Hesba Stretton Book Descriptions

Victorian Evangelical Literature

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This is an investigative report of an emigrant ship leaving Liverpool, England, for Australia..

This is an investigative report of an emigrant ship leaving Liverpool, England, for Australia. It was published in Charles Dicken's  All The Year Round, April 12, 1862.

Read the complete article HERE.


Alone in London by Hesba Stretton.


James Oliver lived alone in London and worked in his newspaper shop. He had an unusually open relationship with Jesus, whom he talked to as a personal friend. One day he found Dolly, a little girl, alone in the shop. Tony, a street boy, had fended for himself and needed a place to sleep at night. These three isolated people came together and formed a family. Tension came between Oliver who wanted to care for the downtrodden, and Aunt Charlotte who wanted to maintain a life of respectability. An important verse is Matthew 25:40: "Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these, ye did it unto me."—Curiosmith (2013).

A sweet and touching little book for children, and, if it does not make them cry, it will give the parents a good opportunity to lift their hearts with gratitude to that God who careth for them.—The Weekly Review (1908)

This is another pathetic story by the author of "Jessica's First Prayer." Since the days of Mrs. Sherwood, no lady writer has done better for youthful readers than Hesba Stretton.—The Baptist Magazine (1905).


  • Chapter 1 — Not Alone
  • Chapter 2 — Waifs and Strays
  • Chapter 3 — A Little Peacemaker
  • Chapter 4 — Old Oliver's Master
  • Chapter 5 — Forsaken Again
  • Chapter 6 — The Grasshopper a Burden
  • Chapter 7 — The Prince of Life
  • Chapter 8 — No Pipe for Old Oliver
  • Chapter 9 — A New Broom and a Crossing
  • Chapter 10 — Highly Respectable
  • Chapter 11 — Among Thieves
  • Chapter 12 — Tony's Welcome
  • Chapter 13 — New Boots
  • Chapter 14 — In Hospital
  • Chapter 15 — Tony's Future Prospects
  • Chapter 16 — A Bud Fading
  • Chapter 17 — A Very Dark Shadow
  • Chapter 18 — No Room for Dolly
  • Chapter 19 — The Golden City
  • Chapter 20 — A Fresh Day Dawns
  • Chapter 21 — Polly


  • James Oliver – News agent and owner of the shop.
  • Charlotte – James sister who did sewing.
  • Dolly – the little girl found in Oliver's shop.
  • Tony – 10 year old street-boy.
  • Mr. Ross — a benevolent helper of Tom.
  • Beppo – Dolly's dog.                                                           
  • Clever Dog Tom — a street-boy thief.

Important Scripture verse:

Matthew 25:40—Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these, ye did it unto me.

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An Acrobat's Girlhood by Hesba Stretton.


This is a short story detailing the abuses that circus workers suffered in the nineteenth century. Two strangers come over and offer Trixy training and a good job to go with them to be an acrobat. She travels to different countries and practices a lot. They overwork all the acrobats but they cannot escape.—Curiosmith (2012).

Chapters—4 untitled chapters.


  • Ruth — the eldest daughter.
  • Little Nell — the youngest daughter.
  • Nancy — a daughter.
  • Trixy (or Beatrice) — the daughter who joined the circus.
  • Father — the father of the family.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lafosse — The circus owners.
  • Rosa — another circus worker.


Another Past Lodger Relates Certain Passages to Her Husband by Hesba Stretton.

Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy is a seven chapter story with different authors for each chapter. Hesba Stretton wrote Chapter 6 - "Another Past Lodger Relates Certain Passages to Her Husband." It is the 1864 "Extra Christmas Number" of All the Year Round conducted by Charles Dickens.

Jane is a past lodger, who occupied the second floor, relates a story to Major J. Jackman and Mrs. Lirriper. The story is about Adelaide and her husband, who had recently visited.

When the story begins, Jane's mother wanted Jane and Owen to be married, but Owen was to marry Adelaide. The wedding day comes but there is no Adelaide to be found. Mrs. Vernon has deceived everyone.—Curiosmith (2013).


