[Morgan, Susanna.] Hints towards the Formation of a Society for Promoting a Spirit of Independence among the Poor. 2nd ed. Bristol: Printed by E. Bryan, 51 Corn-Street, and sold by B. Barry, Bookseller, &c., High-Street, [1812].  Copy in British Library signed at top of title page, ‘H. W. Smith.’  BL 8275.aa.12 (1).

 

According to The Bristol Memorialist (Bristol: William Tyson, 1823, p. 222),  the author was Susanna Morgan of Clifton, who also wrote several reports for the Prudent Man’s Friends Society, Bristol, of which Hays served on the Committee with Morgan during 1815 and 1816. Accompanying “Hints” (there is a Preface as well for this 2nd edition) is another publication (repaginated and bound into this volume but printed separately), The Rules with an Short Explanation of the Views of the Prudent Man’s Friend, a Society established in Bristol at a public meeting held in the Guildhall, on the 22d of December, 1812, the Right Worshipful the Mayor in the Chair. 2nd Ed. Printed by Mary Bryan, 51 Corn-Street, and sold by Barry, High-Street, [and others, but page is clipped at bottom, so date is missing, but most likely early in 1813.] [BL 8275.aa.(2.)] Opening page makes clear the meeting involved inhabitants of Bristol and Clifton. Among the founding members were Richard Ash, Mr.[Alfred] Estlin, Dr. Pritchard, Mr. Lambert Schimmelpenning, and the following women: Miss S. Allen, Mrs. Eden, Miss Morgan, Mrs. Randolph, Mrs. Schimmelpenning, Miss Till Adams, Mess E. Rowe, Mrs. Stock, Mrs. Selfe, Miss Wallace, Miss Wright, Miss Fanny Wright. Susanna Morgan is not a member of the Committee at its founding or during the first year (1813), although she is clearly involved with it.  More than £2000 deposited into the Society in its first two years. First report was issued in 1813.

 

First Report of the Prudent Man’s Friend Society. 1813. [no details provided.]  [BL 8275.aa.(3.)] No listing of subscribers.

 

Next pamphlet is State of the Prudent Man’s Friend Society, for the year 1814. Bristol: J. M. Gutch, 15, Small-Street. Among the members is a Miss Barry, so most likely the printer Mary Barry is the daughter of the original printer, Mr. Barry. Secretary for this year is Susanna Morgan, assisted by Miss Allen. The solicitor is Mr. Alfred Estlin, a solicitor, so he is most likely the Mr. Estlin of the original founders. A Miss Fanny Wright donated. Subscribers included Mr. Barry (High Street) and Miss Barry (Paul Street), so no Mrs. Barry. Other subscribers include George Daubeny, Esq., Cote; J. P. Estlin, St. Michael’s Hill, along with Mr. [Alfred] Estlin of College Green; Mr. S. Harwood, Barton Hill, and Miss H. Harwood, ditto; E. Ludlow, Esq., Cotham; Thomas Morgan, Park Street, and many more. Hays, however, is not listed among those who subscribed during the year.

 

Next pamphlet is State of the Prudent Man’s Friend Society, for the year 1815. Bristol: J. M. Gutch, 15, Small-Street. Miss Morgan still secretary (she is listed as from Gloucester Row), but now on the Committee is a ‘Miss Hays,’ joined by many other women (3).

 

Next pamphlet is State of the Prudent Man’s Friend Society, for the year 1816. Bristol: J. M. Gutch, 15, Small-Street.  4th anniversary of the founding of the society. Mary Hays still a member of the Committee, with Miss Morgan secretary, joined by Miss Allen and Miss Elizabeth Rowe. Alfred Estlin is the solicitor and another Mr. Estlin, most likely his brother, is listed as the Surgeon (3). Mrs. Schimmelpenning also on the committee, as she was the previous year. Hays also appears this year as a subscriber (no address is given), paying £1. No Penningtons or a Miss A. Smyth.