DAVID LLOYD'S LAST WILL
David Lloyd's Last Will by Hesba Stretton.
This well-written story of the Cotton Famine, and representation of Lancashire life, appeared in the pages of the "Leisure Hour." There is a high moral tone pervading it, which never degenerates into homiletic effusion, and a forcible delineation of scenery, circumstance, and character, which is always more than word-painting. The authoress describes the effect of avarice, and of the greed of gold, upon the despicable miser, and, more or less, upon all the characters in the story, spoiling the blush of the virgin's cheek, and blowing rust on the polished steel of the man of unblemished reputation. The violent death of David Lloyd, when he had just committed a new series of revolting treacheries and hypocrisies; first the concealment and then the unfortunate discovery of David's last will, which induced his executor to act so dubiously and illegally; the anticipations of the trial, and the final upshot of the story, sustain the interest to the last page. . . —The British Quarterly Review, Volume 51 (1870).
Hesba Stretton's books are always worth reading, and their purity of tone makes them eminently adapted for young persons. It may be said of this, as of all others of the talented author's books, that no one can read it without being a wiser and better man or woman.—The Court Circular (1908)
The many readers who value works from this authoress will appreciate her last effort, which follows the lines of her previous style. She is a keen observer of human nature with strong opinions. The incidents of the story are connected with the Manchester cotton famine in the early sixties.—The School Guardian (1908).