  • Owen Scott — took the charge of rector.
  • Jane Meadows — the woman who married Owen.
  • Adelaide Vernon — the women who was to marry Owen.
  • Mr. Vernon — the rector.
  • Mrs. Vernon — the rector's wife who suffered with a malady.


Bede's Charity by Hesba Stretton.


When Margery Bede stayed at home to care for her father and brother Stephen, she sacrificed all hope of marriage. Her father died, Stephen went off to Australia, and Margery moved to London where she poured her life into raising Cor, a street boy. Broken-hearted Margery gave her life to others but was left alone and unappreciated. The story's theme is maintaining faith and joy in the midst of disappointment.

A quote from the book: "I cannot be anything but happy," I said, "because I believe the Lord Christ has given me the right and the power to become one of the daughters of the Lord God almighty; and there never was a father, even a king upon his throne, who cares for his children as my heavenly Father cares for me. Could I be anything else but happy and at peace."—Curiosmith (2014).


  • Chapter 1 — Bede's Farm
  • Chapter 2 — The Last Evening
  • Chapter 3 — Solitary Days
  • Chapter 4 — Old Farmer Beade
  • Chapter 5 — Uprooted
  • Chapter 6 — A Stranger In A Strange Place
  • Chapter 7 — Watchmaker And Philosopher
  • Chapter 8 — St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Chapter 9 — Bede's Alms-woman
  • Chapter 10 — Cor And Phoebe
  • Chapter 11 — The Easter Moon
  • Chapter 12 — My Boy Stevie
  • Chapter 13 — A Glad Good Friday
  • Chapter 14 — Forsaken
  • Chapter 15 — The Sting Of Death
  • Chapter 16 — A Tea-party In An Alms-house
  • Chapter 17 — Dr. Cornelius Bell
  • Chapter 18 — Rotten Row
  • Chapter 19 — A New Face And A New Trouble
  • Chapter 20 — Margery's Welcome Guest
  • Chapter 21 — A Very Dark November
  • Chapter 22 — Cheap Trips For Christmas
  • Chapter 23 — Home Again
  • Chapter 24 — Lost Margery
  • Chapter 25 — Nowhere To Lay Her Head
  • Chapter 26 — In The Refuge
  • Chapter 27 — In My Brother's House
  • Chapter 28 — Two Weddings
  • Chapter 29 — God Bless Cor And Phoebe


  • Old Farmer Beade — the farmer father.
  • Margery Beade — Maggie, the daughter and main character.
  • Stephen Beade (Bede) — went to Australia to seek his fortune.
  • Uncle Simister — had a watchmaker shop in London.
  • Cor — (Cornelius Bell) the street boy who is mentored and tutored.
  • Doctor Clark — a friendly doctor who helps Cor and Margery.
  • Phoebe — the niece of Mrs. Moss.
  • Mrs. Moss — the aunt of Mr. Moss, who lived in an alms house in Westminster.
  • Mr. Moss — a journeyman who took over Uncle Simister's shop.


Brought Home by Hesba Stretton.


David Chantrey, the well liked rector of Upon decides to take a leave abroad to better his health. His wife, Sophy, stays home and moves in with Mrs. Bolton. Sophy falls into despair and starts drinking. The story highlights the wretchedness of alcoholism, but more importantly who is to care for such? Mr. Warden and Mrs. Bolton certainly argue this fact, but also the question is posed to all the townspeople.


  • Chapter 1 — Upton Rectory
  • Chapter 2 — Ann Holland
  • Chapter 3 — What Was Her Duty?
  • Chapter 4 — A Baby's Grave
  • Chapter 5 — Town's Talk
  • Chapter 6 — The Rector's Return
  • Chapter 7 — Worse Than Dead
  • Chapter 8 — Husband and Wife
  • Chapter 9 — Sad Days
  • Chapter 10 — A Sin and a Shame
  • Chapter 11 — Lost
  • Chapter 12 — A Colonial Curacy
  • Chapter 13 — Self-Sacrifice
  • Chapter 14 — Farewells
  • Chapter 15 — In Despair
  • Chapter 16 — A Long Voyage
  • Chapter 17 — Almost Shipwrecked
  • Chapter 18 — Saved


  • David Chantrey—the rector who went on a leave of absence.
  • Sophy Chantrey—the sensitive wife of David.
  • Charlie Chantrey—the seven year son.
  • Mrs. Bolton—the most eminent person in Upton.
  • Ann Holland—a saddler who was very social.
  • Richard Holland—the drunken brother of Ann.
  • Mr. Warden—the replacement rector for David Chantrey.


