1835 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Margaret Chandler

Benjamin Lundy, "Elizabeth Margaret Chandler" Genius of Universal Emancipation [Baltimore] S4 1 (November 1835) 127.



We have cause for sorrow. Let our hearts be clad in mourning. Our pleasing hopes and brightening prospects are clouded by melancholy reflections. The amiable, the philanthropic, the highly gifted editor of the Female Department of the Genius of Universal Emancipation is no more! That eye which beamed with such tender compassion, is closed. — That heart which throbbed with such deep and feeling sympathy — that tongue that plead with most persuasive eloquence, in behalf of the poor and oppressed, are still, and silent in death! Well may the philanthropist mourn; and long will the enslaved have cause to lament the loss of one who was an ornament to society, a pattern of virtue, and a powerful and efficient advocate of the cause of suffering humanity.

The name of Elizabeth M. Chandler, is not entirely unknown to fame. Though she had not far advanced in life, some of the most celebrated literary periodicals of our country have been enriched with the productions of her pen. Yet she was known to few, as a writer for this work, notwithstanding she had long contributed the valuable treasures of a pious, intelligent, and cultivated mind to the cause of Universal Emancipation through its pages. Such was her retiring modesty, and purely philanthropic principles, that she avoided public notoriety, while she labored with the most sincere devotedness and ardent zeal, in the sacred vineyard of moral reformation.

Since the last number of this publication was issued, she was subjected to a sudden and severe affliction. After a painful illness of eleven weeks, which she endured with the most perfect calmness and resignation, she was removed from this earthly abode of sorrow and tribulation, to witness the brighter scenes of endless bliss. She departed this life in Lenawee County, Michigan Territory, on the second day of the Eleventh Month, (November,) 1834, in the twenty-fifth year of her age. Though our bereavement is great, and our loss irreparable, yet we are permitted to enjoy the consolatory reflection, that to her, the gain will be eternal.

It would be impossible to do justice to her memory in so brief a space as my present limits will allow; but I shall very soon publish a volume of her works, accompanied with a biographical notice of her life and exemplary character. A further notice of her public labors will also be taken hereafter, in the Genius of Universal Emancipation.

EDITOR.