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Charlesworth, Maria (1819–1880)

Charlesworth, Maria (1819–1880)

British religious writer. Born Oct 1, 1819, in Suffolk, England; died Oct 18, 1880, in Surrey, England; dau. of John Charlesworth (rector of Flowton, Suffolk); aunt of Florence Louisa Barclay (1862–1921, writer).

Began ministering to poor in father's parish as child; didactic writings, which focus on duties of children and work of missionaries, include The Female Visitor to the Poor (1846), The Light of Life (1850), Ministering Children (1854), Africa's Mountain Valley (1858), Oliver of the Mill: A Tale (1871) and Broken Looking Glass (1880).

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