B. [from the Quarterly Journal.] Memorial of Mrs. Margaret Fuller,
[The following interesting memoir of an excellent Christian woman was not prepared with any reference to being printed.
It was written by one of her sons for the use of his children; but, having had the privilege of reading it, I requested to be allowed to print it in the Quarterly Journal
, and my request was granted.
I think the readers of the Journal will be interested in this sketch.—Editor Journal.]
, the daughter of Major Peter Crane
, was born in Canton, Mass.
, February 15, 1789.
Her father, though an artisan of moderate circumstances, was quite scholarly for his day and condition in life, and possessed an original turn of mind, as well as marked independence of character.
He left some disquisitions, preserved by his family, of no literary excellence, but indicative of a strong and untutored mind, coping with the intellectual problems of life, and feeling after truth by the unaided light of individual thought.
He was noted for going on in his own course, with utter disregard of popularity, and of the view which others might take of his conduct.
He served in the revolutionary war, and at one time, when there was no chaplain, performed the duties of that office for his regiment.
Though belonging to no church, and entertaining, perhaps, rather crude views of his own in religious things, yet he had an influence over the minds of others, which induced his counsel and his prayers to be sought for in circumstances of distress.
He died before I was born; but my grandmother lived till after I attained manhood.
My father and mother often visited her at Canton
, riding in a chaise, and carrying one of the children,