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CHAPTER XIV.

1853-1855.

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War and capital Punishments.-Letter on the same. - Letter on a musical Composition.-Sphere of Poetry.-Artistic Talent.-Love of the fine Arts. -Sketches. Her estimate of Art. Her love of God. Her confidence in it.-How, and by whom, she was appreciated. Her Servants.-Unworldliness.-Anecdote.-Singularity. - Her scriptural Studies.-Hebrew Psalter. Her retired Habits.How she sees her Friends.-Conversational Breakfasts.—Evenings. -Organ.-Gifts. - Graces.-Faults.- How to do justice to the Subject.-Errors towards God and towards Man. - Public Worship. Sundays.-Silent Worship.- Holy Communion. - Mr. La Trobe.Illness in her Family.-Roman Catholics. Her feelings towards them.-Course pursued by them.-Freedom obtained. Her relief.-Change respecting Roman Catholics.Letter.-Declaration to two Friends.-Final conviction.-Nature of trial.-Solemn charge

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CHAPTER XV.

1856.

Decline of physical Power.-Nature of Suffering.-Passion-Week.Support.- Mrs. Smith.- Last intercourse between the Friends.Mrs. Smith's Illness and Death. - Feelings on learning it. Her last Days

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LIFE

OF

MARY ANNE SCHIMMELPENNINCK.

CHAPTER I.

1793-1798.

"The merest seeming trifle is ordered as the morning light,

And He that rideth on the hurricane is pilot of the bubble in the breaker."

TUPPER.

NONE, I think, can have read the autobiography which closes with the preceding volume, without regretting its abrupt termination, and uniting with me in the earnest wish that it had been continued through the more interesting periods of the author's life.

It was dictated to me at intervals during the years 1854, 1855, and 1856. It shows, though but in part, the remarkable character of its author; and

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