Priscilla’s sisters

‘Priscilla, like her mother – not tall fair and light hair, very expressive countenance, not much animation, was preceptress, I may say to her sisters, which her fine talents warranted …’ Jonathan Bell Memoirs.

Catherine (1754-1792) married John Gurney and she is described in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as ‘a pious woman and serious Friend’. Her brother Jonathan Bell relates that ‘her thirst for knowledge was ardent’. She died at the age of thirty-eight and had twelve children. Her daughter Elizabeth Fry is known for her campaign to reform prisons.

Lucy died in 1796 around the time Priscilla’s journal is first available. In her summary of the year she notes ‘five siblings of the original eight survive’.

Like Priscilla, Elizabeth Bell Hanbury was an author and wrote The Good Nurse, or Hints on the Management of the Sick and Laying-in Chamber published in 1825 and dedicated to Mrs Priscilla Wakefield.

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