Lectures, ca. 1841-1853.


Lectures, ca. 1841-1853.

Bound volume containing the manuscripts, in the hand of Henry Reed, of two public lectures that he gave, in 1841 and circa 1848, respectively: 1) Lecture on America and England, delivered before the Mercantile Library Company (also known as the Mercantile Library of Philadelphia), 5 November 1841 (32 p.); and 2) an untitled address delivered before the Bache Institute of the Central High School of Philadelphia, ca. 1847-1848, concerning the basis of a good general education (18 p.). The first lecture has a title page in the hand of Reed, with a pencilled note by him at the bottom of the page indicating that he also read this lecture before the Spring Garden Reading Room, 8 November 1853; a second note at the top of the page states: the first three pages only. Reed defines his topic at the beginning of this lecture as pertaining to American public opinion and feeling toward Great Britain, emphasizing that he does not mean to address political aspects; he further states: The subject I have before me is the relation of the people of the United States to England, as influenced by great moral and historical associations. The first lecture has some emendations in ink and pencil, including passages stricken out (p. 1, 22-24, 26-27, 31-32). Bound in at the front of that lecture is a letter to Reed from Joseph Sill, dated 6 November 1841. Sill thanks Reed for sending him tickets to the lecture, saying that he had intended to come in any case, and offers commentary about the subject matter, expressing agreement with Reed's ideas. He signs with the closing: Believe me to be, my dear Sir, your sincere friend. Concerning the second lecture, the Bache Institute was evidently the name for the alumni association of the Central High School of Philadelphia, carrying that name from its founding in 1847 until 1848; at the beginning of the lecture Reed refers to having been invited to make the annual address, and he later speaks about A.D. Bache, for whom the association is named (p. 10-11). Included within the text are several clippings pasted in that possibly all come from the same publication (the source is not noted). One of the clippings contains a quotation from Henry Edward Manning's Sermons preached before the University of Oxford (1844); two others refer to the ideas of and quote from John Milton (tractate on education) and Francis Bacon (Student's Prayer).

1 volume.


SNAC Resource ID: 8192077

University of Pennsylvania Library

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