MISS SARAH MARIA FAWCETT (Governor, 1885-1915).

Before Queen Victoria came to the throne, a little girl was born who was christened Sarah Maria. She had a little brother Henry, who became very famous, not only as a Minister of the Crown and public servant and philanthropist, but also because he seemed to take no account of being at the same time totally blind. Maria, his sister, had perhaps as well marked a personality as her brother, though she was not called to public life. She had a nature that opened out directly to all that was good and wise and kind, and which ripened into a character remarkably fruitful in usefulness, and very lovable. There are three photographs of her in the Godolphin School Hall, which picture her in her charming old-fashioned white cap with its touch of colour in her own little sitting-room, and which help us very happily to see three of her strongest characteristics. The first is conscientiousness: she is writing a letter, and her whole mind and being are set on saying exactly what she means and what will help the person who receives it. The second shows her complete and ready self-forgetting sympathy; and the third, her fun, for her readiness for a joke went far to make her a most enjoyable companion. There was another part of her very nature which it would take more than a photographer to bear witness to, and which underlay and permeated all else, but in a completely simple and natural way, like the air she breathed. Her reverent spirit animated her life with the faith of a little child, the hope that looks eagerly forward to the best that “is yet to be,” and the love that never fails. Happy and proud are her many devoted friends; happy and proud is the Godolphin School to have had her wisdom and her affection as a Governor through many years, and, though familiar and dear faces pass out of our sight, and nearly a hundred years have gone by since Maria Fawcett’s birth, the things she stood by and showed forth in her life remain.


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