Hymns. By B.J. Montgomery Esq. for the Sunday School Jubilee Sep. 14, 1831. Anniversary of the Birth-day of R. Raikes, Esq. the Founder of Sunday Schools.
Letterpress broadside handbill; engraved lettering below steel-engraved portrait of Robert Raikes, and sitter's facsimile signature. India(?) paper on card, sheet 175 x 110mm, 7 x 4¼". Lacking margins, with corners rounded (as issued?).
Two columns of six verses each, captioned 'Monmouth' (left) and 'Cranbrook' (right). Robert Raikes (1735 - 1811) was a journalist and promoter of Sunday Schools. These bills would have been issued by the regional headquarters of his foundations throughout the country to celebrate his birthday. A philanthropist and businessman, Raikes campaigned for prison reform and devoted himself to establishing Sunday Schools. In 1780, he founded the first formal, free Sunday School in Gloucester. As editor and owner of the Gloucester Journal he was able to use his own newspaper to promote the idea that Sunday Schools could prevent juvenile delinquency, religious ignorance and unemployment by teaching children to read and write.
See item Ref: 16769 for a similar Newcastle imprint.
[Ref: 27923] £120.00