Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: London 9: East End: Photo 8
In an echo of Andrew Carnegie, the newspaper editor Passmore Edwards built two dozen libraries in England, including this one. In his autobiography, from 1905, he explained his gift this way: "When I was a boy I should have jumped with joy if I could have found a corner in a reading-room for an hour or two a day, or have been enabled to take books home as boys and girls can do now where public libraries exist."
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