[ Mary Carpenter, educationist, penal and social reformer in Bristol and India, abolitionist.] Autograph Letters Signed to Mrs Robert of Liverpool and her son David Cargill, on his position in India, a dedication from Queen Victoria.

Mary Carpenter (1807-1877), educationist, penal and social reformer in Bristol and India, abolitionist [Mrs Roberts of Liverpool; her nephew David Cargill]
Publication details: 
Letter to Cargill: Maiden Castle; 13 March 1868. Letter to Mary Carpenter: Bristol; 19 March 1868.
SKU: 21878

See her entry in the Oxford DNB. Four items. Both letters signed 'Mary Carpenter'.ONE: ALS to David Cargill. 2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Light remains of glue from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse of second leaf. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Having heard from Mrs. Roberts, your excellent mother, whom I have now had pleasure of receiving at my house, how important a position you occupy in India, and how much you are interested in any thing which concerns the welfare of your fellow creatures, I beg your acceptance of some volumes of mine, and shall be much pleased if you find them useful to you. If you have time to review them in any public journal, I shall be much obliged to you.' The postscript ends: 'The dear Queen gave me her book written in – | To | Miss Carpenter | from | Victoria R.' TWO: ALS ('Mary Carpenter'). Bristol; 19 March 1868. 2pp, 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. She has 'sent off by rail the 3 copies you kindly ordered to 23 Custom House Street'. She reports that the 'fare by P & O to Bombay via Southampton is 83£; 5s 6d via Marseilles', and that there is 'a cheaper firm of Steamer from Liverpool'. In a postscript she thanks her for the congratulations', adding that she believes the private interview very important'. THREE: Printed advertisement for Carpenter's 'Six Months in India' (London: Longmans, Green & Co.). 2pp, 12mo. Aged, and with closed tear along central horizontal fold. Roberts has written at the head of the first page: 'Mrs. Roberts | With M. C's kind regards'. Headed 'THIS DAY IS PUBLISHED'. In small type, beginning with a 'Preface', dated 28 February 1868. At foot of first page: 'This and her other Works will be supplied, carriage free, on application to the Author, RED LODGE HOUSE, Bristol.' The reverse is headed 'Also, by the same Author, | Published by LONGMANS, London, and NEWMAN & Co., Calcutta, supplied also by the Author'. Details of six books are given. FOUR: Envelope, addressed by Carpenter to 'Mrs Roberts | 4 [?] Terrace | Walton on the Hill | Liverpool'. With damaged penny red stamp, and Bristol and Liverpool postmarks. Annotated: 'a few scraps of Miss Carpenters.'