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Catherine Impey of Street, Somerset, and her radical anti-racist newspaper

Between 1888 and 1895, Catherine Impey (1847–1923) of Street, Somerset, wrote and published what is credited as being Britain’s first anti-racist periodical. Anti-Caste, as it was called, is one of the most remarkable serials in our collection: the Library holds … Continue reading

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A controversial cabinet

Sitting in the corner of the strongrooms is a wooden cabinet containing a collection of printed works known as as the “Braithwaite Collection”, gifted to the Library in 1907 under certain conditions. In his will Joseph Bevan Braithwaite (1818—1905) wrote: … Continue reading

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Quaker sufferings records: an “embarras de richesse”

Readers of early Quaker literature cannot fail to be aware of the history of religious persecution of the Quakers in the seventeenth century. Although the Act of Toleration of 1689 marked the end of its most extreme forms, Quakers continued … Continue reading

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