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Letter from Annie Besant to "Dear Sir"

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P751


One handwritten letter from Annie Besant (1847-1933) to an unknown individual soliciting participation in a demonstration and meeting in support of socialists / socialist organizations in which the following resolutions were proposed to be passed: "1: protecting against the unfairness of the police in stopping Socialists & allowing other speakers in thoroughfares, & against the attacks made by the magistrate on Socialism 2: demanding the release of the men now in gaol." Two pieces (three pages), on Besant's letterhead.


  • Creation: September 24, 1885


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Biography of Annie Besant (1847-1933)

Annie Wood was born in London, England. She married Anglican clergyman Frank Besant in 1867, but they separated in 1873. Annie Besant became associated with British atheist and freethinker Charles Bradlaugh, co-editing the National Reformer with him. An early advocate of birth control, Besant also joined the Fabian Society and supported workers' demonstrations for better working conditions.

Besant later joined the Theosophical Society, serving as its international president from 1907 until her death in 1933. She particularly spread theosophical beliefs in India, residing there principally later in life, at the same time interesting herself in Indian independence from Great Britain and in educational and humanitarian work.

[Information retrieved from Encyclopedia Britannica, and the British Broadcasting Corporation,]


1 folder

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Physical Location

MS P751

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Janet Mody, 2018.

Guide to the Annie Besant Collection
Annie Besant letter to "Dear Sir"
Finding aid prepared by eh, 2018 and mwh, 2020. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2020.
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Annie Besant letter, MS P751, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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