Bust of John Passmore Edwards

The Autobiography of John Passmore Edwards

Other Institutions


I have been sufficiently fortunate to supply, or to be mainly instrumental in supplying, other institutional buildings which cannot be easily classified with either group before mentioned.
The Sailors Palace, Limehouse They consist of the Museum, West Ham, which has become the home of the Essex Field Club; the Settlement, Tavistock Place, with Mrs. Humphry Ward as founder and hon. secretary; the University Hall, Clare Market, the habitation of the School of Economics and Political Science; and the Sailors' Palace, Commercial Road, Limehouse, for the British and Foreign Sailors' Society. These, with the other institutions specified, may be regarded as so many links in the chain of endeavour now being forged by individual, municipal, and Government activity to raise the social life and improve the industrial capacities of the nation.
Such forging of links is as interesting as it is necessary; and it is encouraging to know that experience, without an exception, has testified that the institutions it has been my privilege to supply are "one and all" answering their intended purpose and moving in harmony with other organised agencies for general good. And so, in a way, I have realised a triple-tinted dream-first by possessing publications read by many, next by threading such publications with an educating and elevating purpose, and then by devoting industrial gains so obtained to building useful institutions. I may add that I have shown no preference to any creed, party, or connection. I think more of the citizen than the sectarian; more of the nation than any section it may contain; and more of mankind than any nation composing it.
I have tried to look beyond the particular and the passing to the general and enduring. Individuals die, but nations live; nations and empires pass away, but humanity is immortal. I entertain an idea that every sunbeam that kisses the earth enriches the earth, and that every disinterested act performed by one person for the benefit of another person enriches the performer or receiver, or both, and survives both. The same theory is applicable to all qualities of action, whether it be productive or destructive of good. Like produces like at all times all the world over. An act performed by an individual or a community becomes then and there a part of the unalterable past, and at the same time unites itself with the web of human destiny for ever. If this conception of things be true, what a spacious and inviting prospect encircles every human endeavour which aims at "the best for the most"
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April 18, 2005
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