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gational Society in that place, correspondence with them, united should be thought worthy of in- with a taste for reading and resertion in tbe Christian Disciple, flection, had enriched her intelit is at your disposal. Speaking lectual treasures, and stored her of the blessedness which awaits mind with a fund of rare and use. the christian in a future world, ful knowledge. Her acquaintance he observes,
with men and with events, with In this blessedness we have the civil and political interests of reason to believe the respected her own country was deep and and beloved friend, whose remains extensive. Conversant with the were yesterday committed to the circumstances, that led to the dis-, tomb, is gone to partake. Her ac- memberment of this from the
parquisitions and her virtues, the de- ent country, and partaking in the votion of her tine and faculties to feelings of the leading characters the great purpose of her being, in the mighty struggle, she had that constant and extreme vener- early formed an attachment to the ation of God, which pervaded her liberties of her country, which was soul, that impressive sense of her strengthened by her connection, responsibility to him, which led and sympathy, and co-operation her to connect the motives and with the bereaved companion of the actions of her life with the her life in the exalted stations he solemnities of a future judgement has filled. and the retributions of cternity, But though her attainments while they raised her in the esti- were great, though she had moved mation of all, who were favoured in the higher walks of life, and with a knowledge of her charac- was fitted for the lofty departter, must also have recommended menta, in which she acted, her eleher to the approbation of Him to vation had never filled her soul whom she has given her account with pride, nor led her for a moMadam Adams possessed a mind ment to forget the feelings and elevated in its views, and capable the claims of others. She was alof attainments above the common ways the same meek, and humble, order of intellects. Hier discern- and obliging christian; nor will ment was quick, her judgment one voice be heard, uncommon as solid, and all her facelties so hap- it is, but in commendation of her pily adjusted as to form at once worth. the intelligent, discreet, and cap
Her conversation was adapted tivating mind. In the dispositions to improve and endear those, who of providence her lot was cast in were favored with the privilege of a period of time and on a theatre her acquaintance. She was easy of duties and events favourable to of access, commiunicative in her the developement and exercise of intercourse, and all, who were adher powers. Her opportunities mitted to her presence, were both for improvement were not lost. entertained and made happy. An habitual intercourse with some In her domestic character, in of the most enlightened charac- the oversight and management of ters at home, and in her travels her family concerns, in her discreabroad an acquaintance with some tion and prudence, and in all the of high rank and attainments in qualities that could contribute to other countries, and a subsequent the comfort and well-being of her household she stood almost with- christian revelation presents. In out a rival.
the religion of Jesus, she saw the Among the members of this so- character of God in all its holiciety, who had long known her ex- ness and perfection, in all its cellencies, she was beloved and adorable and endearing excellenrespected without a solitary ex- cies. She viewed it as a system ception. The tidings of her ill- of benevolence and love, as deness were heard with grief in ev- signed to enlighten and purify the ery house, and her death is felt as soul of man, to exalt his views and a common loss.
