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Text for Page 167 [08-29-1851]

              presently all are seated in the front room � more people having assembled; among
them Mrs and Mr Blood, (the latter of whom gave me a grave; tailor-like
shake of the hand;) and a Wesleyan minister arising and placing his hands on the
back of a chair, stood forth  and spake awhile, as I suppose, is here the custom.
A good man, I doubt not, yet what he said was just the common place view of the
matter, and clean Kain.     That men were wont to look upon such cases as judg-
ments; wrongly,  instance �tower of Siloam� &c � that such belief was right ^|as| 
to Nations, not individuals; � that we should from such losses, endeavor to raise our
affections to things above &c &c. ( Instead of as should be, holding more dear and
cherishing kindy feelings & sympathies, checking selfishness, spleen and evil passions
� He might have done infinitely better, but had it not in him.  Oh! How
much more of Eloquence was there in the shaking of poor Richardson�s knee, as he
with handkerchief to face, sate in his corner.     What had he not to think
of.   Of her distant Yorkshire kin � of her coming to this land to die; � of
how solemnly the sunlight streamed in, of the people about; � why they were there;
of the gap henceforth at his lonely home; of that it was a cruel, present Fact
that she was Dead.     Presently they bore the body down stairs, the custom-styled
mourners lining the way; these carriages were hastily filled, and through the living
streams of city-life proceeded the array.  All as intent on their own detail affair;
of life, as will be those who gaze on the funeral of oneself.   Men will read newspapers,
pay and receive money, sat their dinners and remark on the weather that day, most
assuredy � but �twill be all over with thee O mortal.                I walked on till
the arrival at the Battery, (the destined place of interment was Greenwood,)
and then, having no coin in pocket for stage fare on the other side of the Hamil-
ton Ferry, and being unwilling to borrow of strangers; quitted them.  A walk
with long steps under the trees in the blessed holy sunlight; long deep shades
crossing the greensward, otherwise so bright in the sun.       What are the first
objects that open on the spirits eye, in its birth in a spirit-word.  Gazes it not               
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