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Abiah Darby, 1716-94: Wife of Abraham Darby II [Hardcover]

Lady Labouchere
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Sessions Limited; 1st ed edition (April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850720185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850720188
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,437,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a detailed 'labour of love' about the prominent Quaker speaker, and wife of Abraham Darby II who developed the technique of smelting malleable iron and thus started the industrial revolution. She was also the mother of Abraham Darby III who created the first iron bridge ini the world - installed at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.
Despite the momentous events of the times, this diary focuses on Abiah; the personalities and problems (social, economic and industrial) faced by the foundry are incidental, though we hear brief mentions of this 'other' world. The book covers the day-to-day life of Abiah as a prominent and virtuous Quaker and we read of the family house, Sunniside, now demolished, and how it was a focal point for the Quaker movement in the area. Abiah had long disagreements with the local Methodist minister, John Fletcher; she often had to pay fines because she refused to pay tithes. In the youth she was reluctant to speak at Quaker Meetings as she was naturally shy, but eventually follwed this calling and in the course of her long life must have travelled thousands of miles (when young, on horseback) on journeys to spread the Quaker word. She would visit prisons and address unruly crowds, though with fears, doubts and hesitations about whether she could manage to do this.
Most of the book focuses on the diary she kept, detailing her journeys, her preachings, the people she met and her pamphlets a well as her worries and misgivings.
In 1769 she stopped writing and Rachel Labouchere continues via the diary of Deborah Darby and other Quaker records.
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