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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 4, Chapter 11: last years.—1877-79. (search)
prevailing sense was of weariness— frequently expressed in a desire to go home—rather than in acute bodily pain, though that was not wanting. Once, in a wandering moment, he asked: Am I in England? his mind evidently reverting to his last happy visit there. What do you want, Mr. Garrison? said his physician to him on the morning of the 23d. To finish it up! was the reply. The wish was not long denied. That evening his children sang for him the old hymns of which he was so fond,—Ward, Hebron, Amsterdam, Christmas, Lenox (the last three especial favorites), Denmark, Portuguese Hymn, Coronation, Confidence, and Old Hundred. He could no longer speak, but he manifested his pleasure and consciousness by beating time both with his hands and feet, and was evidently happy in listening to the familiar words of spiritual cheer. An hour or two later the great change began; but so strong was his vitality that he lingered, unconscious, for twenty-four hours, and expired peacefully at a few<