((Digitized by Google Books. Thanks, Google! Edited by Mitchell Santine Gould,curator, LeavesOfGrass.org )"Anna Gurney."
Biographies of Good Women
, Charlotte Mary Yonge, ed., (London: J.and C. Mozley, 1862), 451-460.ANNA GURNEY.(Reprinted, by the writer's permission, from the Obituary of the 'Gentleman's Magazine,'September, 1857.)'When the ear heard her it blessed her.'June 6th, 1857.—Died, at the house of her brother, Hudson Gurney, Esq., of Keswick, near Norwich, Miss Anna Gurney, of North Repps Cottage, Norfolk, in her sixty-second year.The remarkable qualities of this lady, who has lately been removed from the widesphere of beneficence and usefulness she filled in so beautiful and striking a manner,must not pass away unnoticed.Anna Gurney was the youngest child of Richard Gurney, of Keswick. Her father and mother, and most of her connexions, were Quakers; and to death she preserved asimplicity of dress, and a certain peculiar kindliness of manner, which are among thedistinguishing features of that religious body. But her character was her own, and wasdeveloped by circumstances which, to women in general, would seem entirelyincompatible with usefulness or happiness.She was born on the last day of 1795. At ten months old she was attacked with a paralytic affection, which deprived her for ever of the use of her lower limbs. She passedthrough her busy, active, and happy life, without ever having been able to stand or movewithout mechanical aid. She was educated chiefly by an elder sister and other near relations; and as her appetite for knowledge displayed itself at an early age, her parents procured for her the instructions of a tutor, whose only complaint was, that he could notkeep pace with her eager desire, and rapid acquisition of knowledge. She thus learnedsuccessively, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew; after which she betook herself to the Teutoniclanguages, her proficiency in which was soon marked by her translation of the Anglo-