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Hannah MoreThe First Victorian$
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Anne Stott

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.001.0001

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Zion’s City 1780–1789

Zion’s City 1780–1789

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(p.79) Chapter 4 Zion’s City 1780–1789
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Hannah More
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Anne Stott (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274888.003.0004

This chapter deals with Hannah More's religious conversion, which is seen as part of the wider story of the 18th century Evangelical revival. The preachers who most influenced her were Thomas Scott and the former slave-trader, John Newton. In 1782, she attempted to bring together the two halves of her life by publishing Sensibility (dedicated to Frances Boscawen) and Sacred Dramas. In the late 1780s, she became involved with the abolitionist circle around Sir Charles and Lady Middleton and Elizabeth Bouverie at Teston in Kent. She became friends with William Wilberforce and her poem, Slavery (1788), was timed to coincide with the start of the campaign to abolish the slave trade. At the same time she became part of the growing movement for the reformation of manners when she published Thoughts on the Importance of the Manners of the Great to General Society in support of the newly founded Proclamation Society.

Keywords:   Evangelical revival, Thomas Scott, John Newton, Frances Boscawen, Sacred Dramas, slave trade, Sir Charles Middleton, Elizabeth Bouverie, William Wilberforce, Proclamation Society

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