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III . —MISS BOSANQUET .
Considerable Interest Having Been Expres...
Considerable interest having been expressed concerning an
incidental mention of Miss Bosanquet which occurred in a Scotch peri odical some time since , we have thought that a few words
explanatory of who she was , and what she did , might not be unacceptable to our readers , while it serves as a legitimate preface to
a series of biographies which we hope to publish in this journal . Miss Bosanquet closed her long life in 1815 , and yet she is
intimately linked with much that is going on around us at this hour , having devoted her life to a multitude of labours which were
at the time exceedingly unfashionable , indeed , considered eccentric in the highest degree . So wonderful a study is it to watch how
we change our minds from generation to generation I Of district visitors , tract distributors ! , Sunday School teachersand hospital
, nurses , Miss Bosanquet may be taken as the type . She was born on the let of September , old style , 1739 , when John
Wesley was thirty-six years of age , and when Methodism had already begun to make great progress in London , Bristol , and other parts of
the West of England . It was in this very year that Whitefield first began his famous preachings in the open air ; and by the time the
little daughter of the rich City family , who lived down at Ley tonstone in Essex , grew old enough to think at all , she came under the
influence of the wonderful religious revival which was spreading more widely year by year . Not , however , through her
parentsthey seem to have been worthy and religious people , but they disliked the extremes of Methodism , its daily habits , and its dress .
It was a servant who first imbued the child with these ideas , and the tiny theologian wished that she could be burnt as a martyr
, and so escape from the dilemmas into which she fell . As might be expected , her excitable temperament preyed upon
her health ; the servant had left the family , and as no other member except a sister only a few years older sympathised in the intensity of
her convictions , the little one struggled on , suffering much ill-health , but laying the foundations of that splendid power of self-devotion
which finally made her a brave and healthy human being . Under the severe garb of Methodism , Mary Bosanquet seems to us to have
achieved a sane mind in a healthy body , and in telling the story o her childhood she put ' s in a passing plea for more judicious care of
exceptional infants like herself . At the ago of thirteen she , by her father ' s desire , was confirmed at St . Paul ' s , and in the following year
she lost her grandfather , Mr . Dunster , with whom she frequently
lived . He was very religious , and she recalls having "been with him
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), March 1, 1858, page 28, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01031858/page/28/