While living in London, Miss Rolleston was a near neighbor of William Hone. They became good friends, perhaps because both were attuned to the injustices of the times. Hone as a writer and printer of political satire was not liked by those in government because he exposed their corruption and ridiculed their foibles. He was imprisoned for a time because of this.
Hone's association with FR contributed to an amending of his attitudes and he became a devout believer in Christ. FR wrote a small book about this change in Hone, based on her own knowledge of him and their discussions. Her little book was popular and led to an expanded edition.
January 31st, 1853
My dear Mrs. B___,
Our progress has been slow, but I am happy to tell you I consider our success complete. Kent, a London bookseller, takes a great interest in our "Conversion of William Hone," and will push the sale, saying he has had a great interest about him, having lived in his house. But the great thing is, we have got them on the rail; and as we have but 500, I cannot send you the whole number I intend till we print more, which, if they sell, we shall do immediately.