Alexandria Gazette - Jan. 19, 1815
Departed this life, on Sunday 16th instant, in the 70th year of her age, Mrs. Christian Blackburn, relic of Colonel Thomas Blackburn.
How truly the loss of this most exemplary Christian is to be deplored by numerous acquaintance as well as her own family, can be estimated only by a knowledge of the many excellencies of her character. To a sound and well improved understanding, the most refined sensibility, and the most endearing social qualities, she added the most engaging suavity of manners. Sincere, candid and generous, she always inspired confidence and affection. Noble and exalted in her principles, and dignified in all her deportment, she commanded veneration and respect. Always cheerful, she seemed to forget her own misfortunes in the desire to promote the happiness of others, and never suffered those afflictions with which her heart was often wrung, to show themselves in her complaints, or in any manner to cast a gloom over the social circle. Her hand was ever ready to relieve the poor, and the cause she knew not, she sought out. But it was in the more immediate circle of her friends, and the discharge of her domestic duties, that she brought as it were to a focus, the luster of her virtues; while with unwearied assiduity, and with a success which well rewarded her labors, she trained up those who were the objects of her care, in the principles of wisdom and virtue. In a word, she exhibited in every relation of life the brightest pattern, and exemplified the purest precepts of Christianity. It was her glory to be a Christian, and she well sustained that character by illustrating in her temper and conduct the excellence of that real and exalted faith, form which she drew the rules and motives of all her conduct. As in the hour of health, so in her dying moments, she displayed by her patient and humble submission to the Providence which summoned her to an eternal rest. The efficacy of that gospel which actuated her in life, and inspired her dying hopes. On the Al mighty, and all sufficient Redeemer, who had been the uniform and unfailing source of her consolations in all the adverse scenes of life, she firmly and faithfully depended for that encouraging support, which she experienced in the agonizing pangs of her last conflict, till "death was swallowed up in victory.
Let not her lamenting friends then, mourn, as those who have no hope. She whose loss we deplore, now lives above. "Safely lodged beyond these rolling spheres, whose giddy dance sheds sad vicissitude on all beneath," she enjoys a true and uninterrupted bliss in the heavenly regions, where pain and disease, and death are not known. Let us rather then yield to those sentiments which such dispensations of Providence are designed to inspire, and considering the death of our friends, as the herald of that summons which shall call us to our eternal home, let us seriously prepare.