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Her disinterested zeal , and assiduous labours in promoting , by her instructions , the moral and religions improvement of the children belonging to a Sundayschool , taught in the chapel , to which she devoted a portion of her time every Lord ' s-day , shewed at once the goodness of her heart , and the correctness of her views with regard to the force of early
impressions . Her domestic qualities , and her kind behaviour to her father and her sister , were truly exemplary . It pleased the providence of God to deprive her of a most excellent mother when she was scarcely fifteen years of age , from which time the cares of her father's house in a great measure devolved upon her . self ; and the
prudence and discretion with which she performed the important task , excited the wonder and admiration of all her friends . The harmony and love that uniformly prevailed between herself and her now surviving and sorrowing sister—the attention she paid to the comforts of her father , —the kindness with which she received his acquaintances , aud her cheerful attention to duties of a domestic
nature , were all calculated to procure for her the esteem of all who knew her , and could not fail to gladden the heart of a parent , and prove the best solace to him in his widowed state and declining years . The pen can but feebly describe the parental anxiety which was felt during this severe trial , when it is added , that
the only sister of the deceased , and tfre constant companion of her studies , was attacked by the same alarming disorder and nearly at the same time ; so that the agonized heart of the father was a prey to fear , lest he should be deprived of both by one sudden stroke . It has , however , pleased that All-gracious Being , who
mingles some beams of light with the darkest clouds , and tempers the most gloomy dispensations with mercy , to spare him this farther tr&l . Perhaps it was kindly ordained by a wise Providence ; that the joy of the parent at the recovery of one daughter should be some alleviation to his grief for the loss of the other . J . B .
Dec . 21 , at Kidderminster , after a long and tedious illness which terminated in consumption , Sarah , the wife of Mr . Wm . Hopkins , Jun ., in the 39 th year of her age . This excellent and amiable
woman was the fourth daughter of the late Mr . John Roberts , an eminent woolstapler in Kidderminster . Mrs . Hopkins seemed to have imbibed those truly Christian virtues from her parents , for which they were eminent . Her piety was cheer-
ful , yet deeply rooted in the heart ; her zeal was active , and under the influence of a well-informed judgment ; she confined her benevolence to no party , and sincerity and candour were conspicuous in her character . She was distinguished by good sense , united with an engaging
modesty , and an unaffected piety . In all the relations of social life , she was most exemplary , and her conduct will be long lemembered with affectionate reverence and esteem by a numerous circle of friends . Those gospel promises which had animated her in the discharge of religious duties through life , were her comfort in
sickness and death . In the full expectation of dissolution , she declared her hopes of immortal life centred iu the free mercy of God , as revealed and manifested by his Son Jesus Christ ; and repeatedly expressed the great happiness and satisfaction of inind she experienced in the views she had embraced . She often also
expressed her thankfulness for early religious impressions , which she had continued to improve by daily perusal of the sacred volume , and habitual attention to private and public worship . She expired in the most peaceful manner , without a struggle , and has left aa affectionate bus band and five children to bemoan their
irreparable loss . She was interred , at her own request , in the yard of the Unitarian Chapel at Kidderminster , on 25 th December ; and the event was improved on the Sunday following , by a suitable discourse , preached by the Rev . Richard Fry , from a text of her own choice , 1 Cor . xv . 57 . Her religious belief perfectly coincided with the Unitarian system : which it would have been
unnecessary to mention , were it not the fact , that numbers cannot be persuaded of the power of Unitarian tenets to render consolation in the hour of nature ' s dissolution . It is the earnest prayer of him who pays this tribute to the memory of departed worth , that his last end may be like hers , whose loss he now laments ;
but , as the excellent Cappe observes , " even in the deepest affliction the mind ought not to forget its former mercies . Such blessings have been long enjoyed , They who have lost friends have had them to lose . Nor are such blessings lost , as they are real pleasures to those who can reflect upon them with the spirit
of grateful piety ; « o such characters may be assured that they will finally be restored to them . They are not lost whilst their good effects remain , nor will they cease to have their proper influence as long as the mind is disposed to extract from them whatever good they are capable of affording . "
56 Ohituary . — Mrs . Sarah Hopkins .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 56, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/56/