Carola by Hesba Stretton.


Eighteen year old Carola lived above a Jewish man who treated her well. She was given a Bible when her grandmother died and then sought after God. She became a schoolmistress and fell in love with a local village man, Philip. When her old wicked life was found out she was not permitted to marry and was banished from the village. After she lived in isolation she went to work as a nurse in a different town. Philip's heart ached after Carola, but he didn't know where she was. Carola became a hero by practicing consistent good works.—Curiosmith (2010).

A story exhibiting all the well-known characteristics of this popular writer. It sets forth very powerfully the influence of the New Testament upon a fresh and vigorous mind wholly unacquainted with the facts of our Lord's life.—Religious Tract Society (1908).

Perhaps one of the most graphic, real, and powerful stories by the same talented author. The vicissitudes in the career of the heroine, and the character of the old Jew, are sketched with a masterly hand.—The Queen (1908).

Far above the average . . . From first to last the interest of the story never flags.—The Glasgow Herald (1908).


  • Chapter 1 — An East-End Jew
  • Chapter 2 — Left to Herself
  • Chapter 3 — The King of the Jews
  • Chapter 4 — The Book and its Captive
  • Chapter 5 — Seeking Her Parish Priest
  • Chapter 6 — Doing Justly
  • Chapter 7 — Separated
  • Chapter 8 — A Village Schoolmistress
  • Chapter 9 — Hazelmount
  • Chapter 10 — A Mother's Fears
  • Chapter 11 — Girlish Fancies
  • Chapter 12 — Unconscious Rivalry
  • Chapter 13 — Christmas Eve
  • Chapter 14 — The Happiest Day of His Life
  • Chapter 15 — The Hour of Temptation
  • Chapter 16 — Carola's Confession
  • Chapter 17 — Cast Out of Paradise
  • Chapter 18 — Together
  • Chapter 19 — A Day of Shame
  • Chapter 20 — London Roughs
  • Chapter 21 — A Good Prayer
  • Chapter 22 — Unworthy
  • Chapter 23 — Towards the Holy City
  • Chapter 24 — Sister Elizabeth
  • Chapter 25 — A New Landlord
  • Chapter 26 — The Old Master
  • Chapter 27 — A Night's Watch
  • Chapter 28 — Sister Carola
  • Chapter 29 — Surprises
  • Chapter 30 — Another Christmas


  • Carola Fielding  — an eighteen year old girl.
  • Philip Arnold — local village man who loved Carola.
  • Matthias Levi — an east-end Jew whom Carola lived with for a while.
  • Carola's grandmother — brought up Carola after her parents died.
  • George Basset — an unwanted admirer of Carola.
  • Mrs. Arnold — a patroness and spiritual guide at Hazelmount.
  • Mr. Arnold — farmer and churchwarden.
  • Sister Elizabeth — Sister at Netherton Hospital who helps Carola.
  • Mrs. Stuart — Owner of Hazelmount Park.
  • Captain Bentley — nephew of Mrs. Stuart and owner of Hazelmount Park after Mrs. Stuart dies.

Important Scripture:

John 14:3—And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.


KnightCassy by Hesba Stretton.


Young Cassy set forth from her forest camp alone and made a dear friend of a crippled man. She found employment with a rather odd family in London and met a grandfather convinced he is a character in The Pilgrims Progress. Cassy passionately searched for the truth about God's existence.—Curiosmith (2010)

The close of the little tale is of the most exquisitely touching kind, and the narrative, while free and graceful, is really of the most compressed and masterly character.—Nonconformist (1876).

It is very fresh and simple. We thank Miss Stretton for another treat, as real to grown-up people as to children.—Church Herald (1876).

