‘A Thousand Anxieties’

Anne Stott

in Wilberforce

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199699391
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739132 | DOI:
‘A Thousand Anxieties’

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This chapter looks at William and Barbara’s Wilberforce’s relationships with their sons. Their anxieties were caused by their fear of male adolescence, and their belief in the necessity of conversion. The childhoods of William junior, Robert Isaac, Samuel, and Henry are discussed. The chapter traces in some detail the Wilberforces’ problems with their eldest son, his schooling at Little Shelford, as seen in the letters of Thomas Babington Macaulay, his removal from Cambridge and his marriage. Barbara Wilberforce’s relationships with her other children is discussed in some detail, particularly through her letters. The family’s move from Kensington Gore to Marden Park is described. The study of the illness and death of Barbara Wilberforce junior is put into the context of the Evangelical ‘good death’.

Keywords: William Wilberforce; Barbara Spooner Wilberforce; William Wilberforce junior; Robert Isaac Wilberforce; Samuel Wilberforce; Henry Wilberforce; Barbara Wilberforce junior; Marden Park; adolescence; tuberculosis; good death

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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