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OF

The Life

OF

MARTHA LAURENS RAMSAY,

WHO DIED IN CHARLESTON, s. C.

ON THE 10th OF JUNE, 1811, IN THE 520 YEAR OF HER AGE.

WITH AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING EXTRACTS FROM HER DIARY, LETTERS,

AND OTHER PRIVATE PAPERS;

AND ALSO,

FROM LETTERS WRITTEN TO HER BY HER FATHER, HENRY LAURENS,

1771-1776.

BY DAVID RAMSAY, M.D.

The experimental part of religion has generally a greater influence than ils
theory.

Mrs. Ruwe's Posthumous Letter to Dr. Watts.

AMERICA PRINTED.

LONDON:

KE-PRINTED FOR BURTUN AND BRIGGS, 156, LEADENHALE
STREET; SOLD ALSO BY 3. HATCHARD, BOOKSELLER

TO THE QUEEN, 190, PICCADILLY.

BY T. BAYLEY, DEVONSHIRE STREBT, BISHOPSCATE,

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PREFACE.

The manuscripts which gave rise to this public cation were found among the private papers of their author, Martha Laurens Ramsay, after her death, and were unseen by every human eye but her own, previous to that event. The first mention she ever made of them was in the full view of death, and only three days before its fatal stroke. She then announced the drawer in which they were deposited, and at the same time requested, that after they were read, they might be kept as a common book of the family, or divided among its members. They appeared, on perusal, to be well calculated to excite serious impressions favourable to the interests of religion; for they were a practical, experimental comment on its nature and salutary effects even in this life. Its ten

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dency to promote human happiness, and its sovereign efficacy to tranquilize the mind and administer consolation under afflictions, disappointments, and trials. They exhibited an example which teaches more compendiously and forcibly than precept, the value of piety, and the comfort of submission to the will of God. With this view of the subject, it became an interesting inquiry, how far it would be proper to withhold them from that more enlarged sphere of usefulness which would result from their publication ? In determining this question, recourse was had to the opinions of the Rev. Drs. Hollinshead and Keith, under whose ministry the writer of the private papers, now published, had sat upwards of twenty years, and to whom she was intimately known. They strongly recommended the publication, as well calculated to do good. Their opinions, and the reasons of them were given in the subjoined letters. *

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* A letter from the Rev. Dr. Hollinshead to Dr. David Ramsay.

Charleston, S. C. July 1, 1181. DEAR SIR, The perusal of our much esteemed Mrs. Ramsay's papers has

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