Will doubtless become a great favorite.—Rock (1879)

 An excerpt from Cassy:

"Ay, can I," he replied; "I've heard it often and often. They say God Almighty loved us men in this world so much He sent His only Son from heaven to be a man like us-live like us, you know-like a common man; and die for us, at the end of all, upon the Cross, so that if we trust in Him we shall go to heaven when we die. That's what Jesus Christ came to do."

"Why," exclaimed Cassy, "that's the King's pilgrim name!"

"Ay," continued Simon, slowly and reluctantly, "that's what they mean by going on pilgrimage. We are to try to be like what Jesus Christ was when He was a man like us. It's harder than going on real pilgrimage. I'd ten times sooner go through anything, if there was a real Golden City at the end of all, than set up to be like Jesus Christ."

"Can you tell me all about Him?" asked Cassy in a less mournful tone. "I've heard somethin' in the Union, and the old master used to call Him his King. Tell me all you know about Him."


  • Chapter 1 — On the Forest
  • Chapter 2 — Mr. Simon
  • Chapter 3 — Good Words
  • Chapter 4 — London Bridge
  • Chapter 5 — Cassy's First Place
  • Chapter 6 — In the Land of Beulah
  • Chapter 7 — The Valley of the Shadow
  • Chapter 8 — The King's Pilgrim-Name
  • Chapter 9 — A Mysterious Disappearance
  • Chapter 10 — The Messenger
  • Chapter 11 — A Deserted House
  • Chapter 12 — A Pauper's Funeral
  • Chapter 13 — Cassy's New Master
  • Chapter 14 — At Home in the Caravan
  • Chapter 15 — Is It True?
  • Chapter 16 — Lost Burdens
  • Chapter 17— A Short Pilgrimage
  • Chapter 18 — Going into the City
  • Chapter 19 — Simon's House


  • Cassy — a young girl, the main character.
  • Mr. Simon — a disabled man who lives in a wooden mobile van.
  • Bijo — Cassy's dog.
  • Mr. Tilly — The owner of the Elysian Shaving Saloon.
  • Mrs. Tilly — The woman who employed Cassy and read novels.
  • Master Alfred Fitzgerald Tilly — The child of the Tillys.
  • Old Tilly — the grandfather who talks about the Pilgrim's Progress.
  • Matty — A little girl who joins up with Simon and Cassy.

Important Scriptures:

  • Matthew 1:21—And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
  • he shall save his people from their sins.
  • John 14:2—In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
  • you. I go to prepare a place for you.
  • Luke 23:34a—Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
  • Mark 9:24b—Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
  • Psalms 145:9—The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
  • Psalm 23:4—Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
  • evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
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The Child's Life of Christ by Hesba Stretton.

Also called:

  • The Child's Life of Christ
  • The Wonderful Life of Christ
  • The Life of Christ
  • The Wonderful Story of Christ
  • The Gospel Story for Young People
  • The Wonderful Life


"This slight and brief sketch is merely the story of the life and death of our Lord. It has been written for those who have not the leisure, or the books, needed for threading together the fragmentary and scattered incidents recorded in the four Gospels. Of late years these records have been searched diligently for the smallest links which might serve to complete the chain of those years of a life passed amongst us as Jesus of Nazareth, the Carpenter, the Prophet, and the Messiah. This little book is intended only to present the result of these close investigations made by many learned men, in a plain continuous narrative, suitable for unlearned readers."—Henry S. King & Co. (1875).

"A well-written and concise narrative, which describes the wonderful story with a forcible simplicity that will appeal to all readers."—Hour (1876).

"Will be very useful in the more advanced classes of the Sunday-school, and is also suitable for a Sunday-school prize."—Church Review (1876).

"The story is presented in a plain and attractive manner."—Rock (1876).

"It is invaluable."—Sunday-School Quarterly Journal (1876).

Will be of more value and interest than any number of ordinary sermons.—Christian World (1879).

This is a book for all seasons . . . Many will value this new work of her hands.—Nonconformist (1879).

