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[244] exists among men, out of which grow the laws of a common brotherhood. This made him benevolent, this made him conservative, and this made him public-spirited.

There was a time when his purse was full, and it was always at the command of a heart that was likewise full. No man was ever turned from his door hungry, and his ear was the first to catch the cry of distress. His was a benevolence that thought of no display—a concealed liberality, which, while it aided the unfortunate, kept the misfortune a secret.

And I reveal only another phase of his benevolent spirit when I say he was ‘conservative.’ Fanaticism was not born in him, and he fixed himself upon that form of justice, which, while it injured none, blessed all.

He was a man fitted to stand between opposing parties, and check the rage of party spirit set on fire by the excitement of doubtful contest. In the most heated political canvass ever prosecuted in his county, and in which he was elected by a majority of only two votes, he exacted an agreement from his opponent to credit no slanderous or discreditable report until testified to in his own presence. Perhaps there was no other virtue that so distinguished him as a leader, or to which he was more indebted for his well merited success. It is remembered by some of you, how, that in your own streets he stood between the mob and its victim, until he concilitated the passions of men, and secured the triumph of law and order.

While he was unrelenting in his consciousness, and invincible in the discharge of his duty, yet he was as forgiving as a mother, and pursued the path of conciliation down to that point at which it became a wrong to go further.

But, in order to complete an estimate of him as a citizen, I must not fail to mention his public-spiritedness—not a spirit, indeed, that was the new-born offspring of sudden occasion, but that grew out of the fact that he considered himself a member in the body politic, a joint of the great machinery that grinds out the people's progress and happiness; a spirit pure in its exercise, and one that sprang from a combination of disinterestedness, integrity and true benevolence, and is the product of the formative influence of many domestic charities.

Some of you can recollect how promptly he came to the rescue, along with Judge Stamps, Hon. J. H. Maury and others, when the great fire had destroyed almost the entire business part of your town,

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