without shining ability, zealously perform the trivial round of daily duty, and make smoother the paths of masters and mistresses to whom they gave what money can never pay for. Equally pleasant is it to find such services gratefully recorded as in this epitaph :—
In Memory of
who died at Hastings
on the 9th March, 1839,
Humbly trusting in the merits of her Redeemer.
She was the affectionate nurse
of the children of John Thornton, Esq.,
of Clapham, in Surrey;
in whose family she lived 31 years
esteemed and beloved by
all who knew her.*
Another epitaph preserves the name of
ALEXANDER COMTE DE VENDES
(Chevalier de St. Louis of the ancient guard of King Louis 16th),
* I may add here an epitaph copied in Etchingham churchyard :—
To the Memory of
who died nth Sep., 1867,
Aged 70 Years.
A faithful friend and servant in the family of
Mr. and Mrs. Wightwick, of Penenden,
for upwards of half a century.