establishment of another retail store in Baltimore
, with what there was left of the Charleston
adventure, we failed outright, and all this within six or eight months after we had called our creditors together and obtained an extension of twelve months and testimonials in our favor of the most gratifying character, and within little more than a year after leaving Boston
The man himself will challenge our attention from this period in his life, but we shall have to see him as others have described him. Says Mr. John Neal
: ‘He was tall, straight and spare, six feet, I should say, and rather ungraceful in fact, though called by the women of his parish not only the most graceful, but the most finished of gentlemen.
That he was dignified, courteous, and prepossessing, very pleasant in conversation, a capital story-teller, exceedingly impressive, both in the pulpit and elsewhere, when much in earnest, and in after life a great lecturer and platform speaker, I am ready to acknowledge; but he wanted ease of manner till after he had passed the age of three-score.’
Says Geo. W. Bungay
: ‘See him standing in that magnificent Music Hall reading his poem before the members of the Mercantile Library Society.
He is straight as a palm-tree, fanned by “The Airs of Palestine
” ; his snow-white hair looks like a halo of glory about his head, and the rosy glow of health upon his face shows that his heart can never grow old. Few men of his years (he is upwards of sixty), have been young so long as he; few men of his age are so young as he is now. He always dresses neatly, and has an air of military compactness, looks well in the street or on the platform.
His eyes are blue and brilliant; forehead stamped with the lines of intellectual superiority, temperament sanguine—nervous.
As a speaker he is always interesting, often eloquent.
There is a rich vein of poetry running through his sermons and speeches which enhances the value of his efforts.
While speaking he stands erect, and has a habit of shaking his hand with his forefinger extended when he is earnestly ’