Item #124770 Addresses to the Hindoos, delivered in India, by Mary Carpenter. CARPENTER, Mary.
Addresses to the Hindoos, delivered in India, by Mary Carpenter.
Addresses to the Hindoos, delivered in India, by Mary Carpenter.
Addresses to the Hindoos, delivered in India, by Mary Carpenter.

Addresses to the Hindoos, delivered in India, by Mary Carpenter.

1867. London, Longman & Co. & Calcutta, Newman & Co., 1867.

8vo. Printed self wrappers, a little soiled and chipped at spine. vi, [2], 92pp.

§ First edition.

[With:] PRETMADUN (Atmaran) and others. Gratifying Presentation to Miss Mary Carpenter. Unrecorded offprint from the Bristol Daily Post, Jan, 13, 1871. 2pp on a single sheet.

[and:] CARPENTER (Mary). ALS to Miss (?). 1p on letterhead, National Indian Association, Red Lodge House, Bristol, July 25 1874.

A rare publication by an important female education reformer. Mary Carpenter (1807-1877) was raised amongst the “intellectual aristocracy of English puritanism”, where she received a liberal education at her father’s Unitarian school (ODNB). She dedicated her life to advocating for children’s rights, particularly championing a system of rehabilitation over retribution for young offenders, and she wrote extensively about reform schools and how to deal with juvenile delinquents. Carpenter’s philanthropic ambitions were far reaching, and after attending a lecture by Satyendranath Tagore, she set her sights on the the condition of female education on the subcontinent . She made her first of three visits to India in 1866, where she was treated like a celebrity and consulted as an expert in her field. She made two further visits, and challenged the British viceroy John Lawrence to address female and male education with equal resources. She also believed that education need not impose a prescribed religion - a radical departure from the missionising of her era.

The present work is an invaluable document of her time in India. It not only includes the text of her addresses and lectures to various local societies, but also records the responses and reactions of the Indian press to her appearances. The included letter is addressed to an unidentified female associate, clearly sent to accompany the Addresses and other offprint: “... You have probably seen the Indian Journal at Heath House. I enclose the Prospectus hoping that you and your sisters may take some interest in them ... The magnolia is magnificent...”

OCLC finds copies of Addresses to the Hindoos at BL, Oxford, Cornell, NYPL and Yale only. We have located one further copy in the Bristol Archives Red Lodge Reformatory papers. Item #124770

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