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DARCY, LADY MAXWELL,

OF POLLOCK;

LATE OF EDINBURGH:

COMPILED FROM HER

VOLUMINOUS DIARY AND CORRESPONDENCE,

AND FROM

OTHER AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS.

BY THE REY. JOHN LANCASTER.

“My own heart has been so much edified and animated by what I
have read in the memoirs of persons who have been eminent for wisdom
and piety, that I cannot but wish the treasure may be more increased;
and I would hope that the world may gather the liko valuable fruits
from the LIFE I am now attempting.' -DOODRIDGE.
“ Whose FAITH follow, considering the end of their conversation."

ST. PAUL.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY T. MASON AND G. LANE,

FOR TILE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, AT THE CONFERENCE OFFICE,

200 MULBERRY-STREET.

J. Collord, Printer.

CONTENTS TO LADY MAXWELL.

Page

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1.-Preliminary observations--Lady Maxwell's birth, pa-

rentage, and education-She removes to Edinburgh; to London

Returns to Scotland-Is married to Sir Walter Maxwell-Death of

Sir Walter and infant son-She becomes penitent-Corresponds

with Mr. Wesley-Joins his society-Obtains mercy

9

CHAPTER II.-Lady Maxwell's love of retirement-From her youth

and elevated rank exposed to temptation and danger-Relinquishes

her gay acquaintances-Connection with Lady Glenorchy—They

differ in religious sentiment, but continue united in affection-Ac.

count of Lady H, Hope–The manner in which Lady Maxwell

spent her time-Her love to the means of grace-Constant thirst

for full salvation

30

CHAPTER III. 1768.-Advantages of autobiography-Lady Max.

well's diary

40

CHAPTER IV. 1769.–Lady Maxwell's diary continued

43

CHAPTER V. 1770.–Lady Maxwell establishes a school at Edin-

purgh-Retires to Saughton-hall-Has the gospel preached in her

house-Diary continued

50

CHAPTER VI. 1771.-Lady Maxwell's diary continued

59

CHAPTER VII. 1772.-Remarks on the duty of fasting-On the sa-

crament of the Lord's supper-The manner in which it is admi-

nistered in Scotland-Diary continued

69

CHAPTER VIII. 1773.--Diary continued

82

CHAPTER IX. 1774.-Remarks on Providence-Diary continued 93

CHAPTER X. 1775.-Diary continued

· 105

CHAPTER XI. 1776.-Diary continued

• 119

CHAPTER XII. 1777.—Diary continued

- 135

CHAPTER XIII. 1778.-Diary continued

· 143

CHAPTER XIV. 1779.—Diary continued -

151

CHAPTER XV. 1780.-Lady Maxwell's correspondence with Lady

Henrietta Hope

161

CHAPTER XVI. 1781.-Correspondence with Lady Hope-Miss

Ritchie—The Hon. Miss Napier-Reflections on temptations-

Diary continued

184

CHAPTER XVII. 1782.-Correspondence with Lady Hope--Diary

continued

· 198

CHAPTER XVIII. 1783.- Diary and correspondence continued • 204

CHAPTER XIX. 1784.-Diary and correspondence continued. 215

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CHAPTER XX. 1785.-Diary and correspondence continued - 223

CHAPTER XXI. 1786.- Death of the Ladies Hope and Glenorchy-

Lady Maxwell appointed executrix of the latter-Visits England-

Meets with the Rev. Alexander Mather-Character of Corre-

spondence with him, and the Rev. C. Atmore -

232

CHAPTER XXII. 1787.-Difference of opinion entertained by Chris-

tians on the nature and extent of salvation-Lady Maxwell's sen-

timents on this subject-Attains full salvation-Her views with

regard to the Trinity-She establishes Sabbath-day schools-Cor-

responds with Miss Ritchie, Mr. Mather, and Mr. Atmore

244

CHAPTER XXIII. 1788.- Particulars respecting Hope Chapel-

Lady Maxwell visits Bristol-Forms an intimacy with Mrs. E.

Johnson-Short account of-Correspondence continued

267

CHAPTER XXIV. 1789.–Lady Maxwell's multifarious engagements

- Diary continued Again visits Bristol-Meets with many per-

plexities respecting Hope Chapel

280

CHAPTER XXV. 1790.-Correspondence resumed with Mr. Mather,

Mrs. Johnson, and Miss Ritchie-Lady Maxwell visits Carlisle,

Wigton, and Workington

• 285

CHAPTER XXVI. 1791.-Death of the Rev. John Wesley-Lady

Maxwell again visits Bristol-Fresh difficulties at Hope Chapel-

Change in the mode conducting public worship-Correspondence

continued

294

CHAPTER XXVII. 1792.- Diary and correspondence continued 303

CHAPTER XXVIII. 1793.-State of the nation at this period-Spread

of infidelity-War proclaimed with France-Meetings for prayer

among Christians-Diary and correspondence continued • 310

CHAPTER XXIX. 1794.- Diary and correspondence continued - 319

CHAPTER XXX. 1795.-Diary and correspondence continued 327

CHAPTER XXXI. 1796.—Diary and correspondence continued

• 334

CHAPTER XXXII. 1797.—Diary and correspondence con ed - 341

CHAPTER XXXIII. 1798.-Diary and correspondence continued 351

CHAPTER XXXIV. 1799.—Diary and correspondence continued 361

CHAPTER XXXV. 1800.—Diary and correspondence continued 369

CHAPTER XXXVI. 1801-3.-Lady Maxwell's experience attains a

greater uniformity-Diary continued

· 376

CHAPTER XXXVII. 1804-7.-Diary continued

382

CHAPTER XXXVIII. 1808–10.–Lady Maxwell's diary concluded

- Her last illness and death-Letter on, by the Hon. Miss Napier

Inscription on monumental tablet

389

Lady Maxwell's character

. 397

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