power, and loving dearly to fight a giant wrong.
Among these was the present patriarch of the family, Rev. Robert I. Breckinridge, who, during the war, with all the energy and ability of his great intellect, has fought against secession and rebellion.
Such a spirit, too, were many of his kinsmen-such would have been his brother, Rev. John Breckinridge, had he lived to see the day of trial, and such was the spirit of the children of that eminent departed minister.
One of these, Judge Samuel Breckinridge, of St. Louis, has been one of the most earnest Union men of that region; a man who has striven earnestly to undo, so far as lay in his power, the wrongs which his cousin, John C. Breckinridge, has done to his country.
But among all the members of the family there was none who combined more perfectly the characteristics of the heroine, the saint, and the martyr, than the sister of the judge, Miss Margaret E. Breckinridge.
She was highly educated, and gifted beyond most of her s