Correspondence of Effingham Wilson

Scope and Content

This series of letters consists mainly of requests for Owen's account to be settled. Brief discussion also alludes to Owen's work the Universal Reformer not selling well, which leads later to Wilson refusing the opportunity of publishing the Rational Quarterly Review.

Administrative / Biographical History

Effingham Wilson, 1785–1868, bookseller and publisher, was born on 28 September 1785 at Kirkby Ravensworth in Yorkshire, one of at least five sons of Joseph Wilson (b. c.1734) and his wife, Jane Hutchinson.

Wilson established a publishing business for himself first near St Paul's, London, but by 1812 was firmly established at the Royal Exchange (where he remained for the rest of his career, apart from an enforced absence during the rebuilding of 1838–44).

Wilson died at 38 Mildmay Park, Islington, London, on 9 June 1868 and was buried at Highgate cemetery, on 15 June 1868. His obituary in the City Press, 18 July 1868 (reprinted with other tributes as In Memory of Effingham Wilson, 1868), claimed for him ‘the longest career, and, we believe, the most independent, public-spirited, and fearless career, of any publisher of his time’.

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