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Nov . 8 , of a lingering consumption ., which was borne with most exemplary patience , Eliza Ch&dwics , the fourth , and youngest daughter of the late James Chad wick , of Patricroft House , near Manchester . If the death of a being the most pure , possessing enlightened piety and active benevolence , can , without
presumption , claim the regret of the public , the subject of this notice , without offence to truth or modesty , may justly demand it . From reading and reflection , she became a decided Unitarian , and , from a conviction of the truth of those views , frankly gave up the faith and worship of that church in which she had been
educated , to embrace one she esteemed more pure and influential . Her persevering and candid search after divine truth , and her gentle but firm avowal of what she conceived to be such when found , entitled her to the respect even of those from
whom she dissented . Though her meek and unpretending mind liked not the thorny paths of controversy , yet she was always willing and able to give a reasonfor the hope that was in her , to all who asked it .
694 Obituary . —Miss Margaretta Hamilton . —> Miss Eliza Chadwick . JVI i
fortunate as to have her natural endowments , which were , far above the . common level , improved by all the aids which fjttltivation and instruction could furnish . jier memory , which was retentive , and her recollection ,-which was prompt , supplied her imagination with every thing lii&bd to render her conversation
enriliently pleasing and interesting , recornjnended especially , as it was , by the genuine polfteness of her manners , and the unaffected propriety of her expressions : but these qualifications , in whatever degree they might afford gratification pr command applause , were comparatively
0 f small import in the estimation of those intimate friends who had an opportunity of knowing and appreciating her more solid merits . In consequence of family inischances , she had sunk from affluence into what , to a person of her education and habits , could hardly , in the present
times , be deemed a genteel competence . She bore this change with distinguished magnanimit y ^ never declining to speak of it on fit occasions , and never speaking of it but in a manner evincing how little it affected her happiness : indeed , her happiness consisted in enjoying and returning
the attachment of her friends , and in doing all the good in her power , and this she did in all circumstances both of prosperous and adverse fortune . In warmth of heart , few have equalled her , and none could surpass her in integrity , disinterestedness , and independence of mind . Miss
H . ' s piety was not less admirable than her other qualities . Her religion was of the iuost liberal and catholic description , manifesting itself by no undue attachment to particular modes of faith or forms of worship —an attachment which , in its excess , may , without breach of charity , be often regarded as a modification of
egotism—but by a reverential regard to the Author of her being , and a patient acquiescence in his will under severe and protracted suffering . Her favourite manual of private devotion was that selected from the works of Jeremy Taylor by the Kev . Mr . Fellowes , while , for family worship , she preferred and admired the prayers of the late Mr . John Palmer .
Frequently , during her last illness , which , among other distressing privations , was attended im a great degree by the loss of sight , has the writer of these lines been affected and edified by the manner in which she was accustomed to join in the last-mentioned forms of devotion .
It is not ascertained that Miss H . was educated in the communion and principles of the Church of England , but she was accustomed regularly to attend its worship . About ten years before her decease , accident Introduced her to the
familiar acquaintance of a lady of distin * giiished worth > This , lady , who had suffered much more than Miss H . frorfr adverse fortune , having lost nearly the whole of a competent property , was fond of talking on subjects of religion , and
having , from her more advanced age and excellent understanding , no small influence over her younger companion , she led her to inquire into the grounds and reasons of her faith . The inquiry induced first a suspicion , "and afterwards a
conviction , of their insufficiency , and lastly , a fall persuasion that Unitarianism is the doctrine of the gospel . This persuasion she retained during the remainder of lifey and , till disease had made too great ravages on the mental functions , she continued to give unequivocal proofs that the
gospel , so understood * is of prevailing and sufficient efficacy to support the mind uoder the most trying circumstances * During the last four or five days of her oppressive and disabling illness , her mind was never sufficiently collected fpr the purpose of any continued thought ; but *
within not many hours of her death ^ and amid almost constant wanderings , she uttered a favourite prayer with perfect correctness , and with her usual fervour of manner : it is reasonable , therefore , to conclude ,, that , in the lucid moments of her departing life , her mind wa 3 directed to that great Object on which . she had fixed her faith and hope . HYLAS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1824, page 694, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2530/page/54/