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Anne Stott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199699391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699391.001.0001

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‘Valuable Friends’

‘Valuable Friends’

(p.119) 8 ‘Valuable Friends’

Anne Stott

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This chapter introduces the third part of the book. It opens with a discussion of the Clapham sect. Though much of the information is gained from the letters written by the women, especially Marianne Sykes Thornton (Mrs Henry Thornton) it shown that the wives of the sect did not necessarily have much in common with each other. The death of the Thorntons’ baby in 1798 is used to illustrate the Evangelical theology of infant deaths. Other incidents described include the early life of James Stephen, his marriage to Wilberforce’s sister, Sarah, the marriage of Zachary Macaulay and Selina Mills, and Barbara Wilberforce’s dangerous illness while on holiday. The chapter ends with an account of the birth of Thomas Babington Macaulay.

Keywords:   Clapham sect, Henry Thornton, Samuel Thornton, infant deaths, James Stephen, Marianne Sykes Thornton, Barbara Wilberforce, Zachary Macaulay, Selina Mills, Thomas Babington Macaulay

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