Bernard Barton( 31 January 1784 - 19 February 1849 )
Bernard Barton was known as the Quaker poet. His main works included The Convict's Appeal , in which he protested against the death penalty and the severity of the criminal code.
Bernard Barton was born at Carlisle on 31 January 1784, the son of Quaker parents, John Barton and his wife, Mary, née Done . His mother died, and while the boy was still an infant, his father, a manufacturer, married Elizabeth Horne , moved to London, and then engaged in the malting business at Hertford. After John Barton died, his widow and stepchildren moved to Tottenham. Barton's sister was the educational writer Maria Hack and his half-brother John Barton, an economist. He was educated at a Quaker school in Ipswich.
Barton was apprenticed at the age of 14 to a shopkeeper in Halstead, Essex, whose...