ELLIOTT, CHARLOTTE: English hymn-writer; b. at Brighton Mar. 17, 1789; d. there Sept. 22, 1871. She lived with her father at Clapham, a suburb of London, till 1845, then at Torquay till 1857, returning then to Brighton. In 1822 she met César Malan (q.v.), who influenced her strongly. During the last fifty years of her life she was an invalid. Of her 150 hymns some are still in common use, e.g., "Just as I am without one plea," and "My God, my Father, while I stray." Selections from her poems, with a memoir by her sister, Mrs. Babington, were published in 1873.
Bibliography: S. W. Duffield, English Hymns, p. 369 et passim, New York, 1886; Julian, Hymnology, p. 328; N. Smith, Hymns historically Famous, pp. 159-166, Chicago, 1901 (on "Just as I am").