[Sarah Stickney Ellis, Quaker turned Congregationalist, author; education of girls]. Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah S. Ellis') to her cousin John Burtt, regarding the new girls' school at Hoddesdon. With Autograph Note Signed by Burtt.

Sarah Stickney Ellis [born Sarah Stickney] (1799-1872), Quaker turned Congregationalist, author of 'conduct books' on women's place in society [John Burtt]
Publication details: 
Rose Hill [Hoddesdon]. 23 April 1847.
SKU: 22200

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with damage to second leaf apparently caused by opening of letter repaired with archival tape. Burtt is not named as recipient, but the following note at foot of recto of second leaf: 'This is a note from my cousin Sarah Stickney Ellis author of the Women of England addressed to me in the year 1847 | John Burtt'. The letter begins: 'My dear Cousin | I enclose with this some of our circulars, and would at the same express my sincere thanks for thy kind interest in our school. I am sorry that the occasion of sending them seems at a time when I have in preparation a great dinner for the friends who are expected on the opening of our new place of worship here which is to take place on the 27th. Preparing for 200 is no trifle'. She would be 'glad to expatiate upon our interesting school which at present wears a very flourishing aspect and is at all times a very engrossing subject with me'. She requires 'definite questions', or is 'apt to enlarge perhaps in those facets which are lest interesting to others'. She does however wish to add to the circular that at the school 'we have neither rewards nor punishments, and that I believe all schools aiming at moral as well as intellectual good will have to come to this. Thus far the system has worked well with us, and I long to make the benefits derived from it more known.' Also present is a newspaper cutting regarding 'the death of Mr. William Ellis, the well-known missionary'. Note: The school referred to is Rawdon House, which "in 1840 [...] was bought by the Quaker John Warner, an educational reformer, who rented it to Sarah Stickney Ellis to establish the Rawdon House School for young ladies there, which moved away in 1865."