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Wilberforce : ?Practical View of the Prevailing Religious Systems of Professed Christians

Mary Berry to Mrs Cholmeley, 3 February 1799: 'In compliance with your request and my own wishes, I have been and am reading with much attention Mr. Wilberforce's book, and likewise strictures on it, in a series of letters by Mr. Belsham'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Berry      Print: Book


Wilberforce : unknown

Harriet Martineau, Journal, 3 January 1840: '[italics]Evening[end italics]. -- Read Wilberforce, and looked over Dr. Crowther's book.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Unknown


William Wilberforce : unknown

Harriet Martineau, Journal, 4 January 1840: 'Read Mr. Thom's account of the Oxford theology, drawn from their own writings: good [...] Have been reading Wilberforce: grows twaddling in his old age, through want of cultivation of mind. Very noble, however, -- his keeping back Brougham's pledge about the Queen, and silently suffering universal censure.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Martineau      Print: Unknown


Edward Wilberforce : 'Purgatory'

'do you ever see Fraser's Magazine. If you do I wish you would look back to the number for (say either) August, Sepr, or Octr, 1860 for a short poem by 'Edward Wilberforce' the young man we all used to meet in Rome; a very odd-looking, and as [italics] we [end italics] thought conceited person. But the poem tho' unpleasing from it's subject - which some people would say 'removes it from the province of art', - (and then where would Dante go?) is very strong & fine, so much more so than I should have expected from the author.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell      Print: Serial / periodical


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