Publisher Information: 1825.
Birkbeck, George (1776-1841). Autograph letter signed to William Rathbone (1787-1868). Bifolium (portions of second leaf cut away). 1 page plus address. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1825). 153 x 114 mm. Light soiling, a few pin-holes, but very good.
From George Birkbeck, pioneering educator and philanthropist, soliciting support for creating what was then called London University: Dr. Birkbeck presents his best respects to Mr. Rathbone, with the accompanying plan and prospectus of the London University [not present here]; amongst the proprietors of which, the Council would be most happy to enrol the names of several liberal, enlightened, and patriotic inhabitants of Liverpool. Birckbeck was a member of the council established to form the new university—now University College London—which was established in 1826 as a non-secular alternative to Oxford and Cambridge. He also founded the London Mechanic’s Institute, which was later incorporated into the University of London as Birkbeck College. Birkbeck’s correspondent was William Rathbone, a leading Liverpool merchant and social reformer.Book Id: 46408