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MRS. SALLY NOTT, the amiable consort of the Reverend ELIPHALET NOTT, and daughter of the Reverend JOEL BENEDICT, of Plainfield in Connecticut, was born at Lisbon, in said state, on the 29th of August, 1774; and died, after a lingering and doubtful illness, at Ballstown Springs, on the 9th, and was intered at Albany on the 10th of March, 1804, aged twenty-nine years and six months.

Mrs. NOTT was rather small of stature-her complexion was fair, her countenance expressive, and enlivened by an eye uncommonly brilliant, penetrating, and significant.

Her genius was sprightly---her mind enriched by reading, and her taste refined by a happy education. In her conversation she was unassuming---in her manners, artless and unaffected.

In youth she was vivacious, and possessed a talent for satire; but a talent completely concealed beneath the veil of discretion, in maturer years.

She was naturally open hearted; seldom disguised either her feelings or her sentiments; but on the contrary, discovered both with a candor, which, though it sometimes made her enemies, always endeared her to her friends.

Her domestic virtues were examplary. Industry and economy were conspicuous in the care of a rising family, which care had been for years, previous to her death, committed by her confiding partner, exclusively to herself. Filial respect marked her conduct to her parents---fraternal affection to her brethren and sisters, and conjugal love and maternal tenderness, happily blended in her character, were displayed in a life devoted to the interests of her husband and her offspring.

As a neighbor, she was peaceable and obliging-as a friend, candid, sincere and affectionate beyond measure. Her heart knew no guile; and her bosom, hallowed sanctuary, preserved inviolable its sacred


As a sufferer under long and repeated sicknesses, her firmness, fortitude, and patience have seldom been equalled. She submitted to the Divine rod with cheerful resignation, and was never once heard, under its chatising stroke, to utter a murmuring word. As a member of the church, and as a Christian, her conduct was such as becometh godliness, and her example adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour.

For more than a year before her death her friends had observed that she became less social and more

contemplative. This probably resulted from a prevailing persuasion that she was to die in early lifea persuasion founded on the obvious impairs which her constitution had already suffered. At a very early period after her last illness she forewarned her friends of her approaching dissolution. Hopeful symptoms, however, beguiled almost every one but herself; among the most hopeful of which, was her wonted cheerfulness which accompanied her to the end. Notwithstanding this cheerfulness she almost daily declared to those around her that she should die; often caused the third part of the 39th Psalm, as paraphrased by Watts, to be read in her hearing, and often solicited her partner to mingle his prayers with hers before the throne of mercy, that she might be resigned and prepared for what she was fully persuaded would be the event. While thus imperceptibly wasting away, all her conversation was expressive of resignation, nor did she intimate, even to her friends, any solicitude respecting life.

With respect to her actual preparation for death, she always spoke with diffidence. The temper, however, which she manifested, the resignation which she discovered, and above all, the uniform and exclusive dependence which she appeared to place on JESUS, the sinner's and the sufferer's friend, furnished more hopeful evidence of the reality of her piety, than the most confident assertions or even the most ardent hopes could otherwise have furnished.

On the Saturday, of the week preceding her death, and at a time when the family were assembled, she

observed, as she had frequently done, that she must soon leave them. Being asked whether, if that should be the case, she were afraid to die ?-She replied," No, I am not afraid to die.-I have not indeed that full assurance I could wish.-I am sensible, that I am a miserable sinner-I have no merit of my own to plead before Go D.-My only hope is built upon the righteousness of JESUS CHRIST.---I cast my. self at his feet---I rely upon his mercy. Will he disappoint me? Will he let me perish?

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After this, her decline was visible. preceding her death, she set out for Ballstown Springs, and reached them on Wednesday. She wished to be removed to them as the last expedient, though, as she repeatedly declared, she had no confidence in their efficacy. She endured the journey to the astonishment of all who were acquainted with her condition, and the operation of the waters, of which she drank sparingly, at first appeared favorable.

Before she left Albany, a partial delirium was ob servable-this encreased, and on Friday evening, issued in an almost total loss of reason. In this situation she continued till about two o'clock on Saturday morning, when, nature being exhausted, she expired without a struggle and without a groan. On the same day, her remains were removed to Albany, and the day after were intered in the Presbyterian burying ground.-Melancholy sat upon the countenance of the concourse who attended this solemnity,

and every mark of both public and private respect was paid unto her ashes.-Much loved shade !-farewell---Thou art absent, but not forgotten---the widow records thy kindness---the mourner thy sympathy, and the poor remember thy labours of love...A thousand friends, also, in their bosoms embalm thy memory, who, mingling their sorrows with the sorrows of thy family, and shedding tears of affection upon the cold sods which cover thee, sadly feel thine absence, and mourn thine untimely loss!-

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