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Sarah Flower Adams

ADAMS, Sarah Flower (née Flower) . b. Great Harlow, Essex, 22 February 1805; d. London, 14 August 1848. She was the daughter of Benjamin Flower, a radical journalist (in 1799 he was imprisoned for attacking a speech of Richard Watson, Bishop of Llandaff). With her sister Eliza (b. 1803) who was a fine musician, she was a member of the Unitarian chapel at Finsbury of the celebrated William Johnson Fox*, a brilliant and inspiring preacher and later Member of Parliament for Oldham. As young women they lived in Fox’s house after their father’s death in 1829. They were friends with the youthful Robert Browning*, whose precocious poetry they admired: Eliza was supposedly the original of the...

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