William Wilberforce

Standard Name: Wilberforce, William


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Education George Eliot
Her devotion to John Bunyan 's Pilgrim's Progress remained unchanged during this period. She also read heavyweight works of theology, Hannah More 's letters, and a life of William Wilberforce . By late 1838, however...
Education J. K. Rowling
At just five Joanne Rowling first went to school: to St Michael's Church of England School in Winterbourne, which had been founded in 1813 in response to a plea by William Wilberforce . In...
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Brontë
Patrick Brontë was an Irish protestant from a large respectable farming family of limited means. He took to books from an early age, opened a school for the gentry at the age of sixteen, became...
Family and Intimate relationships Sarah, Lady Pennington
Their eldest son, John , was born at Bath and baptised in Bath Abbey on 22 May 1741. After two years at Winchester College he joined the army at about fifteen. He resigned his commission...
Family and Intimate relationships Fanny Kingsley
Grenfell was also an established politician. From 14 December 1802 (before Fanny's birth) to 29 February 1820 he served as the MP for Great Marlow, and from 21 April 1820 to 2 June 1826 he...
Family and Intimate relationships Isabella Bird
IB 's great-grandfather Sir George Merttins was Lord Mayor of London. William Wilberforce , a leader in the fight against slavery, was her father's second cousin. Two of her male relatives became Bishops in the...
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Brontë
Patrick Brontë was an Irish protestant from a large, respectable farming family of limited means. He took to books from an early age, opened a school for the gentry at the age of sixteen, became...
Friends, Associates Susanna Watts
In her own more local circle, however, SW was relaxed and good company. She belonged to a Book Society . She was a close friend of the Hutton and the Coltman families and especially, in...
Friends, Associates Mary Martha Sherwood
Meeting the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry , MMS discussed with her the danger of celebrity, for females especially, and their respective temptations.
Sherwood, Mary Martha, and Henry Sherwood. The Life of Mrs. Sherwood. Kelly, SophiaEditor , Darton, 1854.
She also enjoyed a meeting with William Wilberforce , and later another...
Friends, Associates Hannah More
Her later friendships often blended the personal with the political, like those with Beilby Porteus (Bishop of London from 1787, where she met him) and the abolitionists William Wilberforce (met at Bath the same year)...
Instructor Harriet Martineau
Perry had lost most of his male pupils when he converted to Unitarianism. Though the room and curriculum were shared, the boys and girls were separated and unable to see or communicate with one another...
Intertextuality and Influence Hannah More
An Estimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World was praised in letters by many of HM 's friends and associates.
Jones, Mary Gwladys. Hannah More. Cambridge University Press, 1952.
Walpole wrote: It is prettily written, but her enthusiasm increases.
Walpole, Horace. The Letters of Horace Walpole. Toynbee, Mrs PagetEditor , Clarendon, 1925.
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Literary responses Olaudah Equiano
This book was an immediate success in Britain, and in the USA it significantly influenced the emancipation movement.
Equiano, Olaudah. “Introduction, etc”. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, edited by Angelo Costanzo, Peterborough, ON, 2001, pp. 7 - 37.
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An early reviewer, Mary Wollstonecraft in the Analytical Review, noted some inconsistency between the...
Occupation Hannah More
On visits around the Wrington district the More sisters had been horrified by the squalor, want, and ignorance in which the rural poor were living. They felt that knowledge (especially religious knowledge) was the first...
politics Susanna Watts
Watts and her maid were two of the original subscribers to the Leicester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society , formed this same month.
Aucott, Shirley. Susanna Watts (1768 to 1842): author of Leicester’s first guide, abolitionist and bluestocking. Shirley Aucott, 2004.
When William Wilberforce expressed disapproval of ladies' anti-slavery societies, which he said were...


22 May 1787
The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was founded in London, by Granville Sharp , Thomas Clarkson , and ten more, of whom nine were Quakers .
19 April 1791
Wilberforce 's motion to abolish the slave-trade (put on 18 April) was defeated in the House of Commons .
Autumn 1791
Anti-slavery campaigners William Wilberforce and Henry Thornton launched the Sierra Leone Company , which sought to resettle former slaves on the west coast of Africa, and to promote legitimate trade with the region.
The EvangelicalHenry Thornton bought a house on Battersea Rise, Clapham, South London: from this came the name of the Clapham Sect .
March 1792
The Danish parliament voted to end the slave trade to their West Indian colonies.
By early March 1792
According to Maria Edgeworth , 25,000 families in England had joined in the boycott against West Indian, that is slave-grown, sugar.
mid 1792-1815
These were the active years of the informal evangelical Anglican group later called the Clapham Sect (then known as the Saints ).
William Wilberforce led an unsuccessful attempt to get the East India Company 's statutes charter amended, to commit it to furthering the work of missionaries.
September 1793
Effigies of anti-slavery leader William Wilberforce and radical Thomas Paine were burned together at Kingston, Jamaica: Anna Maria Falconbridge witnessed this on her roundabout voyage from Africa to England.
March 1796
An Abolition Bill, calling for the gradual abolition of the slave trade, put before the House of Commons by William Wilberforce , reached a third reading. It was narrowly defeated when some of its supporters...
By May 1797
William Wilberforce published A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious Systems of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes in this Country contrasted with real Christianity.
By November 1802
The Society for the Suppression of Vice was founded in London and grew into the gap left by the Proclamation Society ; ironically, it was often called the Vice Society.
By 19 October 1814
The Episcopal Church in India was founded, with Thomas Fanshaw Middleton installed as the subcontinent's first Anglican bishop.
Evangelical William Wilberforce stayed in Brighton during the winter season in order to have access to the Prince Regent and attempt a conversion within the monarchy.
June 1816
Lady Isabella King opened at Bailbrook House near Bath a communal home for single gentlewomen (or Protestant nunnery): a project going back to Mary Astell , which King picked up from Sarah Scott 's Millenium Hall.