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Poor dear me! ’ Back in Swansea she found herself reluctantly caught up in routine chores related to the obligatory, and to her tedious, business of fund-raising such as the Killay Church bazaar where she and her mother were prominent stallholders. So in the perfect summer weather she went into Swansea with Mama and other members of the family to supervise their stalls at an event designed to part Swansea’s more affluent citizens from their money. Despite Amy’s moral doubts she was pleased to sacrifice herself in a good cause: At our stall we took altogether £62 and I really felt quite ashamed of myself to go taking people’s money for things that could be of no use to them.
Altogether it was the prettiest scene I ever saw. indd 20 12/08/2013 16:17:03 short-sighted people there’. The day after letting Minnie have all her news of the presentation there was yet more famous jewellery to be seen, this time at Garrards where they were displaying the Prince of Wales’s wedding presents to Princess Alexandra, and again Amy’s critical faculty came into its own. ‘It is a magnificent diamond and pearl necklace and two handsome brooches of diamonds in the form of the Prince of Wales plume.
His father had sat in the Reform Parliament for five years as one of the country members, and by now he himself had developed markedly radical political ideas which he wanted to put into practice. In 1855 on the death of John Henry Vivian, the great industrialist who had represented Swansea for over twenty years, Lewis put his name forward as Liberal candidate in the by-election. He made no secret of his unorthodox views on matters of church and state and, reminding his audiences of his liberal forebears and his consistent advocacy of religious freedom, he was swept into the House of Commons by the almost unanimous support of Swansea’s largely Nonconformist electorate.