This book is a combination of the four Gospels into one storyline of Christ's life. Included are his birth, miracles, teachings, death, and resurrection. It "has been written for those who have not the leisure, or the books, needed for threading together the fragmentary and scattered incidents recorded in the four Gospels." Thirty two works of art by Heinrich Hofmann, Bernard Plockhorst and others, help visualize this rich time in history. The text is updated to modern language.—Curiosmith (2015).

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The Children of Cloverley by Hesba Stretton. A sequel to Fern's Hollow.


A farm family lived by Lake Heron, during the Civil War. The father left home to fight in the war and the children were sent to Cloverley, England. The life with their cousins in Cloverley is an adjustment with less heavy labor and more education. The coal mining town is out of work until the new shaft is completed, but first the will of God must be trusted. The theme of the story is submission to the will of God in all things. An important verse is Matthew 6:10—"Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven."


  • Chapter 1 — The Farm on Lake Huron
  • Chapter 2 — "Thy Will be Done"
  • Chapter 3 — Parting
  • Chapter 4 — Helmeth Lodge
  • Chapter 5 — Welcome to the Strangers
  • Chapter 6 — The Mother's Letter
  • Chapter 7 — Stephen Fern
  • Chapter 8 — A Visit to Fern's Hollow
  • Chapter 9 — A Little Child Shall Lead Them
  • Chapter 10 — Fears and Hopes
  • Chapter 11 — A Young "American Citizen"
  • Chapter 12 — The Little Intercessor
  • Chapter 13 — Softening Influences
  • Chapter 14 — Disappointment
  • Chapter 15 — An Hour at the Red Lion
  • Chapter 16 — Changes at Botfield
  • Chapter 17 — A Walk with Miss Reynolds
  • Chapter 18 — Dora's Troubles
  • Chapter 19 — A Snowstorm on the Heights
  • Chapter 20 — Lost!
  • Chapter 21 — Old Molly's Hut
  • Chapter 22 — Passing Away!
  • Chapter 23 — Good News
  • Chapter 24 — Father and Child
  • Chapter 25 — "Annie Bakewell's Schools"


  • Captain Bakewell — father who went into the American Civil War.
  • Elinor Bakewell — The wife of Captain Bakewell. The sister of Mr. Ludlow.
  • Ben Bakewell — the son and nephew of Anne Ludlow.
  • Annie Bakewell — the daughter and niece of Anne Ludlow.
  • Mr. Ludlow — an artist, owns the coal pits now. The parent of Gilbert and Dora. Uncle of Ben and Annie.
  • Mrs. Anne Ludlow — the niece of Mr. Wyley.
  • Mr. Wyley – Had built the Helmeth Lodge and used to own the coal fields at Bofield.
  • Gilbert — the son.
  • Dora — the daughter who helped her father paint.
  • Martha Fern – servant in the Ludlow household and sister to Stephen Fern.
  • Stephen Fern — 30 years old brother of Martha Fern. Bailiff of the coal pits. Overseer of the coal-fields.
  • Mary Fern — Stephen's wife.
  • Tim Cole — Friends of Stephen Fern. A head collier.
  • Bess Cole — Friends of Stephen Fern. Bess Thompson in Fern's Hollow.
  • Miss Deborah Reynolds — the reclusive woman who lived at Cloverley Old Hall.


"Every day this single, simple question was on Annie's conscience: 'Is this the will of my Father in heaven?' and if it were a duty to be done, she did it heartily as unto the Lord; or if it were a disappointment to be borne, she bore it patiently because it was His will; and thus she proved the truth of that saying of the Lord Jesus, 'Whosoever shall lose his life for My sake, shall save it.' For, by giving up and losing her own will, she gathered to her the love and tenderness of all who knew her."

Important Scriptures:

John 6:40—And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Matthew 6:10—Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven.

 A note on the connection between Fern's Hollow and The Children of Cloverley:

  Fern’s Hollow The Children of Coverley
Stephen Fern Moves into Fern’s Hollow. Still living at Fern’s Hollow.
Mary Fern Nothing about her. Stephen’s wife.
Bess Thompson Bess Thompson. Bess Cole – she married Tim Cole.
Miss Anne Miss Anne Mrs. Ludlow – she married Mr. Ludlow.
Mr. Wyley Dies. Just a memory.
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The Christmas Child by Hesba Stretton.

