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Harrison, Ethel Bertha (1851–1916), positivist and essayist, was born at Highgate Hill, London, on 27 October 1851, the only daughter of William Harrison (1805–1883), a wealthy West India merchant, and his wife, Anne Tonge Lake (1819–1876), who had four older sons. Ethel grew up in ...

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Sturge, Matilda (1829–1903), Quaker minister and essayist, was born on 29 May 1829 at Wilson Street, St Paul's, Bristol, the sixth of eight children of Jacob Player Sturge (1793–1857), surveyor, and Sarah (1789–1867), daughter of William Stephens and his wife, Ann Dawe. She was born into the quietist tradition of Quakerism, and her parents maintained restrictions on dress, speech, and entertainment while other Quakers were relaxing them. Their home was 'somewhat austere' (...