‘Jacob and Rachel’: Zachary Macaulay and Selina Mills

Anne Stott

in Wilberforce

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199699391
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739132 | DOI:
‘Jacob and Rachel’: Zachary Macaulay and Selina Mills

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This chapter opens with an account of Selina Mills, the daughter of a Quaker bookseller in Bristol. It shows how she took over the running of the school set up by Hannah More and her sisters. The school was nearly destroyed when an heiress pupil, Clementina Clerke, eloped with the surgeon, Richard Vining Perry. The case came to trial in 1794 when Perry was acquitted of the charge of abducting a minor. The chapter then recounts the early career of Zachary Macaulay showing how his experiences in Jamaica made him an implacable opponent of the slave trade. His period as governor of the Sierra Leone colony is described. His courtship of Selina Mills was frustrated by the hostility of Hannah More and her sister Patty, and also by Selina’s reluctance to go with him to Sierra Leone.

Keywords: Selina Mills; Bristol; Quakerism; Clementina Clerke; Richard Vining Perry; Zachary Macaulay; Sierra Leone; Hannah More; Patty More

Chapter.  9116 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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