in North and South America, and of the British Empire; carried out scientific work for the Governments of Peru and Mexico; gave papers and lectures before the Royal Geographical Society. Royal Society of Arts (Medallist), British Association, Society of Engineers (Premiated), etc. Member of the Portsmouth Diocesan Conference; Director of the Truth Campaign. Scoutmaster'. And he gives the following list of his publications in the same source: 'The Andes and the Amazon, 4th edition; Mexico, 4th edition; An Imperial Commonwealth; America and England; Pioneering and Map-Making for Boy Scouts and Others, 2nd edition; The Tropics, their Resources, People, and Future; The Etymon, The Origin of Man, Language, Religion and Place Names; The True Plan and Science of Life, Industry and a True Money System, Westward Star (1943 onwards), America as I Saw It '.