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June is , 1886 The Publishers' Circular 601
Within The Past Two Months Three Of The>...
Within the past two months three of the foremost leaders of the trade have joined the
great majority . The death of Mr . Sampson . Low was quickly followed "by that of Mr . John
Miles , and it is with much wr sorrow that we now record the decease of Mr . Robert Benton
Seeley , who only two months ago succeeded to the position held by his old friend Mr . Low
as the ' father of the publishing trade . ' Mr . Seeley was the last surviving member of the
C 1837 ommi , fou ttee nded of L the ondon Publ publishers ishers 9 Circular which . , In in
the eighty-ninth year of his age he died at his home in Hilldrop Crescent , Camden Town , on
Monday , May 31-Of Mr . Seeley it may truly be said that he
inherited his love of books ; for his grandfather was a bookseller in the town of
Buckingham , while his father , Leonard Benton Seeley , was a publisher in Ave Maria Lane ,
and la tt r erly in Fleet Street . At the former place the future author and publisher was
born in 1798 . The spans of life in the family form a remarkablo instance of the bridging
of great intervals of time , for the grandfather lived in an age when Marlborough ' s famous
victories were yet fresh in the public mind , and the grandson , who has just passed away ,
remembered having seen Nelson ' s funeral in January 1806 .
> Like his father , Mr . Seeley waa the chief > publisher and bookseller of the Evangelical
party , the publishing department of his father ' s business being transferred to him in 1826 .
About that time he entered into partnership with the late Mr . Burnside , and opened a shop
in Crane Court , from which in time the firm removed to 172 Fleet Street , and subsequently
to 54 Fleet Street . The fine premises in Essex StreetStrandnow the seat of the firm ' s
business , were , entered in 1884 . In 1854 Mr . Seeley , entered into partnershi Jb p —with Mr . ,
Jackson and Mr . Halliday ( who both died in a few years ) and in 1857 he relinquished his
interest in the business to his second son , Mr . Richmond Seeley , who may be said to have
founded the art repu V r tation of mr the firm now so generally known throughout the world . For
many years , however , after relinquishing the whole charge of affairs , Mr . Seeley continued
to render active help to his son . The books published JL by •» Mr . Seeley —were
very numerous , including , among others , Hannah More ' Life , Cecil ' s Works , John
Newton ' Life , Henry Martyn ' s Life aitd Letters , ' The Christian Ministry , ' * Exposition
of the CXIXth Psalm / and other works of the Rev . Charles Bridges ; those of the Rev . E .
Bickersteth , Professor Birks' Prophetical and
other Treatises , the Rev . E . B . Elliott ' s
THE LATE ROBERT BENTON SEELEY .
Publishers’ Circular (1880-1890), June 15, 1886, page 601, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/pc/issues/tec_15061886/page/7/