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[723] and deliberation: “I will be an infinite gainer to be translated.”

He had before requested that the chaplain should preach, as usual, at his Headquarters, but he now seemed to be oblivious of the fact. When Colonel Pendleton, his Adjutant, entered the room, he greeted him with his unfailing courtesy; and then asked, who was preaching at Headquarters. When he was told that the chaplain was gone to do it, he expressed much satisfaction. Mrs. Jackson now determined to employ the fleeting moments, to learn his last wishes; first asking for one final assurance more, that his Saviour was present with him in his extremity. To this he only answered with a distinct “Yes.” His wife asked him whether it was his will that she and his daughter should reside with her father, Dr. Morrison. He answered: “Yes, you have a kind and good father; but no one is so kind and good as your Heavenly Father.” She then inquired where he preferred that his body should be buried. To this he made no reply. When she suggested Lexington, he assented, saying: “Yes, in Lexington;” but his tone expressed rather acquiescence than lively interest. His infant was now brought to receive his last embrace; and as soon as, she appeared in the doorway, which he was watching with his eyes, his face was lit up with a beaming smile, and he motioned her toward him, saying fondly “Little darling!” She was seated on the bed by his side, and he embraced her, and endeavored to caress her with his poor, lacerated hand — while she smiled upon him with infantile delight. Thus he continued to toy with her, until the near approach of death unnerved his arm, and unconsciousness settled down upon him.

In his restless sleep, he seemed attempting to speak; and at length said audibly: “Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.” These were the last words he

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