Mary Neale (1717-1757), dying suddenly only three days after her marriage to Samuel Neale, is best known by her maiden name, Mary Peisley. Having been early turned from the pursuit of worldly pleasures and vanities by the inward appearing of the Lord Jesus, Mary Neale surrendered all to the cross of Christ and was made by Him a shining example of a true gospel minister. Of her life, James Gough (another highly esteemed minister in the Society of Friends) wrote, “I am ready to conclude that no one in our day, from the time of the effectual visitation of Christ in her soul, adhered with more steadiness to His guidance, through a variety of probations.”
I am ready to conclude that no one in our day, from the time of the effectual visitation of Christ in her soul, adhered with more steadiness to His guidance, through a variety of probations.- James Gough
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An account of the life, Christian experiences, and work in the ministry of Mary Peisley Neale, chiefly comprised of her own memorandums and letters, compiled and published by her husband Samuel Neale.
“I know there is a kingdom of heaven, because I already feel it within me,—Christ in me, as said the apostle, the hope of glory; and because He lives, I live also; not merely an animal life which must perish, but a life hid with Christ in God.”— Mary Peisley