HOLYOAKE, George Jacob. 20647



Autograph Letter Signed ‘G.J.Holyoake’, to Mr. Murray, thanking him for his letter, adding that “I have oft followed, with admiration, your many-coloured-pen of strength …” A good one page example, 7 x 4 inches, toned. Eastern Lodge, Brighton, 20 September 1900. 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).