Memorials of a Quiet Life - Vol I (Augustus J.C. Hare) pdf, epub, doc

PREFACE. T ONG ago, in the first months of her widowhood, these Memorials were begun by my dearest mother, as a Memoir of her husband, and of their common life at Alton. Many old friends of the family then gladly lent their assist- ance, and came forward with letters and journals which they offered for her use. But in her weak health she was unable to bear the strain of a work so full of conflicting excite- ments of pleasure and pain, and, after a long effort, she was reluctantly compelled to it lay aside. Many years after, when, upon the death of her sister-in- law, Mrs. Julius Hare, the last linkwas broken with another portion of her sacred past, and when the remembrance of all that Hurstmonceaux Rectory had been, seemed likely to perish with the loving circle of those who had shared its joys and sorrows, my mother again took up the pen she had so long laid aside, and wished to continue her work as a Memorial of the Two Brothers, Augustus and Julius Hare, who were the authors of the Guesses at Truth. But age and infirmity were already pressing upon her, and she soon became unable to do more than arrange the materials in her hands, and add notes for my guidance as to the form and manner in which she wished them to be applied. In the last two years of her life she yielded to my earnest wish, that in carrying on her work if I survived her I might make her who had been the sunshine of my own life the central figure in the picture. And she then consented to employ the short interval through which she was still spared to bless us, in writing down or dictating many frag- ments concerning those with whom her earlier life was passed, and who had long since joined the unseen cloud of witnesses.My mother had always tried to make the simple ex- perience of her own quiet life as useful to others as it might be, and many who came to visit her had found in her gentle counsel that help and comfort which many books and much learning had failed to inspire. Her own heart was always so filled with thankfulness for the many mercies and blessings of her long life, so grateful to the Power which had upheld, guided, and comforted her, that she was ever filled with an earnest yearning to lead others to establish themselves on the same Rock and whenever she felt that the story of Gods dealings in herown life could lead others to a simpler faith and more entire trust in Him, she never allowed any self-seeking reticence to interfere with this instrumentality. If I might only be a bridge upon which any Christian might pass over the chasm of doubt and become altogether believing, was her constant feeling, and Oh, that my past life, which has been so wonderfully blest by God, might be made useful for His service and lead others to more entire trust in Him. And in this feeling, when she was passing away from me, she permitted me, if I thought it could be made useful for others, to uplift the veil of her home life, and allow others to look in upon her private thoughts and meditations, And so endeavour to make them in some degree sharers in the blessing her dear life has been to me. My mothers existence was so bound up with that of the immediate circle ofher beloved ones, especially with that of her husband, her sister, her brother-in-law Julius, and her two sisters-in-law, Lucy and Esther Hare, that the story of her life becomes of necessity that of their lives also, and this I have tried to tellin no words ofmy own, but in such selections from their common letters and journals as may give the truest picture ofwhat they were...

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  • Release: 01.10.2007
  • ISBN: 9781406782073
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