In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.
George Symes was a teacher at RLSB’s Swiss Cottage school in the early 1900s.
He taught vocational classes that prepared blind and partially sighted students for employment, including the school’s chair caning and basketwork classes.
Looking through our archives we discovered a work reference letter for George, written from Thos, Jellis and Co who were drapers and outfitters.
Here is the reference:
I have much pleasure in referring Mr George Symes to you, for any office that you may be willing to appoint him. Knowing his integrity and fidelity being invaluable.
It has been my pleasure to know him for several years, as one whose influence both by example and instructions is splendid. He will do his own part well and will help others.
I have never known or heard anything but good of him. He is worthy of the utmost confidence and respect, being likely to prove himself worthy and successful in your service.
I am, Yours very faithfully,