pursuits, and to train him up for a To the afflicted she had conso. nobler existen:e, for an endless lations to impart, and to the des- career of improvement and haptitute her charities were timely piness. Having deeply imbibed and unremitted. Multitudes in the benevolent spirit of her massickness and in want have been ter she had nothing of the bigotry the subjects of her liberal distri- and exclusiveness of sects and butions, and have occasion to rank parties; but could see the followler among the first of earthlyers of Christ, the destined subjects benefactors. Often has she wiped of eternal salvation, no less in this the tear from the cheek of sorrow, than in that denomination of and carried relief and comfort to christians. In her estimation the the mansions of cold, and hunger, creeds of erring mortals were less and nakedness. Her deeds of than nothing, and doctrines of no kindness, her sympathy in the further importance than as they sufferings of those, who in the al- contributed to the growth of virlotments of providence were strug- tuous dispositions and the moral gling with poverty, are inscribed improvement of the character. on the imperishable records of Her religion was the religion of eternity; and will, we doubt not, the heart and the affections. It be a source of happiness to her, was that religion, which we canwhen the treasures of the unfeel- not but think will abide the trial ing and the merciless are no more. of the last day, and continue with
In her religious faith and char- the soul, when the “hay and the acter she was among the disci- stubble,” the follies and the disples, whom Jesus loved. Early tinctions of flaming partizans shall initiated into the belief of the be consumed. christian doctrine, its heavenly in- But we are drawing to a scene, fluences had diffused a lustre over where the christian's faith and all the faculties of her soul, and hopes are felt in all their unutterformed her to the mild and huin- able importance, in all their subble, to the amiable and engaging lime and consoling effects. The temper, which all beheld and ad- approaches of the last enemy were mired. Her faith in the gospel rapid, but not overwhelming to was built on rational and solid her mind. A constitution, which grounds. The conversation and for thirty years had suffered withthe writings of infidels, which she out any long intermissions the had heard and read, were unable most violent attacks of disease, to shake the firmness of her hold was unable to sustain with the on that system of light and com- strength of youth the final shock. fort, of purity and hope, which the Madam Adams sunk under the
debilitating weight of her malady, firmier prop; religion cannot and that mind, which had been so number among its friends a more clear and vigorous, was occasion- rational, intelligent, consistent, ally bewildered. Life, for sever- serious advocate and disciple. al days, seemed to be suspended Mrs. Adams was endowed by on a thread, which the motion of a nature with strong intellectual leaf might rend asunder. But powers. These were improved while reason was spared religion by a good ducation, and by the cheered and supported her soul. best use of the advantages affordShe expressed her perfect submis- ed by the distinguished station in sion to God's will, and her readi- society which, in mature life, she ness at his call to resign herself was called to occupy, and by that to his merciful disposal. Death extensive intercourse with mancame to her as the messenger of kind to which she was introduced, peace, to add another to the from her connexion with that countless multitudes of pure, and great and good man, who was happy, and immortal spirits. destined by Providence to per“ Blessed are the dead, which die form a most important part in the in the Lord; for they rest from affairs of human life; and who, their labors, and their works do by a faithful and magnanimous follow them.”
discharge of the highest duties of patriotism and philanthropy, is
privileged to be enrolled among The Editor of this work had the most distinguished benefacnot the pleasure of a personal ac- tors of his country and of manquaintance with Mrs. Adams ; kind. She might not, perhaps, but, relying on the testimony of be called an accomplished voothers, he believes that she was man, as we now use the term, for a person of distinguished worth. female education, at the period After assigning the preceding of her youth, was very different testimony a place in the Disciple, from what it now is; but she was the following was received, we a truly enlightened woman, and presume from another intimate adorned with the most valuable friend of the deceased. By in- accomplishments of the underserting it we shall doubtless gra- standing and heart. Her mind tify many readers :
was richly stored from various
reading, and her taste in polite Obituary notice of the late Mrs. literature highly cultivated and
Adams, Lady of President refined. Her observation of manAdams,
kind was exact, and her acquaintIn the death of Mrs. Adams, ance with men and things extenher friends and society lament sive. Her perceptions were quick no ordinary loss. The grave has and penetrating; her judgment closed over the mortal remains of sound and mature ; her imaginaone, whose character combined tion brilliant; and the flashes of as much practical wisdom and her wit, which contined to burst substantial virtue as have ever forth even amidst the snows of been possessed by any individual. old age, rendered her the delight Society is not adorned with a of those who were honored with purer example ; virtue had not a her society. Her conversation was intelligent, frank and inde- her eminent virtues did honor to pendent, and her manners re- the holy source from which they markably kind and condescend- arose. She was a serious and ing, combining the greatest sim- humble Christian. Her religious plicity with a dignity and propri- sentiments were of the most enety which always command re- lightened and enlarged nature, spect.
