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Hannah More

(1745—1833) writer and philanthropist

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abolitionism

abolitionism  

A term associated with protest on grounds of inhumanity and a call for the abolition of slavery (see, for example, the arguments of William Wilberforce, 1759–1833). More recently extended to the ...
Ann Yearsley

Ann Yearsley  

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(1752–1806),the daughter of a dairywoman, pursued her mother's trade. She published three collections of poems (Poems, on Several Occasions, 1785; Poems on Various Subjects, 1787; The Rural Lyre, ...
Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Anna Laetitia Barbauld  

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(1743–1825)Née Aikin, poet and editor. Born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, she was educated by her mother. Her father, a Nonconformist minister, taught at the Dissenting college at Warrington ...
Anti-Jacobin review and newspaper

Anti-Jacobin review and newspaper  

The Anti-Jacobin Review was founded in 1798 to take the place of the short-lived Anti-Jacobin weekly newspaper. The latter was the brainchild of George Canning, though the chosen editor was ...
Beilby Porteus

Beilby Porteus  

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(1731–1808), Bp. of London from 1787. He was of American descent. He identified himself with the practical ideals of the rising Evangelical school, and he promoted mission work among the Black slaves ...
Belshazzar

Belshazzar  

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Incorrectly asserted in Dan. 5: 2 to be the son of Nebuchadnezzar and last king of Babylon. Cuneiform inscriptions found at Ur, however, show that he was the son of Nabonidus of Babylon (556–539bce) ...
Benjamin Whichcote

Benjamin Whichcote  

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(1609–83)English liberal theologian. Whichcote was the senior of the Cambridge Platonists, and through his position as Provost of King's was an influential opponent of the Calvinism of his time. He ...
bluestockings

bluestockings  

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An intellectual or literary woman. The term is recorded from the late 17th century and was originally used to describe a man wearing blue worsted (instead of formal black silk) stockings; extended to ...
Camilla

Camilla  

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orA novel by Fanny Burney (1796). The author called it her ‘grand ouvrage’, not a novel but a work, and it has a more overtly moral character than her ...
chapbook

chapbook  

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The name given since the 19th century to a kind of small, cheaply printed book or pamphlet hawked by chapmen (i.e. pedlars) from the 16th century to the early 19th century, and containing ballads, ...
Charlotte Mary Yonge

Charlotte Mary Yonge  

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(1823–1901), novelist. When in 1836 J. Keble became vicar of Hursley, she came under his influence. She determined to apply her talent as a storyteller to spreading the faith in fiction. Besides ...
Cheap Repository Tracts

Cheap Repository Tracts  

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A series of over one hundred entertaining moral tales, ballads, sermons, and Bible stories published by the Cheap Repository press (1795–8), many of which are by the evangelical writer Hannah ...
Clapham Sect

Clapham Sect  

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An influential evangelical network whose activity in the early 19th cent. found a base in Clapham. The name was popularized and perhaps coined by Sir James Stephen in the Edinburgh Review (1844). The ...
closet drama

closet drama  

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A play – often in verse – written to be read rather than performed, such as The Dynasts (1904–8) by Thomas Hardy (which later was adapted for performance by Granville ...
Coelebs in Search of a Wife

Coelebs in Search of a Wife  

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A novel by H. More, published 1809. The book consists of a collection of social sketches and moral precepts, strung together by the hero's search for a wife, who must possess the qualities stipulated ...
correspondence

correspondence  

A correspondence is a series of letters that pass between two or more people writing to each other. It therefore represents both sides of a (usually prolonged) process of epistolary ...
Elizabeth Barton

Elizabeth Barton  

(c. 1506–34).Prophetess. Known as the Maid of Kent, Elizabeth Barton, a domestic servant, developed religious mania, with trances and visions. But when she took up the cause of Catherine of Aragon ...
Elizabeth Hamilton

Elizabeth Hamilton  

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(1756–1816),novelist: lives and writes in Edinburgh and Bath; d. and buried in Harrogate. Memoirs of Modern Philosophers 1800, The Cottagers of Glenburnie 1808.
Elizabeth Montagu

Elizabeth Montagu  

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(1720–1800),a celebrated member of the Blue Stocking Circle. Dr Johnson was amazed by her ‘radiations of intellectual excellence’ and dubbed her ‘Queen of the Blues’. Many young authors, such as ...
Elizabeth Vesey

Elizabeth Vesey  

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(?1715–91),an Irish woman, the first of the Blue Stocking Hostesses. In the early 1750s she determined to open her doors to literary and fashionable society for an entirely new kind of evening party. ...

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