Charlotte Elliott's conversion



The story of Charlotte Elliott's conversion was related by Ira Sankey as follows:

At a gathering in the West End of London, the Rev. Caesar Malan found himself seated by a young lady. In the course of conversation, he asked her if she were a Christian. She turned upon him, and somewhat sharply replied, That's a subject I don't care to have discussed here this evening. "Well," answered Mr. Malan, with inimitable sweetness of manner, "I will not persist in speaking of it, but I shall pray that you may give your heart to Christ and become a useful worker for Him."

A fortnight afterwards, they met again and this time the young lady approached the minister with marked courtesy and said: "The question you asked me the other evening has abided with me ever since and caused me very great trouble. I have been trying in vain in all directions to find the Saviour, and I come now to ask you to help me to find Him. I am sorry for the way in which I previously spoke to you, and now come for help." Mr. Malan answered her, "Come to Him just as you are." " But, will He receive me just as I am, and now?" "Oh, yes," said Mr. Malan, "gladly will He do so."

They then knelt together and prayed, and she soon experienced the holy joy of a full forgiveness through the blood of Christ. The young lady's name was Charlotte Elliott. To her, the whole Church is indebted for the moving hymn commencing


Just as I am, without one plea,

But that Thy blood was shed for me,

And that Thou bid'st me come to Thee,

Oh, Lamb of God I come!


-- Dictionary Of Illustrations