Regency Personalities Series-William Stevens

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Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

William Stevens
2 March 1732 – 7 February 1807

William Stevens was an English hosier and lay writer on religious topics from a High Church perspective, the biographer and editor of the works of William Jones of Nayland.

Born in the parish of St. Saviour’s, Southwark, he was son of a tradesman. His mother was sister of the Rev. Samuel Horne of Otham, Kent. He was educated at Maidstone with his cousin, George Horne, later bishop of Norwich. In August 1746 he was apprenticed to a hosier in Old Broad Street named Hookham, whose partner he afterwards became; Hookham’s daughter married John Frere, and was mother of John Hookham Frere. After Hookham’s death Stevens became the senior partner, but in 1801 he gave up most…

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