Charlotte Elliot’s Powerful Legacy

Charlotte Elliott fought her terrible fatigue and aimed to remain an active member of the parish and of society by continuing to participate and contribute. She became ill at the early age of 33, but continued her activities such as editing the Religious Remembrancer magazine.786793_58601489

Charlotte discovered that her brother planned on opening a school for the daughters of clergymen and ladies of the Parish and was thrilled at the prospect. She had been converted for 12 years at this point. Despite her desire, she was unable to assist her brother with the project, and instead wrote a hymn for others in her situation. The award winning hymn goes as follows:

“Just as I am, without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me

And that Thou biddest me come to Thee

O, Lamb of God, I come, I come”

These powerful words became a source of power and the force behind the transformation of many men and women of faith. There were even people who insisted that these words be read at their death beds or at their times of need or sorrow. For example, Sir Henry Norman, a member of the military, posted in India, was saved by Charlotte’s powerful hymn at a meeting led by Lord Radstock. Another example includes the use of the hymn in crusade invitations lead by Billy Graham.

Charlotte fulfilled her desire to contribute to her brother’s school and accomplishment, as her poem was sold to members of different parishes, and the funds that were received were donated to St. Mary’s Hall.

Charlotte’s strong spirit, faith and passion kept her alive until the age of 82 after which she died peacefully. Her family received an overwhelming amount of letters in response to her death, indicating all the ways her words had touched the lives and hearts of people. For this, she is commemorated through a plaque located at the gates of St. Mary’s Hall.

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