More was a paternalistic yet enlightened philanthropist, author and abolitionist. In London in her late 20’s she was captivated by Garrick’s performances, was introduced and became a close friend; he helped her write her plays (before she foreswore the theatre). She also met Reynolds, and through him Johnson (who greatly admired her), and had a poem printed by Walpole. She sought Newton’s spiritual advice, and was among the group who persuaded Wilberforce to take up the abolitionist cause. As friends, both Newton and Wilberforce stayed with her; among other visitors were de Quincey, Coleridge, Fry and the young Macaulay.