Now! Then! A Yorkshire Almanac for 2024

21 November 1855: Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, writes from Dewsbury of her hopes for her unborn child

Harold Begbie. 1920. The Life of General William Booth, the Founder of the Salvation Army, Vol. 1. New York: Macmillan. Get it:

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I believe we are to have a very nice home, where there are no children, quite a recommendation, seeing how they are usually trained! I hope if I have not both sense and grace to train mine so that they shall not be a nuisance to everybody about them, that God will in mercy take them to Heaven in infancy.


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Via Roy Hattersley, who comments:

The image of the dying infant – about to rise to glory, untainted by vice and redeeming its parents by its spotless example – was a constant source of inspiration to Victorian Methodism. But that was not quite what Catherine Booth meant (Hattersley 2000).

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In announcing to her parents that the itinerary of this revivalism was carrying them to Leeds, Mrs. Booth expresses an opinion which gives one an amusing view of her vigorous character:

I believe we are to have a very nice home, where there are no children, quite a recommendation, seeing how they are usually trained! I hope if I have not both sense and grace to train mine so that they shall not be a nuisance to everybody about them, that God will in mercy take them to Heaven in infancy.

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