Priscilla’s husband Edward Wakefield

In 1771 Priscilla married Edward Wakefield (1750-1826) at the Tottenham Meeting House. According to the book Edward Gibbon Wakefield: the Man Himself by Irma O’Connor, published in 1928, his father, also named Edward, married twice. The second marriage was to Isabella Gibbon and Edward was the eldest son of this union. O’Connor states that ‘he appears to have been a weakling, whose only claim to remembrance lay in his good looks’. He inherited his father’s London business and a fortune but all was lost through successive business failures.

The following statement precedes the TS version of Priscilla’s journal. The source is not stated.

‘[Edward] seems in fact to have been entirely lacking, not only in business capacity, (for his life as far as we know it, is little more than a record of failures) but also in the strength of mind to meet misfortune bravely, or bear it patiently’.

Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

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