truly worthy of herself; and were In her domestic character she of that practical character which shone preeminent. Never was gave them an habitual influence there a more affectionate and over her conduct: they afforded faithful mother, and never was a
to her direction and support woman more attentive to the ap-' amidst the various trials of a long propriate duties of the head of a life ;-and, we humbly trust, she family. Ordinary minds, when has departed to enter upon the placed in situations such as she rewards of her faith and hopes. occupied, dazzled by the glare of The evening of her life was distinction, or inflated by the marked by a cheerful serenity, pride of rank and power, deem and her virtues, reflecting the the common, yet most important mellow tints and the rich lustre duties and cares of domestic life of mature age, exhibiting rather beneath their regard; but her the beautiful scenery of autumn strength of mind, her excellent than the desolation of winter, imprinciples, her good sense and a parted delight and instruction to high sentiment of duty, preserv- all whose privilege it was to obed her from even the shadow of a serve her in this interesting and reproach of any neglect of this venerable period. kind. On the contrary, they led Greatness and goodness, intelher to be most assiduous and lectual superiority, and a correspunctual in the performance of pondent eminence in virtue, are her family duties and attentive to not always found united ;-in her every arrangement of domestic the combination was consistent economy; and her servants and and complete; and human nature dependants experienced her ma- has seldom, if ever, more fully or ternal care and kindness. As a more beautifully displayed its nofriend and neighbor she evinced blest attributes. By those persons a cordial sympathy in the pros- who knew her, her memory will perity and adversity of all around ever be cherished with the highest her; administering to the relief of yeneration. To the young, emuthe distressed whenever an op- lous of the best distinctions which portunity was presented, and ex- this life affords, her conduct may hibiting a tender concern in sor- be held up as one of the purest rows which it was beyond her models for imitation; wisdom and power to remove or assuage. The virtue claim her as a favorite poor of her vicinity have lost in daughter; and, those who are caher a discreet and generous bene- pable of estimating the highest orfactor.
der of moral excellence, mourn in The excellencies of her cha- her death the removal of one of racter were consummated by re- the richest ornaments of her sex ligion; this formed its basis ; this and species. The light and life, was the origin of her virtues; and long quivering in its socket, has
expired on earth, but will be en- ute of gratitude and respect from kindled anew, and burn with a one, who esteems it among the pure flame among the inextin- greatest blessings of his life, that guishable lights of the celestial he was honored with her friendworld.
C. This imperfect and inadequate Nov. 12, 1818. sketch of her character is the trib
For the Christian Disciple.
We all have a spark of the We welcome thee, thou Holy EVE:
To God and nature dear.
But lo ! the rainbow waves along When the sun is go- Whose beauteous footsteps glow ? ing down, and in the twilight Who spreads that soft material robe of a Sabbath eve, how refresh- Round Herrick's mount of snow? ing to view the rosy clouds of
JEHOVAH's rich effusive smile the west; and while they flow
Illumes the billowy sky, along the expanse like waves,
A gleam of heaven unveiling there 10 pause and listen, as if we
i'o man's believing eye.
Would He the blight of wo remove ?
Our comforts are secure :
O breathe upon our virtues' bloom,
Sull bless our little number, Lord, as silent and dream-like:
With mild composure's charm ; The clouds were touched,
Bright faith bestow, celestial beam,
Untrembling at alarm.
While we implore this light of life, none,
To soothe, or bliss impart;
The healing ray diffuse afar
To every friendly heart :
And as they view yon new-year
throne, and remembrances awake in Where living glories dwell ; the mind ! Some eniotions of Let them, in sweet communion's this rature, produced by a re
With warm emotion swell. markably brilliant sunset, the author of the following Hymn All hallowed Eve ! beloved and pure attempted to embody, at the From heaven's etheria! dome, Yery time of enjoyment.
Form round their life the atmosphere
Of thine immortal Home.
Pat ah! thy bues in wayward lapse
Pursue their parent sphere !
Farewell to thee, thou Holy Eve,
To God and nature dear.