HOLYOAKE, George Jacob. 11805



Autograph Letter Signed, to Thomas Woolner, making arrangements for their meeting and hoping to meet Sir Baldwin Leighton. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, in good condition. 20 Cockspur Street, 10 March 1873. George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), English social reformer. Holyoake taught mathematics for some years at the Mechanics’ Institution in Birmingham, lectured on Robert Owen’s socialist system, was secretary to Garibaldi’s British contingent, edited the Reasoner, and promoted the bill legalizing secular affirmations. He was the last person imprisoned in England on a charge of atheism (1842). He wrote histories of the co-operative movement, works on secularism, Sixty Years of an Agitator’s Life (1892) and Public Speaking and Debate (1895).