Place Published: London
Publisher: T.J. Barnardo
Date Published: 1888
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
T.J. BARNARDO MANUSCRIPT LETTERS SCARCE TO THE MARKET
2 page manuscript letter dated 5th Novr. 1888 from Barnardo in London, signed, to W.L. Cotton, editor. The Examiner Charlottetown P.E.I. Canada, and is tipped into a cloth 10-1/2 x 6-1/2 cuttings book along with two Barnado related newspaper clippings relating to Cornelius Birch Bagster’s article ‘Dr. Barnardo’s Work’ (The Daily Examiner, 5 October 1888) and a review of Barnardo’s ‘Night and Day’ (The Daily Examiner, 1 February 1889). Quoted from Thomas John Barnardo's letter; "I have been greatly delighted to receive a copy of the most kind and helpful article from the pen of Mr. Bagster … When the needs of our work are so urgent … when there are early three thousand children under the care of the Homes … it is of the utmost importance to us that the public should be fully informed as to the nature of our objects and methods of rescue, especially when, as throughout Canada, there exists a vast amount of misconception on the matter…. I hope to send you … a copy of our November issue of ‘Night & Day’ which will supply much interesting matter with regard to our progress…”
The first section of the book titled “Newspaper Cuttings” with mounted paper text ‘Charlottetown, P.E. Island’ and ‘The Daily Examiner’, is 66pages, the Barnardo letter and 2 loosely inserted leaves. This section contains mounted examples of articles, opinion pieces, letters, poetry, etc.
The second cook book section is 30 pages at the other end of the cloth book cover with mounted paper text “Home Economies. Odds and ends from Table to Market and how to use them”. There are many other newspaper articles pasted in relating to the title. The ‘Newspaper Cuttings’ book was compiled by a member of the Bagster family , probably Cornelius Birch Bagster himself.
Thomas John Barnardo was an Irish-born philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor and deprived children. From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1867 to the date of Barnardo's death in 1905, nearly 60,000 children had been taken in. Barnardo’s work was radical. The Victorians saw poverty as shameful, and the result of laziness or vice. But Barnardo refused to discriminate between the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor. He accepted all children, regardless of race, disability or circumstance. Barnardo believed that every child deserved the best possible start in life, whatever their background. This philosophy still guides the charity today. No child should be turned away
W. L. (William Lawson) Cotton was the editor of the “Examiner” Charlottetown P.E.I. newspaper from 1873 to 1922. In June 1873 he became editor and manager of the Examiner and two years later he bought the paper and in 1877 he turned it into a daily, the first in Prince Edward Island. Cotton also served for many years as secretary and treasurer of the Island’s Children’s Aid Society.
Cornelius Birch Bagster was the son of publisher Samuel Bagster (b1815). He married Susanna Maria Aitken on 22nd November 1843 on Prince Edward Island. They had 5 daughters. Bagster wrote “The Progress and prospects of Prince Edward Island” in 1861.
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