Betty Brown, the St. Giles's Orange Girl by Hannah More
Betty Brown, the St. Giles's Orange Girl; with Some Account of Mrs. Sponge, the Money-Lender by Hannah More.
Betty was overjoyed when Mrs. Sponge offered to lend her money to start a business selling oranges from a wheelbarrow. True to her name Mrs. Sponge was not so generous. When a good lady saw what was happening, she offered to help Betty. She taught Betty about life, business and Christian habits.
Paperback 4X6, 56 pages, ISBN 9781941281765, Vintage Chapbook Series
HANNAH MORE (1745-1833) was born in Stapleton, Bristol, England. Early in her life she was interested in the theater and wrote plays. For six years her fashionable social life grew to include many important people, but when it lost its appeal she turned to religion. Dr. James Stonhouse is credited with Hannah More’s spiritual awakening, but it was John Newton’s influence that gave energy and devotion to her spiritual walk, and she became a strong Evangelical Christian. Education was a strong theme in her life and William Wilberforce encouraged her to start schools for the education and moral advancement of poor village children. To counteract immoral forces in society, Hannah More, her sister Sarah, and others wrote a series of successful chapbooks called the “Cheap Repository Tracts.” She was also active with a group called the “Clapham Sect” that met at Henry Thornton’s house in Clapham. She had a vast social circle and wrote a multitude of letters. Her talent for writing also produced many books of drama, poetry, hymns, fiction and religious instruction.