Henry Hinsdale published several books of biography on prominent people from Cumberland. This was the first. It concerns:
1) John Christian Curwen.
The greatest strides in Curwen initiative occurred during the lordship of John Christian Curwen. Workington changed radically both economically and socially, during the period when John Christian was lord of the manor (1783–1828). He was Member of Parliament for Carlisle from 1796 to 1812 and from 1816 to 1820, following this with a period as member for Cumberland from 1820 to 1828. He made a national mark in his campaigns for reform of the Corn Laws and Agrarian Laws, and for Catholic emancipation especially the Relief Act of 1791. His practical interest in agricultural reform can be traced in the proceedings of the Workington Agricultural Society, of which he was founder-president. An active supporter of the abolition of slavery, his friend and party activist William Wilberforce spent time with John Christian on Belle Isle.
To modern eyes, however, one of the most interesting of his projects was his introduction of social security and mutual benefit schemes for his farm and colliery workers.
2) William Blamire, a British farmer, civil servant and Whig Party politician.
Blamire was nominated High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1828. He entered the British House of Commons in 1831, having been elected for Cumberland. Blamire represented the constituency until its abolishment in the next year and then stood successfully for the new established East Cumberland. Blamire resigned as Member of Parliament in 1836, when after the passing of the Tithe Commutation Act 1836 he was appointed the first Chief Tithe Commissioner.
So this 1867 publication was, I assume, the first biographies of both men.
Presumed first. Covers marked. All browned. Some slight weakness of binding, no loose pages.