Memoirs of the Life of the Late Mrs. Catharine Cappe
Born at Long Preston, Craven, Yorkshire, Catharine Cappe's (1744-1821) autobiography describes her 'devout Yorkshire upbringing, marriage to a clergyman, and later social reform work, c.1750-1812. She was the daughter of the Revd. Jeremiah Harrison, a Church of England Clergyman, and her mother, née Winn. In 1788 Catharine married Newcome Cappe, a minister, who died two years later leaving Catharine with 6 stepchildren. The author takes us into the life of an Evangelical social reformer who established a Female Benefit Club for miners' wives and daughters in Yorkshire and founded District Committees of Ladies to help poor women throughout the country.
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Page 167 - Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Page 157 - ... his own sufferings, he changed the mode of attack, and asked him if he had a right to subject Mrs. L. to so many inconveniences and hardships? Here he found that his friend was not invulnerable ; his final resolution indeed, being the calm and deliberate result of many an anxious hour, he could not shake, but he could pour into the appointed cup, a tenfold portion of bitterness. I was at Catterick when Mr. L. returned thither, and never can I forget his altered looks, and depressed countenance...
Page 118 - L. having frequently been recognized in the streets of London by some of his former Sunday pupils, who gratefully acknowledged their obligations to him. After evening service, Mr. Lindsey received different classes of young men and women, on alternate Sundays in his study, for the purpose ot instruction ; and Mrs. Lindsey in like manner, in another apartment, had two classes of children, boys and girls alternately.
Page 117 - I WILL extol thee, my God, O king : and I will bless thy name forever and ever. Every day will I bless thee : and I will praise thy name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, 'and greatly to be praised ; and his greatness is unsearchable.
Page 28 - The Lord is my strength and my song, and he is become my salvation; he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Page 452 - Behold, Thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of Thee ; and verily every man living is altogether vanity. For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain ; he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what is my hope : truly my hope is even in Thee.
Page 376 - It was my happiness in my early youth to enjoy the privilege of his acquaintance and correspondence; and now, after the lapse of more than fifty years, I can truly say, that, in the course of a long life, I have never known an individual of a character more elevated and chivalric, acting according to a purer standard of morals, imbued with a higher sense of honor, and uniting more intimately the qualities of the gentleman, the soldier, the scholar, and the Christian.
Page 118 - Sunday, alternately to catechizing the children of the parish, and to expounding the Bible to the boys of a large school, which was at that time kept in the village. The number of...
Page 54 - So slow th' unprofitable moments roll That lock up all the functions of my soul, That keep me from myself, and still delay Life's instant business to a future day ; That task which, as we follow or despise, The eldest is a fool, the youngest wise ; Which done, the poorest can no wants endure ; And which not done, the richest must be poor.