's family sent her to Bristol without informing her that she would be gone for such a long period. In Mrs Rankin, whom she refers to in her Autobiography as her Aunt Kentish
She had a difficult journey home. Her brother James
accompanied her, and several friends—Julia Smith
(also an abolitionist and the aunt of Florence Nightingale
), who had been her travelling companion along with her...
spent a happy fifteen months at a girls' school in Bristol run by her beloved aunt Mrs Robert Rankin
; while here she also became devoted to Unitarian minister and religious teacher the Rev....