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Text for Page 145 [08-31-1862]

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                        A Funeral
   31.  Sunday.  Scribbling awhile.  In
the afternoon the body of the deceased clergy-
man is taken ashore and buried, as rela-
ted on page 113.  Three boats-full went
ashore to attend it, two of them furnish-
ed by Capt. Eytinge, who came with his
officers and some blue-jackets.  Gen. Terry
escorted the widow, and Birdsall (who had
been drunk overnight) the sister.  We all went,
Thompson, Hay, Faircloth and others, form-
ing a little procession, the coffin being bourn
by the sailors.  The relatives of the deceased,
both women and children manifested little
emotion; they were grave and serious, but
nothing more.  It struck me that there seem-
ed a lack of the affectionate element in their
natures: however the long sickness of the
lost husband and father may have used
them to the idea of its termination.  When
all was over Stetson the engineer and old
Capt. Norris, a pilot, with myself, stayed
behind the departure of the boats, intending
to stroll inland to visit the grave of an
English sailor-lad buried here years ago,
and also the little grave yard where the
poor soldier had been interred, but the rain
began to fall so heavily that we were fain               
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