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General Books LLC, 2009 - 60 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. Early in the year 1874, I introduced the subject of Cremation to the English public by an article in the 'Contemporary Review.' It attracted a good deal of favourable attention, and also much adverse criticism; a notable example of the latter being an elaborate reply from the Medical Inspector of Burials for England and Wales, which was presented in the following number of the Review. And my rejoinder to this appeared in the succeeding issue. My two Papers were shortly afterwards published in the form of a pamphlet, a large edition of which was soon exhausted, but no further reprint took place. The result of the interest thus excited was the formation of the 'Cremation Society of England' in the year 1875. This Society has quietly but unceasingly pursued its objects; viz., the dissemination of information on the subject of Cremation; co-operation with similar Societies on the Continent, and the purchase of a freehold site (at Woking), with the construction of a crematorium there on the most approved principles. Ever since its foundation, the Council of the Society has encountered serious opposition in certain official quarters, and for some years felt it therefore desirable to maintain a cautious attitude. By this means they escaped hostile action on the part of their antagonists, who had threatened to take steps to make the employment of cremation illegal, or at all events extremely difficult. Becent events, however, have greatly altered the situation. Sir James Stephen's late decision has dispelled all doubts as to the legality of the Society's aims, and created a new interest in them throughout the country. A reprint of the two Papers referred to has been widely demanded. The Council of the Society, of which I have the honour to be President, ha...

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