Hints toward Society: Background
[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, . 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.
The Rules with a 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.(12.(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. 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.
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, probably the daughter or sister 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. Morgan, Miss Barry, and Mary Ann Schimmelpenning are members of the Women's Committee. A Miss Fanny Wright donated. Subscribers included Mr. Barry (High Street) and Miss Barry (Paul Street). 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. Mary Hays is not listed among those who subscribed during the year, most likely due to her arrival in Bristol late in the year. The Society met in rooms at 20 Small Street, Bristol.
State of the Prudent Man’s Friend Society, for the year 1815. Bristol: J. M. Gutch, 15, Small-Street. Miss Morgan is secretary (she is listed as from Gloucester Row), but now on the Committee with Morgan is a ‘Miss [Mary] Hays,’ joined by many other women, including Mary Ann Schimmelpenning and Miss Barry (3). The Committees met at the Society's rooms at 20 Small Street each Saturday at 11 am.
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 Susanna Morgan secretary, joined by a 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). Mary Ann Schimmelpenning also on the committee, as is Miss Barry. Hays also appears this year as a subscriber (no address is given), paying £1. More importantly, under the "State of the Account," Hays's The Brothers has earned £10.6s for the Society in 1816 (14). Hays also appears on the "Donations" page at the end of the pamphlet, donating 5s. 6d. on behalf of ‘A Lady’ (16). No Pennington or A. Smyth appear in the report.
State of the Prudent Man’s Friend Society, for the year 1817. Bristol: J. M. Gutch, 15, Small-Street. 5th anniversary of the founding of the Society. Mary Hays, having now returned to London, is no longer a member of the women's committee but she remains a subscriber to the Society at £1 (28). Susanna Morgan secretary, joined by Miss Allen, Miss Elizabeth Rowe, and Miss Elizabeth Morgan (probably a relation of Susanna). Alfred Estlin is the solicitor and Mr. Estlin is still the Surgeon (3). Mrs. Schimmelpenning is still on the committee, as is Miss Barry. John Prior Estlin is a subscriber (27).