John Wright of Dudwick
While at Yarmouth John, who was the eldest son, married Anne Harford who had been a great friend of his sister Mary. They went to live at Dudwick House, Buxton; This lovely house with a good estate had been left to John by his father's cousin another John Wright of Norfolk, who had been a successful banker in the city of London. Back in Yarmouth one of father's ventures had been to purchase a captured French vessel and have engines fitted; then he and his younger brother Richard started Wright's packet service on the river between Yarmouth and Norwich. This was said to be the first steam Packet on the East Coast. Two more vessels were added to the enterprise and John took on a partner whose nephew's challenged it to a race, to take place on Good Friday. Alas the Wright's vessel had its safety valve lashed down and the boiler burst killing thirteen people. This river accident was at Foundry Bridge in Norwich. The elder Wright spent the rest of his life paying compensation to the families of the victims.
An account of this accident in Norwich can be found in the Norfolk Chronicle of Saturday 5th April 1817, with a notice about the relief fund in the issue of 19th.
The Wrights now had to sell their big house near Yarmouth and move to a small farm on their son John's estate at Buxton. Those daughters who were old enough went to work as governessses and before long Mary married Isaac Sewell. He as one of three sons of a Yarmouth Quaker family whose business could not then support another married son; so Isaac and Mary moved to London where Mary struggled to bring up their two children Philip and Anna in miserable surroundings with very little money. for their first two years they lived near what is now Liverpool Street station. Mary wrote "I was taking my first lesson in fog, dirt, noise and distraction. I loathed and hated the place. The depths I was taken to during these two years taught me more than any number of years of looking on at the plight of the poor"