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Doctor Richard Hill,

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     The following is the "Testimony of the Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia, concerning Hannah Hill:"
    "Our worthy and much esteemed friend, Hannah Hill, wife of Richard Hill, and daughter of Thomas Lloyd (formerly governor of this province), by Mary, the daughter of Gilbert Jones, of Welchpool, was born in Montgomeryshire, North Wales, at the seat of her ancestors, called Dolobran, the 21st of the seventh month, 1666.  She was a woman highly favoured of the Lord, possessed many excellent Christian virtues, as well as natural accomplishments.  Coming over into this country with her parents when young; soon after their arrival it pleased the Lord to remove her pious mother by death, when the care of the younger children devolved upon her.  This close trial in the earlier part of her time, was abundantly sanctified to her; for her mind being engaged to seek the Lord for her portion, and her father's God for the lot of her inheritance, he was graciously pleased, not only to favour her with the knowledge of himself and the enjoyment of his living presence in the days of her youth, but also made her a singular instrument of good, and a blessing to her father's family.  As she grew in years, her conspicuous virtues, joined with a courteous deportment, justly gained the esteem and favour of most if not all with whom she conversed.  Being earnestly solicited in marriage by John Delaval, who (though a worthy man) was not at that time of the same religious communion, she, by her prudent conduct and pious resolution to maintain the principles she professed, without deviating therefrom in a matter of such importance, did not agree thereto; until he, after some time, embraced the truth in sincerity of heart, and bore his cross like an humble follower of Christ; he received a gift in the ministry, and continued faithful therein to his death.  Concerning whom she gave this testimony, viz.: 'That he never used to her an expression of anger, or the product of a disturbed mind.'  The decease of her said husband proved to her a time of deep probation, having been heard to say, that in eight weeks' time she lost eight of her family by death, beginning with the decease of her beloved husband, and ending with that of her only child.  Under which afflicting circumstances, as well as what attended her the remaining part of her life (of which she had a large share), she approved herself a shining example of patience in tribulation, and a meek, humble, self-denying follower of Christ. (continuation...)

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