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William Allen 1770 – 1843

May 02, 2010

William Allen FRS, FLS 1770 – 1843 was an English scientist, philanthropist and antislavery campaigner, Member of The Chemical Society, Fellow of the Linnean Society, Fellow of the Royal Society, Founder of the pharmaceutical company Allen & Hanburys, co-founder and first President of the The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, co-founder of the Askesian Society, Treasurer of the Royal Lancastrian Society, Editor of The Philanthropist, founding member of the Peace Society, Member of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, founder member and a Director of the African Institution,

As a Quaker, William Allen was a partner of Robert Owen, and a colleague of Jeremy Bentham, Henry Peter Brougham 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, Jacob Dixon, George Eliot, George Jacob Holyoake, Johann Georg Rapp, Ernestine Louise Siismondi Potowski Rose, John Tyndall, James John Garth Wilkinson, and Fanny Wright,

William Allen’s father Job Allen was a silk manufacturer, so it is possible that he would have known homeopaths Jean Barthelemy Arles Dufour and William Laidler Leaf (William Allen was a colleague of James Mill, the father of John Stuart Mill who was a close friend of Jean Barthelemy Arles Dufour and homeopath James John Garth Wilkinson),

William Allen was also a colleague of William Wilberforce, the father of Samuel Wilberforce (who was a patient of homeopath James Manby Gully),

William Allen was the eldest son of devout Quakers Job and Margaret Allen. They were a well-to-do family, Job earning his wealth as a silk manufacturer.

Of interest:

In 1882, a B Hanbury was a sponsor of homeopathy, (donation of £10 given via Robert Grosvenor 1st Baron Ebury),