A woman who – understood children


Favell Lee Mortimer? Never heard the name! This small biography tells her story and it is a surprising, engaging and inspiring one.

In fact, I quickly discovered that I had come across Mrs Mortimer: when I was seven, I was introduced to her book The Peep of Day, but the title page did not give the author’s name. The book had a profound effect on me, and is still on my bookshelves.

This biography sets the author in the context of the 19th century and traces the out-working of God’s providence. Many influential characters crossed her path, especially from the circle of William Wilberforce. She even fell in love with Henry Edward – later Cardinal – Manning! They discussed and corresponded at length, but Favell failed to convince him of the way of salvation. What if he had indeed been convinced?

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