HILL, Octavia. 11809



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Octavia Hill’, to Miss Erskine, about the visit of Mr. Matthews and Mr. Boyes to discuss the latter’s undertaking of some work, regretting that “Mr. Matthew’s visit to our club is postponed owing to its moving into a somewhat larger room”. 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches, remains of guard, fine. 14 Nottingham Place, 6 March 1873. Octavia Hill (1838-1912), housing reformer and founder of the National Trust. Hill was a moving force behind the development of social housing, including Council housing, and she also campaigned for the availability of open spaces for poor people, which resulted in the establishment of the National Trust. She was a member of the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws in 1905. In 1859, she created the Army Cadet Force, an organisation to prepare youths for entrance to the army.