Soon after the funeral Lucretia Mott
called a meeting of the colored people in Philadelphia
, and delivered an address upon the life and services of their friend and protector.
There was a very large audience; and among them were several old people, who well remembered him during his residence in that city.
At the Yearly Meeting
also she paid a tribute to his virtues; it being the custom of Friends, on such occasions, to make tender allusion to the worthies who have passed from among them in the course of the year.
The family received many letters of sympathy and condolence, from which I will make a few brief extracts.
Mrs. Marianne C. D. Silsbee
, of Salem, Massachusetts
, thus speaks of him, in a letter to his son John: ‘I have thought much of you all, since your great loss.
How you must miss his grand, constant example of cheerful trust, untiring energy, and love to all!
What a joy to have had such a father!
To be the son of such a man is ground for honest pride.
The pleasure of having known him, the honor of having been in social relations with him, will always give a charm to my life.
I cherish among my most precious recollections the pleasant words he has so often spoken to me. I can see him while I write, as vividly as though he were with me now; and never can his benign and beautiful countenance lose its brightness in my memory.
Dear old friend!