Philo-Socrates. Part V. - Among the boys. Smith, Elder & Co. 1863
Orig. light brown printed paper wrappers; hinges sl. splitting with some repair to head of leading hinge. Inscription on leading f.e.p.: 'Caroline Lindley, from her affectionate friend William Ellis'.
¶Published in 8 parts between 1861 and 1864. Intended for the education of youth, Ellis explains, in the form of conversational narrative, the principles of hiring and letting, borrowing and lending, banking, paper money, and taxation. William Ellis, 1800-1881, was a businessman, and economist. He was a friend of John Stuart Mill's and a supporter of his economic principles, following the Banking School and supporting economic speculations. A passionate supporter of education, Ellis founded his first 'Birkbeck' school in 1852 and financed another four himself. Caroline Lindley, also a friend of Mill, was instrumental in establishing another 'Birkbeck' school in Hethersett, Norfolk, in 1855. On its opening, Ellis wrote: 'To her be the attachment, the gratitude, and the respect due to one who moved us to action. To us be the delight of aiding her in her labour of love. As King's Sombourne was made famous among villages in Hampshire through Richard Dawes, so may Hethersett be made famous in Norfolk through Caroline Lindley'.