Miss Priscilla Parry, a fiercely independent woman, runs a farm and takes adopted children. Inspired by the Biblical Christmas story, the children Rhoda and Joan have a habit of visiting the barn manger every Christmas looking for a child. All is well until one day Rhoda is missing, and a child in the manger? This story's spiritual theme is to forgive when it is hard to forgive.—Curiosmith (2012).


  • Chapter 1 — The Coming of Joan
  • Chapter 2 — Joan's Search
  • Chapter 3 — The Child in the Manger
  • Chapter 4 — Lost and Found


  • Miss Priscilla Parry — the 60 year old lease owner of the farm.
  • Rhoda Parry — the adopted niece.
  • Joan — the orphaned child of a niece of Priscilla.
  • Old Nathan — Priscilla's head servant.
  • Evan Price — the man Rhoda went away with.

Important Scriptures:

Luke 11:4—And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.

Matthew 18:32-35—Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

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Clives of Burcot by Hesba Stretton. An adult novel in three volumes.


Cobwebs and Cables by Hesba Stretton.


A story of the gradual yielding to temptation of a man who was a prosperous banker. Sinful habit which begins as ‘a cobweb' but ends as ‘a cable,' is the general teaching of this captivating story from the practised pen of this ever-popular writer.—The Religious Tract Society (1908).

Ably written and thoughtful.—The Churchman (1908).

Related in the author's usually entertaining manner.—The Bookseller (1908).

Roland Sefton fled England mysteriously after he stole 10,000 pounds from his own bank. As time progressed the widely varied effects of this wrongdoing included isolation, ruined lives, shame and death. Toward the end of the story only time, circumstances, forgiveness and the grace of God could heal what had occurred. "He could not unravel the warp and woof of his life. The gossamer threads of the webs he had begun to weave about himself so lightly in the heyday of his youth and prosperity and happiness had thickened into cables and petrified; it was impossible to break through the coil of them or find a way out of it."—Curiosmith (2013).


  •  Chapter 1 — Absconded
  • Chapter 2 — Phebe Marlowe
  • Chapter 3 — Felicita
  • Chapter 4 — Upfold Farm
  • Chapter 5 — A Confession
  • Chapter 6 — The Old Bank
  • Chapter 7 — An Interrupted Day-Dream
  • Chapter 8 — The Senior Partner
  • Chapter 9 — Fast Bound
  • Chapter 10 — Leaving Riversborough
  • Chapter 11 — Old Marlowe
  • Chapter 12 — Reckless Of Life
  • Chapter 13 — Suspense
  • Chapter 14 — On The Altar Steps
  • Chapter 15 — A Second Fraud
  • Chapter 16 — Parting Words
  • Chapter 17 — Waiting for the News
  • Chapter 18 — The Dead Are Forgiven
  • Chapter 19 — Author and Publisher
  • Chapter 20 — A Dumb Man's Grief
  • Chapter 21 — Plato and Paul
  • Chapter 22 — A Rejected Suitor
  • Chapter 23 — Another Offer
  • Chapter 24 — At Home in London
  • Chapter 25 — Dead to the World
  • Chapter 26 — After Many Years
  • Chapter 27 — Canon Pascal
  • Chapter 28 — Felicita's Refusal
  • Chapter 29 — Taking Orders
  • Chapter 30 — A London Curacy
  • Chapter 31 — Other People's Sins
  • Chapter 32 — An Old Man's Pardon
  • Chapter 33 — The Grave at Engelberg
  • Chapter 34 — The Lowest Deeps
  • Chapter 35 — Alice Pascal
  • Chapter 36 — Coming to Himself
  • Chapter 37 — A Glimpse into Paradise
  • Chapter 38 — A London Garret
  • Chapter 39 — His Father's Sin
  • Chapter 40 — Haunting Memories
  • Chapter 41 — The Voice of the Dead
  • Chapter 42 — No Place for Repentance
  • Chapter 43 — Within and Without
  • Chapter 44 — In His Father's House
  • Chapter 45 — As a Hired Servant
  • Chapter 46 — Phebe's Secret
  • Chapter 47 — Near the End
  • Chapter 48 — The Most Miserable
  • Chapter 49 — For One Moment
  • Chapter 50 — The Final Resolve
  • Chapter 51 — In Lucerne
  • Chapter 52 — His Own Children
  • Chapter 53 — An Emigration Scheme
  • Chapter 54 — Farewell
  • Chapter 55 — Quite Alone
  • Chapter 56 — Last Words


