[British Writer Mary Howitt (1799-1888) ALS concerning Her Interest in Children’s Charity or “Ragged Schools”.


Autograph letter Signed by English poet, writer, and translator Mary Howitt (1799–1888) describing a pleasant visit to a “Ragged School,” a charity school for destitute children in 19th century Britain.  She writes:

I have lost not a particle of the interest I ever had in Ragged Schools. I & my little daughter a few weeks ago made tea at a Ragged School [indistinct] & felt quite happy! I wrote a little account of it for on[e] of the papers so much was I pleased. We will do what we can for the little work you are interested in…

Howitt was not alone in her support of Ragged Schools: Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed the poem “A Song for the Ragged Schools of London” for an 1854 charity bazaar and Charles Dickens’ 1843 visit to a Ragged School became an inspiration for his book A Christmas Carol (see ODNB).


Description: [British Writer Mary Howitt (1799-1888) ALS concerning Her Interest in Children’s Charity or “Ragged Schools”.

[London] 28 Upper Avenue Road, Regent’s Park, March 7 [aft. June 1848]. [1½]pp. Autograph Letter Signed. 7 x 4¼ inches. Folds; unobtrusive glue mount remnants on blank verso; very good.

[3728254]

Price: $100.00