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'An Indefatigable Philanthropist': Joseph Tregelles Price (1784–1854) of Neath, Wales

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard Allen



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Joseph Tregelles Price, the Quaker ironmaster of Neath Abbey, Wales (1784–1854), was described by the Cambrian newspaper on his death in December 1854 as ‘a leading man of business and an indefatigable philanthropist. His character was one of singular energy, cool discrimination and inflexible integrity’. Moreover, he was the outspoken advocate for the working class ‘martyr’ Richard Lewis (Dic Penderyn) who was condemned to death for having taken part in the Merthyr Rising of 1831—an event which was part of the drive towards democratic reform in Britain. He was a champion of minority human rights and visualised as a benevolent ironmaster and educationalist in a period of rapid industrial growth as well as social and political discontent in Europe. In this context, this study will consider many of Price’s additional humanitarian activities, particularly his advocacy of a peace society (c.1814 onwards) and his stalwart patronage of the anti-slavery movement.

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Author(s): Allen RC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Quaker Studies

Year: 2018

Volume: 23

Issue: 2

Pages: 219-237

Print publication date: 01/12/2018

Online publication date: 10/12/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 09/04/2019

ISSN (print): 1363-013X

ISSN (electronic): 2397-1770

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


DOI: 10.3828/quaker.2018.23.2.5


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