Hannah Kilham

Standard Name: Kilham, Hannah
Birth Name: Hannah Spurr
Married Name: Hannah Kilham
HK was remarkable as an early nineteenth-century activist, an advocate for the poor, for chimney-sweeping children, for the Irish, for slaves and ex-slaves, for Africans whom she saw as needing Christianity, and against the current practices of colonialism and colonial trade. A writer of diaries and letters from an early age and throughout her life, she became successively a moral and didactic writer, a producer of textbooks for the study of African languages, and a politically astute reporter on missionary and educational activity.


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Friends, Associates Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck
She knew other distinguished writers from the previous generation too, and her friends both before and after her marriage included many in the world of literature. A couple of years after this she spent the...
Instructor Mary Howitt
For about a year Mary Botham (later MH ) attended a Friends' School in Sheffield run by Hannah Kilham , who was soon to embark on a career as a writer and later on one...
Occupation Priscilla Wakefield
A moral author who sought to do good by her writings, PW was equally energetic in practical philanthropy. From 1791 she helped run a childbirth charity which supplied pregnant women with midwifery care and an...
Textual Features Clara Balfour
CB included in her collection the well-known writers Hannah More , Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna , Anna Letitia Barbauld , and Sarah Trimmer . Subjects of other sketches which also appeared separately included many of evangelical...
Textual Features Melesina Trench
Particular sketches include an allegory sent to Mary Leadbeater entitled The Birth of Calumny
Trench, Melesina. The Remains of the Late Mrs. Richard Trench. Editor Trench, Richard Chenevix, Parker and Bourn.
and the later Holland House, written in the person of the Ghost of La Bruyère. This, in a...
Textual Production Mary Martha Sherwood
MMS published The Re-Captured Negro (now reprinted in Pickering and Chatto 's eight-volume set Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Writings in the British Romantic Period 1999).
This series unfortunately includes nothing by Eliza Heyrick or Hannah Kilham


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Kilham, Hannah. African Lessons: Mandingo and English. 1827.
Kilham, Hannah. African Lessons: Wolof and English. Committee of the Society of Friends for Promoting African Instruction, 1823.
Kilham, Hannah. Extracts from the Letters of Hannah Kilham, now at Sierra Leone. 1831.
Kilham, Hannah. Family Maxims. Bentham and Ray, 1818.
Kilham, Hannah. “From <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>Report on a Recent Visit to the Colony of Sierra Leone</span> (1828)”. Women’s Writing 1778-1838, An Anthology, edited by Fiona Robertson, Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 488-93.
Kilham, Hannah. Memoir of the late Hannah Killam. Editor Biller, Sarah, Harvey and Darton, 1837.
Kilham, Hannah. Present State of the Colony of Sierra Leone: being Extracts of recent Letters from Hannah Kilham. Cambridge University Press, 2010, http://www.cambridge.org/series/sSeries.asp?code=CLOR.
Kilham, Hannah. Questions on the Principles of the Christian Religion. C. Bentham, 1817.
Kilham, Hannah. Report on a Recent Visit to the Colony of Sierra Leone. Harvey and Darton, 1828.
Kilham, Hannah. Scripture Selections on the Principles of the Christian Religion. C. Bentham, 1816.
Kilham, Hannah. Specimens of African Languages, Spoken in the Colony of Sierra Leone. Committee of the Society of Friends for Promoting African Instruction, 1828.
Kilham, Hannah. Ta-Re Wa-Loof, Ta-Re boo Juk-a. First Lessons in Jaloof. G. Stockwell Coventry, 1820.
Kilham, Hannah. The Claims of West Africa to Christian Instruction, through the Native Languages. Harvey and Darton, 1830.
Kilham, Hannah. Writings on Education in West Africa. Cambridge University Press, 2010, http://www.cambridge.org/series/sSeries.asp?code=CLOR.