Benard Barton was Born January 31, 1784. He was known as the Quaker Poet.
His chief works are The Convict’s Appeal published in 1818, a protest against the death penalty and the severity of the criminal code, and Household Verses published 1845, which came to the notice of Sir R. Peel, through whom he obtained a pension of £100 a year. Other volumes of his were entitled Napoleon and Other Poems (1822), Poetic Vigils (1824) and A New Year’s Eve and Other Poems.(wikipedia)