suffered from the same causes he had been familiar with.
But for such as could bear his strong meat, who did not object to a religion mixed with morals, his ministry was a pure delight.
His social charm, his remarkable gift as a reader of Scripture and hymns, the force and eloquence of his preaching were long remembered, and his influence was powerful for good.
Early in the war of the Rebellion
, when he was seventy-six years old, at his own request he received an appointment as Chaplain
in the Twenty-second Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, requesting of Gov. Andrew
‘that the regiment should not go around Baltimore
But firm as was his patriotic heart he was not equal to the hardships of camp life, and Secretary Chase
of the U. S. Treasury gave him a position to collate and condense the decisions of the Treasury Department in regard to customs since the establishment of the government.
This clerical task received high praise for the clear intelligence with which it was done, and it was while engaged in it that he returned to Medford
for a brief visit.
On Sunday morning he had attended church where it had been his happiness to be the minister, and the next day, August 27, 1866, his spirit had quietly passed to its rest.
The monument commemorating him at Mt. Auburn
describes him as ‘Poet, Patriot, Preacher, Philosopher, Philanthropist.’
He was all these.
Most of all was he a lover of truth, so earnest that no frowns of the cultured and polite could keep him from espousing a cause which had won the conviction of his mind.
He accepted the then science of phrenology, though it brought opprobrium upon him. He was a believer in spiritualism, convinced that its phenomena justified its claims, and he did not cherish the belief in private, but advocated it on the platform, in gatherings set apart to teach and commend it. He was so good a patriot and so true a lover of humanity that for these he willingly sacrificed the enviable position he had held in the pulpit.
We cannot avoid the wish that truth and righteousness were so welcome in our world that a man of his worth could use his powers