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More, Hannah

Born: 1745 AD
Died: 1833 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Humanitarian, Philanthropist

1745 – Hannah More, born on the 2nd of February in Fishponds, near Bristol, she was the fourth of five daughters of Jacob More, who, though from a Presbyterian family in Norfolk, had become a member of the English Church, a strong Tory and a schoolmaster at Stapleton in Gloucestershire. She was an English religious writer and philanthropist.

1762 – Her first literary efforts were pastoral plays, suitable for young ladies to act, the first being written under the title of The Search after Happiness; by the mid-1780s over 10,000 copies had been sold.

1767 – She gave up her share in the school after becoming engaged to William Turner, of Wraxall, Somerset.

1781 – She made the acquaintance of Horace Walpole, and corresponded with him from that time.

1785 – At Bristol she discovered Ann Yearsley, a milkwoman and poet, and raised a considerable sum of money for her benefit. Lactilia, as Yearsley was called, published Poems, on Several Occasions.

1786 – The poems Bas-Bleu and Florio mark her gradual transition to more serious views of life.

1788 – She published a poem on Slavery, and was for many years a friend of Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London and a leading abolitionist.

1799 – 1819 – Wrote many ethical books and tracts: Strictures on Female Education, Hints towards forming the Character of a Young Princess, Coelebs in Search of a Wife (only nominally a story, Practical Piety, Christian Morals, Character of St Paul, Moral Sketches.

1833 – She spent the last five years of her life in Clifton, and died on the 7th of September. She is buried at All Saints’ church, Wrington.