George Harris (1809-1890) was a barister and judge
with strong interests in anthropology and psychology. During 1874-1876, George
Harris solicited comments and suggestions from many eminent philosophers,
theologians and naturalists concerning the ideas and language of his planned
treatise on the nature of man. This collection includes approximately 150
original manuscript letters sent him in reply by 31 correspondents, bound into
one octavo-sized volume. In 1876 Harris' work was published in two volumes
titled "A Philosophical Treatise on the Nature and Constitution of Man"; in it
he quoted from over 100 of these letters.
George Harris (1809-1890) was articled to his solicitor father at age 16. He
subsequently became a partner in his father's firm in Rugby, but just before he
reached the age of 30 he left for London to pursue a literary career. After some
small success as journalist and editor, he decided to go back to the law and
entered the Middle Temple. After ten not very lucrative years as a barrister he
became a judge in county courts and finally the court of bankruptcy at
Manchester, from which he retired in 1868.
1 v. (various pagings) ; 22 cm.