  • Roland Sefton — a man in his thirties, the main character.
  • Felicita  Sefton — Roland's wife.
  • Felix Sefton — son of Roland and Felicita.
  • Hilda Sefton — five year old daughter of Roland and Felicita.
  • Phebe Marlow — young country girl.
  • Old Marlow — Phebe's father, deaf and dumb.
  • Mr. Acton — The head clerk and manager when Roland is away.
  • Mr. Clifford — Roland's partner at the bank.
  • Madame — mother of Roland Sefton.
  • Canon Pascal — the clergyman husband of a distant cousin and the tutor of Felix.
  • Alice Pascal — Canon Pascal's daughter.


The Crew of the Dolphin by Hesba Stretton.


Captain Norcott talked Peter Blake into sailing on his ship, but Peter was concerned about the soundness of the vessel. After the launch it was determined not to be the real Dolphin ship and sailor's lives were dependent upon a business owner whose only concern was to make money. This greediness resulted in many ships and crews being lost for the collection of their insurance, but how can restitution be made? What becomes of the women left behind? An important Bible verse is Isaiah 40:12—"Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"—Curiosmith (2013).

A spirited and touching story.—Guardian. (1877).

Every sailor should possess a copy of this little volume.—Christian (1877).

Preface to the book:

It is needful to state that legislation has done much to lessen the kind of danger referred to in this story. Sailors are not now so frequently exposed to almost certain death in such vessels as "Penrose's coffins."


  • Chapter 1 — High Street, Wapping
  • Chapter 2 — Peter Blake's Home
  • Chapter 3 — Last Hours
  • Chapter 4 — The Hollow of God's Hand
  • Chapter 5 — Not the Dolphin
  • Chapter 6 — The Owner's Son
  • Chapter 7 — A Dilemma
  • Chapter 8 — On the Rocks
  • Chapter 9 — Night and Despair
  • Chapter 10 — Victor's Grave
  • Chapter 11 — Too Late!
  • Chapter 12 — Fleck Tempted
  • Chapter 13 — Hard Times
  • Chapter 14 — In Normandy
  • Chapter 15 — Taken by Surprise
  • Chapter 16 — Brought to Light
  • Chapter 17 — Another Victim
  • Chapter 18 — A Crown of Thorns
  • Chapter 19 — Found at Last


  • Peter Blake — a weatherworn sailor.
  • Bessie — Peter's wife.
  • Nannie — Peter's child.
  • Victor — the teenage brother of Peter.
  • Bessie's cousin — a sail maker, he owns the house Peter and Bessie live in.
  • Captain Norcott — The captain of the Dolphin.
  • Fleck — a crew member, a sly foxy-looking man.
  • Penrose— a deceitful greedy owner of boats.
  • Arthur Penrose — the son of Penrose, the ship-owner.
  • James Blackburn — the nominal owner of the ship. Penrose's brother-in-law.

Important Scriptures:

Isaiah 40:12—Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Matthew 8:25—Lord, save us, or we perish.

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David Lloyd's Last Will by Hesba Stretton.


This well-written story of the Cotton Famine, and representation of Lancashire life, appeared in the pages of the "Leisure Hour." There is a high moral tone pervading it, which never degenerates into homiletic effusion, and a forcible delineation of scenery, circumstance, and character, which is always more than word-painting. The authoress describes the effect of avarice, and of the greed of gold, upon the despicable miser, and, more or less, upon all the characters in the story, spoiling the blush of the virgin's cheek, and blowing rust on the polished steel of the man of unblemished reputation. The violent death of David Lloyd, when he had just committed a new series of revolting treacheries and hypocrisies; first the concealment and then the unfortunate discovery of David's last will, which induced his executor to act so dubiously and illegally; the anticipations of the trial, and the final upshot of the story, sustain the interest to the last page. . . —The British Quarterly Review, Volume 51 (1870).

