Uncovering the tragedy of an ancestor, mother of a young child, facing death amidst the horrors of Newgate Gaol, revealed the grief brought upon the family at that time. Further examination of earlier incidents disclosed an intrigue, a likely link with a governess employed in the house of Nell Gwynn and deceived by a false promise of matrimony.
This is the history of the Wollstonecraft family, the family of Mary Wollstonecraft, courageous pioneer, far in advance of her time, who revolutionised attitudes towards the female role in society.Thus begins the introduction to Daphne Johnson's The Wollstonecraft Family History. Many resources cross my desk, and this is my pick of the week. What a treasure trove! And what a researcher! I believe Ms Johnson is an amateur, as am I; she brings new lustre to the word.