Biographical Sketches 511
yellow fever that visited that city in 1862, and falling a victim himself
to the terrible scourge. Her mother, before her marriage, was Miss
Mary B. Hinton, daughter of James Hinton, a highly esteemed citizen
of Wake County. The following, quoted from a Danville paper and
written on the occasion of Mrs. Prichard's death in 1849, will give
some idea of the honor and love she must have commanded:
"As the solemn procession passed through streets, and during the
services at the church, the doors of the stores and workshops were
closed, their occupants uniting with every portion of our population in
honoring the memory of one whom all acknowledged to be one of the
most excellent on earth."
The second marriage of her father to Miss Jane E. Taylor, the pious
and accomplished daughter of Rev. James B. Taylor, D.D., of
Richmond, Virginia, gave to her again the guidance and love of one
who was as her own mother.
In a home, then, rich in blessed influences, Mrs. Taylor passed her
early years. Next to the constant concern shown for her spiritual well-
being was the wisely directed attention given to her mental develop-
ment. . . . Her education which received its first and most vital
impulse in this refined and Christian home, was most generously
supplemented by attendance upon two of the best schools of the
country―the Chowan Collegiate Institute at Murfreesboro, North
Carolina, and the School of Limestone, South Carolina. At Murfrees-
boro she enjoyed the inestimable privilege of being a pupil of that
eminent classical scholar and master of the pen, Dr. William Hooper.
On account of the failing eyesight of her venerable preceptor, the
young student, on the happy discovery by him of her superior gifts,
and of the fact that she was a beautiful reader, was induced at his
solicitation to share with him her eyes and voice. This service to her
was most pleasing and stimulating and to him invaluable, resulting in
his coming to regard her as a kind of protegee, while she learned to
reverence him as a literary father. It was the closing of this seat of
learning, in consequence of the Civil War, that took her for the com-
pletion of her collegiate course to the school at Limestone Springs,
presided over by the distinguished Dr. Curtis, and then holding per-
haps the first place among all our Southern institutions for women.
Allusion has been made to the lively concern manifested in her
home for the spiritual side of her nature. . . . It is not strange,
therefore, that in the freshness and strength of her young womanhood
she should definitely and heartily turn her feet unto the testimonies of
the Lord, nor that from that time the powers of the mind should have
so allied themselves with those of the spirit as to beget that
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