Priscilla and Edward

From 1771 to sometime in the early 1790s Priscilla and Edward lived in London. During that time they had three children Isabella (Bell) (1773-1841), Edward (1774-1854), and Daniel (1776-1846). In her article ‘Priscilla Wakefield as a Writer of Children’s Educational Books’ Bridget Hill states ‘she had five children of whom only three survived to adulthood’. Little seems to be known of the years Priscilla spent in London and her activities there. Her familiarity with the city would have assisted her in writing the book Perambulations in London, published in 1810. Edward and Priscilla’s marriage appears to have been dominated by financial troubles and this was the catalyst for Priscilla’s writing career. Speculation about their marriage suggests their early hopes for happiness were eroded by financial problems and Edward’s lack of character in the face of those difficulties.

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