The names and addresses of three early speakers of Esperanto in Buckinghamshire, with their registration numbers are found in the Adresaro de Esperantistoj (collection of addresses of Esperantists) between January 1902 to January 1903 (Series XXIII) to January 1908 to January 1909 (Series XXIX).
Here are the names of those Buckinghamshire pioneers of over a century ago:
1904: Arthur C. Boorman, "Dovercourt", Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks, Anglujo
1906: C. S. Senior, The Rectory, Lillingstone, Lovell, Buckingham, Anglujo
1908: R. Bull, Castle House Buckingham, Bucks, Anglujo
The following advertisement appeared in Buckingham Express on Saturday 12 September 1908:
BUCKINGHAM ESPERANTO WEEK!
KEEP SEPTEMBER 28TH TO OCTOBER 2ND FREE FOR ESPERANTO ! KEEP "THE ENTENTE CORDIALE" WITH ALL NATIONS!! PROFESSOR CHRISTEN , F.B.E A Will deliver an Introductory Lecture on the International Language, on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, AT 8 P.M.. IN THE
TOWN HALL, BUCKINGHAM
CHAIRMAN - REV. C.J. SENIOR, M.A., M.B.E.A.
Rector of Lillingstone Lovell
Reserved seats,1s. Second seats, 6d. Admissioon, 3d.
Tickets at Marsh and Co., Market-square, and Mr Hartland, West Street.
On Saturday 3 October 1908 Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press reported
ESPERANTO. THE NEW INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
On Monday evening last, Professor Christen gave a lecture and demonstration on the International language, Esperanto, in the Small Hall. Buckingham. The H
Rev. C.J. Senior. Idllingstone l/ovell. presided over fairly good audience, who were deeply interested in the remarks of the lecturer. Professor Christen said that he had no doubt that on this very day many thousands of people all over the world had been in sore predicament by being unable to express themselves to those whom they met. They might safely say that they would not take a newspaper but they would find some evidence ot the very astonishing advance in the spirit of internationalism. Alxsolutely everything—science, philanthropy, religion, commerce, industry, every department of life—was driving them towards inter- nationalism ... At the close of the lecture, a vote of thanks was accorderd to the Chairman, on the proposition of Dr Bruce Pearson and seconded by Mr Guy Lucas. During the week demonstrations were given in the Oddfellows' Hall on the new language.
Despite the week's activities, I cannot find any trace of an Esperanto society meeting in Buckingham.
Has anyone come across any documents, old letters or postcards relating to the history of Esperanto in Buckinghamshire?