have forced upon the community in the midst of which he resided, and upon all brought into connexion with him, the conviction that commerce in money, like commerce in general, is, to a lofty spirit, lofty and ennobling, and is valued more for the power it confers, of promoting liberal and beneficent enterprises, and of conducing to the welfare and prosperity of society, than for the means of individual and selfish gratification or indulgence.”
's activities were not confined to financial affairs.
He was founder and first president of the Bank of Commerce; one of the founders of the New York University and of the Stuyvesant Institute
, etc., etc.
In 1812 he married Julia Rush Cutler
, second daughter of Benjamin Clarke
and Sarah Mitchell
was sixteen years old at the time of her marriage, lovely in character and beautiful in person.
She had been a pupil of the saintly Isabella Graham
, and her literary taste had been carefully cultivated in the style of the day. One of her poems, found in Griswold
's “Female Poets of America
,” shows the deeply religious cast of her mind; yet she was full of gentle gayety, loved music, laughter, and pretty things.
During the first years of their married life, Mr.Ward
and Mrs. Ward
lived in Marketfield Street, near the Battery
Here four children were born, Samuel and Henry, and the two Julias.
She who was known as “the first little Julia
” lived only four years. During her fatal illness her father was called away by urgent business.
In great distress of mind, he arranged that certain tokens