Priscilla’s journal entries at the end of the 1790s are full of references to her youngest surviving son Daniel (1776-1846). With her other children, Isabella and Edward married, Dan’s London lifestyle and was a source of concern for his mother. She constantly worried about his prospects, his friends and the temptations of the metropolis. In 1798 he had taken up a position in the Navy Pay Office and studied law later qualifying as a lawyer. By Wakefield standards he married late in life at the age of 29 in 1805. Unfortunately, his bride Isabel Mackie turned out to be a swindler racking up debts of many thousands of pounds. Dan’s legal career was in peril but the debts were eventually paid. Isabella committed suicide in 1813 and Dan remarried soon after to Elizabeth Kilgour.

Source: Priscilla Wakefield’s journals, Temple, Philip. A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields, Auckland University Press, 2002, pp.20-21.

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