Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
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Display Title: By Grace I WillFirst Line: Will you go to Jesus now, dear friend?Tune Title: [Will you go to Jesus now, dear friend?]Author: Eliza Edmunds Stites HewittSource: Redemption Songs, by John Sweney, William Kirkpatrick & John Lowe (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1889), number 1