is lively and constant interest in the malady and its development, his reassuring humor and cordial ways, never failed to win the confidence of the rough, warmhearted men to whom he ministered in the hospital, while at the same time they gave full promise of success among the more congenial associations of civil life.
His faithfulness and his natural aptitude for the executive management of the institution soon brought him the principal control of its details; and a formal installation in May, 1861, as the assistant physician of the hospital, was but the recognition of services previously performed.
Dr. Richardson was not a mere student.
He preferred the business and activity of the world to the cloister of the scholar.
The enterprises of industry, no less than the theories of science, interested him; and upon all affairs of public concern he held decided and intelligent views.
He was cautious, but independent and fearless in his conclusions, ready, although never forward, in h
ion with God and the study of holy books, which must be scrupulously observed, for by these means the religious part of our nature is developed and a higher tone given to our whole life.
When we look at a life like——, and consider that we are all of us living over again the same threescore years and ten, a feeling of weariness comes over us which passes away when we consider what lies before us,—the bright earth, kind friends, battles to be fought and won, and the death to be died.
My dear father,—Knowing your patriotism, I was not surprised to hear that you had joined the Veterans.
Dr. Peabody, in a sermon a short time since, said that the three principal causes of this war were, a general decline in virtue, neglect of the preliminary duties of citizenship, and a mutual spirit of recrimination and abuse.
The first I think is vague, and in general all evils in society may be ascribed to a lack of virtue, and the last is a consequence of the second; for