Thou and I had been for years, nay, all our girlhood one, we had no thought or feeling unshared. Froilij, T"'ith — Actresses and Unitarians — Tho People's Journal — Ifowit C'x Journal — Tho Ck)-oporative League — An Hour of Groat Darkness — Resignation of Membership in the Society of Friends— Death of Mary Ilowitt's Younger Sister and of her Mother 1G8 CHAPTER X. Now and then a son or daughter married " out of the 2 MARF HO WITT.
In 1843 she thus addresses her elder sister, Anna : — " Many tenderly endearing incidents came crowding into my mind of our young life in Uttoxeter, especially connected with thy unselfish, amiable, sweet spirit, which seems to me without a shade. Ilowitt at tho Words- worths — Tlio Auti- Slavery Question — F. Stowe — Table -Turning and Spiritualism — The Uttoxeter Chimes — Return of William Howitt — A Project of Procuring Par Hament HUl for the People — Petition to Secure to Married Women their own Pro- perty and Savings 212 CHAPTER XH. They rode on good horses, saddled and pillioned, to meeting at Leek on First-day mornings and were a well-to-do, orderly set of people.
S [S //• J- MARY HOWITT Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2010 with funding from University of British Columbia Library OOhowi Wooilhi'Vylvjjf ya€^^ ^^40^tc^^^^^rf^^if^ /^^cyp^f^ MAEY HOWITT Hn autobiography EDITED BY HER DAUGHTER MAEGAEET HOWITT " Confide to God that thou hast from Him ; oh, thou soul weary of ■wandering ! PAOK Jou ENET to Switzerland — Happy Condition of the Swiss— Incidents at Bnumen — Breaking out of the Franco-German War— At Ziirich — In Italy— Rome— The Political State of the City— The Flood— Arrival of Victor Emmanuel — A Mad Carnival^ Anecdotes of Keats— An Irascible Landlord — Celebration of Golden Wedding ...... Sordid, penurious habits prevailed ; the hoarding of money was considered a great virtue.
There are little incidents which have occurred in my life, such as a look, a changing colour, nay, even a sigh, that will remain in my mind for ever. Illness and Death of Claude Howitt — The Thirteen * ' Tales for the People and their Children " — Success in England and America of the Transla- tions of Frelrika Bremer's Novels — Visit to North Wales — Removal to CONTENTS. Society," as it was termed, and so split off like a branch from the family tree, with a great crash of displeasure from the parents, and " disownment," as it was called from the Monthly Meeting.
It is especially so as regards thee and those times. Aebtval at Heidelberg — German Experiences — Tour in Germany — Gustav Schwab — Dannecker — Uhland — At Hermhut — Moritz Retzsch — Berlin — Meyerbeer — Conclusions — Return to England 153 CHAPTER IX. In the ancient records of the Staffordshire Monthly i\Ieeting, preserved by the Friends of Leek, they appear, however, to have been generally satisfactory members, living up to the old standard of integrity of their ancestress, Mary Botham, who, a widow at the head of the house in the days of Quaker persecution, was imprisoned in Staffordshire jail for refusing to pay tithes.
I remember so much, which, I dare say, thou hast forgotten, but which draws my heart, as by the most powerful attraction to thee. Howitt engaged on the Constitutional — O'Connell and the Dublin i Zerieii'— Friends and Yearly Meeting— " Birds and Flowers " — Failure of the Conslitutional—Thac^e Te Lj and Dickens — Surrey Scenery — ■" Colonisation and Christianity " — A Female Friend of Keats — The British India Society — "Hymns and Fireside Verses " — " The Boy's Country Book " — Popular Education — Ai'ticle on " Quaker " in the Encyclopaidia Britannica — Quakerism — Quaker Dele- gates to the Anti-Slavery Convention 13S CHAPTER Vin. In Besse's "Sufferings of Friends " Mary Botham is also mentioned as set in the stocks and put into jail in Bedfordshire, leading to the supposition that she travelled in the ministry.
Perhaps two names, Sanctia (holy) and Scientia (sense), at the least confused in the records, but possibly regarded during the period as the same name.
It may be that Sence is the vernacular of Sanchia and became confused in the Latin forms.
Introduced at the Conquest, one of the most popular male names.
The diminutive Wilmot was also used as a feminine name; the familiar Gill, Gillot and Gillet (from Guillaume) may also be the feminine Julian / Gillian.
How I shall like to talk over these things with thee ! The Annuals — Friendship "with Alaric and Zillah Watts — The Chorleys — Mrs. Years glided uneventfully on, generation followed genera- tion, until 1745, when the rumour that "the Scotch rebels were coming " filled the scattered inhabitants of the Moor- lands with terror.
" Endowed with a retentive memory, deep-rooted affections, and poetic feeling, my mother delighted to speak of the past with her children. — Joseph John Gumey — Charles Botham goes to Sea — His Death — Birth of Charles ; Botham Howitt — Publication of " The Desolation of Eyam" — Parental Affection — Death of Canning — Nottingham Crocuses — Death of Charles Howitt — "Tlie Book of the Seasons" — Charles Pemberton — Visit to London 8G CHAPTER VI. Hemans — Taste in Religion and Art — Visit of the Wordsworths — Riots in Nottingham — Death of Sir Walter Scott — " History of Priest- craft " — The Nottingham Deputation to Earl Grey for Separation of Church and State — "Sketches of Natural History" — "The Seven Temptations"— " Wood Leighton" — Radicalism — The Irish Question — District Visiting — Daniel O'Connell at Nottingham — Tour in the North of England and Scotland 117 CHAPTER Vn. Even the quiet Friend, John Botham of Apsford, might have prej)arcd to fight ; one thing is certain, he hurried wife and children out of the way, and buried his money and valuables.
We, in our turn, were always asking this, that, and the other question, when incidents especially charmed vi PREFACE. She had, in a little juvenile work belonging to her, " Tales for the People and their Children," and entitled " My Own Story," given us some details of her childhood. PAOB Residence at Hanley — Thomas Mulock — Unitarians — Stay at Heanor — Pedestrian Tour in Scotland and the Lake Country — Settle in Notting- ham — Eariy Literary Attempts — Publication of the "Forest Minstrel " — Marriage of Anna Botham to Daniel Harrison — Birth of Anna Mary Howitt — Death and Interment of Lord Byron — L. But there was no need of fighting — hardly of fear.