Mogridge, George (Old Humphrey)

He has many pseudonyms which include: Old Humphrey, Jeremy Jaunt, Uncle Adam, Old Alan Gray, Ephraim Holding, Uncle Newbury, Aunt Newbury, and Peter Parley.

George Mogridge (1787–1854) was born in Ashted, England. His father, Matthias Mogridge, was a canal agent. Early in George's life he developed a love for reading literature. He read Chaucer and Spenser. His mother provided early religious instruction. He worked in the japan trade with his brother, but after his business failed he wrote for a living. He was a writer of moral books for children.

On his tombstone: The mortal remains of George Mogridge, of Kingsland, are deposited here. Of a pious, humble, grateful, generous, and cheerful spirit and exemplary in every relation of life; he failed in business, despite of high integrity, from inaptitude for its transactions, and the excess of his benevolence. A talent for literature, cultured from his boyhood with great delight, urged him to seek provision for his family and himself by the employment of his pen. He was the author of tracts and books, dispersed by millions, through Great Britain, its colonies, and the United States of America, under great variety of names, the most popular of which was "Old Humphrey." He died at Hastings, November 2, 1854, Aged 67; bequeathing to his family nothing, except the remembrance of his virtues, and the honour of his works; but to the world, the truths he laboriously sowed; which will spring up to his eternal joy, and the glory of the Redeemer, at the last great harvest.

 

Booklist:

  • A Ramble in the Woods.
  • Calls of Usefulness.
  • Country Strolls.
  • Country Tales for the Young.
  • Domestic Addresses, and Scraps of Experience.
  • Ephraim Holding's Domestic Addresses, Friendly Remarks and Scraps of Experience.
  • Ephraim Holding's Homely hints to Sunday School Teachers.
  • Ephraim Holding's Sunday-School Illustrations.
  • Family Walking Sticks; or, Prose Portraits of My Relations.
  • Footprints of Popery.
  • Half Hours with Old Humphrey.
  • Helps for Every Hour.
  • Learning to Act.
  • Learning to Feel.
  • Learning to Think.
  • Lessons Worth Learning for Girls.
  • Make Hay while the Sun Shines and other Sketches.
  • Old Anthony's Hints to Young People.
  • Old Humphrey's Addresses.
  • Old Humphrey's Bundle Of Stories.
  • Old Humphrey's Country Pictures; or, drawing without a pencil.
  • Old Humphrey's Country Strolls.
  • Old Humphrey's Every-Day Tales.
  • Old Humphrey's Fireside Tales.
  • Old Humphrey's Friendly Appeals.
  • Old Humphrey's Jottings about Home and Foreign Parts.
  • Old Humphrey's Lively Lectures and Cheerful Chapters.
  • Old Humphrey's Observations.
  • Old Humphrey's Pithy Papers.
  • Old Humphrey's Pleasant Pages.
  • Old Humphrey's Portfolio ; or Sketches in Prose and Verse.
  • Old Humphrey's Ripe Fruit for Youthful Gatherers.
  • Old Humphrey's Rural Rambles and Pastoral Pictures.
  • Old Humphrey's Sketch-Book.
  • Old Humphrey's Tales for All Times.
  • Old Humphrey's True Things and New Things.
  • Old Humphrey's Walks in London and its Neighborhood.
  • Points and Pickings of Information about China.
  • Rural Pickings.
  • Scraps of Experience.
  • Sketches from My Note-book.
  • Soldiers and Sailors.
  • Sunny Seasons of Boyhood.
  • Tales in Rhyme for Boys.
  • Talks with Uncle Morris or The Friend of My Boyhood.
  • The Churchyard Lyrist, consisting of five hundred original inscriptions to commemorate the dead.
  • The Country.
  • The Encourager.
  • The Indians of North America.
  • The Juvenile Culprits.
  • The Juvenile Moralists.
  • The Little Budget for Little Girls.
  • The Old Sea Captain.
  • Thoughts for the Thoughtful.
  • Thoughts for Thinkers or Aaron Halls Short Tales for the Young.
  • Thoughts for Young Thinkers.
  • Walks in London.
  • Wanderings in the Isle of Wight.