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    JULIA ANN PELL.   Table of Contents     ELIZABETH LOW,

Plato, Ann
Essays

- ELIZA LOOMIS SHERMAN.

ELIZA LOOMIS SHERMAN.


Eliza Loomis Sherman was born at Hartford, Conn., December, in the year 1822. She was the daughter of Henry Sherman, and enjoyed the benefit of the example of pious parents. She early displayed an amiable disposition, a mind of strong powers, and an affectionate heart.

The subject of this sketch, from a child, never enjoyed good health; but was always feeble and inclined to disease. She was ever pale, and looked

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like one that was smitten in youth, and was declining every day.

While small, she was not like most children which many have seen; she was diligent and thoughtful, and always seemed to take an interest in the God of creation; she was never quick or unsubmissive, but always bore the same composed and pleasant countenance.

Though not having the advantage of many children, on account of her health, yet, while at the last school she attended, and at others before, she gained a common school education. But it is probable, had she had the advantage which many have, she might have been more learned. But the time which health permitted her to attend was very irregular.

Her moral sensibilities were uniformly strong. To do right, to avoid wounding the feelings of others, and always to speak the truth, were her rules of action. Her conscience was tender, and if she had committed any fault, she acknowledged it with frankness.

She was a favorite with her teachers. They were gratified by her proficiency, and pleased with her amiable disposition. She realized the importance of a good education, and while persevering, reaped the reward, prepared for every faithful scholar, increase in knowledge and habits of self-control.

When quite young her excellent father died, and she, with a younger sister, was then under the care of a tender and pious mother. In the winter of 1838, she made a public profession of her Christian faith. In this act, she always rejoiced,

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as giving strength to the confidence which, from still earlier years, she had placed in her heavenly protector. She now sought the society of the wise and pious, as she had ever been wont to do, that of those who were older than herself.

At the age of fifteen, she was capable of superintending her mother's largest tables; if she saw any thing go on wrong among the servants, she would forbear mentioning it to them, until she had first spoken to her mother. She would say, "I would rather you would speak to them, for I am younger than they are." So would this young person try to keep friends among all individuals.

All who knew her, spoke of her being singular from most persons of her age. She was an example for all who did, and do not put their trust in a crucified Saviour.

In the winter of 1839, her health began visibly to decline. Symptoms of pulmonary consumption were plainly revealed. She employed physicians from several places; but help for her was now given over. And had she wished for shelter beneath a Georgian clime, that privilege would not have been granted her, on account of the laws.

The following spring disease become seated. She was no more to go among her friends, or to behold her school room. Her frame wasted to a skeleton, and a hollow, racking cough, told that she was soon to die.

Said a friend, "I called upon her one day, I found her reclining upon the sofa, her head resting upon the side; she exhibited great difficulty in breathing, but seemed calm and serene, trusting

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in God, who had been with her through affliction." She lived a life of prayer. The Bible which she had loved and obeyed, was her stay, as she passed through the dark valley. Like a child yielding to its parents, she laid herself in His everlasting arms.

The lovely works of God were then brighter to her than they ever yet had been; the precious truths from the Bible, which from earliest memory she had loved, tarried with her, till the Angels came.

It was in the evening, month of August, 1839, that death came upon her like a friend, soothing her into gentle slumber. Without a gasp or struggle she slept in Jesus, "patience having had its perfect work."

Let the young, in forming their own characters, be assiduous to secure the same sources of happiness, which cheered this lovely and exemplary young lady, and enabled her, during long decline, to comfort others with her own radiant countenance, and to close her life like a music strain.

The pleasing contemplation of so peaceful and happy a conclusion of life as this, and others which we often read, is sufficient, to elevate the soul, and to make all the glories and enjoyments of this transient scene sink into nothing. Ah! these are favored, precious moments, when the divine power of religion breaks in upon us, dissolves the enchantment of the world, dissipates the mist of vain doubts and speculation, and raises a fervent aspiration, that whatever may be our allotment through life, we may die the death of the righteous, and the love of God be our portion for ever!

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    JULIA ANN PELL.   Table of Contents     ELIZABETH LOW,