1789-1871

March 18, 1789, Clapham, Surrey, England.

September 22, 1871, Brighton, East Sussex, England.

St. Andrew’s Church, Hove, Sussex, England.

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Charlotte was the granddaughter of Henry Venn, minister at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and author of The Complete Duty of a Man, and friend and companion of John Wesley. Eling, a daughter of Mr. Venn, married Charles Elliott of Brighton, and Charlotte was the third of their six children. Two of her brothers became clergymen, two of her sisters died young, and she lost her father in 1833. Upon the death of her mother in 1843, her home was broken up, and shortly after she and her only surviving sister went to the continent. Finally they settled in Torquay, England, and lived there 14 years. After that she returned to Brighton, which she never again left except once for a short time. Charlotte became an invalid around age 30, and remained so the rest of her life. About her physical condition, Elliott wrote:

My Heavenly Father knows, and He alone, what it is, day after day, and hour after hour, to fight against bodily feelings of almost overpowering weakness and languor and exhaustion, to resolve, as He enables me to do, not to yield to the slothfulness, the depression, the irritability, such as a body causes me to long to indulge, but to rise every morning determined on taking this for my motto, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Elliott had an ongoing spiritual correspondence with Henri Malan, and wrote about 150 hymns. Her works include:

  1. As the New Moons of Old Were Given
  2. Calm Was the Hallowed Night!
  3. Christian! Seek Not Yet Repose
  4. Clouds and Darkness Round About Thee
  5. Dawn Approaches, Golden Streaks, The
  6. Father, When Thy Child Is Dying
  7. Glorious Was That Primal Light
  8. Guard Well Thy Lips
  9. Hail, Holy Day, Most Blest, Most Dear
  10. I Need No Other Plea
  11. I Need No Prayers to Saints
  12. I Want That Adorning Divine
  13. Jesus, My Savior, Look on Me
  14. Just as I Am
  15. Leaning on Thee, My Guide, My Friend
  16. My God, Is Any Hour So Sweet
  17. My God and Father, While I Stray
  18. My Only Savior, When I Feel
  19. Not Willingly Dost Thou Afflict
  20. Now Let Our Heavenly Plants and Flowers
  21. O Faint and Feeble Hearted
  22. O God, May I Look Up to Thee
  23. O Holy Savior, Friend Unseen
  24. O How I Long to Reach My Home
  25. O Thou, the Contrite Sinner’s Friend
  26. Sabbath Day Has Reached Its Close, The
  27. There Is a Holy Sacrifice
  28. There Is a Spot of Consecrated Ground
  29. This Is Enough; Although ’Twere Sweet
  30. This Is the Day to Tune with Care
  31. This Is the Mount Where Christ’s Disciples See
  32. With Tearful Eyes I Look Around