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“ [118] with yourself which my brother desired on earth, will be vouchsafed to him in heaven, and that when your career of usefulness here is ended, ‘in the green pastures and beside the still waters’ of a brighter sphere you and he will meet in sweet communion and fellowship, and that your earthly acquaintance will be purified and perfected into an eternal friendship.”

General Jackson's response was characteristic. He writes:

Had your brother lived, it was my purpose to become better acquainted with him. I saw much less of him than I desired. I look beyond this life to an existence where I hope to know him better.

Very truly, your friend,

When scarcely five weeks had passed, these anticipations were realized, and these sainted spirits met, where no sounds nor perils of war will evermore disturb the holy repose and bliss of their communion.

As Arnold had been his model as a teacher, so Havelock was his model as a Christian soldier. And almost the words of Havelock were those which he transmitted in his dying message to his own beloved generals.

Once only, when writhing in agony intense, did his faith for a brief space seem to fail, and he expressed a dread that God's face was hid from him. A few days after, he recalled this expression of doubt to mind, and said: “Doctor, you remember I said I did not feel God's presence with me. I could not hear the rustling of the angels' pinions. Now I know that he is near me, and I feel the breath of the angels' wings.”

He exacted from his younger brother, Dr. Malcolm Fleming, who watched constantly at his bedside, a promise that he would let him know when his end was approaching. When his feeble, sinking pulse indicated the speedy termination of his sufferings, Malcolm said to him, with throbbing heart and streaming eyes, “Brother Lewis, you remember my promise.” “Yes, Malcolm; do you think I am dying?” He could only bow his head in answer. Immediately, with as much composure as he had ever given a lecture to a class, he dictated his last will and then fell asleep as calmly as in childhood. When he awoke he expressed surprise that he still lived. He had fallen asleep amid

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