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White Death

Anne Stott

in Wilberforce

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199699391
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739132 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699391.003.0012
White Death

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This chapter provides an account of the deaths of Henry and Marianne Thornton from tuberculosis in 1815. Using their letters, it describes their symptoms though it shows that in spite of the onset of their illnesses, they were able for a time to have a normal life. Their journey to Scotland, the election campaign of 1812, and the abolitionist campaign of 1814 are described. The bankruptcy of Robert Thornton hastened his brother’s decline. On Henry Thornton’s death it was discovered that his family might lose Battersea Rise and Wilberforce and others stepped in to secure their financial future. Marianne Sykes Thornton died in Brighton in October and Robert Inglis and his wife became the children’s guardians. Her parents’ deaths were chronicled by the young Marianne Thornton, who emerged from her period of depression when she was taken to visit post-Napoleonic France.

Keywords: tuberculosis; Henry Thornton; Marianne Sykes Thornton; Mrs Henry Thornton; Marianne Thornton; Robert Thornton; Battersea Rise; Sir Robert Harry Inglis

Chapter.  9041 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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