[Martha Sherman, wife of Rev. James Sherman.] Printed handbill notice of 'Hymns to be sung at The Funeral of Mrs. Sherman, at Abney Park Cemetery, On Thursday, May 25th, 1848.'

Martha [Patty] Sherman [née Tucker] (1806-1848), wife and helpmate of Rev. James Sherman (1796-1862), Congregationalist and abolitionist [Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington]
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Name of printer not given. [Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London. 25 May 1848.]
SKU: 13834

1p., 4to. Crisply printed with black border. In fair condition, on aged paper, with traces of glue from mount on reverse causing slight discoloration and ruckling. The three hymns are headed: 'After the reading of the Scriptures and Prayer.' (first line of hymn: 'WHY do we mourn departing friends'); 'At the Vault' (first line of hymn: 'UNVEIL thy bosom, faithful tomb,'); 'Before the Benediction' (first line of hymn: 'Farewell, dear saint, a short adieu!' No copy located on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. Sherman's entry in the Oxford DNB describes his wife as 'A gifted woman of high-spirited and generous personality, she found an outlet acceptable at the time for her energies and abilities in charitable work at her husband's church-fund-raising through sales, pastoral visiting, and the organization of Maternal Associations. [...] He and his wife were known as convinced total abstainers. Both were interested in, supported, and initiated organizations linked to their church for the improvement of the material welfare of the poorer members. [...] Martha Sherman died from consumption on 18 May 1848 at the Surrey Chapel parsonage, and was buried on the 25th in Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington.'