Tribute of respect.
--At a meeting of the Richmond
Light Infantry Blues, held at camp at Meadow Bluff
, Greenbrier county
, Va., December 7th, 1861, called for the purpose of giving expression to the feeling of the company in regard to the death of their late comrade
in arms, Dr. Thos
. F. J Williams
, who died at the residence of Mr. James
a Cowardin, near White Sulphur Springs
, on the 17th of November, 1861, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted.
Whereas, in the dispensation of an all-wise Providence it has pleased Him to remove from our midst, by the hand of disease, our dearly beloved brother in arms, Dr. Thos
F. J. Williams
, it becomes our duty to bow submissively to the will of Him who watcheth even the sparrow's fall.
We esteem it, at the same time, a great pleasure to record our testimony of the high regard in which the deceased was held among his fellow soldiers.
We miss him as the agreeable messmate, the high- toned gentleman, the social companion, the ever prompt and faithful soldier, ready and ever willing to perform his duties, however arduous, without a murmur.
Though his noble spirit took its flight when yet away from home and kindred, yet it is a consolation to us to know that he died amongst friends, where all that the hands of kindness could offer was freely rendered to alleviate his sufferings; and as a small token of our feeling of this sad occurrence, we unanimously concur in the following resolutions, viz:
That in the death of our beloved fellow soldier, Dr. Thos. F. J. Williams
, we have lost a firm friend and companion and our country a brave defender.
That we hereby tender our heartfelt sympathies to his deeply bereaved family, and mingle our grief with them in the loss we all sustain.
That the foregoing preamble and resolutions be entered upon our company records, and a copy sent to the family of the deceased and one forwarded to the Richmond Dispatch
, with the request to assign them a place in its columns.