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Mrs . Carter . Nor . 24 , Mrs . Carter , wife of Edward Carter , Esq ., Alderman , and sister of John Bonham Carter , Esq ., one of the representatives of the Borough of Portsmouth . This sad event has indeed
occasioned no ordinary concern ; so amiable and unassuming was this departed lady , so kind and courteous were her manners , so cheerful and lovely her temper , that she naturally attached all her acquaintance to her , and won the si nee rest esteem and affection of all classes . Her
mind was cast m no common mould . — Her whole soul was occupied in , to her , the delightful pleasure of doing good . Her charities , though very extensive , were directed with judgment and discrimination . Her devotedness to the Improvement and happiness , of her children , and to every member of her family , was of the most exalted kind . Her
constant and disinterested endeavour to promote the general welfare of those who were within her sphere of usefulness , resembled that of her truly estimable father ; and , like him too , she never permitted a selfish motive to influence her conduct . What a chasm
has this afflicting dispensation of Providence occasioned in the circle of her family , and of her friends ! What a gloom has it spread among all who knew her ! What tears will it occasion among the very numerous objects of her bounty , the value of which was uniformly
enhanced by her affability and feeling I May all who knew her , and lament her loss , strive to imitate her engaging qualities , to cherish the same attractive virtues , and to copy her spotless example f Mrs . Carter was 45 years of age , and has left a family of seven children deeply to deplore her loss .
Mrs . Butcher . Nov . 25 , 1831 . —M rs . B trtcreb , relict of the Rev . Edmund Butcher , formerly of Sidmouth in Devonshire , aged , seventy-six . The grave must not . be allowed to close upon the excellent person whom we have ju * t named , without something which , may tell to- those who knew her not , or who knew her but by vague and
difttant report , that she was one wha wai greatly valued where she was well known ;—and something , also ,, which vfwf show to the man of diatant times , who fibail hereafter' turn to these pages to , « wk out the name * , character * , and bigotry of those who * in it * early day * * were the yrofestomtf * mode o * ChrU * t ian faith , which will then , perhaps , be
universally received , that she was not one whose profession of it was unmarked by her contemporaries , or her charactet thought unworthy of a public record . The name of her husband will be remembered in time to come as that of one whose testimony to the truth was regarded at the time as a testimony of great importance . He was in the
maturity of his powers . He had lived in . the circles in which the writings of Liindsay and Priestley , and of some other advocates of pure Christian truth made their first and greatest impression . Yet he did not for years adopt their views ; but when , after years of faithful inquiry , he did adopt them , he hesitated not to
make an open profession of the truth , and ^ to join his voice with that of many others in calling upon men to behold the beauty of Gospel truth , when it is freed from the clouds of either Athanasian or Arian mystery . The lady of whom we speak accompanied him in his inquiries ^ and coincided with him in the results to
which they led . She encouraged him to the performance of what was , perhaps , to a man of his delicate mind , not an easy task ; the making the good confession which he did before many witnesses , that better light had broken in upon him , and that he must relinquish the errors in which he had so long per * severed . This was in 1809 . Some , years after , his health and strength became
greatly enfeebled : he was obliged to relinquish the performance of the duties of the ministry . He had a lengthened period of disease and decay . She was his constant and indefatigable attendant : and after his decease , she performed the pious duty of collecting some of his devotional compositions and of his practical discourses , in the volumes by which , being dead , he yet speaketh .
To be the wife of a pious , useful , and inquiring minister , seemed to be the station for which she was peculiarly adapted by her natural constitution , and the habits which she had formed under her father * 8 roof . Her father was a gentleman residing upon his own hereditary lands in a highly-cultivated part of the
county of Salop . But she descended from ministers , some of whom were eminent in their day and generation , the founders of the old dissenting churches in those parts of Shropshire and Cheshire . She was nearly allied in blood and affinity to others . Her more favourite asftoeiatea were ministers and' the
friends of ministers j and she was herself , all her life , the friend , and often A very active ami useful friend , of ail who bore that character , 8 he sprung from
f& Obituary .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1832, page 70, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1804/page/70/