Invalid’s Hymnbook (1834). The idea for The Invalid’s Hymnbook was originally conceived of by a Miss Harriet Kiernan (d. 1834) of Dublin (Kiernan was editor of the Christian Remembrancer Pocket-Book until her death from tuberculosis). From her own experiences of long-protracted and debilitating illness, she wished to alleviate the pain of others through Christian consolation. With this in mind, she compiled a selection of hymns suitable for the condition of the invalid. The collection was not published in this form, however, and in 1834 Harriet Kiernan travelled to the south coast of England for her health. During the visit, she met Charlotte Elliott*, another woman invalid. Kiernan’s...
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