After a marriage of seventeen years, Elizabeth Ussher (1749-1817) was left a widow, and soon after deprived of her two eldest sons by death on a foreign shore. Under the weight of these trials, she and her four remaining daughters were powerfully awakened to the cost of true discipleship and convinced of the principles professed by Friends. But in the two years immediately following this great change, Elizabeth had to endure the death of all four of her daughters by consumption. The letters of these extraordinary and pious young women, written during the last few years of their short lives, were collected and published by their mother after their decease.
I visited Elizabeth Ussher, and found her in much Christian resignation to the will of the Lord, though her third lovely daughter was to be buried today; having lost two others in a consumption, and a son in another way, within twelve months; her father at this time lying a corpse, and her fourth and last daughter likely very soon to follow her sisters in the same disease. Her state of mind, as well as that of her dear remaining daughter, was truly instructive to me.- William Savery
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The letters of Eliza, Lucy, Judith, and Susanna, four daughters of Elizabeth Ussher, written during a time of great spiritual awakening, and just prior to their untimely deaths by consumption.