Hesba Stretton's books are always worth reading, and their purity of tone makes them eminently adapted for young persons.  It may be said of this, as of all others of the talented author's books, that no one can read it without being a wiser and better man or woman.—The Court Circular  (1908)

The many readers who value works from this authoress will appreciate her last effort, which follows the lines of her previous style. She is a keen observer of human nature with strong opinions. The incidents of the story are connected with the Manchester cotton famine in the early sixties.—The School Guardian  (1908).


The Doctor's Dilemma by Hesba Stretton. An adult novel in two volumes.


"If our readers wish to peruse for the sake of pure entertainment, a fascinating story which scarcely flags in interest from the first page to the last, we advise them to submit themselves to the romantic pages of ‘The Doctor's Dilemma.' It is all story; every page contributes something to the result."—British Quarterly Review (1875).


Enoch Roden's Training by Hesba Stretton. Also called The Young Apprentice.


Enoch Roden began his apprenticeship in printing with a bad accident, but as the story progresses, his training becomes more spiritual. Mr. Drury, his boss, trusted in God's provision for his business but when business went bad, it led to confession of his faults. Enoch questioned his attitude of despising God's daily gifts, thinking he was in rebellion like the Israelites. Trusting God's providence when it doesn't seem like He is paying attention is a training many go through. An important verse is Psalm 37:7—"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him."—Curiosmith (2013).


  • Chapter 1 — Ambition
  • Chapter 2 — First Day of Apprenticeship
  • Chapter 3 — Esther's Silver Salver
  • Chapter 4 — Debt and Dishonor
  • Chapter 5 — Farewell
  • Chapter 6 — Titus Runs Away to Sea
  • Chapter 7 — Lucy's New Home
  • Chapter 8 — Enoch's Challenge
  • Chapter 9 — Preparing for the Workhouse
  • Chapter 10 — Work for Enoch
  • Chapter 11 — Mistakes
  • Chapter 12 — Susan in Doubt
  • Chapter 13 — Granny's Last Charge
  • Chapter 14 — Is Prayer Answered?
  • Chapter 15 — Sympathy in Hill's Close
  • Chapter 16 — Titus in Melbourne
  • Chapter 17 — Dr. Johnson's Dinner-Party
  • Chapter 18 — Help Coming
  • Chapter 19 — The Prodigal's Return
  • Chapter 20 — Enoch's First Sermon


  • Enoch Roden — a 14 year old young man starting out in his life work.
  • Mrs. Susan Roden — The mother of Titus and Enoch.
  • John Roden — Susan's deceased husband.
  • Titus Roden — a son of Susan, a cabinetmaker, who goes to Australia.
  • Old Mrs. Margaret Roden — the grandmother, mother of John Roden.
  • Mr. Drury — the owner of the "Shawbury News" printing office.
  • Esther Drury — Mr. Drury's 17 year old eldest daughter.
  • Lucy Lavender — Esther's grandmother's name.
  • Lucy Lavender Drury — daughter of Mr. Drury, 10 years old, niece to Mr. Tracey.
  • Mr. Tracey — half-brother to Mrs. Drury, a lawyer.
  • Mrs. Harper — kept the school.

Important Scriptures:

  • Luke 12:7—But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
  • Psalm 37:7—Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.


"For he began to consider now that the Bible not only taught him to trust in God, and to cast all his cares upon him, but, also, not to be slothful in business, and to do whatsoever his hand found to do with all his might. The first he had done; but the other he had left undone; and as he felt himself getting more and more into debt, and knew that the time was drawing rapidly near when he must tell his creditors that he could not pay their just demands, the thought weighed heavily upon him that he should bring dishonor upon the name of Christ, and give occasion to the enemies of true religion to scoff at them who call themselves Christians."