Browne, Mary Bowles

Browne, Mary Bowles a minister of the Society of Friends in England and Ireland, was born in Norwich, January 3, 1794. She was a cousin of the well-known writer, "Charlotte Elizabeth," whose companionship she enjoyed for many years of her youth. She quite early in life became a follower of Christ, and in 1835 joined the Friends. She was an earnest worker among the poor, especially those of the Hebrew nation, for whose spiritual welfare she labored in connection with the Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews. In 1846 she was recorded a minister by the Norwich Monthly Meeting. She travelled in Scotland, Ireland, and England, preaching an atoning Christ. She died November 9, 1880, at Guildford. She was of an intensely sympathetic nature, very decided in her views, with great strength of will, often carrying out her convictions at the cost of much personal sacrifice. She was very fond of linguistic studies and history, and the sciences were of great interest to her. Her preaching was characterized by "great clearness, specially in exposition of doctrine." See (Lond.) Annual Monitor, 1882, page 160.

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