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The ‘rolling Stone’

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/9780199699391.003.0016
The ‘rolling Stone’

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This chapter charts William Wilberforce’s later years. In 1825, against Barbara Wilberforce’s better judgement, he purchased the estate of Highwood in Middlesex and began plans to build a chapel at Mill Hill. In the following year his son William Wilberforce junior entered into a risky business venture. In 1827, prior to his ordination Samuel Wilberforce married Emily Sargent, the daughter of the Revd. John Sargent, rector of Lavington, and in 1830 he was appointed to the living of Brightstone on the Isle of Wight. In the same year Thomas Babington Macaulay entered Parliament. In 1831 Wilberforce’s debts forced him to leave Highwood. Elizabeth Wilberforce married the Revd. John James and died from tuberculosis in 1832. In 1833 Wilberforce’s health deteriorated still further and he died on 29 July.

Keywords: William Wilberforce; Barbara Spooner Wilberforce; Highwood; Mill Hill; William Wilberforce junior; Samuel Wilberforce; Emily Sargent; John Sargent; Lavington; Thomas Babington Macaulay; Elizabeth Wilberforce; tuberculosis

Chapter.  10741 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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