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Description: In these three letters, Warren (barrister, Member of Parliament  and Recorder of Hull) addresses a request for education of the working classes, an invitation to a ship launch, and a matter of legal advice.

On Sept 18th 1856, as an MP, Warren responds tersely to H.J. Hesslewood, a delegate of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), reminding him in a post script that they receive many such “applications” “from all quarters”: “I am, indeed, deeply interested in the Education of the Working Classes, and would at all times do everything in my power to advance it. Pecuniary assistance, however, is utterly not of my power, having regard to the multiplied demands on my resources which are limited. I need hardly also remind you that I represent a constituency in Parliament, & am expected, firstly, to contribute my mite [sic] towards their institutions for purpose of education & charity. Were it in my power, conscientiously, all who know me would believe that I would subscribe liberally.” Signed “Your Faithful Servant, Samuel Warren”

On Sept 2, 1860, he graciously congratulates the shipbuilder and mayor of Hull, Martin Samuelson, and deeply regrets not being able to partake in the “launch of another magnificent vessel”: “. . . Hurrah! For the good ship Munster! May she & her splendid sister long traverse the deep in safety and prosperity. . .increasing the renown and prosperity in the old town of Hull.”

His Nov 16, 1860 letter reminds Alderman Samuelson of his role as the Recorder of Hull before suggesting another equally “able lawyer”: “I am bound to answer any legal question which they may ask me, for I am their legal adviser & myself a member of the corporation. . . . To yourself formally I shall be most happy to offer any friendly suggestion-but as I have officially advised the town clerk, I cannot privately advise any member of the corporation.”

Seven handwritten pages on ivory laid paper, approx 4½” x 7,” bearing different stamped/printed emblems. Also included is a brief note, in Warren’s hand,  written “In Court, Hull” to accept an invitation to Samuelson’s ship launch. Item #A01746

Samuel Warren (1807-1877) was a British barrister, novelist and MP for Midhurt (1856-59). He was made the Recorder of Hull in 1852, and a Master of Lunacy (1859-77). His highly successful work, “Passages from the Diary of a Late Physician” that was serialized in Blackwood Magazine (1831-37) has been considered autobiographical. His innovative use of rhetorical devices (Ten Thousand a Year, 1839, and Now and Then,1847) are now commonplace in contemporary crime fiction. He is said to have influenced Charles Dickens.

Martin Samuelson (1825-1903) was a marine and general engineer and a major shipbuilder. His company built 97 vessels, mostly steamers, in about 10 years. They also built hydraulic presses and steel boilers for use on land. Additionally, he served as a magistrate, a town councilor, a sheriff, and eventually became the Mayor of Hull in 1858.

Condition: Mailing fold lines, light soil on blank verso of one letter. Generally in very good condition.